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Oakbook | Oakland cop out

For the last seven years – whether crime was up or down – the Oakland police department has regularly busted its budget. Big time.

The main culprit is overtime pay, and it adds up pretty quickly. Starting pay for an Oakland cop is $69,000, and it increases with experience. But with overtime pay and various shift differentials, officers often earn more than double their base salaries, according to the city’s salary records.

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UPI | Supreme Court hears file-sharing case

This was called-in to UPI immediately after the hearing. It ran in the Washington Times, World Peace Herald, Linux Insider and various online outlets.

WASHINGTON, March 29 (UPI) — File-sharing services, such as music and video swap
Internet sites, should be liable for billions of dollars on copyright infringements, music
and film industry representatives told the U.S. Supreme Court Tuesday.

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UPI | Nitrates in U.S. wells worrisome

This story came from a House briefing on widespread nitrate contamination in drinking water. It ran in the Washington Times, Eccowire, WaterWorld and other outlets.

WASHINGTON, March 21 (UPI) — A federal government report on nitrate contamination of the nation’s ground-water supplies shows about 7 percent of U.S. wells contain potentially hazardous levels of the substance — although the data used to compile
the report are far from comprehensive.

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