Headlee's Headlines

Wednesday, May 05, 2010 - 07:36 AM

Each morning, Celeste Headlee scours the country’s newspapers for interesting stories. Here's her list for today:

From The Denver Post:
Looking ahead to the summer, fire season is on the minds of most people in the West. And it's going to be a doozy. So bad, in fact, that the federal government is asking for help from water utilities, ski resorts and others in ravaged Western states. From the article:

The federal government doesn't have enough resources to deal with this," said Harris Sherman, the U.S. Department of Agriculture's undersecretary for natural resources and environment...The problem is erosion of sediment, which clogs water-supply reservoirs and delivery systems as it did after the 2002 Hayman wildfire southwest of Denver. Today, with more than 17 million acres of national forest killed by the beetle epidemic (3.5 million acres in Colorado), authorities are bracing for fires that could cause more erosion in watersheds. The Forest Service already is spending about $1 billion a year to clear and treat beetle-ravaged forests. The total cost of treating forests "is in the billions of dollars," Sherman said.

From The Detroit News:
President Obama will speak at a high school in Michigan. It's the first time a president has spoken at a high school since Bush did so in 2008.  From the article:

The school was the president's final pick Tuesday in the national Race to the Top Commencement Challenge.

From The Arizona Sun:
Comedian, Sundra Croonquist was sued by her mother-in-law for making jokes about her family. For example, Croonquist compared her sister-in-law's voice to a cat in heat. But a judge says it's protected speech and threw the case out of court -- a funny twist on the discussion about first amendment rights.

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