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The Champ: Coachella's Citlalli Ortiz Fights to Keep Her Record Undefeated

The Champ: Coachella's Citlalli Ortiz Fights to Keep Her Record Undefeated

Tuesday, July 19, 2016  |  Kevin Fitzgerald

Close to 1,000 young boxing hopefuls and proven amateurs this week are congregating at the 15th Annual Desert Showdown at the Fantasy Springs Resort Casino in Indio—all in search of a title in their weight and age class.

For one local girl, the tournament means a return to the site of her first sanct...

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Cannabis in the CV: The GOP Takes Huge Steps Backward on Cannabis With Its Official Platform—and With Mike Pence

Cannabis in the CV: The GOP Takes Huge Steps Backward on Cannabis With Its Official Platform—and With Mike Pence

Monday, July 18, 2016  |  Sean Planck

As the GOP geared up for its national convention in Cleveland, Republican delegates decided what would be included in the official party platform—and amid wildly inaccurate and unproven claims, cannabis reform was rejected.

Some of the anti-cannabis arguments were some real gems, including claims tha...

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Off the Air: Community Radio Station KDHS Shifts Its Focus After a Licensing Snafu

Off the Air: Community Radio Station KDHS Shifts Its Focus After a Licensing Snafu

Thursday, July 14, 2016  |  Brian Blueskye

Desert Hot Springs’ community radio station is off the air—but the family that runs the station still has big plans for what is known as KDHS.

The Independent did a piece on KDHS back in March , when the low-frequency station was on the air at 98.9 FM. The story, however, raised the eyebrows of at least...

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For Your Veep Consideration: Apparent Trump Running Mate Mike Pence Has a Very Telling Congressional Record

For Your Veep Consideration: Apparent Trump Running Mate Mike Pence Has a Very Telling Congressional Record

Thursday, July 14, 2016  |  Annika Larson

Before Mike Pence was bestowed the responsibility of being governor of Indiana in 2013, he served six terms in Congress, from 2001-2013.

As the head of the state of Indiana, his political viewpoints have been blindly thrown onto the state within the past few years. (Most notable was his championing o...

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A Culture of Sexual Harassment: Congress Members, Activists Call for the Ousting of the Park Service Director

A Culture of Sexual Harassment: Congress Members, Activists Call for the Ousting of the Park Service Director

Thursday, July 14, 2016  |  Lyndsey Gilpin

On June 21, a new petition surfaced on the White House’s website. In large bold letters, it reads: “Fire National Park Service Director Jon Jarvis. We deserve a director who will uphold the agency's integrity.”

During its centennial year, the agency has fallen under increased scrutiny for not taking sw...

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Palm Springs Power Struggle: Mayor Rob Moon Says He Now Regrets Voting to Retain City Manager David Ready

Palm Springs Power Struggle: Mayor Rob Moon Says He Now Regrets Voting to Retain City Manager David Ready

Tuesday, July 12, 2016  |  Brane Jevric

A Palm Springs City Hall power struggle involving freshman Mayor Rob Moon and longtime City Manager David Ready seems like a classic David vs. Goliath battle.

In this case, the mayor is playing the underdog role of David, while the role of mighty Goliath goes to Ready. Since 1994, according to the ci...

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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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