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‘Bates Motel’ slashes into ‘Psycho’ in final season

(CNN)The following contains spoilers about “Bates Motel.”

The A&E series always appeared to come with a built-in expiration date, facing the danger of running out of real estate as it chewed through story related to Alfred Hitchcock’s 1960 horror classic. The contemporary setting also made the proceedings less spooky, what with cellphones and other modern devices that alter the dynamics of, say, being alone in the basement with a murderer dressed like his mom.
Still, the announcement of a fifth and final season that would overlap with the movie actually created some excitement: after an ill-advised remake, this offered an alternate window into the story, including how these events unfolded from the perspective of Norman/Norma Bates.
    Although the producers had stated that they would be deviating from the movie in ways that will “blow the fans’ minds,” they remained understandably coy as to how. Before the season began, they told USA Today that there would be references to “Psycho” “through the lens of ‘Bates Motel.'”
    The latest episode, however, didn’t just play with “Psycho” canon, but upended it, going wildly off script.
    So while the audience was no doubt waiting for guest star Rihanna, as Marion Crane, to meet a grisly end in a recreation of the movie’s iconic shower scene, she unexpectedly escaped, with Norman (the brilliant Freddie Highmore) eventually finding a different victim: Sam Loomis (Austin Nichols), Marion’s lover, and the guy who wound up catching him in the movie.
    “Bates” hasn’t been creatively shackled by “Psycho” through its run, which was perhaps wise as a practical matter. Staying unerringly faithful in the context of an episodic series is the sort of juggling act that tends to handcuff storytellers.
    At the same time, the series was clearly sold and marketed based on its connection to the movie. And while obliterating the film’s timeline might have the initial sensation of feeling fresh and clever, it also comes across as a major cheat, as if there was a bait-and-switch aspect to the whole exercise.
    That’s a shame, really, to the extent that it casts a pall over the show, since Highmore and Vera Farmiga, as Norma, have delivered splendid performances throughout. The writers have also cleverly toyed with contemporizing “Psycho,” such as Norma taking Norman’s body out for a spin to pursue hedonistic fun.
    Monday’s episode seems almost sure to be polarizing. “Bates Motel’s” loyal fans might have bonded with the characters to the point where the show has assumed a life of its own, and fidelity to “Psycho” is beside the point.
    Those more invested in Hitchcock’s movie, by contrast — or who at the very least would rather not see it rewritten — have good reason to feel jerked around, and less incentive to stick around for the remaining episodes.
    Oh, and that fly the Norma personality said she wouldn’t hurt at the end of the movie? Here’s a bet that he’s a goner.
    “Bates Motel” airs Mondays at 10 p.m. on A&E.

    Read more: http://www.cnn.com/2017/03/27/entertainment/bates-motel-review/index.html


    In New Jersey, an inventive way to save Thomas Edison’s battery factory

    (CNN)This is a building that refuses to go down without a fight.

    In 1914, a massive fire raged through inventor Thomas Edison’s lab complex in downtown West Orange, New Jersey. Chemical-fueled flames shot 100 feet in the sky, burning five city blocks and destroying almost his entire operation.
    Edison watched firemen fight the inferno from neighboring Building Number 5, better known as the Battery Factory, which made millions of batteries for experimental vehicles like submarines and electric cars. Built with his durable Edison Cement, the Battery Factory miraculously escaped damage.
      “As one of the millions of your admirers, I send you my sympathy,” rival inventor Nikola Tesla telegraphed him. “It is not only a personal and national loss, but a world loss, for you have been one of its greatest benefactors.”
      The 67-year-old Edison calmly declared, “I’ll start all over again tomorrow.”
      In true Edison fashion, disaster led directly to innovation: The man with 1,093 different patents to his name — from a viable lightbulb to the phonograph to the motion picture camera — noticed firefighters had trouble seeing in the smoky darkness, and two days later had invented a powerful battery-powered searchlight.
      Edison rebuilt his entire operation, but after his death in 1931, his business empire slowly crumbled and buildings went vacant. After decades of decline, a different kind of fire tore through Edison’s complex on Main Street: the drive for urban renewal.

