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California Black Caucus Speaks Out against Police Shootings

Fox 40 reports that on Monday, members of the California Black Caucus and the NAACP joined at the state capitol, brandishing huge pictures of five black men killed by police officers around the nation, including Eric Gardner, Michael Brown, Oscar Grant, and Kimani Gray. They called for action to address police interaction with people of color. Aug 27, 2014 10:08 AM PT

Syrian Foreign Minister: We Will Join with U.S., U.K. to Fight IS

The BBC reports that Syria’s foreign minister, Walid Muallem, asserting that Syria is "the centre of the international coalition to fight Islamic State,” stated that Syria would “cooperate and coordinate” its efforts with the United States and Great Britain in fighting the Islamic State (IS). Aug 26, 2014 6:40 PM PT

LAUSD Pulls iPads Amidst Corruption Allegations

The $1 billion contract that L.A. schools had made with Apple to provide iPads to all the students in the district was suspended on Monday, according to a memo from Supt. John Deasy to the Board of Education, obtained by the Los Angeles Times. Aug 26, 2014 12:59 PM PT

Sacramento Bee Cunningly Attacks Tom McClintock

In a column ostensibly lambasting local district attorneys around the state for failing to prosecute legislators who live outside the districts they represent, Dan Walters of the Sacramento Bee lives up to his paper’s penchant for looking out for Democrats. Aug 25, 2014 3:21 PM PT

Experts: Napa Quake Could Have Been Far Worse

CBS 2 Los Angeles reports that seismologists say that their early warning systems did alert them that the Napa Valley earthquake was imminent, but the good news was that the quake struck at 3:20 a.m., when most people were asleep. Aug 25, 2014 1:54 PM PT

Napa Aftermath: Gawkers Stunned by Quake Damage

After Sunday’s 6.1 earthquake, 33 buildings in Napa have been red-tagged by building inspectors in Napa, including the county courthouse and the post office, according to CBS Sacramento. Aug 25, 2014 1:04 PM PT

Padilla's Plastic Bag Ban Looms Before Legislature

State Bill (SB) 270, introduced by State Senator Alex Padilla (D-Pacoima) in January to ban disposable plastic check-out bags from grocery stores, may come to a vote by midnight Aug. 31, according to the Los Angeles Times. Padilla, who is also the Democratic Party's nominee for Secretary of State, had said that the millions of bags used every year “cost state and local governments at least $25 million,” amended his original version to curry favor with the grocery industry. Aug 24, 2014 3:00 PM PT

SF Chronicle: Desperate Farmers Turning to 'Water Witches'

The severe California drought is prompting farmers and vintners to hire dowsers, AKA “water witches,” to locate water underground, according to the San Francisco Chronicle. The harshness of the drought has cut the normal quantity of water delivered to farmers, forcing them to use their wells. But with the wells running dry, and the much-higher cost of hiring geologists, dowsers are finding themselves overwhelmed with requests. Aug 24, 2014 2:51 PM PT

DHS: Over 1,000 Businesses Hit by Cyber Attack Stealing Data

The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) revealed Friday that over 1000 businesses across the U.S. have been targeted by a cyber attack that allows hackers to steal personal data from customers’ debit and credit cards. Some of the biggest names that have been hit include Target, Supervalu, and UPS. Aug 24, 2014 2:20 PM PT

Famous Jewish Couple in Turkey Stabbed to Death

Turkey’s Hurriyet Daily News is reporting that a famous Jewish couple were stabbed to death in their home in Istanbul. The bodies of Jak Karako, 77, and his wife, Georgia Karako, 69, were discovered by police in their apartment in Istanbul’s Ortaköy neighborhood. The caretaker for the couple is nowhere to be found; police regard the caretaker as a suspect. Aug 22, 2014 6:04 PM PT

Jerry Brown Signs Bill Allowing Dogs at Restaurants

The Sacramento Bee is barking good news for dog owners: If you live in California, you don’t need to bring a doggie bag home from the restaurant any more. You can simply bring your dog to the restaurant with you. That’s a gift from the legislature and Governor Jerry Brown, who signed Assembly Bill 1965, which allows owners to bring their pets to the outdoor sections of food establishments. Aug 22, 2014 12:21 PM PT

State Forces Catholic Colleges to Pay for Abortion

Thanks to a reversal by Governor Jerry Brown’s administration, two Catholic universities, Santa Clara and Loyola Marymount, have now been prevented from offering insurance plans for their employees that refused coverage for “elective” abortions and only permitted abortions if the woman’s life were in danger or her health could be severely damaged, according to the San Francisco Chronicle. Aug 22, 2014 8:54 AM PT

Homeowner Fined for Replacing Grass with Drought-Resistant Plants

The Contra Costa Times reports that a San Ramon home woman who received a rebate from the East Bay Municipal Utility District (EBMUD) for tearing out her lawn and replacing it with drought-resistant plants has been fined $50 a month by her homeowners association, the Twin Creeks South Estate Homes Association. Aug 22, 2014 7:51 AM PT

Rural Davis, CA Police Acquire Mine-Resistant War Vehicle

The acquisition by the Davis and Sacramento police departments, as well as the Placer County Sheriff’s Office, of excess military equipment from the U.S. Defense Department has the Sacramento Bee in a tizzy. Aug 21, 2014 3:35 PM PT


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