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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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. 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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Reclaiming Raqqa & Obamacare Repeal Rises: VICE News Tonight Full Episode (HBO)

September 19, 2017, FULL EPISODE of VICE News Tonight on HBO.

VICE News travels to Raqqa, where Syrian Democratic Forces are three months into the offensive to retake the ISIS stronghold.

Myanmar’s leader, Aung San Suu spoke for the first time to address the growing crisis that has forced more than 400,000 members of the Rohingya minority to flee the country.

We sit down with Republican senator Bill Cassidy as he scrambles to shore up support for a last-ditch attempt to repeal Obamacare with Sen. Lindsay Graham. Plus, a look at the hundreds of people in Detroit lined up outside the city’s convention center during a massive, three-day clinic. And, Big Boi’s fourth and final installment of Music Corner.

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How NFL Protests Mirror Berkeley’s 1960s Free Speech Movement (HBO)

In response to President Trump’s call for NFL players to be fired for protesting police brutality during the national anthem, players protested en masse at Sunday’s games.

The battle over free speech in the NFL may be new. But it has uncanny echoes of a 1960s fight at UC-Berkeley waged by a coalition of students from across the political spectrum known as the Free Speech Movement. The F.S.M. started in the fall of 1964 after the Berkeley administration banned all political activity on campus. The F.S.M.’s goal was a complete repeal of the ban. But the energy that drove the movement came from deeper grievances.

VICE News looks at the root of the movement and how it connects to today’s free speech battles

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