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Month – September 2014

China May Be Home to One of Those Futuristic Comic Book Cities

Cloud Citizen

The Chinese city of Shenzhen recently ran a contest seeking creative proposals for its financial district. Cloud Citizens is the name of a top awarded co-winning design. According to the Urban Future Organization, its proposal consists “of one connected mega structure creating a third dimension of the city reaching 680 meters into the sky. Suspended public plazas and roads creates identity and acts as a catalyst for surrounding small and big businesses inspired by the bustling Hutong lifestyle. Public plazas are connected with a park that acts like a green lung and communication network in all three dimensions.”

Homeless Fitted with GPS for City Study

Homeless

Officials of the Danish city of Odense say they need the GPS data to determine the best locations for park benches and shelters. The city’s homeless population is reportedly in agreement with the project. But could this be setting a precedent for a practice that may one day be forced on everyone? True, we already have GPS in our cell phones. However, we can still choose to leave the devices at home.

Big Pharma Dumps Live Polio Virus into Belgian Water

Polio virus

A Belgian environmental agency calls the dumping of the live polio virus “human error.” It’s actually borrowing the term from initial information provided by GlaxoSmithKline. The virus made its way into the Lasne and Dyle rivers earlier this month. The government expects swimmers and fishermen may face “limited” danger, and advises worried residents to talk to their doctors about possible “re-vaccination.”

Newborn Rescued from Sewage Pipe in College Dorm

Baby in sewage pipe

The Chinese student who gave birth to her baby on the toilet a few days ago may have thought flushing the child away would ensure her secret. But someone heard the child crying and now the incident is an international news story. It took emergency personnel three hours to dislodge the newborn. Officials are not commenting on the child’s condition or on whether the mother has been charged. Child abandonment in China is often blamed on the country’s one child policy.

Student Gets Detention for Sharing School Lunch

Detention slip

This is one of those cases where you have to wonder if there are any limits to school authority. 13 year-old Kyle Bradford, of Weaverville Elementary School in California, simply gave his burrito to a friend, who decided he didn’t like his own cheese sandwich. According to Kyle’s mother, Sandy, “By all means the school can teach them math and the arithmetic and physical education, but when it comes to morals and manners and compassion, I believe it needs to start at home with the parent.” Kyle hasn’t learned his lesson. He says he would be kind again in a similar situation. The school system hasn’t learned its lesson either. It’s not budging from its policy.

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