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Two Sets of Standards: Sexual-Harassment Claims Show How the Legislature Often Exempts Itself From Laws It Imposes on Others

Two Sets of Standards: Sexual-Harassment Claims Show How the Legislature Often Exempts Itself From Laws It Imposes on Others

With a declaration that “public servants best serve the citizenry when they can be candid and honest without reservation in conducting the people’s business,” lawmakers passed the ...

True TV: Screw Thanksgiving—Bring on the Christmas Shows and Movies!

True TV: Screw Thanksgiving—Bring on the Christmas Shows and Movies!

The Christmas season began in August, and you still probably don’t have a holiday viewing plan—so I’ve put one together for you. (It’s OK that you didn’t get me anything.) Here are 1...

Adding Emotion: In Advance of His New Record, Charlie Overbey Is Performing Two Area Shows in Coming Weeks

Adding Emotion: In Advance of His New Record, Charlie Overbey Is Performing Two Area Shows in Coming Weeks

Charlie Overbey has been writing songs for years that hit listeners with raw emotion—and he’s doing so again, with the release of new album early next year.

Area music-lovers will g...

Cannabis in the CV: On Jan. 1, the Era of Recreational Legal Marijuana Will Begin in California

Cannabis in the CV: On Jan. 1, the Era of Recreational Legal Marijuana Will Begin in California

I lived in Washington state in 2012 when voters passed Initiative 502, making Washington one of the first states to legalize the recreational use of marijuana for people 21 and old...

On Cocktails: After a Trip to the Birthplace of Tequila, I Have an Even Greater Appreciation for This Magnificent Spirit

On Cocktails: After a Trip to the Birthplace of Tequila, I Have an Even Greater Appreciation for This Magnificent Spirit

I’m in a cave underneath the blue agave fields of the Tequila Fortaleza distillery in the town of Tequila, Jalisco, Mexico. The man talking to me is Guillermo Sauza, a lovable but ...

The Indy Endorsement: The Tillamook Cheddar Beer Soup at Ein Brathaus

The Indy Endorsement: The Tillamook Cheddar Beer Soup at Ein Brathaus

What: The Tillamook cheddar beer soup

Where: Ein Brathaus, 117 La Plaza, Palm Springs

How much: $5.95 for a bowl; $4.50 for a cup

Contact: 760-300-3601; www.einbrathaus.com

Why: It’ll warm y...

Amping Up: High Fantasy Plans to Move From the Studio to the Stage in 2018

Amping Up: High Fantasy Plans to Move From the Studio to the Stage in 2018

Not a lot of people have heard of the local band High Fantasy—but that’s likely to change in the upcoming year.

Orlando Welsh and Ryan Jovian, both of whom were in the now-defunct r...

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News

A Baffling Budget: Regarding Transparency and an Impending Financial Crisis, the Palm Springs City Council Has a Lot to Do

A Baffling Budget: Regarding Transparency and an Impending Financial Crisis, the Palm Springs City Council Has a Lot to Do

Wednesday, November 22, 2017  |  Brane Jevric

It’s official: Palm Springs now has the highest sales tax in Riverside County. Thanks to newly approved Measure D, the rate will be 9.25 percent. The half-cent sales-tax hike will bring in an extra $6.7 million annually, according to estimates.

Voters in November also approved Measure E, a new tax on...

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Two Sets of Standards: Sexual-Harassment Claims Show How the Legislature Often Exempts Itself From Laws It Imposes on Others

Two Sets of Standards: Sexual-Harassment Claims Show How the Legislature Often Exempts Itself From Laws It Imposes on Others

Wednesday, November 22, 2017  |  Laurel Rosenhall, CALmatters

With a declaration that “public servants best serve the citizenry when they can be candid and honest without reservation in conducting the people’s business,” lawmakers passed the California Whistleblower Protection Act in 1999.

The idea was to protect workers who report misconduct, so that they can ...

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Cannabis in the CV: On Jan. 1, the Era of Recreational Legal Marijuana Will Begin in California

Cannabis in the CV: On Jan. 1, the Era of Recreational Legal Marijuana Will Begin in California

Monday, November 20, 2017  |  Charles Drabkin

I lived in Washington state in 2012 when voters passed Initiative 502, making Washington one of the first states to legalize the recreational use of marijuana for people 21 and older.

