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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2:46pm

Tue June 12, 2012
Sports, golf, US Open

Once in a lifetime hole-in-one

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Golf’s national championship has come to San Francisco. Right now, the game’s greatest players are teeing up at the Olympic Club, where they’ll compete in the US Open in two days time. It’s a true celebration of the game – not so much because of the stars who come out, but because of the workaday golfers who have the chance to take the same stage, like Todd Fischer. Until 2000, the golf instructor from Pleasanton had never played in the US Open.

“As a golfer, everybody’s dream, probably, is to play in the US Open once,” says Fischer.

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12:03pm

Tue June 12, 2012
Morning News Roundup

Connecting the Dots: Top News Stories for Tuesday, June 12, 2012

(Sacramento Bee) // Assembly and Senate Democrat leaders are attempting to block the governor’s proposed cuts to programs that benefit the poor. They met with Brown yesterday to outline a budget plan that has a smaller reserve fund and cuts an obsolete high school scholarship. Since Democrats can pass a budget proposal with a simple majority, they have left Republicans at the periphery of the discussion and expect to present their budget plan to the governor Friday…

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12:00pm

Tue June 12, 2012
Arts & Culture

From the projects to the putting green

The Visitacion Valley Middle School is located in the southern part of San Francisco – one of the poorest residential areas of the city. It's recess and kids are outside playing the typical sports: football, basketball. But at this school, there's also golf.

Tony Anderson, Visitacion Valley's site director, works with 20 to 30 kids every day at the schools practice range. One is a 13-year-old named Faletui Manu. “Manu is one of our students who's been with us. He's just walked up to practice on his little chip here,” says Anderson, before congratulating Manu on a nice shot.

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5:50pm

Mon June 11, 2012
Health, Science, Environment

The primary care turf war: could nurse practitioners play the role of doctor?

Earlier this week, soon-to-be House Speaker John Boehner filed a brief challenging the constitutionality of the Obama Administration’s Affordable Care Act. But the 32 million Americans who would receive access to healthcare from the reform bill have more to worry about than Boehner and the Republican party. There’s currently a shortage of primary care physicians in some areas of the nation, and it’s about to get worse.

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5:20pm

Mon June 11, 2012
Crosscurrents

Crosscurrents: June 11, 2012

Transitioning from a foster youth to an adult, AB 12 and California policy on emancipating foster youth, a new Oakland school that advocates careers in Public Health, and nurse practitioners serving as primary care physicians.

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