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Our View – Venice beach may be turning kosher

October 30, 2006

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So it seems Venice-area Orthodox Jews are in quite a conundrum. According to an Oct. 25 article in the Los Angeles Times, an Orthodox synagogue wants to enclose much of Santa Monica, Venice and Marina del Rey within a religious boundary known as an eruv. This barrier will consist of a string fishing line between lampposts and sign poles for several miles through California's coastal communities, supposedly creating an unbrok...

Our View – Legislation generates money for Bush

October 25, 2006

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While the ineptitude and inadequacies inherent in the "No Child Left Behind" act are readily obvious, the reasons behind the insistence of the Bush administration to continuously pursue such inane legislation were baffling - until recently. An article in the Oct. 22 issue of the Los Angeles Times revealed that President George W. Bush's brother Neil Bush, along with the financial backing of former president George H.W. Bush...

Our View – Starbucks selling more than just coffee

October 24, 2006

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We've all heard the phrase "non-fat, no whip grande caramel macchiato" in our lifetime, haven't we? Even if we don't exactly know what it means we know where this person is: he or she is at Starbucks, of course, ordering a pretentious sounding, ridiculously expensive coffee, on the way to some oh-so-important meeting. Since Starbucks' ingenious creation in 1971, it has become a household name, not to mention the world's l...

Our View – L.A.: Land of fruits and nuts, literally

October 16, 2006

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While getting your groceries is usually a bore, a band of Los Angeles-based artists decided to make getting your fruits and veggies a fun experience. Best of all, it's free. The Fallen Fruit project is a work in progress for a group of Angelenos tired of seeing decorative shrubbery adorn the streets of L.A. without a purpose. Instead, they are encouraging people to petition their city governments to plant trees that "pro...

Our View – Religion-based tax break unfair, wrong

October 15, 2006

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Rick Warren is one of the most successful reverends in America. He is the founder of the 22,000-member Saddleback church in Lake Forest, Calif., and is the author of the blockbuster spiritual guide, "The Purpose Driven Life," which has sold more than 25 million copies to date. He is a philanthropist at heart, and many would call Warren the Oprah of Christianity. But for tens of thousands of ministers, Warren will be rememb...

CSULB students fast to feed the hungry

Adam Meyn

October 14, 2006

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The Muslim Student Association (MSA) hosted the annual Fast-a-Thon in the University Student Union Ballroom Thursday to raise money for the homeless on Skid Row. Lina Nasry, the public relations and marketing chair for MSA, said they raised more than $400, and all of the proceeds will go to "Humanitarian Day," a non-profit organization that feeds people on Skid Row. "Go Hungry For One Day So That Someone Else in the World Won...

Our View – TV monitoring embarrassing for students

October 11, 2006

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College students are notorious for their excessive television watching. While our parents are often too busy with housework and errands to watch television and our little siblings are restricted from watching too much television, we appear to be not only the generation with the most free time on our hands, but the most eager ones to abuse this newfound freedom and totally escape responsibility. For many of us, this is the fi...

Our View – Nothing’s safe, E. coli spreading to lettuce

October 10, 2006

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So it's been two weeks since the fatal E. coli spinach outbreak and unfortunately, things are not looking up as we'd hoped. Although the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has lifted its warning against eating spinach, we now have a new leafy problem to deal with: lettuce. Yes, a popular brand of lettuce grown in the Salinas Valley of central California has voluntarily recalled 8,500 cartons of it after tests found E. co...