Although the process took a year, Washington was able to implement a well-thought-out system to fairly tax recreation...

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Opinion

Community Voices: I Choose to Express My 'Patriotism' By Standing Up for Mother Earth

Community Voices: I Choose to Express My 'Patriotism' By Standing Up for Mother Earth

Wednesday, November 22, 2017  |  Geneen Marie Haugen, High Country News

When I stopped standing in school for the national anthem and Pledge of Allegiance, no one noticed. Not only was I not famous; I wasn’t even popular.

But it was already clear to me—almost 50 years ago—that I was primarily a citizen of a planet, not of a nation, especially not a nation that used young...

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The Weekly Independent Comics Page for Nov. 16, 2017!

The Weekly Independent Comics Page for Nov. 16, 2017!

Thursday, November 16, 2017  |  Staff

On this week's shaking-its-head weekly Independent comics page: Jen Sorenson examines the difference between patriotism and nationalism; The K Chronicles pays tribute to the scariness of the vacuum cleaner; This Modern World wonders how low the GOP will go; Apoca Clips looks in on a budding romance; a...

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Know Your Neighbors: After Moving to Cathedral City to Retire, Lynne O'Neill Became Part of Some 'Courageous Resistance'

Know Your Neighbors: After Moving to Cathedral City to Retire, Lynne O'Neill Became Part of Some 'Courageous Resistance'

Wednesday, November 15, 2017  |  Anita Rufus

Cathedral City’s Lynne O’Neill has been in the Coachella Valley for only a year and a half—but in that small amount of time, she has already made a large difference.

Born in New York, the middle child in a family with four brothers, O’Neill moved here from New Jersey, where she practiced family law. ...

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Arts and Culture

Western Lit: Border Patrol Agent-Turned-Author Francisco Cantú Examines His Experiences in 'The Line Becomes a River'

Western Lit: Border Patrol Agent-Turned-Author Francisco Cantú Examines His Experiences in 'The Line Becomes a River'

Thursday, November 16, 2017  |  Katherine E. Standefer, High Country News

The tacos dorados , Francisco Cantú tells me as we push through the turnstiles into Nogales, Mexico, are some of the best he’s ever had.

So we beeline through the bustling streets toward the small metal cart in search of the paper-wrapped stacks of crispy chicken tacos dripping spicy red salsa.

Cantú is...

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Art Movement: 'Kinesthesia' at the Palm Springs Art Museum Shines a Light on an Underappreciated Art Movement

Art Movement: 'Kinesthesia' at the Palm Springs Art Museum Shines a Light on an Underappreciated Art Movement

Thursday, November 16, 2017  |  Stephen Berger

There are many adjectives that could apply to Kinesthesia: Latin American Kinetic Art 1954-1969 , an exhibit currently at the Palm Springs Art Museum.

Historic. Groundbreaking. Educational. Mesmerizing.

In the end, however, the most important thing is this: The exhibit, touted as the first in-depth exam...

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A Big-Time Medium: Theresa Caputo Returns to the Coachella Valley to Talk to More Deceased Loved Ones

A Big-Time Medium: Theresa Caputo Returns to the Coachella Valley to Talk to More Deceased Loved Ones

Tuesday, November 14, 2017  |  Brian Blueskye

Theresa Caputo is arguably the most successful television “medium” working today.

The star of TLC’s Long Island Medium , known for her big blonde hair and her New York accent, is currently in the 10th season of her highly rated show. She’s released three New York Times best-sellers and often performs to ...

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Movies & TV

True TV: Screw Thanksgiving—Bring on the Christmas Shows and Movies!

True TV: Screw Thanksgiving—Bring on the Christmas Shows and Movies!

Wednesday, November 22, 2017  |  Bill Frost

The Christmas season began in August, and you still probably don’t have a holiday viewing plan—so I’ve put one together for you. (It’s OK that you didn’t get me anything.) Here are 12 Christmas shows on the ho-ho-horizon:

Trolls Holiday (Friday, Nov. 24, NBC): The most adequate kids’ movie of 2016 is no...

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Home Video Review: Robert Pattinson Turns in Another Gem, Playing a Small-Time Crook in 'Good Time'

Home Video Review: Robert Pattinson Turns in Another Gem, Playing a Small-Time Crook in 'Good Time'

Monday, November 20, 2017  |  Bob Grimm

Robert Pattinson continues his daring post- Twilight career with his best role yet in Good Time as Connie, a small-time crook who gets his mentally handicapped brother, Nick (Benny Safdie, who co-directed the film with brother Josh), imprisoned on Rikers Island.

