TIME podcasts

Paula Deen Will Launch Her Own Cooking Podcast

Whole Foods Market Grand Tasting Village Featuring MasterCard Grand Tasting Tents & KitchenAid® Culinary Demonstrations - 2015 Food Network & Cooking Channel South Beach Wine & Food Festival
Larry Marano—2015 Larry Marano Paula Deen attends the Whole Foods Market Grand Tasting Village during the 2015 Food Network and Cooking Channel South Beach Wine and Food Festival on February 22, 2015 in Miami Beach, Florida.

You may not be able to watch Paula Deen whip up her Southern cooking anymore, but now you can listen to it: she’s starting her own cooking podcast.

Partnering with Compass Media Networks, Deen will produce a daily radio show and weekly podcast.

“I had my first day in the studio yesterday and we had so much fun! I cannot wait to bring my vignettes and podcast to listeners around America,” Deen told PEOPLE. “I have a ton of fun tips up my sleeve to make their life a little easier.”

Her podcasts will premiere May 1.

Read more at People.com.

TIME Behind the Photos

See the World’s Largest Solar Plants From Above

Photographer Jamey Stillings takes us to some of the most impressive man-made wonders of the world

The Desert Sunlight Solar Farm in California’s Mojave Desert is the world’s largest solar plant with eight million panels producing 550 megawatts of power — or enough to supply 160,000 homes.

For the latest issue of TIME, we commissioned Jamey Stillings to photograph the plant. “I’ve had a long-term interest in the intersection of nature and human activity,” he says. “How we connect to nature; how we decide to use and modify nature for what we want to do.”

A little over four years ago, Stillings decided to marry that photographic interest with an environmental perspective, looking at the development of our species and society as we slowly move away from fossil fuels. “From a historic standpoint in the United States, we remember building the Hoover Dam, we remember building the Empire State Building. The photographs of that become our visual memories; they become part of our collective consciousness.”

With his photographs of renewable energy plant sites, Stillings is looking toward the future. “I’m interested in being involved both with the contemporary conversation and also acknowledging the fact that, not too far down the road, we’re going to start having a historical perspective on them. They will mean something different to us 10 years from now, 50 years from now and 100 years from now.”

And while Stillings wants to keep his focus on renewable energies — to produce a global study of their development — he’s considering documenting fossil fuel as well. “I want to create a visual counterpoint,” he says, “to show, for example, the differences in the environmental impact of five sq. mi. of solar panels and that of five sq. mi. of coal mining.”

Jamey Stillings is a photographer based in Santa Fe, N.M. His monograph The Evolution of Ivanpah Solar will be published by Steidl in 2015.

TIME weather

Snow and Storms to Batter the South

Winter storm hits metro Atlanta, Georgia, USA
Branden Camp—EPA A vehicle drives in the snow on Interstate 575 in Acworth, Ga. on Feb. 25, 2015.

And parts of the Midwest

A winter storm will bring rain and snow to much of the South on Wednesday night, stretching from North Texas to the Carolinas.

Atlanta, Nashville and Charlotte can all expect freezing rain and sleet. The Gulf Coast, meanwhile, will suffer through heavy rain and thunderstorms, according to Weather.com.

The midwest will also get rain and snow, from Springfield, Ill., to Pittsburgh. That storm will eventually merge with the one moving up from the South.

[Weather.com]

TIME Marijuana

D.C.’s Weird New Free Weed Economy

Can a marijuana market that prohibits the sale of the drug work?

Stoners, rejoice: at 12:01 a.m. on Thursday, stodgy Washington, D.C., became the latest and strangest frontier in the marijuana legalization movement. It’s now okay for adult residents of the District to possess two ounces of pot, grow up to six plants in their homes and share their bounty with others.

Here’s the wrinkle: there’s still no way to legally buy the drug.

Welcome to Washington’s weird new weed economy. A clash between the capital’s citizens and Congress has left the District without a system dictating how weed can be bought and sold, unlike the first four states that have legalized the drug. Washington has set up a marijuana marketplace without ironing out how the money part will work.

“What we have here is legalization without commercialization,” says Adam Eidinger, who ran the campaign to legalize weed in the nation’s capital. “We have more work to do.”

