Ed O’Bannon had the kind of basketball career most of us can only dream about: national championship at UCLA, college player of the year, TV appearances and celebrity, NBA draft lottery pick, lucrative career in Europe. But it’s likely O’Bannon’s biggest contribution to the sport will wind up being what happened years after his last game.

Adam Winkler is a professor at UCLA School of Law, where he specializes in American constitutional law. His scholarship has been cited by the Supreme Court of the United States and his writing has appeared in the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Washington Post, Los Angeles Times, New Republic, Atlantic, Slate, and Scotusblog.

In "We the Corporations: How American Businesses Won Their Civil Rights," Winkler reveals how American businesses won equal rights and transformed the Constitution to serve the ends of capital. Corporations - like minorities and women - have had a civil rights movement of their own, and now possess nearly all the same rights as ordinary people.

I’ll admit this much at the beginning. There’s probably more that we don’t know about this story that what we do, which is a bad place to start offering analysis. So I won’t pretend to offer deep conjecture on the conflict between music magnate Sean Diddy Combs and UCLA assistant football coach Sal Alosi, who coaches Diddy’s son and UCLA defensive back Justin Combs, who, for the record, is a marginal contributor to the team. But, to get everyone up to speed, here’s what’s generally been reported. Apparently, dad wasn’t happy at how his son was treated at Monday’s practice, where apparently Alosi was pretty hard on Justin, noting he didn’t care who his father is. Sean, who of course was watching practice, as far too many fathers of adult children are want to do, followed Alosi back to his office. From there, it’s a bit more he said, he said. But it’s alleged that Combs both instigated a physical conflict, then proceeded to swing a Kettlebell at one of the team interns. And for the uninitiated, a Kettlebell is basically a giant iron ball with a handle, the newest fitness craze that I’m certain soon go the way of the Thigh Master and the Shake Weight. Because of that, and whatever else happened in the office, Sean Diddy Combs was arrested on three counts of assault with a deadly weapon, one count of making terrorist threats and one count of battery. Combs has insisted the charges are bogus and anything that happened was simply in self-defense of himself and his son, who, again, is a 21-year-old college football player.

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A new report reveals New York State's public schools are the most segregated in the nation.

The report released Wednesday by the Civil Rights Project at the University of California at Los Angeles used U.S. Department of Education statistics: it noted increasing segregation in the Buffalo, Rochester, Syracuse, Albany and New York City metro areas.   It found many black and Latino students attend schools with virtually no white classmates throughout New York.