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Insight: Anaheim's Drive to Lure the Kings / Banker's Dozen Trial / Stockton's Unequal School Suspension Rates / The Pink Room


 
 
 
Will the Kings move away? Anaheim is looking to bring the Kings to the Honda Center, but the Lakers and Clippers are saying, "Not so fast" to splitting sponsorship money.  Now that a new arena deal for the Sacramento Kings has fallen apart, Anaheim is again looking to lure the NBA team south, but a couple of other teams might not be so hospitable to those plans.  The Maloof family, which owns the Kings, said an arena agreement reached in early March wasn't good for the team or the city. The deal was brokered by the league and tentatively agreed to by the Kings.  We'll speak with Ed Joyce, Orange County Reporter, KPCC about what separates the facts from the rumours.
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Banker's Dozen Trial The trial for the 11 UC Davis students and one UC Davis faculty member who shut down the on-campus branch of U.S. bank by blocking the entrance for two months begins Friday, April 27.  Each member of the group, known as the Banker's Dozen, faces a maximum six month jail sentence for charges of obstructing access.  The activists say their blockade was constitutionally protected free speech. But, the United States Supreme Court has continually ruled that blocking physical access to a building is not a constitutionally protected form of civil disobedience?  So what might make the case of the Banker's Dozen different if at all, and why is blocking access to a building not considered an exercise of free speech?  UC Davis Law Professor Alan Brownstein joins us for the discussion.  He has recently published an article in the Jurist about the "Bank Blockade" titled "Defining the Boundaries of Free Speech in College Protests."
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High Suspension Rates The LA Times has recently reported that Stockton has one of the highest rate of suspended black students: Among the state's larger school systems, Stockton Unified stood out for suspending 38% of black male students, according to the federal data on which the study is based. But other minority students also were suspended: 19% of Latino males, 23% of white males and 13% of Asian males.  We'll speak with Daniel Losen, Director of the Center for Civil Rights Remedies, a research group based at UCLA that focuses on increasing educational opportunities for minority students.
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"The Pink Room"  Joel Sandvos, a documentarian is showcasing "The Pink Room", a 45-minute award winning documentary on sex-trafficking in Cambodia, following the story behind one particular girl named Mien.  The film is scheduled to be showcased at the Artisan during the Sacramento International Film Festival on April 24.  Its goal is to expose this illegal growing industry to the public.
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The Pink Room Official Trailer from The Pink Room Documentary on Vimeo.

 
Monday, April 23, 2012
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