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Thursday, November 7, 2013

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  • FDA Moves To Phase Out Remaining Trans Fats In Food Supply
    The agency says trans fats, found in partially hydrogenated oils, raise the risk of heart disease. Even though food companies have drastically reduced their use of the oils, you can still find trans fat in microwavable popcorn, Crisco and all kinds of mass-produced baked goods.
  • How 17th Century Fraud Gave Rise To Bright Orange Cheese
    Kraft says it's ditching two artificial dyes in some of its macaroni and cheese products. But why did we start coloring cheeses orange to begin with? Turn's out there's a curious history here.
  • Trim Recess? Some Schools Hold On To Child's Play
    Schools nationwide are under growing pressure to add instructional time, and recess is often one of the first things to get squeezed — particularly in low-income districts. But some schools are pushing back, embracing play time and physical activity as central to learning.
  • Who Owns The Archives Of A Vanishing Iraqi Jewish World?
    In 2003, U.S. forces discovered a trove of Jewish documents in a flooded Baghdad basement. They tell the tale of a once-thriving Jewish community. The painstakingly restored documents will be exhibited in the U.S. before they are returned to Iraq. But some Jewish groups are trying to prevent that.
  • Inspired By History, A Novelist Writes Of Jewish South Africa
    Before World War II, numerous Jewish emigrants left Lithuania for South Africa. In his debut novel, Kenneth Bonert tells the story of a family among their number. As reviewer Ellah Allfrey writes, despite a few rookie mistakes, that story is told with great inventiveness and care.
  • Meet The Man Who Wants To Diversify Silicon Valley By 2040
    There are few blacks who have made it big in Silicon Valley. Tristan Walker is one of them, and he's now trying to open doors so that others can make it too. Now, he's an entrepreneur-in-residence at an influential venture capital firm and founded Code2040, a group that aims to recruit blacks and Latinos for tech and engineering jobs.
  • Here, Drink A Nice Glass Of Sparkling Clear Wastewater
    Silicon Valley will soon open up a high-tech water recycling facility, capable of turning treated sewage into crystal clean water. In theory, it should be better than what comes out of kitchen sinks today. The purification is tough, but the hardest challenge is convincing people to drink it, even as freshwater becomes more scarce.
  • To Buy Or Not To Buy A Bookstore, And Some Considerations
    Commentator Andrei Codrescu gets an offer to buy the Stein Bookstore in Jerusalem. It is the most distinguished bookstore in a city where books play an important role, and a place where great author once came.
  • What Happened To Those TV Ads For Payday Loans?
    Regulators are cracking down on payday loans, leading some companies like Western Sky to shut down their loan operations.
  • Photographer Editta Sherman, 'Duchess Of Carnegie Hall,' Dies At 101
    For six decades, in her light-filled studio on top of New York's Carnegie Hall, Sherman photographed celebrities from Leonard Bernstein to Yul Brynner to Joe DiMaggio. She was a legend as a portrait photographer — and she'd tell you that herself.

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