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Cinco de Mayo Drinking Criticized

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.

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Los Angeles Times Attacks Jerry Brown for Supporting Fracking

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.

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20 Bills on Police Now at State Legislature

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.

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CBS: Russian Lawmaker Opposing Putin Exiled, Stuck in Bay Area

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.

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Ted Cruz: Dems and Big Business Joining to Attack Religious Freedom Is ‘A Perfect Storm’

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.

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Millennials’s Birth Rate Dropping

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.

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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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