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Author Upton Sinclair's former home, damaged by the Sierra Madre earthquake, is in danger of demolition, say Monrovia officials who want to preserve it. The Myrtle Avenue home where the late writer lived from 1941 to 1962 was knocked off its foundation by the 5.8 earthquake that rocked the San Gabriel Valley almost two weeks ago. Community Development Director Don Hopper said owner Steve Hastings came to City Hall and talked to officials about tearing down the home.
June 19, 1996 | From Associated Press
An investigation of cattle purchases by the nation's top four meatpackers last year found no evidence of price-fixing or that their control of the slaughter market depressed prices, the Agriculture Department said Tuesday. The investigation, which focused on Kansas, concluded that market forces caused prices to fall sharply last spring. A 10-year low in cattle prices has led ranchers to blame the top four meatpackers, which buy and slaughter more than 80% of all cattle.
May 1, 2008
Just when everyone is fretting over the price of food, the Pew Commission on Industrial Farm Animal Production released a report that outlines the ways in which factory farming exacts an additional toll on both the Earth and the consumer. The pollution of streams and groundwater and the greenhouse gases produced by animal waste entail actual dollar costs borne largely by taxpayers, as well as more intrinsic concerns about human health, environmental damage and animal well-being. The good news is that, among the trends laid out in the report, the most troubling is also among the most fixable: overuse of antibiotics in livestock, a major contributor to the creation of drug-resistant bacteria and thus a direct assault on human health.
April 15, 2011 | By Marissa Cevallos, HealthKey
Meat in the U.S. may be widely contaminated with strains of drug-resistant bacteria, researchers reported Friday. Nearly half of all meat and poultry sampled in a new study contained drug-resistant strains of  Staphylococcus aureus , the type of bacteria that most commonly causes staph infections. Such infections can take many forms, from a minor rash to pneumonia or sepsis. But the findings are less about direct threats to humans than they are about the risks of using antibiotics in agriculture.
March 19, 1989 | CHRISTY PORTER, Porter is a free-lance writer in Spokane, Wash.
Circling crows appear like smudges on the pale winter sky, occasionally swooping to peck at frozen road-kill. The last few miles on Highway 15 from Helena to the Butte stockyards are harsh and not that pretty. At the yard, Ralph Beer struggles against a 1,200-pound cow and the cold wind until the animal is finally in the auction stall. Then Beer lights a cigarette, perches on a rickety fence gate and muses on the state of literature in Montana.
November 10, 1991 | RICHARD EDER
A problem novel is a problem. If it is a detective story, say, or an exposure of conditions in the Chicago stockyards, we take it on its own singleminded level--solving the mystery or learning about the conditions. It needs to be lucidly and enthrallingly expounded; apart from that, we are simply grateful for whatever adornments of style or character may be thrown in. When it is a full-fledged work of fiction, though, we feel two currents tug against each other.
June 28, 1988 | SARA FRITZ and JACK NELSON, Times Staff Writers
House Speaker Jim Wright (D-Tex.), who is under investigation by the House Ethics Committee, Monday portrayed himself as a victim of a campaign of leaks and "poison arrows" by Reagan Administration officials. Wright, who frequently has denied charges that he used his influence to benefit himself and his friends, insisted that he "would not be under the pressure" of an internal House investigation if he had not challenged President Reagan's policy in Central America. " . . .
September 8, 1999 | MIKE DOWNEY
My day was made Tuesday, upon reading that San Diego is searching for its own city song. San Diego, city that never sleeps. San Diego, my kind of town. I left my heart in San Diego. No, wait. It was my wallet. San Diego continues to be one of the truly outstanding cities in the greater metropolitan Tijuana area. The town deserves a tune. San Diego is marvelous, too marvelous for words. Many of us believe San Diego to be every bit as special and song-worthy as Galveston, Kalamazoo and Gary, Ind.
January 13, 2008 | Jenny Jarvie, Times Staff Writer
Joe Penn, a Kentucky horse and mule auctioneer, is not a sentimental man -- not once he enters the stockyard. He knows that the value of many horses is measured in pounds of flesh. But this winter, the horses are thinner than usual, and Penn finds himself wondering what becomes of the creatures with bare ribs and flat rumps, the ones that now sell for as little as $10. "I wonder," Penn said. "And then I tell myself I probably don't want to know."
Bruce Thiher is accustomed to opening his door and finding pilgrims who have driven long miles to this no-stoplight railroad town where the trains don't go anymore. They have not come to see Thiher. They are there to see his little house. It is one of the most famous shelters in America, though it has never housed anyone famous. But it is instantly recognizable--the porch, the pointed roof, the church-like window on the second floor.
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