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Questions That Need to Be Answered: A Chat With Lawyer Judy Deertrack Regarding the Downtown Palm Springs Redevelopment Mess

Questions That Need to Be Answered: A Chat With Lawyer Judy Deertrack Regarding the Downtown Palm Springs Redevelopment Mess

Friday, March 24, 2017  |  Brane Jevric

John Wessman was a mighty developer, known for his lucrative deals across the Coachella Valley—and his significant influence at Palm Springs City Hall.

The high point of his career was supposed to be the Palm Springs downtown revitalization project, currently estimated by experts at $350 million in v...

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Cannabis in the CV: As Jeff Sessions Equates Marijuana to Heroin, Support Organizations That Fight for Cannabis Legalization

Cannabis in the CV: As Jeff Sessions Equates Marijuana to Heroin, Support Organizations That Fight for Cannabis Legalization

Monday, March 20, 2017  |  Sean Planck

On March 15, Attorney General Jeff Sessions, while addressing a law enforcement conference in Richmond, Va., said: “I realize this may be an unfashionable belief in a time of growing tolerance of drug use, but too many lives are at stake to worry about being fashionable. I reject the idea that Ameri...

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Democracy in Crisis: Out of Standing Rock, the Birth of a New Environmental Movement

Democracy in Crisis: Out of Standing Rock, the Birth of a New Environmental Movement

Friday, March 17, 2017  |  Baynard Woods

It is snowing in Washington, D.C.—strange in early March after an insanely warm winter, but nothing compared to the cold many of the activists and tribal members gathered here endured in North Dakota while fighting against the construction of the Dakota Access Pipeline.

Kristen Tuske, a 39-year-old w...

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Snapshot: Thanks to Heavy Rains, the Biggest Wildflower Bloom in Years Is Under Way

Snapshot: Thanks to Heavy Rains, the Biggest Wildflower Bloom in Years Is Under Way

Wednesday, March 15, 2017  |  Reuters

LAKE ELSINORE (Reuters)—As Coachella Valley residents know, Southern California’s deserts and hillsides are ablaze with color after a wet winter spurred what scientists say is the biggest wildflower bloom in years.

Golden California poppies, the state’s flower, blanket hillsides along busy high deser...

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Racism, Anti-Semitism, Anti-LGBT Attacks on the Rise: Report Shows the Election Boosted Hate Crimes

Racism, Anti-Semitism, Anti-LGBT Attacks on the Rise: Report Shows the Election Boosted Hate Crimes

Tuesday, March 14, 2017  |  Grant Smith and Daniel Trotta

NEW YORK (Reuters)—Hate crimes in nine U.S. metropolitan areas rose more than 20 percent last year, fueled by inflamed passions during the presidential campaign and more willingness for victims to step forward, a leading hate crimes researcher said on Monday.

Bias crimes appeared to increase in some ...

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The Foilies 2017: In Honor of Sunshine Week, We Recognize the Year's Worst in Government Transparency

The Foilies 2017: In Honor of Sunshine Week, We Recognize the Year's Worst in Government Transparency

Monday, March 13, 2017  |  The Electronic Frontier Foundation

A thick fog is rolling in over Sunshine Week (March 12-18), the annual event when government transparency advocates raise awareness about the importance of access to public records.

We are entering an age when officials at the highest levels seek to discredit critical reporting with “alternative facts,...

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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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