11:34am

Thu February 2, 2012
Politics

Connecting the Dots: News roundup for Thursday, February 2

Sugar is a great temptation, UCSF scientists say--it's even addictive, in addition to its links to chronic heart disease and diabetes. According to a report released this week, we consume three times more sugar than we did thirty years ago. Scientists say it's time for a drastic intervention...

Across the Bay, another eating habit is under the microscope. Scientist Steve Schutz has been volunteering his arm as a munching buffet for dozens of mosquitoes for the Contra Costa Mosquito and Vector Control District for more than a decade. His research focuses on studying whether wild mosquitoes are becoming pesticide resistant. Schutz' blood provides the protein female mosquitoes need to produce eggs and continue the research...

As Facebook goes public, some are questioning its use of private data. Although some are beginning to worry about the vast data storage users voluntarily give Facebook, the question remains whether users' uneasiness will spur any drop in usage... 

California residents might have bigger safety concerns though. Eighteen-year-old, Berkeley resident Tyler DeMartini was the second young skateboarder to die this week after he collided with a car. Skateboarder Tucker Hacking, 20, passed away two days earlier after suffering a head injury on a steep road in Walnut Creek...

California government workers received a full paycheck in 2011 for the first time in a while. For years, workers have undergone furlough days, cutting $1 billion from work pay from 2008-2010. Governor Jerry Brown has replaced the furloughs, which prevented many layoffs, with a hiring freeze...

Sacramento has other budget woes and additional plans to uplift the California economy. With Facebook set to offer $5 billion worth of stocks for public trading, lawmakers are hoping the taxes generated from the offering will help fill in its $9.2 billion deficit.

 

 

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