The Daily DFM (03.21.14)

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1.NCAA tournament liveblog: Follow all of Friday's madness

2 .Family wins lawsuit against polygamous towns, gets millions

By Jim Dalrymple II/ The Salt Lake Tribune

Ron and Jinjer Cooke Jim Dalrymple II/The Salt Lake Tribune

A jury Thursday sided with a family living in a polygamous community, awarding them $5.2 million for years of religious discrimination.

The ruling concludes the Cooke family's civil rights trial, in which they argued that the mostly-polygamous towns of Colorado City, Ariz., and Hildale, Utah, discriminated against them for not being members of The Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. The family moved to the area, known as Short Creek, in 2008 but were refused access to utilities for years.

The Cookes subsequently sued and the case has been playing out for the last two months in Phoenix's U.S. District Court.

The jury deliberated through the day Thursday before siding with the Cookes. It ultimately awarded husband Ronald Cooke and wife Jinjer Cooke $650,000 each for discrimination, as well as $1.95 million each for retaliation and interference, according to their attorney William Walker.

The $5.3 million total award exceeds what the family was seeking; during closing arguments Thursday, Walker asked the jury to give the Cookes each $2 million - a high sum he said would send a message to the cities. Thursday, he called the verdict and higher award "a total victory."

"I'm thrilled," Walker said. "I'm particularly thrilled for the Cookes who have withstood this discrimination for five and half years and have finally been vindicated by a jury of their peers."

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3. 8 health technologies to watch for

By Angela Haupt/ US News

4. 'Year of No Sugar' author explains health benefits of less sugar

By Claire Martin/ The Denver Post

Tomato sauce can also be made sugar-free.

Tomato sauce can also be made sugar-free. Cyrus McCrimmon /The Denver Post

The next time you pick up a jar or can of tomato sauce at the grocery store, have a look at the ingredients. Almost always, you'll find sugar listed on the label.

Which is sort of ridiculous. Why does tomato sauce need sugar? It's used on spaghetti, lasagna and other savory foods.

But what's this? Check out the nutrition facts label on the box of pasta. Sugar again! It's even in single-serving cup-of-soup packages.

"Some of the top stealth sources of fructose are energy drinks, fruit yogurts, agave syrup and many foods labeled 'low fat,'" said University of Colorado physician Richard J. Johnson, whose books "The Sugar Fix" and "The Fat Switch" discuss the problem in detail.

Sugar might be costumed as evaporated cane juice, table sugar, honey, fruit juice, powdered sugar, agave, crystalline fructose, brown sugar, molasses, maple syrup. It's still sugar, and what is it doing in bacon? Or mayonnaise? Or ketchup?

That's what blogger and author Eve O. Schaub wanted to know. Her epiphany began after she watched " Sugar: The Bitter Truth." That's pediatric endocrinologist Robert Lustig's documentary on his theory that fructose is more poison than sweetener, and that sugar is more fattening than fat.

"I was deeply alarmed," Schaub said in a telephone interview from her home in Vermont.

"It made me think a lot about our palates, and the obesification of America. One hundred years ago, we didn't have obesity or metabolic syndrome. What have we done that's created those things?

"We had these studies in the 1960s and '70s that said fat was bad. So we removed fat from everything. But then how do you make it taste good? Let's put sugar in it. And it turns out that may have been the exact wrong thing to do."

She began looking more closely at labels when she shopped for groceries. "There was sugar, in all its myriad guises," Schaub writes in "Year of No Sugar,"the memoir inspired by Lustig's video. Of course sugar is in sweet products, like cookies, cakes, candy and ice cream.

But it's also in peanut butter, sandwich bread, wine, milk, orange juice and dozens of other products that wouldn't seem to need added sugar. Special K, promoted as a diet-friendly cereal, has three teaspoons of added sugar per 100 grams. Schaub found sugar in canned black beans and in acommercial Thai yellow curry sauce.

Those counterintuitive sugar-added products explain why a 2010 Robert Woods Johnson-funded study found that 33 percent of an American child's diet consists of added sugar and solid fat.

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5. Developer won't appeal Vermont board biomass decision


SPRINGFIELD (AP) - The lead developer for wood-fired power plant in Springfield, Vt., says he won't try to appeal a state board's decision to deny a permit.

Last month, the Vermont Public Service Board rejected an application to build the 37-megawatt plant, saying it would unduly interfere with the orderly development of the region and the power benefits of the plant could be provided in a more cost-effective manner through energy conservation programs and energy-efficiency.

The project would have used wood chips trucked to the site and produced low-cost steam heat for the businesses in the industrial park and some neighbors.

Adam Winstanley of Winstanley Enterprises said he and project partner Weston Solutions reviewed the decision carefully feel it would be "high bar" to overturn the ruling.


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