A California Supreme Court Justice says that state courts owe it to individuals to go beyond the U.S Supreme Court in protecting rights.
The Chronicle's BOB EGELKO: "State courts must be willing to go beyond the U.S. Supreme Court in protecting individual rights, California Supreme Court Justice Goodwin Liu said Thursday."
"A state court can provide protection for basic liberties that otherwise would go unprotected in that state,” Liu, an appointee of Gov. Jerry Brown, said in remarks prepared for a speech at New York University in honor of the late Supreme Court Justice William Brennan."
Gubernatorial candidates spent Thursday discussing charter schools and how best to succeed Jerry Brown's education policies.
Sacramento Bee's ANGELA HART: "Charter school advocates on Thursday got a glimpse of where most of the announced candidates in the 2018 race to succeed Gov. Jerry Brown stand on privately-governed institutions that have grown across the state in recent years."
"Three Democrats in the contest – Antonio Villaraigosa, John Chiang and Delaine Eastin – all said at an education forum in Sacramento that they support the concept of charter schools, but expressed widely varying views on key issues, including school funding, accountability and student accessibility. Of the three, Villaraigosa spoke most strongly in support of charters."
"I believe that public schools, and charters – choices for parents, for kids – is the road to opportunity in America,” Villaraigosa told a crowd of charter school advocates, who cheered the former Los Angeles mayor and Assembly speaker several times during the forum. “The fact of the matter is there are a number of high-quality charters, and they’re all getting pushed back – not just in LA but across this state."
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More than 60 percent of cancer is a cocktail of unfortunate circumstance and genetic flaws, recent research says.
LA Times' MELISSA HEALY: "Even in a world with a pristine environment, no cigarettes and the ability to fix faulty genes inherited from our parents, most of the cancers diagnosed today still would occur thanks to a combination of biology and bad luck."
"Every new case of cancer depends on a collection of specific mutations in our DNA, and a sweeping new study finds that 66% of the mutations that put us at risk for cancer are the result of unavoidable errors made by cells as they copy themselves millions of times throughout our lives."
"In research published Thursday in the journal Science, geneticist Bert Vogelstein and biostatistician Cristian Tomasetti demonstrate that most cancer risk stems not from bad genes, environmental toxins or poor lifestyle choices, but from simple random mutations."
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California air quality officials have just passed the country's toughest methane restrictions.
The Chronicle's DOMINIC FRACASSA: "California air quality officials have approved what are widely considered to be the most rigorous and comprehensive regulations in the country for controlling methane emissions, a move that helps cement the state’s status as a standard-bearer for environmental protection."
"The new rules, green-lighted Thursday by the state’s Air Resources Board, seek to curb methane emissions at oil and gas production plants by up to 45 percent over the next nine years. The cuts will come from a combination of heightened efficiency requirements, inspection mandates and rules meant to ensure that leaks are discovered and fixed swiftly. The regulations apply to both onshore and offshore oil and gas centers."
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A BART extension will soon be coming to South Fremont.
The Chronicle's MICHAEL CABANATUAN: "Starting Saturday, BART riders will be able to climb aboard a train and travel on an extension that will take them farther south than the rail system has ever gone."
"The 5.4-mile Warm Springs/South Fremont extension is one more step toward taking BART to the heart of Silicon Valley, a goal that might be achieved this year. For now, the long-anticipated, much-delayed extension takes riders to and from a section of south Fremont that has long been the town’s light-industrial backwater."
Daily News' BROOKE STAGGS: "Thirteen medical marijuana dispensaries owe more than $12 million in unpaid state taxes, according to a report recently published by the Board of Equalization."
"The list includes several pioneers of the medical marijuana movement, who opened dispensaries not long after California became the first state to legalize weed as medicine in 1996."
"Many of the businesses on the list have long been shut down, though a few continue to sell marijuana in some fashion."
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