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May Astronomy: This Month Offers a Blue Moon, Epic Pairings and a Transit of Mercury Across the Sun

May Astronomy: This Month Offers a Blue Moon, Epic Pairings and a Transit of Mercury Across the Sun

Saturday, April 30, 2016  |  Robert Victor

Make necessary preparations to safely observe the transit of Mercury across the sun on May 9.

Jupiter is brightest “star” in evening sky this spring until Mars offers serious competition in late May, as the red planet presents its brightest and closest approach since 2005. The moon and Jupiter will pair u...

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Good Game! After a Disaster That Would Have Crippled Other Startups, Escape Room Palm Springs Is Giving Gamers a Workout

Good Game! After a Disaster That Would Have Crippled Other Startups, Escape Room Palm Springs Is Giving Gamers a Workout

Friday, April 22, 2016  |  Jimmy Boegle

Mark Fruchtman is, in the most glorious sense of the word, a nerd.

He’s a gamer. He was an application developer before he opened a computer-repair business with his wife, Dominique. And now he and Dominique are the masterminds behind Escape Room Palm Springs.

For the uninitiated who don’t know what a...

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Targets for the Tribe: Chairman Jeff Grubbe and Other Leaders Offer Hints About the Agua Caliente Tribe's Future

Targets for the Tribe: Chairman Jeff Grubbe and Other Leaders Offer Hints About the Agua Caliente Tribe's Future

Wednesday, April 20, 2016  |  Brane Jevric

The Agua Caliente Band of Cahuilla Indians is at a crossroads.

The tribe, which has some 32,000 acres of land across Palm Springs, Cathedral City, Rancho Mirage and outlying areas, is making big plans for its prime downtown Palm Springs real estate. Meanwhile, the tribe is involved in a controversial...

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Snapshot: Desert Gold at the Ace Hotel and Swim Club

Snapshot: Desert Gold at the Ace Hotel and Swim Club

Wednesday, April 20, 2016  |  Kevin Fitzgerald

Hotels, resorts and other venues have been offering up all sorts of music and entertainment to keep the Coachella crowds rocking since they began rolling into the valley last week. As the party continues through Sunday, April 24 (with Stagecoach to follow), the Ace Hotel and Swim Club is offering so...

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Cannabis in the CV: What Do the Various Presidential Candidates Think About Weed?

Cannabis in the CV: What Do the Various Presidential Candidates Think About Weed?

Monday, April 18, 2016  |  Sean Planck

Boy, this has been an ugly election cycle. The candidates and their supporters have been dragging some pretty dark parts of our society into the spotlight, and it has not been pretty.

But for me, there is at least one shining green light to be seen: Both parties appear ready to be getting ready to ac...

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Farming Technologically: A New Company Teaches Young Latinos the Skills They'll Need in a New Era of Agriculture

Farming Technologically: A New Company Teaches Young Latinos the Skills They'll Need in a New Era of Agriculture

Tuesday, April 12, 2016  |  Lyndsey Gilpin

The 90-mile drive south from Silicon Valley to Watsonville, Calif., runs mostly through coastal forest, with intermittent views of the Pacific Ocean. Then the road turns inland, and the redwoods and briny air give way to the aromatic strawberry fields of the Pajaro Valley.

Though the two communities ...

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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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