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Kamala Harris seeks to block 'kill the gays' ballot measure

This article by Christopher Cadelago links to SacBee.com.

California Attorney General Kamala Harris asked a court Wednesday to intervene and allow her to block an incendiary planned ballot measure authorizing the killing of gays and lesbians. Called the “Sodomite Suppression Act”, Harris argues that readying the proposed initiative for circulation would waste state resources and mislead the public.

More than money at stake in University of California budget negotiations

This article by Alexei Koseff links to SacBee.com.

As UC President Janet Napolitano continues to battle state lawmakers for funding of the nearly 150-year-old system, Gov Jerry Brown has dispatched accounting auditors to some campuses. Meanwhile, new legislation removing the power of UC Regents to operate autonomously is sure to set up an epic showdown in the coming months.

Bigoted texts 'disgraced' SFPD, chief says, vowing rapid action

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Police Chief Gregory Suhr took charge of the department in April 2011.

This article by Jaxon Van Derbeken links to SFGate.com.

Four veteran officers accused of sending racist and homophobic texts were transferred to non-public-contact positions in February, and one resigned from the force on March 18th. Federal authorities apparently turned over messages from 2011 and 2012 sent to and from former SFPD Sgt. Ian Furminger, who was convicted on felony corruption charges in February.

Cal Fire scandal widens to prostitution, unwanted sexual advances

This article by Jon Ortiz links to SacBee.com.

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According to recently released documents by the state's leading fire suppression agency, a "fire apparatus engineer" named Timothy L. Edgmon was fired after claims that he sexually assaulted a woman at a bar during a cadet graduation celebration in April, 2014. Meanwhile, Assistant Chief Scott A. Henry was demoted to batallion chief for using his state-issued phone to book appointments with prostitutes and for using his state-issued vehicle to travel to their locations. Fourteen other CalFire employees have suffered suspensions or demotions after a sweeping investigation sparked by a homicide last year.

Jon Stewart Attacks Marin Parents for Opting Out of Vaccines

This article links to SFGate.com.

Two outbreaks of measles have been reported - one at Disneyland - just ahead of the release of a documentary film, Trace Amounts, which exposes vaccine makers for their continued use of Thimerosal, the mercury based preservative tied to autism. Now comedian Jon Stewart is helping out drugmakers by satirizing Marin County "liberals" who don't vaccinate their children. Today, one in 60 children is diagnosed with some form of autism-related malady. In 2007, The City Edition reported on Robert F. Kenney's crusade to get Thimerosal banned.

Greece Is a Crime Scene, and Vulture Funds Are to Blame - An Interview with Greg Palast

This article by Michael Nevradakis links to TruthOut.org.

Investigative reporter and bestselling author Greg Palast discusses the results of his investigation into the actions of so-called vulture funds and their role in the destruction of the Greek economy. According to Palast, "I've been investigating the causes of Greece's collapse; it's a crime scene; it's not something that was a matter of Greeks living beyond their means or being lazy, olive pit-spewing slackers, as the Germans would have it. In fact, I actually looked it up: The average Greek worker works 400 hours more a year than the average German worker."

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Members of the Anglican clergy voting in November, 2014 for a historic change.

Church of England Names First Female Bishop

This article by Alan Cowell links to the New York Times.

"Today we can begin to embrace a new way of being the church and moving forward together," the archbishop of Canterbury, the Most Rev. Justin Welby, said after a vote lat November to overturn a centuries-long ban on female participation in the hierarchy of the Anglican churcn. Now two decades after the first female priest was ordained, the Rev. Libby Lane is now a bishop.

On the Trail of Yosemite's Monopoly Concessionaire

It happens only once every 15 years or so, and the last time it drove environmentalists into a state of apoplexy. That would be the award of the big contract to run Yosemite's lodgings, restaurants and other tourist services. It turns out, the Sierra Club and other nonprofits have cause to be concerned. In 1993, the Department of Interior may have secretly maneuvered to place the contract into the lap of Delaware North Companies, which is run by a billionaire with former ties to notorious gangsters. Bidding on the new contract was supposed to take effect in September 2011, but has been delayed again and again. Which begs the question: Is DNC the Halliburton of the National Park Service?

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Filaments of ebola attached to a cell.

Ebola 'Secret Serum': Small Biopharma, The Army, And Big Tobacco

This article links to Forbes.com

The experimental Ebola drug ZMapp is the product of a "convoluted convergence of U.S. and Canadian federal agencies and industrial partners that's typical for treatments of potential value against biowarfare and bioterrorism," according to this 8/5/14 article in Forbes. "The U.S. Army Medical Research Institute of Infectious Diseases (USAMRIID) has been a critical driver of much of this work as they maintain biosafety level-4 facilities in Frederick, Maryland, and have extensive expertise with non-human primates as a model for human infectious diseases." The research and development of ZMapp and related drugs described here calls to mind Leonard Horowitz's 1996 book, Emerging Viruses: AIDS and Ebola - Nature, Accident or Intentional. (A video broadcast from Dr. Horowitz took place in August.) For more background, see also The City Edition's 2006 article about Liberia and President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, "Sometimes You Win."

Restoring Your Vision Without Glasses or Surgery

Back in the 1920's, Dr. William Bates developed an approach to correcting eyesight that unfortunately, never caught on with the medical establishment. Yet by following a series of simple techniques, you can get back your 20/20 vision and leave the spectacles behind. Here's a look at how it's done, along with alternative solutions to cataract surgery.

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