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California Prop 32: The Dolphin Group, The Proposition's Dark Messenger

Robin Wilkey | October 8, 2012 | San Francisco
This article comes to us courtesy of Frying Pan News. By Matthew Fleischer Today’s body politic has no shortage of rhetorical bile, but no campaign attack ad comes close to matching 1988’s race-baiting Willie Horton commercial for sheer visceral partisanship. Horton was a black...

California Prop 32′s Deceptive TV Ad

Aaron Sankin | October 2, 2012 | San Francisco
This article comes to us courtesy of Frying Pan News. By Matthew Fleischer The Koch brothers entered California’s political fray September 14, a Friday, with a $4 million donation to a new pro-Proposition 32 political entity called California Future Fund. By Tuesday, September 18, the fund had released...

California Prop. 32: How Backers Have Tried To Ditch Public Schools

Robin Wilkey | October 2, 2012 | San Francisco
This story comes to us courtesy of Frying Pan News. By Matthew Fleischer The billionaire backers of Proposition 32 are an eclectic bunch–from bow-tied Tory parodies like Charles Munger Jr., to Bible-thumping fire-breathers like Larry T. Smith, to old-fashioned oil tycoons like the Koch brothers. Over...

Huffington Post Picture Desk Live: 3rd October 2012

Elliot Wagland | October 4, 2012 | UK
Scroll down for some of the best news, entertainment, culture and sports pictures from around the world, brought to you by The Huffington Post's Picture Editors Elliot Wagland, Matthew Tucker and Tahira Mirza:

LA Medical Marijuana Dispensary Ban Repealed By City Council Vote

Kathleen Miles | October 2, 2012 | Los Angeles
The Los Angeles City Council has voted to repeal the ban on medical marijuana dispensaries. The Council voted in July to ban marijuana dispensaries across the city. Medical marijuana advocates, furious, successfully suspended the ban in August before it went into place by delivering 50,000...

Ty Segall Screams His Way Through Bizarre WGN Morning News Set (VIDEO)

Joseph Erbentraut | October 2, 2012 | Chicago
Coming off of two sold-out shows with Thee Oh Sees at the Logan Square Auditorium the previous weekend, San Francisco psych rocker Ty Segall stopped by the WGN Morning News set Tuesday and, well, whatever it was that ensued was bizarrely epic considering its 9 a.m. time slot....

Sukkahs: Jews Eat, Sleep And Give Thanks In Temporary Huts For Sukkot (PHOTOS)

Josh Fleet | October 4, 2012 | Religion
For the eight days and seven nights of Sukkot, Jews traditionally eat and sleep in a sukkah, a temporary dwelling with a thatched roof, from which the holiday gets its name. This practice is based on the verse: "Every resident among the Israelites shall live...

Chicago Leads U.S. Cities In Largest Influx Of Downtown Residents, U.S. Census Report Shows

Sara Gates | July 28, 2014 | Chicago
As more and more people head downtown in U.S. cities across the country, Chicago takes the top rank, boasting the largest numeric gain in downtown residents, according to a recent report from the U.S. Census Bureau. The report, which compared 2000 and 2010 U.S. Census data,...

Larry Ellison, Oracle CEO, Buys Ninth Malibu Beach House (PHOTOS)

Ann Brenoff | October 4, 2012 | Los Angeles
A few years ago, the peons-with-no-beach access used to marvel over who would wind up as the King of Carbon Beach -- an exclusive stretch of Malibu, Calif. oceanfront where (apologies to the nouveau riche who unwittingly bought in Malibu Colony) the real money lives. It's nicknamed Billionaires' Beach for...

Tony Romo, Mark Sanchez Among Worst NFL Week 4 Performers (PHOTOS/VIDEOS)

Michael Klopman | October 2, 2012 | Sports
Week 4 wasn't a good week for quarterbacks. Sure, Ryan Fitzpatrick threw four touchdown passes. But he also threw four interceptions and the Buffalo Bills lost 52-28. Miami's Ryan Tannehill threw for more than 400 yards, but his two interceptions and costly fumble allowed Arizona to rally and win...

