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A Great $5 Investment: Martha's Village Celebrates 25 Years of Helping the Valley's Homeless

A Great $5 Investment: Martha's Village Celebrates 25 Years of Helping the Valley's Homeless

Friday, March 27, 2015  |  Brian Blueskye

Taking care of the Coachella Valley’s homeless is no easy task—but it’s something the people at Martha’s Village and Kitchen in Indio have now been doing, and doing well, for 25 years.

Martha’s Village, as the story goes, began with a $5 donation to feed the homeless 25 years ago. The organization wi...

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Snapshot: The BNP Paribas Open's Second and Final Week

Snapshot: The BNP Paribas Open's Second and Final Week

Monday, March 23, 2015  |  Kevin Fitzgerald

On Wednesday evening, March 18, halfway through the final week of play at the 2015 BNP Paribas Open, storm clouds and gusty desert winds swept across the Indian Wells Tennis Garden.

They came and went with minimal impact—much like the highly publicized return of No. 1-ranked Serena Williams to Indian...

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Shapshot: Week One of the BNP Paribas Open

Shapshot: Week One of the BNP Paribas Open

Monday, March 16, 2015  |  Kevin Fitzgerald

The first week of the 2015 BNP Paribas Open delivered no major surprises on the courts—but it did deliver sweltering temperatures for fans and players alike, as well as record attendance figures, thanks to the return of Serena Williams to the Indian Wells Tennis Garden for the first time since 2001....

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Snapshot: Serena Williams' Return to the BNP Paribas Open at Indian Wells

Snapshot: Serena Williams' Return to the BNP Paribas Open at Indian Wells

Saturday, March 14, 2015  |  Kevin Fitzgerald

The last time current world No. 1-ranked Serena Williams, winner of 19 Grand Slam tennis titles, stepped onto the Stadium 1 court at the BNP Paribas Open was in 2001. She was 19 and about to play for the women’s singles championship.

“I was looking to take another title. I was ready,” Williams wrote ...

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Snapshot: The 2015 Desert Smash-Cancer for College Fundraiser

Snapshot: The 2015 Desert Smash-Cancer for College Fundraiser

Wednesday, March 11, 2015  |  Kevin Fitzgerald

The 11th Annual Desert Smash delivered a day full of expected humor and generosity—as well as some unexpected last-minute program changes—on Tuesday, March 10.

World No. 1 ATP pro Novak Djokovic, who has contributed to the hilarity and star power in previous years, was a no-show. Instead, No. 20-rank...

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Snapshot: The 2015 BNP Paribas Open's First Day

Snapshot: The 2015 BNP Paribas Open's First Day

Tuesday, March 10, 2015  |  Kevin Fitzgerald

Hardcore tennis fans arrived early on Monday, March 9, to take advantage of the free-entry policy in effect during the first and second days of the 2015 BNP Paribas Open at the Indian Wells Tennis Garden. While there was a lot of tennis action for them to enjoy, not much of it involved the sport’s b...

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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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