Thousands of assaults occur each year at California's state psychiatric hospitals. Last October, a patient allegedly murdered a staffer at Napa State Hospital. Employees there demonstrated, demanding greater safety.
Now, the protests have spread to Metropolitan State Hospital near Los Angeles, where about 100 workers recently spent a broiling hot lunch hour marching in front of the place where they work.
The U.S. military can fight on land, in the air, at sea and in space. Now it has a strategy for operations in a new domain: cyberspace.
Under a new plan unveiled Thursday, the Defense Department said it is preparing to treat cyberspace "as an operational domain," with forces specially organized, trained and equipped to deal with cyberthreats and opportunities.
The strategy presumes that "cyberattacks will be a significant component of any future conflict" and that the United States must be prepared to retaliate, possibly even with military force.
According to a local businessman, there are more organic farms per capita within 10 miles of Hardwick, Vt., than anywhere else in the world.
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Johnson and his employees used to cut the fields of greens by hand. Now, they use an industrial-scale cutter, which is more efficient and allows them to grow and sell more greens at a lower price.
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Ben Hewitt, the author of <em>The Town That Food Saved: How One Community Found Vitality in Local Food</em>, lives on a family farm in Cabot, Vt.
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Finn Kane, a high school student, picks some things for dinner in his family garden outside East Hardwick.
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The town of Hardwick, Vt., has been celebrated as the scene of a local food revival. In recent years, lots of small farms have started up nearby.
Tom Stearns, president of a local organic seed company called High Mowing Seeds, says there are more organic farms per capita within 10 miles of Hardwick than anywhere else in the world. There's also a thriving local grocery co-op; a busy farmer's market; even a classy restaurant — Claire's — where almost anything you eat grew or grazed on land nearby.
Crew members of the International Space Station, (from left) U.S. astronaut Ron Garan, Russian cosmonauts Alexander Samokytyaev and Andrei Borisenko, prepare to enter a Soyuz simulator outside Moscow on March 30, 2011. With the space shuttle out of commission, the Russian Soyuz vehicle will be the only way for Americans to reach space.
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A Russian Soyuz rocket is mounted at a launchpad on June 5.
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A statue of Russian cosmonaut Yuri Gagarin is unveiled in London on Thursday, as Gagarin's daughter, Elena (left) and Britain's Prince Michael of Kent look on. Gagarin became the first man in space after orbiting the Earth on April 12, 1961.
"After this mission, we will no longer have the ability to send American astronauts into space ourselves," Chiao said. "And arguably, we will no longer be the leaders in human space flight until we get that capability back."