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Immigration issues have been at the forefront of the political conversation since the beginning of the Trump administration, and many of the stories about immigrant communities in America haven't always been happy ones. But that's not necessarily the case as documented in the new book, "No One Can Pronounce My Name." Author Rakesh Satyal joins CBSN to discuss his latest work and whether he'd have written it differently if he started it in the Trump era.
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When Is the NASA Rocket Launch? Black Brant XII Takeoff From Wallops Postponed Again
The rocket, part of the space agency's KiNet-X science mission, was originally scheduled to take off from Virginia on May 7.
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Woman Eats Insects for Breakfast in Horrifying Cooking Videos
An entomologist has revealed she cooks up ants, wax worms, silk worms and crickets, using them for smoothies, sauces and as a garnish.
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Ellen DeGeneres says toxic workplace allegations felt 'very misogynistic'
After announcing her show's end, Ellen DeGeneres sat down with Savannah Guthrie and opened up more about the allegations of a toxic workplace.       
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Ex-WH counsel Don McGahn to testify before House panel
The Justice Department and House Judiciary Committee told the D.C. Circuit that "former President Trump, who is not a party to this case, is not a party to the agreement in principle regarding an accommodation."
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This is what vaccine inequity looks like
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Town with one COVID-19 case still facing crippling effects from pandemic
Point Roberts, Washington is on the brink of becoming a ghost town, thanks to the COVID-19 pandemic. The U.S.-Canada border remains shuttered because of the virus, with no signs of reopening, which has crippled this small town's economy, and left residents wondering if they will ever get help to survive.
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Tesla to stop accepting Bitcoin for car purchases citing environmental impacts
Customers will no longer be able to buy their Teslas in bitcoin after Elon Musk announced Wednesday the company will stop accepting the cryptocurrency because of its environmental toll. Errol Barnett explains.
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Truth Of Mysterious Titanic Letter May Never Be Known, Researchers Say
A University of Quebec at Rimouski (UQAR) team is examining a letter that may have been written by a 12-year-old girl on board the doomed HMS Titanic.
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What could have been: What if Tim Tebow converted to tight end 10 years ago?
Tim Tebow is trying to return to the NFL as a tight end for the Jaguars, but the former quarterback may have missed his chance when he left college.      
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Roadmap for Urgent Change in Immigration Detention | Opinion
The best way to protect the rights and health of the thousands of people needlessly detained is to release them.
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The lawsuit seeking to impose the “death penalty” on the NRA, explained
Wayne LaPierre, the CEO and executive vice president of the NRA. | Daniel Acker/Bloomberg via Getty Images Thoughts and prayers. In August 2020, New York Attorney General Letitia James (D) filed an audacious lawsuit against the nation’s largest and most powerful gun rights group. The suit alleges that several top leaders of the National Rifle Association (NRA) — including its CEO, Wayne LaPierre — engaged in a ridiculous amount of self-dealing with the organization. Among other things, the lawsuit accuses LaPierre of spending hundreds of thousands of dollars on private charter planes for himself and his extended family, accepting lavish gifts from NRA vendors, and spending $1.2 million in NRA funds on “personal expenses,” the list of which includes his golf club membership. Although the NRA initially denied the allegations, it filed a tax document with the IRS in November admitting it “became aware during 2019 of a significant diversion of its assets.” The tax return also says LaPierre reimbursed the NRA for $300,000 in travel expenses. James’s lawsuit asks the court to impose several steep penalties on the NRA, including dissolving its corporate charter — a sanction NRA’s attorneys have characterized as akin to the “death penalty” for a corporation. Needless to say, the NRA wants to avoid this outcome and has engaged in some fairly audacious legal maneuverings of its own to strip the state of New York of much of its power over the organization. Although the NRA is, by its own accounts, in strong financial shape and fully capable of paying off its creditors, the organization declared bankruptcy last January. The primary purpose of the NRA’s declaration, many outsiders surmised, is to cut many of its formal ties with New York and reincorporate it in the state of Texas, thus stripping James of much of her authority over the organization. On Tuesday, a federal bankruptcy judge agreed. Texas-based Judge Harlin Hale formally rejected the NRA’s attempt to use the bankruptcy courts in this way, ruling that “the NRA did not file the bankruptcy petition in good faith because this filing was not for a purpose intended or sanctioned by the Bankruptcy Code.” If you’re confused by this complicated web of corporate and bankruptcy law, fear not. It is arcane and convoluted, and I will explain what the law has to say about all of these legal maneuvers. The bottom line is the NRA lost the first round of what is likely to be years of litigation over whether it can declare bankruptcy and what sanctions New York’s courts can impose on the group. There is a very small chance that this all ends with the dissolution of the NRA. That could mean the NRA’s current leadership would lose control of all the organization’s assets, including its valuable donor lists. Meanwhile, there’s a larger possibility that New York’s courts will allow