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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 7, 2012
Cops & Courts

Oakland's first gang-unit member recalls a dangerous Chinatown

Harry Hu is the former gang-unit leader for the Oakland Police Department. He’s tall and burly, and – although he recently retired from the force – he still wears his gun and badge proudly on his belt. When he strolls down 8th Street, the foot patrol he followed every day in the early 80s, most people seem to recognize him – some wave and others stop to chat.

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Wed March 7, 2012
Afternoon News Roundup

Connecting the Dots: Afternoon edition for Wednesday, March 7, 2012

A new report from the legislative analyst's office shows California will have to pay more than $700 million a year to cover costs on nearly $10 billion in high speed rail bonds...

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Wed March 7, 2012
Arts & Culture

Roem Baur

Photo Courtesy of Roem Baur

Roem Baur has a very distinctive voice. Now from San Francisco, he started singing as a boy in a small-town church in southern Texas. He’s playing a free show this Saturday (March 10) at the Apple Computer flagship store, near Union Square, at 2pm. Then he’s heading back to Texas – this time to sing at the South by Southwest festival in Austin. 



Wed March 7, 2012
Morning News Roundup

Connecting the Dots: Top news stories for Wednesday, March 7, 2012

Giants’ catcher Buster Posey is back on the field – only for spring training, though, and in small doses. Posey suffered a shattered ankle last season in a controversial slide into home plate and was knocked out for the rest of the season…

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Tue March 6, 2012

Is It Okay To Talk About Self-Harm On Social Media?

The social media site Tumblr announced new community guidelines to crack down on users promoting self-harm – things like suicide and eating disorders. The move created a lot of controversy among users, with some arguing they should be able to use the site to express themselves freely.

The Tumblr staff blog wrote that the most common critique of the new guidelines was something like this:

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