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West Basin Water District Expands Helpful Program


March 17, 2016

When you have some time, pick up a turmeric supplement in the 250 mg or 500 mg size at your favorite health store and take one or two a day. More than 7,000 studies have examined its effects in helping prevent cancer, arthritis, diabetes, Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s, per Doctor Oz.

Are you just plain tired of California? How does a free house in Enfield, North Caroline sound? Built in the 1830s, the house needs to be moved, but suitable lots close by start at $2,500 per acre. No fooling, this place needs a lot of work both inside and out, but when completed will result in a great home or a fat profit. Call Robert Parrott at (919) 832-3652, ext. 230. If this is no longer on the market, I am sure he will have others.

A lot of Americans were anxious and a wee bit nervous over the Takata air bag recall. The National Highway Safety Administration thought 23.4 million driver and passenger air bag inflators on 19.2 million vehicles were being recalled and needed to be replaced. We can all breathe a sigh of relief that it’s not 34 million as first thought.

And now it’s the United States Border Patrol messing up. Per the L.A. Times, a federal judge in Tucson sanctioned the Border Patrol over destruction of evidence the agency was required to keep during an ongoing civil lawsuit. The judge ruled the Border Patrol must produce all existing video recordings from all Tucson sector stations back to June 10, 2015, according to the sanctions.

Did you see the long caravan of U-Haul vehicles heading east on Interstate 10? It now appears it’s goodbye, Los Angeles – hello, El Paso. You betcha the Koreans are upset over high costs and heavy-handed government agents. Today Korean businesses represent between one-third and one-half of the businesses in the garment district, generating $10 billion in annual revenues and providing 20,000 jobs. All headed to Texas.

In an effort to help restaurants and food service facilities save water during the drought, West Basin Municipal Water District is expanding the Cash for Kitchens program, one of its many free water conservation programs for businesses in its service area. This free program is available throughout Culver City. Restaurants and food facilities can participate in the free program by contacting West Basin’s vendor, Hastings and Co. Inc., at (714) 296-2740. For more information about Cash for Kitchens and other West Basin programs, visit (, as set forth in The Watts Times.

Apple has removed 256 apps from the App Store after a data analytics company reported the Chinese firm Youmi was using code in the apps to gather personally identifiable information. On October 18, 2015, Source DNA wrote about the vulnerability that they had found while updating a feature to Searchlight, a product which scans apps for private API usage, something that usually gets your app banned from the App Store. Epoch Times reported that an analysis of the release dates of the apps and their code-bases pinpointed the date Youmi started to access personal information from nearly one million users, including which apps they had downloaded, their platform serial number, Apple ID and the serial numbers of device peripherals such as the battery system.

Are they mean and nasty in Port Hueneme? You be the judge. Just when we thought the situation at the City of Port Hueneme was perilous, it got worse. The City Council’s team-building special meeting the weekend of October 31 was supposed to be an all-day affair, led by an experienced city government facilitator. However, according to the Ventura County Star, in a short 45 minutes, it spun out of control with accusations, intimidation, bullying, finger-pointing, and physical restraint of one councilman. Two members left the council. The council must deal with a crisis of city leadership where in the future all but one of the six top management positions will be filled by interim hires.

It’s easy to explore destinations all around town on Metro. Learn how to get started with a free guided rail tour of the Metro Expo Line, per the Beverly Hills Courier. You’ll get useful tips on how to plan your trip, buy a bus pass, and ride the Metro and bus system. To reserve your spot visit

From the Horn of Africa millions of people are in need of food assistance as the El Nino climate phenomenon has deepened severe drought. More than 8 million people in Ethiopia now depend on food assistance, up from 4.6 million in August 2015, as reported by the U.N. Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs.

Researchers from several institutions in the Chinese province of Anhui analyzed results from seven clinical trials. They found a 74 percent reduction in the risk of asthma exacerbation among children who were taking vitamin D supplements. The review included clinical studies conducted in Afghanistan, India, Japan, Poland, and Mongolia, per the British Journal of Nutrition.

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