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An Antiques District Is Born: Sunny Dunes-Area Businesses Band Together to Make the Area Palm Springs' Next Big Thing

An Antiques District Is Born: Sunny Dunes-Area Businesses Band Together to Make the Area Palm Springs' Next Big Thing

Monday, June 29, 2015  |  Jimmy Boegle

The nascent Sunny Dunes Antique District had a coming-out party, of sorts, on Saturday, June 20.

Various businesses in the district kept their doors open a little later than normal for the Pop Shop Hop, “an evening of shopping and discovery of all the shops on Sunny Dunes,” according to the event’s F...

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Snapshot: Day of Decision Rally

Snapshot: Day of Decision Rally

Saturday, June 27, 2015  |  Jimmy Boegle

Everybody knew the U.S. Supreme Court would be ruling on the gay-marriage question sometime in late July.

However, nobody was sure what the decision would be—and nobody was sure when it would be announced.

Of course, now we all know: On Friday, June 26, in a narrow 5-4 ruling, the U.S. Supreme Court r...

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Aiden's Story: Aiden Stockman Was Born a Biological Female; Today, the 18-Year-Old Man Is Talking About His Journey to Help Others

Aiden's Story: Aiden Stockman Was Born a Biological Female; Today, the 18-Year-Old Man Is Talking About His Journey to Help Others

Wednesday, June 24, 2015  |  Brian Blueskye

In most ways, Aiden Stockman is a typical 18-year-old guy.

The Yucca Valley resident recently graduated from high school. He is just getting his driver’s license, and he’s debating what to do with his life.

However, attendees of Palm Springs Pride’s Harvey Milk Breakfast, held in downtown Palm Springs...

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K-9 Heroes: Meet Kane, the Dog That Replaced a Palm Springs Police K-9 Killed in the Line of Duty

K-9 Heroes: Meet Kane, the Dog That Replaced a Palm Springs Police K-9 Killed in the Line of Duty

Tuesday, June 16, 2015  |  Brane Jevric

Two days before the highly publicized recent New York prison break, a local K-9 apprehended a suspect who was wanted for questioning regarding a robbery in Palm Springs.

There were no cameras present. There were no reporters on the scene. There was not an army of police officers, nor were there numer...

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Weaker Water Law? Senate Committee Votes to Block Obama's New Clean Water Rule

Weaker Water Law? Senate Committee Votes to Block Obama's New Clean Water Rule

Tuesday, June 16, 2015  |  Elizabeth Shogren

A Senate committee has voted to overturn a new rule that defines which waters and wetlands the federal government can protect from bulldozing and pollution.

The Senate Environment and Public Works Committee approved the bill , 11-9, on a party-line vote with only Republicans voting in favor.

A new feder...

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Facts on Fracking: The EPA Finally Declares the Practice Could Contaminate Drinking Water

Facts on Fracking: The EPA Finally Declares the Practice Could Contaminate Drinking Water

Friday, June 12, 2015  |  Elizabeth Shogren

The oil and gas industry has long claimed that there is no evidence that hydraulic fracturing has contaminated drinking water. But a new, major Environmental Protection Agency  assessment has determined that fracking and another widely used drilling technique called horizontal drilling have the potent...

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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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