Ron Nixon is a Washington Correspondent for the New York Times who covers homeland security. I'm also the author of Selling Apartheid: South Africa's Global Propaganda War (Jacana Media, June 2015). http://tinyurl.com/jeqzhfo
WASHINGTON — A slice of pizza still counts as a vegetable. In a victory for the makers of frozen pizzas, tomato paste and French fries, Congress on Monday blocked rules proposed by the Agriculture Department that would have overhauled the nation’s school lunch program. The proposed changes — the first in 15 years to the $11 billion school lunch program — were meant to reduce childhood obesity by adding more fruits and green vegetables to lunch menus, Agriculture Department officials said.
PhotoMail handlers in Virginia. The Postal Service approved nearly 50,000 requests last year to track the mail of Americans. Last year, Ron Nixon discovered a small-business owner whose mail was being monitored by the United States Postal Service. After looking deeper, he realized that the snail-mail monitoring program is more common than he thought. Mr. Nixon describes the year-long reporting process. He also spoke to WNYC’s The Takeaway about the subject this morning.
HOEDSPRUIT, South Africa — High-powered hunting rifles are the tools of the trade for poachers in South Africa and Mozambique. Steady and deadly accurate, the rifles are capable of dropping a rhinoceros with one shot from long distances and are a major reason the rhinos in those African countries, highly valued for their horns, are dwindling toward extinction.