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12:01am

Tue February 8, 2011
Health

Florida Bans Cocaine-Like 'Bath Salts' Sold In Stores

Across the country, packets of white powder with names like Vanilla Sky, Ivory Wave and White Rush are being sold in convenience stores and gas stations. The packets are labeled and sold as "bath salts," but they are actually a drug that produces a meth-like high and sometimes violent behavior in users. Law enforcement has caught on, and Florida recently joined Louisiana in banning the sale of the powders.

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12:00am

Tue February 8, 2011
Politics

N.M. Governor Tough On Crime, Easy On Business

New Mexico Gov. Susana Martinez has pledged to fill a $450 million budget deficit without raising taxes. She wants a more business-friendly state with fewer regulations.

But critics say her new policies only please oil and gas producers, who contributed generously to her campaign.

'Open For Business'

Martinez swept to victory last year on a wave of anti-incumbent support from 54 percent of voters. Her platform: law and order, smaller government and deregulation.

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8:07pm

Mon February 7, 2011
Alt.Latino: The Blog

Quiero Club: The Avant-Pop Advisors

English / Spanish

It was the beginning of 2006 and a catchy song in Spanglish titled "No Coke" hit the emerging Mexican indie scene by storm; five years later, Quiero Club is arguably today's most eclectic and critically acclaimed Mexican pop band. The Monterrey quintet comes from a new school of pop adventurers constantly looking for the new intercontinental zeitgeist. It's a breed that includes Javiera Mena, Hello Seahorse! and Denver — manufacturers of the new generation's anthems.

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7:42pm

Mon February 7, 2011
Anti-Government Protests Roil Egypt

In Arab Conflicts, The Young Are The Restless

The rebellion of youth is not the whole story behind the current upheaval in the Arab world, but it's a big part of it.

"If our society and many European societies are becoming more elderly, it's the reverse in Arab countries," says Brian Katulis, a senior fellow at the Center for American Progress.

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7:00pm

Mon February 7, 2011
The Two-Way

Shoe Box Gazing, Or Trying To Figure Out Gabriel Orozco

We don't usually touch on fine art here on this blog, but a piece in The Guardian today was too intriguing to pass up.

At the center of it is a minimalist piece from Mexican artist Gabriel Orozco. Oh, OK, it's not a piece, it's an empty shoe box that he titled "Empty Shoe Box (1993)." The simple white box, which even includes a UPC sticker on it has made the rounds — from the Venice Biennale where the box made its debut to New York's Museum of Modern Art, where it was shown last year.

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