the NRA to continue operating but will also impose significant sanctions on LaPierre and other top NRA leaders. Those sanctions could include requiring reimbursing the NRA for their own alleged self-dealing, or even removing them from the NRA’s leadership. And there’s an even greater possibility these lawsuits reveal humiliating information about LaPierre and other top officials. The NRA faced several unexpected policy defeats during the Trump administration, and it is caught up in another round of litigation with one of its former vendors. More embarrassing news about the gun rights group may discourage people from giving to the NRA in the future. NRA supporters, after all, typically give to the organization because they agree with its political views, not because they want to help pay for one of LaPierre’s trips to the Bahamas. Why does New York get to decide whether the NRA can continue? There is something a little odd about the fact that just one state, New York, may have so much authority over a major interest group such as the NRA. Not long after James filed her suit, the usual suspects denounced it as a power grab: Former President Donald Trump accused the “Radical Left New York” of “trying to destroy the NRA.” New York’s power over the NRA arises from an unusual quirk of American corporate law. Although corporations can do business in all 50 states or in foreign countries, new companies are typically chartered by states and are thus bound by the state’s corporate laws, not the federal government’s. The fact that corporations typically get to choose which state to incorporate in often benefits the companies themselves. More than 60 percent of Fortune 500 companies, for example, are incorporated in Delaware. That’s because Delaware laws are particularly favorable to these corporations; also, many corporate lawyers are familiar with Delaware law and Delaware’s courts. But this system also places a disproportionate amount of power in the hands of some states’ courts. The large number of companies incorporated in Delaware means that multibillion-dollar corporate cases of national importance are often decided by judges appointed by the governor of a tiny state with fewer than a million residents. It’s not unusual, in other words, for a single state to wield the type of power New York now does over the NRA. The NRA is 150 years old. Indeed, it is so old that it was formed in an era when corporations were often created by special acts of the state legislature — New York’s legislature granted the NRA a corporate charter in 1871, and the organization continues to operate under the charter to this day. That means the NRA is subject to a wide array of New York laws governing corporations formed in the state, including one that permits the state attorney general to bring a lawsuit seeking to “annul the corporate existence or dissolve a corporation that has acted beyond its capacity or power.” Under certain circumstances, a New York corporation may also be dissolved if “the directors or members in control of the corporation have looted or wasted the corporate assets, have perpetuated the corporation solely for their personal benefit, or have otherwise acted in an illegal, oppressive or fraudulent manner.” The crux of James’s lawsuit against the NRA is that LaPierre “exploited the organization for his financial benefit, and the benefit of a close circle of NRA staff, board members, and vendors,” and that he did so in violation of his legal “duties of care, loyalty and obedience to the mission of the charity.” The suit also claims several other senior NRA leaders “regularly ignored, overrode or otherwise violated the bylaws and internal policies and procedures that they were charged with enforcing” in order to divert assets to “insiders and favored vendors.” Thus, James claims the NRA has “acted beyond its capacity or power” by operating not as a legitimate nonprofit corporation that serves its stated mission but as a kind of personal enrichment machine for a handful of the organization’s senior leaders. What are the allegations against the NRA? Realistically, James’s office faces a tough road if it hopes to dissolve the NRA. New York courts have likened this remedy to a “judgment ... of corporate death,” and they place a very high burden on state officials seeking to dissolve a corporation. The state often must show that the corporation committed “some sin against the law of its being” that is “material and serious … such as to harm or menace the public welfare.” Yet, while it’s far from clear James can convince a court to impose a “corporate death penalty” on the NRA, her complaint does describe some very serious allegations against the NRA’s senior leadership, which stretch for more than 100 pages of James’s filing. They claim the NRA misused as much as $64 million over just three years, and they include some genuinely shocking claims of self-dealing. LaPierre, for example, is accused of chartering a private flight, priced at more than $26,995, for his niece and her daughter after they were unable to catch a commercial flight to an NRA event. The NRA allegedly paid more than $500,000 to fly LaPierre and his family to the Bahamas on at least eight different occasions, where LaPierre often stayed on a 108-foot yacht owned by one of the NRA’s largest vendors, as well as nearly $600,000 over five years for “consulting services” provided by LaPierre’s wife’s “executive assistant.” The NRA also purportedly agreed to pay LaPierre a simply enormous amount of money if he retired or was not reappointed as the organization’s CEO — so much money, in fact, that his annual compensation would haveincreased. One version of LaPierre’s “post-employment” contract specified he would be paid more than a million dollars a year through 2030 if he left his job. And then there’s the NRA’s relationship with certain favored vendors. According to James’s complaint, for many years the NRA’s largest vendor was the public relations firm Ackerman McQueen. The NRA allegedly paid Ackerman nearly $32 million in 2018 alone — and that’s on top of the fees the NRA paid to the Mercury Group, a wholly owned subsidiary of Ackerman. According to the complaint, however, the NRA’s arrangement