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  • A Concrete Sample Was Pulled from the New Panama Canal Locks and It Does Not Look Good

    08/28/2015 7:21:18 AM PDT · by artichokegrower · 46 replies
    gCaptain ^ | August 27, 2015 | Mike Schuler
    A core sample pulled from the concrete of the Cocoli Locks where cracks and leaks have appeared does not bode well for the Panama Canal expansion project, which is on a strict deadline for completion in April 2016. The crack and subsequent leaks appeared recently in the concrete of one of the interior chambers of the new Cocoli Locks on the Pacific side of the waterway during testing of the new locks.
  • Donald Trump is a pińata — he’s just made for whacking

    08/27/2015 8:42:12 PM PDT · by artichokegrower · 36 replies
    San Francisco Chronicle ^ | August 27, 2015 | Steve Rubenstein
    Whacking Donald Trump with a stick is big business in San Francisco. You can do it for $14 to the small Trump, or $20 if you splurge for the large Trump. The stick costs $3 extra, and you really need a proper stick, customers say, to bust Trump to smithereens. Those are the economics — a field said to be Trump’s specialty — in the red-hot business of selling Donald Trump pińatas.
  • About 3,000 Rescued, 55 Dead in Mediterranean Yesterday

    08/27/2015 6:19:53 PM PDT · by artichokegrower · 8 replies
    gCaptain ^ | August 27, 2015
    Rescuers saved about 3,000 migrants but found more than 50 dead on boats near the coast of Libya on Wednesday, the Italian coast guard said. Tens of thousands of people, mainly from Africa and the Middle East, have put to sea this year in the hope of reaching Europe, often dangerously packed into small vessels that were never designed to cross the Mediterranean.
  • Oakland cop shoots suspect dead after being attacked with chain

    08/27/2015 4:56:55 PM PDT · by artichokegrower · 20 replies
    San Francisco Chronicle ^ | August 27, 2015 | Henry K. Lee and Evan Sernoffsky
    An Oakland police officer shot and killed a man Thursday after he hit her in the head multiple times with a metal chain in the city’s Adams Point neighborhood, officials and witnesses said. The deadly encounter marked the sixth police shooting this year in Oakland — four of which have been fatal, during an unusually violent summer of clashes between officers and armed suspects.
  • Charleston Church Shooting Put Virginia News Crew Killer 'Over the Top'

    08/27/2015 6:14:36 AM PDT · by artichokegrower · 35 replies
    News Week ^ | 8/26/15 | Polly Mosendz
    Two hours after Vester Flanagan, 41, shot and killed two journalists in Virginia on Wednesday morning, he faxed ABC News a manifesto. In the manifesto, Flanagan writes the Charleston church shooting, in which Dylann Roof killed nine African-American worshippers earlier this summer, "sent [him] over the top." He also said Jehovah told him to commit the shooting. Flanagan had previously attempted to pitch the news channel a story and had contacted them several weeks prior to the shooting.
  • 3 arrested in East Bay human-trafficking case

    08/26/2015 7:41:29 AM PDT · by artichokegrower · 4 replies
    San Francisco Chronicle ^ | August 25, 2015
    The ringleaders in a human-trafficking operation centered in San Ramon and Danville were arrested after a joint, 14-year investigation by local police and FBI officials, the San Ramon Police Department and Contra Costa District Attorney’s Office announced Tuesday.
  • Californians increasingly keen on boosting health care for unauthorized immigrants

    08/26/2015 6:14:59 AM PDT · by artichokegrower · 30 replies
    Sacramento Bee ^ | August 25, 2015 | Christopher Cadelago
    California voters’ support for extending health care coverage to people in the state illegally is gaining ground, according to the latest Field Poll. The survey found that 58 percent of registered voters favor providing Medi-Cal to all of the state’s undocumented residents while 39 percent oppose. Last year, only a slight majority – 51 percent – favored the idea, while 45 percent opposed.
  • Hungary’s barbed wire welcome for refugees

