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San Francisco Giants May Ban Native American Dress at Games

The San Francisco Giants are considering a ban on fans wearing certain types of clothing because some fans passed around a Native American headdress at a game, USA Today reports. The Giants are responding to an incident at AT&T Park in which a Caucasian fan wore the headdress at Native American Heritage Night. After it was passed around by fans, two Native Americans told the group that it was disrespectful, then asked to hold it and would not return it. Jul 10, 2014 9:32 AM PT

Masahiro Tanaka Placed on Disabled List

New York Yankees All-Star righty Masahiro Tanaka was placed on the 15-day disabled list on Wednesday because of what the Yankees called "right elbow inflammation." Jul 10, 2014 7:43 AM PT

Oakland A's Could Move to San Antonio or Montreal

Oakland City Councilman Larry Reid is backing the Oakland A’s in their attempt to secure a 10-year lease extension at the Coliseum, and he is warning that the A’s may bolt and leave for Montreal or San Antonio, Texas if the extension doesn’t go through, the San Francisco Chronicle reports. Jul 9, 2014 6:11 AM PT

Study: California Horrible for Small Businesses

According to a survey by Thumbtack, a website that matches customers to businesses, and the Kauffman Foundation, a think tank, California has been rated one of the least friendly states in the U.S. for small businesses. The study was based on data gleaned from over 12,000 small business owners across the nation. Jul 8, 2014 6:13 PM PT

Homeowners Line Up for Recycled Sewer Water

If you want to water your lawn and you live in the Tri-Valley region of California, head on down to the Dublin San Ramon Services District wastewater plant. You can get recycled sewer water for free. Jul 8, 2014 3:47 PM PT

Blogging Judge Who Told SCOTUS to 'stfu' over Hobby Lobby Has Second Thoughts

Remember Richard Kopf, the senior United States district judge in Nebraska who was so upset by the Supreme Court decision in the Hobby Lobby case? He was the judge who blogged, “the Court is now causing more harm (division) to our democracy than good by deciding hot button cases that the Court has the power to avoid. As the kids say, it is time for the Court to stfu.” Jul 7, 2014 6:08 PM PT

California Drought Brings Looters to Tribal Sites

The Los Angeles Times reports that looters of ancient Maidu tribal sites are having a field day, as the California drought leaves water levels plunging to reveal hitherto hidden artifacts. As a result, monitoring areas that hold the artifacts has grown to combat stealing or disturbing the artifacts, which is illegal. Jul 7, 2014 3:42 PM PT

DOJ Lawsuit Against NC Voter ID Law to See Trial in 2015

The Associated Press is reporting that lawsuits brought by the Department of Justice, the NAACP, the League of Women Voters, and the American Civil Liberties Union against a North Carolina voter ID law will go to trial in 2015. The anti-voter ID law groups accuse the law of being “discriminatory,” with the North Carolina NAACP cynically calling the voter ID law the “voter suppression” law. Jul 7, 2014 11:48 AM PT

Owner to Renovate Motel from Hell

A motel in Fortuna in Northern California that has a reputation for trouble, including numerous cases of disorderly conduct and burglary, is going to be renovated by its owner after being deemed a public nuisance, the Times-Standard reports. The owner of the National 9 Inn, Roshan Patel, has received three notices to fix his motel, according to Community Development Director Liz Shorey. Jul 7, 2014 5:34 AM PT

Officials Want to Reduce Cost of Inmates' Phone Calls

The San Francisco Board of Supervisors has unanimously voted to change a contract with GTL, a correctional telecommunications services, after deeming that GTL was overcharging consumers and underpaying commissions, the Los Angeles Times reports. The company recently agreed to a $1.1-million settlement. Jul 6, 2014 1:37 PM PT

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