"Richmond rhymes with enrichment," Gayle McLaughlin, the mayor of the California city, boasts on the city's website. In reality, Richmond does not rhyme with enrichment. The slogan, however, is apt for the first American city poised to seize mortgages by eminent domain. City pols claim that the scheme is legal because the city would pay "fair market value" for private property in the furtherance of public good. Call the scheme Richmond Hood, in honor of Robin of Sherwood Forest.
September 06, 2013|
BY DEBRA J. SAUNDERS
It sounds like science fiction when you first hear about it, but some people see it as a way of addressing both animal welfare issues and environmental concerns. I'm talking about growing meat cells for human consumption from stem cells harvested from a cow. This so-called "cultured beef" recently was unveiled in London by a group led by Mark Post, a physiologist at the Netherland's Maastricht University.
September 03, 2013|
BY E. KIRSTEN PETERS
Here's how you know the California prison inmate hunger strike is a stunt, if a dangerous stunt: The strike to protest security housing units in California prisons began with 30,000 participants; Jay Leno, Susan Sarandon and other celebrities signed a letter that denounced the SHU as "solitary confinement" and "torture." As of Thursday, the count was down to 79 inmates, including 44 who had fasted continuously.
August 23, 2013|
BY DEBRA J. SAUNDERS
This week, the U.S. Department of Agriculture announced more than 630 new projects across the country under the Rural Energy for America Program. These new projects will help producers and businesses boost their bottom line, while increasing America's energy security and protecting our environment.
August 16, 2013|
BY U.S. AG SECRETARY TOM VILSACK
We've all heard it before. Whether you read it online, heard it from a friend, or skimmed it through an article in the latest fitness magazine issue, nutrition is an essential component when trying to shed those extra pounds.
As Sheriff of Stanislaus County, I appreciate the importance of educating our young people, so that they're prepared to succeed rather than turn to a life of crime, gangs and addiction. I find it troubling how many local youth - approximately one out of every four - are not graduating from high school. When these students do not graduate, they're far more likely to end up becoming the victim or perpetrator of crime. Research confirms what we've seen first-hand: high school dropouts are eight times more likely than graduates to end up behind bars. If we could raise graduation ...
August 06, 2013|
BY SHERIFF ADAM CHRISTIANSON