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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10:22am

Tue June 26, 2012
Morning News Roundup

Connecting the dots: Top news stories for Tuesday, July 26, 2012

((SF Chronicle)) // George Hearst Jr., the grandson of William Randolph Hearst, died at a hospital in Palo Alto on Monday. He directed Hearst Corp. for 50 years, overseeing 36 weekly newspapers and approximately 300 magazines and 29 television stations. He became chairman of the board of the international conglomerate in 1996.  His son, George R. Hearst, called his father a “silent giant.” Mr. Hearst was 84…

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9:56am

Tue June 26, 2012
Hear Here: A Pop-Up Radio Project

Hear Here: Meet Jahmese Myres

5:08pm

Mon June 25, 2012
Health, Science, Environment

Volunteers and private funding keeping some parks open

http://www.parks.ca.gov/

Just 47 miles north of San Francisco, a country road winds through the small town of Glen Ellen, where a sign directs you to Jack London State Historic Park.

Bob Ruether is a docent at the park. He guides me along trails lined with ancient manzanita trees, where everything is still. It’s like walking through a painting. The air is damp from an early morning rain. Down a hill a group of teenage boys from a halfway house pull out sandwiches and sit at a bench with their teacher.

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5:07pm

Mon June 25, 2012
Crosscurrents

How do you close a beach?

http://www.flickr.com/photos/mon_oeil/1420748384

I’m standing on a beach smack dab in the middle of California. The breeze coming off the jetty is getting violent, and it’s really cold. Through the fog, I can only see a couple hundred feet of gray ocean. This is where I meet Mike French.

He’s standing on a windy bluff away from the water – reading the low waves and the bored surfers for signs of a good set. He’s a local.

French comes to the beach to read the waves several times throughout the week. “And it’s only good enough to go in once or twice a week, particularly at this time of year,” says French.

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4:47pm

Mon June 25, 2012
Cops & Courts

Serving time on the fire line

Cal Fire

It’s summer in California, which means fire season is in full force – and it could be the worst one in years. The California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection, better known as CAL FIRE, responds to more than 5,000 wildfires each year. They protect more than 31 million acres of California’s privately-owned wildlands and provide emergency services for most of the state’s counties.

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