47 Alameda County sheriff’s deputies removed from active duty after poor psychological exams – The Mercury News

Nearly four dozen Alameda County sheriff’s deputies were wrongfully hired over the last six years despite unsatisfactory scores on their psychological exams — a revelation that forced the deputies, about 10% of the force, off active duty, and could put an untold number of criminal cases in legal limbo, the department confirmed Monday. Beginning Friday, … Read more

Student debt plan could cost $400B

By Collin Binkley | Associated Press President Joe Biden’s plan for student debt cancellation will cost the federal government about $400 billion over the next 30 years, according to new estimates from the Congressional Budget Office. The figures were released Monday in response to a request from Republican lawmakers who oppose Biden’s plan in large … Read more

Federal court says California ban on private ICE detention facilities is unconstitutional

A California law banning private prisons and immigrant detention facilities in the state violates the U.S. Constitution when applied to facilities operated on behalf of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, a federal appellate court ruled Monday. State officials said they were “deeply disappointed” in the decision. The 11-judge panel of the U.S. 9th Circuit Court … Read more

Privatizing police duties could save cities like NYC hundreds of millions to focus on crime

The NYPD and other urban police departments could save hundreds of millions of dollars by farming out “non-core” services to private outfits and have their officers focus almost exclusively on combating and preventing crime, a new study finds. The “Enhancing Public Safety While Saving Public Dollars with Auxiliary Private Security Agents” analysis by the Montreal … Read more

Civil rights law targets ‘cancer alley’ discrimination

RESERVE, La. — Sprawling industrial complexes line the drive east along the Mississippi River to the majority-Black town of Reserve, Louisiana. In the last seven miles the road passes a massive, rust-colored aluminum-oxide refinery, then the Evonik chemical plant, then rows of white tanks at the Marathon oil refinery. But it’s the Denka chemical plant … Read more

King Charles III’s official monogram revealed

King Charles III’s official monogram — which will appear on government buildings, state documents and some mailboxes — was revealed Monday by Buckingham Palace. The official cypher replaces the monogram of his late mother Queen Elizabeth II. The king’s monogram, designed by the College of Arms, overlays his initial “C” for Charles with an “R” … Read more