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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4:28pm

Tue June 5, 2012
Politics

Cannabis news roundup

SFGate // The state Assembly approved plans for a statewide commission to supervise California’s medical marijuana industry yesterday. Voters approved medical marijuana sixteen years ago, but this is the first attempt at creating formal guidelines for the industry.

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3:57pm

Tue June 5, 2012
Transportation

All kinds of ways to get around the Bay

Transportation construction at Duboce Park
Photo by Flickr user Salim Virji

For some people, the daily commute will get a little easier this week. Monday morning, a new ferry service between the Oakland, Alameda, and South San Francisco opened. In San Francisco, regular service resumed on the MUNI’s N Judah and J Church lines, after ten days of repair work at some of the city’s busiest transit junctions. Statewide, however, things aren’t so bright. A new poll shows that voters are losing faith in plans for a high-speed rail system in California.

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3:25pm

Tue June 5, 2012
Health, Science, Environment

Stanford sequences the Iranian genome

When scientists started studying genomes, and then sequencing them, their work was hailed as revolutionary. But, they were mostly done in connection with Caucasian genes and some African and East Asian populations. One of the races no one studied was the Persian race. That is, until last year. Stanford researchers received a $250,000 grant from a Persian American foundation called PARSA to study the Iranian genome. The idea is to learn more about the history and varied cultures of the Iranian people, and to explore the field of personalized medicine.

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11:46am

Tue June 5, 2012
Morning News Roundup

Connecting the Dots: Top news stories for Tuesday, June 5, 2012

SF Chronicle // Starbucks has bought the Bay Area based chain La Boulange Cafe and Bakery for $100 million. Starbucks plans to start to replace its current pastry selection with La Boulange products in 2013. There are 19 La Boulange cafes across the Bay Area...

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11:33am

Tue June 5, 2012
Arts & Culture

Today's Local Music: Barbary Ghosts

Today we are featuring the lusty sounds of The Barbary Ghosts. Their musical inspiration comes from San Francisco’s history of sea-faring fortune-seekers and general social misfits.

They’re one of the scores of musicians and instructors taking part in this weekend’s Free Folk Festival at Presidio Middle School in San Francisco.

The festival starts at noon and goes until 10pm both Saturday and Sunday on June 9th and 10th.

 

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