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Bradley Manning Acquitted of Aiding the Enemy But Still Faces 128 Years in Prison

July 30, 2013 | 8:45 am

Bradley Manning Acquitted of Aiding the Enemy But Still Faces 128 Years in Prison

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FORT MEADE, Md. (AP and KQED) — U.S. Army Pfc. Bradley Manning was acquitted of aiding the enemy — the most serious charge he faced — but was convicted of espionage, theft and other charges Tuesday, more than three years after he spilled secrets to WikiLeaks. The judge, Army Col. Denise Lind, deliberated for about […]

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Pro-Prop. 8 Side Files New Legal Challenge to Same-Sex Marriages

July 12, 2013 | 2:14 pm

Pro-Prop. 8 Side Files New Legal Challenge to Same-Sex Marriages

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The sponsors of Proposition 8 filed a petition with the California Supreme Court today to block the resumption of same-sex marriages in the state. In the filing, the sponsors argue that at least 56 of the state’s 58 county clerks are obligated by the state Constitution to refuse to issue gay and lesbian marriage licenses. […]

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Prop. 8 Couples to Star in San Francisco Pride Parade Sunday

June 28, 2013 | 8:48 am

Prop. 8 Couples to Star in San Francisco Pride Parade Sunday

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Timing is everything, and Wednesday’s double rainbow victory at the U.S. Supreme Court will give San Francisco’s Gay Pride Parade an extra jolt of excitement Sunday. KQED has learned that the two same-sex couples whose federal lawsuit led to Proposition 8 being struck down will ride in the Pride parade. Details are still for their […]

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Court Rules Gov. Brown Must Comply With Reducing Prison Population

June 20, 2013 | 1:23 pm

Court Rules Gov. Brown Must Comply With Reducing Prison Population

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SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — A panel of federal judges on Thursday rejected Gov. Jerry Brown’s attempt to circumvent its long-standing order for reducing California’s prison population, the latest step in an ongoing legal drama over how to improve the medical and mental health care for state inmates. The judges stopped short of citing the Democratic […]

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News Pix: Bay Bridge Gets a White Coat, Ocean Beach Makeover and 50 Years of Maurice Sendak

May 24, 2013 | 3:25 pm

News Pix: Bay Bridge Gets a White Coat, Ocean Beach Makeover and 50 Years of Maurice Sendak

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Workers are painting the new east span of the Bay Bridge white, wrapping its cables in plastic to protect painters from the wind, as the project nears completion. Despite the setback caused by snapped rods meant to stabilize the bridge in an earthquake, officials say there’s a “fighting chance” it will open on its Labor […]

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The Hunt Is on for Psychiatric Patients Allegedly ‘Dumped’ in California By Nevada Hospital

April 24, 2013 | 10:02 am

The Hunt Is on for Psychiatric Patients Allegedly ‘Dumped’ in California By Nevada Hospital

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It’s too soon to say whether the story of James Flavy Coy Brown is an anomaly, as Nevada regulators claim, or if budget-stressed mental health service professionals are “dumping” disoriented, mentally ill people on the rest of the nation. If one thing is certain, it’s that a lot of people are now actively engaged in answering […]

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Inmates’ Attorneys Battle California Governor Over Prison Oversight

March 28, 2013 | 9:04 am

Inmates’ Attorneys Battle California Governor Over Prison Oversight

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by Don Thompson, Associated Press SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — A federal judge on Wednesday struggled with how to gauge whether conditions for mentally ill inmates in California prisons have improved enough under federal oversight to return control of the facilities to the state, as Gov. Jerry Brown is seeking. Lawyers for California argued in court […]

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Prop. 8: How We Got Here (Video)

March 22, 2013 | 11:00 am

Prop. 8: How We Got Here (Video)

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You might say the long journey of Proposition 8 began May 15, 2008, when a ruling came down from the California Supreme Court declaring that gay and lesbian couples had a legal right to get married.

 San Francisco mayor Gavin Newsom (R) marries same-sex couple Del Martin (R) and Phyllis Lyon (L) during a private ceremony at San Francisco City Hall June 16, 2008. (Marcio Jose Sanchez-Pool/Getty Images)

Mayor Gavin Newsom celebrated at City Hall with a crowd of thrilled San Franciscans, “This door’s wide open now. It’s gonna happen whether you like it or not. This is the future, and it’s now.”

It was a historic ruling, but not a done deal.

The ruling infuriated supporters of traditional marriage, including Randy Thomasson, with Protect Marriage.

“It will spur Californians to go to the polls to override the judges and protect marriage licenses for one man and one woman in the California constitution,” Thomasson said.

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March 14, 2013 | 3:57 pm

A Guide to California’s Proposed Ban on Smoking in Apartments

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It’s move-in day. You’re sitting in the great new condo you just bought. And suddenly you catch a whiff of cigarettes coming from next door. If you’re a healthy-living type, your home-buyer happiness may be gone in a puff of smoke. Now California Assemblyman Mark Levine, D-Marin, is trying to address that problem with a […]

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Does 22 1/2 Hours Alone in an 8 x 10 Cell Every Day Amount to Torture? Video From Inside Pelican Bay Prison

February 25, 2013 | 7:00 pm

Does 22 1/2 Hours Alone in an 8 x 10 Cell Every Day Amount to Torture? Video From Inside Pelican Bay Prison

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“I haven’t seen the moon since 1998.” That’s inmate Jeremy Beasley, talking to me while sitting–shackled–in an interview room at Pelican Bay State Prison, California’s highest security lockup. Beasley, a convicted murderer, was clearly surprised by my presence—he told me he hadn’t met with a visitor since 1994, when he was incarcerated. It’s not just […]

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