    08/25/2015 8:44:22 PM PDT · by artichokegrower · 13 replies
    San Francisco Chronicle ^ | August 25, 2015 | Marshall Kilduff
    Hungary could well be the Donald Trump of European nations when it comes to immigration. The government is deploying police units along its 110 mile border with southern neighbor Serbia while it builds a double row of razor wire and a 13 foot fence. The country wants nothing to do with Europe’s most pressing human rights issue: a wave of immigrants who are part of largest global refugee movement on record according to the United Nations.
  • Crystal Geyser bottling plant draws lawsuit

    08/25/2015 6:46:12 PM PDT · by artichokegrower · 4 replies
    San Francisco Chronicle ^ | August 25, 2015 | Peter Fimrite
    An environmental group opposed to a bottling plant near Mount Shasta filed a lawsuit accusing Crystal Geyser of pushing through an illegal plan to suck thousands of gallons of water a day from an aquifer that feeds the drought-diminished Sacramento River.
  • Unhappy California state scientists plan pay protest

    08/25/2015 6:10:05 AM PDT · by artichokegrower · 8 replies
    Sacramento Bee ^ | August 24, 2015 | Jon Ortiz
    Fed up over wages well below market and what they say is salary-sparked turnover in their ranks, a group of California state scientists is planning something unusual for state workers in professional classifications: a rally to air grievances at the Capitol
  • California bill would close ‘insidious’ wage gap between men and women

    08/24/2015 8:00:41 PM PDT · by artichokegrower · 55 replies
    Santa Cruz Sentinel ^ | 08/24/15 | Julia Prodis Sulek
    In an attempt to narrow the “insidious wage gap” between men and women, the California Legislature is on the verge of passing a stronger equal pay law that supporters believe will be the toughest in the nation — but some say still doesn’t go far enough. Not only will the California Fair Pay Act make it more difficult for employers to justify paying men more than women for “substantially similar” work, but employers will be prohibited from retaliating against women who ask about or discuss the pay of their male colleagues. “We’re closing all the loopholes,” said state Sen. Hannah-Beth...
  • California, the new city state

    08/23/2015 7:38:21 PM PDT · by artichokegrower · 37 replies
    Los Angles Times ^ | August 21, 2015 | Harold Meyerson
    California is rightly regarded as one of the bluest — that is, most Democratic — and most liberal states in the nation. But California's political complexion is increasingly so distinctive that it should demand an entirely new coloration.
  • Greece Moves Refugees to Mainland, Crush Builds on Border

    08/23/2015 11:31:13 AM PDT · by artichokegrower · 34 replies
    Marine Link ^ | August 22, 2015 | Joseph R. Fonseca
    Greece ferried hundreds of refugees to its mainland on Friday to relieve the pressure on outlying islands that have been overwhelmed by thousands of people arriving by boat to flee Syria's civil war. At the same time, crowds of migrants massed on the Greek border with Macedonia, preparing to travel north across a continent that is struggling to cope with the influx of desperate people escaping from conflict and poverty.
  • Obamacare tax already affecting worker health plans

    08/23/2015 9:37:53 AM PDT · by artichokegrower · 12 replies
    Santa Cruz Sentinel ^ | 08/22/15 | Emily Bazar
    For the millions of Californians with job-based health coverage, this one’s for you. And it’s a doozy. Starting in 2018, a hefty Obamacare excise tax — known informally as the “Cadillac tax” — will target high-cost health insurance plans offered by employers.
  • Federal judge orders Obama administration to release detained mothers and children

    08/22/2015 6:08:21 AM PDT · by artichokegrower · 12 replies
    Sacramento Bee ^ | August 21, 2015 | Franco Ordońez
    A federal judge ruled late Friday night that the Obama administration has just over two months to begin releasing hundreds of migrant mothers and children who have been locked up in government family detention centers as they await their asylum hearings. In a 15-page ruling that quoted Mahatma Gandhi, U.S. District Judge Dolly Gee in Central California delivered a scolding rebuke of the government's expanded use of family detention centers. But she also granted the government one of its key requests for additional time – as much as 20 days - to continue to hold mothers and children under extenuating...
  • Military court upholds death sentence in 2003 ‘fragging’ case

