Tim Gaynor
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/ 27 May 2008

Pioneers show Americans how to live off-grid

With energy prices going through the roof, an alternative lifestyle powered by solar panels and wind turbines has suddenly become more appealing to some. For architect Todd Bogatay, it has been reality for years. When he bought this breezy patch of scrub-covered mountaintop more than two decades ago, he was one of only a few Americans with an interest in wind- and solar-powered homes.

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/ 4 February 2008

Weak US dollar lures Canadian retirees

Canadian retiree Penny Macdonald and husband Stu have spent winters in the United States for 25 years, but never before have vacations been such good value for ”snowbirds” flocking to trailer parks across America’s sunbelt. Macdonald takes note of how a weak US dollar has made life richer for the thousands of Canadians who routinely spend winters in America.

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/ 15 June 2007

WWII Navajo code talkers welcome recognition

Before Keith Little went off to World War II, speaking Navajo had only ever got him into trouble at school. By the time he came home in 1945, it had proved decisive in winning the brutal campaign for the Pacific and earned him a niche in history. Navajo code talkers have already been the subject of a Hollywood film and received congressional medals for their war-time service.

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/ 15 February 2007

Iraq war tests unity among US Muslims

Leaders of the United States Islamic community are fearful that sectarian slaughter tearing Shi’ite and Sunni communities apart in Iraq is testing unity among Muslim immigrants in the US. Imams, analysts and community leaders say the daily round of truck bombings, kidnappings and slaughter pitching former Sunni and Shi’ite neighbours into civil war in Baghdad has raised tension among Muslim immigrants nationwide.