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» October 3, 2007 «
A case involving employment-verification rules could go all the way to the U.S. Supreme Court, according to experts following the case. For now, though, the government has been stopped from sending what are called "no match" letters to employers. The letters tell employers what they must do to avoid penalties if employees have Social Security numbers that do not match their names. A federal judge said Monday he will rule next week on whether to issue a permanent injunction against the rules.
A new study from the Harvard School of Public Health provides information about how eating strawberries may protect against cardiovascular disease. Researchers looked for a blood biomarker that indicates inflammation in blood vessels, among women who participated in a health study. The report showed that women who ate two or more servings of strawberries a week were less likely to have elevated levels of the protein in their blood.
The chilly winter apparently contributed to the brilliant red color shown on the Wonderful-variety pomegranates now being picked in California. The Pomegranate Council says harvest of the main variety will continue through December. The council says it anticipates an average-sized pomegranate crop … and that farmers say the long duration of cold weather this past winter may be credited with deepening the color of the fruit.
The new water year begins with state and federal reservoirs holding quite a bit less water than they did a year ago. The federal Central Valley Project says the amount of water stored in its reservoirs is down about 35 percent from where it stood at this time last year. Storage in State Water Project reservoirs has also decreased as a result of the past year's dry weather. Water managers mark precipitation and storage data beginning October 1st of each year.Top