    08/21/2015 4:37:06 AM PDT · by artichokegrower · 24 replies
    Sacramento Bee ^ | August 20, 2015 | Michael Doyle
    The nation’s highest military court has affirmed the conviction and death sentence for a University of California, Davis, graduate who admitted killing two fellow U.S. soldiers at the start of the Iraq War. In a closely split decision, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Armed Forces rejected claims by Los Angeles native Hasan K. Akbar that his original defense team was ineffective. Akbar argued at trial that he was mentally ill when he killed two and wounded 14 in the March 2003 attack in Kuwait.
  • Vigil for homicide suspect fatally shot by police

    08/19/2015 6:15:59 AM PDT · by artichokegrower · 21 replies
    San Jose Mercury News ^ | 08/18/2015 | Katie Nelson
    Gathered on the corner of Kirkhaven Court in South San Jose, about 100 family members and friends hugged and sobbed as they remembered the father, brother and friend they knew as Richard "Harpo" Jacquez -- not the man identified earlier Tuesday by police as the homicide suspect they shot and killed as he fled from officers the night before. "I just want to hold him," wailed Jacquez's sister, Tiffany De La Pena, as she knelt on the street during a prayer. "My brother didn't have to die. He was shot in the back like a dog."
  • California measure fails to create green jobs

    08/17/2015 5:58:33 AM PDT · by artichokegrower · 7 replies
    Sacramento Bee ^ | August 16, 2015 | JULIA HOROWITZ
    Three years after California voters passed a ballot measure to raise taxes on corporations and generate clean energy jobs by funding energy-efficiency projects in schools, barely one-tenth of the promised jobs have been created, and the state has no comprehensive list to show how much work has been done or how much energy has been saved.
  • Morgan Freeman’s granddaughter E’Dena Hines stabbed to death

    08/16/2015 1:05:58 PM PDT · by artichokegrower · 57 replies
    San Francisco Chronicle ^ | August 16, 2015
    Morgan Freeman is mourning the loss of his step-granddaughter after she was stabbed to death in New York City early Sunday. Police officials were called to the Washington Heights neighbourhood just before 3 a.m. local time, when they discovered E’Dena Hines bleeding on the sidewalk after suffering multiple knife wounds to the torso. She was admitted to a nearby hospital, where the aspiring actress was subsequently pronounced dead.
  • Now is the time to act to stop the ‘Clean Water Rule’

    08/16/2015 8:49:41 AM PDT · by artichokegrower · 8 replies
    Ag Alert ^ | August 12, 2015 | Josh Rolph
    In June, I wrote on the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's newly finalized "waters of the United States," or WOTUS, rule. It will greatly enlarge the federal government's jurisdiction by expanding the definition of a "navigable water."
  • Migrants brawl on Greek island as refugee ship lies empty

    08/16/2015 8:39:55 AM PDT · by artichokegrower · 8 replies
    Marine Link ^ | August 16, 2015 | Joseph R. Fonseca
    Outside the island's main police station, about 50 migrants from Afghanistan, Pakistan and Iran threw stones and exchanged blows as tempers boiled over in the intense mid-summer heat. Riot police stood by without intervening. The migrants have little chance of getting aboard the ship, the Eleftherios Venizelos, as priority is being given to Syrians, who are treated as refugees as they are fleeing their country's civil war and have greater rights under international law than economic migrants. All have crossed the narrow stretch of water from Turkey in small boats and dinghies as they try to find a better life...
  • Apple left racist, sexist ringtones unchecked for years