The missing link in the cannabis supply chain means the capital’s budding ganjapreneurs are about to get creative. Sure, smokers can take advantage of free seed giveaways and start growing at home. But in the meantime, unless you’re among the .003% of DC residents with a license to patronize one of the capital’s three medical dispensaries, there’s still no way to stroll into a shop and buy pot products. In the absence of traditional commerce, a social marijuana economy is apt to flower.

According to interviews with industry observers and participants, that may mean the formation of cannabis social clubs, where organizers charge admission to private event spaces where growers freely exchange their greenery. Corporations are discussing the viability of organizing sponsored weed swaps. Weed co-ops and farmer’s markets may sprout, just the ones where you get your monthly supply of organic kale or collards.

Entrepreneurs might skirt the sales prohibition by offering health seminars, massages or other services for a fee—and then hand out “free” greenery as a perk. If you’re a black-market pot dealer trawling for new clients, there’s nothing that prevents you from posting up at a bar or a concert and giving away gratis grams with a phone number on the back of the bag. All an enterprising businessman has to do is plausibly skirt the restriction against directly exchanging pot for money, goods or services.

“People are going to rush into the breach here and try to take advantage,” says Allen St. Pierre, executive director of the National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws (NORML). “And some will not do it right.”

All this haziness is partly the product of a clash between D.C. residents and their killjoy overlords. Last November, voters in the District overwhelmingly approved Initiative 71, a ballot measure that legalized pot use. But because of a rule that bars the city from spending money to implement ballot measures, it couldn’t set up a regulatory system. That was supposed to come later, and the city council was ready to proceed, says Eidinger. During the lame-duck session, however, a small cadre of Congressmen intervened, preventing the capital from establishing rules to govern the sale and taxation of the drug.

As legalization loomed this week, members of Congress appeared to dangle the threat of jail time over Washington Mayor Muriel Bowser. Republicans Jason Chaffetz and Mark Meadows of the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform fired off a letter to Bowser calling D.C.’s decision to proceed with legalization in defiance of Congress a “knowing and willful violation of the law.”

Bowser dug in, announcing at a Wednesday afternoon press conference that the city would move ahead on schedule. The legislative branch’s attempt to overrule the will of the city is “offensive to the American value of self-governance and … disrespectful to the 650,000 taxpaying Americans living in the District,” says D.C. council member Brianne Nadeau. “If they lock up the mayor, they better take me too.”

Rep. Andy Harris, a Maryland Republican who helped lead the fight against the initiative, says Congress doesn’t “take lightly interfering in D.C. home rule” and did so only because the District is “making a clearly bad decision.”

Harris urged the Department of Justice to intervene to stop the law from taking effect. But he notes lawmakers have little recourse in the matter if that doesn’t happen. “I don’t know,” Harris says. “We’re unclear what the next step could be.”

Meanwhile, the green rush is on. Over the weekend, more than 1,000 people are expected to descend on a Holiday Inn near the U.S. Capitol for a cannabis convention that includes a trade show, job fair, growing seminar and marketing instruction. The event, which costs up to $149 for attendees who want to learn to grow their own bud, is being put on by ComfyTree, a business based in Benton Harbor, Mich.

“This is something that will have a dramatic impact on D.C.,” predicts Tiffany Bowden, the co-founder and chief happiness officer of ComfyTree. “It’s going to be a significant amount of money—not just in terms of your direct transfer of goods, because you’re not technically allowed to sell cannabis, but there’s also going to be a boom in the hydroponics sector because of the new inspiration for home growing. There’s going to be a boom for head shops…There’s going to be a boom in peripheral areas—bakeries, edibles, cooking classes.”

All that’s missing in the Washington pot economy are traditional stores and sellers.

With reporting by Alex Rogers

TIME ebola

New York Ebola Survivor Says He was Treated Like a Fraud After Diagnosis

Dr. Craig Spencer smiles during a news conference November 11, 2014 at Bellevue Hospital in New York.
Don Emmert—AFP/Getty Images Dr. Craig Spencer smiles during a news conference November 11, 2014 at Bellevue Hospital in New York.

"My U.S. colleagues who have returned home from battling Ebola have been treated as pariahs"

A doctor who worked in Guinea treating Ebola victims says he was labeled a “fraud, a hipster, and a hero” after he was diagnosed with contracting the deadly virus on his return to the U.S.

