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London 2012 roundup for the week: everything you need to know -- and some things you don't:


Articles:

Welcome To The *Lodnon Oimplycs*

Finally A Chance To Shine: Libya's First Olympics Without Gaddafi

Olympic Biz - Why London Is Rolling Out Red Carpet For China

Fearing Doping Tests, China Has Banned All "Foreign" Food For Olympic Athletes

World's Biggest Online Community Hoping to Cash in on the Olympics


Crunch It:

Olympics: Bad Badminton And Crashing Cyclists, Is That Strategy Or Cheating?

New Zealand Olympics Athlete Says He's No Pimp

Former U.S. Team Member Answers Vital Question: Do Olympic Swimmers Pee In The Pool?

Eight Badminton Players Disqualified For Throwing Games

Olympic Horses: Most Pampered Athletes In The Olympic Games

Sour Grapes? China Swimming Prodigy Raises Red Flags

Bed Bugs Invade London Just In Time For The Olympics

London 2012 Gets No Medals For Its Dreadful Marketing

Oh No They Didn't: First Day Of Olympic Events, First Major Diplomatic Gaffe

Perils Of Olympic Tweeting: Greek Athlete Kicked Off Team For Racism

The World's Most Famous Street Artist Banksy Takes On The Olympics

French Paralympic Athlete Gets Stolen Arm Back

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Fading Flavor: Production Of Saffron Declines Sharply

Saffron is well-known for its flavor and its expense. But in Kashmir, one of the flew places it grows, cultivation has fallen dramatically thanks for climate change, industry, and farming methods.

Photo of women harvesting saffron in Kashmir

Harvesting of Saffron in Kashmir

Mubashir Naik

In northern India along the bustling Jammu-Srinagar national highway near Pampore — known as the saffron town of Kashmir —people are busy picking up saffron flowers to fill their wicker baskets.

During the autumn season, this is a common sight in the Valley as saffron harvesting is celebrated like a festival in Kashmir. The crop is harvested once a year from October 21 to mid-November.

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