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March 10, 2009 | 11:16 am

Subway MASS TRANSIT RISES: The American Public Transportation Assn. reported today that the percentage of mass transit users is at a 52-year record high. The L.A. County MTA gets some of the credit, with an additional 0.8% more riders last year, along with the Orange County Transportation Authority (up 5%) and Metrolink (9.1%). The increase in mass-transit users may influence Congress later this year in negotiating the federal transportation bill. Read more in our LA Now blog.

ECO:NOMICS: Green energy may be more expensive. Will the long-term benefits be worth the investment? That was the question addressed by many presenters at the ECO:nomics conference held in Santa Barbara. The conference focused on water and energy. Attendees included former Vice President Al Gore. L.A. Times' writer Edward Silver reports on the conference.

OBAMA RESTORES SCIENTIFIC INTEGRITY: President Obama signed a memo that will restore "scientific integrity to government decision-making" in an effort to separate politics from science research.  Obama has already pledged to reverse former President Bush's contrarian stance on global warming.  And Obama's new executive order overturns the ban Bush had placed in 2001 on funding for stem cell research. The Times' Johanna Neuman tells us more.

-- Stephanie Chang

Photo: Commuters wait for their train in the Union Square subway station.  Credit: Mario Tama/Getty Images