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Outside Supreme Court, many Californians share their immigrant stories

Los Angeles Times

For the last five Fridays, Andrea Delgadillo has staged a sometimes lonely vigil on the steps of the Supreme Court in favor of President Obama's immigration actions. The 19-year-old California Lutheran University student lined up shoes and small American flags to demonstrate to the justices – really, to Americans -- how much families like hers have benefited from easing the threat of deportation. Thousands of immigrants and their allies rallied in front of the court, many camping overnight, as the justices heard arguments in a landmark case challenging the legality of the executive actions. Many of those gathered were from California, home to sizable numbers of the more than 4 million immigrants who could benefit if Obama's deportation relief is allowed to stand. Among them were Olivia Medina, a 79-year-old former farmworker in strawberry-rich Oxnard, whose son could gain legal status under the action; and Sophie Cruz, the 6-year-old American citizen who captured hearts last year when she broke through Pope Francis' parade barricade in Washington, D.C., to hand him a letter describing the fear of losing her parents to deportation.


Mark Bradford's plans for 2017 Venice Biennale: 'The whole of who I am and where I am now'

Los Angeles Times

Los Angeles artist Mark Bradford said Wednesday he has been given free rein in how he represents the United States at the 2017 Venice Biennale. The Rose Art Museum at Brandeis University, in cooperation with the U.S. State Department's Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs, chose Bradford to create a site-specific installation for the U.S. Pavilion from May 13 to Nov. 26 next year at La Biennale di Venezia 57th International Art Exhibition. Bradford said his plans are quite loose, but he added, "I'm really interested in both my social practice and my studio practice, so I'd like to create something that reflects the whole of who I am and where I am now." Bradford's social practice is an arts education foundation based in Leimart Park called Art Practice. It helps foster youth gain knowledge of -- and experience in -- contemporary art.


Man accused of killing Oklahoma neighbor has criminal record in Southern California

Los Angeles Times

A man accused of injuring one of his next-door neighbors in Tulsa, Okla., in a hit-and-run last year -- and then fatally shooting her son last week -- had a history of anti-Arab racism against the family and a history of violence in Southern California, according to court records. Stanley Vernon Majors, 61, a Los Angeles native, now faces a charge of first-degree murder. Khalid Jabara's family said his killing on the front porch of the family's Tulsa home "could have been prevented," given Majors' criminal record, which includes convictions for violent threats and assault in Los Angeles and San Bernardino counties. Friday's killing came after Majors terrorized his neighbors for "years" with racist and anti-Muslim behavior, according to Jabara's family, who are Orthodox Christian immigrants from Lebanon. The Jabara family had secured a restraining order against Majors in 2013 barring further contact, which Majors had broken twice in 2015, according to court records.


Gun sales on the rise in anticipation of a Clinton win

Al Jazeera

New Orleans, Louisiana - In the run-up to the November 8 elections in the US, Miranda Evans has already noticed an increase in gun sales in her shop in Mississippi. Some customers are worried Hillary Clinton will be the 45th US president. During her campaign, the Democratic candidate has said it is necessary to further regulate gun sales to lower the amount of deaths related to firearms. Her husband, former president Bill Clinton, signed an anti-gun law in 1994, banning assault rifles for a period of 10 years - a ban Hillary Clinton has vowed to reinstate. Evans has seen gun sales growing before.


Do YOU know what your child is up to online? Nearly half of 10-year-olds say they have the technical skills to hide their activity

Daily Mail - Science & tech

A worrying 42 per cent of ten-year-olds believe they have the technical skills to hide what they're doing online from their parents, according to new research. One in four (27 per cent) admitted to logging on at a friend's house to get around rules set by their parents. What's more, an alarming 10 per cent said that they had never spoken with a parent about their online activity. A worrying 42 per cent of ten-year-olds believe they have the technical skills to hide what they're doing online from their parents, according to new research (stock image) This has led to many of the children being exposed to inappropriate content online. According to the survey carried out by security firm Kaspersky Lab, 42 per cent of children as young as ten have been exposed to bad language online, while 28 per cent had seen something violent.