Saturday, July 4, 2015

Independence Day Weekend Links

Happy Fourth of July!  Here are a few stories to light up your weekend:

My Hometown Baseball Stadium Just Burned Down. It Was My Childhood-and an American Relic - Slate.  Eugene, Oregon's Civic Stadium, which was built as a public-private partnership involving the WPA.

A Long Walk's End - SBNation

Royals All Star Voting Echoes Last Time MLB Fans Stuffed The Ballot Box - All Things Considered.  Cincinnati, 1957.

What the worst bird flu outbreak in U.S. history means for farms - Fortune

White House: We Have a Beef With GMO Regulations - The Salt.  I think they are a bit late on this.

The U.S. Is Producing a Record Amount of Milk and Dumping the Leftovers - Bloomberg.

The Father-Son Feud That Built an Empire of Food - Narratively

Raisin Grower Wins Supreme Court Battle - Modern Farmer.  It will be interesting how a massive raisin surplus is dealt with going forward.

How Did President Zachary Taylor Actually Die? - priceonomics

How a Conservative Billionaire is Moving Heaven and Earth to Become the Biggest Alternative Energy Giant in the Country - Pacific Standard

The Missing Diamond Shortage - Bloomberg

Whistle-blower: How doctor uncovered nightmare - Detroit News

The Mystery of St. Louis's Veiled Prophet - The Atlantic.  The weird roots of Fair St. Louis.  A look at power dynamics in St. Louis history.

Seattle on the Mediterranean - New York Times

What's Killing the Babies of Vernal, Utah? - Rolling Stone.  Some blame tremendous air pollution resulting from natural gas production in the basin.

Why the Christian right is going to war (with itself) - Salon

Anti-Intellectualism Is Killing America - Psychology Today

Major League Baseball Players Born Abroad - The Big Picture

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