      ‘This one can stay’

      Robert Parisi lived next door to the Edison buildings and remembers watching them go in 1974.
      “My father got us out of bed early to watch the implosions,” describes Parisi, now mayor of West Orange. “We local kids climbed through the rubble for days, collecting souvenirs like old Edison wax cylinders.”
      As for the Battery Factory, the story goes that the wrecking ball smashed into it three times; three times it bounced back off the durable Edison Cement.
      “So they decided, ‘This one can stay,'” says Eugene Diaz, principal at Prism Partners, the developers who now own the property.
      Although various businesses rented small portions of the massive building over the years (including wine storage for Daniel Boulud’s restaurants in New York), by 2003 the old Edison Battery Factory stood vacant and neglected, slowly crumbling, walled off from the surrounding streets by a high fence and an even higher jungle of weeds.
      That’s how it has sat for 13 years, as developers waited out the economic downturn and legal battles over proposed redevelopment.
      “The vast majority of park visitors pass that when they come to the park, which doesn’t present a good first impression,” admits Tom Ross, superintendent of the Thomas Edison National Historical Park, which preserves Edison’s main laboratory next door.
      Closed for its own extensive five-year renovation, Edison NHP reopened in 2009 with thousands of square feet of beautiful new exhibits and lab space on two full floors previously closed to the public — with a hulking symbol of industrial decline next door. (When Jack Welch, chairman of the capital campaign to invest tens of millions of dollars in the park’s renovation, brought then-first lady Hillary Clinton here, they embarrassingly stood in the shadow of the crumbling Battery Factory.)
      “It’s a huge eyesore right in the middle of our downtown,” Parisi admits.

      A space between preservation and development

      But Thomas Edison’s legacy of turning obstacles into innovation lives on, as the building could now become a symbol of collaboration between two adversaries stereotypically pitted against each other as fiercely as Edison and Tesla: developers and the National Park Service.
      The key is a concept called “adaptive reuse,” a sort of middle-ground compromise between historical preservation and redevelopment. Although Edison’s last remaining factory is designated a State and National Historic Landmark, it’s not part of the national park.
      “Any developers who were interested told us it was much more economical if they could just knock it down and start from scratch,” says Parisi. “But it’s our history here, and an important part of our country’s history. No one in town wants to see that happen.”
      “And of course these refurbished warehouses are now all the rage in real estate,” he says.
      Prism Partners deliberately avoided taking federal tax credits that would make them beholden to historic preservation restrictions, instead consulting with the neighboring Edison National Historical Park and local West Orange Historical Commission to determine appropriate choices like paint color and window styles.
      “We’re not beholden to all the historic requirements,” Diaz explains, “but the work is being done in a way that conforms significantly to what the federal government would require if we’d done a full historic renovation under federal guidelines.”
      Although preservationists have cringed at putting that power in the hands of a developer, to park superintendent Ross, it was a good compromise for an otherwise vacant building and one that he’s seen work firsthand.
      “It’s something we’ve seen with historic factory buildings in the Northeast, particularly in Lowell and New Bedford, Massachusetts, where I grew up,” says Ross. “There it’s been an excellent way to save, historically rehabilitate and reuse old buildings. You can already see the revitalization and rebirth.”
      “Sustainability, recycling, reuse — that’s an important part of our ethic and broader mission at the Park Service,” Ross says. “Giving historic structures a shot to be adaptively reused is good stewardship, good for the environment and good for historic preservation.”

