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May 12, 2012

California’s budget deficit is a lot worse than expected

  • $16 billion budget shortfall for California this year source

» The Not So Golden State: Back in January of this year, California state officials were anticipating a $9.2 billion budget shortfall for 2012 — an enormous deficit, though considerably  less than the $26 billion that faced Governor Jerry Brown when he took over in 2010. Brown announced,while revealing the startling new figure, that he’ll be placing an initiative on the November ballot to raise the sales tax by .25%, and add an income tax surcharge for wealthy Californians. If the initiative fails, expect deeper than anticipated spending cuts to follow.

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20:10 // 2 years ago
April 26, 2012
From bus-sized meteorite to quarter-sized chunks: Earlier this week, a meteor roughly the size of a minivan showed up around California and Nevada, creating a sonic boom and eventually breaking into chunks like the one held by Robert Ward, a meteorite hunter. Beyond the obvious novelty of a giant fireball in the sky, folks who know where to look managed to find awesome souvenirs like this one. Radical. (Photo by Rich Pedroncelli/AP)

From bus-sized meteorite to quarter-sized chunks: Earlier this week, a meteor roughly the size of a minivan showed up around California and Nevada, creating a sonic boom and eventually breaking into chunks like the one held by Robert Ward, a meteorite hunter. Beyond the obvious novelty of a giant fireball in the sky, folks who know where to look managed to find awesome souvenirs like this one. Radical. (Photo by Rich Pedroncelli/AP)

10:43 // 2 years ago
April 19, 2012

Did big tech companies prevent workers from switching jobs?

That’s what a new antitrust case alleges: Adobe, Apple, Google, Intel, Intuit, Lucasfilm, and Pixar find themselves facing a new antitrust lawsuit in California. The accusations come from five software engineers, who allege that the companies conspired to stifle pay and job mobility in an effort to cut costs. District Judge Lucy Koh rejected the companies’ request to dismiss the suit, saying,” The fact that all six identical bilateral agreements were reached in secrecy among seven defendants in a span of two years suggests that these agreements resulted from collusion, and not from coincidence.” source

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14:56 // 2 years ago
April 5, 2012
Here’s what Charles Manson looks like these days, guys
He’s up for parole; 11 previous parole bids have failed: Manson, known for leading the cult-like Manson Family (responsible for the murder of actress Sharon Tate and numerous others in the late 1960s), has routinely gone up for parole, only to be rejected. Why’s that? Well, as one judge put it in 2007, he “continues to pose an unreasonable danger to others and may still bring harm to anyone he would come in contact with.” He has not taken any psychological tests since 2007, but as Manson is now 77 years old and over four decades away from the crimes that made him infamous, does he continue to pose a threat to society? source
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He’s up for parole; 11 previous parole bids have failed: Manson, known for leading the cult-like Manson Family (responsible for the murder of actress Sharon Tate and numerous others in the late 1960s), has routinely gone up for parole, only to be rejected. Why’s that? Well, as one judge put it in 2007, he “continues to pose an unreasonable danger to others and may still bring harm to anyone he would come in contact with.” He has not taken any psychological tests since 2007, but as Manson is now 77 years old and over four decades away from the crimes that made him infamous, does he continue to pose a threat to society? source

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22:50 // 2 years ago
April 4, 2012
I saw all these students rushing and they were crying. I couldn’t stop coughing.
Santa Monica College student government director of outreach Cameron Espinoza • Discussing a pepper-spraying incident at the school last night, which took place as a result of a protest against high-priced summer courses at the school. The protest, which took place at a school trustees meeting, featured such chants as ”No cuts, no fees, education should be free!” Nobody was arrested in the incident, but at least two were hospitalized as a result of the police’s pepper spraying.
11:20 // 2 years ago
April 2, 2012
msnbc:

A gunman has reportedly killed five people at Oikos University, a small Christian school, in California. He’s now in custody, according to police.
Image: KNTV

A screencap from the deadly shooting. Note inconsistency in numbers from previous post. Will keep an eye when more accurate numbers come out.

msnbc:

A gunman has reportedly killed five people at Oikos University, a small Christian school, in California. He’s now in custody, according to police.

Image: KNTV

A screencap from the deadly shooting. Note inconsistency in numbers from previous post. Will keep an eye when more accurate numbers come out.

16:31 // 2 years ago
reuters:

A gunman opened fire at a private Christian college in Oakland, California, on Monday, killing at least two people and wounding at least four, authorities said.
Oakland police said in a brief written statement that a possible suspect was in custody after the shootings at Oikos University.
“No imminent public safety threat appears to exist in immediate area,” police said.
Local television reports had shown police evacuating Oikos students and loading them into a SWAT vehicle as other armed officers took up positions around the school.
READ MORE: Gunman opens fire at Oakland college, fatalities reported

Scary incident; we’ll be keeping an eye out as details unfold.

reuters:

A gunman opened fire at a private Christian college in Oakland, California, on Monday, killing at least two people and wounding at least four, authorities said.

Oakland police said in a brief written statement that a possible suspect was in custody after the shootings at Oikos University.

“No imminent public safety threat appears to exist in immediate area,” police said.

Local television reports had shown police evacuating Oikos students and loading them into a SWAT vehicle as other armed officers took up positions around the school.

READ MORE: Gunman opens fire at Oakland college, fatalities reported

Scary incident; we’ll be keeping an eye out as details unfold.

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February 24, 2012

Marines killed in helicopter training at California’s Camp Pendleton

  • what Two military helicopters collided in midair Wednesday night. The collision, which happened during a routine training session along the Arizona-California border, killed seven U.S. Marines.
  • why The investigation is still on-going, so officials have not announced the cause of the collision. The crash occurred at night with a lot of dust in the air from the aircraft, limiting visibility. source
8:54 // 2 years ago