Seattle Police: Were far more restrained during this year's May Day than in previous years.
No-Brainer: Changes in Washington state law mean there will be mandatory meetings with parents and teachers for expelled students when they return to school. "I think we're really to the point now where people are starting to get it. They know suspensions and expulsions don't work," says Tracy Sherman from the League of Education Voters.
Ukraine "Closer to War": Street battles between supporters and opponents of Russia left 42 dead on Friday.
Making Unions Democratic: It's a tough job, says a union organizer and author Steve Early. He's optimistic that insurgent Boeing machinists will be able to oust their union's leadership, which caved in to huge pension cuts last fall.
Los Angeles NAACP President Resigns: Leon Jenkins took bribes when he was a judge, it turns out, and had planned to give a lifetime achievement award to disgraced (racist) Clippers basketball team owner Donald Sterling. Go figure.
Closure of Gun Control Loophole Delayed: Want to buy machine guns, grenades or sawed-off shotguns without undergoing a background check? No problem!
Why Are Firms With Ties to Wall Street Buying Power Plants, Then Closing Them Down? "The real answer is simple," writes journalist David Cay Johnston, who says we could see a return of Enron-style price gouging. "Under the rules of the electricity markets, the best way to earn huge profits is by reducing the supply of power."
Iraq War Haunts Condoleezza Rice: Well, we don't know that exactly. But she did back out of giving a Rutgers University commencement speech (for which she was going to be paid $35,000) after protests by students.
The regulations allow three forms of access to marijuana. Uruguayans can purchase up to 40 grams per month – with a limit of 10 grams per week – from registered pharmacies. They can also choose to cultivate up to 6 homegrown plants, with a cap on annual production at 480 grams. Finally, as members of cannabis clubs, Uruguayans will be able to cultivate up to 99 plants per group, with a production cap of 480 grams per member. But smokers must choose one form of acquiring pot, and will be denied access to the drug by the other two means. The law officially takes effect on May 6, the government announced Friday.