      Finding a new use for history

      Thanks to its proximity to New York City, West Orange is a town with a deep history.
      It’s got ties from the Revolutionary era (of course Washington was here, and Aaron Burr later fled to friends here after his infamous duel with Alexander Hamilton) to the Civil War (Union commander George McClellan moved here just before he ran against Abraham Lincoln for president in 1864) to famous sportsmen (the “grand old man of football” Amos Stagg), architects (Stanford White) and musicians (both Liberace and Carole King got their start here).
      But, by and large, those physical settings are all gone, except for that of the town’s most famous son, Thomas Edison.
      “If the Battery Factory had been removed like the others, it would have wiped away chapters of our history,” says Joe Fagan, town historian and author of four books about West Orange.
      Now underway, Prism’s $230 million plan for “Edison Village” will convert the 400,000-square-foot building into 330 apartments plus 18,500 square feet of retail space, along with public areas featuring historic artifacts and exhibits about Thomas Edison, then start on similar development over the surrounding 21 acres that once made up the larger complex.
      Among the Battery Factory’s unique features (beyond the dense Edison Cement, which Diaz charitably describes as “challenging”) are 14-to-16-foot ceilings and 10-foot windows.
      “You’d never build a new building like that,” Diaz admits. And that unique historic pedigree is his main selling point.
      “People have a very strong emotional connection to history. People will be able to have the same view Edison’s workers did 100 years ago. That history will be the appeal of this building.”
      The first phase is scheduled to open late next year welcome news to both Parisi and Ross.
      “It’s been a long and winding road,” Parisi says, “but this kind of investment on Main Street is great for our downtown. One project can spur others, and most importantly, spur the neighboring community to pick itself up.”
      “There’s no denying that this will certainly be a shot in the arm for Main Street and the park to have that rehabilitation next door,” Ross says.
      “In New Bedford, Sarah Delano famously said, ‘If you bulldoze your heritage, you become just anywhere.’ If you knock down the last remaining Edison factory building and put in another cookie-cutter strip mall, you will become just like any other place in America — you’ll lose your community character, a part of your soul.”

      Read more: http://www.cnn.com/2016/10/11/travel/thomas-edison-battery-factory-development/index.html


      Ivanka Trump to attend women’s empowerment summit in Berlin

      (CNN)Ivanka Trump is making her first trip abroad since her father took office, representing the United States at a women’s empowerment summit in Berlin late next month.

      The trip was first reported by the Associated Press.
      “Looking forward to working together in Berlin next month to promote the role of women in the economy and the future of our workforce globally #W20,” Trump posted on Facebook late Sunday evening, linking to AP’s report. She will join four additional United States delegates at the gathering, which promotes the economic participation of women in G20 member states.
        The summit builds on Trump’s stated commitment to women’s empowerment. While she spoke passionately on the topic on the campaign trail and at the Republican National Convention in Cleveland last July, she has not yet defined a platform or spoken publicly on the topic since her father took office more than two months ago.
        This year’s summit, the third of its kind, will focus on labor market participation, access to finance for women entrepreneurs, and closing the digital gender divide, according to its website. German Chancellor Angela Merkel will participate in a panel on the final day of the summit.
        While she doesn’t have an official White House title, Trump is moving into a West Wing office and obtaining security clearance, an administration official told CNN last week. She will also receive government-provided communications devices, although she will not draw a salary or technically be a government employee, per the official.
        The President’s eldest daughter has long been a key trusted adviser to her father, through her young adulthood to her time as executive vice president of real estate development and acquisition at the Trump Organization, and, ultimately, during his 2016 presidential campaign.
        Trump will continue to serve in that capacity, acting as the President’s “eyes and ears,” per her attorney, Jamie Gorelick.
        “She will not be his only source of input and insight, obviously, but she may be able to provide insights into the concerns of people whom he might not meet as President,” Gorelick told CNN via email last week.
        In the first several weeks of the administration, she’s already been on hand for key happenings, including roundtable discussions with German Chancellor Angela Merkel and Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, a Florida school visit with her father and Education Secretary Betsy DeVos, an Oval Office bill signing encouraging women in STEM, a visit to the National African American Museum of History and Culture and West Wing meetings on human trafficking and manufacturing, among others.
        Trump’s participation in April’s summit will be her highest-profile public appearance during the Trump presidency to date, and the first time she will represent the administration outside of the United States.

        Read more: http://www.cnn.com/2017/03/26/politics/ivanka-trump-to-attend-womens-empowerment-summit-in-berlin/index.html


        No One Wants This Abandoned House, So She Buys It For $1 And Transforms It

        Rachel Roberts was 34 years old and still living with her parents in 2014. The cost of living in the United Kingdom ishigh, but Rachel wanted to be independent.

        I thought Id be living with them forever,” Rachel said. “Even if Id been able to get a mortgage, Id have been saving for years before Id have been able to afford a deposit.”

