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Thursday November 22nd, 2018 evening edition

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As reported by Organic Consumers, the European nation has decided to ban all five pesticides that scientists believe are responsible for killing bees.

Both beekeepers and environmentalists have praised the move, but others, including cereal and sugar beet farmers have issued stark warnings about the move instead.

They have warned that their crops could well be left defenseless against harmful insects aside from bees that destroy their produce.

Just recently, the European Union ruled to ban three of the five neonicotinoid pesticides — clothianidin, imidacloprid, and thiamethoxam — but France decided to put a blanket ban on the two excluded by the EU’s ban as well, thiacloprid and acetamiprid.

The ban from the European Union starts on December 19 this year.

France’s ban extends to the use of all five pesticides both on outdoor crop fields and inside greenhouses.

Neonicotinoid pesticides were first created in the mid-1990s, and work by attacking an insect’s central nervous system, according to The Local. »

Girl, 13, Who Wrote Essay on Gun Violence Is Killed by Stray Bullet

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When she was in sixth grade, Sandra Parks wrote an award-winning essay about gun violence and crime in her hometown, Milwaukee.

This week, two years after she described how “we are in a state of chaos,” she was fatally shot when someone outside fired a gun at her home and a stray bullet went into her bedroom.

The shooting happened Monday as Sandra, 13, was watching television at the time, her sister, Tatiana Ingram, told the television station WISN. »

Facebook slammed for allowing South Sudanese user to auction off 16-year-old bride

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Facebook has been criticised for allowing a 16-year-old child bride in South Sudan to be auctioned off to the highest bidder on its platform.

Her father received 500 cows, two luxury cars, two bikes, a boat, some mobile phones and $13,800 in exchange for his daughter.

Five men bid on the girl, including high-ranking South Sudanese government officials, according to children's rights organisation Plan International. »

Utah—Yes, Utah—Has Approved a Ballot Initiative to Curb Gerrymandering – Mother Jones

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After two weeks of nail-biting vote-counting, Utah joined three other states in curbing gerrymandering by approving independent redistricting commissions through ballot initiatives in the November 6 midterm elections.

On Election Day, voters in Michigan, Colorado, and Missouri also approved ballot measures to end gerrymandering.

Utah voters also approved propositions to expand Medicaid under the Affordable Care Act and legalize medical marijuana. »

[Update Final] Tenant is renting out my apartment on AirBnB. Tenant isn't responding, AirBnB doesn't care, and my condo board is threatening to fine me for each violation. I have no idea how to even h

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Officially as of today Jane has vacated my apartment, and building management has changed the locks.

My apartment is a disaster right now and from what my property manager has stated it seems like people definitely did smoke in my apartment.

It probably isn't the best ending but it taught me an extremely valuable lesson, and i can go home at Christmas and hopefully clean my apartment. »