He spent his career putting gangs in jail. A radical idea changed everything

Despite years of tough policing, Oakland couldnt get a handle on gun crime. Was the solution a community-based approach? Ersie Joyner had a banner year in 1995. He was just four years out of Oaklands police academy when he was awarded a prestigious medal of merit for a seemingly superhuman feat. In one year, he personally made more than 400 arrests. And the evidence room of the Oakland police department (OPD) was crammed with millions of dollars worth of cocaine and heroin he had confiscated from dealers. I thought to myself, Im on top of my game, said Joyner in a recent interview. Im the best of the best. links But looking back, Joyner doesnt see the approach to policing …

World’s tiniest surviving baby born in California

Saybie, girl weighing 245g (8.6oz), discharged from San Diego hospital as healthy infant A San Diego hospital on Wednesday revealed the birth of a girl believed to be the worlds tiniest surviving baby, who weighed just 245 grams (about 8.6 ounces) before she was discharged as a healthy infant. The baby, named Saybie, was born at 23 weeks and three days and was sent home this month weighing 5lbs (2kg) after nearly five months in the neonatal intensive care unit, Sharp Mary Birch Hospital for Women & Newborns said in a statement. The babys family gave permission to share the story but wanted to stay anonymous, the hospital said. Saybies ranking as the worlds smallest baby ever to survive is …

Felicity Huffman pleads guilty in college admissions scandal

Actor has apologized after being charged with paying $15,000 to have a proctor boost daughters SAT score Felicity Huffman tearfully pleaded guilty Monday in she admitted to participating in the nationwide scam, in which authorities say parents bribed coaches, rigged entrance exams or both to game the admissions system. Huffman pleaded guilty in federal court to paying an admissions consultant $15,000 to have a proctor correct her older daughters answers on the SAT. She also considered going through with the plan for her younger daughter before ultimately deciding not to, authorities say. She arrived at court holding the hand of her brother Moore Huffman Jr and did not say anything to journalists. In court, she wore a gray dress and …

CO2 in the atmosphere just exceeded 415 parts per million for the first time in human history

The human race has broken another record on its race to ecological collapse. Congratulations humanity! For the first time in human history — not recorded history, but since humans have existed on Earth — carbon dioxide in the atmosphere has topped 415 parts per million, reaching 415.26 parts per million, according to sensors at the Mauna Loa Observatory, a research outpost of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Agency. This is the first time in human history our planet's atmosphere has had more than 415ppm CO2. Not just in recorded history, not just since the invention of agriculture 10,000 years ago. Since before modern humans existed millions of years ago. We don't know a planet like this. https://t.co/azVukskDWr — Eric Holthaus …

Some reassuring data for those worried unicorns are wrecking the Bay Area

Joanna Glasner With the exception of Intel, all of these companies have a double-digit percentage of employees at headquarters, so it’s not as if they’re leaving town. However, if you’re a new hire at Silicon Valley’s most valuable companies, it appears chances are greater that you’ll be based outside of headquarters. Tesla, meanwhile, is somewhat of a unique case. The company is based in Palo Alto, but doesn’t crack the city’s list of top 10 employers. In nearby Fremont, Calif., however, Tesla is the largest city employer, with roughly 10,000 reportedly working at its auto plant there.(Tesla has about 49,000 employees globally.) Unicorns flock to San Fran, workers less so High-valuation private and recently public tech companies can also be pretty …

Helicopter crushes flowers as crowds flock to ‘super bloom’

Park officials say many wildflower tourists have been well-behaved, but some have ignored pleas to stay on trails In one of the most famous literary descriptions of wildflowers, the English poet William Wordsworth traffic nightmares along city streets in nearby towns, and paid no heed to the desperate pleas of park officials: #DontDoomTheBloom. Antelope Valley California Poppy Reserve (@PoppyReserve) Officers are watching for people illegally entering the park through barbed-wire fencing, trampling flowers. It only takes a few to wreck the habitat for years to come. There are areas in the Reserve that haven’t recovered from trampling in 2017.#CaStateParks March 18, 2019 The helicopter jaunt was illegal, and an investigation is under way. Jorge Moreno, a spokesman for the California …