In an essay published on Wednesday, Craig Spencer, who is New York’s first and only Ebola patient, says how politicians and the media accused him of putting the public at risk.

“I was being vilified in the media even as my liver was failing and my fiancée was quarantined in our apartment,” he wrote in the New England Journal of Medicine.

Spencer, 33, documents how his work in the Ebola treatment center in Guéckédou, Guinea, was rewarding, but that it also took a toll on his psychological and physical health.

“Back in New York, the suffering I’d seen, combined with exhaustion, made me feel depressed for the first time in my life,” he writes.

On Oct. 23, Spencer was hospitalized at Bellevue Hospital after reporting a fever and fatigue and was later diagnosed with Ebola.

Though the clinician had been monitoring his temperature in line with the Center of Disease Control and Prevention protocol, Spencer says his movements before the diagnosis were heavily criticized by the media and politicians.

“The whole country soon knew where I like to walk, eat, and unwind,” he said. “People excoriated me for going out in the city when I was symptomatic, but I hadn’t been symptomatic — just sad.”

Spencer slammed New York and New Jersey Governors Andrew Cuomo and Chris Christie for imposing extra, and what he believed to be unnecessary, quarantine measures for health workers returning from Ebola-stricken countries.

“Politicians, caught up in the election season, took advantage of the panic to try to appear presidential instead of supporting a sound, science-based public health response,” he said.

Spencer was discharged from Bellevue Ebola-free after 19 days of treatment.

TIME Crime

Pregnant Store Owner Gets Five Years in Puppy Arson Case

In a Wednesday, March 12, 2014 file photo, pet shop owner Gloria Lee in Las Vegas
Steve Marcus—AP Gloria Lee in Las Vegas on March 12, 2014

Gloria Eun Hye Lee used a pregnancy defense

(LAS VEGAS) — A former Las Vegas pet shop owner who was caught on surveillance video torching her business before 27 puppies and dogs were rescued last year failed to sway her sentencing judge with a courtroom announcement Wednesday that she was three months pregnant.

Clark County District Court Judge David Barker said he thought Gloria Eun Hye Lee, 36, was using her pregnancy to try to get him to hand down a lesser sentence.

He sentenced Lee to five to 14 years in state prison — nearly the maximum that prosecutor Shanon Clowers sought.

Clowers accused Lee of using her pregnancy in a manipulative bid for a “get-out-of-jail-free card.”

Lee’s attorney, Tom Pitaro, didn’t immediately respond later to messages.

Clowers noted that Lee told the court the father of her child was her husband, from whom Lee was estranged at the time of the January 2014 fire at the Prince and Princess pet shop in southwest Las Vegas, and who she once tried to blame for the crime.

Store security video showed Lee removing files in an office while co-defendant Kirk Bills poured liquid on the floor around locked kennel cages and ignited it.

Lee pleaded guilty in October to arson, insurance fraud and attempted animal cruelty charges in a plea deal that had 28 other charges against her dismissed.

Bills pleaded guilty to arson and attempted animal cruelty. He’ll be sentenced Monday. His lawyer, Roger Bailey, said he hopes for leniency and a two-to-five year sentence that, with time already served, could get Bills out of prison as early as next year.

Ceiling fire sprinklers quickly doused the flames, and none of the 27 animals was fatally injured before firefighters arrived.

But the incident sparked intense passions among animal rights advocates who picketed the courthouse for nearly every court appearance. Lee was arrested in Las Vegas shortly after the fire. Bills was arrested days later in Crown Point, Indiana.

It also touched off a weekslong ownership battle that ended when 25 rescued puppies were raffled in March 2014 for $250 apiece to benefit a foundation that runs the local Lied Animal Shelter. Two adult dogs were placed by a rescue group called A Home 4 Spot.

TIME Crime

Pasco Police Officers Fired 17 Shots at Antonio Zambrano-Montes

archers carry posters of Antonio Zambrano-Montes during a protest over the police killing on Tuesday of the Mexican-born apple picker, in Pasco.
Rajah Bose—The New York Times/Redux Marchers carry posters of Antonio Zambrano-Montes during a protest over the police killing of the Mexican-born apple picker, in Pasco, Wash., Feb. 14, 2015.

Mexican man in Washington state was fatally shot on Feb. 10

Seventeen shots were fired by three police officers at a Mexican man in a Washington state shooting earlier this month, with five or six bullets striking him before he died, a member of the police investigative team said Wednesday.

