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Welcome to MNN's daily newsletter for Monday, May 7. For breaking news throughout the day, visit us online at the Mother Nature Network.  
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EDITORS' PICKS:

Several daring dogs, a fearless feline and one panicked parrot top our list of some of the most heroic pets around. Their stories will warm your heart. Read the story... 

Mother's Day is fast approaching. Give your mom a gift that also benefits other mothers around the world - including Mother Earth. Read the story...    

Daniel Gomez Iniguez is still working on his undergrad degree, but the clean energy company he co-founded had $3 million in sales last year. Read the story...  

These summer staples can cause muscle strain and often offer no arch support. Our advice columnist has the scoop and offers some tips. Read the story...  
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Grasslands around airports can be used as solar panel fields or sources of grass-based biofuels, according to a new USDA report. Read the story...    

THIS DAY IN HISTORY:

EnCap GolfMay 7, 1840:  The second-deadliest tornado in U.S. history strikes the Mississippi River post city of Natchez.   The official death toll is 317, but the actual toll was likely much higher.  African-American slaves' deaths would not have been added to the total.
 
May 7, 1953: The Hooker Chemical Company sells its property in the Love Canal neighborhood of Niagara Falls, New York to the city's Board of Education for one dollar. The purchase includes a waiver for any future liability claims on the property, which is used to build a public school and a subdivision with hundreds of houses. Twenty-five years later, disclosures of health and genetic impacts makes Love Canal a symbol of the dangers of toxic waste dumping.
 
May 7, 2004:  Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney releases the state's Climate Change Action Plan.  Eight years later as a Presidential candidate, Romney disowns his past actions and says he's unsure that the climate is changing at all.
 
May 7, 2008: "The Miracle in the Meadowlands" sleeps with the fishes. After multiple indictments, bank defaults and allegations of organized crime involvement, the New Jersey Meadowlands Commission kills the EnCap project (at right). EnCap promised to build housing, hotel and office space, and two golf courses on heavily-polluted waste sites in the Hackensack Meadowlands, five miles west of Manhattan.
 

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