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Police violence and the case of Ezell Ford

Posted June 10, 2015 by | 0 Comments | ]
Candles burn at a memorial for Ezell Ford in Los Angeles as protestors demonstrate as people gather to protest after two grand juries decided not to indict the police officers involved in the deaths of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Mo. and Eric Garner in New York, N.Y. on December 05, 2014 in Los Angeles, United States. (Photo by Mintana Neslihan Eroglu/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images) | Anadolu Agency via Getty Images

The Los Angeles Police Commission is being criticized by both community activists and the police union, for its ruling yesterday that one officer violated department policy, but another was justified in firing his weapon at Ezell Ford, an unarmed, mentally ill black man.
In ruling that Officer Sharlton Wampler’s use of deadly force in the death of Ford last August violated LAPD policy, the commission …

Education, Issues, News »

LAUSD gives itself an F for raising grad requirements

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Los Angeles School leaders are backing away from requirements that were adopted in an effort to make all graduating students eligible for University of California and Cal State schools.
The Board of Education had previously approved a plan requiring all graduates – starting in 2017 – to get a C or better in classes that are needed for college admission.
But it turned out the new …

Environment, News, Santa Barbara »

Has the oil spill cleanup only scratched the surface?

Posted June 9, 2015 by | 1 Comment | ]

The beaches look better.
But, many things look better on the surface.
Cal State Channel Islands professor Dr. Sean Anderson is concerned with where and how much oil exists underneath the ocean floor. He and his research team have been monitoring the conditions of the ocean long before the May 19th’s spill, and are now re-purposing their resources and data to pinpoint changes and effects. They’re currently busy placing a robot (open …

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Why 7 same-sex couples from China came to West Hollywood to get married

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Seven gay couples from China are getting married in West Hollywood today as part of a campaign sponsored by Taobao, the online marketplace owned by Alibaba.
While China has decriminalized being gay or lesbian, same-sex marriage is not legal in that country, so the “We Do” campaign is largely symbolic.
“For the couples it’s not only that they were able to have the ceremony,” Charlie Gu, …

Education, Issues, News »

Corinthian students get a break on debt

Posted June 9, 2015 by | 0 Comments | ]

There’s good news if you were a student at one of the schools run by now-shuttered Corinthian Colleges.
The nation’s top education official says the federal government will forgive loans taken out by tens of thousands of students who attended campuses owned by the for-profit college company.
The move announced by Secretary of Education Arne Duncan comes just a few weeks after Santa Ana-based Corinthian declared bankruptcy …

economy, Issues, News »

Judges take aim at ‘pay first, fight later’ traffic tickets

Posted June 8, 2015 by | 1 Comment | ]

If you want to fight your traffic ticket but you can’t afford to pay the fine upfront, you’re suddenly in luck.
Faced with mounting complaints, the state’s rule-setting Judicial Council voted unanimously today to require counties to change their policies so people can fight tickets without paying them first. The only applies to drivers who show up for their first scheduled court appearance. It goes …

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Mixer: A groundbreaking study; but was it a fraud?

Posted June 5, 2015 by | 1 Comment | ]
friday mixer square

UCLA graduate student Michael LaCour published a study in Science magazine last December, suggesting that people who opposed or were on the fence about same-sex marriage can be convinced – cajoled, coerced – to change their minds after having a conversation with a gay or lesbian canvasser.
And, the research suggested, those changed opinions lasted, and spread.
Here’s the scenario: Someone shows up at your door, …

Environment, Santa Barbara »

The dangers of moving oil

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Earns Exxon Mobil

Pretty nice stretch of road, right? Exxon would like to use it to ship oil.
Yesterday an emergency application was submitted to Santa Barbara County by Exxon Mobil. Now that the Plains All American pipeline is shut down after last month’s oil spill, Exxon is asking permission to truck oil from the storage tank at Las Flores Canyon, along Highway 101 to Nipomo in San Luis Obispo. …

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Friends, family rally after 19-year-old Tevin Price is shot for his shoes

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Tavin Rally 4

Yesterday, a crowd gathered at the Top Express carwash near the corner of Florence and 11th to remember 19-year-old Tevin Terrell Price, who was killed last week for refusing to give up his sneakers.
His mom, Jennifer Price, said she was vacuuming her car at the carwash when Tevin asked if he could have two dollars to get something from the smoke shop, African Tobacco. When …

Food, News, Santa Barbara »

Meet at the market: A tough job made tougher

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Each week we meet up with Katie Hershfelt of Cultivate Events as she chats with farmers, chefs and shoppers at the Santa Barbara Farmers’ Market.
Many are wondering what effects the Refugio oil spill may have on local seafood. It’s already led to a fishing ban, stretching 23 miles along the coast and about 7 miles out. Last week we spoke to a local Santa Barbara chef concerned about …

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