A 9-year-old boy was injured after being caught in the crossfire of bullets in front of a drive-thru in Dayton, Ohio, Tuesday night. Two cars fled the scene after shots were fired at around 8:30 p.m. in front of Ray’s Drive Thru. The victim was a passenger in a third vehicle and was struck by shattered glass. Police are investigating.
A 14-year-old boy was wounded in a drive-by shooting while standing on the porch of a home on the east side of San Antonio, Tex., early Tuesday. The victim was hit in the arm and leg by bullet fragments when shots rang out from a dark-colored SUV with three people inside. Police are not sure whether the home was the actual intended target of the shooting or whether the attack was gang-related.
via The Gun Report: July 31, 2013 – NYTimes.com.
The California Department of Food and Agriculture extended a program aimed at slowing the onslaught of an insect and bacteria that are devastating US citrus plants.
The State will extend by four years the California Citrus Pest and Disease Prevention Program, established in 2009 largely to guard against the advance of the Asian citrus psyllid.
The tiny bug is believed to carry a bacterial disease called huanglongbing, or greening disease, that is already responsible for causing $1.3 billion in damages to citrus crops in Florida. Experts know of no cure.
So far, California’s $2-billion citrus industry has yet to be hit. Growers hope to stop the pests in their tracks by coordinating with the State, reporting any outbreaks and agreeing to quarantines. To help efforts, citrus producers are expected to contribute $15 million this year to the prevention program.
The Asian citrus psyllid has been found in nine California counties, but huanglongbing has been detected only once. That was on a residential property in Hacienda Heights.
“We do not have the disease now, but we believe it’s just a matter of time,” said Steve Lyle, a spokesman for the California Department of Food and Agriculture.
via US: California extends citrus pest program.
“what we don’t know about biodiversity can potentially hurt us” GMO designed plants end up being mono-crops and that’s not biodiversity and nature attacks it with things like greening doesn’t it.
via citrus greening and GMOs | sustainable food economics.