California Shuts Major Water Supply as Drought Worsens

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California announced Friday that a major source of water for areas throughout the state will halt all deliveries for 2014 until further notice, an unprecedented move indicating the ongoing and historic California drought is only getting worse.

The State Water Project, a system of reservoirs and water delivery systems helping supply Northern California, the San Francisco Bay area, the San Joaquin Valley, the Central Coast, and Southern California, had already been distributing water at historically low rates due to several successive years of drought conditions. Friday’s action by the state Department of Water Resources means the 25 million residents and 750,000 acres of farmland that receive water from the system will have to rely more heavily on other sources, including other reservoirs. Many key reservoirs in the state are at levels far below average. A measurement taken Thursday in the Sierra Nevada, a major supplier of water to the state when…

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Violence in Super Bowl Ads and Other Fascinating News on the Web

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  1. A Toaster to the Groin

    There’s been no shortage of stories about the long term risks associated with violence on the football field. But during this weekend’s Super Bowl, you’re likely to see a fair share of violence somewhere else: In the commercials. It turns out we tend to find a lot of humor in someone getting punched in the face or taking a toaster to the groin. We remember these ads. But do they make us buy whatever is being sold? That’s a more complicated question.

    + It’s a big weekend for players. It’s an equally big weekend for those who bet and play fantasy football. From the NYT Magazine: The Super Bowl of Sports Gambling. Having dabbled at the edges of such degenerate gambling, let me suggest that you treat the addicts at your Super Bowl party with kid gloves. The end of the…

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Skittles-Infused Sausage Is a Thing and Apparently It’s Kind of Good

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Football fans everywhere are known for their crazy traditions and, shall we say, “creative” food innovations (ex. the infamous Turkducken). However, one Seattle-based butcher has taken this legacy to a whole new level.

At Blue Max Meats, $4.99 gets you a pound of “Beast Mode!” sausage. It’s normal meat—with one special ingredient: Skittles.

“Initially when they see it, they’re like ‘ooooh’,” Tommy Marshall, co-owner of Blue Max Meats, told King 5 News while making a face.

But customers have apparently warmed up to the concept. The dish has become the shop’s best-selling product, beating out 19 other types of sausage.

For non-football fans, the concept probably seems absurd. But Marshall’s idea is inspired by Seattle Seahawks running back Marshawn Lynch’s affection for the rainbow-colored candy. When Lynch was in Pee Wee football, his mother would reward him with bags of Skittles, and his love for the treat stuck. Now, Seattle fans have taken…

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“Report: Christie knew about lane closings”


By Aliyah Frumin

An ex-Port Authority official alleges that New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie knew about his aides’ alleged political scheme to close lanes on the George Washington Bridge.

According to the New York Times, the official, David Wildstein released a letter through his lawyer, describing the decision to close the lanes as “the Christie administration’s order.” It added that evidence exists tying Christie – who has denied all knowledge – to the plan.

This is breaking news. Please check back for more details.

Below is the letter from Wildstein’s attorney:

There’s a Right and Wrong Way to Eat a Hamburger, Scientists Say

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How to hold a hamburger may seem like second nature to most, but researchers in Japan reportedly spent four months figuring out a better way.

According to Kotaku, the TV show Honma Dekka!? recently hired three experts in fluid mechanics, engineering, and dentistry, who produced a 3D scan of a hamburger and analyzed it on a particle level.

While most people pick up their burgers with their thumbs on the bottom and their other fingers on top, the trio reportedly argued that burger eaters should have their thumbs and pinkies supporting the bottom bun and their middle fingers spread evenly on top to minimize spillage and maximize the amount of beef patty and bun making it into the mouth.

Kotaku created a GIF of the ideal hold presented on the show, and sure enough, nary a drop of ketchup fell onto the plate.

Hungry yet?

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Court Rules for Transgender Student in Maine Bathroom Dispute

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Maine’s high court has ruled that school administrators violated anti-discrimination law when they wouldn’t allow a transgender fifth-grader to use the girls’ restroom.

School officials had said in 2009 that Nicole Maines could only use a staff restroom after a classmate’s grandfather complained. That prompted a lawsuit by Nicole’s family, and the Maine Supreme Judicial Court ruled Thursday that officials violated state law, the Associated Press reports. Nicole was identified as male at birth but began identifying as female when she was 2.

“It sends a message to my kids that you can believe in the system and that it can work,” said Wayne Maines, Nicole’s father. “I’m just going to hug my kids and enjoy the moment, and do some healing.”

The court concluded that the Orono school district violated Maine’s anti-discrimination law ensuring ensures equal treatment regardless of sexual orientation and gender identification, overturning a lower court’s…

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