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Appeals Court: DNA Sampling of Suspects Violates U.S. Constitution

August 5, 2011 | 11:20 am

Appeals Court: DNA Sampling of Suspects Violates U.S. Constitution

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A state appeals court in San Francisco struck down a California law that requires police to collect DNA samples from anyone arrested on suspicion of a felony. On Thursday, a three-judge Court of Appeal panel unanimously ruled that the measure, when applied to people who are arrested without a warrant and without any charges having […]

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Morning Splash: National Job Numbers; Oakland Rehires Cops; Non-Profit Entangled in ‘Run Ed Run’?; Oakland Strip-Search Ruled Illegal

August 5, 2011 | 8:05 am

Morning Splash: National Job Numbers; Oakland Rehires Cops; Non-Profit Entangled in ‘Run Ed Run’?; Oakland Strip-Search Ruled Illegal

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U.S. Jobs Up 117,000; July Unemployment 9.1 Percent (NPR/AP) Businesses added 154,000 jobs across many industries. Governments cut 37,000 jobs last month. Still, 23,000 of those losses were almost entirely because of the shutdown of Minnesota’s state government. The unemployment rate fell from 9.2 percent in June partly because some unemployed workers stopped looking for […]

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Hold Your Horses, FarmVille to Go Public

July 1, 2011 | 5:13 pm

Hold Your Horses, FarmVille to Go Public

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NPR is reporting today that Zynga, the San Francisco-based maker of hugely popular (and some say addictive) online games, is looking to raise $1 billion from investors. Zynga Inc. hopes to raise up to $1 billion in an initial public offering that follows LinkedIn’s sizzling stock market debut last month. The amount of money Zynga […]

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You Don’t Have to Go Home, But You Can’t Stay in the Carpool Lane

July 1, 2011 | 12:40 pm

You Don’t Have to Go Home, But You Can’t Stay in the Carpool Lane

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That’s it. At midnight last night, it was last call for singularly occupied hybrids in the diamond lane. Beginning today, the party is limited to all-electric and some natural-gas powered vehicles. So how are Prius and other hybrid owners feeling about it? Our community engagement specialist, Ian Hill, scoured the web to find out what […]

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Morning Splash: Budgets Just Make It; Berkeley School Board Approves Gun Plan; High-Speed Rail PR Firm Walks; Suit Filed Against Circumcision Ban

July 1, 2011 | 7:58 am

Morning Splash: Budgets Just Make It; Berkeley School Board Approves Gun Plan; High-Speed Rail PR Firm Walks; Suit Filed Against Circumcision Ban

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California’s $85.9 billion budget: Here are the major provisions (Sacramento Bee) After a veto fight with his own party and unresolved differences with Republicans, Gov. Jerry Brown signed an on-time $85.9 billion spending plan Thursday that slashes higher education and the safety net while counting on a windfall of tax revenues. Save a penny — […]

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June 9, 2011 | 2:58 pm

Traffic & Transit Advisory for Firefighter Funeral Procession This Friday

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The San Francisco Police Department has announced the roads and public transit routes that will be impacted by Friday’s funeral procession for the two firefighters who died battling a house fire in the Diamond Heights neighborhood.

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‘Idol’ James Durbin Coming Home for ‘Durbin Day’

May 13, 2011 | 2:31 pm

‘Idol’ James Durbin Coming Home for ‘Durbin Day’

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We just caught wind via the San Jose Mercury News that James Durbin, the American Idol contestant who was voted out of the competition this week, will indeed perform to a hometown crowd in Santa Cruz this Saturday evening as originally planned. It’s all part of what’s being called: Durbin Day. A day after he […]

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Calif. Announces Closure of 70 State Parks, See Where They Are

May 13, 2011 | 12:35 pm

Calif. Announces Closure of 70 State Parks, See Where They Are

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At a noontime press conference today, the California State Parks announced its long-anticipated plans to close 70 of its 278 parks “due to budget cuts.” The department stated in a press release: The closures are necessary to achieve an $11 million reduction in the next fiscal year 2011/12, and $22 million in the following fiscal […]

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Public Broadcasting Icon Jim Lehrer Stepping Down

May 12, 2011 | 12:20 pm

Public Broadcasting Icon Jim Lehrer Stepping Down

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It was inevitable, but it’s still sad to see him go. Jim Lehrer has announced that after 36 years, he will be vacating the anchor chair at the PBS NewsHour. You can read all the details at PBS.org. For us in the KQED newsroom, today’s announcement is a reminder of the tremendous contributions Lehrer has […]

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Today in Facebook-land: Company Seeks Exemption From Campaign Ad Disclosures, Accused of ‘Smearing’ Google

May 12, 2011 | 11:41 am

Today in Facebook-land: Company Seeks Exemption From Campaign Ad Disclosures, Accused of ‘Smearing’ Google

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Facebook is making headlines today. Twice. Our friends at California Watch are reporting that the social networking site has asked the Federal Election Commission to be exempt from a law requiring that funders of political ads be disclosed as part of the advertisement. Why? They’re arguing that the ads are so small, it is impractical […]

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