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Cathedral City Concerns: While Mayor Stan Henry Runs Unopposed, Two Incumbent City Council Members Face a Challenger

Cathedral City Concerns: While Mayor Stan Henry Runs Unopposed, Two Incumbent City Council Members Face a Challenger

Monday, September 26, 2016  |  Brian Blueskye

Cathedral City has faced some tough times in recent years.

Developers have broken promises. Redevelopment in the downtown area, along Highway 111, has seen ups and downs.

These are just a couple of the issues Cathedral City’s City Council is dealing with as the November election approaches. Mayor Stan...

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The Costs of Public Safety: Palm Desert Freezes Several Police Positions in an Effort to Save Money

The Costs of Public Safety: Palm Desert Freezes Several Police Positions in an Effort to Save Money

Thursday, September 22, 2016  |  Brane Jevric

The Palm Desert Sheriff’s Station, located on Gerald Ford Drive, is the home of the Coachella Valley’s most robust local policing force.

The station covers all unincorporated areas of the western valley, as well as the cities of Palm Desert, Rancho Mirage and Indian Wells, each of which contracts wit...

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Cannabis in the CV: Montel Williams Gets Into the MediPot Biz; a New Device Tests Breath for THC

Cannabis in the CV: Montel Williams Gets Into the MediPot Biz; a New Device Tests Breath for THC

Sunday, September 18, 2016  |  Sean Planck

In his keynote speech at the Cannabis World Congress and Business Exposition on Sept. 8 at the Los Angeles Convention Center, longtime cannabis advocate Montel Williams announced his entry into the medical marijuana business with the launch of LenitivLabs.

“I’m proud to announce the formation of Leni...

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District Disagreements: State Sen. Jeff Stone Hopes to Upset Rep. Raul Ruiz in November

District Disagreements: State Sen. Jeff Stone Hopes to Upset Rep. Raul Ruiz in November

Thursday, September 15, 2016  |  Kevin Fitzgerald

Rep. Raul Ruiz upset Mary Bono Mack four years ago to become the California District 36 congressman.

This year, state Sen. Jeff Stone hopes to pull off an upset of his own.

The Democratic Party has high hopes this year. Party leaders think it’s possible to retain the presidency, regain control of the ...

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Prioritizing Endangered Species: Buried in Petitions, the Fish and Wildlife Service Proposes a New System

Prioritizing Endangered Species: Buried in Petitions, the Fish and Wildlife Service Proposes a New System

Wednesday, September 14, 2016  |  Cally Carswell

In the Black River south of Carlsbad, N.M., rare Texas hornshell mussels are trying to multiply.

It’s a bizarre and complicated process: Male mussels spit sperm into the river, where the females catch it. After brooding fertilized eggs for about a month, they chuck the larvae into the water. There, t...

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Fluttering Away: The Declining Population of Western Monarch Butterflies Gets a Closer Look

Fluttering Away: The Declining Population of Western Monarch Butterflies Gets a Closer Look

Thursday, September 08, 2016  |  Anna V. Smith

On warm fall days on the California coast, it’s not uncommon to see the iconic monarch butterfly flitting through the sky. In some places, so many butterflies are present that it makes an impressive display.

“The air is filled with orange,” says Samantha Marcum, the monarch butterfly coordinator for ...

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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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