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October 30, 2012 | By Betty Hallock
Looking to grow a garden but have zero outdoor space? Italian company Microgiardini produces novelty growing kits in cans. Each can includes growing compound and seeds, so you just pop it open, find a sunny spot for it on your kitchen counter and add water. No need to buy planters and peat. It's an all-in-one instant mini garden. The cans are wrapped in attractive labels and contain a variety of herbs and plants, such as rosemary, lavender, mint, basil, chili peppers, tomatoes.
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NEWS
July 18, 2012 | By Debra Prinzing
"Natural Companions: The Garden Lover's Guide to Plant Combinations," the new release from bestselling writer Ken Druse and artist Ellen Hoverkamp, rises above other books of its kind thanks to two elements: an authoritative, engaging narrative and botanical portraits that are nothing short of mesmerizing. PHOTO GALLERY: "Natural Companions" Using a large-format flatbed scanner, Hoverkamp has produced more than 100 botanical images with amazing depth, detail and color. She assembled the vignettes with a black background and scanned the plants as fast as she could before the just-picked petals, buds and blades had time to wilt.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 18, 2013 | By Robert J. Lopez
Law enforcement authorities in Chino seized more than 100 marijuana plants and high-powered firearms as part of an ongoing investigation, police said Wednesday. Police said the probe was launched after they received a tip of a possible marijuana growing operation at a home in the 6200 block of Susana Street. Part of the home and a separate building in the backyard were allegedly used for the grow operation, according to the Chino Police Department. Of the 11 firearms that were seized, two were assault weapons and two others had been reported stolen, police said.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 11, 2013 | By Bettina Boxall
The geothermal power plants at Southern California's Salton Sea don't just produce electricity, they also trigger thousands of temblors not far from one of the West Coast's most dangerous earthquake faults, a new study says. Research published online Thursday in the journal Science found that as production rose at the Imperial County geothermal field, so did the number of earthquakes. From 1981 through 2012, more than 10,000 earthquakes above magnitude 1.75 were recorded in the area.
NATIONAL
September 19, 2013 | By Neela Banerjee and Christi Parsons
WASHINGTON - The Obama administration will propose rules Friday to sharply curtail permissible emissions of carbon dioxide from new power plants, an important step toward fulfilling the president's recently reinvigorated commitment to address climate change. New coal-fired plants would have to limit emissions of heat-trapping carbon dioxide to 1,100 pounds per megawatt hour, down from the current range of 1,800 to 2,100 pounds using conventional technology, according to an administration official who spoke on condition of anonymity before the official release of the plan.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 17, 2013 | By Robert J. Lopez
Deputies seized more than 600 marijuana plants valued at about $1 million from a sophisticated "grow" operation at a Palmdale home, authorities said Monday night. Every room in the home in the 200 block of East Avenue P-2 had been turned into a hydroponic pot garden, the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department said. Deputies discovered the plants Monday afternoon after they saw a car at the home registered to a man with a felony warrant for narcotics possession, according to the department.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 5, 2013 | By Robert J. Lopez
A reputed Palmdale gang member was arrested after deputies reported finding 125 marijuana plants growing at his home, authorities said Wednesday night. Detectives said the "grow operation" was capable of yielding 50 pounds of pot a year with an estimated value of $45,000, according to the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department. The plants were discovered by deputies who served a search warrant at the home in the 6100 block of Plaza Court as part an investigation into suspected marijuana growing, department officials said in a statement.
SCIENCE
February 26, 2014 | By Louis Sahagun
Eureka Dunes, a towering expanse of shifting slopes wedged between weathered mountains in the Mojave Desert, had a reputation as a campground, an off-road vehicle course and a home to a few plant species found no place else on Earth. In the late 1970s, the dunes earned a reputation as an area where the Eureka Valley evening primrose and Eureka dune grass were listed as federally endangered species to protect them from being driven to extinction by off-road vehicle recreation. On Wednesday, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service proposed that the plants be removed from the list because their populations have stabilized in a region that became part of Death Valley National Park in 1994.
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