Monthly Archives: April 2012

Whole Foods Will Only Sell Sustainable Seafood

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Whole Foods has to stop selling any seafood it does not consider sustainable.

Starting Sunday, gray sole and skate will no longer appear in the grocery chain’s fish cases. Atlantic cod will be sold only if it is not caught by trawlers, which drag nets across the ocean floor.

Whole Foods says that it is doing its part to address the problem of overfishing and help depleted fish stocks recover. It is using ratings set by the Blue Ocean Institute, a conservation group, and the Monterey Bay Aquarium in California. They are based on factors including how abundant a species is, how quickly it reproduces and whether the catch method damages its habitat.

The company had planned to stop selling “red-rated” fish next year but moved up its deadline. The other fish it will no longer carry are Atlantic halibut, octopus, sturgeon, tautog, turbot, imported wild shrimp, some species of rockfish, and tuna and swordfish caught in certain areas or by certain methods. (Whole Foods has already stopped selling orange roughy, shark, bluefin tuna, and most marlin.)

Whole Foods is not the first supermarket chain to limit the kind of seafood it sells in the name of sustainability. Last month, BJ’s Wholesale Club announced a plan to sell seafood only from suppliers “identified as sustainable or on track to meet sustainability standards by 2014.” Other chains are making similar moves.

Via The New York Times.

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Zimmerman Released from Jail

George Zimmerman, the neighborhood watchman who killed an unarmed teen, posted bond and was released from a Florida jail.

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Hollande, Sarkozy to Run-Off in French Presidential Race

This image shows Nicolas Sarkozy who is presid...

This image shows Nicolas Sarkozy who is president of France. The image was taken on the occasion of the award of the Charlemagne Prize in 2008 in Aachen, Germany. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Exit polls from the French presidential elections show Socialist candidate Francois Hollande with 28.4% of the vote and President Nicolas Sarkozy with 25.5%.

A presidential candidate must receive more than 50% of the vote to win. If no one claims a majority, the top two vote-getters advance to a second round of voting.

Other candidates are Jean-Luc Melenchon on the extreme left with 11.7%, Marine Le Pen on the extreme right with 20%, and centrist Francois Bayrou with 8.5%.

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Humber Pitches Perfect Game

Philip Humber

Philip Humber (Photo credit: Wikipedia)


Philip Humber of the Chicago White Sox has pitched a perfect game in a 4-0 win over the Mariners in Seattle.


Only twenty other pitchers have tossed perfect games, in which no opposing batter reaches base by hit, walk or error, in Major League history, according to



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Chuck Colson Dies at 80

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Richard Nixon, Time cover April 30, 1973, "The Watergate Scandal" (Photo credit: cliff1066™)


Chuck Colson, the convicted Watergate figure turned evangelist, has died, according to his website. He was 80.



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3 More Secret Service Employees “Resign”

The US Secret Service provides security for Po...

The US Secret Service provides security for Pope Benedict XVI at the Papal Mass in Washington DC on April 17, 2008. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)


Three more Secret Service employees “have chosen to resign” in connection with an alleged prostitution scandal in Colombia, the agency says.


A twelfth employee has been implicated as part of the ongoing investigation, according to a written statement.


Three agents already had left the Secret Service in connection with the allegations. Five others are on administrative leave; one has been cleared of misconduct.


A military official said the total number of service members under a separate investigation for possible misconduct has increased to eleven.



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Bail Set for George Zimmerman

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This map shows the incorporated and unincorporated areas in Seminole County, Florida, highlighting Sanford in red. It was created with a custom script with US Census Bureau data and modified with Inkscape. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

A Florida judge set bond at $150,000 for George Zimmerman, the man charged in the shooting death of unarmed black teenager Trayvon Martin.

Mr. Zimmerman was charged with second-degree murder after the case sparked a national debate over racial profiling.

Mr. Martin’s family contends that Mr. Zimmerman racially profiled their son, who was walking back from a convenience store when he was killed on February 26.

Mr. Zimmerman, who is Hispanic, maintains he acted in self-defense. His family says he did not profile Mr. Martin.

The case stirred debate over Florida’s controversial Stand Your Ground law, which allows people to use deadly force when they feel a reasonable threat of death.

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