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Daily news roundup for Monday, February 29, 2016

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Here’s what’s happening in the Bay Area, as curated by KALW News:

Inside the Republican Party’s desperate mission to stop Donald Trump // The New York Times

Karl Rove, the strategist behind George W. Bush’s campaign and other republican leaders have been frantically trying to rally the party behind a strategy to stop Trump from winning the GOP presidential nomination, which they believe would be catastrophic.

However, efforts to unite the other warring GOP candidates behind this common cause have failed, spectacularly.

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Kamala clobbers Loretta: Full Convention report //Calbuzz

"Kamala Harris simply crushed U.S. Rep. Loretta Sanchez at the California Democratic Party state convention over the weekend with a landslide 78 % vote for the CDP’s endorsement for the U.S. Senate."

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Chris Rock’s Brutal Oscars Monologue was legendary. But it wasn’t perfect // Daily Beast

"Wearing—quite pointedly—a white tuxedo jacket, Rock did what so many of us were waiting for him to do: He put a cultural conversation born out of embarrassing institutional racism into painful perspective."

"He shocked, prodded, and made those responsible for those failings wholly uncomfortable. "

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Richmond’s latest freeway shooting kills driver // Contra Costa Times

"A driver has been killed in the seventh freeway shooting since late last year."

"The spate of violence along Interstate 80 between Berkeley and Pinole has now claimed two lives and wounded several others, including a toddler." 

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As costs of textbooks rise, professors help students find alternatives// Orange County Register

"Disturbed by the $300 price tag for a textbook required in a large introductory economics course, UC Irvine professor Ami Glazer decided to shop around and put a little pressure on the academic publisher."

Cengage Learning eventually agreed to produce a customized text at a 75 percent discount. Higher education instructors are increasingly looking for different – and in some cases, unorthodox—ways to help budget-conscious students save money on class materials.

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Marijuana jobs in high demand // East Bay Express

Experts are reporting a record exodus from Corporate America to an expanding, legal $5.4 billion-and-growing weed country. 

"Budtending is a beginning rung on the industry ladder — equivalent to a fast-food cashier's job — yet it's attracting as many aspiring CEOs with college degrees as community college and high school dreamers."