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Jerry Brown’s Protégé in Oakland in Trouble over Riots

Oakland Mayor Libby Schaaf, a former aide to Jerry Brown, is facing strong criticism over her handling of riots in Oakland this week. Because Oakland police allegedly delayed calling for help until roughly 15 minutes after a protest turned violent, Oakland’s Auto Row took a terrible beating on Friday night, with scores of vehicles’ windows smashed as well as the windows of banks and stores

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Girl Texts Chilling Messages before Fatal Car Crash

On Thursday, prosecutors released chilling text messages in the trial of Mila Dago, 24, who was arrested and charged with DUI manslaughter, vehicular homicide, and two counts of DUI with damage to a person after plowing her Smart Car into a moving truck on August 14, 2013.

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Corruption in LA Water and Power

On Thursday, a city audit conducted on two nonprofit trusts created by the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power was released, revealing a pattern of financial dealings that smacked of corruption.

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Appeals Court Upholds Nativity Scene Ban in Santa Monica

On Thursday, the Republic of Santa Monica, California, not content with its 2010 designation as the homeless capital of America, when 48,000 people lived on the streets, won a victory in its continuing quest to capture the title of America’s most anti-Christian city.

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Man’s Body Found Near Baltimore Riots

On Thursday night, Baltimore police labeled “suspicious” the death of a 51-year-old man who was discovered in the cab of a tractor trailer near the CVS looted and burned in Baltimore Monday night, according to the Baltimore Sun.

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Forget Prop 209–Use Race to Help Latinos, Says Study

According to The Campaign for College Opportunity, a nonprofit organization, the paucity of Latinos in California with a college degree represents a problem that should be solved by allowing the state’s public universities to use race or ethnicity as a factor in weighing an applicant’s qualifications.

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98 Cops Injured in Baltimore Riots

Baltimore police officials said 98 officers have been injured since riots broke out after the funeral of Freddie Gray. Thirteen of the officers had to be placed on medical leave, and 15 were relegated to light duty. Police Capt. Eric Kowalczyk said protesters had fired bricks, bottles, and chunks of cement at officers.

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Los Angeles Firefighters Help Rescue Nepali Boy from Earthquake

On Thursday, Los Angeles firefighters gave critical aid in a remarkable story of survival after the massive Nepal earthquake; a 15-year-old Nepalese boy, Pemba Lama, who was trapped under the wreckage of a nine-story Kathmandu hotel, was pulled out after being trapped in the rubble for five days.

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Half of Juniors in Affluent Palos Verdes High School Opting Out of Common Core

Despite the April 21 threat uttered by U.S Secretary of Education at the Education Writers Association meetings in Chicago that the federal government would “step in” if states did not make sure their students took tests aligned with Common Core Standards, students around the country are skipping the tests, and now more than half of students at Palos Verdes High School have opted out of taking the tests.

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Rockets Gun Tweet Taunting Mavs Fires Up Controversy

During their Game 5, series-clinching win over Dallas in the Western Conference playoffs, the Houston Rockets Twitter account taunted the Mavericks by posting an emoji of a pistol next to a horse with the caption, “Shhhhh. Just close your eyes. It will all be over soon.”

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L.A.’s Oscar De La Hoya: Hometown Mayweather Will Get Close Rounds

Oscar De La Hoya, who faced Floyd Mayweather, Jr., and Manny Pacquiao, losing to both of them, had some interesting comments about the upcoming Mayweather-Pacquiao $400 million record-setting fight on Saturday at the MGM Grand, including his declaration that the deck is stacked against Pacquiao, as Las Vegas is Mayweather’s hometown.

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Gangs Around Nation Threaten Police

After Baltimore police reported a “credible threat” that some of the notorious gangs around the nation—including the Black Guerrilla Family, the Bloods, and the Crips—have ordered their members to target officers, various police departments are taking steps to protect their officers.

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Southern Californian Killed in Nepal Earthquake

On Saturday, the 7.8 earthquake that struck Nepal, its worst earthquake in 80 years, killing roughly 3,600 people, claimed the life of at least one Southern Californian and triggered Governor Jerry Brown to send 57 Los Angeles County firefighters to aid in search and rescue efforts.

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Manny Pacquiao Pleads for Filipina on Death Row in Indonesia

On Monday, only five days before he will fight Floyd Mayweather, 38, in the richest fight in history, Filipino fighter Manny Pacquiao, 36, appeared on a video call on the Philippines, GMA News TV to plead with Indonesian President Joko Widodo for the life of a Filipina scheduled to be executed on Tuesday for dealing drugs.

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