        Rachel heard about about the city council’s initiative to renovate “derelict dumps”in the area. Citizens could apply for housing and receive a home for just one British pound, or $1.25. Miraculously, Rachel won the housing lottery.

        Theres no way Id have been able to afford my own home otherwise. Its a small house, but its cheap to run and I just love it,” she said.

        The lottery winners were also given a30,000 low-interest 10-year loan. Now, Rachel pays298 a month on the loan and for utilities, totaling a mere431 in monthly expenses.

        The house needed to be fully renovated, which the council paid for. It was unlivable and filled with debris.

        When I viewed the house there was nothing it was a brick shell. There were no heating pipes, no bathroom, no plaster on the wall,” Rachel said.

        The council got the home in working order, but it was up to Rachel to do the rest.

        When I moved in I started on all the main renovations kitchen and bathroom units, lino on the floor, plaster on the walls, new doors and windows I did all the painting and carpeting myself, and furnished the place,” she said.

        The house is now worth about50,000 thanks to a little of Rachel’s luck and a lot of her hard work.

        Its completely different now to the house I first viewed its not just a house now, its my home. Ive really loved being able to make it my own,” she said.

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        Read more: https://www.littlethings.com/cheap-1-house-rachel/


        As Jared Kushner ascends White House ladder, Senate Russia inquiry adds scrutiny

        Trumps son-in-law will lead Office of American Innovation to privatize certain government functions, as he agrees to testify in Russia election investigation

        Jared Kushner, Donald Trumps son-in-law and senior adviser, found himself back in the spotlight for better and for worse on Monday.

        As the US president appointed him to a new White House role, it was revealed that Kushner would testify before a Senate committee investigating Russian interference in last years election.

        With Kushner at its helm, Trumps White House Office of American Innovation is designed to overhaul the federal government with input from the private sector, it was announced on Monday. The venture, which will bring together a team of former executives to privatize certain government functions, will follow through on the presidents business-minded approach to running the country.

        Read more: https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2017/mar/27/jared-kushner-white-house-office-trump-russia


        Everything Came Crashing Down For This Mom-To-Be. Then She Looked Inside The Oven.

        Amanda had been unsuccessfully trying to have a baby with her husband for three years when she finally got pregnant.

        Things were going great for the couple — in addition to having a baby on the way, they had just moved into their first home after taking two years to renovate it. But everything came crashing down for Amanda when her husband left her just a few weeks before she was due to give birth. She was faced with being a single mom and dealing with a mortgage all on her own at 36 weeks pregnant when her friend decided to contact the KIIS 106.5 radio station in Sydney, Australia.

        Amanda wasn’t sure why she was called into the studio with her friend. She didn’t know that the show does a special “giveback segment” to help people in need.

        When asked about her situation, Amanda was understandably worried that she wouldn’t be able to keep her home.

        Being able to financially take care of her little one was also a big concern.

        Read more: http://www.viralnova.com/expecting-moms-surprise/


        Atlantic City and Miami Beach: two takes on tackling the rising waters

        Sea level rise is making floods more common and as the New Jersey resort braces for the next Sandy, the well-heeled Florida city is throwing money at the problem

        The Irish Pub near Atlantic Citys famed boardwalk doesnt have any locks on the doors as it is open 24 hours a day. So when Hurricane Sandy crunched into what was once known as the Las Vegas of the east coast in 2012, some improvisation was needed.

        Regular drinkers helped slot a cork board through the frame of the door, wedging it shut and keeping out the surging seawater. The wild night, which severely damaged more than 320 homes and caused a week-long power blackout, was seen out by those taking shelter with the help of several bottles of Jameson.

        But Sandy was just the headline act among increasingly common flooding events that are gnawing away at the thin island upon which the city sits.

        Sandy, as devastating as it was, isnt the greatest barometer because we have flash floods, said Cathy Burke, who has run the Irish Pub since 1973. Burke, a gravelly voiced institution along the boardwalk, has hoarded treasures from Atlantic Citys zenith. The upstairs of the pub is replete with vintage furniture, gramophones and china dogs.

