The feminist protest group FEMEN, founded in Kiev in 2008, is known for their topless protests. This week in Hanover, Germany, when Russian President Vladimir Putin met publicly with German Chancellor Angela Merkel, a FEMEN protestor approached Putin with anti-Putin slogans painted on her bared breasts.
The Los Angeles Board of Supervisors is considering a motion today that would clamp down on illegal street vendors. The motion, written by Supervisor Mark Ridley-Thomas who represents the 2nd District, applies to illegal vendors that sell everything from bacon hotdogs on pushcarts to used and new items on the streets in the unincorporated parts of Los Angeles.
The annual economics report from American Association of University Professors reveals that the difficult economic climate is taking a particularly nasty toll on professors at public universities. Tenured professors at private universities received an average of $167,118 last year, while their counterparts at public institutions received an average of $123,393.
Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti says he will block enforcement of new measures that make it easier to dismantle homeless encampments. Also, Covered California will collect data on prescriptions, doctor visits and hospital stays, a move that has stirred serious concerns about data protection and privacy. Then, has hitchhiking become obsolete in today’s America?
The Supreme Court is now slated to revisit the issue of mandatory union fees for non-union members. Also, Gov. Jerry Brown today signed into law one of the toughest school vaccine restrictions in the country. Then, the Los Angeles district attorney announced Monday that a team of veteran prosecutors will begin reviewing wrongful conviction claims from state prisoners who present new evidence of their innocence.
The Supreme Court is reinforcing the death penalty, upholding Arizona's congressional redistricting process and limiting the President’s power to limit pollution from power plants. Also, many conservative lawmakers are saying the Supreme Court decision on same-sex marriage is a violation on religious freedom laws. Then, South Carolina gun control activists hope to tackle the region's permissive gun law.
We are tracking reaction across social media this morning, and already we are seeing a lot of big and important names come out and share their thoughts on the Supreme Court’s ruling. Then, Larry Mantle and KPCC film critics Justin Chang and Peter Rainer review this week’s new releases including “Max,” “Ted 2,” “A Little Chaos,” and more. TGI-Filmweek!
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