with Ackerman appeared designed to hide what all that money actually paid for. LaPierre, who reportedly had a very close relationship with a late co-founder of Ackerman whom he would often speak to daily, allegedly “requested that invoices from Ackerman … contain very little detail about the work performed or services rendered.” To be clear, it’s not like the NRA received nothing at all from Ackerman — among other things, the PR firm built the NRA’s now-defunct video streaming network NRATV. But the relationship between the NRA and Ackerman has also turned sour. Among other things, the NRA sued Ackerman in 2019, claiming the firm misled it into wasting millions of dollars on NRATV and produced content even many NRA leaders viewed as “distasteful and racist.” In any event, these are just a few of the accusations in James’s complaint, which paints a picture of an organization that allowed LaPierre to spend lavishly on himself, his family, and his personal friends and close associates, with little oversight from within the NRA. The NRA’s response to James’s allegations has also evolved over time. In August, the organization put out a statement claiming it was “well governed, financially solvent, and committed to good governance,” but then admitted in its November IRS filing that it discovered “a significant diversion of its assets” in 2019. In October, the NRA filed a lawsuit against James, claiming her investigation of the NRA and subsequent lawsuit violate the Constitution because James intends to “obstruct, chill, deter, and retaliate against the NRA’s core political speech, which is protected by the First Amendment.” The NRA states in the suit that it “has undertaken efforts to improve its internal governance functions up to the present day.” Regardless, even if James’s allegations are proven, they may not be enough to justify dissolving the NRA in its entirety. But they do suggest the organization is deeply corrupt and may need new management. What does bankruptcy law have to do with all of this? The purpose of bankruptcy, as the Supreme Court explained many years ago, is to “relieve the honest debtor from the weight of oppressive indebtedness and permit him to start afresh free from the obligations and responsibilities consequent upon business misfortunes.” The idea is that an organization sometimes takes on debts it cannot afford to pay, whether because of poor business decisions, bad luck, or court decisions ordering it to pay large sums of money. When this happens, it is normally better to allow the organization to pay off as many of these debts as possible, and continue to exist and employ some of its workers, than to have it simply collapse under the weight of its financial obligations. Given that bankruptcy exists to relieve debtors from unpayable debts, the NRA’s decision to file bankruptcy is more than a little odd. As Hale explained in his opinion dismissing the NRA’s filing, “The NRA has consistently represented to the Court and to its members” that it is “in its strongest financial condition in years.” Like most large organizations, the NRA does have debts, but there is no indication it can’t pay those debts, or that it needs a federal bankruptcy court to step in and help manage its finances. Rather, as the NRA itself admitted in a court filing, the organization hoped to use the bankruptcy process to implement “a plan of reorganization that provides for the reorganized NRA to emerge from these chapter 11 cases as a Texas nonprofit entity.” The NRA, in other words, hoped a bankruptcy court would allow it to reincorporate in Texas, thus stripping New York state of much of its power over the NRA. Yet, while bankruptcy courts sometimes have significant power to restructure a bankrupt corporation, Hale refused to play along with the NRA’s scheme. While debtors often file bankruptcy because they lose a lawsuit and, as a result, cannot afford to pay what they owe, multiple courts have held that, in Hale’s words, “a bankruptcy case filed for the purpose of avoiding a regulatory scheme is not filed in good faith and should be dismissed.” So, after determining that the purpose of the NRA’s bankruptcy filing was to frustrate James’s effort to enforce New York’s corporate law, Hale dismissed it, ultimately agreeing with James that “the NRA is using this bankruptcy case to address a regulatory enforcement problem, not a financial one.” And that is not something federal bankruptcy law permits. Is the NRA actually going down? So, the NRA lost the first round in its fight against NY regulators. Hale, however, is unlikely to have the final word on whether the NRA’s attempt to reorganize as a Texas corporation through bankruptcy will prevail. For one thing, the NRA may appeal Hale’s decision, and it is likely their appeals will ultimately be heard by the United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit, an extremely conservative court dominated by Bush and Trump appointees. So it’s possible the NRA will argue its appeal in front of a panel of judges who are very sympathetic to the NRA’s mission — and equally unsympathetic to Democratic attorneys general from New York. Meanwhile, the NRA’s general counsel testified that he does not expect New York’s courts to try James’s lawsuit against the NRA until early next year. So even if the NRA’s attempt to file bankruptcy in order to reincorporate in Texas ultimately fails, it will be a long time before any New York judge weighs in on James’s allegations against the gun rights group — and even if James prevails at trial, the NRA will likely appeal that decision. What’s more, Hale wrote in his opinion that he was “not dismissing this case with prejudice,” meaning the NRA could potentially refile for bankruptcy in Hale’s court — though it’s unlikely a second filing would accomplish much, unless its circumstances change. All of which is a long way of saying that dissolution of the NRA remains unlikely and is certainly not imminent. Nevertheless, the organization did suffer a significant loss in Hale’s court, and James’s allegations against it are very serious. Even if James’s lawsuit does not end in the NRA’s destruction, it could end with significant sanctions against LaPierre and his inner circle.
