Thursday, May 6, 2010

Thursday Must Read

By Robert Gammon
Thu, May 6, 2010 at 11:03 AM

Stories that you shouldn’t miss:

1. The Richmond City Council joined the boycott against Arizona over it’s extreme anti-immigration law, the CoCo Times reports. Richmond follows the cities of Oakland and San Francisco in the boycott. The only question is: When is Berkeley going to sign on? Berkeley is usually out in front on national political issues such as this one.

2. UC Berkeley law professor Goodwin Liu is scheduled to appear before a US Senate Committee, concerning his nomination to the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals, the Chron reports. The liberal professor has come under heavy attack from Republicans, and although the Judiciary Committee likely will confirm his nomination, conservatives in the full Senate may mount a filibuster.

3. Prosecutors have evidence that Yusuf Bey IV, the CEO of the defunct Your Black Muslim Bakery, had attempted to order the assassination of two witnesses who were set to testify against him at his murder trial, according to Bay Area News Group. Bey IV, who is in jail awaiting trial for the murder of journalist Chauncey Bailey, allegedly secretly passed the orders to a hitman through his former attorney, Lorna Patton Brown. The alleged hitman, Gary Popoff, had worked at Your Community Café, a North Oakland business owned by a former Black Muslim Bakery member.

4. California’s cash-starved educational system threatens the future of the Bay Area’s economy because it doesn’t produce enough qualified workers, concludes a new report issued today by the Bay Area Council’s Economic Institute.


5. Some Asian-American business owners are crying foul over new state regulations that make it illegal to import and sell live frogs and turtles, the Chron reports. The new rules are designed to help stop the proliferation of exotic animals being set free in the state. But Asian-market owners note that the rules don't apply to pet stores and that they already are required under law to kill the animals in their stores after customers buy them.

6. And aluminum bats would be banned in high schools throughout California for at least two years under a new bill that passed a state Assembly committee, according to the AP. The bill was prompted by recent serious head injuries suffered by youth who were hit with baseballs that fly off of aluminum bats.

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