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March 1, 2013 | 1:00 pm

Santa Clara County Supervisor Resigns, Will Plead Guilty to Felonies

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A stunner in South Bay politics: George Shirakawa Jr., former president of the Santa Clara County Board of Supervisors, has resigned after pleading guilty to five felony counts (and many misdemeanors) relating to misuse of campaign funds and public money. Prosecutors say “the vast majority” of the funds Shirakawa misappropriated was spent on gambling junkets. […]

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News Pix: Bay Area Faces Sequester Cuts, Bay Lights Magic and Birds of Berkeley’s Marina

March 1, 2013 | 12:37 pm

News Pix: Bay Area Faces Sequester Cuts, Bay Lights Magic and Birds of Berkeley’s Marina

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Artist Leo Villareal controls the Bay Lights with his laptop. (Cy Musiker/KQED) On Wednesday, author and photographer Elaine Miller Bond captured this shot of “hundreds, probably thousands, of seabirds (mostly cormorants) sitting on the old pilings at the far end of the Berkeley Pier.” A reader suggested they were on a herring run. (Elaine Miller […]

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March 1, 2013 | 11:35 am

Microsoft Winds Down ‘Scroogled’ Campaign Against Google

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Can nothing stop Google? On Thanksgiving, Microsoft launched attack ads against the Internet giant that were so ferocious they made headlines in advertising and technology publications alike. Microsoft spokespeople are still warning anyone who will listen that Google is reading its users’ email and delivering biased results in Google Shopping. But it has stopped buying […]

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Deliberations in Bell Corruption Trial Hit a Snag

March 1, 2013 | 11:16 am

Deliberations in Bell Corruption Trial Hit a Snag

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By Rachael Marcus Jury deliberations over the fate of six former Bell City Council members accused of corruption began anew today after the dismissal of a juror. The case went to the jury last Friday, but yesterday, the court dismissed a juror for admitting she looked up information online. She also said she had her daughter look […]

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March 1, 2013 | 11:10 am

Oakland Awaits First Friday: Sorrow, Anxiety Mix With Anticipation for Monthly Party

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For the last several years, the first Friday of every month has been a date Oaklanders, fans of Oakland, art aficionados, and connoisseurs of community celebrations have all looked forward to. Starting with an event called Art Murmur–a gallery walk centered in the Uptown neighborhood on Telegraph Avenue–First Friday has become a monthly street party, […]

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March 1, 2013 | 8:47 am

Watch Video: President Obama on Sequester Taking Effect

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Washington Post: Leaders meet but fail to reach deal to avert cuts President Obama spoke at the White House after a meeting with congressional leaders on sweeping budget cuts taking effect today. In a statement and in taking questions from reporters, he criticized Republicans for refusing to consider a deficit-cutting solution that includes tax increases […]

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St. Mary’s College Basketball Hit With Penalties for Recruiting Violations

March 1, 2013 | 8:40 am

St. Mary’s College Basketball Hit With Penalties for Recruiting Violations

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Update 9:15 a.m.: St. Mary’s College men’s basketball program–enjoying another dominating season under Coach Randy Bennett–has been hit with sanctions by the NCAA for failing to monitor recruiting for the team. Penalties, which focus on the team’s recruiting of overseas players–the team has established a now semi-legendary pipeline to Australian hoops talent–include four years of […]

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California Water: From African Skies to Sierra Nevada Snow

March 1, 2013 | 8:14 am

California Water: From African Skies to Sierra Nevada Snow

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It’s March 1, which means Northern California is past its driest January-February period on record. Of course, the long-range forecast looks dry, too. So our question, as state water officials report on a Sierra snowpack that has fallen far short of normal for this time of year: “Where’s our rain?” OK–we don’t know the answer to […]

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Obama Argues Against California’s Proposition 8 Gay Marriage Ban

February 28, 2013 | 2:11 pm

Obama Argues Against California’s Proposition 8 Gay Marriage Ban

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Advocates for same-sex marriage got a powerful new friend on Thursday: President Barack Obama.

(Win McNamee/Getty Images)

In a legal brief submitted to the U.S. Supreme Court, the Obama Administration argues against California’s Proposition 8. (For full text, scroll to the bottom of this post)

The brief argues that the measure passed by voters in 2008 discriminates against gays and lesbians without justification.

The law is not necessary to protect procreation, as its defenders assert, the brief says. “Proposition 8’s denial of marriage to same-sex couples, particularly where California at the same time grants same-sex partners all the substantive rights of marriage, violates equal protection.”

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9 California School Districts File for ‘No Child Left Behind’ Waiver

February 28, 2013 | 12:02 pm

9 California School Districts File for ‘No Child Left Behind’ Waiver

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By Christina Hoag, Associated Press LOS ANGELES (AP)—Nine California school districts on Thursday filed a joint application for a waiver of stringent federal school standards, instead proposing an alternative method to measure performance. The superintendents of Los Angeles, Long Beach, Fresno, San Francisco, Oakland, Sacramento City, Santa Ana, Sanger and Clovis unified districts said they […]

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