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Classes on Life: A Vocational Nonprofit in Desert Hot Springs Has a Large New Home—and a Lot of People to Serve

Classes on Life: A Vocational Nonprofit in Desert Hot Springs Has a Large New Home—and a Lot of People to Serve

Thursday, February 23, 2017  |  Brian Blueskye

A growing number of young students are eschewing college in favor of vocational or certification programs—and as part of that trend, a new facility in Desert Hot Springs is offering classes that help underprivileged and at-risk men and women take steps toward vocational certification.

The slogan of S...

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No Death With Dignity: While Desert Regional, JFK Memorial Are Starting to Support California's End of Life Option Act, Eisenhower Medical Center Keeps Saying 'No'

No Death With Dignity: While Desert Regional, JFK Memorial Are Starting to Support California's End of Life Option Act, Eisenhower Medical Center Keeps Saying 'No'

Thursday, February 16, 2017  |  Kevin Fitzgerald

Gov. Jerry Brown signed the End of Life Option Act in October 2015, and the law went into effect on June 9, 2016.

But for many Coachella Valley residents who have been diagnosed with a terminal illness and given a prognosis of less than six months to live, the end-of-life option remains out of grasp—...

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Democracy in Crisis: The Extreme Right Freaks Out Over Flynn's Resignation; the Irony of McConnell’s Use of Senate Rule 19

Democracy in Crisis: The Extreme Right Freaks Out Over Flynn's Resignation; the Irony of McConnell’s Use of Senate Rule 19

Tuesday, February 14, 2017  |  Baynard Woods

The far, far right started freaking out when “lock her up”-chanting former Gen. Michael Flynn resigned as national security adviser in the wake of revelations that he discussed loosening sanctions with a Russian ambassador while Obama was still president.

Mike Cernovich, one of those DeploraBallers w...

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Risks With Rules: Trump's Attack on Government Regulations Could Have Some Nasty Consequences

Risks With Rules: Trump's Attack on Government Regulations Could Have Some Nasty Consequences

Monday, February 13, 2017  |  Elizabeth Shogren

With the stroke of his pen, President Donald Trump on Jan. 30 unleashed the biggest assault ever made by a president on the government regulations that protect Americans and nature.

In an executive order , he mandated that two existing regulations be eliminated for every new regulation issued—and he dic...

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Cannabis in the CV: Despite the Confirmation of Marijuana Opponent Jeff Sessions as AG, the Feds May Still Leave Legal Weed Alone

Cannabis in the CV: Despite the Confirmation of Marijuana Opponent Jeff Sessions as AG, the Feds May Still Leave Legal Weed Alone

Monday, February 13, 2017  |  Sean Planck

Jeff Sessions has been confirmed as the attorney general along party lines, with no Republicans opposing his appointment and only one Democrat in favor. While this understandably makes the cannabis industry a little jittery, thanks to the prospect of the resumption of federal enforcement efforts, th...

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Divest or Exert Influence? A Proposed Bill Would Force CalPERS, CalSTRS to Sell Off Investments in Dakota Access Companies

Divest or Exert Influence? A Proposed Bill Would Force CalPERS, CalSTRS to Sell Off Investments in Dakota Access Companies

Tuesday, February 07, 2017  |  Rory Carroll

SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters)—The California Public Employees’ Retirement System should maintain its investments in the controversial Dakota Access oil pipeline project in order to exert influence over the companies involved, staff for the largest U.S. public pension fund said on Monday, Feb. 6.

Proposed s...

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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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