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August 2, 2013 | By Paige St. John
U.S. Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy has rejected Gov. Jerry Brown's request to lift a federal judge's order giving the state five months to reduce prison crowding. Brown had sought the stay to buy California time to appeal prison crowding orders before the full high court. Under protest, California already has begun preparations to expand parole programs, continue shipping inmates out of state, and release its lowest-risk inmates. The state had argued that requiring counties to house low-level felons and parole violators -- lowering the inmate population by 25,000 prisoners since October 2011 -- is enough.
February 25, 2014 | By Dowell Myers
California is the world's largest experiment in social diversity. It has had no majority racial ethnic group since 1999, when whites fell below 50% of the population. In March, Latinos will become the largest group here, making up 39% of state residents, according to demographers in the state Department of Finance. The news that California now has more Latinos than any other ethnicity will unavoidably be spun in different ways and spur much pontificating about what California's future holds.
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