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Water, Water, Not Everywhere: The East Side's Coachella Valley Water District Largely Issues Recommendations Rather Than Restrictions

Water, Water, Not Everywhere: The East Side's Coachella Valley Water District Largely Issues Recommendations Rather Than Restrictions

Friday, May 22, 2015  |  Kevin Fitzgerald

The board of directors of the Coachella Valley Water District—the agency that provides water to much of the east end of the Coachella Valley—met on Tuesday, May 12, to issue a final set of emergency water usage restrictions.

When it was all over, CVWD customers were facing a much less onerous set of ...

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A Wanderer's Guide to Public Lands: Cow Patties, Extraterrestrials and Binoculars Can Help You Figure Out Where You Are

A Wanderer's Guide to Public Lands: Cow Patties, Extraterrestrials and Binoculars Can Help You Figure Out Where You Are

Monday, May 18, 2015  |  Kindra McQuillan

There are around 760 million acres of public land scattered across the 11 Western states and Alaska, managed by several different entities, each with its own set of rules and regulations. This can be a bit confusing, even for experienced wanderers, so we've put together these (general, playful, by n...

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Guilty Until Proven Innocent: Kimberly Long Is in Prison for Killing Her Boyfriend. She Says She Didn't Do It—and the Evidence Is on Her Side

Guilty Until Proven Innocent: Kimberly Long Is in Prison for Killing Her Boyfriend. She Says She Didn't Do It—and the Evidence Is on Her Side

Monday, May 18, 2015  |  Brian Blueskye

Kimberly Long spent the day of Oct. 5, 2003, bar-hopping around the Corona area with her boyfriend, Oswaldo “Ozzy” Conde, and their friend, Jeff Dills.

The three ended the day at a bar called Maverick’s and then went to the home she shared with Long, around 11 p.m. There, she and Conde got into a fig...

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Our Infinite Universe: Apollo Astronaut Edgar Mitchell Brings Credibility to Contact in the Desert

Our Infinite Universe: Apollo Astronaut Edgar Mitchell Brings Credibility to Contact in the Desert

Monday, May 11, 2015  |  Brian Blueskye

Edgar Mitchell is a true American hero: He’s the sixth man to walk on the moon, as part of the Apollo 14 mission in 1971. He’s spoken extensively about his journey to the moon—and he has also spoken at length about his unique views on extraterrestrial life and cosmology.

He will be lecturing at Conta...

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Offering Independence: The Braille Institute's Goal—to Eliminate Barriers in the Lives of Blind and Visually Impaired People

Offering Independence: The Braille Institute's Goal—to Eliminate Barriers in the Lives of Blind and Visually Impaired People

Monday, May 11, 2015  |  Brian Blueskye

Felice Chiapperini, a manager and field-services coordinator for the Braille Institute, doesn’t think his organization gets the publicity it needs.

“We’re the best-kept secret in the Coachella Valley,” he said.

The Rancho Mirage location is one of five Braille Institute centers in California. The orga...

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Sickly Sweet: An Effort to Put Warning Labels on Sugary Beverages Gets Killed By Industry

Sickly Sweet: An Effort to Put Warning Labels on Sugary Beverages Gets Killed By Industry

Friday, May 08, 2015  |  Mary Duan

The metal tab pulls back with a familiar click-click-hissssss as bubbles rush to the top of the can. The alluring scent wafts through the air, a familiar smell that hints at what’s to come.

If you’re drinking a 20-ounce Mountain Dew, you’re consuming the equivalent of 18 teaspoons of sugar. A same-si...

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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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