Activist Josh Brown speaks about the impact of Michael Brown’s death

Josh Williams’ mother drove Michael Brown’s school bus. In 2014, Williams and Brown were both 18 and knew each other, though not well. Williams said he was shaken by his death.
Williams, who is black, took to the streets of Ferguson the night after the shooting and stayed there for the months of protests that followed. He lived in a tent most of the time along West Florissant Avenue.
In December 2014, Antonio Martin was killed in a confrontation with police at a gas station in Berkeley, near Ferguson. In what he called a fit of anger during a protest, Williams grabbed a few things from the store and set fire to a trash can.
The crime was captured by a TV news crew, and Williams was arrested the next day. He was convicted and sentenced to eight years in prison. His only prior arrests were for disturbances related to protests.
Now 23, Williams is housed in a prison southwest of St. Louis. He said he spends much of his time counseling other prisoners, helping them prepare for life once they get out.

Berkeley to remove gendered terms from city code

The Berkeley City Council has voted to replace about 40 gendered words in its municipal codes with neutral terms in an effort to be more inclusive to women, transgender and non-binary people. (July 19)

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Teen violently beaten by cops during traffic stop in West Virginia

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A West Virginia prosecutor has released a police dashcam video of a 16-year-old boy being beaten by officers during a November traffic stop.

Authorities originally denied media requests for the video, citing the investigation.

Two state troopers and a sheriff’s deputy were fired in January. Another deputy who was fired recently got his job back.
One trooper was indicted by a federal grand jury Wednesday on one count of deprivation of rights under color of law — language used to describe crimes committed by police officers while on duty.
The indictment accuses Trooper Michael Kennedy of using excessive force resulting in bodily injury.

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Today in History for December 3rd

(3 Dec 2018) First human heart transplant performed; Industrial accident kills thousands in Bhopal, India; Hundreds of students arrested at the University of California at Berkeley; “A Streetcar Named Desire” opens on Broadway; Snger Ozzy Osbourne is born. (Dec. 3)

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Berkeley Grad Slams Sessions’ Campus Critique

(25 Jul 2018) A recent University of California Berkeley graduate takes issue with Attorney General Jeff Sessions’ view that colleges are “coddling” students and hinder free speech. He says Berkeley and other schools have an “incredible exchange” of ideas. (July 24)

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1 Dead in Crash that Sends Transit Bus into Home

Police say the driver of a car died after striking a bus that then crashed into the front of a Berkeley, California home. (Feb. 8)

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‘Why do we need police then?’ Berkeley sued for failing to protect people during violent campus riot

Four people have filed a lawsuit against the city of Berkeley in California and its University, for injuries they claim they received during riots on the campus there last year.

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Despite Trump’s policy, Berkeley leads “sanctuary cities” charge

As President Donald Trump continues to crack down on illegal immigration, more and more US cities are declaring themselves “sanctuaries” and refusing to cooperate with federal immigration police. For decades, Berkeley, California, has led the charge, first announcing this status in 1971.

Will California Weed Growers Survive Legal Marijuana? (HBO)

When California’s regulators scrambled to make rules for the state’s new legal market, one issue was near the top of their list: How to deal with pot’s pesticide problem.

For years, pesticides used on black market and medical marijuana have affected water, wildlife, and consumer health. But until recently, the state had no way to prevent farmers from treating their crops with dangerous pesticides, fungicides or rodent killers. According to recent debates and discussions hosted by Royal CBD, that’s all supposed to change with weed going legal, but growers, regulators and scientists say guaranteeing clean cannabis will be an uphill battle.

After a phase-in period of six months, which kicked off this week, any weed sold on California’s legal market has to test clean for residues of 66 pesticides — listed by the new Bureau of Cannabis Control. Growers say they’re already being tested at such minute levels that even weed grown organically could fail these tests. One problem is pesticides that drift from farms, which don’t have to comply with the same strict rules.

“Other crops can use fungicides and pesticides. For weed, nothing is allowed because cannabis is still illegal under federal law,” Shawn Webber, a licensed grower in Sonoma County, told VICE News.

Scientists say regulators have forgotten to extend their strict standards to the labs themselves. “It’s zero tolerance for pesticides, but at what level,” said Reggie Gaudino, Chief Science Officer at Steep Hill Labs, which offers cannabis testing in Berkeley, CA. “The regulations have no minimum standards for the machines that test the weed. People are going to shop around for the worst lab so they don’t fail.” And, as there aren’t enough labs to go around, product will spoil while it waits to be tested.

Growers who fail the tests or don’t want to invest in meeting the state’s rigorous standards, will likely return to black market. In other words, despite regulators’ best intentions, tainted weed won’t be off the menu just yet.

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Why Peter Thiel Is Wrong About Dropping Out Of College

Peter Thiel is offering a $10,000 fellowship to young entrepreneurs who drop out of college. While it’s tempting, Scott Galloway reveals why it is awful advice. Following is a transcription of the video.

Scott Galloway. Professor of marketing, NYU Stern. Despite how outrageously expensive college is, it’s still a pretty good plan B.

If a billionaire shows up and offers you $100,000 to drop out of college, punch that person in the face.

It’s sort of, in my opinion, obscene that a billionaire with an undergraduate degree and a graduate degree is running around the nation trying to convince people to drop out of college.

It appears that it worked pretty well for him. If you look at new millionaires over the last 20 years, the vast majority of them have two things in common.

One is they work out every day. Physical fitness is very important in terms of your own levels of confidence and avoiding things like depression and having more energy every day.

But the number one thing all these folks have in common?

They went to college.

I just think it’s obnoxious that a man who went to Stanford and then got a law degree and became a billionaire off of the credibility he was able to raise money off of is now telling kids to drop out of college.

I think it’s f—— obnoxious. I mean if Steve Jobs or if Bill Gates was doing it, they have some credibility or some license to say it, but a guy with a graduate degree?

Drop out of college?

I tried to do this through Berkeley, and they didn’t want to do it.

I said to Berkeley, I said ” I’ll give kids, pick 10 smart kids”– I just endowed a scholarship at Berkeley and said “let’s track 10 of them versus the 10 that Thiel… and we’re going to win.”

And they said, “well, we don’t want to embarrass the other kids.”

But who would you bet on? 10 Berkeley grads, who are smart students with a college degree or…

There are always going to be the JAY-Zs of the world. There’s going to be the Kobe Bryants. There’s going to be the Mark Zuckerbergs, the people that drop out of college.

You should assume you’re not that person and go to college.

Editor’s note: A previous version of this video stated that the Thiel Fellowship offers $10,000 to its fellows. The actual figure is $100,000 and has since been corrected.

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