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ENTERTAINMENT
March 22, 2013 | Mary MacVean, Los Angeles Times
Nathanael Johnson was born without a doctor and later toddled around his Northern California yard without diapers, free to ingest whatever germy creatures he got his hands on, but no sugar allowed. With parents like his, it's little wonder he grew up wondering about the miracles of modern science. What's really welcome about his deeply reported book, "All Natural," is that his upbringing makes the investigation of nature versus technology fun as well as thought-provoking. He questions mainstream wisdom, "expert" advice and the all-natural solutions for childbirth, germs, raw milk, sugar, factory farming of animals and more.
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SPORTS
March 16, 2013 | Bill Plaschke
LAS VEGAS - Despite the sudden loss of one of its best young players, the UCLA basketball team showed up here Saturday night determined not to throw in the towel. The coach's suit coat was a different matter. Angered by a charging call on Shabazz Muhammad late in the first half of the Bruins' losing battle with Oregon in the championship game of the Pac-12 tournament, Coach Ben Howland could no longer endure the frustration. In a bit of gymnastics as impressive as the Cirque du Soleil halftime show, Howland angrily spun and, in the same motion, removed his jacket and flung it high and far into the front row behind the Bruins' bench.
BUSINESS
March 15, 2013 | By Tiffany Hsu
Butterfly Bakery Inc. notes on its website that all of its goodies are "made with 100% love. " Federal regulators say that recipe also includes plenty of sugar - even in food advertised as "sugar-free. " U.S. District Court Judge Dennis M. Cavanaugh approved a consent decree of permanent injunction against the Clifton, N.J., business this month, shutting down its operations until the bakery complies with U.S. Food and Drug Administration labeling requirements. FDA and state officials tested muffins and snack cakes from Butterfly over several years and found that many were misbranded, the FDA said this week.
NEWS
March 15, 2013 | By Eryn Brown
As if studying product labels to keep tabs on calories, carbs and fat grams wasn't painful enough, now dieters have this to worry about: one bakery's "goodies that taste good without being bad" are actually quite naughty, after all. Clifton, N.J.-based Butterfly Bakery promises careful eaters that its sugar-free, no-sugar-added and gluten-free baked goods "will turn your dietary restriction into a dietary indulgence. "  An indulgence, indeed: on Wednesday, the Food and Drug Administration said that tests on samples of Butterfly Bakery products showed that foods labeled as "sugar free" had sugar and that claims about sugar and fat content were false and misleading -- and that the agency obtained a consent decree that effectively shut down operations at the company "for unlawfully distributing mislabeled food products, such as muffins and snack cakes.
NEWS
March 4, 2013 | By Jenn Harris
To put it lightly, Mondays suck. There's no getting around it. Except, maybe, if you can fit in enough sugar fixes to forget what day it is. We're here to help. Monday morning's #Weekendeats chat on Twitter was full of treats sure to give you a rush. Here are the highlights: #Weekendeats newcomers VillageRootsVT.com shared a fun video recipe for what they call Daddy-O's Birthday French Macarons , Brooks Walker from CakeWalkr.com shared a recipe for Meyer lemon, cranberry and pistachio scones with chef Dennis and the Cooking Bride shared a recipe for buttermilk pancakes with orange syrup . Meghan, also known as the Buttercream Blondie, shared a recipe for Bailey's Irish Cream brownies , Greg MacIntosh from Lifesapicnic.blogspot.com shared a photo of his glowing apricot danish , and Kelly Mathews shared a picture of what she called "maybe the best cheesecake ever" from Bar Pintxo.
SCIENCE
February 27, 2013 | By Melissa Healy, Los Angeles Times
In a finding certain to put new pressure on the purveyors of sugary foods and drinks, a worldwide analysis shows that regardless of its effect on obesity, the ebb and flow of sugar in a country's diet strongly influences the diabetes rate there. The new study provides compelling evidence that obesity isn't driving the worldwide pandemic of Type 2 diabetes as much as the rising consumption of sugar - largely in the form of sweetened sodas, experts said. Increases in sugar intake account for a third of new cases of diabetes in the United States and a quarter of cases worldwide, according to calculations published Wednesday in the journal PLOS ONE. In the 175 countries studied, a 150-calorie daily increase in the availability of sugar - about the equivalent of a can of Coke or Pepsi - raises the prevalence of Type 2 diabetes by 1.1%, a research team from Stanford University and UC San Francisco found.
ENTERTAINMENT
February 24, 2013 | By Mark Olsen
The musical mystery “Searching for Sugar Man” won the Oscar for documentary on Sunday night. Directed by Malik Bendjelloul, the film about an obscure Detroit singer made a remarkable near-sweep of eligible awards since its premiere at the 2012 Sundance Film Festival.  The film details how for years it was thought that the 1970s singer-songwriter known as Rodriguez had faded into obscurity or died. But through the passionate sleuthing of dedicated fans in South Africa, where he unexpectedly achieved a startling level of fame, he was discovered to be very much alive, living and working in Michigan.
ENTERTAINMENT
February 23, 2013 | By Irene Lacher
Swedish filmmaker Malik Bendjelloul, who has been tearing a swath through awards season with his film debut, "Searching for Sugar Man," is scheduled to attend his first-ever Oscar ceremony Sunday as a nominee for documentary feature. How has awards season been for you? You've won Writers Guild, DGA, BAFTA and other awards. How many have you won? Over 30 awards internationally. In awards season we won Writers Guild, Producers Guild, Directors Guild, the American Cinema Editors and BAFTA, the IDA - International Documentary Assn.'s award - and Critics' Choice and the National Board of Review.
ENTERTAINMENT
February 20, 2013 | By Dawn C. Chmielewski
From the control room, the producer gave host Matthew Rodrigues the cue to launch into a celebrity news segment featuring a Valentine's Day update on Robert Pattinson and Kristen Stewart -- she didn't travel to Australia to visit him during the filming of “The Rover”! Rodrigues followed with a discussion of the news that “Downton Abbey” dowager countess Maggie Smith doesn't even watch the series! With the season finale coming, Rodrigues quipped, “I guess Maggie Smith will be the only one who is not watching.” The production has all the gloss of "Entertainment Tonight" or "Access Hollywood" - including video highlights from the runways of “Fashion Week” in New York City - but this show appears exclusively online.
NEWS
February 13, 2013 | By Mary MacVean
A nutrition advocacy group joined with scientists and health agencies Wednesday to ask the federal government to decide just how much sugar is “safe” in sodas, raising the bar in its crusade to curb the “dangerously high” amounts Americans consume. Drinks are the single largest source of added sugar in the diet, and the request to the FDA is one way to fight back against the “ubiquitous marketing and heavy consumption” of sugar-sweetened beverages, the executive director of the Center for Science in the Public Interest, Michael Jacobson, said at a news conference in Washington.
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