Archive for October 16th, 2011

InlandPolitics: Wells Fargo dumping bad mortgages on taxpayers

Sunday, October 16, 2011 – 07:25 p.m.

Wells Fargo dumping bad mortgages on U.S. taxpayers?

Say it isn’t so.

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BY ALICIA ROBINSON
STAFF WRITER
arobinson@pe.com

Published: 15 October 2011 07:34 PM

The full-time paid assistants to Riverside City Council members have become the latest political football at City Hall.

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By Kevin Yamamura
kyamamura@sacbee.com
Published: Sunday, Oct. 16, 2011 – 12:00 am | Page 1A
Last Modified: Sunday, Oct. 16, 2011 – 1:44 pm

Inmates in orange jumpsuits trudge across the screen against an ominous soundtrack. Gov. Jerry Brown appears in hazy black-and-white footage. Later, a tattooed skinhead and some shirtless thugs loom.

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The doctor group questions the medical value of pot and acknowledges some health risk from its use but urges it be regulated like alcohol. A law enforcement official harshly criticizes the new stance.

By Anthony York, Los Angeles Times
October 15, 2011, 6:01 p.m.

Reporting from Sacramento— The state’s largest doctor group is calling for legalization of marijuana, even as it pronounces cannabis to be of questionable medical value.

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Breton

By Marcos Breton
mbreton@sacbee.com
Published: Sunday, Oct. 16, 2011 – 12:00 am | Page 1B
Last Modified: Sunday, Oct. 16, 2011 – 9:51 am

Chaos can flourish in the space between ambivalence and intransigence.

Such is life in California, where muddled medical marijuana laws and rigid federal laws outlawing all marijuana use have created an atmosphere stranger than fiction.

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The Los Angeles County sheriff said he failed to implement important reforms that could have minimized brutality. He also said his command staff has at times left him in the dark about jail conditions.

Los Angeles County Sheriff Lee Baca, left, meets with the editorial board at the Los Angeles Times. (Al Seib, Los Angeles Times / October 14, 2011)

By Jack Leonard and Robert Faturechi, Los Angeles Times
October 16, 2011, 5:55 p.m.

In a searing self-critique, Los Angeles County Sheriff Lee Baca acknowledged that he was out of touch about problems in his jails and had failed to implement important reforms that could have minimized deputy brutality against inmates.

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In London and other European capitals, in Australia and Tokyo and Seoul, and in New York, where the protests began last month, and other U.S. cities, fed-up citizens march against the financial system.

Protesters outside St. Paul’s Cathedral in London are hedged in by police during a march against corporate greed. (Dan Kitwood, Getty Images / October 15, 2011)

By Janet Stobart and John M. Glionna, Los Angeles Times
October 15, 2011, 5:10 p.m.

Reporting from London and Seoul— The protests against corporate greed born last month on New York’s Wall Street spread across the world Saturday, with fed-up demonstrators staging marches in Europe and the Asia-Pacific region.

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SFChronicle: Debra J. Saunders: Barack Obama, drug warrior

Saunders

Debra J. Saunders

Sunday, October 16, 2011

President Obama has become quite the drug warrior.

Last month, his Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives issued a memo that stated that it is unlawful for anyone with a state-issued medical marijuana card to possess a gun or ammunition. This month, four U.S. attorneys in California announced that they are escalating prosecution of medical marijuana clubs by going after the assets of their landlords and property owners.

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