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Daily News Roundup for Wednesday, June 17, 2015

Jun 17, 2015
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Liz Pfeffer

Tony Spitaleri remembers the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting in Connecticut vividly. He was across the country, at home in Sunnyvale where he was mayor.

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Human employees take a financial toll

Toll-takers on the Golden Gate Bridge are on their way out – human toll-takers, that is. Today marks the first day of a testing period for a new all-electronic toll collection system. In sixty days – if all goes according to plan – motorists crossing into San Francisco will have to use an automated payment system, or they will receive a bill by mail after the bridge authority takes a photo of their license plate.

Spokesperson Mary Currie says the change is mostly about the budget.

East Bay Express: Teachers financing guns

Jan 28, 2013
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The state teachers' retirement system is attempting to divest itself from a company that finances the manufacture of assault weapons like the one used at Sandy Hook Elementary School. But even if it does, it still won't be out of the gun business.

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The Penny Arcade Report’s Ben Kuchera has a powerhouse of an editorial up today.

Kuchera uses Quentin Tarantino’s stark refusal to play into an interviewer gambit to see his films– specifically the gun violence heavy Django Unchained – through the lens of the Sandy Hook massacare as a prototype for how game makers should deal with the mainstream press on the issue:

On the next Your Call, we’ll talk about the recent mass shooting in Colorado and how we should be responding.  There have been 60 mass shootings in the United States since January 2011.  President Obama believes the solution is in better enforcement of existing gun laws.   How have leaders of other nations responded to similar incidents of gun violence?  Join us at 10am PST or post a comment here. What could we do, as a society, to prevent gun violence?  It’s Your Call with Rose Aguilar, and you.

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The U.S. Supreme Court turned down a Napa County resident’s challenge to a state law that imposes a 10-year ban on gun ownership for anyone convicted of a violent misdemeanor. The resident claimed the law violated his constitutional right to possess a firearm…