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February Astronomy: Venus, Mars and the Crescent Moon Make a Date!

February Astronomy: Venus, Mars and the Crescent Moon Make a Date!

Friday, January 30, 2015  |  Robert Victor

Two planets and a star far outshine all competitors at dusk in February.

They are: Venus , of magnitude -4, low in the west-southwest, shifting toward the west and slowly gaining altitude as this month progresses; Jupiter, of magnitude -2.6, starting very low in the east-northeast, moving into the east a...

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The Champ Comes Home: Coachella's Randy Caballero Gets Set to Defend His World Bantamweight Title on His Home Turf

The Champ Comes Home: Coachella's Randy Caballero Gets Set to Defend His World Bantamweight Title on His Home Turf

Tuesday, January 27, 2015  |  Kevin Fitzgerald

It’s been a long road home for Coachella boxer Randy Caballero.

The International Boxing Federation’s world bantamweight champion has been fighting in faraway places for more than a year now. The twisting road led him first to Sunrise, Fla., then to Kobe, Japan, and then finally to Monte Carlo, Monac...

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Snapshot: Idyllwild's Brendan Steele Contends Until the Very End at the Humana Challenge

Snapshot: Idyllwild's Brendan Steele Contends Until the Very End at the Humana Challenge

Tuesday, January 27, 2015  |  Kevin Fitzgerald

The 2015 Humana Challenge Championship was still up for grabs as the last group, containing the sole leader, Bill Haas, came down the 18th fairway on the Arnold Palmer Private Course at PGA West in La Quinta.

Waiting, watching and keeping loose on the driving range were five players, including Idyllw...

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Snapshot: The Inaugural El Gato Classic

Snapshot: The Inaugural El Gato Classic

Monday, January 26, 2015  |  Brian Blueskye

When the Independent interviewed local professional skateboarder Eddie “El Gato” Elguera about his inaugural El Gato Classic, he said one goal of the event was to “honor the past and champion the future.”

That’s exactly the vibe that the event at the Palm Springs Skatepark had last weekend, on Jan. 24 ...

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Marijuana on the Move: Medical MJ Is Coming Soon to Desert Hot Springs and Cathedral City

Marijuana on the Move: Medical MJ Is Coming Soon to Desert Hot Springs and Cathedral City

Monday, January 26, 2015  |  Brian Blueskye

Coachella Valley residents who use medical marijuana must currently travel to one of a small handful of dispensaries in Palm Springs—the only valley city which has allowed dispensaries to operate.

However, two other local cities will soon let dispensaries open their doors. Last year, both the Desert ...

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Snapshot: The First Half of the Humana Challenge

Snapshot: The First Half of the Humana Challenge

Saturday, January 24, 2015  |  Kevin Fitzgerald

On Thursday and Friday, Jan. 22 and 23, the crowds grew in size and fervor at the 56th Annual Humana Challenge—and for local fans, there was an unusual bonus, as several local PGA Tour pros were in pursuit of the winner’s payday of $1,026,000.

La Quinta resident Scott McCarron and Palm Desert’s Byron...

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Monday, 29 October 2012 13:21

The Media on Prop 37: Six Articles to Enlighten

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Unless you’ve been living under rock (and if you’ve been living under a rock, well, you’re probably not reading this brand-new local-news website), you know that Proposition 37 is Big News, both here in the Coachella Valley and around the country.

In summary: Prop 37, on the Nov. 6 ballot, would require that any food using genetically engineered ingredients be labeled as such (save meats, dairy products and booze). Proponents say that consumers have a right to know what they’re putting in their bodies; opponents say that such labels are unnecessary and would cause unneeded concern, since many scientists say genetically engineered foods are perfectly safe.

We at the Independent believe that more information is always better, so we think Prop 37 has more pluses and minuses. But there are minuses.

For your enlightenment and/or entertainment (and/or horrification), are some links to some links to Prop 37 stories, from news sources around the country, that cover those pluses and minuses.

This is a helpful Q&A if you’re just confused as heck, and you want the basics.

This piece points out that the American Association for the Advancement of Science—the folks behind Science magazine—thinks that labeling would "mislead and falsely alarm consumers."

This interesting, but flawed (see the intro editor’s note and the comments) points out how some science is hinting that there could be dangers lurking in genetically engineered eats.

Populist Jim Hightower, who’s a big fan of Prop 37, points out how some organic-food companies—who like Prop 37—have been exposing the fact that they’ve been bought out big food companies—who are decidedly against Prop 37.

This is a nice, recent primer on how much dough is being spent on the campaign, and by whom.

This article, despite some serious hyperbole, discusses some of the legal issues regarding the proposition.

So, there you go … a little light reading on an important topic.

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