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Quinoa Evolution

By Regina Schrambling I lived through the whole era of oat bran in everything from potato chips to beer. So I guess I should not be surprised to see the latest super-food popping up in odd places. And that would be quinoa, the grain of the moment. The other day we spotted it on the label of a bar of chocolate and had to try it, only to learn it added nothing of interest, not even a Rice Krispies-like crunch. For the price, we could have had two healthful Lindt bars with sea salt. The second sighting/tasting was actually quite good. An editor took me to lunch last week and, being a powerful regular, was comped a side order of quinoa hush puppies by the chef. The grain was a slightly nubblier alternative to the usual cornmeal. I’m always a sucker for lowercase hush puppies, so I do approve the concept. But there was something amusing about a deep-fried health food designed to be dunked in spicy mayonnaise. Then again, the menu also had a “French fry salad.” Salty potatoes always make the best greens.

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7 Homes In The DMV Costing $20 Million And More (PHOTOS)

By The Huffington Post News Editors

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The British royal baby’s been born. But we won’t know for a while yet if D.C.’s royal-equivalent — Mei Xiang the panda — will be bearing a new genetic heir in 2013.

To keep our minds occupied during this long period of waiting, here are some wildly expensive homes in the greater D.C. area to ogle. Each of these puppies — excuse us, we mean properties — costs at least $20 million. Some are more than twice that.

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India's Modi sparks outrage with dead 'puppy' remark

Indian Hindu hardliner Narendra Modi, seen as the key opposition challenger in 2014 elections, has said he meant no offence when he compared victims of anti-Muslim violence to puppies run over by a car.

Modi, in an interview published Friday with an international news agency, spoke openly for the first time about 2002 anti-Muslim riots in western Gujarat state in which Hindu mobs killed over 1,000 Muslims.

The controversial Bharatiya Janata Party leader, who is Gujarat’s chief minister and was in power during the riots, said he felt “sad” over the violence — just the way one would feel “bad” when a car runs over a puppy.

The remark to Reuters news agency was splashed on Indian newspaper front pages on Saturday and trended on Twitter.

” ‘Hindu nationalist’ Modi kicks up storm with puppy remark,” said a Times of India headline.

Modi tried to counter the criticism by tweeting late Friday: “In our culture every form of life (including puppies) is valued and worshipped.” But critics were not appeased.

“His comment is very bad, dangerous and humiliating,” said Kamal Farooqi, a senior leader of the regional Samajwadi Party, which draws support from Muslims in India’s most populous state of Uttar Pradesh.

“What is he really saying? Are Muslims less than puppies?” asked Farooqi.

Modi said he would have felt “guilty” over the violence “if I did something wrong” but if “someone else is driving a car and we’re sitting behind, even then if a puppy comes under the wheel, will it be painful or not? Of course it is.

“If I’m a chief minister or not, I’m a human being. If something bad happens anywhere, it is natural to be sad,” said Modi, without explaining why he was not at the wheel during the riots as chief minister.

Ruling Congress party general secretary Ajay Maken said Modi should apologise to the nation “for the kind of words and analogy he has used”.

The regional Janata Dal (United) party called Modi “a very dangerous person”.

National Law Minister Kapil Sibal also waded into the row, demanding to know, “What was he (Modi) doing in the back seat?” when the riots occurred.

Modi, whose state has thrived economically under his leadership, is expected to be tapped as candidate for prime minister if the BJP wins the elections to be held by May 2014.

Modi paints himself as a pro-business reformist who can revive the fortunes of the world’s largest democracy. But he remains a divisive figure nationally after being accused of doing nothing to stop religious riots in his state.

On July 10, Modi tweeted “Happy Ramzan. May this holy month bring joy, peace & prosperity in our lives.”

While he has never been convicted of any offence, one of his former ministers was jailed last year for orchestrating some of the violence and India’s top court once compared him to Nero, the emperor who fiddled while Rome burned.