        We can have floods at the drop of a hat, Burke said. Without even realizing were going to have them. Itll be raining and within seconds youll see flooding in the street. You dont read about it in the paper. You dont hear about it on the radio or television. You just have water that just comes up and if you dont have warning and move your car, you have water in the car.

        These flooding events have increased seven-fold in Atlantic City since the 1950s, according to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, and are spurred by rainfall or simply a spring tide abetted by unhelpful gusts of wind.

        The casinos and boardwalk are protected on the ocean side by a network of beach dunes. But the western side of the city, where few tourists venture and poverty lingers, is more vulnerable. Several times a month water swells in the bay behind Absecon Island the barrier strip dotted by the resorts of Atlantic City, Ventnor, Margate and Longport and with nowhere to go can slosh into the streets, wrecking cars and stranding residents.

        The rising ocean, fed by melting glaciers and the expansion of warming water, is piling up water along Americas entire eastern seaboard. To compound the problem much of the mid-Atlantic coast is sinking, a hangover from the last ice age, meaning life and property is being swamped like never before.

        atlantic city sea level

        And yet with no overarching national sea level rise plan and patchy commitment from states, many coastal communities are left to deal with the encroaching seas themselves. Wealthier areas are raising streets and houses, erecting walls and pumps. Those without the funds or political will have several state or federal grants they can access but often make muddled choices in the face of this sisyphean task.

        There is no central place that makes all the decisions, so you get one town building a pump station to push water out and another town pumping the water back to the same place, said Rouzbeh Nazari, an environmental engineering expert at Rowan University.

        Nazari is critical of outdated flood maps, risky building in areas prone to flooding and what he considers an undue haste to buy up water-ravaged houses on the cheap to compensate homeowners rather than improve ragged coastal defenses.

        It kind of feels like weve just given up, that we cant do anything about it, he said. Im less worried about a Sandy-like event than nuisance flooding. They are losing 20 cars a month to nuisance flooding on Absecon Island. We need a regional solution but New Jersey has no specific plan to deal with it.

        A spokesman for New Jerseys department of environmental protection disputes claims that it lacks a plan, pointing to work with the army corps of engineers over future levees and a solution to inadequate stormwater systems that can exacerbate flooding.

        We will be working very closely with coastal communities in identifying problem areas and the best ways to deal with them, the spokesman said. Chris Christie, the New Jersey governor, has previously said there was no evidence that Hurricane Sandy was linked to climate change. Asked about flooding at Cape May last year, Christie said: I dont know what you want me to do, you want me to go down there with a mop?

        Tom
        Tom Quirk, a lifelong resident of Atlantic City, stands in a recently flooded area. Photograph: Laurence Mathieu-Leger for the Guardian

        In Atlantic Citys heyday, its Steel Pier hosted concerts by Frank Sinatra and the Beatles, as well as a recurring attraction where a horse was required to dive off a 60ft platform into a pool of water a colossally stupid idea according to the then president of the US Humane Society. Today, it abuts the shuttered Trump Taj Mahal casino, which was sold by the president last year, as well as a tidal gauge that is quietly recording the fate of the city.

        The numbers are stark the sea is rising at nearly 1.5 inches (38mm) a decade, streaking ahead of the global average and eroding away the tips of the island. Slender barrier islands such as Absecon arent easy to tame even with a stable sea level. Native Americans used to holiday, but never live, on the shifting sandy outcrop because they knew that it would be perennially mauled by the sea. Today, there are about 40,000 people living in Atlantic City, with the boardwalk drawing in millions of tourists to its hulking casinos.

        The Native Americans were a lot smarter than the European settlers, said James Whalen, a former Atlantic City mayor turned state senator. The barrier islands up and down the coast really should not have been built on, but here we are.

        And then there are the storms. Ben Horton, a climate scientist at Rutgers University, said that a Sandy-like storm used to occur on the east coast once every 500 years, before industrial activity began loading the atmosphere with greenhouse gases. Now such a storm arrives once every 25 years or so. Should the sea level continue to rise sharply, by 2100 Sandy would visit Atlantic City every five years.

