CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 15, 1986
Most schools and city, county, state and federal offices in western Riverside County will be closed Monday in observance of President's Day. Corona, Norco and Riverside city halls and public schools will close for the holiday, as will courts, post offices and most banks. Riverside City College, Chaffey College and the University of California, Riverside, will be closed, but California Baptist College plans to hold classes.
February 26, 1986
The National Institutes of Health has dismissed charges of research animal abuse at University of California, Riverside. The final NIH report found animal care at the university generally "appropriate," although it recommended that a surgical procedure involving the sewing shut of a monkey's eyelids be abandoned. The university was the site of a raid last April by animal rights advocates who accused the institution of violating animal care guidelines.
August 23, 1987
A scientist from the University of California, Riverside, says he may urge the state to halt a planned $27-million cleanup of the Kesterson National Wildlife Refuge if test results show a fungus is ridding the refuge of selenium poisoning. Soil microbiologist William Frankenberger said "hard data" should be available by October that will show whether the fungus can clean up the Kesterson selenium by converting it to a gaseous form which is harmlessly dispersed into the air.
January 16, 1986
Jack B. Clarke Sr. became the first black ever elected to the Riverside City Council, beating Bud Stone by 2,185 votes, or 56.9%, to Stone's 1,653 votes, or 43.1%. "This whole thing is simply tremendous," Clarke told supporters at his home as he declared victory. The race was for the Second Ward, which includes the affluent neighborhoods behind the University of California, Riverside, and Canyon Crest, as well as the poorer Eastside, which has a heavy concentration of minorities.
January 21, 2011 |
Grapefruit may be the most misunderstood of California's fruits. Excellent locally grown examples are available year-round at farmers markets, but it's also easy to fall for fruit ? often similar-looking and grown just a few miles away ? that may be ludicrously sour or overmature. Choosing quality fruits depends on understanding the calendar of varieties and growing areas, which may seem inscrutable to the uninitiated but is easy to learn. Grapefruit originated in the Caribbean, as a natural hybrid of pummelo and sweet orange, and needs virtually tropical heat over a long season to achieve a pleasing balance of sweetness and acidity.