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Chinese Buying Detroit

The largest Chinatown in the U.S. may soon be Detroit. Not an area within the city, but the city itself. Chinese investors are investing heavily in the bankrupt city, so much so that it now ranks fourth among all U.S. cities for Chinese property hunters online. A Chinese international property portal, Juwai.com, ranked the top US cities; Detroit was fourth, behind New York, Los Angeles, and Philadelphia. Nov 24, 2014 5:07 AM PT

Microsoft Installs Robots for Security

If you’re planning on nefarious activity at Microsoft’s Silicon Valley campus, think again; Microsoft has installed security guards around the grounds that are robots 5 feet tall and weighing 300 pounds. Knightscope manufactured the robots, sans weapons, but they do feature alarms, sirens, and cameras. The alarm will alert a human security guard. Nov 24, 2014 4:47 AM PT

Oakland to Require Developers to Sponsor Public Art

Oakland, following the lead of San Francisco, will require private developers to include funds for public art in their projects. The City Council passed legislation proposed by former Councilwoman Libby Schaaf, who was elected the mayor of Oakland in November’s election, that forces developers to allocate 1% of their projects’ costs for public art, to either be displayed in their venues or given to a city arts fund. Nov 23, 2014 11:35 AM PT

ISIS Refugees Come to Sacramento

A Sacramento church hosted an early Thanksgiving dinner for dozens of refugees who fled Iraq from fear of ISIS. One refugee, Bassil Mahid, said he is still afraid. He told a local news reporter, “[It’s] very hard to live.” Nov 23, 2014 11:11 AM PT

Buffalo Devastated by Snow, Threatened by Coming Floods

In the last week, Buffalo has been hit by record amounts of snow catalyzed by lake-effect snowfall. In the Buffalo area, 55 to 88 inches of snow has triggered 13 deaths and stranded thousands of cars as highways have been largely closed. The snow elicited a call for over 500 National Guard troops to fix the highways and assorted roads. Nov 23, 2014 7:08 AM PT

Sacramento Reacts to Obama's Amnesty

Sacramento citizens had widely disparate reactions to Barack Obama’s granting of amnesty to illegal immigrants on Thursday night. Sacramento County Sheriff Scott Jones, who has reacted in highly critical fashion to Obama’s purported immigration moves after two of his deputies were killed by an alleged illegal immigrant, said, “This is not immigration reform. Nov 22, 2014 8:46 AM PT

L.A. Amnesty Activists Rallied...at Mexican Consulate

On Thursday in Los Angeles, a rally by amnesty advocates took place at the logical place: the Mexican Consulate. Celebrants voiced their delight at Barack Obama’s new immigration policy, although some thought Obama had not gone far enough. Nov 21, 2014 11:30 AM PT

Adrian Peterson Switches Course on Switch-Beating

Minnesota Vikings star Adrian Peterson, suspended for the rest of the 2014 season after he pleaded no contest to misdemeanor reckless assault, has reversed his position on using a switch to discipline children. Nov 21, 2014 9:42 AM PT

D.C. Police Chief Readies Police for Riots

Although she would not answer when asked her motivation for doing so, Washington D.C. Police Chief Cathy Lanier sent a memo to the city’s police to ready themselves for “possible demonstrations” Sunday and Monday. Nov 20, 2014 8:25 PM PT

Florida Bill Would Require Students to Watch D'Souza Film: Media Panicked

Florida State Senator Alan Hays has filed SB 96, a bill that would require 8th and 11th grade students to watch the highly-patriotic Dinesh D’Souza documentary, America: Imagine the World Without Her. Predictably, the leftist press in Florida is apoplectic with hysteria. Nov 20, 2014 8:14 PM PT

LAUSD iPad Contract Resurrected

The interim superintendent of the Los Angeles Unified School District, Ramon Cortines, wants to reverse course from his predecessor, John Deasy, and spend $22 million in bond money for over 20,000 iPads , reviving a canceled contract with Apple and Pearson. Deasy had canceled the contract in August when information surfaced that his office had ties with Pearson executives. He resigned in October. Nov 20, 2014 1:12 PM PT

LA Schools to Require ‘Ethnic Studies’ to Counter ‘Euro-centric’ Curriculum

In order to graduate from high school in the Los Angeles Unified School District, students will now have to take an ethnic studies course, thanks to a decision by the district on Tuesday. Responding to pressure from the Ethnic Studies Now coalition, board members Bennett Kayser, George McKenna, and Steve Zimmer brought a resolution to commence honoring the ethnic studies requirement starting in the 2015-16 school year. Nov 19, 2014 3:51 PM PT

Cruz, Levin to Speak at CPAC

CPAC 2015 has announced that likely 2016 presidential candidate Senator Ted Cruz, radio host Mark Levin, and business whiz Carly Fiorina will speak at the event, scheduled for Feb. 25-28. Nov 18, 2014 7:08 PM PT

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