California Democrats score big win as Supreme Court blocks anti-tax ballot measure
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by Dan Walters
2h ago
The century-long and often tortured history of California making law through ballot measures took a new turn Thursday when the state Supreme Court blocked an initiative that would have made it much more difficult to raise state and local taxes. Unanimously, the court agreed with Gov. Gavin Newsom and a Legislature controlled by fellow Democrats that the Taxpayer Protection Act, as it’s called shorthand, would be a revision of the state constitution and cannot be proposed via initiative, rather than a constitutional amendment as its proponents contended. “No speculation regarding potential futu ..read more
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Critics fundamentally misconstrue the Supreme Court’s bump stock ruling
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by Jacob Sullum
2h ago
After the Supreme Court overturned the Trump administration’s bump stock ban last week, critics complained that the justices had interpreted the Second Amendment in a way that rules out perfectly reasonable gun regulations. That was an odd complaint, because the case did not involve the Second Amendment. The Court’s decision upheld an important principle that goes far beyond gun control: Federal bureaucrats do not have the authority to invent new crimes by rewriting the law. All Americans, regardless of how they feel about gun rights, have a stake in that principle, which is crucial to the rul ..read more
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U.S. Olympic swimming trials: On a night for doubling up, Lilly King adds engagement ring
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by The Associated Press
3h ago
By PAUL NEWBERRY AP National Writer INDIANAPOLIS — On a night for doubling up at the U.S. Olympic swimming trials, Lilly King left with another big prize. An engagement ring. Ryan Murphy, Regan Smith, Kate Douglass and King all claimed a second individual event at the Paris Games with their performances Thursday in the temporary pool at Lucas Oil Stadium. But the most dramatic moment came just off the deck. King’s boyfriend, former Indiana University swimmer James Wells, pulled out a ring, dropped to a knee and asked her to marry him. She said yes with a kiss and a big hug. “I didn’t see it ..read more
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Brink-less Sparks can’t keep up with Liberty
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by The Associated Press
3h ago
By DOUG FEINBERG AP Basketball Writer NEW YORK — The Sparks’ winless road trip didn’t figure to get any easier in New York. Sabrina Ionescu scored 31 points and Jonquel Jones added 22 to help the New York Liberty beat the Sparks, 93-80, on Thursday night, as the visitors dropped to 0-5 on their seven-game trip. The Sparks (4-12) were playing their first game since they lost star rookie Cameron Brink to an ACL tear in her left knee. The Liberty (13-3) led 60-54 with 2:58 left in the third quarter before Ionescu and Jones combined to score the first 11 points of a 13-0 run to give New York a dou ..read more
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A beloved building at Pasadena City College will be demolished. Reactions are mixed
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by Teresa Liu
5h ago
The fate of Pasadena City College’s W Building has officially been sealed—it will be demolished. But not everyone is happy about the decision. The beloved facility, originally built as the women’s gym in the 1960s and now houses the institution’s movement classes, is a part of the 2024 Facilities Strategic Plan Update unanimously approved by the PCC Board of Trustees on Tuesday, June 18. The plan outlines various facilities improvements, such as a proposed new satellite campus at Rosemead. These projects will be funded by a $565 million bond approved by voters in 2022. Images of the proposed P ..read more
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Alexander: The JJ Redick experiment is a big risk for the Lakers, Pelinka
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by Jim Alexander
5h ago
Maybe JJ Redick will, indeed, be the next Pat Riley. After all, Riles stepped from his spot alongside Chick Hearn to the Lakers’ sideline all those years ago, serving an apprenticeship to Paul Westhead before sliding over to the first chair when Westhead was fired in November of 1981. Or maybe Redick will be the next Steve Kerr. The curator of the Golden State Warriors’ dynasty went from broadcaster to coach, too, though he did have experience as the Phoenix Suns’ general manager before the Dubs tapped him to replace Mark Jackson. Or perhaps … well, there’s two ways the Lakers’ unorthodox hiri ..read more
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Stanley Cup Final: McDavid magic keeps Edmonton alive for Game 6
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by The Associated Press
6h ago
EDMONTON, Alberta — Connor McDavid was surrounded by greatness. His hair still wet from practice, he sat in Studio 99, the restaurant in the Edmonton Oilers’ home arena named for Wayne Gretzky and full of memorabilia commemorating the legendary career of the “Great One.” To his right was a jersey Gretzky wore during his first NHL season and on the wall to his left quotes from No. 99, who captained Edmonton to the Stanley Cup four times. If McDavid keeps this up, the Oilers are going to have to make room for a Studio 97. The heir apparent to Gretzky, Mario Lemieux and Sidney Crosby as the best ..read more
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Samuel Woodward describes how he stabbed former classmate Blaze Bernstein to death
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by Sean Emery
6h ago
Samuel Woodward testified Thursday to feeling “anger like nothing I had ever felt in my whole life” as he repeatedly stabbed his former classmate Blaze Bernstein in a Lake Forest park before burying Bernstein with “my own bare hands.” Woodward, in a dramatic culmination of his fourth day of testimony in a Santa Ana courtroom, described violently killing Bernstein after he claimed Bernstein touched his genitals. Woodward testified that he was worried Bernstein had taken an explicit photo of him and was texting it to other people, leading him to first try to grab Bernstein’s cell phone and then ..read more
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Violent crime is up and drug use, trespassing and thefts are down on LA Metro
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by Steve Scauzillo
7h ago
Violent crimes rose nearly 16% on LA Metro’s transit system from March to April, while societal crimes such as passengers using drugs, carrying weapons or trespassing decreased by 34% and property crimes dropped 4%, according to a Metro safety report released Thursday, June 20. Assaults on bus and train operators rose slightly, from 10 in March to 12 in April. The three top assault methods were brandishing a knife, using a knife. or using hands to slap or punch. Operator assaults have dropped from a high in November 2023 of 20, Metro reported. The Metro monthly safety report was discussed duri ..read more
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Ducks to kick off preseason Sept. 24 in San Jose
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by Andrew Knoll
7h ago
The Ducks announced their preseason schedule Thursday for the 2024-25 season, which will consist of half a dozen exhibition games, all to be played within the Golden State. They’ll begin with a home-and-home set against the rebuilding San Jose Sharks, heading to Northern California to kick off the campaign Sept. 24 before their home opener Sept. 26. They’ll also wrap up their series of tuneups in San Jose on Oct. 4. They’ll host the Kings on Sept. 30 and also face them on Sept. 28 in a neutral-site affair, the Empire Classic at Ontario’s Toyota Arena, the home of the Kings’ minor-league affili ..read more
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