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5:44pm

Fri January 10, 2014
Environment

The Upside Of The Bitter Cold: It Kills Bugs That Kill Trees

Originally published on Fri January 10, 2014 6:19 pm

Tom Tiddens, supervisor of plant health care at the Chicago Botanic Garden, displays bark with beetle larvae.
David Schaper NPR

While many of us may prefer to never again see temperatures drop below zero like they did earlier this week across the country, the deep freeze is putting warm smiles on the faces of many entomologists.

That's because it may have been cold enough in some areas to freeze and kill some damaging invasive species of insects, including the tree-killing emerald ash borer.

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5:27pm

Fri January 10, 2014
This Week's Must Read

As Zamata Joins 'SNL,' A Look At — And Beyond — The Prism Of Race

Originally published on Fri January 10, 2014 6:19 pm

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This week the long-running comedy show Saturday Night Live hired Sasheer Zamata as a new cast member. The show had come under criticism for its lack of diversity, especially its lack of black women; Zamata will be the show's first female African-American cast member in six years.

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4:43pm

Fri January 10, 2014
The Salt

American Beer Fans, Praise The Heavens: A Trappist Brewery In U.S.

Originally published on Mon January 13, 2014 3:27 pm

Spencer Trappist Ale, made by the first official Trappist brewery outside Europe, will go on sale next week in Massachusetts.
Nick Hiller The Spencer Brewery

The town of Spencer, in central Massachusetts, isn't well known for ... well, anything, really. But it's about to become internationally famous — at least in beer-drinking circles.

Spencer is home to St. Joseph's Abbey, where robed monks are busy brewing the first American Trappist beer. If all goes as planned, Spencer Trappist Ale will be available in Massachusetts retail stores by the middle of next week.

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4:32pm

Fri January 10, 2014
U.S.

Marijuana 'Hash Oil' Explodes In Popularity, And Kitchens

Originally published on Fri January 10, 2014 6:19 pm

Jim Andersen displays butane hash oil at a marijuana growing facility in Seattle in April 2013. The state's licensed producers will be required to use professional-grade equipment when making the extracts.
Elaine Thompson AP

If you think the recent liberalization of marijuana laws around the country is only about smoking leaves and buds, think again. For users younger than 25, "hash oil" is where it's really at. This concentrated resin of marijuana is creating new public safety headaches — even in places where it's legal.

There have always been forms of the substance, but the resins available today are much stronger than in years past. That's due in part to the expertise developed by medical marijuana producers, who have learned how to make more potent versions of the oil.

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4:09pm

Fri January 10, 2014
Sports

A Story Of The Boston Marathon Bombing, As Told On Skates

Originally published on Fri January 10, 2014 6:48 pm

Ross Miner skates during the men's short program at the 2013 Skate Canada International last year. He hopes to qualify for the upcoming Winter Olympics.
Dave Sandford Getty Images

Ross Miner is among those competing for a spot on the U.S. Men's figure skating team Friday night in Boston. He is a hometown favorite who is bringing some local flavor to his performance — he's going to tell the story of last year's Boston Marathon bombing.

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