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Adams™ Smart Shield® Wins Silver in Reggie Award Competition for Best New Product Launch

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Adams™ Smart Shield® Wins Silver in Reggie Award Competition for Best New Product Launch

Adams™ Flea and Tick Control Delivery Device Provides Smarter Solution for Flea and Tick Control

WALNUT CREEK, Calif.–(BUSINESS WIRE)– The Promotion Marketing Association (PMA) announced last week that Central Garden & Pet’s introduction of the Adams Smart Shield Applicator won the Silver Award of the Best New Product Launch category in the 30th Annual Reggie Awards. Started in 1983, the Reggie Awards are named after the “cash register” and salute best-in-class marketing campaigns in the field of promotions.

“The flea and tick control section of pet stores and retailers needed a boost from true product innovation. The new Adams Smart Shield Applicator gave us a great platform to differentiate the Adams brand and stand out on the shelf,” said Steve LeVeau, Director of Marketing for Animal Health. “Our ‘Smarter Pet Care’ communication strategy, driven by TV, print, in-store and digital media, drove outstanding dollar sales growth.”

The Adams™ Smart Shield® Applicator is a breakthrough topical flea and tick control delivery device designed to work with Adams™ Spot On® products. The patent-pending design is easy to grip, helps part fur for direct application to the pet’s skin (where the bugs live) and effectively keeps liquid off hands, empowering pet owners with the confidence to apply treatment by themselves.

Adams™ flea and tick control products are available at retailers nationwide including Walmart, PetSmart, Petco, Kroger, Lowes, Publix, Amazon.com, and your local pet store. Consumers can use the convenient online store locator at www.adamspetcare.com to find the store carrying Adams™ products closest to their home.

About Adams™

Adams™ products take a smarter approach to pet care and makes protecting your family, pet, home, and yard easier and more effective. The Adams™ line of products, which has been sold by veterinarians for more than 30 years, includes topical products, shampoos, collars and sprays for your home, yard, dogs, puppies, cats and kittens and is available almost everywhere pet products are sold. For a complete product list and more information, visit www.adamspetcare.com/.

About Central Garden & Pet

Central Garden & Pet Company (NAS: CENT) (NAS: CENTA) is a leading innovator, marketer and producer of quality branded products for the lawn & garden and pet supplies markets. Committed to new product innovation, our products are sold to specialty independent and mass retailers. Participating categories in Lawn & Garden include: Grass seed and the brands PENNINGTON®, SMART SEED® and …read more

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Oprah’s Dogs — Springer Spaniels Sunny And Lauren — ‘Are Not So Hellish Anymore,’ She Says (VIDEO)

By The Huffington Post News Editors

For her 56th birthday in 2010, Oprah decided to get herself a little present — two little presents, in fact. Sunny and Lauren were 14-week-old springer spaniels Oprah adopted from PAWS Chicago, a local no-kill shelter. Both dogs were introduced to the world on “The Oprah Winfrey Show” that year, charming audiences with their floppy ears and sweet faces.

“They could have been euthanized if they weren’t adopted. Can you believe that?” Oprah said to her audience in 2010. “Now they’re going to go home with me.”

Sunny and Lauren also had a little brother. “I wanted to take three, but Stedman said, ‘You are not bringing three new puppies home,'” said Oprah. The male puppy was instead adopted by a woman named Nancy. A first-time puppy owner, Nancy fell in love instantly and was thrilled to welcome a new four-legged boy into her family.

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27 Adorable Animals In Baskets (PHOTOS)

By The Huffington Post News Editors

With Easter swiftly approaching, you could celebrate by eating a ton of candy that’s only available this time of year. Or you could opt for something a bit healthier, like looking at these 27 adorable animals in baskets.

From kittens in baskets to puppies and even a sloth, who knew there was a way to make already adorable animals even cuter? Check out the 27 animals in baskets below and let us know which you think is the cutest.

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Comfort Zone® Products Earns Recognition for Commitment to Pet Adoption through Prestigious Petfinde

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Comfort Zone® Products Earns Recognition for Commitment to Pet Adoption through Prestigious Petfinder Seal of Approval

WALNUT CREEK, Calif.–(BUSINESS WIRE)– Central Garden & Pet Company (NAS: CENT) (NAS: CENTA) is proud to announce its Comfort Zone® brand has been recognized with the coveted Petfinder Seal of Approval. Petfinder is widely recognized as one of the largest and most trusted searchable online databases of animals who need homes.

