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January 23, 2013 | By Ricardo Lopez
For months, state dairy producers had urged the California Department of Food and Agriculture to raise prices paid for milk and dairy products. And on Tuesday, the state agency agreed to raise prices by as much as 30 cents per hundredweight for certain dairy products. That's roughly 3 cents per gallon as there are about 12 gallons in one hundredweight, as milk is measured in the industry. But farmers Wednesday said the new prices are still too low, calling the change "too little, too late.
January 22, 2013 | By Betty Hallock
You don't have to be an adherent of raw food (nothing heated to more than 115 degrees) to appreciate some dishes in the raw. A story about the new raw food restaurant M.A.K.E. and its culinary academy uncovers a cuisine that's coming in from the fringe. (Who doesn't love zucchini "noodle" lasagna, anyway?) "I think now a lot of people who are not strict about raw food are incorporating it into their diets," says M.A.K.E. owner Matthew Kenney.  Much of the cuisine at M.A.K.E.
January 15, 2013 | By Karen Kaplan
Winners of the Indianapolis 500 drink milk to celebrate their victory; perhaps winners of the Nobel Prizes do the same after receiving a congratulatory phone call from Stockholm.  That's one theory to explain why countries in which people drink the most milk, per capita, also win the most Nobel Prizes , per capita, according to a new study .  Take Sweden, the country that's home to the Nobels. Citizens there have won 31.855 prizes for every 10 million people. They also consume about 350 kilograms of milk each, on average, over the course of a year.  At the other end of the spectrum is China, a country that has won a mere 0.060 Nobels per 10 million people and where the average person drinks less than 50 kilograms of milk per year.  The United States fall close to the middle, with a Nobel-winning rate of 10.731 per 10 million citizens and milk consumption of abotu 250 kilograms per person per year.  Coincidence?
December 27, 2012 | By Todd Martens
Despite possessing a rather unassuming sound -- one built on gentle acoustic strumming and comforting harmonies -- local act the Milk Carton Kids have had a rather booming year and a half. Two self-released albums published straight-to-the-Web are said to have racked-up more than 130,000 downloads, and artists such as acoustic stars the Old Crow Medicine Show and the Punch Brothers have taken the Hotel Cafe regulars on tour.  In late 2012 it was revealed that the Milk Carton Kids had signed to local indie Anti-, the Silver Lake-based label home to the likes of Tom Waits, Neko Case and more.
December 21, 2012 | By David L. Ulin, Los Angeles Times Book Critic
Spilt Milk A Novel Chico Buarque Translated from the Portuguese by Alison Entrekin Grove Press: 178 pp., $23 Eulálio d'Assumpção is on his deathbed. A century old, born into the Brazilian aristocracy, he has watched his world change, or crumble, and still he lingers. "As the future narrows," he tells us early in Chico Buarque's deft and moving "Spilt Milk," "younger people have to pile up any which way in some corner of my mind. For the past, however, I have an increasingly spacious drawing room.
December 20, 2012 | By Nicole Santa Cruz, Los Angeles Times
In addition to Constitution Week, Cyber Security Awareness Month and Wear Red for Women Day, Harvey Milk Day will now be officially recognized in Orange County. The decision marks a reversal for Orange County supervisors, who twice previously refused to set aside a day to honor the birthday of the slain gay rights activist, who was a supervisor in San Francisco when he was gunned down in 1978. Supervisors voted Tuesday to adopt a yearly list of proclamations that included Harvey Milk Day. Supervisor Shawn Nelson, who helped activists get the day on the list of more than 90 proclamations, said he understands that the recognition is symbolic.
December 13, 2012 | Rosie Mestel
The shards of old pottery are poked with little holes, remnants of vessels that would have looked a lot like colanders. Now scientists have determined that the fragments -- more than 7,000 years old -- are most likely from ancient cheese-making implements, used for separating curds from whey. Collected from sites along a river in present-day Poland, the pottery pieces are the oldest direct evidence for cheese-making anywhere in the world, the researchers reported Wednesday in the journal Nature.
November 9, 2012 | By Tiffany Hsu, Los Angeles Times
Add up the price of turkey, sweet potatoes, cranberries and pumpkin pie, and Thanksgiving dinner will cost consumers more this year — but not by much. Households will shell out, on average, $49.48 for a party of 10, or 28 cents more than last year, according to the American Farm Bureau Federation. That's less than a 1% increase over last year and still less than $5 a person. Consider last Thanksgiving, when the cost of dinner soared 13% in the largest hike since 1990. The price survey, which has been conducted every year since the meal cost $28.74 in 1986, has shown increases since 2008.
October 12, 2012 | By Mark Olsen, Los Angeles Times
Harris Savides, who was widely considered one of the most influential contemporary cinematographers, earning acclaim for his canny visual sensibility on such films as "Zodiac" and "Milk," died Wednesday. He was 55. The Skouras Agency confirmed the New York-based cinematographer's death but released no other details. "If you were looking for a cinematographer with both sizzle and substance, you couldn't find a more adept visual stylist than Harris Savides," Patrick Goldstein wrote in The Times in 2007.
September 8, 2012 | By Jennifer Delgado, Chicago Tribune
Child welfare agencies call them the "milk ladies. " For nearly 30 years, the women have trekked the Chicago area dropping off cases of brand-name baby formula for mothers who can't afford to feed their infants. The original eight women have been friends for years, gathering once a month to rehash high school memories and share stories about their own children while making the deliveries. Now, the founders are joined by their daughters and relatives. Together, they have raised $2.6 million through donations and grants.
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