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The Game I Played When I Was Scared To Death of Being Deported

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Amidst the pushcart vendors selling bacon-wrapped hot-dogs, religious leaders blasting damning sermons over megaphones, and the homeless wandering around the city, there is one San Francisco fixture most people don’t know about—not even the locals. It’s not a bridge or a winding street or anything like that: I’m talking about certain folk who roam San Francisco streets. People who can give you the credentials that make your life actually matter.Read more…

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Search for Flight 370 Continues as Plane’s Blackbox Battery Life Dwindles

It’s been over three weeks since Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 went down somewhere in the southern Indian Ocean and investigators have yet to locate any wreckage from the aircraft. On Saturday, Chinese and Australian ships picked up a few white, red and orange “objects in the ocean” that had been … More »

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Syrian Group Frees Kidnapped Spanish Journalists

After six months of being held captive by a rogue Al Qaeda-linked group in Syria, Spanish journalists Javier Espinosa (a reporter), and Ricardo Garcia Vilanova (a photographer) have been released. The two men called their employer, Spain’s El Mundo newspaper, on Saturday to say they were in the care of … More »

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This Is What It Looks Like When Times Square Turns Off the Lights

Saturday night marked the seventh annual Earth Hour, an international event intended encourage people to think about energy conservation and the environment. Between 8:30 and 9: 30 p.m. local time, landmarks all over the world — including the Great Wall of China, Egypt’s Great Pyramids of Giza, the Eiffel Tower, … More »

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Three Tourists Arrested for Reporting Fake Robberies

Gothamist (via A Walk in the Park) reports that, in the month of March, three out-of-towners told the NYPD that they were robbed in Central Park, only to have the cops figure out that their stories were made up. An Australian woman, Larisa Ryan, admitted that she had lied in … More »

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Speed Cameras Are Making the City Lots of Money

Bad news for lead-footed drivers: that new speed camera program launched at the beginning of the year seems to be working. Since the January 16 launch of the program, which is intended to cut down on speeding near city schools, the Department of Transportation has handed out 11,715 $50 tickets … More »

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Octogenarian Shoots Grandson and Grandson’s Girlfriend in Murder-Suicide

At around 6 p.m. on Friday, 86-year-old Brooklyn resident Heriberto Pagan shot his grandson, 47-year-old Michael Feliciano, and Feliciano’s girlfriend, 28-year-old Claritle Christina Huerta, on Staten Island before turning the gun on himself. Both Pagan and Huerta died, while Feliciano remains in critical condition, according to CBS New York. The … More »

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New York Lawmakers Reach Deal on Universal Pre-K and Charter Schools [Updated]

On Saturday morning, officials announced that Governor Andrew Cuomo and state lawmakers have agreed on a deal to fund universal pre-kindergarten in New York. As had been predicted, Mayor Bill de Blasio will not get to follow through on his big campaign promise to tax the city’s wealthiest residents in … More »

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Same-Sex Marriage Is Now a Reality in England and Wales

Eight months after passing a bill to allow gay marriage, same-sex couples in England and Wales were finally able to tie the knot at midnight on Friday. Prime Minister David Cameron showed his support for the change with an op-ed in the Pink News, then sealed the deal with a … More »

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Los Angeles Got a Bigger Earthquake on Friday Night

Los Angeles residents who were disappointed when their last earthquake was downgraded from a 4.7 to a 4.4 on the Richter scale got the adventure they craved when a 5.1-magnitude shaker hit the city Friday night. The earthquake, the epicenter of which was one mile east of La Habra — … More »

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World Trade Center Security Chief Resigns

The head of security at the World Trade Center, David Velazquez, has given up his post following the revelations that a trio of BASE jumpers and an adventurous 16-year-old — but not a pair of CNN producers! — were able to sneak into the tower undetected. Velazquez’s now former employer, … More »

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Players Maneuver Before Ranking of Long Island College Hospital Proposals

It was a signature image of the mayoral campaign, and a turning point: Bill de Blasio in handcuffs, intentionally getting arrested to protest the planned closing of Long Island College Hospital. De Blasio and his strategists had hotly debated the move, worried that it wouldn’t look “mayoral.”Things worked out pretty … More »

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Putin and Obama Are Talking Again

The Russian president picked up the phone and called Obama today “to discuss the U.S. proposal for a diplomatic resolution to the crisis in Ukraine, which Secretary Kerry had again presented to Foreign Minister Lavrov at the meeting at the Hague earlier this week,” the White House said in a … More »

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Chris Christie, Bouncing Back, Refuses to Play ‘Dodgeball’ With Reporters

Suddenly energized by his self-proclaimed innocence, Chris Christie was back to his old tricks at a press conference today. “Why don’t you just get to the question and cut the commentary back a little?” the governor said at one point, firing up the long-dormant insult machine. The questions, which he’d … More »

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CNN Tried to Rent Its Own Plane for Flight 370 Coverage

The AP reports that the network “initially sought to rent a real 777 airplane for its coverage, but found it impossible.” Instead, CNN settled for a flight simulator in Canada, which it has rented every day since March 17. “In a horrible tragedy, I’m at least blessed with a good … More »

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How NBCUniversal Killed DailyCandy

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Dany Levy, the founder of DailyCandy, the addictive and once wildly successful shopping e-newsletter and website, was boarding a plane to Mexico when she heard her creation was being shut down by its current owner, NBCUniversal, along with Television Without Pity (the beloved site that launched a thousand TV recappers). Levy admits to mixed feelings. “I kind of thought … More »

