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Wed January 11, 2012
News Roundup

Connecting the Dots: Top news stories for Wednesday, January 11

BART’s San Jose extension is one step closer to breaking ground after the Federal Transit Administration approved a $900 million grant. Two new stations are planned, one in Milpitas and one in the Berryessa neighborhood. Construction could begin as early as the spring and will cost $2.3 billion…

Researchers at UC San Francisco have developed a system to determine the likelihood of death within six months to five years for elderly patients. At present, physicians are often shooting in the dark when they recommend tests, treatments, and medications for their older patients…

In the face of budget cuts, California community college leaders have called for a system-wide overhaul. Some of the changes they recommend include requiring all incoming students to develop education plans shortly after enrolling and having campuses give priority to courses needed for graduation…

Social media outlets like Twitter and Facebook weren’t just organizing tools for the Occupy Movement – they also helped protesters learn about pending police raids. Officers would post on their Facebook pages phrases like, “It’s game day,” cluing protesters in to the possibility of police action. In response, those running the raids will now only inform officers 45 minutes in advance…

Pleasant Hill’s Clayton Valley High School is close to becoming the first large public school in Northern California to convert to a charter. The Mt. Diablo School Board initially denied the petition on financial grounds, but a Contra Costa County staff report argues otherwise. The county board of education will hold a vote this Wednesday approving or denying the charter. Opponents of the conversion fear that fear Clayton Valley would take money away from other schools in the district.

Connecting the Dots brings together the day’s news.

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