        If you chat to people here and you say, How sustainable is the New Jersey shore or Atlantic City to an event of the magnitude of Hurricane Sandy occurring every five years?, youll get a very negative response, Horton said.

        The sustainability of Atlantic City consumes the thoughts of Elizabeth Terenik, the citys spry planning director. Terenik said the rise in nuisance flooding has become a major quality of life issue for back-bay residents. Many of those able to have raised their homes new buildings must now be a foot higher than previous codes due to the flooding.

        Terenik is plotting new sea walls, a curb on new development in flood-prone areas and an underground canal that can funnel away stormwater. Perhaps most ambitiously, she is taken by an idea, put forward by Princeton University, that would raise the streets and houses in Chelsea Heights, a vulnerable neighborhood, and allow the water to seep into vacant land to create a sort of New Jersey twist on Venice.

        Its an exciting project but one that really needs to be looked at closely before anythings moved forward and of course it would need funding, Terenik conceded. A lot of funding.

        Miami Beach: climate gentrification

        Funding isnt such a problem 1,200 miles south at another barrier island facing a daunting challenge from the seas Miami Beach. While it shares much of Atlantic Citys bygone glory, with its art deco grandeur and former celebrity playground status, Miami Beach linked by causeways to the mainland city of Miami has managed to retain much of the wealth that has allowed it to hurl money at the sea level rise problem.

        Pancake flat and built on porous ground that is slowly sinking back to the seabed, Miami Beach is surrounded by seas accelerating at an astonishing 9mm a year vastly more than the 3mm-a-year global average. Should slabs of Antarctic ice start to crumble away into the ocean and fuel a 6ft sea level rise by 2100, Miami Beach will pretty much be swallowed up.

        We are facing an existential threat here, said Kristen Rosen Gonzalez, Miami Beachs city commissioner. Gonzalez, a college professor, focused heavily on sea level rise when she was elected last year. Its not really much of a choice these days the mayor, Philip Levine, paddled down a flooded street in a canoe as part of an election stunt.

        miami beach sea level

        Once known as a sunny place for shady people due to its popularity with pre-war gangsters, Miami Beach is now often referred to as ground zero for the sea level rise phenomenon. But its perhaps more like a living laboratory experiment into what happens when you give a cashed-up place the task of avoiding drowning.

        Miami Beach is spending $400m on a network of pumps, sea walls and raised streets in order to beat the tides. One vulnerable neighborhood, Sunset Harbor, has had its streets raised by 2ft at a cost of over $30m. All over the island, predominantly in the wealthier neighborhoods where properties go for $10m or more, streets are being torn up.

        Kristen
        Kristen Rosen Gonzalez: Were literally going to have to rise above this. Photograph: Michael Landsberg for the Guardian

        Were literally going to have to rise above this, Gonzalez said. Thats very scary for many of us because right now, we cant really picture what that looks like. It is so hard to imagine parts of Miami Beach disappearing. A lot of this island is fill. We filled it in once. Well fill it in again.

        City engineers admit that they are merely buying themselves time, perhaps 20 years or so, until Miami Beach will need to work the problem out again, possibly with some new technology. The seas are relentless, and rising ever further without end in sight. Much of southern Florida will eventually be reclaimed, but for now there is trillions of dollars of real estate to save.

        Retreat isnt on the agenda, but as in Atlantic City theres an equity issue at play. The affluent can afford to raise their homes, lobby for sea walls and water pumps, and stay in a nice hotel if it all gets a bit much.

        Poorer residents are less able to do this, nor can they foot the bill for the work Miami Beach has eye-watering average water bills of $350 a month in order to pay for the street work. Some people may have to leave if the costs mount further. Even some of the wealthier residents are buying insurance properties in areas of the mainland, farther from the coast.

        Valencia Gunder calls this phenomenon climate gentrification. Gunder is a nascent climate campaigner and resident of Liberty City, a Miami district known for its problems with crime and poverty. Gunder has been agitating, so far unsuccessfully, for some large trees to help shade the Liberty City populace from increasingly frequent heatwaves. She gives a wry smile at the mention of Miami Beachs extreme engineering.

        Were noticing things like heatstrokes and people passing out because its so hot outside, people cant take the heat, she said.

