Crosscurrents

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Crosscurrents is the daily news magazine from KALW Public Radio. We are part of KALW's Public Interest Reporting Project, which began in 2003 with the goal of expanding local in-depth reporting – at a time when most news organizations were cutting back on public interest journalism.

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5:07pm

Mon September 17, 2012
Economy/Labor/Biz

Occupy Bernal: Occupy at the local level

Foreclosure fighters in Atherton
Courtesy of Occupy Bernal

It’s Sunday afternoon, and two-dozen San Francisco homeowners and activists are gathered in front of venture capitalist Peter Briger’s house, in the wealthy South Bay suburb of Atherton chanting,  “Come out and talk to us! Don’t throw us under the bus!”

Briger is co-chairman of Fortress Investment Group, which owns the company foreclosing on some of the demonstrators’ homes. A protest two weeks earlier at the downtown San Francisco offices of the company did not draw a response, so they are taking their concerns to Briger’s home.

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4:48pm

Mon September 17, 2012
Politics

Occupy Art Gallery: the movement gets an exhibit at YBCA

Poster by Chuck Sperry.
http://chucksperry.net/

Artist Jon Paul Bail remembers being at a coffee shop in the East Bay when his friend walked in and said, “Hey, we’re gonna go down to Oscar Grant Plaza and kick it in a tent and spend the night.”

“Really?” he replied. “You’re gonna go down there and do that?”

“Come on, J.P. dude”, his friends continued. “You can’t choose when things go down because you don’t like the weather.”

Bail held his ground, but a few days later, he arrived at the Occupy encampment with some of his artwork.

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10:04am

Mon September 17, 2012
SPORTS

East Bay Express: Moneyball 2.0, The Pitching Whisperer

Oakland A's pitcher Travis Blackley was watching video of the Texas Rangers this summer, preparing to make a start against the league's premier offense, the very one standing in the way of the A's and the American League playoffs. Blackley was deep in study, identifying tendencies, looking for weaknesses in the reigning pennant winner's armor. He looked at a season's worth of at-bats, contemplated dozens of pitchers' approaches.

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2:37pm

Fri September 14, 2012
Economy/Labor/Biz

East Bay Express: Port of Oakland Facing $123 Million Lawsuit

The Port of Oakland at night.
http://www.fotopedia.com/items/flickr-3828778708

A major port terminal operator, Stevedoring Services of America, is pushing forward with a lawsuit against the Port of Oakland that could ultimately cost the public agency $123 million or force it to hand over control of public property to a corporation in which Goldman Sachs owns a major stake. Late last year, an administrative law judge with the Federal Maritime Commission denied the port's request to dismiss the suit.

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5:51pm

Thu September 13, 2012

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