Thu December 6, 2012


Wed December 5, 2012

Harborside Health Center wins a battle in the marijuana war

Cannabis leaf

Last month, Governor Jerry Brown,  speaking on CNN, said:  “It’s time for the Justice Department to recognize the sovereignty of the states. We already have a fair amount of marijuana use in the guise of medical marijuana, so we are capable of self-government. We don’t need some federal gendarme to come tell us what to do.”

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Wed December 5, 2012

Oakland library begins a fresh chapter at a new location

Signs welcome patrons at the new location of the Piedmont library
Ashleyanne Krigbaum

As I walk into the new Piedmont Branch of the Oakland Public Library, I see what looks like a library: librarians quietly working, people reading, and there are walls filled with books.

Branch manager, Jenera Burton has been working on the relocation of the library for about two years.

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Wed December 5, 2012
Cops & Courts

Controversial drones may be coming to Alameda County

The word drone may conjure up images of remote-controlled planes firing missiles and killing terrorists in Pakistan and Afghanistan. But in the US, police departments are seeking the same technology to save lives.

Alameda County’s sheriff has expressed interest in adding the unmanned aerial system to his public safety arsenal, but civil liberty activists are blasting the idea as a further erosion of privacy and an abuse of power.

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Wed December 5, 2012

Crosscurrents: December 5, 2012

Controversial drones may be coming to Alameda County; Cannabis News; and an Oakland library begins a fresh chapter at a new location.

This episode features the following music, all by Dave Brubeck:

1. "Danse Duet" from Countdown: Time In Outer Space (1962)

2.  "Winter Ballad" from Jazz Impressions of New York (1964)

3. "Far More Blue" from Time Further Out (1961)

4. "Time In" from Time In (1966)

5. "Three To Get Ready" from Time Out (1959)

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Wed December 5, 2012

Family Law

Chuck Finney is joined by Yasmine Mehmet, Certified Specialist in Family Law; and Lisa Jolicoeur, CPA/Forensic Accountant, to discuss divorce and finding hidden assets.

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Wed December 5, 2012
The Two-Way

Newly Released Index Finds Perceived Corruption Increased After 'Arab Spring'

As demonstrations continue to rage in Cairo, nearing almost two years after the revolution's onset, perceived corruption in Egypt and neighboring countries has worsened, according to a newly-released index.

Transparency International's (TI) 2012 Corruption Perceptions index ranks countries from 0 to 100 based on perceived levels of public sector corruption — 100 meaning no perceived corruption. Egypt dropped six places and now ranks 118th out of 176 countries.

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Wed December 5, 2012
The Two-Way

More Than 100 Injured, As Protests In Egypt Escalate

Originally published on Wed December 5, 2012 3:01 pm

Egyptian protesters stand outside the burning office of the Muslim brotherhood in Ismailia, Egypt on Wednesday.
AFP/Getty Images

The standoff between Egyptian President Mohammed Morsi and his critics escalated today, when more than 100 people were injured in clashes between supporters and detractors.

NPR's Soraya Sarhaddi Nelson reports from Cairo that the opposition accused Mori's Islamist government of escalating the situation and they dismissed calls to find a consensus.

Soraya sent this report our Newscast unit:

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Wed December 5, 2012
It's All Politics

Looming Spending Cuts Would Hit Hard All Over

Originally published on Wed December 5, 2012 3:09 pm

Alan Krueger, chairman of the president's Council of Economic Advisers, warns that consumer spending will drop if Congress and the White House fail to reach a deal on spending cuts and tax increases.
Jewel Samad AFP/Getty Images

Tax increases are only a part of what lies ahead if Congress can't come to an agreement to avert the fiscal cliff by the new year. Massive spending cuts will also kick in — and those cuts will be felt throughout the economy.

The current stalemate got under way two years ago when Congress, locked in a bitter partisan battle over whether to extend the George W. Bush-era tax cuts, passed what was known as the Budget Control Act of 2011.

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Wed December 5, 2012
It's All Politics

Obama And House GOP Engage In Fiscal Cliff Talks, Only Briefly With Each Other

Originally published on Wed December 5, 2012 3:30 pm

President Obama is introduced to the Business Roundtable by Boeing CEO Jim McNerney in Washington on Wednesday.
Charles Dharapak AP

The president and House Republicans continued to snipe at each other Wednesday over the impending set of automatic tax hikes and spending cuts known as the fiscal cliff. They traded accusations and blame during another day with plenty of talk, but — until late in the day, at least — no negotiations.

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