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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9:59am

Thu April 26, 2012
Politics

Connecting the Dots: Top News Stories for Thursday, April 26

(Contra Costa Times) // Philip Morris and R.J. Reynolds, two power players in the tobacco industry, have donated more than tens of millions of dollars to defeat Proposition 29, a new tobacco tax on the June ballot. Prop 29 would increase taxes on a pack of cigarettes by $1 to $1.87, which would generate approximately $735 million annually that would mostly fund cancer research...

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4:37pm

Wed April 25, 2012
Transportation

Decoding the mysteries of Bay Area traffic

If you added up all of the time that all of us spend stuck in Bay Area traffic, it would average out to about 40 million hours a year. It doesn’t take much to slow down traffic – accidents and construction and weather conditions all have an impact. And, there’s more than cars in the road.

Last year, a truck full of chickens overturned on 80 near Fairfield. And then there was the herd of cattle that wandered through the toll plaza on the Benicia Bridge. Not to mention all the falling ladders – that’s one of the most common pieces of debris.

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4:18pm

Wed April 25, 2012
Crosscurrents

Crosscurrents: April 25, 2012

Decoding the mysteries of Bay Area traffic; Doyle Drive and the father of the Golden Gate Bridge; and "The Waiting Room": examining the healthcare system through its public waiting rooms.

4:18pm

Wed April 25, 2012
Afternoon News Roundup

Connecting the Dots: Afternoon edition for Wednesday, April 25, 2012

(BayCitizen) //  A necessary step in San Mateo's ability to accept and house an expected influx of low-level prisoners was approved at the County Board meeting yesterday. Last year 66 low-level prisoners entered the county's jail system sas part of the 2011 statewide realignment mandate. That number could be closer to 600 this year...

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3:19pm

Wed April 25, 2012
Arts & Culture

The Source: Doyle Drive and the Father of the Golden Gate Bridge

Frank P. Doyle cuts a chain with an acetylene torch at the opening of the Golden Gate Bridge.
Courtesy Sonoma County Library

You can’t talk transportation in the Bay Area without talking about bridges. Everybody knows the Bay Bridge and the Golden Gate Bridge. And if you’re driving between the two, you travel on another bridge: an elevated and windy two-lane road through San Francisco's Presidio called Doyle Drive. That's changing this weekend, as the old Doyle Drive, built in 1937, continues the transformation into the Presidio Parkway.

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