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EA drops Plants vs. Zombies 2 lawn mower microtransaction tax – GameSpot

Monday, June 30, 2014

EA has taken a lot of flak recently for its microtransaction model. First, there was the highly unpopular “lawnmower tax” in Plants vs. Zombies 2, which required players to repurchase any lawnmowers lost in the course of play. Previously lawn mowers would respawn at the start of each new level. Then Peter Molyneux vocally expressed his disdain for the pay-or-wait mechanic in the recently released free-to-play version of Dungeon Keeper….

Chuck Schumer Calls For Heightening Security at Power Plants Following Last … – TheBlaze.com

Monday, June 30, 2014

Sen. Charles Schumer (D-N.Y.) proposed heightening security measures at power plants Sunday, saying that an attack on a California plant last year demonstrates how a group of terrorists could potentially take down parts of the U.S. power grid. “Sometimes we take it for granted, but our entire way of life is dependent on the reliability of our power plants and our electric grid,” Schumer said in a news release, according…

Unusual plants subject of outreach in Polk County – BlueRidgeNow.com

Monday, June 30, 2014

Thought to be unknown to science, the floodplain-loving yucca was just one of dozens of unusual plant discoveries Campbell shared Sunday with about 25 members of the Southeastern Chapter of the American Rhododendron Society at St. John in the Wilderness Episcopal Church. Most people think of yuccas growing in open, sunny environments such as the desert Southwest, but Campbell said this species grows to “massive dimensions” in shaded riverside…

Man charged over rare plants – The Register-Guard

Monday, June 30, 2014

A Junction City plant collector is expected to plead guilty this week to a federal charge of illegally importing an endangered species for bringing rare, carnivorous pitcher plants into the United States. Dean Cook is scheduled to enter a plea to the charge on Wednesday in U.S. District Court in Eugene. The charge is a misdemeanor, and Cook is expected to receive a fine and perform community service, his attorney…

Desalination plants a pricey option if drought persists – San Francisco Chronicle

Monday, June 30, 2014

As the drought bakes its way toward a fourth year, the state has a string of secret weapons in the works that could supply millions of gallons of new drinking water and help stave off disaster: desalination plants. Seventeen plants are in planning stages along the coast to convert salt water from the ocean or bays, including one near Concord that would serve every major water agency in the Bay…

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