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Fatal Encounters: Journalist D. Brian Burghart Tries to Determine How Often People Are Killed By Law Enforcement

Fatal Encounters: Journalist D. Brian Burghart Tries to Determine How Often People Are Killed By Law Enforcement

Monday, December 15, 2014  |  Nick Miller

Samantha Bee of The Daily Show with Jon Stewart is in a hurry. She rushes down a New York City sidewalk but then bumps into Nate Silver, the data journalist—formerly of The New York Times and now of ESPN—known for predicting the last presidential elections’ outcomes.

She stops, and while you might say th...

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House of Misrepresentatives: What Will Happen to the West's Environment if the House Gets Its Way

House of Misrepresentatives: What Will Happen to the West's Environment if the House Gets Its Way

Monday, December 08, 2014  |  Krista Langlois

The current House of Representatives may be one of the most environmentally unfriendly legislatures in U.S. history, but at least its lawmakers know how to make a bill sound good.

As a farewell gesture to the 113th House, we’ve rounded up some of its most egregious measures and translated them to rev...

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Snapshot: The Best of Coachella Valley 2014-2015 Party

Snapshot: The Best of Coachella Valley 2014-2015 Party

Friday, December 05, 2014  |  Jimmy Boegle

There were a whole lot of winners at Twin Palms Bistro and Lounge on Thursday night, Dec. 3.

Numerous Best of Coachella Valley 2014-2015 honorees joined Independent staffers, contributors and readers on the rainy evening to celebrate the results of the annual readers' poll, which were published in the ...

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December Astronomy: This Month Features the Longest Nights—So Enjoy the Stargazing!

December Astronomy: This Month Features the Longest Nights—So Enjoy the Stargazing!

Sunday, November 30, 2014  |  Robert Victor

Near the start of December every year, the first-magnitude star Aldebaran , eye of Taurus the Bull, and “follower” of the Pleiades, or Seven Sisters, is visible all night as Earth makes its annual passage between Aldebaran and the sun. Look for Aldebaran low in the east-northeast at dusk, high in the ...

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Where's the Art? Six Months After Palm Springs Enacted a Murals Ordinance, a Whole Lot of Nothing Has Happened

Where's the Art? Six Months After Palm Springs Enacted a Murals Ordinance, a Whole Lot of Nothing Has Happened

Tuesday, November 25, 2014  |  Brian Blueskye

It’s now been more than seven months since an Arenas Road murals project, planned and funded by Venus Studios Art Supply owner Debra Ann Mumm, was shut down by Palm Springs police after city officials claimed the project was illegal —even though the city Public Arts Commission had endorsed the project...

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Help Needed: Local Service Agencies Need Assistance to Meet an Increase in Demand During the Holiday Season

Help Needed: Local Service Agencies Need Assistance to Meet an Increase in Demand During the Holiday Season

Friday, November 21, 2014  |  Kevin Fitzgerald

The 2014 holiday season has officially arrived, and while many of us are busily planning schedules around parties and shopping, more and more of our neighbors are facing formidable food and resource shortages.

“Over the last 24 months, we’ve seen the monthly average number of people served meals in o...

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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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