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Mining black gold, and profits, from northern sands

Imagine for a moment that you’re an American oil executive. You’re pondering the prospects for the next big oil strike overseas — and dreaming of a place where the government is stable and compliant, the royalties are low and the environmental standards minimal. Is it just a dream? Not at all. Just look north to the tar sands of central Alberta, Canada.

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Heeding the call of Elvira Arellano

LOS ANGELES — Elvira Arellano stepped completely out of the shadows last week, seeking to galvanize the immigrant rights movement into emergency action. At stake is the fate of the nation’s 12 million undocumented immigrant workers and their families.