To Cheat and Lie in L.A.: How the College-Admissions Scandal Ensnared the Richest Families in Southern California

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Source: Vanity Fair Bogus applications. Forged ACT tests. Dubious extracurriculars polished to a sheen. How the parents involved in the college-admissions scandal became drawn into Rick Singer’s web, lusting after the crookedest education money could buy. It was so not like Jane Buckingham to behave this way. After all, she was the model for a responsible, successful, …

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Oakland real estate developer’s controversial cash stunt to clear homeless camp backfires

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Source: MSN Money Developer Gene Gorelik, of the Oakland Redevelopment Group, stood on a boom lift holding a bullhorn announcing, “Free money! Free money!” and dropping dollar bills over a homeless encampment in Oakland, California, Friday morning. Wearing an elf costume, Gorelik offered residents $1,000 each to move, according to the San Francisco Chronicle. “This is …

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Contaminants in California tap water could result in over 15,000 additional cancer cases, study says

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Source: MSN A new study finds that drinking tap water in California over the course of a lifetime could increase the of cancer. Researchers from the environmental advocacy group Environmental Working Group estimated that the contaminants found in public water systems in California could contribute to about 15,500 cancer cases there over the course of …

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San Francisco, Los Angeles And Seattle: 3 Formerly Beautiful West Coast Cities Have Literally Been Transformed Into Hellholes

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Source: The Economic Collapse Once upon a time, San Francisco, Los Angeles and Seattle were three of the most beautiful cities on the entire planet.  I know that this is hard to imagine today, but there was a time when millions of people eagerly moved out to the west coast for a better quality of …

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Silicon Valley-Funded Privacy Think Tanks Fight in D.C. to Unravel State-Level Consumer Privacy Protections

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Source: The Intercept After years of ignoring the issue, lawmakers on Capitol Hill are suddenly engaged in a furious fight over enacting national legislation to establish basic online privacy rights for consumers. As with the crafting of much legislation dealing with complicated issues, legislators are relying on experts to help codify the consumer protections. In a twist …

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Albany lawmakers get a handle on plastic bag ban, details ironed out ahead of state budget vote

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Source: MSN Get ready to bring your own bag to the supermarket. Details about the state’s soon-to-be passed plastic bag ban emerged Thursday as lawmakers prepared to include the measure in the state budget. The statewide ban on plastic single-use bags includes a 5-cent fee on paper bags that counties can split with the state …

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