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18 Jul

Deviled eggs on their own are great, but turning them into a salad brings the flavors of paprika, hot sauce, onions, and salt and pepper together for a versatile, transportable, end-of-summer dish.

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An Egg Salad for Summer

Remember summers as a kid? When I was young, summers seemed to stretch on forever. Days were spent lollygagging along the river, trying to catch minnows, dipping in here and there to stay cool.

Summer meant pick-up games of “pickle” on the quiet street in front of our house, stealing bases, and hoping the kid with the ball would overshoot.

It seemed almost every day the ice cream truck came by, our highly trained ears could pick up the tune blocks away. If there was a pool, we played “MARCO POLO” (caps for emphasis, we were loud) for hours and hours.

How did our parents put up with us? Oh yeah, they didn’t, they pretty much ignored us most the time. At least during the summer.

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Sigh. So, what does this flood of memories have to do with deviled egg salad?

Nothing! Other than summer is a perfect time to for an egg salad, right?

How to Serve This Egg Salad

This egg salad has all the classic flavors of deviled eggs, but in salad form. It’s an excellent dish to bring to a summer or end-of-summer pot luck. Just make sure to leave it out no more than 2 hours, after which it should be refrigerated. Serve it over a few pieces of butter lettuce, or spread on a slice of bread or toast.

Make ahead

If you need to make ahead, you can hard boil the eggs a day or two before making the salad, or just make the salad a day or two ahead. The salad will keep for 3 to 5 days in the fridge.


Updated July 18, 2019 : We spiffed up this post to make it sparkle! No changes to the original recipe.

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18 Jul

Federal biologists worked frantically this year to meet a deadline to assess the environmental impacts of Trump administration plans to send more water to Central Valley farmers.

But the biologists’ conclusion — that increased deliveries would harm endangered Chinook salmon and other imperiled fish — would foil those plans. Two days after it was submitted, a regional federal official assembled a new review team to improve the documents.

The move is the latest salvo
in the decades-long
battle over the environmental harm caused by the mammoth government operations that export water supplies from the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta, the center of California’s vast water system.

During the Obama administration, federal fishery agencies adopted tougher export limits after finding that delta pumping was pushing delta smelt, Chinook salmon and other native fish to the edge of extinction.

Westlands Water District, the state’s largest irrigation district, and other delta water users have fought bitterly against
the Endangered Species Act restrictions, arguing they pay too much attention to fresh water flows and too little to other environmental stressors that have contributed to the delta’s fish crisis.

In tweets last year, President Trump echoed farmers’ protests and directed federal agencies in October
to suspend or revise regulations that hamper water deliveries.

“You’ll have a lot of water. I hope you’ll enjoy the water you’ll have,” Trump said as a group of GOP congressmen from the Central Valley watched him sign the memo after a fundraising lunch in Arizona.

Leading the rollback efforts are Interior Sec. David Bernhardt, who before joining the Trump administration was a partner in Brownstein Hyatt Farber Schreck, a top grossing law and lobbying firm that sued the Department of
Interior four times on behalf of Westlands. Bernhardt lobbied on behalf of Westlands and personally argued an appeals case challenging salmon protections.

Trump’s memo set strict 2019 deadlines for the National Marine Fisheries Service and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to update rules that govern delta water exports in what are called biological opinions.

According to information provided to The Times by Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility, federal sources familiar with the work said the fisheries service met the deadline. On July 1, it completed a biological opinion that was signed by multiple staffers and cleared by service attorneys.

The opinion concluded that the proposed delta pumping would jeopardize the continued existence of endangered winter-run Chinook salmon, threatened spring-run Chinook and threatened Central Valley steelhead, as well as endangered Southern Resident killer whales that dine on salmon.

Not only would a so-called jeopardy opinion make it difficult to shed pumping limits imposed under Obama-era opinions, it might impose new ones.

Paul Souza, the regional fish and wildlife director who is coordinating work on the salmon opinion and a separate one for delta smelt, said “it’s premature for us to talk about conclusions.”

