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February 28, 2009 | Tony Barboza
The mayor of Los Alamitos said he will resign after coming under fire for an e-mail depicting the White House lawn as a watermelon patch, saying the controversy over racism has made it difficult to lead the city. Dean Grose issued a statement Thursday saying that he is sorry and will step down as mayor at Monday's City Council meeting. But he will continue to serve as a council member until his term expires in 2010, city officials said.
February 25, 2009 | Associated Press
The mayor of Los Alamitos is coming under fire for an e-mail he sent that depicts the White House lawn planted with watermelons, under the title "No Easter egg hunt this year." Local businesswoman and city volunteer Keyanus Price, who is black, said Tuesday that she received the e-mail from Mayor Dean Grose's personal account Sunday and wants a public apology. "I have had plenty of my share of chicken and watermelon and all those kinds of jokes," Price said.
July 3, 2008 | From Times Wire Reports
Watermelon is a sweet way to top off a Fourth of July cookout, and researchers say it can set off fireworks too: Its effects can be similar to Viagra. Watermelon has citrulline, which can trigger production of arginine, an amino acid that benefits the heart and the circulatory and immune systems. "Arginine boosts nitric oxide, which relaxes blood vessels, the same basic effect that Viagra has, to treat erectile dysfunction and maybe even prevent it," said Bhimu Patil, director of Texas A&M's Vegetable and Fruit Improvement Center in Lubbock.
July 2, 2008
  Total time: 15 minutes Servings: Makes 2 1/2 quarts Note: Agave nectar is available at Trader Joe's stores, Whole Foods, Ralphs and other well-stocked supermarkets. 1 medium seedless watermelon, rind removed and cut into medium pieces (about 6 pounds) 2 tablespoons agave nectar 1/4 cup plus 2 tablespoons fresh lime juice (about 3 limes) Sea salt 1. In a blender, purée the watermelon with 4 cups of water and the agave nectar, in batches.
September 25, 2006 | Larry Gordon, Times Staff Writer
In a world of super-size portions, something is actually shrinking. That's apparent in a sun-blasted San Joaquin Valley field of curiously small and rounded watermelons that were purposely bred to match the declining size of the average American household. As a result of that unusually demographic-driven agriculture, the seedless mini-watermelons are about the size of cantaloupes and usually weigh 4 to 6 pounds.
June 25, 2003 | Charles Perry and Valli Herman-Cohen, Times Staff Writers
In these, the watermelon days of summer, it's easy to think nature made this refreshing fruit just to slake our thirst and thrill kids who like to make a mess of their faces. But its story is a long and curious one. Like the human race, the watermelon originated in Africa many thousands of years ago and has since developed in eccentric ways. There's nothing quite like it.
It shall be noted that Friday's 36th annual Watermelon Drop at UC San Diego was a good Watermelon Drop, although not a record-breaking one. This is serious stuff. The Watermelon Drop is the oldest tradition on this youngish campus of tall trees and modern architecture.
March 22, 2001
Q: What proportion of a watermelon is actually water? A: According to a published table of nutritional values, watermelon is 92% water by weight. That includes only the edible part, however, not the rind and fruit. Surprisingly, that is not the highest percentage among fruits and vegetables. Lettuce is 95% water. In comparison, a strawberry is 90% water, seedless grapes are 81% and raisins are only 18%.
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