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Supreme Court Deadlock Deals Defeat To Obama's Immigration Plan
Created: Thursday, 23 June 2016 17:21

The Supreme Court deadlocked 4-4 today over the legality of President Obama's sweeping immigration plan, dealing a defeat to the White House.

The tie vote leaves in place lower court orders from Texas that have blocked Obama's plan to suspend deportation and offer work permits to about 4 million parents who have been living illegally in the U.S.

Source: latimes.com

City Attorney Charges Apartment Owners Over Airbnb Rentals
Created: Monday, 20 June 2016 20:44


The Los Angeles city attorney’s office has filed criminal charges against the owners of a rent-controlled apartment building in the Fairfax district, alleging that they evicted tenants and converted the units to short-term rentals on Airbnb. It marks the first time the city has prosecuted landlords for allegedly operating illegal short-term rentals.

Source: latimes.com

Prosecutors Remove Judge In Stanford Swimmer Sex Assault Case From New Sex Crimes Case
Created: Wednesday, 15 June 2016 05:51

Santa Clara County prosecutors have blocked the judge who sentenced former Stanford University swimmer Brock Turner to six months in jail in a sexual assault case from hearing an upcoming sex crimes case. The move comes as Santa Clara County Superior Court Judge Aaron Persky faces growing criticism over the sentence, which many consider far too lenient

Source: latimes.com

Cavaliers vs. Warriors Game 7 Courtside Tickets Sell for Record $49,500 Each
Created: Saturday, 18 June 2016 17:28
Cavaliers vs. Warriors Game 7 Courtside Tickets Sell for Record $49,500 Each
Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports

LeBron James and the Cleveland Cavaliers forced a Game 7 with a 115-101 win over the Golden State Warriors on Thursday night, and fans have not shied away from paying exorbitant prices to catch a glimpse of the historic NBA Finals action Sunday night at Oracle Arena.

According to ESPN.com's Darren Rovell, online ticket marketplace StubHub sold a pair of courtside seats for Game 7 at $49,500 apiece—the highest price ever paid for a non-suite ticket in the site's history. 

"Nothing really surprises me with the Warriors," StubHub spokesperson Cameron Papp said, per USA Today's A.J. Perez. "It's a Game 7 and it's in Silicon Valley, where people have deep pockets."

According to Fox Business' Thomas Barrabi, StubHub competitor SeatGeek disclosed that Game 7 tickets are selling for an average of $2,153 on its service. 

"In some ways this game is approaching the level of Super Bowls when it comes to demand," SeatGeek content analyst Chris Leyden said in an email, per Barrabi. "The least expensive Super Bowl we have tracked was the one in 2013 between the 49ers and Ravens at the Superdome in New Orleans. That had an average resale price of $2,479."

And that's not all.

While the scene is shifting to the Bay Area for the season's final game, Cleveland.com's Joey Morona reported select season ticket holders posted their Quicken Loans Arena watch-party tickets on Craigslist at $750 a pop. Tickets for the communal viewing were originally $5. 

Game 7 is scheduled to tip off at 8 p.m. ET on Sunday night.

Source:  cnn.com

Late-Night Hosts Get Serious, Political About Shootings In Orlando
Created: Wednesday, 15 June 2016 05:14
Comedian Jimmy Fallon presents the Never Say Never award at the Inaugural National Football League Honors at Super Bowl XLVI in Indianapolis, Indiana, February 4, 2012. REUTERS/Lucy Nicholson (UNITED STATES - Tags: SPORT FOOTBALL) - RTR2XBY6

As they returned to work after Sunday morning's mass shooting in a gay nightclub in Orlando, Florida, TV's late-night hosts faced the challenge none of them looks forward to.

Their specialty is mining laughs. Their quarry is the foolishness of the human race and the absurdities gleaned from the latest news. But when a national tragedy afflicts the nation — an event too wrenching to ignore and certainly no laughing matter — these jokesters must shift gears. They have to find a way to bond with their viewers, as they do every night, but with shared feelings unrelieved by the comfort of comedy.

That is what a number of these hosts did Monday night, opening their respective shows with apologies for departing from their customary hijinks, and with heart-felt expressions of shock and sorrow. 

— Jimmy Fallon ("The Tonight Show"): "This (shooter) was just one bad guy here. Forty-nine good people, and one bad guy. And there will always be more good than evil. When I think of Orlando, I think of nothing but fun and joy and families. If anyone can do it, you can. Keep loving each other, keep respecting each other, and keep on dancing."

Some of the late-night hosts got political with their comments: 

— Trevor Noah ("The Daily Show"): "I wonder if President Obama ever thought to himself that mass-shooting speeches would be such a big part of his job. Because at this point he's hosted 12 state dinners, but he's had to give 16 mass-shooting addresses. So right now the White House is using more Kleenex than it is good napkins. ... America needs to ask itself the question: Do you want to be a country that takes reasonable measures to protect its citizens, or should we tell the president to prepare speech No. 17?"

— Stephen Colbert ("The Late Show"): After so many mass shootings, "it's as if there's a national script that we have learned, and I think that by accepting the script we tacitly accept that the script will end the same way every time with nothing changing, except for the loved ones and families of the victims, for whom nothing will ever be the same. ... Love gives us the courage to act. Love gives us hope that change is possible. Love allows us to change the script. So love your country, love your family, love the families and the victims and the people of Orlando."

— Conan O'Brien ("Conan"): "Now I am not a pundit, I am not an expert, and I have always, always made it a policy to stick to my job and keep my opinions to myself. I have really tried very hard over the years not to bore you with what I think. However, I am a father of two, I like to believe I have a shred of common sense, and I simply do not understand why anybody in this country is allowed to purchase and own a semi-automatic assault rifle. These are weapons of war and they have no place in civilian life."

— Larry Wilmore ("The Nightly Show"): "When the news broke, the people of this nation were unified in a selfless outpouring of support for the victims and their families. Well, it was selfless except for one person," indicating a tweet by presumptive GOP presidential nominee Donald Trump.

— Seth Meyers ("Late Night") also referenced Trump's tweet (which said "Appreciate the congrats for being right on radical Islamic terrorism...."): "I don't know who's been congratulating Donald Trump, but you may want to redirect your congratulations to the first responders or those waiting in line to give blood. ... I have a feeling Donald Trump's not giving blood, and if he did, no one would want it, because it probably looks like ectoplasm."

Source:  foxnews.com


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