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A little morning pick-me-up!

Bureau of Land Management California recently held its first-ever employee photo contest.  Employees from across the state submitted over 500 photos in 9 categories.  Winners will be announced soon and posted here.

Enjoy a few of our favorite wildlife submissions (click photos for credits).    

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Victorian in the Haight by Dale Cruse
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California protesters block roads, slam police killing of Alfred Olango 

Protests erupt in the US state of California following the fatal shooting of an unarmed black man by police.

Demonstrators gathered in El Cahon to condemn the police shooting of 30-year-old Alfred Olango who was reportedly mentally ill. They demonstrators blocked streets, bringing traffic to a standstill. Olango was killed by officers on Tuesday after police received a report about a man walking in traffic. The shooting comes amid a spate of black deaths at the hands of police. This has raised racial tensions across the US. The fatal shooting of another black man named Keith Scott in North Carolina triggered days of unrest forcing the state’s governor to declare a state of emergency and deploy the National Guard.

Interview with John Parker of the International Action Center.