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Thinking Beyond Coal
Coal mines are mucking up the environment, from the Appalachian mountains to the outskirts of Austin
"...and scrape of a 110-ton bucket used to carve coal from the Earth jolts Billie Woods out of her..."

July 18, 2008 News Feature by Daniel Mottola

Congress Spotlights Texas' Coal Waste
Feds hear testimony on Central Texas polluters
"...of Congress to hear testimony regarding the disposal of coal combustion waste. Texas burns more coal and creates more..."

Jan. 14, 2005 News Feature by Daniel Mottola

Coal Hard Cash
Alcoa has applied for a mining application in Elgin, near Austin.
"...plus a whole lot more. Enough, according to a coalition of farmers, ranchers, environmentalists, and suburban professionals who commute..."

Sept. 3, 1999 News Feature

Germinal
"...Miou-Miou, Jean Carmet and Judith Henry. Set amidst the coal-mining French countryside of the 19th century, Berri's adaptation of..."

June 3, 1994 Movie Review by Marc Savlov

Margaret's Museum
"...film is based. Set in the 1940s in the coal mining town of Cape Breton, Nova Scotia, Margaret's Museum..."

May 9, 1997 Movie Review by Alison Macor

Page Two: Workingman's Blues
The real history of labor and union organizing is ignored and largely unknown
"...Virginia: The National Guard was called out against striking coal miners. June 11 – New Orleans: Police shot three..."

Dec. 26, 2008 Column by Louis Black

October Sky
"...Set during the early Sixties in a West Virginia coal mining town, the film introduces us to Hickam (Gyllenhaal),..."

Oct. 29, 1999 Screens Review by Mike Emery

The Hightower Report
GOP Blocks Mine Safety Efforts; and Pulp Nonfiction
"...have the perfect cure for your job grievances: Become coal miners for a while...."

Nov. 12, 2010 News Column by Jim Hightower

Chasing Ice
Time-lapse photography of various glaciers melting over the years provides undeniable evidence that they are disappearing faster than ever before.
"...This documentary likens the situation to canaries in the coal mines: the harbingers of the geological devastation to come...."

Feb. 15, 2013 Movie Review by Marjorie Baumgarten

A Mutual Respect
Russell Lee's documentary photographs of the Great Depression helped fashion our collective visual memory of that era, but his greatest achievement may have been the trust he engendered in his subjects.
"...those in unemployment lines. In Pennsylvania, he photographed bootleg coal mines. During this time he acquired an agent and..."

Aug. 29, 2003 Arts Feature by Rebecca S. Cohen

Allergic to the World
The Sensitives and the illness of environment
"...irritations from extended environmental illness with metaphorical canaries in coal mines...."

Sept. 29, 2017 Screens Feature by Kahron Spearman

Guggenheim on Education and Getting the Job Done
Q&A with the director of Waiting for 'Superman'
"...and I was with my dad shooting documentaries in coal mines talking about the dignity of the worker, but..."

Oct. 15, 2010 News Feature by Richard Whittaker

The Politics of War
This show of political art by Robert Levers and Chris Reno is as timely as it gets
"...internal level. Maybe artists are the canaries in the coal mines; they help us all process and articulate cultural..."

Sept. 19, 2008 Arts Review by Rachel Koper

Paul Metsa
Record review
"...such as "As Good as It Gets" and "59 Coal Mines," Texas in the Twilight is as good an..."

June 24, 2005 Music Review by Margaret Moser

The Queen of Truth
With two beautifully crafted memoirs under her belt, a third book of poetry out, tenure at Syracuse University, a teenage son, and a blissful romance, Mary Karr is definitely hardworking and real. And if her soul isn't entirely pure, well, readers of Cherry will be grateful it isn't.
"...that was isolated and environmentally ruined -- near the coal mines of West Virginia or oil fields of Alaska,..."

Nov. 3, 2000 Books Feature by Robin Bradford

Celtic Airs
"...with homespun venom of politicos who exploit the Scottish coal mines: "They come back to find their roots in..."

April 14, 2000 Music Feature by Margaret Moser

Alcoa, von Gonten Family Reach Settlement in Legal Fight
Critics charge suit was meant to intimidate citizens
"...Alcoa Inc., operator of a massive aluminum smelter and coal-fired power plant in Rockdale, about 60 miles northeast of..."

Dec. 2, 2005 News Feature by Daniel Mottola

Day Trips
"...workers and their families. At the town's peak, 14 mines supplied coal to the Texas and Pacific Railroad. Bricks..."

Feb. 28, 2003 Column by Gerald E. McLeod

Neighbors vs. Neighbors
A profile of the Central Texas struggle over Alcoa Rockdale and its plans for expansionAlcoa announces new "voluntary" emissions reductions.
"...smelters are powered by lignite-fired boilers, and the company mines its lignite coal from its own Sandow mine, which..."

July 27, 2001 News Feature by Michael King

Naked City
"...• On the heels of Sunday's anti-coal demonstration, emerging nonprofit Renewable Energy Institute announced Monday that..."

Feb. 16, 2007 News Feature

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Think Positive
"...10.5 sections near Study Butte which could become humate mines if they prevail...."

May 8, 1998 Column

Ham
Hans Frank's 'Ham' offers a political drama in which a seemingly good man experiences a dangerous pressure from all sides
"...his tours of duty in Vietnam, his years mining coal, his service as a county commissioner. Unfortunately for Ham,..."

Sept. 10, 2004 Arts Review by Robert Faires

Naked City
"...alternative fuels, like natural gas, to replace the lignite coal the company has used for more than 50 years..."

Sept. 5, 2003 News Feature by Mike Clark-Madison

Butcher Holler Here We Come
This stylized look at West Virginia miners trapped underground is more of a powerful sensory experience than a narrative drama
"...miles above. It's not a sympathetic elegy to Appalachian coal culture, which has gotten so much airtime recently in..."

May 26, 2017 Arts Review by Elizabeth Cobbe

The Hightower Report
Neighbors and Fruit Trees; and Some Peace of Mine?
"...of the Interior Ken Salazar imposed on new uranium mines adjacent to the Grand Canyon. Yes, the Bushites had..."

Aug. 7, 2009 News Column by Jim Hightower

Tommy Dorsey: His Life and Times
Gift guide
"...a solid job. Dorsey was born to a poor coal-mining family in eastern Pennsylvania, his father switching professions to..."

Dec. 2, 2005 Music Review by Harvey Pekar

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