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Girls say high school dress code is sexist: ‘School is telling us female bodies are distracting, and it’s wrong’

By | September 13th, 2017|Education, Intergroup Relations|

Some local high school students are challenging Burbank Unified’s dress code, saying it is sexist against girls, and they are planning to survey parents, teachers and students on how to amend the policy.

Eight students from Burroughs and Burbank high schools shared their personal experiences dealing with the dress code during the public-comment period of a

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Despite compromise, California law enforcement mixed on ‘Sanctuary State’ bill

By | September 13th, 2017|Immigration, Intergroup Relations, Police & Community|

The California State Sheriffs’ Association remains opposed to the so-called “Sanctuary State” bill despite a number of amendments that weakened the final version, the group announced Tuesday.

Meanwhile, the California Police Chiefs Association said following Monday’s revisions that it has lifted its opposition to SB 54, formally named the California Values Act, which would limit law enforcement cooperation

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LA County leaders limit travel to anti-DACA states

By | September 13th, 2017|Immigration, Intergroup Relations|

Faced with growing uncertainty and fear among immigrants across their districts, Los Angeles County Supervisors voted unanimously Tuesday to defend an Obama-era policy that protected undocumented children from being deported, but disagreed on how their Board should press the federal government to preserve it.

The board’s unanimous vote on parts of a motion introduced last week

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How Facebook posts led to the ouster of the conservative mayor of a liberal Bay Area town

By | September 12th, 2017|Intergroup Relations|

After a few days of thought, Jeff Wieler decided to invite me over to his hillside home. I could understand his reluctance.

The last few weeks have not been pleasant for Wieler, who was forced to step down as mayor of Piedmont, a charming and affluent city nestled in the Oakland Hills. He was not particularly

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Colorado cake maker asks Supreme Court to provide a religious liberty right to refuse gay couple

By | September 12th, 2017|LGBT|

“Sorry, guys, I don’t make cakes for same-sex weddings.”

With that blunt comment, Jack Phillips, a baker who designs custom wedding cakes, sent two men out the door and set off a legal battle between religious liberty and gay rights that comes before the U.S. Supreme Court this fall…

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How Good Is Your Gaydar? How Good Is Your Science?

By | September 12th, 2017|LGBT|

It was bound to make headlines: a study claiming that a computer could predict if someone is gay or straight, based on a photo. But the story has moved beyond headlines, to gay rights advocates charging that the study is scientifically invalid and an author of the paper saying he’s under unfair personal

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A University’s Big Move on Socioeconomic Diversity

By | September 7th, 2017|Education, Intergroup Relations|

This is the time of year when every selective college or university worth its salt boasts about the academic credentials (“more National Merit Scholars than ever before!”), geographic reach (“students from 49 states and 37 countries!”), and, increasingly, the diversity of its freshman

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Trump Moves to End DACA and Calls on Congress to Act

By | September 5th, 2017|Immigration|

WASHINGTON — President Trump on Tuesday ordered an end to the Obama-era executive action that shields young undocumented immigrants from deportation and called on Congress to replace the policy with legislation before it fully expires on March 5, 2018.

The government will no longer accept new applications from

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