“California wildfires torch state’s legal marijuana farms, leaving owners helpless”


SALON

“Several marijuana farms in Mendocino County, California have been destroyed as a result of the state’s rapid spreading wildfires, leaving many business owners — who the law bars from obtaining insurance — without product as legal sales are set to begin in January, according to multiple news reports.

Since Sunday night, wildfires have spread throughout Northern California’s wine country and have left at least 24 dead and hundreds missing, CNN reported.

More than 3,500 structures have been destroyed, and Gov. Jerry Brown declared state of emergencies in eight counties as 21 fires burn throughout the state. More than 191,000 were torched, “a collective area nearly the size of New York City,” The Washington Post reported.” MORE

“What’s the matter with thoughts and prayers?”


MSNBC

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“California Judge Throws Out Ballot Initiative Calling For Execution Of Gay People”


HUFFINGTON POST

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“Alleged members of fake police force arrested in LA”


CBS NEWS

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” Video appears to show officer breaking woman’s cell phone”


CBS NEWS

APRIL 21, 2015, 8:53 PM|The U.S. Marshals service is looking into a video posted online that appeared to show an officer breaking a woman's cell phone as she tried to record video in Southern California.
APRIL 21, 2015, 8:53 PM|The U.S. Marshals service is looking into a video posted online that appeared to show an officer breaking a woman’s cell phone as she tried to record video in Southern California.

“There’s a Place That’s Nearly Perfect for Growing Food. It’s Not California.”


MOTHER JONES

Despite the ever-worsening drought, California still grows more than half the produce in the United States. But not without a cost: Groundwater supplies are low, and soil is eroding and getting saltier.

Maybe it’s time to “de-Californify” the nation’s supply of fruits and vegetables. But how? Well, I have an idea. To find out what it is, click here.

“California Assembly panel approves legislation preventing police from viewing body camera footage”


DAILY KOS

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” Lining up for condoms in the clink”


Al Jazeera America

California is only the second state, after Vermont, to distribute condoms to inmates in state prisons. (New York state provides them to married prisoners during extended visits and to prisoners on temporary release.) Providing condoms to prisoners is controversial because many state laws prohibit sex between inmates. But some prisons and jails have decided to allow prisoners to have condoms as a way to prevent the spread of infectious diseases.
Read more:  Prisoners disproportionately at risk of contracting STDs

“Kidnap victim found after 10 years in California”


CNN

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“Democrats tap procedural trick to force House CR vote”


POLITICO

By JOHN BRESNAHAN and JONATHAN ALLEN

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House Democrats will use a parliamentary procedure to try to break a logjam over government funding and bring a “clean” continuing resolution to the floor, according to senior Democratic lawmakers and leadership aides.

Reps. George Miller (D-Calif.) and Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.) will attempt to “hijack” an existing Republican bill and file a discharge petition that ripens in just seven legislative days, instead of the normal 30 days

Read more: http://www.politico.com/story/2013/10/government-shutdown-house-cr-vote-97849.html#ixzz2gqGATjnd