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Snap of the Camera: While Cities Discontinue Red-Light Ticket Systems in Droves, Cathedral City's System Gives Out Ever-More Citations

Snap of the Camera: While Cities Discontinue Red-Light Ticket Systems in Droves, Cathedral City's System Gives Out Ever-More Citations

Tuesday, October 21, 2014  |  Kevin Fitzgerald

Between June 2011 and October 2014, 32 California cities eliminated their red-light-camera enforcement systems—including the city of Riverside in September, according to watchdog website Highwayrobbery.net.

However, the system continues to operate in Cathedral City.

The city’s contract with American T...

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Incidents Increase: The Palm Springs Library Battles an Apparent Rise in Crime, Violence

Incidents Increase: The Palm Springs Library Battles an Apparent Rise in Crime, Violence

Friday, October 17, 2014  |  Brane Jevric

Famed novelist Sidney Sheldon was a fervent supporter of the Palm Springs Library. Sheldon and his wife, Alexandra, even donated a bighorn statue to the library, which is on display by the entrance to the building on Sunrise Way.

I once interviewed Sheldon, who died in 2007, at the library, and he pa...

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Return of the Messenger: How a New Film Vindicates Investigative Journalist Gary Webb

Return of the Messenger: How a New Film Vindicates Investigative Journalist Gary Webb

Thursday, October 16, 2014  |  Melinda Welsh

This one has all the ingredients of a dreamed-up Hollywood blockbuster: A Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist uncovers a big story involving drugs, the CIA and a guerrilla army. Despite threats and intimidation, he writes an explosive exposé and catches national attention. But the fates shift: Our rep...

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Representing the Community: East Valley Youth Share Their Perspectives Community Planners

Representing the Community: East Valley Youth Share Their Perspectives Community Planners

Friday, October 10, 2014  |  Amber Amaya

A smile grows on Jacqueline Aguilar’s face when she talks about local art and her community.

Aguilar, a senior at Coachella Valley High School, is passionate about these topics—and she’s eager to share her insight with anyone willing to listen.

Aguilar represented Raices Cultura when she spoke about art...

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Clear Differences: The Mayor of Coachella Battles a Political Newcomer to Replace V. Manuel Perez in the State Assembly

Clear Differences: The Mayor of Coachella Battles a Political Newcomer to Replace V. Manuel Perez in the State Assembly

Monday, October 06, 2014  |  Kevin Fitzgerald

After the November election, California Assembly District 56 will have a new representative, because incumbent Democrat V. Manuel Perez has reached his term limit.

That new representative will be either current Coachella Mayor Eduardo Garcia, a Democrat, or Republican Charles Bennett Jr. The heavily ...

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October Astronomy: Use This Month's Two Eclipses to Learn a Little About the Moon's Movements

October Astronomy: Use This Month's Two Eclipses to Learn a Little About the Moon's Movements

Tuesday, September 30, 2014  |  Robert Victor

This month’s highlights include a total lunar eclipse in the predawn hours of Wednesday, Oct. 8, and a partial solar eclipse on Thursday afternoon, Oct. 23. Read more about these eclipses here.

The two eclipses make October a good month to follow the moon through an entire cycle of phases and observe ...

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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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