He requested a two-month extension to the deadline and assembled a new review team because “We needed more time to work through different issues,” he said. “We had a lot of new information coming into the mix,” he added, citing comments from water users and the state as well as discussions with the Bureau of Reclamation about steps to mitigate impacts of its delta export operations.

He acknowledged that “we have been asked to make sure water supply is available for important farmland in California and communities.” However, he added that
“conservation strategies necessary to support imperiled fish and other species are going to be a center piece of this work.”

Jeff Ruch, Pacific director of PEER, condemned Souza’s moves.

“His professional staff turns in this work and he summarily rejects it, convenes a new team … and the clear message is that the [reclamation bureau’s] plans will not be at all impeded,” said Ruch, whose nonprofit group works with current and former government employees to bring information “into the light of day.”

Souza’s mandate, Ruch contended, “is to make sure [the fisheries service] did not issue a jeopardy opinion no matter what the impact was.”

Federal agencies have been down this road before.

In 2004, under the George W. Bush administration, federal biologists concluded in draft documents leaked to the media that delta water operations would jeopardize populations of winter-run Chinook and Central Valley steelhead. A few months later, a final opinion reversed that finding, opening the door to increased exports.

The Commerce Department inspector general later faulted the fisheries service for not following agency guidelines designed to ensure “the quality of the biological opinion.” And a series of lawsuits followed, ultimately resulting in new opinions for delta smelt and salmon during the Obama administration that tightened pumping limits.

Whatever the outcome of this round of endangered species reviews, they are bound to be challenged in court. If restrictions aren’t relaxed, water users will sue. If they are lifted, environmental and salmon fishing groups will file suit.

“Salmon in California are a major natural resource enjoyed by many Californians and relied on by many to make a living,” said John McManus, president of the Golden Gate Salmon Assn. “The water in the Central Valley is needed to keep our salmon runs alive.”

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18 Jul

Champagne Pop

Becca Champagne Pop Glow Dust Highlighter ($42.00 for 0.53 oz.) is a light-medium, peachy gold with warm undertones and a luminous sheen. It’s pretty much a dead ringer for the original, pressed version of Champagne Pop, so if you have that, this would be very redundant; the biggest difference is that the loose version ended up being a bit more buildable in coverage and level of glow. The loose powder felt finely-milled, silky, and applied evenly and blended out easily. It had a moderate glow that was noticeable but didn’t emphasize my skin’s natural texture. It wore well for eight hours on me before fading slightly.

Per the brand, the formula is supposed to be “liquid-like and velvety soft” with a “hyper-reflective glow.” The powder was finely-milled enough that I think the texture is as described–silky and smooth more than liquid per se–while the glow itself was more moderate and buildable but not “hyper-reflective” out of the box (pot).

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18 Jul

DAVENPORT, Iowa (KWQC) – The Quad Cities River Bandits and the Vera French Foundation are teaming up to host the first Mental Health Awareness Night at Modern Woodmen Park.

The Quad Cities River Bandits and the Vera French Foundation are hosting the first Mental Health Awareness Night at Modern Woodmen Park Thursday night. (Quad Cities River Bandits)

The goal for Thursday night’s event is to break the stigma associated with mental illness.

Green is the color for mental health awareness, and Bandits players and coaches will be wearing special jerseys just for the event. The jerseys will be auctioned off on behalf of Vera French. The organization is also receiving 50 percent of ticket sales.

The game against the Dayton Dragons is set to begin at Modern Woodmen Park in Downtown Davenport at 6:35 p.m.

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18 Jul

We reimagined the classic Southeast Asian pineapple tart as a zingy ginger cookie topped with a ball of spiced, caramelized pineapple jam. As a nod to the original’s elegant stamped shape, we piped these cookies into a mesmerizing swirl. Find more epic thumbprint cookies in our July/August 2019 issue!

