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The Berkeley City Council heard a report from a group of researchers from the Stanford Criminal Justice Center on the pros and cons of Tasers, seeking clarity on whether it would be a good idea to equip Berkeley police with Tasers.  
When faced with a life-threatening diagnosis, it is difficult to talk to a doctor about hastening death. George Eighmey, the Oregon state legislator who in 1997 was instrumental in getting that state's Death With Dignity law, recommends these approaches to conversation.  
The City Council voted Tuesday to eliminate voluntary spending caps for mayoral and council candidates and to change reporting requirements for late contributions that deviated from state law and led to most candidates failing to meet its requirements.  


Early campaigns by Kamala Harris, Gavin Newsom are double-edged sword
The early launches of Kamala Harris' 2016 Senate campaign and Gavin Newsom's 2018 campaign for governor bring both advantages and liabilities, experts say.