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Tue February 21, 2012
Afternoon News Roundup

Connecting the Dots: Afternoon edition for Tuesday, February 21, 2012

Supporters of Proposition 8 will ask the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals for a full review of the panel decision that ruled the ballot measure unconstitutional. The gay marriage ban was expected to go to the U.S. Supreme Court...

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Tue February 21, 2012

BART's new fleet: Made in the USA, but maybe not in California

BART postcard from the 1970s. Image courtesy of BART.

This year is BART’s 40th birthday. While some people swear that 40 is the new 30, when it comes to subway systems, 40 is just plain over-the-hill. About two-thirds of BART cars have been running the rails since the system opened, in 1972.

Paul Oversier is in charge of operations at BART. He says that because BART trains run long distances and at higher speeds than other subway systems, it gives the system a dubious distinction. “We have the oldest cars, and we run them the hardest,” he says.

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Tue February 21, 2012
Morning News Roundup

Connecting the Dots: Top News Stories for Tuesday, February 21, 2012

700 Occupy demonstrators gathered outside San Quentin State Prison this past weekend to draw attention to the need  for police reform. Demonstrators' demands included eliminating solitary confinement, a ban on the death penalty, and to get rid of California's "three strikes" law. Meanwhile, the prison itself was placed on lockdown...

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Tue February 21, 2012
Cops & Courts

Occupy San Quentin protest large, peaceful

Nicole Jones KALW News

Occupy brought the movement to San Quentin State Prison on Monday afternoon. Over 600 people peacefully assembled in front of the prison’s East gate to protest prison conditions. The San Quentin rally is just one of the 15 that took place as part of National Occupy Day in Support of Prisoners.

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Thu February 16, 2012
Arts & Culture

One hundred years with Ishi, the "last wild Indian" of North America

Photo from the Online Archive of California

This year marks the 100th anniversary of the public debut of a man called Ishi. Ishi was Native American, aYana from the Deer Creek area, about 150 miles northeast of Berkeley. And for the past century he’s been known as “the last wild Indian in North America.”

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