Bacteria all over market meat
A new report estimates that half the meat and poultry sold in the supermarket may be tainted with Staphylococcus aureus, a bacterium that can make people sick. The estimate by the nonprofit Translational Genomics Research Institute in Arizona is based on 136 samples of beef, chicken, pork and turkey bought in Chicago, Los Angeles, Washington, D.C., Flagstaff, Ariz., and Fort Lauderdale. Worse, half of the contaminated samples had drug-resistant bacteria strains. Proper cooking should kill the germs, but the report suggests that consumers be careful to wash their hands and take other steps not to spread bacteria during food preparation.
Students' 160 mpg car takes the prize
Pennsylvania high schoolers have claimed the top spot at the Green Grand Prix, the nation's only road rally for alternate-fuel vehicles and hybrids. The event, sponsored by the Sports Car Club of America, was run Friday at New York's Watkins Glen International track. West Philadelphia High School's Factory Five GTM's 160 mpg was followed by a Chevrolet Volt with 129 mpg.
Indians fight bathrooms atop burial mound
Ohlone Indians are begging California authorities to halt the plan by the city of Vallejo to build bathrooms atop an Indian burial ground. The tribe filed a civil rights complaint Wednesday urging state Attorney General Kamala Harris to block creation of a park with public toilets at Glen Cove, a 3,500-year-old Ohlone settlement along Carquinez Strait, the San Francisco Chronicle reported. "Our ancestors deserve a place where they can rest forever," said Corinna Gould, an Ohlone from Oakland. Harris' staff will probably refer the complaint to the Native American Heritage Commission in Sacramento, which will make a recommendation to the attorney general, a Harris aide said. Meanwhile, tribe members said they'll block the bulldozers if they roll in. Vallejo Mayor Osby Davis said he might be there in support. "It's their burial ground and they don't want to see it desecrated," he said. "I think we ought to be sensitive to that."