3:17pm

Wed February 22, 2012
AFTERNOON NEWS ROUNDUP

Connecting the dots: Afternoon edition for Wednesday, February 22, 2012

Bad news for pot lovers: the City of Berkeley has ordered two medical cannabis collectives to close down. According to officials, collectives are acting like rental dispensaries and violating the city's municipal code…

A new and unusual conflict between the U.S. Postal Service and the California agency responsible for upholding elections is evolving. Last month, California Fair Political Practices Commission filed a lawsuit against the U.S.P.S. after the post office refused to provide information that the commission needed for an investigation. The U.S. Department of Justice has asked a federal court to dismiss this lawsuit…

Meanwhile, the California Public Utilities Commission is revisiting a $3 million settlement it reached with PG&E last year. PG&E was fined for its failure to produce gas pipeline safety records after the 2010 San Bruno disaster. Critics of the company say that the fine is too small…

A well-known Berkeley-based scientist and climate change specialist Peter Gleick revealed some public record problems of his own. Gleick admitted to using a false name to obtain confidential fundraising information from Chicago’s Heartland Institute, a think tank known for minimizing the risks of global warming, and publishing them online.

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