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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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Wed March 21, 2012
Cops & Courts

Correcting youth corrections in California

Paso Robles Youth Corrections Facility
Courtesy of Flickr user Shawn Thorpe.

This week, US Supreme Court took up the issue of life without parole for juvenile offenders. The question for the justices is whether children who commit murder should have the chance at some point in their lives to prove they should be let free.

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Wed March 21, 2012
Afternoon News Roundup

Connecting the Dots: Afternoon edition for Wednesday, March 21, 2012

The personal trials and political tribulations of San Francisco County Sheriff Ross Mirkarimi are getting plenty of attention at present, but county jails are in the news for another reason. California prison realignment is shifting inmates from state to county facilities, which are receiving $1.2 billion to help with the transition.

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Wed March 21, 2012
Arts & Culture

Old school artform meets new school audience with Opera on Tap

San Francisco Opera on Tap co-founder Indre Viskontas organizes the opera performances at Café Royale.
Erica Mu

Long before Beyonce decided to redefine “diva” for pop culture, the term was associated with high culture. Nevertheless, divas of then and now have maintained a reputation, as late comedian Anna Russell explains, “…you would need to be a glorious-voiced, independently wealthy, sexy, politically motivated, backstabbing bitch.”

Russell was actually talking about opera singers, and what it takes to become one. And she has a point: The path to the opera stage can be filled with challenges. But it can also be fun.

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Wed March 21, 2012
Morning News Roundup

Connecting the Dots: Top news stories for Wednesday, March 21, 2012

Mayor Ed Lee will seek to remove Sheriff Ross Mirkarimi from office, citing political misconduct in response to the incident that led to Mirkarimi's guilty plea of false imprisonment...

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Tue March 20, 2012

Crosscurrents: March 20, 2012

Violence in Syria and Afghanistan has Bay Area residents in the street;  a soldier’s mission against PTSD; and a new opera inspired by real-life tragedy.