Beginning July 1, students in the Los Angeles Unified School District won't be able to buy chocolate- or strawberry-flavored milk. The AP reports the district becomes the largest in the nation to ban flavored milk in an effort stem childhood obesity. The AP reports:
LAUSD joins a growing number of school districts nationwide, including District of Columbia, Boulder Valley, Colo., and Berkeley, Calif., that serve only plain milk because of the added sugar contained in flavored versions.
The federal Food and Drug Administration is ordering sunscreen manufacturers to change the way they label their products to prohibit the use of certain marketing terms. The rules are also designed to clear up confusion about the meaning of "sun protection factor," or SPF, and other terms like "waterproof."
"Hundreds of protesters clashed with riot police in central Athens Wednesday," The Associated Press writes, "as a major anti-austerity rally degenerated into violence outside parliament, where the struggling government was to seek support for new cutbacks to avoid a disastrous default."
Barack Obama coasted into his presidency largely thanks to many progressive Democrats who were energized by his campaign. This week boasts the largest annual gathering of progressives in the country, an event called Netroots Nation. To learn what's on the progressive agenda for the next election, guest host Allison Keyes speaks with Rep. Keith Ellison, co-chair of the Progressive Caucus in the House of Representatives, and Robert Borosage, founder of the Progressive Majority PAC.
Massive stores of natural gas that lie underneath big portions of the United States offer a cleaner source of electricity to a country that relies heavily on coal, but producing all that gas also can pump lots of pollution into the air.