Sean Parker: 'Now Is The Most Toxic Time Ever In Silicon Valley'

Britney Fitzgerald | October 2, 2012 | Technology
Being head honcho of a start-up has rarely been described as "easy." Sean Parker, former hacker and Silicon Valley legend, described his own turbulent business ventures recently to AllThingsD: “Running a start-up is like eating glass. You just start to like the taste of your own blood.” While...

San Francisco Events: Hardly Strictly Bluegrass, Giants Playoffs, America's Cup And More (PHOTOS)

Robin Wilkey | October 4, 2012 | San Francisco
Hey, San Francisco! We don't know if you've looked at the calendar lately -- you may have been too busy soaking up that 87-degree sunshine in Dolores Park. But we just did a double take at our schedule and there's no doubt about it: this might be our best...

Colleges In California See Exodus Of State's Students

Tyler Kingkade | October 2, 2012 | College
California's public universities are ranked among the best colleges nationally and globally, but more Californians are ditching the Golden State for education from elsewhere. Some $2.5 billion in state budget cuts has led to steep tuition hikes, enrollment freezes and a shortage in class availability at...

Every Baby Born Today Owes More Than $13,000 In State Debt: Study

Catherine New | October 2, 2012 | Money
To every proud new parent, your bundle of joy already owes more than $13,000. Babies born today arrive in the red when it comes to state debt, a new report says. According to a study released Tuesday by State Budget Solutions, a nonpartisan group pushing for state budget...

Gay Congressional Candidates Running In Record Numbers

Paige Lavender | December 2, 2012 | Politics
NEW YORK — Of the four openly gay members of Congress, the two longest-serving stalwarts are vacating their seats. Instead of fretting, their activist admirers are excited about a record number of gays vying to win seats in the next Congress – and to make history in the process. When...

Arnold Schwarzenegger On The Daily Show: Former Governor Discusses New Book, California (VIDEO)

Anna Almendrala | October 2, 2012 | Los Angeles
Arnold Schwarzenegger took a break from his torrid tell-all book tour for some wonky policy talk on "The Daily Show" Monday night. The interview began with the now perfunctory admissions of guilt and regret about cheating on Maria Shriver with their live-in housekeeper,...

California's 'Ex-Gay' Reparative Therapy Ban Details Sought, Shared In Other States

Curtis M. Wong | October 2, 2012 | Gay Voices
SAN FRANCISCO -- Gay rights advocates are making plans to get other states to join California in banning psychotherapy aimed at making gay teenagers straight, even as opponents prepared Monday to sue to overturn the first law in the nation to take aim at the practice. After months of intense...

San Francisco Nudity Ban Would Prohibit Streaking In (Most) Public Situations

Aaron Sankin | October 2, 2012 | San Francisco
If "Stuff Random Groups of People Like" was still a thing, any list of "Stuff San Franciscans Like" would undoubtedly include public nudity somewhere close to the top. From the Folsom Street Fair to Bay to Breakers to just rocking out with your junk out, public nudity is embedded in...

San Francisco In The Movies: Take The Ultimate Film Fanatic's Tour (PHOTOS)

Carly Schwartz | December 2, 2012 | San Francisco
By JOHN MARSHALL, Associated Press SAN FRANCISCO -- The spot where Jimmy Stewart saved Kim Novak in "Vertigo" is at Fort Point, just under the base of the Golden Gate Bridge. A few miles down the bay is Alcatraz, where Nicolas Cage and Sean Connery prevented missiles from launching and...

Prop 32: If California Votes To Strip Unions' Political Funding Ability, Other States Could Follow (VIDEO)

Kathleen Miles | October 2, 2012 | Los Angeles
California's Prop 32 has union leaders and supporters across the country shaking in their work boots. If passed, Prop 32 would severely limit the ability of California organized labor to raise and contribute political money, which in turn has the recipients of that money -- primarily Democratic candidates -- equally...
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