    08/13/2015 7:31:45 AM PDT · by artichokegrower · 31 replies
    San Francisco Chronicle ^ | August 12, 2015 | Marissa Lang
    Apple has always meticulously policed its content — especially in its App Store, where what gets uploaded and downloaded can be something of a free-for-all. Often, in the store or the iTunes library, a team from Apple will swiftly remove content for broken links, ugly design or even microscopic mentions of the company’s competitors. And yet racist and sexist apps and ringtones have remained for use and for sale — in some cases for years — despite clearly violating Apple’s policies prohibiting “defamatory, offensive (or) mean-spirited” content against religious, cultural or ethnic groups.
  • Oakland police kill robbery suspect after car chase

    08/13/2015 7:11:44 AM PDT · by artichokegrower · 24 replies
    San Francisco Chronicle ^ | August 12, 2015 | Henry K. Lee
    Oakland police shot and killed a 24-year-old armed robbery suspect after a car chase Wednesday that ended in a crash near downtown, authorities said. The shooting, the third involving city police to result in a fatality this year, prompted protesters to march through downtown Wednesday night, breaking windows and setting fires. The name of the slain suspect wasn’t released. Police shot the man after he collided with a car and tried to carjack another vehicle, police said. The man was shot by three officers when he “advanced towards the officers while holding a pistol in his hand,” said Chief Sean...
  • California leads on immigration, too

    08/12/2015 6:11:01 AM PDT · by artichokegrower · 9 replies
    Sacramento Bee ^ | August 11, 2015
    alifornia long has pioneered the future, from climate change to pay equity. Now, in the absence of national reform, Gov. Jerry Brown is offering a way forward on yet another evolving issue: immigration. On Monday, acting on a bill by Sen. Tony Mendoza, D-Artesia, Brown excised the offensive term “alien” from the state’s Labor Code, a symbolic but telling flourish to new rules that, taken together, offer a national blueprint for dealing with the nation’s undocumented population. We applaud him. It’s about time.
  • Oakland man sentenced to life for shooting El Dorado Hills woman outside pub

    08/11/2015 6:06:52 PM PDT · by artichokegrower · 11 replies
    Sacramento Bee ^ | August 11, 2015 | Stela Khury
    Seven months to the day after Anderson Lavar Swift shot and killed El Dorado Hills resident Khrista Ibarolle outside a local pub, an El Dorado County judge sentenced Swift to life in prison without the possibility of parole. Ibarolle, 31, and a friend were coming out of 36 Handles Irish Pub and Eatery in El Dorado Hills when Swift, 41, approached the two and demanded their cash and car keys, according to the El Dorado County Sheriff’s Office. Ibarolle and her friend attempted to run back into the pub when Swift began shooting, deputies said.
  • Police chief blames immigration, crime policies in murder of Santa Maria woman

    08/11/2015 2:33:07 PM PDT · by artichokegrower · 8 replies
    KRON 4 ^ | August 10, 2015 | Marilyn Pharis
    When a woman died after an undocumented immigrant and another man allegedly sexually assaulted her and beat her with a hammer, a police chief wasted little time blaming the executive offices of California and the United States. “I think it starts in Washington, D.C., with this administration that we see and their policies. I think you can draw a direct line over to Sacramento with the policies of, I’m going to say, this governor and the Legislature,” Santa Maria Police Chief Ralph Martin told reporters. “And I am not remiss to say that from Washington, D.C., to Sacramento, there’s a...
  • 'Deadliest Catch' star Tony Lara dead at 50

    08/11/2015 7:32:14 AM PDT · by artichokegrower · 28 replies ^ | August 11, 2015
    Authorities say a man who has appeared as a ship captain on the Discovery Channel television program "Deadliest Catch" has died in Sturgis, South Dakota, during its famous motorcycle rally. Meade County Sheriff Ron Merwin says he's waiting on autopsy results to help determine the cause of 50-year-old Tony Lara's death.
  • Prisons had policy against transgender surgery, rights group says

