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  • "I don't think we need hundreds of departures every day from the Bay Area to Los Angeles," Jet Blue CEO Dave Barger said in 2010 about high-speed rail complementing, not competing, with the airline industry. Robert Cruickshank at the California High-Speed Rail Blog brings back that quote in a post explaining why the "cheap flight" argument against rail doesn't work.
  • Today is World AIDS Day and a new state report finds that "while the number of white patients living with HIV or AIDS has nearly doubled since 1988, the numbers more than tripled among black patients and went up nearly fivefold among Hispanics," according to California Watch.
  • Givaudan - "the biggest multinational you've never heard of" - is a Swiss company that creates natural and artificial flavoring in many of the products consumed at grocery stores. 60 Minutes takes a look and starts their story with scientists in a Riverside citrus grove.
  • Medical marijuana laws just might lead to fewer traffic fatalities, finds a new study, which suggest people are replacing beer - consumed at bars, which are often driven to - with marijuana - used in the privacy of homes. With that in mind, Santa Barbara Independent columnist Nick Welsh dives into a court fight over a long-time local dispensary.
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