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Edwin Okong’o

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Edwin Okong’o is an African-born award-winning writer, journalist, humorist and satirist.  He has worked as an associate editor and communications director at New America Media, and a reporter for PBS’s Frontline/World. “Kenya: Sweet Home, Obama,” a documentary he made about Kenyans and the 2008 U.S. presidential elections for the PBS program, was voted the People’s Voice at the 2009 Webby Awards.  He teaches at the University of California, Berkeley, where he graduated from in 2007 with a Master's degree in journalism.

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California Braces for Series of El Niño Storms // ABC News

After all the talk, El Niño storms have finally lined up over the Pacific and started soaking drought-parched California with rain expected to last for most of the next two weeks, forecasters said Monday.

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California pot farms stealing water amid drought // San Jose Mercury News

"About 72 million gallons of water were used to irrigate San Diego County's thirsty and illegal marijuana operations, enough to serve 440 families for a year, and that's only for the ones that were found."

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Battle of the Bags: Plastic bag makers introduce 'poison pill' // The Oakland Tribune

"Next year's election is still more than a year away, but the battle over California's landmark ban of single-use plastic bags is already shaping up to be the most costly, high-profile fight over litter and recycling the state has seen in three decades.

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Federal ruling protects pot dispensaries that follow state law //San Francisco Chronicle

"Congressional action prohibits federal drug enforcers from shutting medical marijuana dispensaries that comply with state law, a federal judge in San Francisco ruled Monday in a potentially precedent-setting case.

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Right to die: California Gov. Jerry Brown signs law //San Jose Mercury News

“Granting terminally ill patients the right to end their lives with a doctor's help, Gov. Jerry Brown on Monday signed the End of Life Option Act, a measure that triggered personal and passionate conflict across the state -- and in the conscience of the governor himself.