    08/11/2015 7:28:43 AM PDT · by artichokegrower · 14 replies
    San Francisco Chronicle ^ | August 10, 2015 | Bob Egelko
    California prison officials have approved the nation’s first known sex-reassignment surgery for a prison inmate and say their actions show that they handle each case individually and have never had a blanket policy against surgery. But a transgender rights group isn’t convinced, and neither was a federal judge. “They’ve had a written policy ... that surgical treatment (for transgender inmates) shall not be available and shall be deferred past the time of incarceration,” Ilona Turner, legal director of the Transgender Law Center in San Francisco, said Monday.
  • Road to health care bumpy for Latinos on Medi-Cal

    08/10/2015 3:01:48 PM PDT · by artichokegrower · 12 replies
    Salinas Californian ^ | August 9, 2015 | Judy Lin
    Miriam Uribe enrolled in California's low-income health insurance program last November, and she still hasn't found a primary care doctor 10 months later who could see her. "Once you have (insurance), you actually still don't have it because it's still a struggle to find someone," the 20-year-old college student from Bellflower said. Uribe isn't alone. Even though Latinos make up nearly half of California's 12.5 million Medi-Cal enrollees, a report by the independent California HealthCare Foundation found that 36 percent of the Spanish-speaking Medi-Cal population has been told that a physician won't take them, compared to 7 percent of the...
  • Latino elected officials host state insurance commissioner in Watsonville

    08/09/2015 8:21:49 AM PDT · by artichokegrower · 5 replies
    Santa Cruz Sentinel ^ | 08/08/15 | Calvin Men
    The impact on insurance premiums of immigrants living in the country illegally, the low number of Latinos involved in politics and how to influence the next generation of Latino politicians were the focus of the quarterly meeting of Tri-County Association of Latino Elected Officials in Watsonville on Saturday.
  • Why Native Alaskans Support Shell’s Arctic Drilling

    08/07/2015 7:22:34 AM PDT · by artichokegrower · 11 replies
    gCaptain ^ | August 6, 2015 | Paul Barrett
    Activists trying to stop Shell’s offshore oil drilling in the U.S.’s Arctic Ocean region invoke the interests of native Alaskans. “These communities depend on this environment for food and resources and have stewarded it for centuries,” Greenpeace says, as part of its “The People vs. Shell” campaign—what the group describes as possibly “the most important fight in environmental history.” A lot of native Alaskans, including many who live along the state’s North Slope, would prefer that Greenpeace mind its own business.
  • Man injured in shootout with Pittsburg cop ID’d

    08/06/2015 4:49:22 PM PDT · by artichokegrower · 4 replies
    A man accused of getting into a shootout with Pittsburg police that left him and an officer wounded, was identified Thursday as a 49-year-old Bay Point resident who was wanted in connection with an attempted murder, police said. Marin Benites had been wanted in connection with an attempted murder in Concord that happened Tuesday night when he crossed paths with police in Pittsburg about 11 a.m. Wednesday, police said.
  • CHP: 2015 Deadly crashes in Monterey County already surpass last year's total

    08/06/2015 7:36:00 AM PDT · by artichokegrower · 2 replies
    KION ^ | Aug 05, 2015 | Jake Reiner
    Three crashes, five dead in the last five days. With all these recent accidents, News Channel 5 decided to take a look at the numbers for deadly crashes so far in 2015 for Monterey County.
  • Despite strong returns, California pension funds’ fiscal hole got deeper

    08/06/2015 6:15:54 AM PDT · by artichokegrower · 2 replies
    Sacramento Bee ^ | August 5, 2015 | Jon Ortiz
    With a new ballot proposal reigniting debate over government retirement benefits, the latest federal figures show California’s public pension debt in 2013 stood at $4,425 for every man, woman and child in the state, despite strong investment returns by public retirement funds.
  • Black leaders press tech companies for more diversity in the ranks

