Ukiah Daily Journal from Ukiah, California on May 2, 1993 · Page 11
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Ukiah Daily Journal from Ukiah, California · Page 11

Ukiah, California
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Sunday, May 2, 1993
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-THE UKIAH DAILY JOURNAL- - SUNDAY, MAY 2, 1993 -A-11 Lettuce price soars, quality drops LOS ANGELES (AP) — The price of lettuce has gone way up and quality has declined because of the effects of wet weather in February and March. Iceberg lettuce at some Southern California supermarket chains this week soared to $1.99 a head, the highest price in almost 10 years. Romaine, red- and green-leaf lettuce reached $1.20 a bundle. Although prices began to drop on the wholesale market Wednesday and Thursday, retail rates were expected to stay unseasonably high — near the $2 mark — for the next several weeks. "Lettuce is one of my mainstays," said Thousand Oaks shopper Gertie Giezentanner. "But if it stays this expensive, I'm going to have to think of something else to eat." Because lettuce takes two months to mature, consumers are only now feeling the effects of a wet February and March. The rain delayed planting, causing a "crop gap" of several weeks with a very low harvest. What's available isn't great, because the rain also prevented farmers from fertilizing, weeding and spraying pesticides. The result: undersized heads, discolored stems and insect bites. Some markets have posted signs explaining the problems. "Look at these little black things," said cafe owner Kim Tevel, inspecting green-leaf lettuce at a Thousand Oaks store. Tevel, who features salads and sandwiches at her California Chicks cafe, has noticed prices steadily increasing over the past six weeks to nearly three times their normal level. She said she had no choice but to keep buying. "Maybe one in 10 customers asks for spinach or romaine lettuce, but most want their iceberg," said cafe manager Larry Freed. "They'd go through the roof without it." Lee Pantages said the lettuce bill at his Side Street Cafe in Newbury Park has jumped from about $50 a week to nearly $220. Farmers who did manage to plant and harvest are reaping the benefits, even though there's not as much to sell. "The success of some farmers is due to bad luck at someone else's expense," said Jeff Foster, a salesman atBostovitchJFagtef "We're making money, but not as much as you might think." CHP warns helmet law violators will be ticketed SACRAMENTO (AP) — Keep wearing that helmet, both the state Judicial Council and the California Highway Patrol warn motorcyclists. The CHP and the Council said Friday officers could continue giving $76 tickets to violators of the state's motorcycle helmet law, despite a report to the contrary. The council, which oversees the court system, sent a memo to all traffic courts last week saying helmet law violations could be subject to the same $10 "fix-it" ticket as a broken taillight, if no immediate safety hazard or persistent neglect was involved. The memo by Rick Neal, Ihe council's traffic court coordinator, did not spell out what circumstances would constitute an immediate safety hazard. A published report Friday said the council had decided any violation of the helmet law was punishable by a $10 ticket. But Judicial Council staff attorney Steve Birdlebough said later in the day that the report was wrong. He said officers were authorized to conclude that any motorcyclist without a helmet posed an immediate safety hazard, except in highly unusual circumstances. For example, he said, a cyclist might explain that his helmet had just been stolen and he was heading for bis home on the next block to pick up a spare helmet. Such a violation might be considered correctable and subject to a $10 penalty, he said. A ticket for a violation that poses an immediate safety hazard is punishable by a fine of at least $76 for a first offense. The law, which took effect in January 1992, requires all motorcyclists to wear helmets that meet certain specifications. The CHP, in response to the memo, issued an order to all its commanders Friday saying all violations of the helmet law wouMI be treated as tickets rather than "fix- it" citations. "It is the position of this department that violations of mowreycle helmet laws constitute an immMii- atetafety risk to riders of motorcycles," the order said. SOUTH VALLEY ACHIEVERS Cameron Johnson Students honored for academic achievement during the month of March from South Valley High School are, front row, Sherl McMllin, and back row, Diana Docklns and Benjamin Johnston. Animal thought Scientists agree animals think, but wonder about process From macaroni and cheese to nachos: a White House menu NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Ever wonder what President Clinton has for lunch on Thursdays? The secret's out: a nacho platter. Clinton made the revelation Friday during an interview with four U.S. newspapers. He admits that living at 1600 Pennsylvania Ave. has its gastronomic benefits. "It's easier to come home for dinner," The Journal-Constitution of Atlanta quoted the president as saying. The Journal-Constitution and three other newspapers — the Chicago Tribune, St. Louis Post- Dispatch and The Kansas City Star — had a joint interview with Clinton during his one-day visit here to propose an overhaul of the federal student loan program and a national service plan he says will allow more people to go to college. And while the president spoke about such serious issues as Bosnia, the economy and his health care plan, he also touched on White House cuisine. The Clintons like simple American-style food that's lighter than the French cooking favored by George and Barbara Bush. Sometimes, however, the White House haute cuisine is a bit too haute. When 13-year-old Chelsea asked for macaroni and cheese, the chef produced a homemade dish that the first daughter ate politely. Then she asked: "Next time, can we have the kind that comes in the orange box?" ATLANTA (AP) — A chimpanzee talks with humans using symbols. Squirrels outfox a gun- wielding homeowner tired of hearing them in his attic. Elephants pause as if in mourning whan they stumble upon pachyderm bones in the wild. Yes, many experts say, animals do think. The question is: What goes on in their minds? "Is it instinct or do they think like us, in steps? That's the whole trouble, you see, we don't know where instinct ends," said David Pears, an Oxford philosopher. "If you see a red light, you stop. You don't say to yourself, 'OK, red means stop.' "We have to define the level of thinking. Just because a species thinks differently from us doesn't mean it's less cognitive." For centuries, scientists fol- Vegetables bring about increase in farm prices WASHINGTON (AP) — Shortages caused by California rains and Florida winds drove up the prices growers received for vegetables in April, the Agriculture Department says. The record 32 percent increase in commercial vegetables helped raise the overall commodity index 2.1 percent from March to April, the USDA reported Friday. Lettuce reached $29.40 per hundred pounds, double the March price and nearly triple that of April 1992. Onions and tomatoes also posted increases. Florida citrus growers also saw better prices after steady declines. Orange and grapefruit price increases helped raise the all-fruit index 13 percent from March. But it still was 35 percent lower than a year ago. Tobacco, celery, hogs and cattle posted declines from March. The drop in tobacco prices reflected the seasonal shift in sales to lower- priced types. :: S:S ™ SW ;::^^ Wayne Shoes is closing its Ukiah store "Everything Must Go!" A11 Men's, Women's & Children's Dress & Casual Shoes in stock slashed 30-80% lowed the lead of philosopher Rene Descartes, who said most animals had little self-awareness, much less cognitive ability. But recent experiments with animals such as Kanzi, a chimp that communicates through symbols on a computer, have convinced many scientists animals can think. But beyond that, is their thinking limited to imitating others? Or do they work out problems? What do they think about? Can they lie? Don't expect a consensus from the animal intelligence experts who gathered in Atlanta this week. After all, said Harvard neuro- biologist Terrence Deacon, doctors are only now learning how the human brain works. Because we cannot communicate with animals effectively, learning what's in their minds will be even more difficult. "There's a different cognitive style _ it's not just that we're smarter," he said. Researchers may never prove whether animals lie, said Georgia Tech's Jack Martin, who fell short in an experiment in which one monkey would tell a rival the coast was clear when a stuffed python was placed near them. It couldn't be determined if the monkey was lying or knew the snake wasn't real. Scientists may also mistake routine reactions or imitation for advanced thought, Deacon warned. But chimpanzees at Georgia State University's Language Research Center communicate using a computer that takes away that guesswork, said researcher Sue Savage-Rumbaugh. Porch Sale THE C PEAR "VOX 1374N. State St. ukiah • 462-538O (Across From the airport) Open Mon. - Fri. 9:30-5:30 Saturday 10-4 Gift Shop QrutaCtygistry • gifts Come for music & coffee reception 7 p.m. Program starts 7:30 Mendocino County Outdoor Painting Workshops & The Grace Hudson Museum Present Joseph Bohler A.W.S. 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