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Here's how two mothers in the same county have totally different views on masks in schools
The two women live in the same county in Florida's panhandle and both send their teen daughters to public high schools. But when it comes to mandating masks, they are on opposite sides.
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School district lifts mask mandate. Parents left on edge
Santa Rosa County schools in Florida have decided to end mask mandates in their district. While some parents favor the district's decision, others are left frustrated. CNN's Leyla Santiago reports.
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Former Keystone worker: Biden admin finally admitted 'common sense' on pipelines
Former Keystone XL pipeline worker Neal Crabtree joined 'Fox & Friends First' on Thursday and reacted to the Biden administration's admission that pipelines are ‘the best way to go.’
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American, Swiss climbers die on Everest in year's 1st fatalities
Nepal and China both canceled climbing seasons last year on the 29,032-foot-high mountain, which is divided between them.
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Shrunken Head Displayed in Georgia Was Returned to Ecuador
Researchers at Mercer University in Macon, Ga., authenticated the head, which was brought to the United States by a professor decades ago, and turned it over to Ecuadorean officials in 2019.
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Bitcoin's crash is very bad news for other cryptos
Elon Musk's surprise reversal on accepting bitcoin payments for Tesla cars has triggered a sharp plunge in the cryptocurrency — spelling trouble for other coins that have notched shocking returns in recent months.
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Bitcoin's crash is bad news for other cryptos
Elon Musk's surprise reversal on accepting bitcoin payments for Tesla cars has triggered a sharp plunge in the cryptocurrency — spelling trouble for other coins that have notched shocking returns in recent months.
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For Years, Israel's Leaders Have Cultivated Ethnic Hatred. This Is on Them | Opinion
Teaching and cultivating ethnic rage takes time. And for years in Israel, the leadership entrusted with serving its citizens has been pumping hatred into the air.
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Cheney: McCarthy 'not leading with principle'
Cheney said she was gobsmacked that the minority leader traveled to Trump’s Florida resort less than a month after the deadly insurrection.
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Erectile dysfunction linked to prior coronavirus infection in small study
Researchers say penile tissue samples collected from two men who had recovered from coronavirus months prior suggest that the impact of the illness may contribute to erectile dysfunction.
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Top soccer teams look to avoid penalty-kick scenarios in playoffs
The Southern Section and City Section soccer playoffs open this week, and even the top teams know how tight the matches can be in the early rounds.
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Marjorie Taylor Greene confronts Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez outside House chamber, Washington Post reports
Republican Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene confronted Democratic Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez outside the House chamber on Wednesday afternoon, according to an account from The Washington Post.
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Rucks Russell, Former KHOU 11 Reporter, Dies of COVID-19—Tributes Pour In
The 55-year-old journalist from Houston had been taking care of his twin brother, who also died from coronavirus.
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Northwestern AD resigns after outcry over his promotion despite lawsuit by former cheerleader
"I do not want to be a distraction to our incredible men and women," said Mike Polisky, who is among four defendants named in a Title IX lawsuit brought by a former Northwestern cheerleader.
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Tesla will no longer accept Bitcoin payments, citing environment
A 2019 study concluded that the entire Bitcoin network was responsible for up to 22.9 million tons of CO2 per year.
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Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis to pardon anyone charged for defying COVID rules
Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis made the unexpected announcement on Fox News Wednesday as he decried county officials penalizing people. "It's a total overreach," he told Laura Ingraham.
