California’s top cop targets crimes against kids

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SACRAMENTO (AP) — Attorney General Kamala Harris is starting her final four years as California’s top law enforcement officer this week with a major initiative aimed at protecting children. She plans to announce during her swearing-in Monday that she is creating a bureau within the state Department of Justice that will focus on crimes against […]

Over 900 New Laws Approved in 2014. Most Take Effect on January 1st

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SACRAMENTO (AP) — California’s historic drought prompted the Legislature into action in 2014, leading lawmakers to regulate groundwater for the first time and override homeowners associations that fine members for replacing lawns with more drought-tolerant landscaping. The most populous state also becomes the first to set a “yes means yes” standard for sex between college […]

Cosby Not Finding Support in Black Community

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WASHINGTON – Bill Cosby hasn’t been “America’s dad” for years. For some blacks, he is the cranky uncle complaining about young African Americans who, in his view, dress and behave in a way that drags down their race. The shift in perceptions of Cosby, from revered comedian to more of a public scold, may be […]

African American California Supreme Court nominee confirmed

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — A state panel on Monday confirmed another California Supreme Court appointment by Gov. Jerry Brown — a move that likely tilts the conservative-leaning court further to the left. Leondra Kruger, 38, a deputy assistant U.S. attorney general, won unanimous approval by the three-member Commission on Judicial Appointments. The confirmation of Kruger, […]

Former Grant Standout Shaq Thompson Earns AP All-American Selection

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SEATTLE — Former Grant High School football star Shaq Thompson was named a First-Team All-American by the Associated Press last week. Thompson, a junior linebacker for the University of Washington Huskies (UW), racked up 70.0 total tackles while scoring four defensive touchdowns for the Huskies on three fumble recoveries and an interception return this season. […]

‘Driving While Black’ Apps Give Tips for Police Stops

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PORTLAND (AP) — A “Driving While Black” smartphone application is set for release this month, but its developers say motorists should be careful when they use it. “Do not reach for your phone when you are talking to police,” stressed attorney Melvin Oden-Orr, who created the app with another Portland lawyer and a software developer. […]

223 Arrested in Third Night of California Protests

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BERKELEY (AP) — The California Highway Patrol will deploy 80 percent of its available staff to monitor a protest planned for Tuesday night in Berkeley, an official said. Ernie Sanchez, assistant chief of the CHP’s Golden Gate Division, said the agency will also ask the Alameda County district attorney’s office to increase bails and charges, […]

Cortez Quinn Taken Into Custody To Serve Eight Months

Former TRUSD board member Cortez Quinn, right, was ordered by a Sacramento County judge to serve eight months in jail Dec. 8 for botching a paternity test. Quinn is shown here with actor Danny Glover, left, at a fundraising in Del Paso Heights in May 2012.
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DOWNTOWN SACRAMENTO — Former Twin Rivers Unified School School District board member Cortez Ledon Quinn was remanded and placed in incarceration Dec. 8 to serve 240 days in the Sacramento County Jail on a felony count of conspiracy. Sacramento Superior Court Judge Laurel D. White sentenced Quinn for submitting a fraudulent paternity test. Quinn plead […]

Protests Erupt as New York Cop Cleared in Chokehold Death; Feds to Investigate

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NEW YORK (AP) – A grand jury cleared a white police officer Wednesday in the videotaped chokehold death of an unarmed Black man stopped for selling loose, untaxed cigarettes, triggering protests in the streets by hundreds of New Yorkers who likened the case to the deadly police shooting in Ferguson, Missouri. As the demonstrations mounted, […]

Democrats and Republicans Voice Opposition to UC Tuition Hikes

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SACRAMENTO (AP) — Democratic legislative leaders took aim at tuition hikes approved by the University of California as they returned to the state Capitol to kick off a new session on Monday. Assembly Speaker Toni Atkins called for implementing so-called zero-based budgeting for the state, starting with the UC’s system. That process requires agencies to […]