FROM Elizabeth Weise
A High-Powered Silicon Valley Discrimination Trial It’s a tale of two Silicon Valleys. Reddit CEO Ellen Pao’s gender discrimination suit against her former employer, the powerful venture capital firm Kleiner Perkins, wraps up its second week in court today. Throughout the proceedings, two distinct visions of the company and the larger tech industry have emerged. Pao claims she was sexually harassed and that discrimination against female employees was routine inside Kleiner Perkins. Kleiner Perkins says Pao simply couldn’t keep up in a hyper-competitive industry. We get up to speed on the trial that’s riveting the tech world.
Silicon Valley Closely Watches Gender Discrimination Lawsuit A high-profile court case alleging gender discrimination in the tech industry is heading towards trial this week. Reddit Interim CEO Ellen Pao is suing a powerful venture capital firm where she used to be a partner, claiming she was sexually harassed. Pao’s lawsuit also claims that the company routinely denied its female employees raises and promotions. The case packs a one-two punch of juicy gossip and broader allegations about a sexist culture among the tech world’s elite, which has made it one of the most closely watched legal battles Silicon Valley has seen. We get up to speed on the lawsuit and whether it could mean anything for diversity in the tech world.
No Sunnyside for Eggs Thirteen hundred cases of salmonella from eating eggs have been reported in 10 states. Some 500 million eggs have been recalled by two big farms in Iowa. All this despite new egg safety rules the FDA implemented last month, claiming they'd prevent tens of thousands of salmonella cases. Elizabeth Weise writes on science and food safety for USA Today .
What do Trump's new emissions standards mean for fuel efficient cars? With President Trump unveiling lower fuel economy standards, will carmakers build more gas guzzlers? Also, an investigation looks into the risks of shipping nuclear warheads across the country on old 18 wheelers, driven by underpaid and overworked drivers. And, six years after Fukushima, nuclear waste has reached parts of the U.S. west coast.
US Supreme Court considers when police can open fire When police enter someone’s home without a search warrant and then fear for their lives, do they have the right to open fire? That’s the question before the Supreme Court today in a case out of Los Angeles.
California congressmen clash over Russian meddling Two California congressmen are at the center of the investigation into possible ties between President Trump’s campaign and Russia. Republican Devin Nunes, chair of the House Intelligence Committee, is a Central Valley dairy farmer. His Democratic counterpart is Adam Schiff, a Los Angeles former prosecutor.
LA County social workers on trial, and reforms to juvenile justice Four former LA County social workers will go to trial on child abuse and other charges in the death of an 8-year-old boy. Also, two California state senators introduced new legislation that would end incarceration for kids under 12 and ban life sentences without parole for those under 18.