April 3, 2013 |
A California legislator wants to require the state's prisons, schools and other public institutions to buy local agriculture products to support California farmers. Assemblyman Chris Holden (D-Pasadena) recently introduced the Choose California Act, a bill that would require public institutions to buy California agriculture products if the price is within 5% of the lowest out-of-state competitor. Schools would be exempt from that rule and would be required to buy California-grown products only if they are cheaper.
June 22, 2008 |
Dairy owner Mark McAfee started selling raw milk in 2000, marketing it to customers who believe it contains beneficial microbes that treat everything from asthma to autism. The unpasteurized milk swiftly caught on as part of the growing natural food movement. But the Food and Drug Administration considers McAfee a snake-oil salesman and recently launched an investigation into whether his dairy illegally shipped raw milk across state lines. The case against McAfee is part of a crackdown on raw milk by health officials who are concerned about the spread of food-borne illnesses.
February 1, 2014 |
NEW DELHI - He was a slight young man, who sported hipster eyeglasses and a wispy moustache. He had dyed his spiky hair blond, but that wasn't the only thing that made college student Nido Tania stand out in the Indian capital. Tania was from northeastern India, a narrow strip of territory wedged between China and Myanmar, whose people say they face discrimination here for having “Asian” facial features. When Tania, 20, stopped in a dairy to ask for directions Tuesday afternoon, a shopkeeper's taunt about his hair color quickly escalated into a violent altercation in which several men thrashed him with sticks and steel rods, friends say. He died in his bed the next day, succumbing to severe injuries to the chest and brain, according to preliminary medical results provided to his family.
July 17, 1987 |
"Help yourself to all you care to eat," said the sweet-voiced gray-haired woman, putting down another pan of food and wiping her hands on her old-fashioned apron. She smiled encouragingly and allowed as how the bean casserole was very good with the rice. Then she scurried back to the kitchen to bring out some more of the dairy-free olive cheese. Country Life, 888 S. Figueroa St., downtown (213) 489-4118, is a very strange restaurant.
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December 13, 1998 |
At an historic moment last week, Jerry Kozak looked up from his desk in the executive suite and stared across the Potomac at the Capitol dome. He spoke in measured yet optimistic tones. Listening to him, I almost was persuaded that this was not a somber turning point but a natural progression of events, sad as they may be. "We expect 1999 to be a much more normal year," he insisted. "The signs are already there." Perhaps.
August 23, 2009 |
Finding the "birthplace" of President Chester A. Arthur is easy: Turn left at Town Hall and it's Chester A. Arthur Conference Room, go past Chester's Bakery and turn right on Chester Arthur Road. Nearly five miles up the winding two-lane country road, past rolling hills and dairy farms, is the tiny Chester A. Arthur Historic Site, proclaiming the spot where the nation's 21st president was born in a cottage. Or was he? Nearly 123 years after his death, doubts about his U.S. citizenship linger, thanks to lack of documentation and a political foe's claim that Arthur was really born in Canada -- and was therefore ineligible for the White House, where he served from 1881 to 1885.
June 15, 1998 |
I'm no night owl, so it's a good thing the coffee kicked in. My lights usually start to dim around 8 p.m., same time as the Union Square Theater's, where Eli Wallach begins his performance in "Visiting Mr. Green." (His last performance is July 5.) Our interview was set for 10 p.m. Wallach had postponed the original appointment because of a sinus problem. I entered Wallach's dressing room after the last of his visitors had exited. He gave me a warm, strong handshake.