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Mon April 23, 2012
Arts & Culture

Los Rakas

Today's local music is by Los Rakas. These two cousins were born in Panama, but they were raised in Oaktown, baby. You can hear them this Saturday, April 28 at the Catalyst Nightclub in Santa Cruz. Music starts at 9pm.


Mon April 23, 2012
Morning News Roundup

Connecting the Dots: Top news stories for Monday, April 23, 2012

A new study funded by the state’s Tobacco-Related Disease Research Program has found that tobacco companies systematically market towards low-income and African American youth. Although the state has the second-lowest smoking rate in the country, tobacco usage among African Americans is 3-6% higher than the statewide average...

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Mon April 23, 2012

Bureaucrats and Technophiles: A love story

Jennifer Pahlka loves bureaucrats.

While that proclamation got her some laughs at a recent Google/MTV Big Tent event at Mountain View’s Computer History Museum, Pahlka, who founded Code for America in 2010, followed up with an earnest statement about the work that CFA’s fellowships support in collaboration with local governments. ”We think bureaucrats get things done. There’s certainly a lot to complain about,” she conceded, “but we think that we need to make bureaucracy more…sexy.”

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Fri April 20, 2012

Is California juvenile correction so bad? Bill Sessa says, "no"

In 2005, California's juvenile prison system got a face lift. The name changed from CYA, short for California Youth Authority, to the Division of Juvenile Justice or DJJ. And many policies began to change along with the name.

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Thu April 19, 2012
Cannabis News Round-up

Is this the beginning of the end for medical cannabis in California?

The traditional weather prediction for March is that if it comes in like a lion, it goes out like a lamb. This year the aphorism may also apply to April for the Bay Area medical cannabis community. 

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