Comfort Zone® products earned Petfinder’s Seal of Approval, thanks to its dedication to improving the lives of pets and pet owners. Petfinder individually qualifies all Seal of Approval applicants. To be recognized with the seal, each brand, product, service, or initiative must meet strict pet-friendly criteria. Mimicking naturally-occurring pheromones which help animals cope with fears and stress, Comfort Zone® products help to treat behavior issues such as scratching, spraying, and urinating for cats, and help adopted puppies and adult dogs transition to their new home environments. By preventing behaviors that can cause frustration and stress, the brand transforms the pet ownership experience and creates healthy and happy homes for pets and their owners alike.

“The Comfort Zone team is honored that Petfinder is extending the trust and authority of their name to our products through their Seal of Approval,” said Cristina Weekes, SVP Marketing – Animal Health for Central Garden & Pet Company. “As a committed partner of Petfinder, Comfort Zone is proud to support their mission to help all pets become members of a family through adoption. We take great pride in offering a product that can play a pivotal role in helping shelter pets transition to their new homes.”

Comfort Zone® products recently conducted a promotion on its Facebook page, Facebook.com/ComfortZoneProducts, in which the brand donated $7,000 to the Petfinder Foundation. The foundation works with shelters, rescue organizations and animal welfare organizations nationwide to help ensure that no adoptable pet is euthanized for lack of a good home.

To learn more about Comfort Zone® products, visit www.petcomfortzone.com. To learn more about the Petfinder Seal of Approval, visit http://www.petfinder.com/petfinder-seal-approval/.

About Comfort Zone® Products

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Luckiest 5-Year-Old Gets To Frolic With 14 German Shepherds (VIDEO)

By The Huffington Post News Editors

We’d like to introduce you to 5-year-old Pernille from Norway. She’s the queen of her own kingdom of floppy-eared, bushy tailed German Shepherds from the breeders at Kennel Finika.

Here she is with 14 (yep, count ’em) of the kennel’s finest at her command. Could anything look more like paradise than a little girl frolicking with dogs in a forest?

Check out the kennel’s Facebook page for more photos of puppies, prize-winning pooches and little Pernille with her pals.

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Capybara Adopts Dachshund Puppies (SLIDESHOW)

By The Huffington Post News Editors

Rodents can be cute, you guys. Even giant rodents. And they’re like, really good moms.

The resident capybara at Rocky Ridge Rescue in Arkansas, who is named Cheesecake, recently “adopted” a litter of dachshund puppies. What is a capybara? Basically a very large guinea pig.

According to Dogster, the puppies were abandoned. Someone stuffed them in a plastic bin, closed the lid and dumped it behind a church.

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Leaf Peeping Season Colors In Tasmania

By The Huffington Post News Editors

For those of us in the Northern Hemisphere, winter is on its way out. But, as we look forward to the spring flowers, bunnies, puppies and all that, our friends south of the equator are wading into autumn. Still, fall is not without its attractions, and chief among them is the opportunity to head out on leaf peeping trips and watch the landscape turn technicolor. The absolute best destination anywhere south of the Mediterranean? Tasmania, Australia‘s Hawaii.

To say that Tasmania is at its best in autumn is to sell the 26,410-square-mile island short. The most temperate part of Australia, Tasmania is coated in thick forests and vineyards that blush as cold air trickles up from Antarctica. The island is also home to the Fagus tree: Instead of talking about foliage, Tasmanian’s refer to the “Turning of the Fagus,” when the small, spiky leaves on this tree turn riotous shades of orange and red.

Were Tasmania’s sole asset its foliage, travelers probably wouldn’t want to make the considerable trek to Hobart. But the small city has an outsized personality and the coast there is an attraction unto itself. The current hot spot is the Museum of Old and New Art, the creation of an eccentric gambling genius and arguably the most buzzed about gallery on Earth. The museum is just down the coast from Seven Mile Beach, which is exactly what it sounds like but with more birds.

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Firefighter's Unlikely Roadside Find

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Firefighter’s Unlikely Roadside Find

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When Brandon spotted a box full of baby animals on the side of the road he assumed they were puppies — then he heard the squeals.

More ferocious animals actually inside

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Is Nuclear Power Really More Expensive?

