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Op-Ed: Cheerleaders Don't Need to Be Paid Since They 'Work Closely' with Rich Athletes [Updated]

This past July, California Governor Jerry Brown signed a law officially classifying professional cheerleaders as employees, entitled to minimum wage, sick leave, overtime and workers’ compensation. But why bother? After all, they work right next to some very rich men, and that’s the whole point, isn’t it?

How Growing More Weed Can Help California Fix Its Water Problems

Last Tuesday, the Humboldt County Courthouse in Eureka, California was swarming with potheads. A pro-cannabis rally had been organized by State Assemblymember Jim Wood, who knows how to grab headlines: In July, Wood walked onto the State Capitol floor carrying a live marijuana plant and asked his colleagues to…

Meet April Atkins, Once The World's Strongest 7th-Grader

You might think that a huge amount of information about a 12-year-old girl once celebrated as the "world's strongest seventh-grader" would surely exist online. That's the sort of thing ARPANET was built for, wasn't it? That, and allowing mainframe computers all over the world to talk to one another. But really, those…

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Cops, 49ers Will Work To Make Fans Less Drunk After Especially Drunken Raiders-49ers Game

The annual drunk brawl between 49ers and Raiders fans took place this past weekend, and it was, historically speaking, more drunk and brawl-y than usual. In what essentially amounts to a timeout for grown-ups, both teams have requested that the NFL "indefinitely suspend" the annual preseason "Battle of the Bay" so…