After Maria, Puerto Rico Struggles Under The Weight Of Its Own Garbage

Outside Puerto Rico's capital, a three-story-high mountain of debris and waste sits smack in the middle of what was a suburban soccer field before Hurricane Maria devastated the island. Blue bleachers peek out from the edge of the trash pile, as a line of trucks rolls in to dump even more tree branches and moldy furniture. Workmen wearing yellow hard hats operate diggers to add the new waste to the growing pile in the center of the field. Puerto Rico is struggling under the weight of its own...

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Director Spike Lee was just 29 years old in 1986 when he released his first feature film, She's Gotta Have It. The movie told the story of a young black artist named Nola Darling who loves sex but isn't interested in a committed relationship with any of the three men she is dating.

Lee, now 60, says he made She's Gotta Have It because he wanted to show a woman "living her life, and not really caring about what people feel."

With wildfires still raging across parts of Southern California, dozens of schools have been closed. Many will stay that way till the new year. That gives educators valuable time to think about what they can do, when school resumes, to help students who have been traumatized by these fires.

The number of teens abusing drugs is lower than it's been since the 1990s, according to a national survey.

"In particular, we see a tremendous decline in the portion of young people using cigarettes," Dr. Lloyd Johnson, a study researcher at the University of Michigan, said at a press conference on Thursday. "The changes we're seeing are very large and very important."

·      This Saturday at 4:00 p.m., the Rock Ledge Ranch Historic Site will host a special Holiday Evening featuring tractor rides, old-time musical entertainment, lantern light tours, blacksmithing demonstrations, barn dancing, and other Victorian celebrations of the Holiday season.

·      The Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center at Colorado College will host a silent disco dance party underneath Buck Walsky’s Beach Front art installation this Saturday, beginning at 8:00 p.m..

·      The Colorado Springs Philharmonic will present their 'Christmas Symphony' this Sunday at 2:30 p.m. at the Pikes Peak Center, featuring a special performance of “Twas the Night Before Christmas,” narrated by Mayor John Suthers. 

For more information on these and other events you can check out peakradar.com

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Last minute present wrapping? Decorating the tree? Christmas Eve party? Let 91.5 KRCC provide the soundtrack to your Holiday festivities!  On Sunday December 24, we'll be airing the ever popular Tinsel Tales from NPR at 4 p.m. and 6 p.m., and then local jazz host Tim Everett will be playing some Christmas standards on the Sunday Evening Jazz Show.  We hope you'll allow us to be a part of your Christmas traditions.

When Sen.-elect Doug Jones, D-Ala., addressed his cheering supporters Tuesday night in Birmingham, Ala., one of his first shout-outs went to his African-American supporters. As well it should have.

Wildfires in December are the new norm for California.

In the West, they are burning hotter and more intensely than ever due to climate change, and the situation is made worse by the explosion of development in fire prone areas and past firefighting decisions. Here are three reasons the fires are massive and likely won't abate anytime soon.

1. It's nearly impossible to put out a modern mega-fire

How much would you pay to avoid traffic jams on your daily commute? $10? $20? How about $40?

That's how much a tollway in the Virginia suburbs of Washington, D.C., charged for a short time last week. Outraged commuters call it highway robbery.

But transportation officials say the high-priced toll is less about money and more about changing commuter behavior and reducing congestion, and commuters all across the country might soon see more tolls in the future.

It's time to find out what, if anything, our "mysterious interloper" has to say.

In Westfield, N.Y., perch, bass, catfish and trout are growing fat on the byproducts of an adjacent brewery and distillery. The fish, still young but intended to be harvested and eaten next year, are the first fruits of an innovative project aimed at turning waste into food while addressing a suite of problems associated with more conventional means of catching and farming seafood.

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