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Traveling by Jeep, boat and foot, Tribune-Review investigative reporter Carl Prine and photojournalist Justin Merriman covered nearly 2,000 miles over two months along the border with Mexico to report on coyotes — the human traffickers who bring illegal immigrants into the United States. Most are Americans working for money and/or drugs. This series reports how their operations have a major impact on life for residents and the environment along the border — and beyond.

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Writing at Forbes.com, James Taylor notes that Antarctic sea ice continues to set records — not for melting but for increasing. In fact, he says such sea ice “has been growing since satellites first began measuring the ice 33 years ago and the sea ice has been above the 33-year average throughout 2012.” Throw another log on the fire, honey, it's getting cold outside. ... From the University of California, Riverside, Department of We Have Nothing Better to Study: Commercially cooked hamburgers cause more air pollution than diesel trucks. Researcher Bill Welch says “an 18-wheeler ... would have to drive 143 miles on the freeway to put out the same mass of particulates as a single charbroiled hamburger patty.” As get outta townish as that sounds, UCR engineers say they're developing a way to better control the particulates. But will the burgers still get good mileage? ... Reports have it that cash-starved Portland, Ore., schools spent nearly $527,000 on a program that contends peanut butter and jelly sandwiches are racist and that rugged individualism, adherence to rigid time schedules and the belief that hard work leads to success are unsavory traits of the dominant white culture. Which makes us want to make a Jif and Smucker's run, buy a farm, feed the chickens and milk the cows on time and work every day until that day's chores are done. Does that make us “racists”?

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