Pineapple-Ginger Thumbprint Cookies

  • 1 cup (227 grams) unsalted butter, softened
  • ⅔ cup (133 grams) granulated sugar
  • 1 large egg (50 grams)
  • 1 teaspoon (3 grams) finely grated fresh ginger
  • 1 teaspoon (4 grams) vanilla extract
  • 2⅔ cups (333 grams) all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon (2 grams) ground ginger
  • ¾ teaspoon (2.25 grams) kosher salt
  • ¼ teaspoon (1.25 grams) baking powder
  • Pineapple Jam Filling (recipe follows)
  • 2 medium pineapples, peeled, cored, and cubed (about 2¼ pounds)
  • 1 cinnamon stick
  • ½ teaspoon (1 gram) whole cloves
  • ½ cup (100 grams) granulated sugar
  • 1 tablespoon (15 grams) fresh lemon juice
  1. Preheat oven to 350°F (180°C). Line baking sheets with parchment paper.
  2. In the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, beat butter and sugar at medium speed until creamy, 2 to 3 minutes, stopping to scrape sides of bowl. Add egg, beating well. Beat in fresh ginger and vanilla.
  3. In a medium bowl, whisk together flour, ground ginger, salt, and baking powder. With mixer on low speed, gradually add flour mixture to butter mixture, beating until combined.
  4. Transfer about ½ cup dough to a pastry bag fitted with an open star tip (Wilton 1M). Pipe 1½-inch rosettes 3 inches apart on prepared pans, pinching dough with fingers to release. (Spacing these cookies farther apart ensures even heating during baking for better shape.) Repeat with remaining dough, ½ cup at a time.
  5. Bake for 5 minutes. Remove from oven; using the handle of a wooden spoon, gently make an indentation in center of each cookie. Top with Pineapple Jam Filling balls. Bake until cookies are light golden, 6 to 8 minutes more. Let cool on pans for 10 minutes. Remove from pans, and let cool completely on wire racks.
  1. In the work bowl of a food processor, place pineapple; pulse until puréed. Transfer pineapple purée to a large skillet. Add cinnamon stick and cloves; cook over medium heat, stirring frequently, until most of liquid is evaporated, about 15 minutes. Stir in sugar and lemon juice; increase heat to medium-high. Bring to a boil; cook for 5 minutes, stirring frequently to reduce spattering. Reduce heat; simmer, stirring frequently to prevent scorching, until thick and golden in color, about 40 minutes.
  2. Transfer pineapple mixture to a bowl. Let cool for 30 minutes. Remove cinnamon stick and cloves. Cover and refrigerate for at least 1 hour.
  3. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper. Scoop pineapple mixture by teaspoonfuls (about 7 grams), and shape into balls. Place on prepared pan until ready to use.



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18 Jul

Etude is based in Napa, but it sources grapes from all over California for various wines — with a focus on pinot noir and chardonnay. Today we look at two summery roses, both made from pinot noir (or mostly pinot noir), with very different heritages.

2018 Etude Rose Santa Barbara County – (White label.) A blend of grapes, primarily pinot noir. Estate grown at North Canyon Vineyard in Santa Maria Valley. Fresh and fruit-forward, with lots of strawberry notes and a lingering orange peel character that recalls an Aperol Spritz. The finish is lightly infused with cinnamon and a touch of fresh green herbs. Worthwhile. B+ / $22

2018 Etude Rose of Pinot Noir Carneros – (Black label.) A blend of estate and other local fruit from Carneros; 100% pinot noir. Immediately delightful — a true rarity in the world of rose. A light sweetness lets the wine’s fruit shine clearly up front — crisp apples blended with a bit of strawberry jam — to create a perfectly summery rose. A slight cinnamon edge (again) informs the finish, making this a perfect pairing with chocolate and other desserts. Stock up for the warm weather ahead. A / $22


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18 Jul

Bottled water is often considered the safest choice for avoiding drinking-water contaminants like arsenic and lead, but a recent spate of investigations has found that not all of it is free of potentially toxic chemicals.

In June, testing from the Center for Environmental Health found “high levels” of arsenic in bottled water brands owned by Whole Foods and Keurig Dr Pepper. Their findings confirmed earlier research from Consumer Reports, which found levels of arsenic that exceeded the allowable limit set by the FDA.

Read more: California’s contaminated drinking water could lead to nearly 15,500 cancer cases over the course of a lifetime. Here’s how worried you should be.

