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Monday’s Briefing: Berkeley Hot Dog Vendor Gets $87,921; Milo’s 15-Minute Speech Costs Cal $800,000

Plus, giant “Impeach” Trump billboard debuts on Bay Bridge.

Robert Gammon Sep 25, 2017 10:07 AM
Photo courtesy of KTVU

Stories you shouldn’t miss for Sept. 25, 2017:

1. The Berkeley hot dog vendor who had his cash taken by Berkeley police was awarded a check for $87,921 from a GoFundMe campaign, KTVU reports. Juan “Beto” Macias said he plans to use the money to buy a food truck and pay legal fees. Macias’ plight went viral after a video showed a Berkeley cop citing him, rifling through his wallet, and confiscating $60 from him during a Cal football game for selling hot dogs without a permit.

2. Alt-right provocateur Milo Yiannopoulos appeared on the UC Berkeley campus on Sunday for about 15 minutes, and the event cost the university about $800,000 in public safety expenses, the San Francisco Chronicle reports. Yiannopoulos’ appearance was the only event of what was supposed to be a weeklong right-wing “Free Speech Week” on campus. College Republican organizers canceled the week’s events late last week, although emails revealed that the whole thing might have all been a setup from the start, the Bay Area News Group$ reports.

3. A giant “Impeach” Donald Trump billboard debuted today near the Bay Bridge, courtesy of the California-based Courage Campaign, reports Lisa Fernandez of KTVU. The billboard, which is scheduled to stay up until Oct. 1, is the first of its kind in the state.

4. Numerous NFL players, including most members of the Oakland Raiders, took a knee or sat during the National Anthem on Sunday in defiance of President Trump, who said at a speech on Friday that any “son of a bitch” who doesn’t stand for the anthem should be fired.

5. President Trump also disinvited Steph Curry and the world champion Golden State Warriors to the White House after Curry indicated that he planned to vote against going. Cleveland Cavaliers superstar LeBron James called Trump a “bum” for his decision.

6. Oakland A’s catcher Bruce Maxwell on Saturday became the first Major League Baseball player to take a knee during the National Anthem to protest racism and police brutality. The A’s issued a statement in support of Maxwell.

7. The GOP last-ditch effort to repeal and replace Obamacare appears to be on the ropes, even though Republicans attempted to gain the votes of GOP moderates Susan Collins of Maine and Lisa Murkowski of Alaska by offering their states more funding, the Washington Post$ reports.

8. And 3.5 million Puerto Ricans are facing a dire situation in the weeks ahead as the island is expected to be without power and water, the Washington Post$ reports.

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