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Prince Harry Tells Joe Rogan 'Just Stay Out of it' After Vaccine Remarks
Prince Harry has denounced Joe Rogan's comments suggesting young people should not get the coronavirus vaccine, saying: 'With a platform comes responsibility.'
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Riots and mob violence sweep through Israeli cities following days of airstrikes and rocket attacks
As the Israeli military and Palestinian militants in Gaza exchange deadly airstrikes and rocket bombardments, rioting and violent clashes have also swept through several Israeli cities between Arab and Jewish citizens.
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Netanyahu warns against 'lynchings' as clashes between Arabs and Jews rock Israeli cities
As the Israeli military and Palestinian militants in Gaza exchange deadly airstrikes and rocket bombardments, rioting and violent clashes have also swept through several Israeli cities between Arab and Jewish citizens.
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CDC Cruise Ship Status and Where Americans Can Travel
While travelers will have a difficult time finding cruise ship voyages departing from the U.S, they can find trips in other regions of the world.
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More than 150 Republicans launch new political movement questioning Trump's role in GOP
A group of more than 150 Republicans, led by Donald Trump critics Evan McMullin and Miles Taylor, announced a new political movement that takes aim at former President Donald Trump's hold on the GOP and calls for a reform of the party.
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How donors give millions to Garcetti-backed nonprofit and keep their identities secret
Nearly $4 million has flowed into the Mayor's Fund for Los Angeles from donors who use accounts that allow them to shield their identities.
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L.A. County considering $1,000 for 1,000 residents in basic income program
L.A. County Supervisors Holly Mitchell and Sheila Kuehl are proposing that the county provide at least $1,000 to at least 1,000 residents for three years.
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Breanna Stewart is first WNBA player in a decade with signature shoe in Puma deal
WNBA star Breanna Stewart joins historic ranks by becoming the third WNBA player to have a signature shoe as she announced a partnership with Puma.
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So, still don't worry about inflation?
Powell pushback — Colonial pipeline back online
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Maryland’s Lizzie Colson has gone from the top of lacrosse to its depths and is rising again
The star Maryland lacrosse defender spent a lot of time hurting in silence after tearing her ACL.
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Cardinals vs. Brewers prediction: Jack Flaherty will struggle
The Milwaukee Brewers have had this pitcher's number.
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Migrant children have been in US custody for weeks. Now the Biden administration has to reunite them with families
For a month, Meybelin has lived in a massive convention center located in the heart of San Diego. There, along with hundreds of other migrant children, she waits day in and day out to be released to a relative in the United States, frequently calling her parents in El Salvador distraught about the prolonged wait.
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Patrick Novecosky: Pope John Paul II assassination attempt – the secrets behind shooting 40 years ago
Forty years ago on Thursday, the world reeled in horror as news broke that a gunman had shot Pope John Paul II at point-blank range in St. Peter’s Square.
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Chuck Lorre 'grateful' for 'Mom' but disappointed it's ending: 'Not something we wanted'
CBS' "Mom," which ends May 13, evolved into a funny, moving story of a group of friends who support each other's recovery from addiction.       
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Editorial: Gascon's reform vision comes to the Supreme Court
Just as it was wrong for judicial powers to be reallocated to prosecutors in the "tough on crime" era, it is wrong for judges to usurp powers properly in the prosecutor's ambit – what crimes to charge, and what punishments to seek.
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'Microfarms' come to South L.A. frontyards, bringing fresh produce to food deserts
Jamiah Hargins wants microfarms to feed Los Angeles one frontyard at a time.
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Check out an exclusive excerpt from Maureen Johnson's YA murder mystery 'The Box in the Woods'
Stevie Bell solved an infamous case in the 'Truly Devious' series and heads to summer camp in Maureen Johnson's new YA mystery 'The Box in the Woods.'       
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The best things to do — virtually and in person — while social distancing in the D.C. area
Virtual film festivals, streaming concerts and socially distanced events offer escapes during the coronavirus pandemic.
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Boosted by California's huge budget surplus, Newsom plays Santa Claus to California voters
Newsom has been traveling around California making expensive promises to voters who very likely will be deciding in a fall recall election whether to keep or toss him, columnist George Skelton writes.
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Column: Trinity League has a hiring problem when it comes to high school football coaches
The Trinity League, which was created in 2005, has never hired a Black head football coach at a time when its top football players are Black and there are no signs of progress.
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Meet the manager who is trying to open doors for disabled people in Hollywood
A group of creatives and executives with disabilities in Hollywood is pushing employers to start including accessibility as part of inclusion initiatives.
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