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An important step on the long journey to Mars

The fantasy of humans living on Mars is a step closer to reality after Elon Musk, the founder-CEO of Hawthorne-based SpaceX, put his space-travel vision on paper this month. Musk’s article in a journal called New Space has a fittingly lof...

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    Charter legislation a distraction, not a solution

    For the past several years, California lawmakers have sought to prohibit for-profit companies from operating or managing charter schools. The latest effort comes in the form of Assembly Bill 406, introduced by Assemblyman Kevin McCarty, D-Sacramento, which was approved by the Assembly on May 31 on a 50-24 vote. “The privatization of public education must end,” McCarty said afterwards. “Passage of AB406 puts student success ahead of corporate profits and affirms...

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    Is NFL sending right message if it shuts out Colin Kaepernick? Question of the Week

    A month before National Football League teams begin preseason training, one of the league’s best-known players has yet to find a team willing to employ him. That may be because this player, Colin Kaepernick, is known lately as much for his political positions as for his performance on the field. Are NFL teams sending the right message if they keep Colin Kaepernick sidelined? That’s our Question of the Week for readers. Kaepernick, a quarterback for the...

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    Comey’s testimony produced no winners in a sorry situation

    Fired FBI Director James Comey’s testimony to a congressional committee raised the stakes in the ongoing political war over the Trump administration’s relationship with Russia. But it was a battle nobody won, however many troubling questions it raised and answers it brought to light. This is a process the American people must prepare to watch unfold at a pace set by the legal and political institutions and procedures put in place to complete it in careful and orderly...

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    Whittier’s light-rail hopes are on a roll

    With light-rail lines expanding all over Los Angeles County, Whittier has still been in relative isolation from the possibility of train travel for rapid transit. Sometimes it seems as if one of the oldest cities in Los Angeles County has been seen by transportation planners as an “isolated suburb” that doesn’t fit into their map-drawing. A big part of the problem has been the competing, so far entirely theoretical lines on maps that would extend the Gold...

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    Confronting shared threats with an unsavory ally

    Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte is not a nice man. His war on drugs has taken the lives of thousands upon thousands in extrajudicial killings. He jokes publicly about rape — telling troops in Mindanao, where he recently imposed martial law, that he’d go to the mat for them if they employed serial rape in the course of enforcing the crackdown. President Donald Trump has received a barrage of criticism for inviting Duterte to a personal meeting at the White...

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    Restore quake alert funding to federal budget: Editorial

    Politics sometimes gets personal, but there’s no telling if President Trump was thinking of the majorities of people who didn’t vote for him in the West Coast states of California, Oregon and Washington when he made a recent budget decision affecting earthquake warnings. Whatever the reason — the administration didn’t explain — when the proposed federal budget from the Trump administration eliminated ongoing funding for ShakeAlert, a cost-efficient...

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    ‘Right to be forgotten’ laws misguided

    For some people, Google is a little too good at what it does. What it does is read every pixel of digitized information on public websites stored on servers around the globe, and then deliver an organized and easily accessible page of links to it in response to any question that’s typed into the plain white text box at Google.com. It’s free, fast and probably the greatest risk to privacy since the invention of windows. Glass windows, not the software kind. Now the...

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    L.A. sheriff’s deputies concede a point about transparency

    For years now, a battle has gone on between government-transparency advocates seeking more data about law enforcement’s use of force, and officers’ unions arguing that telling the public too much endangers their members’ safety and privacy. In our area, the most interesting such battle has involved the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department and the Association for Los Angeles Deputy Sheriffs (ALADS), a tug-of-war intensified by the arrival of a sheriff...

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    Finally, the 710 Freeway extension is dead

    Few, if any, poorly conceived, vampiric infrastructure projects hang over a region for over half a century before a silver dagger puts it, and us, out of our misery. But that’s how long the proposed extension of the Long Beach (710) Freeway created potential, and actual, misery for the residents of the San Gabriel Valley until the Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority finally killed it last week. In the end, it was more a matter of taking the silver...

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    Like clockwork, Assembly defies voters on 72-hour rule

    Last November, a large majority of California voters approved a state constitutional amendment prohibiting the state Legislature from voting on bills before their language has been made public for at least 72 hours. There should be no confusion about Proposition 54’s intent, which was to raise government transparency and accountability, giving people more time to learn what their lawmakers are doing — and giving lawmakers more time to hear what their constituents think of...

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