    08/05/2015 6:12:18 AM PDT · by artichokegrower · 57 replies
    Sacramento Bee ^ | August 4, 2015 | Christopher Cadelago
    When the world’s leading technology firms reported their workforce demographics, the details were uncomfortable, but not surprising: Apple, Google, Facebook and other Silicon Valley giants are dominated by men, many of them white.
  • Do nothing Republicans on climate change

    08/04/2015 6:33:50 PM PDT · by artichokegrower · 21 replies
    San Jose Mercury News ^ | 08/04/2015 | Eugene Robinson
    The vast majority of scientists who have devoted their professional lives to studying the Earth's climate believe human-induced warming is an urgent problem requiring bold action. Republican candidates for president insist they know better.
  • U.S. Pays Black Comedian to Deliver Anti-White Racist Tirade at Fed Agency

    08/04/2015 6:34:19 AM PDT · by artichokegrower · 27 replies
    JudicialWatch ^ | AUGUST 03, 2015
    The U.S. government paid a controversial civil rights activist/comedian to deliver an anti-white racist tirade at a major federal agency during Black History month and Judicial Watch has obtained the disturbing transcript of the offensive political rant.
  • Mothers of slain Santa Cruz girl, defendant share their pain

    08/03/2015 7:53:57 PM PDT · by artichokegrower · 31 replies
    San Francisco Chronicle ^ | August 3, 2015 | Connor Radnovich
    Laura Jordan recalls the scene vividly. It was only hours after 15-year-old Adrian Jerry Gonzalez made his first court appearance in the slaying of 8-year-old Madyson “Maddy” Jordan Middleton, Jordan’s daughter. Jordan heard crying near the memorial for her daughter at the Tannery Arts Center courtyard. There, in front of dozens of bouquets, loving cards, stuffed animals and candles, she saw Reggie Factor, Gonzalez’s mother, on her knees, inconsolable. Factor wailed, cried to God and screamed that her son was a bad boy, a terrible boy, Jordan said. Why hadn’t anyone told her? How could she not have known?
  • If you care about California, care about Salinas

    08/02/2015 9:22:51 AM PDT · by artichokegrower · 27 replies
    San Francisco Chronicle ^ | July 29, 2015 | Joe Mathews
    Do you worry about the future of California? Then you should worry about Salinas. Because if the Monterey County city of 155,000 can’t build itself a brighter future, then it’s hard to imagine other struggling places doing the same. “Rich in land. Rich in Values. Ripe With Opportunity,” reads the slogan on a city website, and that’s no exaggeration. Salinas might be the richest poor city in California.
  • Shell Icebreaker Threads Bridge Hanger’s Barricade

    07/31/2015 8:08:46 PM PDT · by artichokegrower · 23 replies
    gCaptain ^ | July 31, 2015 | Shelby Sebens
    An icebreaking vessel key to Royal Dutch Shell’s plans to drill for oil in the Arctic departed Portland, Oregon, late on Thursday, navigating between a narrow gap of environmental activists dangling from a bridge after a two-day human blockade.
  • Judge blocks release of antiabortion group’s secret recordings

    07/31/2015 7:59:59 PM PDT · by artichokegrower · 12 replies
    San Francisco Chronicle ^ | July 31, 2015 | Bob Egelko
    A nationwide group of abortion providers filed suit Friday in San Francisco federal court to try to stop an antiabortion group from releasing the same type of inflammatory, heavily edited recordings of the abortion providers’ meetings that it has been airing against Planned Parenthood.
  • Maddy Middleton murder: A teen's turbulent family life and the death of a Santa Cruz 8-year-old

    07/31/2015 10:08:33 AM PDT · by artichokegrower · 14 replies
    San Jose Mercury ^ | 07/31/2015 | Stephen Baxter
    As a sharper picture formed of a shy 15-year-old raised in a troubled and sometimes violent home, Adrian Jere Gonzalez appeared in court for the first time to face charges of raping and killing 8-year-old Madyson 'Maddy' Middleton.
  • Teen accused of suffocating newborn son, then going shopping

