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Cub Scouts Plant Trees In Montgomery County

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After searching for the perfect location, a group of Cub Scouts, along with the environmental group Conservation Montgomery, spent Saturday morning planting trees in the Montgomery Hills section of Silver Spring.

A lab at the University of Vermont identified Montgomery Hills as having the lowest tree canopy of any urban area in the county, at 8 percent. The school's Tree Canopy Assessment Tool analyzes land cover throughout the country, and this is the first time it's being used in Montgomery County.

According to the system, after Montgomery Hills, the central business districts of Silver Spring and Bethesda have the lowest amount of tree cover in the county.

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La. Family Celebrates Son's 2nd Birthday With Personal Injury Lawyer-Themed Party

When she was planning a birthday party for her 2-year-old son earlier this year, L'erin Dobra of Prairieville, La., had to choose a theme. But luckily her son had already begun giving her hints. He was fixated with a particular commercial for a personal injury law firm, featuring Morris Bart, who has been the pitchman since the 1980s. The party even included a cake with Bart's picture on it.
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Pesticide Drift Threatens Organic Farms

Conventional farmers use millions of pounds of pesticides each year to protect crops from weeds and insects. When those chemicals drift to neighboring property, they can ruin crops on organic farms.
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Planned Parenthood Controversy Raises Questions About Fetal Tissue Research

A series of sting videos targeting Planned Parenthood is raising questions about the field of fetal tissue research. Companies who buy and sell such tissue defend their work.
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Letting Go Of The Wheel: How Google Is Easing People Into Self-Driving Cars

Google has begun testing a new self-driving car this summer that is designed to work without a steering wheel. But as the Planet Money team reports, the company's biggest challenge may be convincing Americans to hop inside.

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