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March 16, 1999 | From Reuters
In a move that could dramatically enhance the role genetics play in world food production, chemical giant DuPont Co. said Monday it would buy leading seed producer Pioneer Hi-Bred International Inc. in a $7.7-billion deal. The two companies signed a definitive agreement calling for a cash-and-stock merger that would give DuPont a new wholly owned unit with $5 billion in annual sales and a global marketing force devoted to the most fundamental of all agricultural products--seeds.
April 16, 2014 | By Mike Bresnahan
SAN ANTONIO - Finally. The Lakers crawled past the finish line Wednesday, kissing goodbye to the 2013-14 season (without any further injuries) in a 113-100 victory over the half-interested San Antonio Spurs at AT&T Center. After a series of record-setting lows, the most important date for the Lakers becomes May 20, the night of the NBA draft lottery. They have a 6.3% chance of landing the top overall draft pick after finishing with the NBA's sixth-worst record. While the Lakers (27-55)
April 30, 2013 | By Jeff Spurrier
The giant yucca certainly lives up to its name: Yucca gigantea rises 30 feet high in ideal conditions, with white blossoms that push out from the center -- flor de izote , as the bloom is sometimes called, the national flower of El Salvador. Many species of yucca produce edible flowers, but the giant yucca also is prized for its ornamental qualities. As the plant gets older, the base of the grayish trunk swells, taking on the primeval look of an elephant's foot. The stalk that produces flowers will die back, but the plant will continue to send up new pups and side spears that will flower.
April 15, 2014 | By Ben Bolch
CLIPPERS AT PORTLAND Where: Moda Center. When: 7:30. On the air: TV: ESPN, Prime Ticket; Radio: 980. Records: Clippers 56-24; Trail Blazers 53-28. Update: Portland is locked in as the fifth-seeded team in the Western Conference and will open the playoffs on the road against the Houston Rockets. The Trail Blazers have gone 8-1 since LaMarcus Aldridge returned from a back injury. They could rest several starters against the Clippers in a game that will not affect their playoff positioning.
August 9, 2012 | By Craig Nakano
Garden writer/saint Jeff Spurrier recently handed off some of his heirloom tomatoes with a reminder that I should save a few seeds of my favorites to plant next spring, naturally leading to the question: How? What's the best way to save tomato seeds? Spurrier's recent post on growing tomatillos, a cousin of the tomato, says seeds of that plant also can be saved for planting. Tomatillo seeds are actually easier, Spurrier says, requiring fewer steps in preparation for storage. He wrote about his preferred method for saving tomato seeds a couple of years ago. We dug up that story, have copied the instructions here and added notes at the end about how to tweak the process for tomatillos.
February 24, 2013
Re “ Seeds of Dissent ,” Opinion, Feb. 19, and “ Justices consider patented seeds case ,” Feb. 20 I understand a company's desire to control the use of products it has created and patented, and the importance such a right plays in its ability to remain profitable. But I still have a major problem with Monsanto's arguments in this case. Monsanto didn't create or design the seeds' ability to reproduce; it created the resultant plant's ability to resist a weedkiller. If Monsanto feels that it owns that ability for all future generations of the seeds, it should be free to charge more for the original seed and see if the market is willing to bear those additional costs, instead of being allowed to prevent farmers from using those second-generation or later seeds.
May 14, 2013 | By David G. Savage, Los Angeles Times
WASHINGTON - Monsanto Co. and other companies that patent seeds may prohibit farmers from growing a second crop from their genetically modified seeds, the Supreme Court ruled unanimously. The closely watched decision was a clear victory for agribusiness giants and their biotechnological innovations, which have increased crop yields. But it was a setback for the many disgruntled farmers who have complained about the high cost of these miracle seeds. By a 9-0 vote, the justices decided the patent for a specialized seed outlives the first planting.
March 11, 2010 | By P.J. Huffstutter
For 40 years, farmer Todd Leake and his family have battled bitter cold, hungry pests and a short growing season to coax soybeans out of their fields in eastern North Dakota. The one thing they never had to fight for, though, was their seeds. A decade ago, salesmen from as many as 50 seed companies would compete for their dollars. Each would promise healthier plants, richer yields or a better discount. Today the Leakes have little choice: There are four seed companies in their area, and all sell seeds that include genetic traits patented and licensed by Monsanto Co., the world's largest seed firm.
February 19, 2013 | By David G. Savage
WASHINGTON - An Indiana farmer who clashed with Monsanto Co. over his replanting of its patented soybean seeds ran into steady skeptical questions Tuesday from the Supreme Court. The justices strongly suggested that they would rule for Monsanto and decide that the company's patent protection for its genetically modified seeds covers not just the first planting, but also seeds that are generated later. “Why in the world” would any company invest millions of dollars in creating a new seed if a farmer could buy one and freely reproduce it, asked Chief Justice John G. Roberts Jr. Mark Walters, a lawyer representing Indiana farmer Hugh Bowman, argued that a patent holder “exhausts” his rights after selling the product.
February 19, 2013 | By George Kimbrell and Debbie Barker
On Tuesday, attorneys for the largest agrochemical corporation in the world, Monsanto, will present arguments before the Supreme Court asserting the company's rights to the generations of seeds that naturally reproduce from its genetically modified strains. Bowman vs. Monsanto Co. will be decided based on the court's interpretation of a complex web of seed and plant patent law, but the case also reflects something much more basic: Should anyone, or any corporation, control a product of life?
