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11:59pm

Thu May 17, 2012
Politics, connecting the dots

Connecting the Dots: Afternoon Edition for Thursday, May 17, 2012

(Sacramento Bee) // Just after it was revealed that California faces a budget deficit of $16 billion, how and when to pay crippling pension costs has become a major public debate. The California Public Employees' Retirement System voted to raise the annual state payment for state worker pensions by $213 million to a total of $3.7 billion, despite Governor Jerry Brown’s recommendation for an even bigger increase to avoid accruing more debt.

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6:33pm

Thu May 17, 2012
Crosscurrents

Crosscurrents: May 17, 2012

Stories from Richmond High: A foster child’s path to college; Inside the creative minds at the SF Writers' Grotto; Finding the truth in the digital age; and Bay Area Beats: Quinn Deveaux.

5:12pm

Thu May 17, 2012
Education

Stories from Richmond High: A foster child’s path to college

At Richmond High School during school hours, there is always a police car parked just off the sidewalk that leads to the front doors. Just past the auditorium and administration office, an iron fence stands between visitors and the rest of the school. Many students call it “the prison wall.” This is where more than 1,500 Bay Area teenagers receive their high school education.

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5:01pm

Thu May 17, 2012
Arts & Culture

Inside the creative minds at the SF Writers' Grotto

Photo courtesy of Flickr user ROSS HONG KONG

The San Francisco Writers’ Grotto is not a grotto, really. A grotto is a cave … or, something like a cave. This is just a floor in a nondescript office building: 31 offices surrounding a conference room, where a few dozen people can sit somewhat comfortably. From the hallways, each office door looks about the same. What makes this place special, though, is what’s behind each door.

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3:05pm

Thu May 17, 2012
Arts & Culture

Finding the truth in the digital age

In the era of Mike Daisey making up facts for his stories about Apple factory workers in China, or the uproar over the motives behind the recent KONY video, we have to start asking ourselves how real these real world videos really are. What’s going on outside the frame of a YouTube video? What’s true? And, who decides?

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