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Shelly Sterling will be able to proceed with a record-breaking $2 billion sale of the Los Angeles Clippers to Steve Ballmer, former CEO of Microsoft. That's the tentative oral ruling of a probate judge, issued Monday afternoon. The sale would proceed against the will of Shelly Sterling's husband Donald, who was banned from the NBA for life and fined $2.5 million after he was recorded disparaging African-Americans and making one racist remark after another.
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The state agency in charge of regulating utilities is defending itself against charges its top leadership is way too friendly with the biggest utility it regulates: PG&E. San Bruno city officials have been combing through e-mails they sued to gain access to as they follow up on a pipeline explosion that killed eight people and they destroyed 38 homes in 2010. They claim they've found damning evidence of illegal collusion between the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) and PG&E.
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On Thursday, the American Civil Liberties Union goes up against state education officials in a Los Angeles County court room. The claim: California is failing its non-English-speaking students. The lawsuit comes after 251 school districts reported that thousands of English learners were getting no special language help. State and federal laws require these students spend a part of their school day learning the English language.
State officials are considering new rules that would require pharmacists to provide prescription drug labels in languages other than English. New York approved a similar rule last year to make it easier for non-English speakers to understand what they're supposed to take and when. If new regulations go forward, there are a lot of details that need to be worked out, including how many languages would be covered and who would have responsibility for the translation.
End Music: "Take It or Leave It" by Cage the Elephant, from the album "Melophobia" (RCA)