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Arianna S. Huffington remixes the Slate 60 list of top philanthropists, ” Last June, I criticized “The Slate 60″ for treating every philanthropic dollar the same. I was appalled to find the Slate 60 citation that winemaker Robert G. Mondavi had dropped $20 million on the American Center for Wine, Food and the Arts in his hometown of Napa, Calif., only a click away from the news that Ron Burkle, Ted Fortsmann, and John Walton gave $30 million to the Children’s Scholarship Fund for low-income children. This overemphasis on raw dollars implies some sort of equivalence between these acts of generosity, when we know the Mondavi gift shouldn’t be mentioned in the same breath as the one from Burkle et al. One gift advances the giver’s personal interests, the other addresses a pressing social need. ”

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Aurora Alert for northern US and Canada. “Residents of Canada and the northern United States should be on the alert for aurora borealis during the night of March 5 and morning of March 6. The best time to view aurorae is usually around local midnight. Tonight’s new moon will make even faint activity easy to see. Early on March 5, 2000, the interplanetary magnetic field measured by NASA’s ACE spacecraft developed a significant southward-directed component. This condition often means that solar wind plasma can penetrate Earth’s magnetosphere and trigger aurorae. …If this high level of activity continues, auroral displays could be visible as far south as the Great Lakes states and in New England.”

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Arianna S. Huffington remixes the Slate 60 list of top philanthropists, ” Last June, I criticized “The Slate 60″ for treating every philanthropic dollar the same. I was appalled to find the Slate 60 citation that winemaker Robert G. Mondavi had dropped $20 million on the American Center for Wine, Food and the Arts in his hometown of Napa, Calif., only a click away from the news that Ron Burkle, Ted Fortsmann, and John Walton gave $30 million to the Children’s Scholarship Fund for low-income children. This overemphasis on raw dollars implies some sort of equivalence between these acts of generosity, when we know the Mondavi gift shouldn’t be mentioned in the same breath as the one from Burkle et al. One gift advances the giver’s personal interests, the other addresses a pressing social need. ”

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Aurora Alert for northern US and Canada. “Residents of Canada and the northern United States should be on the alert for aurora borealis during the night of March 5 and morning of March 6. The best time to view aurorae is usually around local midnight. Tonight’s new moon will make even faint activity easy to see. Early on March 5, 2000, the interplanetary magnetic field measured by NASA’s ACE spacecraft developed a significant southward-directed component. This condition often means that solar wind plasma can penetrate Earth’s magnetosphere and trigger aurorae. …If this high level of activity continues, auroral displays could be visible as far south as the Great Lakes states and in New England.”