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PD Editorial: Thumbs up, thumbs down

  • File-Milwaukee Brewers' Ryan Braun reacts after striking out after pinch hitting during the 11th inning of a baseball game against the Miami Marlins Sunday, July 21, 2013, in Milwaukee. Braun, a former National League MVP, has been suspended without pay for the rest of the season and admitted he "made mistakes" in violating Major League Baseball's drug policies. MLB Commissioner Bud Selig announced the penalty Monday and released a statement by the Milwaukee Brewers slugger, who said: "I am not perfect. I realize now that I have made some mistakes. I am willing to accept the consequences of those actions." (AP Photo/Morry Gash)

<b>Slowing the CSU pay escalator</b>

We've written on several occasions about the escalating pay of California State University campus presidents. Remember the $100,000-a-year increase for a new chief executive at San Diego State University (approved the same day as a hefty tuition increase)? Other new presidents routinely got 10 percent, even 20 percent more than their predecessors, who had filled the posts for many years.

Perhaps the CSU trustees are starting to get the message. At their meeting last week, they set compensation levels for new presidents at six campuses. None will be paid more than their predecessors. One will make less.

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<b>Felony photography?</b>

Remember that classic of middle school philosophy: If a tree falls in a forest and no hears it, does it make a sound? Perhaps that was on the minds of the California Highway Patrol officers sent to a demonstration Tuesday at the Willits bypass construction site. Their response: Arrest the news photographer recording the event and seize his cameras.

The demonstrations may be a nuisance for Caltrans and the crews working on the project, but the solution isn't a news blackout. And good luck trying to impose one in this day and age when anyone with a cellphone can take photos of a newsworthy event.

One person who showed good sense in all of this was Mendocino County District Attorney Dave Eyester, who said he won't pursue charges against photographer Steve Eberhard.

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<b>All pumped up, with nowhere to go</b>


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