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Snapshot: The Palm Springs Hot Rodeo

Snapshot: The Palm Springs Hot Rodeo

Sunday, May 03, 2015  |  Jeff Clarkson

What: Palm Springs Hot Rodeo and Country Fair

Where: A.C. Dysart Equestrian Park, Banning

When: May 1-3, 2015

Who: LGBT (and probably some straight) cowboys and cowgirls

Why: Because rodeos and disco music do go together!

The Independent stopped by the rodeo on Saturday, May 2, to check out the rodeo and take...

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A Water Market: Can Financial Tools Help Get a Precious Resource Where It Is Needed?

A Water Market: Can Financial Tools Help Get a Precious Resource Where It Is Needed?

Friday, May 01, 2015  |  Brian Calvert

California has been taking strong measures to deal with extreme drought. Gov. Jerry Brown recently ordered cities to cut water use, and approved new regulations to limit the flow of water in toilets, urinals and faucets.

But some economists think that there are more efficient and effective ways to mi...

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May Astronomy: Say Goodbye to the Bright Winter Stars—and Get Ready for an Epic Planetary Pairing

May Astronomy: Say Goodbye to the Bright Winter Stars—and Get Ready for an Epic Planetary Pairing

Friday, May 01, 2015  |  Robert Victor

In May, four of the 16 stars of first magnitude or brighter visible from Southern California begin their annual leaves of absence, sinking into the western twilight glow.

In order of departure, they are Rigel , Aldebaran , Sirius and Betelgeuse . In June, Procyon , Capella and Pollux will follow—all the stars of t...

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Snapshot: The White Party 2015

Snapshot: The White Party 2015

Sunday, April 26, 2015  |  Jimmy Boegle

Many thousands of men—almost all of them clad in white—joined a handful of women for the annual White Party, at the Palm Springs Convention Center, starting on Saturday, April 25, and going well into Sunday, April 26.

All of the usual White Party traits—great costumes, $12 drinks (only tequila, vodka...

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The New Normal: Coachella Valley Water Agencies Enact Strict New Water Restrictions

The New Normal: Coachella Valley Water Agencies Enact Strict New Water Restrictions

Friday, April 24, 2015  |  Kevin Fitzgerald

On March 17, the California State Water Resources Control Board made it clear: Californians need to escalate the battle against the continuing, disastrous drought that’s plaguing our state.

Gov. Jerry Brown first held a press conference to reiterate the need for increased voluntary water conservation. ...

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Snapshot: The 2015 ANA Inspiration Tournament Lives Up to Its Name

Snapshot: The 2015 ANA Inspiration Tournament Lives Up to Its Name

Monday, April 06, 2015  |  Kevin Fitzgerald

The newly named 2015 ANA Inspiration—the first LPGA major tournament of the year—delivered challenges, frustration, exhilaration, relief, celebration and, yes, inspiration to the players who came to the Mission Hills Country Club over the last week.

For the winner, Brittany Lincicome of Florida, the ...

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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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