March 26, 2014
Re “ Drying up the delta ,” March 23 Bettina Boxall's front-page article - accompanied by striking photos of flooded fields being fed by scarce water from sources that also supply our vanishing Northern California delta - is all the testimony that we should need to impress upon us the grotesque priorities that we are still following in allocating our state's most critical natural resource. Those priorities mean that we are growing rice for shipment to Asia by flooding an expanding desert landscape in the heart of the Central Valley, while millions of Californians are experiencing a disastrous water shortage and we deprive our most productive growers of reasonable access to water.
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March 15, 2014 |
BURLINGAME, Calif. - Former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice said Saturday that the crisis unfolding in the Ukraine was the direct result of Russian control of oil in that region of the world and emphasized that the United States needed to develop its domestic energy resources, maintain a robust military and avoid isolationism. "I know that people are tired. I know that after more than 10 years of war and terrorism and engagement abroad, and sometimes it doesn't look like there's light at the end of the tunnel, we can think, well, we'll let someone else do it," Rice told hundreds of delegates and guests at a California Republican Party luncheon here.
March 10, 2014 |
A generation before "Twilight" stole teen girls' hearts, Anne Rice's "Interview With the Vampire" and its sequels explored the romance and eroticism of the vampire myth. No matter who was telling the stories of their loves and misdeeds, the vampire Lestat was at the center of the story, a magnetic, selfish antihero. The undead Lestat, who was played by Tom Cruise in the 1994 film "Interview With the Vampire," will return in a new novel in October. Rice announced the upcoming publication of "Prince Lestat" on "The Dinner Party," an Internet show co-hosted by Christopher Rice, her son. "It is a big vampire chronicle," she said.
February 20, 2014 |
INDIANAPOLIS - A scant three weeks into the off-season, the NFL is dealing with three public relations infernos, two involving current players. There's the Miami Dolphins bullying saga, chronicled in a just-released investigation that pulled back the curtain on the team's toxic locker room culture. The Dolphins have fired their offensive line coach and longtime trainer, and player suspensions could be in the works. There's the arrest of retired Pro Bowl safety Darren Sharper, most recently an NFL Network analyst, on charges that he drugged and raped two women.
February 12, 2014 |
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration is investigating the illnesses of children in three states in recent months that have been linked to Uncle Ben's infused rice served in schools. The cluster of illnesses have affected children in Texas, Illinois and North Dakota. At three schools in Katy, Texas, 34 students and four teachers experienced skin reactions, burning, headaches and nausea last week after eating Uncle Ben's "Mexican flavor" infused rice. The symptoms lasted about 90 minutes, officials said. Similar reactions were reported at an Illinois school in December and a daycare center in North Dakota in October. Mars Foodservices, which produces the product, has recalled 5- and 25-pound bags of various rice products primarily sold to schools, restaurants, hospitals and other commercial establishments.
December 22, 2013 |
People who avoid gluten will say they're grateful for the dozens of new products that have enabled them to eat bread, cookies, snack bars and other baked goods. They'll also sometimes say that many of those products are not very good, and contain ingredients they'd rather not eat. Enter the upper echelons of bakers, people like Valerie Gordon, who has been experimenting with gluten-free cakes and cookies for her Valerie shops and cafes in Los Angeles. She has a variety of gluten-free baked goods these days: blue corn muffins, chocolate cake, brownies, chocolate chips cookies and a snack mix. And more is on the drawing board.