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March Astronomy: Venus, Jupiter, Sirius and Canopus Are This Month's Evening Standouts

March Astronomy: Venus, Jupiter, Sirius and Canopus Are This Month's Evening Standouts

Friday, February 27, 2015  |  Robert Victor

March 2015 at dusk: Early in the month, the four brightest “stars,” in order of brilliance, are: Venus , in the west; Jupiter , in the eastern sky; Sirius , the “Dog Star,” 40 degrees up in the south as seen from the Coachella Valley; and Canopus , less than 4 degrees up when it passes due south about 21 min...

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Don't Smile! You're Not on Camera: Coachella Valley Law Enforcement Agencies Have Been Slow to Embrace Body-Cam Technology

Don't Smile! You're Not on Camera: Coachella Valley Law Enforcement Agencies Have Been Slow to Embrace Body-Cam Technology

Thursday, February 26, 2015  |  Brane Jevric

We’re living in a video world. Cameras are everywhere: on streets, tablets, smart phones and satellites.

Cameras can also help protect the public and law enforcement alike when placed in key public areas and—increasingly—on police officers themselves.

However, you won’t find very many law-enforcement ...

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A Little Bit of Hope: Farmworkers Will Benefit From the East Valley's New Plaza Esperanza

A Little Bit of Hope: Farmworkers Will Benefit From the East Valley's New Plaza Esperanza

Wednesday, February 18, 2015  |  Kevin Fitzgerald

In 2000, Riverside County agreed to a settle a dispute with the United States Department of Housing and Urban Development which was triggered after 24 Coachella Valley families filed complaints. According to HUD archives, the complaints stated “that Riverside County had targeted Hispanic-owned and -...

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How to Die With Dignity: Brittany Maynard's High-Profile Death May Usher in a Right-to-Die Option for Terminally Ill Patients in California

How to Die With Dignity: Brittany Maynard's High-Profile Death May Usher in a Right-to-Die Option for Terminally Ill Patients in California

Friday, February 13, 2015  |  Melinda Welsh

The call comes on your cell when you least expect it. The doctor, a specialist from out of town, says: “The telephone isn’t the ideal way to deliver test results, but ...”

You urge him to proceed. He tells you about your brain cancer.

It has metastasized with a vengeance. His words are both shocking a...

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Now in Charge: What Alaska’s Lisa Murkowski, the New Chair of the Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources, Thinks About Western Issues

Now in Charge: What Alaska’s Lisa Murkowski, the New Chair of the Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources, Thinks About Western Issues

Tuesday, February 10, 2015  |  Brian Calvert

Alaska Sen. Lisa Murkowski opened her first legislative meeting as chair of the U.S. Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources by using talks on the Keystone XL pipeline to hint at a broader agenda.

The statement helps inaugurate the political season, with a new Congress controlled by Republic...

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February Astronomy: Venus, Mars and the Crescent Moon Make a Date!

February Astronomy: Venus, Mars and the Crescent Moon Make a Date!

Friday, January 30, 2015  |  Robert Victor

Two planets and a star far outshine all competitors at dusk in February.

They are: Venus , of magnitude -4, low in the west-southwest, shifting toward the west and slowly gaining altitude as this month progresses; Jupiter, of magnitude -2.6, starting very low in the east-northeast, moving into the east a...

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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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