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Newsom’s Base: LGBT Donors, Voters

California Lieutenant Governor Gavin Newsom, who is already running for governor in 2018, is tapping his base in the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) community to raise money for this campaign and build voter support. Newsom rraised $2.7 million for his prospective 2016 gubernatorial campaign between February and June, the San Francisco Chronicle reports.

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Kevin Johnson Wants Restraining Order to Prevent E-mail Release

Johnson filed a restraining order request against the city of Sacramento to prevent the Sacramento News and Review from gaining access to e-mails he sent as mayor. Johnson claims that the release would harm him and the National Conference of Black Mayors (NCBM), of which he was once vice president and president. He named the NCBM as a co-plaintiff.

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Elk Grove Gun Store Defiantly Flies Confederate Flag

On Friday, members of the “Black Lives Matter” movement protested the flying of a Confederate flag at Wild Bill’s Old West Trading Company in Elk Grove. The flag was initially hanging from a rafter inside the store, then moved outside in a statement of defiance against political correctness after the murders of nine black people at a South Carolina church prompted others to remove their Confederate flags. After protests, the flag was moved back inside, but remains on display.

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5-Year-Old Girl Killed by Jumping Sturgeon

In a terrible tragedy, a 5-year-old Florida girl died when a sturgeon struck her after jumping into her boat. Jaylon Rippy, 5, was riding in the boat on the Suwanee River with her mother and 9-year-old brother when she was hit; the sturgeon also hit her mother and brother, who were transported to a Gainesville hospital and will need facial surgery.

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NYTimes: Where Are the Working Teenagers?

On Friday, The New York Times seemed completely bewildered by the plummeting rate of teenagers in the workforce. The Times observes, “Since 2000, the share of 16-to-19-year-olds who are working has plummeted by 40 percent, with fewer than a third of American teenagers in a job last summer.”

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Veterans’ Cemetery Employee Admits Stealing Headstones

An employee of the Rhode Island Veterans’ Cemetery admitted that he stole at least 150 granite grave markers and used them for flooring in a shed and two garages. Kevin Maynard, 59, made a plea agreement in federal court that will require him to face one year of probation and serve 500 hours of community service.

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Car Plows through Apartment, Lands in Pool

On Wednesday, in a scene right out of The Thrill of It All, a 40-ish man drove his car into a swimming pool in Camarillo, California. Capt. Mike Lindbery of the Ventura County Fire Department said the accident occurred at 7:52 p.m.

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Great White Shark Trolls Kayak

On Tuesday, a marine biologist who is also a kayak guide had what could have been a frightening experience for anyone else: a great white shark swam directly under his kayak.

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Montana Man Files Application for Polygamous Marriage

On Tuesday, inspired by Supreme Court Chief Justice John Roberts’ dissent in the recent ruling legalizing gay marriages across the country, one Montana man who has two wives took the logical next step, applying for his polygamous marriage to be legalized.

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Woman Gives Birth in Forest; Bees Attack Placenta

A 35-year-old woman about to give birth for the fourth time became lost in a northern California forest, gave birth, watched bees and mosquitos attack the placenta, then set fire to the forest in a desperate attempt to alert rescuers to

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Whittier Residents Want KKK Fliers Called Hate Crime

Residents of Whittier asked their local police department to label the distribution of Ku Klux Klan propaganda fliers on Sunday morning a hate crime. The fliers were packaged with a rock, a Tootsie Roll, and a phone number and mailing address for the Loyal White Knights of the Ku Klux Klan.

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CA Can Restore Death Penalty

Now that the Supreme Court has upheld Oklahoma’s three-drug lethal injection method, California can resume carrying out the death penalty, although mandatory administrative procedures and hearings could slow the process.

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KKK Propaganda Left in Whittier

On Sunday, someone who supports the Ku Klux Klan blanketed a block in Whittier with plastic bags containing fliers espousing KKK propaganda, along with a rock and a lollipop.

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