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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4:55pm

Tue June 19, 2012
Health, Science, Environment

Battles with urban wildlife

You don’t have to be outside for long to realize that here in the Bay Area, we are surrounded by wildlife. Long before houses and roads and cities popped up, wild animals reigned supreme. As we negotiate our relationship to the remaining members of that wildlife, there’s bound to be some tension.

One particularly sneaky animal is on the prowl in almost every neighborhood – digging up garden beds, living in attics, scavenging through garbage…

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4:31pm

Tue June 19, 2012
Crosscurrents

Crosscurrents: June 19, 2012

Mexico's presidential elections; 9 million expected to be in the Bay Area in 2040—where will they live?; and battles with urban wildlife.

4:27pm

Tue June 19, 2012
Politics

Americans watch Mexico closely on election day

Gerardo Ritz runs a produce company that operates in the U.S. and Mexico. He'll be voting for Mexico's next president July 1.
Photo by Peter O'Dowd

Standing on the edge of an unfinished railroad bridge outside of Brownsville, Texas, businessman John Wood can see across the Rio Grande into Mexico.

"We are tied together," Wood said of the two countries. "It's kind of like an umbilical cord."

The rail line will connect Brownsville with Matamoros, Mexico, when completed. It's the first of its kind to connect the countries in a century.

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1:25pm

Tue June 19, 2012
Economy/Labor/Biz

Nine million expected to be in the Bay Area in 2040—where will they live?

Photo courtesy of Flickr user NASA's Marshall Space Flight Center

Here in the Bay Area, “growth” has a very literal meaning. We have a growing population and – especially in San Francisco – limited space. This fact spurs questions about the type of growth we will see and whether there will be a suburban sprawl. Others wonder about the increase of condos, strip malls and big box stores.

Many development experts argue that not all growth is good for a given place. Instead of just “growth,” they say we should be aiming for “smart growth.”

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1:02pm

Tue June 19, 2012
Economy/Labor/Biz

Cannabis news roundup: June 19, 2012

 

(Medical Marijuana Business Daily) // Patients will need greenbacks to purchase their green bud at cannabis dispensaries throughout the US starting next month – unless they have a Discover card. Electronic Merchant Systems (EMS), the main national credit card clearinghouse working with dispensaries, notified them by email that  the company will stop processing Visa and Mastercard transactions as of July 1…

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