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September Astronomy: An Epic Total Eclipse of the Harvest Moon Happens This Month

September Astronomy: An Epic Total Eclipse of the Harvest Moon Happens This Month

Monday, August 31, 2015  |  Robert Victor

Spectacular events in September include a close pairing of a waning crescent moon and Venus at dawn on Sept. 10—and a total lunar eclipse in the early evening on Sept. 27.

Venus now rises before the sun, and has become a spectacular morning “star” in the east before dawn. Venus reaches its greatest br...

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Conservation at a Cost: Local Agencies Decrease Water Usage—and Face a Decline in Revenue as a Result

Conservation at a Cost: Local Agencies Decrease Water Usage—and Face a Decline in Revenue as a Result

Friday, August 21, 2015  |  Kevin Fitzgerald

On July 30, the State Water Resources Control Board issued a press release highlighting the quick success of statewide water-conservation efforts.

“With record-breaking heat throughout much of the state in June, Californians continued to conserve water, reducing water use by 27.3 percent and exceedin...

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Bait Bike: Palm Springs Police Go Plain-Clothes in an Effort to Cut Down on Bicycle Theft

Bait Bike: Palm Springs Police Go Plain-Clothes in an Effort to Cut Down on Bicycle Theft

Tuesday, August 18, 2015  |  Brane Jevric

San Bernardino police recently made national news thanks to a creative operation .

Cops, dressed in plain clothes or as homeless people, walked up to cars stopped at an intersection. The officers held signs, but instead of saying something to the effect of “need food,” the signs said something to the e...

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Remembering Allene Arthur: A Dear Friend Toasts the Lifestyles/Scene Columnist

Remembering Allene Arthur: A Dear Friend Toasts the Lifestyles/Scene Columnist

Monday, August 17, 2015  |  Brane Jevric

Editor's Note: Allene Arthur died on Friday, July 31. She was 91 years old.

Independent contributor Brane Jevric was a dear friend of Arthur's; he often drove her to various social events. And on Jan. 30, 2014 at CVIndependent.com, and in the February 2014 print edition of the Independent , Jevric toast...

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Speaking for the Trees: How Long-Term Forest Health Is Compromised by Dry Spells

Speaking for the Trees: How Long-Term Forest Health Is Compromised by Dry Spells

Tuesday, August 11, 2015  |  Cally Carswell

Aspen trees are the rock stars of the tree world. They have a bold fashion sense, gilding the mountains in gold each fall. And they engage in risky behavior: In the competitive world of plant biology, their strategy is to grow fast and die young. Juniper trees, which grow slowly, invest much of thei...

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Bernie Sanders’ Story: How a Vermont Socialist Improbably Won Key Elections—and a National Stage

Bernie Sanders’ Story: How a Vermont Socialist Improbably Won Key Elections—and a National Stage

Tuesday, August 04, 2015  |  Kevin J. Kelley

Editor’s Note: Seven Days , the alternative publication in Burlington, Vt., has been on the Bernie Sanders beat for decades: He got his political start as the mayor of the city. Seven Days , which has been chronicling Sanders’ career since 1972, recently offered to write this story about Sanders’ politi...

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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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