On Tuesday, the Mexican holiday of Cinco de Mayo will be celebrated in California, and despite the spate of drinking parties that will ensue, some want the holiday to return to a more sober celebration of Mexican independence from France.
On Tuesday, the Los Angeles Times published an op-ed by environmental activist Middlebury College professor Bill McKibben in which he attacks California Governor Jerry Brown’s support for fracking, calling fracking during a drought an “obscenity” because of its use of water.
On Monday, the California State Assembly passed Assembly Bill 30, which, beginning in 2017, bans California high schools from using the nickname “Redskins.”
Louisville police arrested a man, his girlfriend, and her brother for the murder of a Canadian bartender visiting city for the Kentucky Derby.
Now that the Obama administration has subtly encouraged critics of police to vent their fury, California legislators have initiated a flurry of at least 20 proposals–according to a count by the Los Angeles Times–to shackle the police and ensure that they are being zealously scrutinized.
On Monday, the NBA named Stephen Curry of the Golden State Warriors its Most Valuable Player.
Ilya Ponomarev, the lone figure in Russia’s Duma to vote against Russia’s annexation of the Crimea in 2014, thus opposing Russian President Vladimir Putin, cannot return to his wife and children in his native country after he visited San Jose nine months ago. Putin has effectively barred Ponomarev from returning, as the Russian government accused him of using $750,000 in public funds for his own benefit and he could be arrested if he travels back to Russia.
On Saturday at South Carolina Republican Party’s annual convention, Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX), who recently won two straw polls in two of South Carolina’s biggest counties, forcefully attacked big business for its collusion with the Democratic Party in attacking Indiana’s religious liberty law. He also slammed the Obama administration for its intrusion on Americans’s liberty.
A report from the Urban Institute has some disturbing implications for the future of the United States, asserting that birth rates among women 20 to 29 years old between 2007 and 2012 reached historic lows.
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
On Saturday, Pope Francis, doubling down on the Vatican’s decision to canonize controversial Father Junipero Serra next September. Francis delivered a homily to an audience at Rome’s American seminary, the Pontifical North American College, in which he said that Serra was “one of the founding fathers of the United States.”
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.
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.
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.
Establishment Republicans are now championing getting illegal immigrants driver’s licenses. At the Eastern Indoor Swapmeet Las Vegas, the LIBRE Initiative, a group funded by the Koch brothers, was attempting to help 250 Latinos, some of whom were illegal immigrants, to pass the Nevada driver’s test.
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.
On Thursday afternoon, New York Knicks star Carmelo Anthony, 30, who hails from Baltimore, walked with protesters as they marched to City Hall.
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.
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.
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.
Tiger Woods, who was last seen on the PGA Tour finishing 17th at the Masters earlier this month, announced via Twitter that he will compete in five upcoming tournaments between June 4 and August 2.
Interview: L.A. Riots Novelist Ryan Gattis Sees 1992’s Mayhem Through the Eyes of Gangs and Firefighters
On Tuesday, the day before the 23rd anniversary of the LA riots in 1992, Breitbart News interviewed Ryan Gattis, a lecturer and writer at Chapman University who is the author of the new novel All Involved: A Novel of the 1992 L.A. Riots.
On Tuesday, Supreme Court Justice Samuel Alito decided to make same-sex marriages advocates face the logical extension of their position, asking bluntly why four people of opposite sexes could not marry, given the argument that two people of the same sex should be able to wed.
According to a Stanford graduate student, the jet-setters who live in Marina Del Rey should don their scuba gear: Catalina Island is sinking, and that may trigger a tsunami that would leave them submerged.
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.