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Bald Eagle Death Raises Concerns About Lead Poisoning

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The death of a bald eagle has prompted officials at the Wildlife Center of Virginia to urge hunters to take steps to curb lead poisoning of wildlife. The eagle died this week after being admitted to the center with high lead levels, according to the Associated Press.

Center officials say that so far in 2011, three of the 29 bald eagles admitted to the center showed signs of lead toxicity and 14 had measurable levels of lead.

Many of these birds have ingested lead shotgun pellets or bullet fragments while feeding on animals that have been shot but not recovered, or on the entrails of animals harvested and "field dressed.''

The center urges hunters to switch to ammunition that does not contain lead, or to bury animals or animal parts left in the field.

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A Compelling Plot Gives Way To Farce In Franzen's Purity

The new novel reveals sharp observations and a great, sprawling story. But critic Roxane Gay says the book gets bogged down with absurdly-drawn characters and misfired critiques of modern life.
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Huge Fish Farm Planned Near San Diego Aims To Fix Seafood Imbalance

The aquaculture project would be the same size as New York's Central Park and produce 11 million pounds of yellowtail and sea bass each year. But some people see it as an aquatic "factory farm."
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Europe's Ongoing Migrant And Refugee Crisis And The Future Of Open Borders

The Austria-Hungary border has become the latest pressure point in Europe's ongoing migrant crisis. An update on the huge influx of migrants and refugees from the Middle East and Africa and the future of open borders within the E.U.

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Environmental Outlook: How to Build Smarter Transportation And More Livable Cities

A new report says the traffic in the U.S. is the worst it has been in years. Yet, some urban transportation experts say there's reason to be optimistic. They point to revitalized city centers, emerging technology and the investment in alternative methods of transportation. A conversation about how we get around today, and might get around tomorrow.

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