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The New York Times Magazine Goes Texan

Award-winning Texas Monthly editor and University of Texas at Austin grad Jake Silverstein is the new editor-in-chief at The New York Times Magazine, the paper announced today, after a search that took months. Following the departure of previous editor Hugo Lindgren, Times brass called for “more than a new editor,” but … More »

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Chris Christie Bridgegate Report Slammed As Sexist

In addition to clearing Chris Christie of all wrongdoing in the George Washington Bridge Scandal, the report the governor himself commissioned from his friends at Gibson Dunn & Crutcher took special care to thoroughly embarrass his former deputy chief of staff, Bridget Anne Kelly. Trapped firmly under the proverbial bus … More »

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The 5 Stages of Bitcoin Grief

Earlier this week, the IRS announced plans to treat Bitcoin as property and not currency. That means Bitcoin will be subject to capital gains tax, a wrinkle that could derail the crypto-currency on its path to global domination. Why? Because as Kevin Roose explained when the ruling was handed down, if … More »

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GOP lawmakers scramble to court Tesla

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Electric vehicle sales in New Jersey ran out of batteries earlier this month, when the Chris Christie administration voted to ban car manufacturers from selling directly to drivers. The companies must now use third-party dealers. The ban applies to all car manufacturers, but seemed particularly aimed at Tesla, which had been in negotiations with the administration for months to sell electric cars straight from its own storefronts in the state. The move was a win for the state’s surprisingly powerful auto dealer lobby and a loss for one of the country’s biggest electric car makers. But it also cemented New Jersey’s place as a non-contender for the real prize: a $5 billion battery “gigafactory” that Tesla plans to begin construction on later this year. With an estimated 6,500 employees, the factory will likely become a keystone of the United State’s clean energy industry and an economic boon for its host state. Now, Arizona, Texas, New Mexico, and Nevada are scrambling to get picked, and last week Republican legislators in Arizona began to try pushing their state to the top of the pile. It’s the latest sign that, at least at the state level, the clean energy industry’s best friend might be the GOP. Newt Gingrich quickly pounced on Christie after the direct sales ban for “artificially” insulating car dealers, just weeks after calling for John Kerry to resign after Kerry named climate change as a principle challenge of the generation. On Tuesday, Texas Gov. Rick Perry called his state’s direct sales ban “antiquated” nearly a year after a Democrat-backed bill to change the policy was killed. New Jersey and Texas aren’t the only states where you can’t buy a Tesla car directly from the company: Arizona and Maryland also have direct sales bans. But a bill passed out of committee in Arizona’s GOP-controlled Senate last week would reverse the state’s position and allow electric vehicle companies to sell directly out of their showrooms. The bill’s sponsor, state Rep. Warren Peterson (R-Gilbert) said he was spurred by the New Jersey situation to amend what he sees as a creeping assault on free market principles. “For me, it’s not about Tesla or electric cars,” he said. “For me, a big concern I have now is we are limiting someone’s choice.” But despite backing from some prominent Arizona Republicans (Sen. John McComish told the Arizona Daily Star he didn’t see why the state should “prevent someone else who has a better idea from making an effort to enter that industry”), Warren said he’s faced opposition from others who see the bill as damaging to the state’s traditional car market or a handout to Tesla, arguments that swayed the decision in New Jersey. “I have a tough time understanding why Republicans are opposed to it, because free markets are such a big part of the platform,” he said. “States that moved away from this have made a big mistake.” The Republican-eat-Republican battle over Tesla mirrors another clean energy fight playing out nationwide. Conservatives aligned with large utility companies are squaring off with the solar power industry and libertarian-leaning Republicans over rules to allow homeowners with solar panels to sell excess power back to the grid, a policy known as net metering, which is allowed in more than 40 states. Some utility companies, however, worry the practice will disrupt their business model as more and more homes go solar. That fight has been particularly vicious in Arizona, where the son of conservative icon Barry Goldwater has led the pro-solar charge on free market arguments. “In a lot of ways, [clean energy] is an existential crisis” for Republicans, said Marita Mirzatuny, a Texas-based energy analyst for the Environmental Defense Fund. Some “are fighting on behalf of old entrenched regulations, which seems counterintuitive,” because at the same time “there’s a lot of money and momentum moving into the cleantech realm.” With Tesla’s battery factory on the line, the stakes are now higher than ever, and Arizona is poised to become the first state of the four in line for the factory to clear its regulatory hurdles. “For Texas to lose out because of regulation like that is the ultimate irony,” Mirzatuny said. The proposed factory has implications beyond just electric vehicles. Electricity storage is a central challenge for the renewable energy industry as well. Rooftop solar companies still struggle with how to store excess power, and some are now relying on the car industry to perfect that technology. California’s biggest solar installer, SolarCity, is already using Tesla batteries to store power from homes in that state, and on Tuesday Honda unveiled an experimental carbon-neutral house that relies on car batteries. As cleantech of all kinds matures as a growing market, Mirzatuny said, more conservatives might embrace the economic potential in fighting climate change. “Economics are finally aligned with environmental protection,” she said. “That’s a rare opportunity.” This story was produced as part of the Climate Desk collaboration.Filed under: Article, Business & Technology, Politics

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