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Hurricane Guide 2008The Miami HeraldOnline FeatureBy Miami Herald Staff
"The hurricane season is nearly here, and experts hope you will not join the growing corps of Internet wishcasters who become overly anxious about fish spinners ..." says the Miami Herald's intro to Hurricane Guide 2008. With hurricane season around the corner, the Herald's staff has composed an online feature to help weed out "rumors or uninformed speculation about storms that are immensely far away and pose no current threat." Users will learn the ins and outs of hurricanes, their effects on the electrical grid, how to prepare for a storm, and what to do in the aftermath, and soon the site will include local reports with updated satellite maps and local radars. Talk about journalism as a public service.
Toxic Waste Plagues BhopalThe New York TimesPhoto GalleryBy Ruth Fremson
The only complaint about this New York Times photo gallery is that it leaves you wanting more. The six photos that make up this online album depict the remnants of a poison gas leak in Bhopal, India, which took place nearly 25 years ago. As you flip through the gallery, read the captions and learn how the gas leak has "killed thousands and turned this ancient city in a symbol of industrial disaster."
For Want of WaterLas Vegas SunMultimedia PackageBy Las Vegas Sun staff
Las Vegas relies on the springs that "made it an oasis in the desert," but recently those springs have run dry, forcing scientists, conservationists, and politicians to look for "ever more creative ways to reduce reliance on the overburdened Colorado River," according to this multimedia package by the Las Vegas Sun. …