1:33pm

Thu January 19, 2012
News Update

Connecting the Dots: Afternoon edition for Thursday, January 19

California medical marijuana advocates should be a little bit happier than usual today because the California Supreme Court has decided to review Pack v. Long Beach and two other cases that have led to dispensary bans in many cities and counties...

Google employees are also happy, or at least they are the happiest employees in America, according to Forbes Magazine. Many other Bay Area tech companies made the list of contented workers. According to Google's senior vice president Laszlo Bock, Google treats its workers like they own the company. Maybe, maybe not, but some Google perks include: a bowling alley, free eyebrow shaping, and a fleet of electric Chevy Volts and Nissan Leafs that Googlers can check out for free to run errands during lunch time...

There are some unhappy people out there. We've heard from teachers, students, nurses, the homeless, and many more groups who oppose funding cuts. Now, scientists are saying they don't like cuts either. State funding has plunged by 30% per student at California's public research institutions since 2002...

Ward Connerly, the former University of California regent who has authored anti-affirmative action laws around the country and in California, is accused by former collaborators of mismanaging funds at his nonprofits, the American Civil Rights Institute and the American Civil Rights Coalition. Accuser Jennifer Fratz says Connerly inappropriately hired friends and family, and paid employees for printing out information from Wikipedia.

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