By Maxx Chatsko, The Motley Fool

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Last month, I penned a simple list of 30 facts that I hoped would quell some fears and misconceptions about nuclear energy. Fellow Fool Travis Hoium offered a rebuttal with five facts that he believed doomed nuclear power. The biggest nail in nuclear’s coffin is cost, according to Travis and many others.

While I always welcome an intellectual discussion and debate, the article made me wonder whether nuclear really was more expensive than other sources of electricity generation. After digging into the numbers and working my way up the logic tree, I found several surprising answers.

First things first
My interest in the differing costs of flipping a light switch was piqued when Travis offered an example comparing First Solar‘s new plant in New Mexico with new nuclear facilities being built throughout the country. I wasn’t sold on the simplicity of the argument: Solar energy in the middle of the desert — an optimal location — is cheaper than another energy source. Let’s see First Solar build one of those puppies in New England and keep electricity rates under $0.06 per kWh.

This doesn’t mean renewable energy is an inferior option for the national grid, but it does highlight the regionalization and complexity of electricity costs. For instance, 34 states had average retail electricity prices that were less than the national average of $0.0983 per kWh in 2010. That’s because states with larger populations — and higher prices — are given more weight in the calculation. And as we will see, prices are also affected by the makeup of the regional grid.   

Chicken or the egg?
Next, I turned to the Energy Information Administration, or EIA, for state-by-state data. It took a while to mine meaningful relationships from the raw numbers, but there did seem to be correlations between costly electricity, summer capacity, and total nuclear capacity. Here are selected metrics from the top five nuclear-powered states:

State

Average Retail Electricity Price ($/kWh)

Price Rank (cheapest=1)

Net Summer Capacity (GW)

Summer Capacity Rank (largest=1)

Illinois

$0.0913

28

44.13

5

Pennsylvania

$0.1031

36

45.58

4

South Carolina

$0.0849

21

8.49

17

New York

$0.1641

48

16.41

6

North Carolina

$0.0867

24

8.67

12

National average

$0.0983

20.77

Source: EIA state electricity profiles, 2010.

Looking at the 19 states with no nuclear capacity adds some color to the other end of the analysis: 12 of these states are in the top 19 for cheapest retail rates. That’s it. End of story. It seems that nuclear must be the cause of higher electricity prices. Right?

There’s another way to view this relationship. Does nuclear cause higher rates, or is the powerful energy source simply relied upon more heavily in regions with larger populations and more demand?

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California Chihuahua Rescue: Authorities Seize 36 Chihuahuas At Two Homes

By The Huffington Post News Editors

WATSONVILLE, Calif. — California officials are searching for new homes for three dozen Chihuahuas that were seized from two residences.

Officials with the Santa Cruz County Animal Shelter say they removed 11 Chihuahuas, including six puppies, at a Watsonville apartment on Monday. Then they found 25 more, including 10 puppies, at a relative’s house in the same town.

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36 Chihuahuas Seized By Authorities From 2 Homes In California

By The Huffington Post News Editors

WATSONVILLE, Calif. — California officials are searching for new homes for three dozen Chihuahuas that were seized from two residences.

Officials with the Santa Cruz County Animal Shelter say they removed 11 Chihuahuas, including six puppies, at a Watsonville apartment on Monday. Then they found 25 more, including 10 puppies, at a relative’s house in the same town.

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Authorities seize 36 Chihuahuas at 2 California homes

California officials are searching for new homes for three dozen Chihuahuas that were seized from two residences.

Officials with the Santa Cruz County Animal Shelter say they removed 11 Chihuahuas, including six puppies, at a Watsonville apartment on Monday. Then they found 25 more, including 10 puppies, at a relative’s house in the same town.

The Santa Cruz Sentinel reports the Chihuahuas are being housed at two shelter locations before they head to foster homes. But the shelter is looking for people who can adopt the dogs permanently.

Officials say the dogs were being hoarded in the homes and were allowed to breed indiscriminately.

Authorities are investigating to determine whether animal neglect charges should be filed.

The investigation began when the landlord of the apartment complex reported the Chihuahuas.

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Authorities seize 36 Chihuahuas at 2 Calif. homes

California officials are searching for new homes for three dozen Chihuahuas that were seized from two residences.

