We know it can be hard to keep up with everything that’s going on in the world, the country and your community. So here are five stories from the past week that you may have missed but really shouldn’t.
The most popular story on our site this week is about Daniel Humphreys. He was fleeing from California Highway Patrol in 2008 when he crashed his motorcycle and stumbled away on foot. The CHP officer eventually caught up to him and fired his Taser at him 31 times, killing him.
And yet, his death was ruled an accident by San Joaquin County Sheriff Steve Moore, even after the county's world-renowned forensic pathologist Dr. Bennet Omalu said it should be ruled a homicide. Omalu, who resigned last week, said the Humphreys' case is part of a pattern of Sheriff Moore using his influence to protect law enforcement officers.
In an unprecedented move, a Peninsula parks agency voted this week to grant local Native American tribes property rights to the summit of Mount Umunhum south of San Jose. The site has been a sacred spot for many tribes for millennia, long before Europeans arrived and long, long before rising costs in Silicon Valley pushed many surviving tribes out of the area.