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Europe’s web scene is now thriving, and we’ve compiled a list featuring some of the best and brightest European web startups — what we’re dubbing the GigaOM Euro 20. Depending on how closely you watch Europe’s online scene, some of these companies may be familiar to you. Others you may not have heard of. But all of them are worth watching closely. In this report, we profile the 20 startups that we feel best represent Europe’s current tech scene. We have organized our list around perception, and as lists go, it is intended to be a guideline rather than a rule book.

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Storms drench Charlotte

Vehicles partially submerged near Frazier Park at W. 4th. St and Westbrook Drive Friday afternoon. A series of very heavy showers and thunderstorms has triggered widespread flash flooding Friday afternoon across parts of the Charlotte area.Firefighters have been forced to rescue several motorists trapped in high water, and residents in at least two locations are being forced from their homes by high water.

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Rebels Overtake Most of Tripoli

Heavy clashes broke out near Muammar al-Qaddafi’s compound in Tripoli Monday as rebels fought to overtake the remaining areas controlled by forces loyal to the Libyan leader.

Rebel spokesman Mohammed Abdel-Rahman says that tanks emerged from the complex, known as Bab al-Aziziya, early Monday and began firing.

An Associated Press reporter at the nearby Rixos Hotel where foreign journalists are staying could hear gunfire and loud explosions that have been going on for more than 30 minutes.

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Sending Your Child Alone On A Plane

Your Child Alone On A Plane

Things to be aware of before letting your young one fly by themself

You’ve got your tickets. You’ve psyched up your child about flying through the sky on a big plane. You’ve stocked up on disinfectant to combat H1N1 flu worries as you head through busy airports. Now it’s time for an etiquette check. Here’s what your fellow travelers are wishing as they watch you and your little one(s) board.

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More Sidewalks. Better Access to Public Transit

A sampling of new nutrition and physical activity improvements include:

A total of 27 businesses have signed on to participate in Healthy Foods Here, a program to increase access to healthy food options through small corner and convenience stores.
Bicycle Alliance, in partnership with Feet First, is working with schools to implement Safe Routes to School in six school districts in King County.
More than 50 organizations have taken the Soda Free Sundays pledge.
School districts are improving nutrition in their school meals and the foods sold in high school stores and fundraisers.

In King County, 20 percent of adults are obese and data from 2004-2008 show that 13 percent of adults smoke cigarettes. The health problems are even worse in South Seattle and South King County, where up to 31 percent of residents are obese and up to 20 percent of residents smoke.