April 13, 2014 | By Ira Winderman
WASHINGTON -- What became apparent with Saturday night's Miami Heat loss to the Atlanta Hawks came into sharper focus Sunday: The Heat likely will enter the NBA playoffs as the No. 2 seed in the Eastern Conference. With Sunday's 102-97 victory over the Oklahoma City Thunder at Bankers Life Fieldhouse, the Indiana Pacers reduced their magic number to clinch the No. 1 seed in the East to one: either a win in their Wednesday season finale on the road against the Orlando Magic or a Heat loss Monday at the Verizon Center against the Washington Wizards or Wednesday at AmericanAirlines Arena against the Philadelphia 76ers.
April 13, 2014 | By Lance Pugmire
A top seed vs. a No. 8 seed usually is a formality - there was a notable exception involving the Kings two years ago - but Dallas has won two of three games against the Ducks this season. The Oct. 20 opener was the Ducks' lone victory, as they overcame a 3-1 deficit with two Corey Perry goals and a shutout relief appearance by rookie goalie Frederik Andersen in his NHL debut, winning 6-3, after forward Ryan Garbutt launched himself at former Ducks forward Dustin Penner, who suffered a concussion on the hit. Garbutt was suspended.
April 11, 2014 | Helene Elliott
If the hockey gods had a sense of humor, they would have arranged for the Kings and the Ducks to play for the Pacific Division title Saturday at Staples Center. At the very least, they would have put one team in position to knock the other out of the playoffs. Alas, the hockey gods must have been busy elsewhere because they didn't leave much drama surrounding Saturday's game. The Kings have been locked into third place in the division for a while, certain that they will start on the road against the San Jose Sharks, likely on Wednesday.
April 10, 2014 | Helene Elliott
Hockey fans will have to wait for the first-ever playoff series between the Kings and the Ducks, but a matchup between the Kings and the San Jose Sharks promises to be the next-best thing. The Ducks on Wednesday wiped out any chance of there being a local derby in the first round of the Stanley Cup playoffs by clinching first place in the Pacific Division when they powered past the San Jose Sharks for a 5-2 victory at the Honda Center. In winning, the Ducks assured themselves of the No. 1 or No. 2 seeding in the West -- they're a point ahead of St. Louis but the Blues have a game in hand -- and consigned the Sharks to second place in the Pacific and a matchup with the third-place Kings.
April 7, 2014 | By Chris Dufresne
ARLINGTON, Texas - Kentucky freshman guard Aaron Harrison launched a last-seconds three-point shot Monday from the same spot he'd knocked two straight opponents out of the tournament. This time he didn't make it, though, and this time it didn't matter. Connecticut didn't just defeat Kentucky, 60-54, to win the NCAA title Monday night before a crowd of 79,238 at AT&T Stadium. BOX SCORE: Connecticut 60, Kentucky 54 Connecticut never trailed in the game, going wire to wire to cap a tournament run that was even more improbable than Kentucky's.
April 6, 2014 | Chris Dufresne
ARLINGTON, Texas - Monday night's NCAA championship game at AT&T Stadium sets up as a matchup of over-achieving seedlings. If you didn't know the history you'd say it was nice to see the "little guys" finally breaking through the plexiglass backboard. This No. 15 combination platter is the highest total number to play for the title since the NCAA started seeding in 1979. NCAA BRACKET: Track how UConn and Kentucky got to the final Poor old No. 7 Connecticut hasn't won an NCAA title since 2011 and luckless No 8 Kentucky hasn't hoisted a banner since 2012.
October 25, 2012 | By Robert Abele
The 12 men and women featured in Susan Polis Schutz's documentary "Seeds of Resiliency" have all worked awfully hard at overcoming tragedy, even if Schutz herself hasn't done a whole lot to make her film little more than a strung-together collection of interviews set to piano muzak. More like something you'd see at a seminar on perseverance than a movie, the featured interviewees are nevertheless remarkable examples of triumph: a young man born with spina bifida who can do flips in his wheelchair, an escapee of Idi Amin's regime who now helps African refugees, a Korean professor who quickly returned to teaching after becoming a quadriplegic.
April 6, 2014 | By Chris Dufresne
Connecticut (31-8) vs. Kentucky (29-10) TV: 6:09 p.m., Channel 2 This matchup between No. 7 and No. 8 is the highest seeding combination ever for an NCAA final game. It is also the first time since 1966 (Texas Western and Kentucky) that two teams are playing for the title one season after not making it into the NCAA tournament. Seventh-seeded Connecticut rallied from three points down in the final minute to defeat No.10 St. Joseph's in overtime. NCAA BRACKET: Track how UConn and Kentucky got to the final The Huskies followed with wins over No. 2 Villanova, No. 3 Iowa State, No. 4 Michigan State and No. 1 Florida.
April 5, 2014 | By Shannon Ryan
ARLINGTON, Texas -- Last week, Kentucky guard Andrew Harrison told a crowd of reporters that nobody could tell his twin brother Aaron that he wasn't the best. Aaron Harrison proved it again. For a third consecutive NCAA tournament game, the guard from Texas hit a game-deciding three-pointer. It was his only long-range attempt of the game. Only six seconds remained. He had taken a pass from his brother standing near the sideline about 27 feet from the basket. But the shot went in. Of course it did. Kentucky is advancing to the NCAA championship game after defeating Wisconsin, 74-73, in the Final Four on Saturday night.
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