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Re "Farmers caught up in food safety net," Feb. 24 In the future we all might be eating Soylent Green. Remember that movie about the overstressed, overcrowded planet with scarce food supplies and strange regulations not based on common sense but on economic control? The food safety advocates and federal regulators whose efforts to protect the public may end up shutting down organic farms should take an organic gardening class. Grow some food and cook it, preferably without latex gloves on. Anne Geisler Encinitas ALSO: Letters: Dual water meters could be costly Letters: Closed libraries are a civic disgrace Letters: A Holocaust survivor's uplifting story
March 28, 2012 | By Dylan Hernandez
PHOENIX - Andre Ethier said Wednesday morning that it was too early to say how the Dodgers' sale could affect his future. Ethier is under contract this year for $10.95 million. He will be eligible for free agency at the end of the season. He said he wasn't sure if he was any more optimistic about remaining a Dodger beyond this season. “It's way too early to even play those games in your mind right now,” he said. “It's a proven group, a lot of proven winners and people who want to win, but we still don't know what their goals are going to be coming in. It's that whole thing of don't look too far ahead, just be focused on right now. If we do our job, then everything will work out.” But Ethier sounded as if he would be open to discussing a contract extension during the season.
October 15, 2013 | By Gerrick D. Kennedy
Music industry rule No. 101: Never tick off the headliner inviting you on the road. According to reports, Drake has dropped Future from his upcoming arena trek, a move that could turn into a $1.5-million feud between the two artists. The reason? Disparaging remarks the singsongy  Atlanta rapper made about Drake's latest album during an interview with Billboard, according to the New York Post . In a conversation earlier this month to preview his forthcoming album, “Honest,” Future shared his thoughts on Drake's latest chart-topper, “Nothing Was the Same,” with Billboard associate editor Erika Ramierz.
July 25, 2013 | By Ted Rall
On ce an up-and-comer, former San Francisco Mayor Gavin Newsom has been reduced to obscurity in his position as California's lieutenant governor. And Gov. Jerry Brown, once an ally, is content to leave him that way. ALSO: America's broadband blues Photo gallery: Ted Rall cartoons What we learned from a tragic Disneyland accident Follow Ted Rall on Twitter @TedRall
November 20, 2012 | By Randall Roberts
There's a sample on the new Bad Brains album, "Into the Future," that perfectly captures the influential D.C. punk band's early contact with audiences: "We figured if they didn't mind us being black, we didn't mind them being white. " The statement, like the band, is an incitement, an acknowledgment of the occasionally uneasy relationship among punk, metal and race in the genre's formative years. It didn't hurt that Bad Brains were one of the most incendiary of the first-generation hard-core punk bands, and the band went on to influence a wealth of recent acts, including the Beastie Boys, TV on the Radio and the Mars Volta.
July 13, 2013 | By Mikael Wood
Pop & Hiss finds it unlikely that we'll hear a better R&B slow jam this year than " Body Party ," the sleek space-soul ballad in which Ciara tells her real-life boyfriend Future that her body is his party -- and "nobody's invited but you. " Produced with drowsy sensuality by Mike Will Made It (who also helmed Miley Cyrus' " We Can't Stop "), "Body Party" currently sits at No. 3 on Billboard's R&B chart, which is precisely two slots below where the song deserves to be. But Ciara, she's no spoilsport, so Friday night she and Future both turned up to do "Body Party" on "Late Night with Jimmy Fallon.
January 19, 2012 | By Maeve Reston
Rick Perry's communications chief Ray Sullivan says the Texas governor remains open to the possibility of another run for president in 2016 and has learned many "valuable" lessons about the intensity, pace and scrutiny that candidates must endure. The subject came up -- unprompted -- in a conversation with reporters in the lobby of the North Charleston hotel where Perry had just announced  he was leaving the presidential race. Sullivan was asked whether the governor planned to run for re-election in Texas.
December 26, 2013 | By Steven Zeitchik
In honor of the delicate future of Spike Jonze's “Her,” we've been chatting with the team that helped him realize those not-so-far-off days. (You can read previous installments, on costumes and production design, here and here ). Today, a talk with Hoyte van Hoytema, the decorated Swiss-Dutch cinematographer who shot the film. Movies Now : When you first heard about shooting a movie like this set in the future, you must have thought, "Oh, a movie set in the future.
May 20, 2013 | By Dylan Hernandez
MILWAUKEE - General Manager Ned Colletti said Don Mattingly has “done fine” managing the Dodgers, but refused to directly address mounting speculation that Mattingly could be fired in the near future. “My perspective hasn't changed,” Colletti said. Earlier this month, Colletti told Times columnist Bill Plaschke, “I'm confident we're going to turn it around, and I'm confident we have the right people.” Asked about media reports speculating that Mattingly could be dismissed this week, Colletti said, “I really don't read very much.
September 21, 2012 | By Chuck Schilken
Tim Tebow is a straightforward, honest guy. Really nice too. Outgoing, friendly and helpful to everyone he meets. A person like that surely wouldn't make it in the cutthroat world of politics, right? Ha! That's just the kind of thinking that might have us hearing the phrase "I'm Tim Tebow, and I approve this message" coming from our TV sets one day. “You can get looked at in a certain light, or people think, 'This is this type of person, he wouldn't do this.' Sometimes it's fun breaking those norms,” the New York Jets backup quarterback said in an interview that appears in the upcoming issue of Vogue magazine.
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