Now, the Massachusetts Department of Public Health is warning about the presence of another chemical, per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS), in bottled water sold at Whole Foods and CVS locations in the state.

PFAS became popular in the United States around the 1940s, when manufacturing companies realized the chemicals could resist heat, grease, stains, and water.

Though many PFAS have been phased out of the manufacturing industry, they still lurk in drinking water and consumer goods such as food packaging, carpets, leather, textiles, and non-stick cookware. In addition to their ties to cancer, PFAS are associated with liver damage and developmental issues.

Since PFAS rarely break down in the environment, they can linger in water and air for thousands of years, landing them the nickname “forever chemicals.” Consuming or inhaling them means they could stay in the body for life.

Massachusetts told pregnant women not to drink the bottled water ‘out of an abundance of caution’

A discarded water bottle at Warminster community park in Bucks County, Pennsylvania.
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On July 2, the Massachusetts Department of Public Health released an advisory about bottled water sourced from Spring Hill Farm Dairy, a local distributor that bills its water as “so pure you can see the difference.”

The department warned that “certain bottled water products” from Spring Hill contained levels of PFAS that might be a health risk to pregnant or breastfeeding women and bottle-fed infants. The products in question contained the word “spring” on the label and included 365 Spring Water (sold at Whole Foods) and Ice Canyon Spring Water (sold at CVS).

The department said it issued the warning “out of an abundance of caution,” since the levels of PFAS did not exceed the safety threshold set by Massachusetts or the EPA.

Spring Hill has agreed to adopt a new filtration system to remove PFAS by July 24.

“We had an inspection by the FDA this week and everything was in compliance,” the company said in a statement. “Although there is no state requirement for us to reduce [PFAS] levels, we are doing so voluntarily and at our own expense.”

CVS said in a statement that it has halted shipments of Ice Canyon Spring Water and switched to suppliers “who have not identified any PFAS issues.” The company said it is committed to ensuring that its products are safe and will offer a full refund to customers. Whole Foods did not immediately respond to request for comment.

There’s still reason to be concerned about PFAS in bottled water — and other drinking sources across the US

Lauren Woehr hands her 16-month-old daughter Caroline a cup filled with bottled water at their home in Horsham, Pennsylvania. In Horsham and surrounding towns in eastern Pennsylvania, the foams once used routinely in firefighting training at military bases contained PFAS.
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As scientists continue to study the effects of PFAS, researchers have uncovered more evidence that the chemicals are leaching into water supplies across the country.

In July, the watchdog Environmental Working Group (EWG) detected PFAS at 100 new sites in the US, bringing their estimated total to more than 700 sites across 49 states. Many of these sites included public water systems, military bases, and industrial plants.

There are 5,000 varieties of PFAS, but the EPA has only established a health advisory for two types: PFOA and PFOS. These chemicals represent “the most concerning” varieties of PFAS, said David Andrews, a senior scientist at the EWG.

Though pregnant women and young children are more sensitive to toxic chemicals, the EPA’s safety threshold provides “a margin of protection” for these vulnerable populations.

The more PFAS you consume, the more of a danger it could pose to your health.

“It took decades of study before we really understood how potent [PFAS] are,” Andrews told Business Insider in June. “We have to give up the assumption that all of these chemicals are perfectly safe … These chemicals are concerning and we should eliminate as much [exposure to them] as possible.”

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18 Jul

About the Launch

Meet our breakthrough new bouncy powder! Express yourself with the new blendable, buildable BOUNCE & BLUR collection, available July 25 on bareMinerals.com.

Where to Buy / Launch Date

  • Where can I buy this collection?  bareMinerals, Sephora
  • When is the collection available? July 25th at bareMinerals
  • Is this launch limited edition? It appears to be a new, permanent range of products.

Products Available

Dusk Bounce & Blur Eyeshadow Palette, $29.00 (Permanent)

This weightless, cream-powder eyeshadow resists creasing and fallout, and blends like a dream—no brush needed. Each five-pan palette is inspired by the natural beauty of the sunlit sky, in a range of finishes from satin to shimmer.

