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Connecting the Dots: Top news stories for Thursday, June 14, 2012
(SF Gate) // There's still no BART service between Oakland and San Francisco. An early-morning fire at a West Oakland construction site badly damaged tracks, forcing commuters to buses, ferries, or a Bay Bridge that several people have described as a "parking lot." BART hopes to have at least one track open by later today...
(Inside Bay Area) // Ben Chavis, the director Oakland's American Indian charter schools, is facing allegations of fraud after a state-run audit found evidence that he used the school's bank accounts and credit cards for personal business, and directed state contracts to his own companies. Chavis and the American Indian schools are often in the news thanks to their test scores, which are the best in Oakland and among the best in the state…
(SF Gate) // Chris Bucchere, the bicyclist charged with fatally striking a pedestrian in the Castro in March, has been charged with a felony for vehicular manslaughter. The two and a half month wait for a verdict is attributed to the difficulty in tracking down witnesses to the accident. Bucchere’s arrest warrant was signed on Wednesday, and he is expected to surrender to the police within the week…
(Bay Citizen) // The San Francisco school district is moving ahead with a plan to include children with special education needs in regular classrooms. Proponents of the plan, known as "inclusion," argue that special education should not be a place to go, but a widely-avialable service, and that children should be taught in the least restrictive environment available. Critics are concerned about class sizes, and making sure that all students’ needs are being properly met…
(Bay Citizen) // A study published in the journal Child Development has linked childhood obesity to lower test scores. According the study, children who are overweight or obese have a hard time feeling accepted by their peers, and these feelings of sadness and isolation could contribute to poor academic performance…
(Mercury News) // Last night, Giants pitcher Matt Cain threw a perfect game. It was the first in Giants history, and only the 22nd in Major League history. The game brought the Giants a 10-0 win over the Houston Astros.