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SURGE and Dan Coleman; N.C. WARN and UCS; 500 water scofflaws 

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The SURGE Network and Carrboro Alderman Dan Coleman pitched in to provide insurance coverage to the Really Really Free Market. On the first Saturday of the month, people distribute and share free food and other items at the Carrboro Town Commons. However, several town officials had told participants they could no longer give away food at the market because they didn't have insurance to cover any claims if someone became ill.

Coleman helped raise $400, which paid for insurance through the rest of the year, while SURGE purchased the policy from Lee-Moore, an agency in Carrboro. "We're happy that we could get everything resolved," said SURGE co-director Jillian Johnson.

Students United for a Responsible Global Environment works on social justice, community and environmental issues; it is based in Chapel Hill.

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North Carolina Waste Awareness and Reduction Network (N.C. WARN) and the Union of Concerned Scientists convinced the Nuclear Regulatory Commission to investigate security officers at Shearon Harris nuclear power plant, who had cheated on their re-qualification tests. As a result, the NRC fined Progress Energy, which owns the plant, $65,000. It also cited the security contractor Securitas Security Services USA for providing crib sheets to security officers. Read the summary (PDF, 55 KB) and conclusion (PDF, 59 KB) of the NRC's Review of Security Issues at the Shearon Harris Nuclear Plant.

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Nearly 500 water scofflaws in Wake County, despite Stage I water restrictions, insist on drowning their lawns. City officials in Raleigh and several other jurisdictions have implemented restrictions because the severe drought in North Carolina has markedly reduced water levels in Falls Lake, Wake County's drinking water source. A word to the water-wasters: Your grass will go dormant. If it dies, replant next year. Or try cacti. They bloom and never need mowing.

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