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POSTED: Tuesday, June 5, 2012, 6:30 AM
Filed Under: Environment | Michael Yudell

By Michael Yudell

The only sense I can make of the plan proposed last week by North Carolina legislators to join the climate change denialist bandwagon and alter the way the state projects rising sea levels is that they are taking their cues from Superman’s nemesis Lex Luthor.

These lawmakers, you see, have proposed legislation that threatens at least 2,000 square miles of the Tar Heel State’s pristine coastline. Perhaps they were inspired by the diabolical scheme in 1978's Superman: The Movie, in which Luthor has bought up thousands of square miles of land east of the San Andreas fault, planning to trigger an earthquake and send much of the West Coast into the sea.

POSTED: Friday, June 1, 2012, 6:30 AM
Filed Under: Food | Michael Yudell | Smoking
"if she wasn't smoking, she could have a car," writes the photographer, who did the math. See a slide show of the city's food and tobacco environment, part of the Philadelphia Department of Public Health's Get Healthy Philly campaigns.

By Michael Yudell

One image shows placards outside a corner store. “I noticed right away that these cigarette ads were literally touching the ground,” the photographer writes, “so the person most likely to see these … would be children.”

The picture, by an unidentified 20-year-old African-American woman, is part of a new  exhibit that looks at the impact of smoking on Philadelphians. It opened Thursday, in the lobby of Philadelphia’s Criminal Justice Center, to coincide with the World Health Organization’s “World No Tobacco Day.”


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Michael Yudell, PhD, MPH Associate Professor, Drexel University School of Public Health
Jonathan Purtle, MPH Doctoral candidate and Research Associate, Center for Nonviolence and Social Justice, Drexel University
Janet Golden, PhD Professor of history, Rutgers University-Camden
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