That news was delivered to reporters by Sgt. Ken Lattin of the Kennewick Police Department, according to the Seattle Times. Sgt. Lattin is heading up a special 15-person investigation unit, which does not include any members of the Pasco police department, and said a final report by the medical examiner’s office into the shooting of Antonio Zambrano-Montes is not expected to be finished for at least four weeks.

Investigators have said Zambrano-Montes, 35, was not armed with either a knife or a handgun when he was fatally shot on Feb. 10, but officers claim he had thrown at least one rock at them and was holding another in his hand. The shooting captured on video has been denounced by Latino leaders, including Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto, and ignited protests in Seattle and Pasco.

The American Civil Liberties Union of Washington sent a letter to Attorney General Eric Holder on Tuesday asking for a federal investigation into the incident. Zambrano-Montes’ family has retained high-profile civil rights attorney Benjamin Crump, who represented the families of both Michael Brown and Trayvon Martin.

[The Seattle Times]

TIME Know Right Now

Know Right Now: Netanyahu’s Upcoming Visit Causes Tension Between the U.S. and Israel

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is set to address Congress on March 3

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is set to speak before a joint session of Congress on March 3, but the upcoming speech is already making waves.

Watch the latest #KnowRightNow to catch up on this developing story.

TIME Courts

Eddie Ray Routh Will Appeal Guilty Verdict in American Sniper Trial

He admitted to killing Chris Kyle and a friend but pleaded not guilty by reason of insanity

While American Sniper hero Chris Kyle and Chad Littlefield’s families praised Tuesday’s verdict finding Eddie Ray Routh guilty of their murders, his lawyer tells PEOPLE he plans to appeal.

Routh, 27, had admitted to fatally shooting the famed Navy SEAL and his friend Littlefield at a Texas gun range on Feb. 2, 2013, and pleaded not guilty by reason of insanity. During his capital murder trial, which began Feb. 11, his lawyer, J. Warren St. John, sought to prove that the former Marine was insane at the time of the murders.

“We are disappointed in the verdict,” he tells PEOPLE. “Mr. Routh is still suffering from schizophrenia. He had a belief in his mind that day. He believed that they were going to kill him. It was a real belief that he had. We’re disappointed the jury didn’t give that any consideration. They dismissed that.”

Routh was sentenced to life in prison without parole, but “he;s going to appeal it this week,” St. John says. “I am going to file it this week.”

St. John says he thinks Kyle’s “notoriety” hurt his client’s case.

American Sniper, the movie based on Kyle’s 2012 bestselling autobiography, became one of the biggest box office smashes of all time, earning more than $400,000,000 worldwide since its Jan.16 opening. The Clint Eastwood-directed film also garnered six Oscar nominations, including Best Picture and Best Actor for Bradley Cooper, who plays the man known as the most deadly sniper in U.S. history. (The movie won an Oscar for Best Sound Editing.)

Even though jurors were able to watch the Oscars on Sunday night, St. John says, “I don’t think the Oscars had anything to do with it. It was Mr. Kyle’s notoriety and all the things he accomplished. It was his reputation. If he was Joe average on the street, it might have turned out differently. They didn’t know Chris Kyle, but they think they did.”

On Wednesday morning, Kyle’s widow, Taya Kyle, thanked the jurors who found Routh guilty.

“God Bless the Jury And good people of Stephenville, Texas!!” she wrote on Facebook.

This article originally appeared on People.com

TIME Courts

Supreme Court Won’t Lift Stay in Florida Execution

(MIAMI) — The U.S. Supreme Court has refused to lift a stay of execution of a convicted Florida quadruple-murderer while the justices review the drug mixture used in lethal injections.

The high court issued a one-page ruling Wednesday in Washington rejecting a request by Florida officials to allow the execution of Jerry Correll to proceed. Correll had been scheduled to die Thursday for the 1985 killings in Orlando of his ex-wife, daughter and two other people.

The stay was initially granted Feb. 17 by the Florida Supreme Court because scheduled executions in Oklahoma had been halted while the U.S. Supreme Court determines if a sedative used in executions is effective. Florida uses the same sedative, midazolam.

The Florida Supreme Court previously reviewed the use of midazolam and found it to be effective.

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