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Four of Five Border Patrol Drug Busts Involve US Citizens, Records Show

March 26, 2013 | 4:06 pm

Four of Five Border Patrol Drug Busts Involve US Citizens, Records Show

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By Andrew Becker, G.W. Schulz and Tia Ghose – The Center for Investigative Reporting The public’s view of a typical Mexican drug smuggler might not include U.S. Naval Academy grad Todd Britton-Harr, who was caught at a Border Patrol checkpoint in south Texas in December 2010 hauling a trailer with 1,100 pounds of marijuana. Nor […]

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Key State Report to Show How Water Tunnels Will Impact Endangered Fish

March 26, 2013 | 3:53 pm

Key State Report to Show How Water Tunnels Will Impact Endangered Fish

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This month, new details have emerged about Gov. Jerry Brown’s $23 billion plan to build new plumbing in the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta. It could be the state’s largest water project in a generation, consisting of two massive, 40-foot-wide tunnels and thousands of acres of habitat restoration. On Wednesday, state water officials will release new studies […]

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Community College Enrollment Drops, Raising Concerns for California’s Economy

March 26, 2013 | 12:10 pm

Community College Enrollment Drops, Raising Concerns for California’s Economy

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By Charla Bear, KQED College enrollment rates have swelled across the nation during the Great Recession, but not in California. Researchers with the Public Policy Institute of California (PPIC) found that budget cuts to the state’s community colleges over the past few years have shut out nearly 600,000 prospective students. That has left enrollment in […]

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March 26, 2013 | 9:59 am

Audio, Transcript of Supreme Court Proposition 8 Oral Arguments

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Listen to the oral arguments on California’s Proposition 8 at the Supreme Court this morning.

Read the transcript:

Read all the of the case filings in the Proposition 8 and DOMA cases.

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Yahoo Buys Startup Run by 17-Year-Old for $30 Million

March 26, 2013 | 9:15 am

Yahoo Buys Startup Run by 17-Year-Old for $30 Million

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As part of its larger strategy to focus new products on individual users, Yahoo bought Summly, a start-up company run by a British teenager. The Summly app summarizes news articles for small devices. Nick D’Aloisio, the company’s founder, will also join Yahoo’s team. Source: Sfgate Chief Executive Officer Marissa Mayer is focusing Sunnyvale, California-based Yahoo […]

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Proposition 8: Follow the Action in D.C. Through Tweets and Photos

March 26, 2013 | 5:40 am

Proposition 8: Follow the Action in D.C. Through Tweets and Photos

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March 25, 2013 | 4:53 pm

San Francisco Chronicle Launches Paywall; Reporters Launch Twitter Strike

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You can blame Craigslist or Google or blogs like this one. However you look at it, the Internet has disrupted the newspaper business. And the latest changes at the San Francisco Chronicle show that the upheaval isn’t over. Over the weekend, the newspaper announced it will charge readers who want to read some of its […]

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The ‘Other’ Ted: No on 8 Attorney Prepares for Supreme Court Oral Arguments

March 25, 2013 | 2:00 pm

The ‘Other’ Ted: No on 8 Attorney Prepares for Supreme Court Oral Arguments

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When Theodore Boutrous, Jr. hopped on the phone the other day from Washington, he was giddy. “We just got a unanimous ruling at the Supreme Court!” He was referring to the 9-0 decision on behalf of his client, an insurance company fighting a class action case.

I asked Boutrous, who goes by “Ted”, how many times he’s argued in front of the Supreme Court. “Twice, “ he said.  “And I’ve got 18 votes!” When I suggested he should retire while he has a perfect record, he emailed back “It’s tempting!”

File photo. Theodore Boutros, Media attorney speaks at a press conference after the Michael Jackson's pre-trial hearing on June 25, 2004. (Joshua Gates Weisberg-Pool/Getty Images)
Since the start of the Prop. 8 debate in federal court four years ago, Boutrous has been overshadowed by his high profile colleague, attorney Theodore Olson. Both are partners at Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher (Boutrous in the Los Angeles office, Olson in D.C.) and have worked together for nearly 30 years. Olson is renowned in legal circles as a leading conservative, which makes his pairing with David Boies (whom he faced on opposite sides of the Bush v. Gore case in 2000) so interesting.

Boutrous  may not get the “ink” they get, but he’s been an integral part of the legal strategy against Prop. 8.

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Report: California Should Give Up Control of Some State Parks

March 25, 2013 | 1:22 pm

Report: California Should Give Up Control of Some State Parks

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by Tracie Cone, Associated Press SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Over the years, California has added more parks to its state system than it can afford and should consider turning over control of some to local entities, a new report says. The report released Monday by the Little Hoover Commission identified a number of problems with […]

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San Bruno Mosaic Commemorates Victims of PG&E Gas Fire

March 25, 2013 | 12:31 pm

San Bruno Mosaic Commemorates Victims of PG&E Gas Fire

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by Francesca Segre Members of the Bethany Presbyterian Church in San Bruno are celebrating a new mosaic mural that commemorates the lives and homes lost in the 2010 gas pipeline explosion. Of the eight people who died in the gas explosion and fire, three were members of the Bullis family, who attend Bethany Presbyterian Church. […]

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