Weekly Must Reads

Did you see photos of the Trayvon Martin protests across the nation yesterday? San Francisco and Oakland were packed in particular, as well as Times Square in New York City. I saw photos of an American flag being burned in Oakland. But I thought the most shocking were the L.A. protests. If you’ve ever lived or driven in L.A., the thought of people walking on the 10 freeway and blocking it is totally crazy. This one in particular got me:

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Read more on the Zimmerman trial, verdict, etc.: Six Headlines That Tell the Story

Also, everything you need to know about “stand your ground” laws.

On Janet Napolitano becoming the president of California’s struggling public higher education system: Can Janet Napolitano staunch University of California’s financial struggles?

For one particular story, the San Francisco Chronicle removed its paywall and made the story free for all readers. So you better read it. It’s about the family of Oakland A’s player Yoenis Céspedes immigrating from Cuba to the United States. “The budding baseball star had fled Cuba with these same people, in search of a prosperous life. He had split from the group and made it to America sooner — reaping a financial bounty and excelling on the game’s biggest stage — while his family took a longer and much more difficult route. Their travels included four countries, six boat rides, two trips to jail, an immigration raid, accusations of human trafficking and a dispute with a Dominican baseball agent.” Read more: The Céspedes Saga

Does it ever get old? More on the summer 2013 cronut craze, but the most in-depth I’ve seen, so I appreciate it. Sinful Synergy: How the Cronut Seduced America

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