Los Angeles, California - As a City Councilman, Mayor, and Congressman, I have always promoted urban or community gardening. Not only is it beneficial for the health and cost-conscious, it promotes community engagement and awareness.  It transforms otherwise empty and oddly shaped lots into community assets.  And it's easy:  even concrete slabs can be covered with easily available and instant soil and grass overlays.

Scottsdale, Arizona - If you're celebrating with a special valentine this week, you might want to try this chocolate cake recipe. Cocoa powder, hot coffee and fat-free yogurt are just some of the ingredients.

Rochester, Minnesota - During a flight I saw a child inconsolably crying; she had been denied a second lollipop. Her dad, keeping her in his lap, was valiantly using his work-in-progress skills. He seemed patient and kind, but no matter his efforts, he could not reach her. Her world had turned upside down at the prospect of a frustrated reward that she claimed to be rightfully hers.

North Little Rock, Arkansas - Wilson & Haubert, PLLC in North Little Rock, found a different way to promote the law firm’s services this Valentine’s Day, says the Association of Mature American Citizens. 

Scottsdale, Arizona - Instead of half-and-half cream, this potato-fennel soup uses fat-free milk. That change plus using olive oil in place of butter saves 100 calories, 12 grams of fat and 37 milligrams of cholesterol a serving. This soup is a very good source of fiber and potassium.

San Diego, California - One of the well-known effects of marijuana usage is popularly called “the munchies” – a strong desire to snack. So, was it accidental that a young Girl Scout in San Diego managed to sell 300 boxes of Girl Scout cookies in the space of just six hours standing in front of a newly opened pot shop, asks the Association of Mature American Citizens [AMAC].