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When green strikes back...the true cost of energy reducing urban lighting retrofits.
Lights out on Lake Shore Drive -- More than 200 new energy-efficient streetlights installed on Lake Shore Drive have suffered outages, and Chicago is on the hook to pay for a large part of the repairs, officials said. About 2,140 ceramic metal-halide light fixtures were installed from late last year through this past summer on the drive from Hollywood Avenue to just beyond it at 71st Street. The streetlights are brighter and use less electricity than the sodium-vapor fixtures they replaced and will last for seven to eight years, compared with five to six years for the old system, according to the Chicago Department of Transportation.

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Pork is pork is pork?
Wal-Mart China Staff Detained in Probe -- Several Wal-Mart Stores Inc. employees in Chongqing have been detained as part of a government probe into whether the retailer fraudulently sold ordinary pork as a more expensive organic variety. Police in the southwestern city are holding an undisclosed number of employees that authorities believe are connected to the mislabeling at stores in the city, Pu Jian, a spokesman for the Chongqing Public Security Bureau, said Tuesday.

States Adding Drug Test as Hurdle for Welfare -- As more Americans turn to government programs for refuge from a merciless economy, a growing number are encountering a new price of admission to the social safety net: a urine sample. Policy makers in three dozen states this year proposed drug testing for people receiving benefits like welfare, unemployment assistance, job training, food stamps and public housing. Such laws, which proponents say ensure that tax dollars are not being misused and critics say reinforce stereotypes about the poor, have passed in states including Arizona, Indiana and Missouri.

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