FROM Mary FitzGerald
Will New Food Safety Rules Take the Artistry Out of Cooking? In the interests of food safety, the state legislature has unanimously passed a law requiring cooks -- including the finest chefs -- to use disposable gloves whenever they touch ready-to-eat raw food. LA County will start enforcing it by next year. Citing the CDC, Director of Environmental Health Angelo Bellomo says that each year food-borne illness affects one out of every six Americans. Of those 50 million, 128,000 are hospitalized and 300 die. Katie Kildow, bartender at the Verdugo Bar in Glassell Park, finds the new law a nightmare. "Gloves are really hard to put on when your hands are wet, so you've got to find a good way of drying them... I think it's going to look unsightly to the customer, taking gloves on and off. It'd going to look very hospital-like."
Trump fires FBI Director James Comey Vice President Mike Pence took the Administration's lead today in explaining why the President fired the Head of the FBI, saying, "The president made the right decision at the right time." Trump's action is being compared to the so-called "Saturday Night Massacre" that led to President Richard Nixon's resignation in 1973.
Trump's Russia ties intensify with Comey firing Acting FBI Director Andrew McCabe contradicted the Trump White House today, insisting the Bureau had not lost faith in former Director James Comey. He promised to notify the committee of any interference into investigation of the Trump campaign's contacts with Vladimir Putin's Russia. What do we know about those contacts… and how they relate to Trump's business interests and those of his family?
Should we 'hack the climate' to fight global warming? The Paris Agreements won't be enough to reverse global warming, whether President Trump pulls the US out or not. Is it time to try altering the atmosphere by what's called "geoengineering?" We hear about unintended consequences, international relations… and ethics.