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."
Is Venezuela becoming a dictatorship? Venezuela may have the world's largest oil reserves, but it's a nation in trouble… economically and politically. Is a populist promise to rescue democracy turning out to be a prelude to dictatorship?
Why Don't Facts Matter? "Fake News" may have a long history, but social media and 21st Century politics have brought it front and center. One reason for its appeal and its power is the tendency of so many people to cling to their beliefs — even when confronted with contradictory evidence. Today, another look at the Emotional States of America.
Truth and Lies in Trumpland Donald Trump is using mis-information like no President has before him. It's an unprecedented challenge to the news media, and a potential threat to democracy. We hear how the "leader of all the people" is dividing Americans and confusing the rest of the world.