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Good Morning MOTleyville, It's Wednesday April 17th, 2013

MOT is here every morning @ 6:30 AM
London Marathon Plans Tributes

London marathoners plan tributes for Boston

Sunday's London Marathon will go ahead as usual, but not exactly as planned. In the hours that followed one of Boston's bleakest days, a series of tributes, symbols and gestures were put together, all aimed at sending a message of solidarity across the Atlantic.

Race organizers swiftly arranged for three separate moments of silence, while every runner will wear a black ribbon of commemoration. There are other tokens of togetherness, too, ones that stem from a basic human desire for compassion.

Like from Colby Hanks, a Texan now running a personal well-being business in London, who will offer a silent prayer as she stands at the start.

Or from Olympic champion Mo Farah, expected to wear a special patch on his running vest. Or from Prince Harry, who told his advisers within moments of hearing the news from Massachusetts that he was more determined than ever to take his spot as official race starter, regardless of any enhanced security alert.

Endangered Rivers

Hoover Dam

Top 10 Endangered Rivers in America

Drought and demand are pushing the Colorado River beyond its limits — with the needs of more than 40 million people in seven Western states projected to outstrip dwindling supply over the next 50 years, according to an advocacy group's report on endangered rivers released on Wednesday.

The annual top-10 list by Washington, D.C.-based American Rivers points to a three-year federal Bureau of Reclamation study that warned last December that the river won't always be able to serve all the residents, businesses, ranchers, Native Americans and farmers who rely upon it.

Already, the Colorado River is drained of nearly every drop by the time it reaches Mexico, American Rivers spokeswoman Amy Kober said.

The list, produced with Protect the Flows and Nuestro Rio, notes that the Colorado is sometimes called the most controlled and plumbed river on Earth, and has more dams and diversions planned. River water irrigates nearly 4 million acres of farmland, which yield about 15 percent of the nation's crops, and serves as a primary drinking water supply for cities including Denver, Los Angeles, Las Vegas and Phoenix.


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your Cheesy read of the morning.

Still, the FDA has held up more than 1,100 pounds of the cheese, worth upwards of $13,000, in a New Jersey warehouse since March. That’s according to Benoit de Vitton, the North American representative for France’s Isigny Ste Mére, which is the main producer of mimolette.

“Isigny has been bringing mimolette in on a weekly basis for 20 years without an issue, ever,” he told Shine. But in March, he was alerted by importers that the cheese was being put on “FDA hold,” meaning it could not be moved from its arrival warehouse until further inspection. After that, he said, the cheese received the more damning label of “detained,” meaning it could not be sold in the U.S.

The reason given, according to FDA paperwork read to Shine by de Vitton, was that the inspectors found cheese mites in the rind, which can cause allergies, and which made the product “adulterated,” and consists of a “decomposed substance otherwise unfit for food.” (Mites, related to ticks, are tiny arthropods.) But using the microscopic cheese mites, de Vitton explained, is a vital part of the ripening process for the unique mimolette—which is “sweet,” with a “caramelized depth and smooth, fudgy finish,” according to the website for Murray’s Cheese Shop in New York, where the product was still available for purchase (for $33.99 a pound) on Tuesday.

Cheese mites are mites that are used to produce cheeses such as Milbenkäse and Mimolette. The action of the living mites on the surface of these cheeses contributes to the flavor and gives them a distinctive appearance.[1 A 2010 SEM study found that Milbenkäse cheese was produced using Tyrolichus casei mites, while Mimolette cheese used Acarus siro mites (also known as flour mites).
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