On the southern shore of Utah’s Great Salt Lake, more than 100 boats are sitting high and dry in a parking lot, unable to sail the shallow, drought-stricken sea.

North of the nearly empty marina, salt-loving bacteria thriving in the low water has turned the liquid pink.

The massive lake, key to the state’s economy and identity, is skirting record low levels after years of below-average precipitation and record heat. A few dozen lawmakers are taking a road trip Thursday and Friday to see the problems firsthand and learn what they can do to help — besides praying for more rain and snow this winter.

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Time For Truth: (CBS News) – Beached boats, pink water as drought depletes Utah's Great Salt Lake

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A contentious debate over aerial insecticide spraying to knock down mosquitoes carrying Zika virus raged again Wednesday morning in Miami Beach.

Hundreds of residents packed City Hall for about three hours of public comment and testimony from medical professionals and government officials that ended with the City Commission passing two resolutions urging Miami-Dade County and Tallahassee to investigate mosquito control methods that don’t include naled — a controversial neurotoxin that has been sprayed over the Beach twice now.

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Time For Truth: (Miami Herald) – Tempers flare as public protests spraying for Zika mosquitoes in South Beach

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Photographs have emerged of armed French police confronting a woman on a beach and making her remove some of her clothing as part of a controversial ban on the burkini.

Authorities in several French towns have implemented bans on the burkini, which covers the body and head, citing concerns about religious clothing in the wake of recent terrorist killings in the country.

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Time For Truth: (The Guardian) – French police make woman remove clothing on Nice beach following burkini ban

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A French politician is threatening legal action against social media users for sharing photos of police enforcing a ban on the burkini.

Christian Estrosi, the President of Provence-Alpes-Côte d’Azur, a region where the full body swimwear is prohibited, said official complaints had been filed about the distribution of the pictures of the police officers. He added the officials were just “doing their job”.

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A Corsican mayor has announced a ban on burkinis, becoming the third in France to do so, as tensions on the island run high following violent clashes between villagers and three Muslim families.

Skirmishes at a beach in the commune of Sisco at the weekend left four people injured and resulted in riot police being brought in to stop a crowd of 200 Corsicans marching into a housing estate with a high population of people of North African origin, shouting “this is our home”.

Read the Full Article: Source – The Guardian
Time For Truth: (The Guardian) – Corsican mayor bans burkini after violence at beach and protests

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