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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4:50pm

Wed July 18, 2012
Crosscurrents

Crosscurrents: July 18, 2012

Reforming the Oakland Police Department; Will Californians ever vote online?; 99% Invisible: Designing a postage stamp; and local band Sonny and the Sunsets.

4:46pm

Wed July 18, 2012
Arts & Culture

99% Invisible: Designing a postage stamp

courtesy of 99percentinvisible.org/

Stamps design takes, on average, a year to a year and a half, from conception to execution. Unfortunately, most of the stamps we encounter on a day-to-day basis are the rather predictable flag, bell, and love stamps, but there are some really fantastic commemorative stamps, which are supremely functional and affordable tiny works of art.

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4:31pm

Wed July 18, 2012
Cops & Courts

Reforming the Oakland Police Department

Flickr user alxndr

Throughout the 1990s and into the early 2000s, two things shaped the Oakland Police Department.  The city had one of the highest crime rates in California, and four police officers calling themselves the “Riders” beat, robbed, and framed hundreds of residents in the flatlands of Oakland. For years the officers were praised for sweeping drugs from the rough streets of West Oakland. But in 2000 over 100 plaintiffs came forward and accused the “Riders” of kidnapping, false imprisonment, assault with a deadly weapon, and battery.

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3:51pm

Wed July 18, 2012
Politics

Will Californians ever vote online?

Allan Hough

In June, 14 current and retired postal workers in Washington, D.C. and in the state of Washington began a one-week hunger strike. They were protesting against Congress requiring the U.S. Postal Service to make mandatory healthcare and pension contributions. Some employees believe it is making the organization unprofitable.

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11:49am

Wed July 18, 2012
Transportation

High-speed rail gets the green light

Governor Jerry Brown gave high-speed rail the official green light today, signing legislation authorizing $8 billion in initial funding for the controversial $68 billion project.

Signing ceremonies in San Francisco and Los Angeles emphasized the political importance of the $1.9 billion allocated for improving existing commuter rail systems in these cities, the eventual “bookends” of the rail network that would connect northern and southern California.

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