I took a first date to a sewage treatment plant for Valentine’s Day

I took a first date to a sewage treatment plant for Valentine’s Day

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Ever since I was a little kid, I’ve loved sewage treatment plants

From the moment I first downloaded Sim City to today, I’ve had a deep, abiding passion for wastewater management systems — and wanted to share that part of my life with someone special.

So when I saw that Brooklyn’s very own Newtown Creek Wastewater Treatment Plant was having a special Valentine’s Day tour, I hatched a plan. I threw up my most highly-ranked profile picture and put a call out on Tinder, Facebook and OkCupid to find a date.

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Britain is 'failing' transgender people, landmark report says

Britain is ‘failing’ transgender people, landmark report says

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UPDATED: 10:35 a.m. GMT with Stonewall statement

LONDON — The British government has a long way to go to ensure equality for transgender people, says a landmark report published Thursday by the House of Commons Women and Equalities Committee.

The report — the government’s first on transgender equality — makes over 30 recommendations in a range of policy areas and calls on the government to take urgent action to ensure full equality for transgender and non-binary people

The NHS also requires significant reform, according to the report, which says it’s “failing in its legal duty under the Equality Act” in its treatment of transgender patients Read more…

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We have three winners: $1.5 billion Powerball jackpot tickets sold in California, Tennessee and Florida

We have three winners: .5 billion Powerball jackpot tickets sold in California, Tennessee and Florida

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UPDATED TIME: 2:45 a.m. ET

At least three winning tickets were sold in a record $1.5 billion Powerball drawing, including one in Florida, one in Tennessee and one in California.

The magical numbers for Wednesday night’s record-shattering Powerball were 4, 8, 19, 27, 34 and the Powerball of 10.

According to The Associated Press, no details on on the Florida and Tennessee winners are available yet, but it has been confirmed that the winning California ticket was sold at a 7-Eleven store in Chino Hills.

Chino Hills is a suburban city of roughly 75,000 in San Bernardino County with an average household income of about $96,000 Read more…

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Bad news, Scotland: Master butcher says haggis actually came from the Vikings

Bad news, Scotland: Master butcher says haggis actually came from the Vikings

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An award-winning Scottish butcher has claimed that haggis — Scotland’s national dish — isn’t Scottish after all, but rather Scandinavian.

Joe Callaghan, a master butcher at family-run Callaghans of Helensburgh Butchers in the UK claims that the dish was brought to Scotland by marauding Norsemen during the Viking conquest of the Scottish coastline in the early ninth century.

In fact, Callaghan feels so strongly about the dish’s alleged Nordic origins that he has hailed the haggis an “imposter”, and is campaigning for “staggis” — a version of haggis based on the Viking recipe — to replace Scotland’s national dish. Read more…

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