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Friday, July 29, 2016

AS POLITICAL theatre, America's party conventions have no parallel. Activists from right and left converge to choose their nominees and celebrate conservatism (Republicans) and progressivism (Democrats). But this year was different, and not just because Hillary Clinton became the first woman to be nominated for president by a major party. The conventions highlighted a new political faultline: not between left and right, but between open and closed (see article). Donald Trump, the Republican nominee, summed up one side of this divide with his usual pithiness. "Americanism, not globalism, will be our credo," he declared. His anti-trade tirades were echoed by the Bernie Sanders wing of the Democratic Party. read more


Thursday, July 28, 2016

LOS ANGELES (CBSLA.com) -- Residents from Sacramento to Los Angeles and Las Vegas reported seeing mysterious lights streaking across the night sky.

The flashes of light spurred numerous calls into the CBS2/KCAL9 newsroom from residents in Lennox, Lancaster, Adelanto and Riverside. read more


Increasingly lax marijuana legislation may be cheered loudest in college dorms, but it's the professor-aged ganja enthusiasts who are the average consumers of the legal stuff. Headset Inc., a cannabis intelligence firm, reviewed about 40,000 legal marijuana purchases made in Washington State from September 2014 to July 2016. The Seattle-based company determined that the average recreational weed consumer is a 37-year-old man who buys traditional marijuana buds. The median spend by this customer was $647 annually, with an average of 19.5 days between purchases. read more


It's blobby. It's bright purple. It lives under the water. But what is it? Scientists aren't exactly sure just yet. read more


The nomination was barely sealed up at the Democratic National Convention before Bernie Sanders, who had campaigned against Hillary Clinton for the party's nod, went back to being an Independent. read more


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