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KPCC DIGEST PM (Sep. 4)—Inmate same-sex marriage, laws for lawyers, France focuses on Syria, running with marijuana

1. California prisons extend same-sex marriage rights to inmates (KPCC)

Thanks to the U.S. Supreme Court striking down California's ban on gay marriage, prison inmates will be allowed to marry same-sex partners who are not incarcerated.

2. 'Weed Runners' and California’s underground marijuana trade (KPCC)

Journalist Nicholas Schou follows individuals in California's underground marijuana trade and examines the state's grey area of weed and legality.

3. Is it legal for an undocumented immigrant to practice law? (KPCC)

On Wednesday, the California Supreme Court heard oral arguments in a case that will determine whether Sergio Garcia, an undocumented immigrant, can become a licensed attorney.

4. France: an unlikely ally for military action in Syria (KPCC)

President Francois Hollande says that French military troops, following recent action against an Islamic insurgency in Mali, are preparing to strike against Syria.

5. RIP SF writer Frederik Pohl, 1919-2013, truly the last of his generation (KPCC)

Perhaps we should best remember Pohl as the last of those fabulous science fiction geeks of the dismal 1930s, who focused their lives on trying to imagine the future we all live in today.

6. Malibu 8-year-old's video calls out Caltrans for PCH hazard (KPCC)

An 8-year-old news neophyte produced a video showing Caltrans construction on PCH that she feels is dangerous for bicycles.

7. Yvonne Burke’s daughter to follow her mother into LA politics (KPCC)

Autumn Burke joins Sebastian Ridley-Thomas as offspring of powerful LA political figures seeking to follow in their parents' footsteps.

8. US trade deficit widens to $39.1 billion in July (KPCC)

The U.S. trade deficit widened sharply in July from a four-year low in June, as companies exported fewer goods and imported a record number of foreign-made autos.

9. Gov. Brown declares September officially California wine month (KPCC)
Governor Jerry Brown declared it so yesterday. He issued a lengthy proclamation explaining the rich tradition of viticulture in the state. Axel Borg, reference librarian at UC Davis, has a little history lesson for us.

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