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October 3, 2012 | By Karin Klein
With Proposition 37 -- to label genetically engineered food -- on the November ballot in California, there's obviously a raised level of debate about whether such food is truly safe for human consumption. The evidence doesn't indicate any harm, but a 2009 editorial in Scientific American complains that too much of the research is controlled by the companies that produce the bioengineered seed. Concerns have been raised about possible allergenicity; on the other hand, some genetically engineered food has been designed specifically to remove properties that cause allergic reactions.
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NEWS
September 18, 2012 | By Jeff Spurrier
You're probably already growing purslane. That could be good or bad. Originally from India and the Middle East, this green succulent has long been a reliable food source for foraging humans. The ground cover is not only edible, it grows fast and requires no maintenance. Gandhi listed it among plants that should be grown to help people be self-sustaining. But to many gardeners, purslane is a weed. The wild varieties, known as common purslane, grow between the cracks in city sidewalks, in gravel driveways and in gardens, intentionally planted or not. It is especially happy in Southern California.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 1, 2012 | By Alexandra Zavis, Los Angeles Times
Riverside County's weed-abatement efforts appear to have inadvertently caused a brush fire Wednesday that destroyed at least one home and injured firefighters in the La Cresta area near Murrieta. Investigators believe the so-called Volcano fire was started by a county Transportation Department worker who was mowing weeds along Tenaja Road, according to a statement. The mower became entangled in barbed wire, causing sparks that ignited the brush, said Battalion Chief Phil Rawlings of the Riverside County Fire Department.
NEWS
July 27, 2012 | By Paul Armentano
Those searching for answers to the question " Is medical marijuana good medicine? " will find few in Dr. David Sack's Times Op-Ed article.   On the one hand, Sack concedes, "Marijuana can effectively treat neuropathic pain, and it has been shown to improve appetite and reduce nausea," an acknowledgment substantiating the plant's therapeutic utility. However, he later warns that cannabis' ability to provide relief for certain other conditions, such as lupus and anxiety, remains unproven.
ENTERTAINMENT
June 29, 2012 | By Matthew Cooper
Click here to download TV listings for the week of July 1 - 7 in PDF format TV listings for the week of July 1 - 7 in PDF format are also available here This week's TV Movies SUNDAY The irrepressible Nicki Minaj and the controversial Chris Brown are slated to perform at "The BET Awards 2012," the latest edition of the annual event celebrating African Americans in entertainment....
NEWS
June 13, 2012 | By Yvonne Villarreal
Showtime's upcoming eighth season of "Weeds" will be the last for the long-running comedy, a network spokesperson confirmed Wednesday. Created by Jenji Kohan and starring Mary-Louise Parker as a pot-dealing mom, "Weeds" was one the premium cable channel's eminent series when it made its debut in 2005 and has picked up numerous Emmy nominations during its tenure.   The Lionsgate-produced comedy averaged around 720,000 viewers last season, according to Nielsen. News of the series' end comes just days after the network announced it picked up two drama pilots -- Liev Schreiber's "Ray Donovan" and Michael Sheen's "Masters of Sex" -- as series.  Some cast and crew members have already lined up work: Justin Kirk (who plays Uncle Andy)
NEWS
April 26, 2012 | By Robert Greene
"This was a hot corner when that liquor store was there," Marqueece Harris-Dawson said Saturday as he toured South Los Angeles. In the 1990s, the intersection of Van Ness and Manchester featured a liquor store that sold drug paraphernalia. Outside, dealers were waiting to help customers put their new purchases to use. The store burned down in the April 1992 violence. It was replaced by El Nido Family Centers , which proivdes family counseling and education. Harris-Dawson is president and CEO of the Community Coalition , which was formed in the months before the violence by Karen Bass (now a member of Congress)
ENTERTAINMENT
December 21, 2011 | By Matt Diehl, Special to the Los Angeles Times
"By selling the amount of cannabis that I've sold, I am now eligible for more than three federal death penalties. " So says Steve DeAngelo, protagonist of the Discovery Channel miniseries "Weed Wars," at the beginning of each episode, immediately alerting viewers that this is not standard reality TV. As founder and executive director of Oakland-based Harborside Health Center — a medical-marijuana collective that DeAngelo claims is "the largest cannabis...
OPINION
November 27, 2011
Next week, the Department of Homeland Security will roll out a pilot program intended to speed up the deportation of immigrants with criminal records by weeding out low-priority cases. It's a sensible plan, and one that could restore some sanity to a deportation system that wastes time with harmless immigrants and thereby allows dangerous ones to escape its attention. Under the pilot program, teams of prosecutors in Baltimore and Denver will review all pending immigration cases in those cities and then decide whether to issue temporary reprieves to the elderly, students, children, victims of domestic crimes and those with a close relative who is a U.S. citizen.
OPINION
October 7, 2011
Here we go again. Every year for the last five, immigration hawks in Congress have sought to require all businesses to use an error-plagued federal system known as E-Verify to ensure that all new hires are U.S. citizens or legal immigrants. This year's proposal, known as the Legal Workforce Act, deserves special attention because it's being disingenuously advertised as a jobs plan. Its author, Rep. Lamar Smith (R-Texas), says that expanding E-Verify nationally will exorcise illegal immigrants from the workforce and create new opportunities for unemployed Americans.
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