        I do understand that you want to take care of the community thats right on the shore, but we all are affected. Four hundred million dollars, yes, is needed for resiliency, but just to put it in one neighborhood I think is ridiculous.

        Michel
        Michel Rodriguez tries to jump to a shallow spot as he crosses a flooded street in Miami Beach in 2015. Photograph: Joe Raedle/Getty Images

        We pay taxes. We live here. We go to school here. We work here. We deserve the same treatment as other communities.

        Federal leadership for communities like Atlantic City and Miami Beach is unlikely to arrive before the situation escalates further. Donald Trumps administration has already taken aim at existing coastal resiliency funding and has disparaged basic scientific understanding of climate change.

        Should the seas rise by 6ft, 13 million Americans in coastal areas will have to relocate by the end of this century, according to recent research. There will need to be a plan, beyond just cutting emissions, well before this time.

        In the meantime, threatened cities such as New York and Boston will mull gargantuan sea barriers, Miami Beach will hoist itself further upwards, and Atlantic City will hope a solution, or a combination of solutions, is found before the next Sandy arrives.

        What links these places is the reluctance to abandon them. Miami Beach is one of the most special places in the entire world and we dont plan on going anywhere, said Gonzalez. Were going to be here for the long haul. I love this city. Its my home. I cant imagine there not being a Miami Beach.

        Back in Atlantic City, Cathy Burke, surrounded by her Boardwalk Empire-style refinements, is similarly defiant.

        I am a diehard Atlantic City native, she said. I love Atlantic City. I dont want to live anywhere else.

        Ive seen hotels demolished. Storms, whatever. And as far as Im concerned, Atlantic City will always be here and it will only get bigger and better than ever.

        Read more: https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2017/mar/20/atlantic-city-miami-beach-sea-level-rise


        Cherry Tomato Plant Does Double Duty as a Design Element

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        Ivanka Trump to get top security clearance and office, WH official says

        Washington (CNN)Ivanka Trump will work out of an office in the West Wing and get a security clearance, a White House official told CNN Monday.

        The official also confirmed Trump will receive government-provided communication devices, although she will not be a government employee.
        The move places President Donald Trump’s eldest daughter — long one of his closest advisers — at the center of his administration.
          Asked at a press briefing on Tuesday about the matter, White House press secretary Sean Spicer responded that Ivanka Trump would, by her own choice and at the advice of her attorney, follow rules prescribed for government employees despite being outside of government.
          “Ivanka has taken on several measures to promote high standards of ethical conduct,” Spicer said. “Even though she’s not a federal employee, she’ll follow the restrictions that would apply if she were. She’s taken these steps with the advice of counsel and in consultation of the Office of Government Ethics.”
          In the initial weeks of the Trump presidency, she has held no formal role but appeared alongside the President and senior staffers in major meetings with world leaders and business figures. She has also reportedly weighed in on policy issues and established a low-key presence in the White House.
          Trump’s husband, Jared Kushner, has been a senior White House adviser since the outset of the administration. The Department of Justice assessed at the time that the hire did not violate anti-nepotism laws.
          CNN has reached out to Ivanka Trump’s attorney, Jamie Gorelick, for comment on the matter. Politico reported the development earlier Monday.
          Trump, like her father, has business interests throughout the country and across the world. By gaining a position in the West Wing and getting access to classified information, she has drawn a new wave of scrutiny over conflicts in the administration between public roles and private interests.
          Trump adviser Kellyanne Conway faced backlash after promoting Ivanka Trump’s fashion line on television, but the White House opted not to penalize her for the apparent ethical violation.
          Like her siblings Donald Trump Jr. and Eric Trump, Ivanka as taken an active role in her father’s business interests over the course of her life, both in his real estate empire and reality TV show, “The Apprentice.”
          She made regular appearances on the campaign trail and has been by her father’s side during many major moments of his early presidency. The move into a West Wing office brings her role in the administration closer to formality and puts one of the commander-in-chief’s closest confidants on firmer ground.

          Read more: http://www.cnn.com/2017/03/21/politics/ivanka-trump-west-wing/index.html


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