In California, palms define the urban landscape, and the insects travel from one human-made palm oasis to the next. I hate to think what could happen if they reach the palm oases in the Anza-Borrego Desert.

Mark Hoddle, UCR entomologist, biological control specialist and principal investigator, on the South American palm weevil spreading into Southern California and creating possible infestations

SAN DIEGO READER

I feel like it’s been a long time coming. I’m really grateful that the anti-doping agencies are finally taking care of business.

Brenda Martinez, Olympian and UCR alumna, on her upgrade from bronze to silver medalist due to other competitors using performance-enhancing drugs

THE PRESS ENTERPRISE

Making campaign contributions requires a lot. They also require fewer skills than being able to write a letter, for example. Those who are higher-educated are more likely to have the skills and self confidence to contact their representatives. It’s largely a class story.

Karthick Ramakrishnan, associate dean of UC Riverside’s School of Public Policy, on how white Americans are more likely to contact political officials for change, than Asian Americans and Latinos, due to language barriers

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