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$1 million in Virginia public funding sponsored "Lost Cause" film in 2013

$1 million in Virginia public funding sponsored “Lost Cause” film in 2013

Before Virginia Military Institute cadets were photographed in blackface in yearbooks, they fought to preserve slavery during the Civil War in the Battle of New Market. The 2015 film Field of Lost Shoes - produced with $1 million in Virginia public funds - chronicles that battle.

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Don’t fear the Green Reaper: The story of the Department of Energy’s dubious mascot

Don’t fear the Green Reaper: The story of the Department of Energy’s dubious mascot

The Green Reaper, a Grim Reaper colored green and holding a flower, is the Department of Energy’s National Security Technologies Energy Program’s idea of how to communicate “sustainability goals, successes and best practices,” including “energy awareness and recycling programs,” to the community, and to small children specifically. Why anyone thought this was a good idea is much harder question to answer.

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The wheels on the bus go green: Electric school buses come to Massachusetts

The wheels on the bus go green: Electric school buses come to Massachusetts

Three Massachusetts school districts are deploying electric school buses for the 2018-2019 school year after a pilot period from fall 2016 through early 2018 showed environmental benefits but mixed results in energy efficiency and savings.

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FBI releases catalog of Nikola Tesla's writings seized after his death

FBI releases catalog of Nikola Tesla’s writings seized after his death

The Federal Bureau of Investigation has released an additional 64 pages of previously-processed material regarding the scientist Nikola Tesla, including a catalog of his papers seized by the U.S. government after his death in 1943.

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FOIAing the Trump administration: local ICE impacts and ongoing industry ties

FOIAing the Trump administration: local ICE impacts and ongoing industry ties

The best records requests are specific, so if you want to know how the Trump administration’s aggressive immigration enforcement tactics are impacting your area, why not ask your local institutions?

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