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Jelly Belly chairman donates to reverse rights of trans students in California

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Back in August, California passed a landmark form of legislation that allows transgender students from grades K-12 the right to choose programs and facilities based on their gender identity. It’s called the “School Success and Opportunity Act,” and Jelly Belly Chairman Herman Rowland Sr. isn’t a supporter of the legislation. What he does support is an […]

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This woman’s a hero

For the second time in two years, a 24-year-old California woman has saved the life of a car accident victim. Keenia Williams is being hailed for her bravery after pulling a driver from an overturned vehicle on I-80 Wednesday morning. 

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Transgender teen defending herself during school fight faces criminal charges

A 16-year-old transgender student who claims to have been defending herself against fellow classmates now faces criminal charges for the fight. Jewlyes Gutierrez says she snapped and finally fought back after two years of relentless bullying over her sexuality by students at California’s Hercules High School. 

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For Black students in California, achievement gap remains

A new study reveals that African American college students continue to be affected by an academic achievement gap when seeking higher education. The study, “The State of Blacks in Higher Education in California,” states that while California is home to the fifth largest Black population in the nation, the college opportunity gaps between blacks and other […]

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Prisoners in California undergo tech job training

Thanks to the expansion of a prison program, inmates in California have the chance to gain valuable skills in the field of technology. ”The Last Mile” trains inmates in San Quentin State Prison as well as Los Angeles Twin Towers Correctional Facility.

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NAACP urges authorities to charge white students with felony hate-crime

The NAACP is calling on prosecutors to file felony hate-crime charges against four white students who allegedly harassed a black student at San Jose State University. The students currently face misdemeanor hate-crime and battery charges.

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FBI to investigate case of 13-year-old shot 7 times by police

The FBI has taken over an investigation where a 13-year-old boy was shot 7 times by police. Andy Lopez was killed by a Northern California deputy while walking down the street with a pellet gun that looked like an assault rifle. Sheriff Steve Freitas plans to fully cooperate with federal investigators.

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New Bill Could Save Former Convicts From Returning To Prison

California’s state Senate approved a bill that changes the state’s job application policy regarding felony conviction questions. Assembly Bill 218 is part of “Ban the Box,” a growing movement led by the National Employment Law Project.Specifically targeting the check-box criminal background question commonly found of job applications, the bill aims to combat employer discrimination against ex-convicts.

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On the Death of Rodney King

The most sobering moment in Paul Beatty’s satirical novel, The White Boy Shuffle (1996) occurs just before the L.A. Riots are about to begin. The book’s protagonist, Gunnar Kaufman and his best friend Nicholas Scoby are on their way home from a strangely long basketball practice. During their walk, Gunnar immediately senses something different happening in his […]

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