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Mayor Bloomberg to NYers: Compost your food scraps!
The Brooklyn Botanic Garden's Jenny Blackwell turns nutrient-rich compost.
June 18th, 2013
11:08 AM ET

Mayor Bloomberg to NYers: Compost your food scraps!

By Steve Kastenbaum, CNN

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(CNN) – First he forced chain restaurants to post calorie counts on their menus. Then he pushed forward with a ban on large size sugary soft drinks.

Now New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg wants people to set aside their food scraps so they can be collected for composting.

"It gives people a way to participate in composting even if you don't want to go whole hog yourself," said Brooklyn Botanic Garden spokesperson Kate Blumm. "So you don't want worms under your sink? Fine. You don't want to have to go out to your backyard with a pitchfork once a week? Fine. This is a way that you can participate, or really I can participate, as well."

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Your morning news, explained
June 17th, 2013
11:09 AM ET

Your morning news, explained

By Steve Kastenbaum, CNN

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(CNN) – Do you start your day off by switching on the TV?

If you watch even just a few minutes of ABC’s Good Morning America, CBS’s This Morning or NBC’s The Today Show, you are among more than 13 million Americans who tune in, according to a 2012 study from the Pew Research Center on people’s viewing habits.

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Why do athletes dope?
June 8th, 2013
10:40 AM ET

Why do athletes dope?

By Steve Kastenbaum, CNN

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(CNN) – Over the last decade, more than a few professional baseball players have had their reputations, and legacies, tarnished by doping. That doesn’t seem to have deterred some big leaguers from taking that same risk today.

Earlier this week, reports surfaced that 20 Major League Baseball players face suspensions of up to 100 games for using banned substances.

[1:21] “This is how professional sports work,” says CJ Nitkowski, a pitcher for several different major league teams from 1996 to 2005. “Guys will still cheat. And when there’s so much at stake. I mean you look at and talk about the dollars that are at stake and the difference between a guy who is in Triple A and the major leagues is not that much. So guys are always trying to gain an edge.”

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Where are the Cicadas already?
Have you seen these cicadas? Despite the hype over a cicada invasion this spring, swarms like these aren't always easily seen.
June 5th, 2013
08:38 AM ET

Where are the Cicadas already?

By Steve Kastenbaum and Lisa Desjardins, CNN

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New York and Washington, DC (CNN) – Dear East Coasters, this is the deal with that massive 17-year cicada invasion you’ve been expecting.

It’s here.

What, you haven’t seen any? You’re not alone.

“We’re definitely not hearing them yet,” said Bonnie McGuire, deputy director New York City Urban Park Rangers while searching through Inwood Hill Park, a natural forest in Manhattan. “When we do, we’ll definitely know it.”

McGuire didn’t hear or see any cicadas. Neither did most of the people CNN Radio spoke with in Virginia, Washington D.C., Pennsylvania, New York and Connecticut. After months of hype over what was billed as a wonder of nature, replete with billions of cicadas, many residents along the Atlantic are shrugging their shoulders. FULL POST

Voters forgive despite sex scandals
May 30th, 2013
04:26 PM ET

Voters forgive despite sex scandals

By Steve Kastenbaum, CNN

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(CNN) - Two years ago, then Democratic Representative Anthony Weiner walked into a hotel ballroom in New York packed with reporters and admitted that he sent lewd photos to women he met online.

Now, he’s asking for a second chance as he runs for mayor of New York City. Every day on the campaign trail he finds himself apologizing, like he did at a recent mayoral candidate forum in the Bronx:

[4:55] “I’m sorry. You put a great deal of hope and confidence in me and I did some very embarrassing things and I regret them.”

A few weeks ago, former South Carolina Governor Mark Sanford won redemption in a special congressional election despite having run off with his Argentinian mistress for a week.

Kay Hymowitz is with the Manhattan Institute, a public policy think tank in New York and has written about these issues:

[2:53] “I think people are willing to forgive if they feel there’s been a real change and if they don’t have other choices that they’re not happy with and that seems the be the case here,” said Hymowitz.

But being given a second chance and actually getting people to vote for you are two different things.

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