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As Pacers Implode, Bird Avoids Blame

Posted April 30, 2014 by Randy Shaw

Since Indiana Pacers President Larry Bird made a major midseason trade, the team has imploded. Yet Bird, the best white NBA player over the last thirty years, gets no blame in the media for wrecking the Pacers chemistry. As the
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Donald Sterling Confirms Race Still Matters

Posted April 29, 2014 by Randy Shaw

As much as we’d like to place Clippers owner Donald Sterling’s racist rants in isolation (and Commissioner Silver issued a lifetime ban on Sterling today), they followed a U.S. Supreme Court ruling upholding Michigan’s abolition of affirmative action, and its
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Critical CA Cellphone Bill Remains Largely Unknown

Posted April 29, 2014 by Andrew Szeto

Senator Mark Leno’s smartphone “kill switch” bill failed to pass last week, but could still pass in May when SB 962 comes up for another vote. Yesterday, we suggested grassroots mobilization would help get the bill passed. I talked to
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Renters’ Rebate Bill Passes Key Assembly Committee

Posted April 29, 2014 by Tenants Together

A bill to provide for a renters’ rebate for low-income California tenants passed a key committee earlier today. Co-sponsored by Tenants Together, the bill addresses a central demand of the Renters’ Day of Action held in Sacramento earlier this year.
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If Smart Phone Users Mobilize, They Can Stop Thefts

Posted April 28, 2014 by Randy Shaw

On April 24, the California State Senate defeated SB 962, which requires smart phones to have a “kill switch” that would render them inoperable in case of theft. But if smart phone users mobilize pressure against Democrats who opposed the
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