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The phrase 'natural disaster' is going up in smoke

You expect to see the phrase natural disaster all over the news when hurricanes, earthquakes, volcanic explosions, floods, or fires cause a lot of deaths and property damage. This fire season, however, politicians and other people are beginning to ditch natural disaster for phrases that are more specific — and more accurate.

How ranked voting works

The how and why of ranked ballots, a form of preferential voting that advocates say can encourage a more diverse field of candidates and engender a more collaborative and collegial form of campaigning and governance.