    07/30/2015 8:11:57 PM PDT · by artichokegrower · 40 replies
    San Francisco Chronicle ^ | July 30, 2015 | Jennifer Peltz
    A teenage girl suffocated her just-born baby boy before putting his body in a shopping bag, then going on a trip to a Victoria's Secret store the next day, prosecutors said as she was charged with murder Thursday.
  • Women scam Islamic State fighters into sending them thousands of dollars

    07/30/2015 3:18:36 PM PDT · by artichokegrower · 5 replies
    San Francisco Chronicle ^ | July 30, 2015 | Katie Dowd
    Eat your heart out, MTV. Three Chechen women have allegedly pulled off the boldest real-life episode of Catfish ever. Russian news outlets are reporting that three women from Chechnya have been arrested for conning Islamic State fighters in Syria out of several thousand dollars. Forgive us if we're having a hard time feeling terribly sorry for the "victims." The scheme began when one woman was contacted on social media by an ISIL fighter asking her to join the terrorist group in Syria as his "jihadi bride."
  • California kids’ economic health is ranked near last in U.S.

    07/30/2015 6:13:45 AM PDT · by artichokegrower · 24 replies
    San Francisco Chronicle ^ | July 20, 2015 | Jill Tucker
    California was just one Mississippi away from dead last in a new national ranking of the economic well-being of children, an indicator of poverty and financial instability of families. Despite a reinvigorated economy, millions of California families are still digging out from the 2008 recession, with wages for many failing to keep up with the cost of living, according to the 2015 Kids Count report by the Annie E. Casey Foundation released Tuesday.
  • Single-family housing is an ecological disaster and Seattle’s mayor was right then, wrong now

    07/29/2015 8:55:34 PM PDT · by artichokegrower · 36 replies
    San Francisco Chronicle ^ | July 29, 2015 | Jake Ellison
    Neighborhoods built around single-family housing are ecologically unsustainable in a world increasingly challenged by climate change.
  • Greenpeace Activists Hang from Bridge to Block Shell Icebreaker

    07/29/2015 3:06:04 PM PDT · by artichokegrower · 81 replies
    gCaptain ^ | July 29, 2015 | Mike Schuler
    A group of twenty six Greenpeace activists have suspended themselves from a bridge in Portland, Oregon in an effort to stop Shell icebreaker from heading back to Alaska where it is needed for the company’s arctic drilling operations.
  • Tight-knit Tannery Arts community tested by murder

    07/28/2015 6:53:27 PM PDT · by artichokegrower · 10 replies
    Santa Cruz Sentinel ^ | 07/28/15 | Ryan Masters
    A day after the body of a girl believed to be 8-year-old resident Madyson “Maddy” Middleton was discovered in a recycling bin below the complex, the reeling Tannery Arts Center community closed ranks and grieved privately.
  • Critics warn drug mandate will increase health care costs

    07/28/2015 7:16:11 AM PDT · by artichokegrower · 1 replies
    Cal Watch Dog ^ | 28 Jul, 2015 | Dave Roberts
    A prescription drug bill, Assembly Bill 339, would save money for many with chronic medical conditions. But critics warn that it also will increase insurance premiums for everyone else and make it harder for insurers to negotiate with pharmaceutical companies for lower-cost drugs.
  • Obama's perfect response

    07/26/2015 2:53:57 PM PDT · by artichokegrower · 34 replies
    San Jose Mercury News ^ | 07/23/2015 | Dana Milbank
    When President Obama arrived in Oklahoma City on Wednesday, a vulgar sight awaited him: About 10 demonstrators across the street from his downtown hotel waving Confederate battle flags as the motorcade pulled up. Such a greeting of the nation's first black president would have been appalling under any circumstance. It was all the more repugnant because of what it followed -- last month's black-church massacre in South Carolina -- and by what it preceded: Obama's visit to a prison Thursday to showcase the problem with sentencing policies that have filled our prisons with nonviolent offenders who are disproportionately African-American. "People...