Why Louisiana church burnings prompted a discussion about racism in metal music

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Authorities highlighted an arson suspect’s association with a music sub-genre known as “black metal” as a possible motive for allegedly burning down three historically black churches in Louisiana. Some on social media felt that the conversation should have been about racism, not music. But others pointed out that black metal has a history of association with nationalism and white supremacy.

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How California police departments targeted gay men in sting operations for a century

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LONG BEACH — San Carlos-based civil rights attorney Bruce Nickerson estimates that between 40,000 and 50,000 people in California, mainly gay men, have been arrested in illegitimate police decoy operations since 1979, the year the California Supreme Court redefined lewd conduct to include a question of whether an action was highly offensive to an observer.

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Mountain View residents push back against proposed housing developments on Rock Street

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Residents of two Mountain View apartment complexes that developers are looking to replace with luxury housing say they won’t be able to stay in the city if they’re forced out of their homes.Tenants of 2005 and 2310 Rock St. say the relocation assistance that the developer offered them — an equivalent of three months rent, according to a city official — won’t be enough to cover what residents expect could be at least a $1,000 per month increase in rent long-term.The city’s rent levels have risen significantly in recent years. In 2017, the average rent for a one-bedroom apartment was $3,110, the San Mercury News reported, up from $2,295 four…

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