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'We Are at a Crisis Point': Homelessness in the Coachella Valley Is Skyrocketing—and the Only West Valley Shelter Is Closing

'We Are at a Crisis Point': Homelessness in the Coachella Valley Is Skyrocketing—and the Only West Valley Shelter Is Closing

Tuesday, April 25, 2017  |  Brian Blueskye

Despite a growing economy and decreasing unemployment, the homeless population in the Coachella Valley is expanding—at an alarming rate.

The annual Riverside County “point in time” count in January showed the homeless population had increased from 1,351 unsheltered and 814 sheltered individuals in 20...

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Cannabis in the CV: The Kushella Life Festival Cuts Its Losses; Canada Moves Toward Legalization

Cannabis in the CV: The Kushella Life Festival Cuts Its Losses; Canada Moves Toward Legalization

Friday, April 21, 2017  |  Sean Planck

Coachella finally caught on to the craft-beer revolution with the birth of the Craft Beer Barn in 2014. When it comes to weed, however, the festival seems to be further ahead of the game, thanks to this year’s introduction of a WeedMaps-sponsored cannabis lounge for VIP ticket holders—just a few mon...

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Release the Returns: Thousands Rally Across the Nation for Trump to Show His Taxes (With Photos)

Release the Returns: Thousands Rally Across the Nation for Trump to Show His Taxes (With Photos)

Saturday, April 15, 2017  |  Chris Francescani and Tom Ramstack

NEW YORK/WASHINGTON (Reuters)—Tens of thousands of people marched through midtown Manhattan and dozens of U.S. cities on Saturday to demand that President Donald Trump release his tax returns and to dispute his claim that the public does not care about the issue.

Organizers of “Tax March” in more tha...

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Democracy in Crisis: Syria, Propaganda, Contemporary Art and Our Reality Show President

Democracy in Crisis: Syria, Propaganda, Contemporary Art and Our Reality Show President

Friday, April 07, 2017  |  Baynard Woods

Not far from the White House, at the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden in Washington, D.C., Yayoi Kusama’s blockbuster retrospective show Infinity Mirrors has been attracting insanely large crowds of people who stand in line, eager for the 20-second stretches of disorientation inside Kusama’s infi...

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Extra Protection: A U.S. Appeals Court Says the 1964 Civil Rights Law Shields LGBT Workers From Bias

Extra Protection: A U.S. Appeals Court Says the 1964 Civil Rights Law Shields LGBT Workers From Bias

Thursday, April 06, 2017  |  Reuters

(Reuters)—A U.S. appeals court, for the first time ever, ruled earlier this week that federal civil rights law protects lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender employees from discrimination in the workplace.

The ruling from the 7th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Chicago represents a major legal vict...

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April Astronomy: Jupiter Pulls an All-Nighter, While Venus Is Now the Morning 'Star'

April Astronomy: Jupiter Pulls an All-Nighter, While Venus Is Now the Morning 'Star'

Thursday, March 30, 2017  |  Robert Victor

In April 2017, bright and steady Jupiter is likely the first “star” to be spotted after sunset, south of east. Twinkling, blue-white Sirius , in the southwest quadrant, is next. Jupiter is at opposition to the sun, and above the horizon all night, on April 7-8; you can estimate the hour by noting the pl...

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29 Oct 2012

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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