Regulators: Pot Deliveries Can Be Made Throughout California
12/10/2018 9:42:24 PM

By Paul Elias SAN FRANCISCO (AP)—California regulators on Friday said marijuana deliveries can be made anywhere in the state, even in locales that ban cannabis. Law enforcement groups and the California League of Cities opposed the move, arguing that pot deliveries to places that ban cannabis erodes local government control and will increase crime in those areas. The matter has been one of the most debated issues as state regulators hammer out permanent rules for how marijuana is grown, tested, packaged and delivered. Recreational marijuana became legal in the state after...

Federal Protections for Air, Land and Water Are Disappearing
12/10/2018 9:41:14 PM

By Staff Reports   WASHINGTON (AP)—One after another, landmark U.S. protections for climate, air and land are in the crosshairs of the Trump administration as his agency leaders move past early fumbles and scandals to start delivering on a succession of promised environmental rollbacks. On Thursday, the Interior Department proposed easing rules on oil and gas drilling for millions of acres of range in the West. And as soon as next week, the Environmental Protection Agency is expected to unveil its proposed rewrite of a major 2015 Obama rule that extended federal...

Climate Reality Check: Global Carbon Pollution Up in 2018
12/10/2018 9:39:46 PM

By Seth Borenstein   WASHINGTON (AP)—Scientists calculate that global emissions of heat-trapping carbon dioxide saw their largest rise in seven years. Projections show world carbon dioxide emissions increased 2.7 percent from 2017 to 2018, following several years of little growth. The calculations are from the Global Carbon Project, an international scientific collaboration of academics, governments and industry that tracks greenhouse gas emissions. They were published in three scientific journals Wednesday. The new figures were announced as government leaders meet in...

Sheriff McDonnell Concedes Defeat in Reelection Bid
11/28/2018 10:39:15 PM

By Staff Reports   LOS ANGELES (CNS)—One day after conceding defeat in his reelection bid, Los Angeles County Sheriff Jim McDonnell said today he has no plans to disappear from the law-enforcement world and is “looking forward to the next chapter.” McDonnell, speaking to reporters at the sheriff's department downtown headquarters, touted accomplishments during his four years leading the agency, highlighting efforts to curb use of force against inmates and meet requirements of a federal consent decree. He said he will offer support to incoming sheriff...

Maxine Waters: If Donald Trump is not Offering Prayers, Sympathy & Assistance to Californians, He Should Keep His Mouth Shut
11/28/2018 9:56:23 PM

LOS ANGELES—Congresswoman Maxine Waters (CA-43) released the following statement on the Camp and Woolsey wildfires in California: “As the Camp and Woolsey Fires continue to blaze a deadly path across the great state of California, resulting in the loss of more than 80 lives and leaving more than 800 people missing, am completely disgusted by what we have witnessed from the so-called President of the United States. That Donald Trump would open his mouth to criticize and threaten our state in the face of such a tragic and widespread natural disaster, is a shocking and utter...

Criminal Justice Reform Long Overdue for Black America
11/28/2018 9:55:22 PM

JIM NEED BYLINE PLEASE   As a member of the infamous Wilmington Ten case in North Carolina from 1972 to 2012, I witnessed firsthand why the criminal justice system in the United States needed to be thoroughly reformed. We had been unjustly sentenced in 1972 to a combined total of 282 years in prison for standing up for equal quality education for Black students in the public school system in Wilmington, NC in 1971. For 40 long years, until North Carolina Governor Beverly Perdue signed “Pardons of Innocence” documents for each member of the Wilmington Ten, the issues...

Shall We Say Grace?
11/28/2018 9:53:13 PM

By Marian Wright Edelman   When I was a child, my father kept an editorial cartoon pinned up in the vestibule of our church that made a deep impression on me I have never forgotten. It was a black and white drawing by the Pulitzer Prize-winning artist Herblock that was originally published in the Washington Post in October 1947. The picture shows well-dressed, happy White people sitting at a banquet table overflowing with place settings, goblets, and so much food the table cannot hold any more: a roast, gravy boats, bread and butter, covered dishes, heaping platters of sides....

Marian Wright Edelman Stepping Aside from CDF
11/28/2018 9:42:56 PM

By Stacy M. Brown   Marian Wright Edelman, a trailblazer, freedom fighter and champion of causes that affect the nation’s young, has announced that she’s stepping aside from the Children’s Defense Fund, an organization she founded 45 years ago. “Dear colleagues, supporters, partners and friends, after 45 years as President of the Children’s Defense Fund (CDF), I have decided to transition into a new role as President Emerita in the Office of the Founder,” Wright wrote in a letter posted on the organization’s website.  “I...

Government Climate Report Warns of Worsening U.S. Disasters
11/28/2018 9:30:33 PM

By Seth Borenstein   WASHINGTON (AP)—As California's catastrophic wildfires recede and people rebuild after two hurricanes, a massive new federal report warns that these types of extreme weather disasters are worsening in the United States. The White House report quietly issued Friday also frequently contradicts President Donald Trump. The National Climate Assessment was written long before the deadly fires in California this month and before Hurricanes Florence and Michael raked the East Coast and Florida. It says warming-charged extremes “have already become...

Lessons in Servant Leadership
11/23/2018 10:00:47 PM

By Marian Wright Edelman   “The way through chaos, calamity, and confusion is not by adding chaos, calamity, and confusion. That multiplies what’s hurting us and undermining us. The Hebrew and Christian Bibles insist from the first chapter to the last chapter you cannot overcome evil with evil, you have to overcome evil with good. Depart from evil, do not be overcome by evil. An eye for an eye leaves everyone blind. A tooth for a tooth means that therefore soon everyone is toothless. You cannot bind up the wounds of people in our land by pouring sand into the...