Officials with the Santa Cruz County Animal Shelter say they removed 11 Chihuahuas, including six puppies, at a Watsonville apartment on Monday. Then they found 25 more, including 10 puppies, at a relative’s house in the same town.

The Santa Cruz Sentinel (http://bit.ly/16fkp7h ) reports the Chihuahuas are being housed at two shelter locations before they head to foster homes. But the shelter is looking for people who can adopt the dogs permanently.

Officials say the dogs were being hoarded in the homes and were allowed to breed indiscriminately.

Authorities are investigating to determine whether animal neglect charges should be filed.

The investigation began when the landlord of the apartment complex reported the Chihuahuas.

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Information from: Santa Cruz Sentinel, http://www.santacruzsentinel.com

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China volunteers rescue 900 dogs in cramped truck

The head of an animal rescue center in China said Sunday that volunteers have rescued about 900 dogs that were being transported in poor conditions in a truck.

Chen Mingcai of the Chongqing Small Animal Protection Association said that a travelling citizen became suspicious of the truck and called police, who detained the truck driver on Friday night.

Chen said he was later contacted by a netizen who had seen a photo of the dogs left in the truck on the entrance of an expressway in southwestern Chongqing city.

He said that by Saturday afternoon volunteers from the animal center and other animal lovers who had seen postings about the dogs on social media had arrived at the truck wanting to help the dogs. Chen says three people were injured in clashes with suspected dog sellers who had also turned up.

Volunteers said the truck was on its way to Guangdong province in southern China, where dog meat is often served in restaurants.

Chen said the dogs were weak, two had died in the truck that had travelled from neighboring Sichuan province and some had given birth to puppies. He said many dogs looked like they were pet dogs and that one dog owner had found his lost dog on the truck.

The dogs are now being taken care of by about 40-50 volunteers in Anwen town. Chen said they were waiting for local authorities to carry out checks on the dogs and he wasn’t sure what would happen to the dogs now.

A man who refused to give his name from Anwen Town Police sub-station confirmed that the dogs were now in Anwen but had no other details.

Calls to Qijiang county police department rang unanswered.

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2014 Kia Sorento “Tight Space” Commercial: Very Fitting [The Ad Section]

By Don Klein

Kia Tight Space

Award-winning ad man-cum-auto journalist Don Klein knows a good (or bad) car commercial when he sees one; the Ad Section is his space to tell you what he thinks of the latest spots. The ad’s rating is depicted via the shift pattern at the bottom, but everyone has an opinion when it comes to advertising, so hit Backfires below and tell us what you think, too.

Ads that simulate real-life situations are called “slice of life” commercials. We’re supposed to look at them and say, “Yeah I can relate to that,” or “That could be me they’re talking about.” They vary from vignettes that use exaggerated humor (like almost every breakfast-cereal commercial that depicts a family sitting around the kitchen table cracking jokes about cholesterol), to heartwarming masterpieces that evoke real tears, even though you know the situations are staged (like almost every Hallmark greeting card commercial). This spot for the new 2014 Kia Sorento falls somewhere in between. It won’t make you laugh or cry, but there’s a good chance it’ll make you smile because you really can identify with it.

We open on a family in a parking garage, looking for a spot for their Sorento. They finally come across one, but it’s awfully narrow. Dad wants to give it a try, but his wife makes it clear that he shouldn’t even think about it. And then comes the moment when most of us married guys start nodding our heads, because, boy, have we been there. Yes, the space is narrow, but I can do it! I just know I can! The daughters’ silent glance lets us know this isn’t the first time their parents have come to an impasse like this, and it probably doesn’t always end pretty. But this time Dad is a man with a plan. After all, their Sorento has the optional power folding mirrors that he’s been dying to use. Get out of the car so I can fold those puppies back and ease on in. Everyone humors him—and it works. Until he tries to open his door. Defeated? Not our boy. I’ll, um, just scurry out through the back. A little on-the-spot improvisation? Oh yeah. But his Kevin James–esque swagger and the way he tosses away his “Like a glove” line almost make us think maybe it actually was part of his plan, although he knows it wasn’t. The message? The 2014 Kia Sorento has power mirrors and a remote liftgate like more expensive SUVs, and, more important, it’s perfect for families like yours.



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