  • Evening Stark Creamy beige satin
  • Harvest Moon Burnt amber metallic
  • Crimson Sunset Deep crimson satin
  • Sepia Sky Darkened sepia satin
  • Purple Twilight Rich plum satin

Dawn Bounce & Blur Eyeshadow Palette, $29.00 (Permanent)

This weightless, cream-powder eyeshadow resists creasing and fallout, and blends like a dream—no brush needed. Each five-pan palette is inspired by the natural beauty of the sunlit sky, in a range of finishes from satin to shimmer.

  • Aurora Light Holographic white shimmer
  • Pink Cloud Blush pink satin
  • Misty Morning Soft rose satin
  • Hazy Taupe Cool taupe satin
  • Stormy Sky Deep charcoal satin

Bounce & Blur Blush, $29.00 (Permanent)

This weightless, cream-powder blush blends like a dream—no brush needed. The good-for-skin formula blurs the look of pores and imperfections for a diffused look with no harsh lines, caking, or uneven color. Each shade is inspired by the gorgeous tones of the sunrise and sunset.

  • Blurred Buff Bronzed rose
  • Coral Cloud Fresh peach
  • Pink Sky Poppy pink
  • Mauve Sunrise Rosy mauve

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18 Jul

The Clyde Munro Dental Group has moved to showpiece headquarters in Glasgow city centre to accommodate ambitious expansion plans

The move sees their support centre double in size, with 35 staff moving into a new 2000 sq ft base in Douglas Street next door to one of its flagship dental practices in the city centre of Glasgow.

The group now has 25 practices across the country together with a significant number in the pipeline which will see the group double in size in the next 12 months.

Significant move

Jim Hall, founder and chief executive at Clyde Munro, said: ‘Being on the acquisition trail means we need to ensure our central support centre can provide the skills and experience needed to support our rapidly growing group of dental practices that deliver the highest levels of patient care.

‘This is a significant move for us and comes at a very exciting time for Clyde Munro. It’s the launchpad to support our rapid acquisition plan that will see us add practices across the length and breadth of Scotland.

‘Doubling the floor space from our previous site has given us the vital capacity to expand.’

The new headquarters occupies the site of one of the group’s former practices – which has seen its patients transferred to nearby City Dental by Clyde Munro.

Merging the dental practices allowed Clyde Munro to begin planning the transformation of the Douglas Street premises.

Clyde Munro operates an expanding network of family dentists across Scotland, employing more than 100 clinicians and treating at least 200,000 patients.



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18 Jul

A settlement has been approved by a federal court in a 2018 lawsuit aimed at improving the way the Washington State Penitentiary handles inmates with mental health needs.

Disability Rights Washington and its co-counsel Paukert & Troppman, a Spokane law firm, sued the state to challenge the Department of Corrections’ practice of housing people in the penitentiary’s mental health units at close custody, regardless of their actual assigned custody, according to an announcement.

The lawsuit alleged the penitentiary was violating the Americans with Disabilities Act by keeping medium- or minimum-risk inmates in cells for 16 hours a day and limiting their recreational activities just so they could receive mental-health treatment, according to a Union-Bulletin story last year when the case was filed.

Twenty years ago last month, the U.S. Supreme Court declared that unnecessary segregation of people with disabilities is a discriminatory civil rights violation.

The settlement, signed last week, requires the Department of Corrections to spend $5 million —already appropriated by the Legislature — to retrofit more than 70 cells to make them lower custody cells, a spokesman for the state DOC confirmed this morning.

The Disability Rights Washington stated in its release that the prison has also agreed to increase the amount of therapeutic programming offered to inmates in that unit.

The new unit will be substantially similar to the medium/minimum custody units at the Special Offender Unit at the Monroe Correctional Complex in Western Washington.

Washington State Department of Corrections Communications Manager Karen Takacs told the Union-Bulletin last year when the lawsuit was first filed that DOC values its collaboration with Disability Rights Washington.

“Both Corrections and DRW actively seek positive change in the lives of Washingtonians and strive to improve conditions, treatment, and services for those re-entering our communities,” Takacs said.

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