The movie is a dark and twisted adventure ...

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True TV: 'The Punisher' Brings the Brutality; 'Marvel's Runaways' Delivers the Teen Angst

True TV: 'The Punisher' Brings the Brutality; 'Marvel's Runaways' Delivers the Teen Angst

Wednesday, November 15, 2017  |  Bill Frost

After cutting down on episodic bloat with the eight-installment The Defenders , Netflix is back in the overload business with The Punisher (series debut Friday, Nov. 17, Netflix), the latest 13-episode Marvel delivery from Hell’s Kitchen. Vicious vigilante Frank Castle (Jon Bernthal) is more antihero th...

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Music

Adding Emotion: In Advance of His New Record, Charlie Overbey Is Performing Two Area Shows in Coming Weeks

Adding Emotion: In Advance of His New Record, Charlie Overbey Is Performing Two Area Shows in Coming Weeks

Tuesday, November 21, 2017  |  Brian Blueskye

Charlie Overbey has been writing songs for years that hit listeners with raw emotion—and he’s doing so again, with the release of new album early next year.

Area music-lovers will get two chances to see Overbey perform in the coming weeks: He’s performing Mick Rhodes and the Hard Eight and others as ...

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Amping Up: High Fantasy Plans to Move From the Studio to the Stage in 2018

Amping Up: High Fantasy Plans to Move From the Studio to the Stage in 2018

Thursday, November 16, 2017  |  Brian Blueskye

Not a lot of people have heard of the local band High Fantasy—but that’s likely to change in the upcoming year.

Orlando Welsh and Ryan Jovian, both of whom were in the now-defunct rock/electronic band Metroid, have been creating an interesting blend of indie-rock and dance music, including releasing ...

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Rich Men, Poor Men: The Members of Popular Local Band Upper Class Poverty Say a Recording Is Coming Soon … Maybe

Rich Men, Poor Men: The Members of Popular Local Band Upper Class Poverty Say a Recording Is Coming Soon … Maybe

Thursday, November 09, 2017  |  Brian Blueskye

In 2013, a new band with a funny name played its first show.

In 2017, Upper Class Poverty is still playing live shows—including a late October gig at the legendary Whisky A Go Go in Hollywood, opening for Michale Graves, the former lead singer of the Misfits. Some recorded material may be coming soon...

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Food and Drink

On Cocktails: After a Trip to the Birthplace of Tequila, I Have an Even Greater Appreciation for This Magnificent Spirit

On Cocktails: After a Trip to the Birthplace of Tequila, I Have an Even Greater Appreciation for This Magnificent Spirit

Sunday, November 19, 2017  |  Patrick Johnson

I’m in a cave underneath the blue agave fields of the Tequila Fortaleza distillery in the town of Tequila, Jalisco, Mexico. The man talking to me is Guillermo Sauza, a lovable but gruff cowboy type whose family has produced tequila in the appellation for more than 140 years, and who is now the head j...

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The Indy Endorsement: The Tillamook Cheddar Beer Soup at Ein Brathaus

The Indy Endorsement: The Tillamook Cheddar Beer Soup at Ein Brathaus

Friday, November 17, 2017  |  Jimmy Boegle

What: The Tillamook cheddar beer soup

Where: Ein Brathaus, 117 La Plaza, Palm Springs

How much: $5.95 for a bowl; $4.50 for a cup

Contact: 760-300-3601; www.einbrathaus.com

Why: It’ll warm you up and please your taste buds.

On Ein Brathaus’ menu, next to the listing for the Tillamook cheddar beer soup, it says...

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Vine Social: There's No Such Thing as a Perfect Holiday Wine—So Take the Chance to Experiment and Enjoy Favorites Both Old and New

Vine Social: There's No Such Thing as a Perfect Holiday Wine—So Take the Chance to Experiment and Enjoy Favorites Both Old and New

Tuesday, November 14, 2017  |  Katie Finn

The holidays are here, and every publication across the country is offering up advice on the perfect wines to serve for Thanksgiving and beyond.

These articles all suggest there is some skeleton-key wine out there that magically and universally pairs with everything on the table, somehow unlocking the ...

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