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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4:33pm

Wed August 22, 2012
Politics

Could this be our last election?

Clarence, a butler, (l, Keiko Shimosato Carreiro) supports the vision of his investment banker boss, Gideon Bloodgood (r, Ed Holmes) in For the Greater Good, or The Last Election.
Fletcher Oakes

Big money is a big issue in this election. Since the U.S. Supreme Court made its decision in the Citizens United case, an unlimited amount of corporate money is flowing into the so-called “Super PACs” that support political candidates.

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3:50pm

Wed August 22, 2012
Cops & Courts

Juvenile parolee bill sits on Governor’s desk

State Senator Leland Yee, sponsor of SB9 Courtesy: Office of Leland Yee

New legislation has reached the Governor’s desk that would change the way juveniles are sentenced. Senate Bill SB9, introduced by State Senator Leland Yee of San Francisco introduced the legislation ,which would allow people who are serving life without parole for crimes they committed when they were juveniles, to ask for sentences of 25 years to life instead.

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2:57pm

Wed August 22, 2012
Cops & Courts

Oakland considers youth curfew

Oakland Police Chief Howard Jordan is again calling for a youth curfew as a way to reduce crime in the city. The idea is backed by council President Larry Reid and Ignacio de la Fuente. But, the East Bay Express has published reports showing that youth curfews don’t work. The most recent data available from the California Department of Justice shows that felony youth crime has dropped substantially in Oakland, plummeting 26.4 percent from 2001 through 2010.

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12:46pm

Wed August 22, 2012
Arts & Culture

Today's Local Music: The Emma Lee Project

The Emma Lee Project

Musician, Emma Lee is known for her guitar picking and sweetly provocative lyrics. She describes the music that she and her band creates is a result of a serious romance with three of her musicians… and a serious flirtation with three others.

You can experience the result of these romances and flirtations at a free show Sunday at Peri’s Silver Dollar Saloon in Fairfax, from 4:00PM to 7:00PM.

12:42pm

Wed August 22, 2012
Education

The path to college for undocumented students gets a little easier

As the summer comes to a close, young adults are saying goodbye to their hometowns, families, and friends as they move on to higher education. But for those who are undocumented, the path to college is much more complicated, a process that many take for granted.

In most parts of the country, students without legal status aren’t eligible for financial aid or scholarships. There is also a lack of guidance from parents, because most students are the first generation to attend an American university. Then there is the constant fear of being deported.

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