Thu February 23, 2012
Morning News Roundup

Connecting the Dots: Top news stories for Thursday, February 23, 2012

Downsizing California's postal system could affect last-minute voters, according to Secretary of State Debra Bowen. While the U.S. Postal Service has proposed closing up to 11 processing centers across the state, that could delay thousands of mail-in ballots and compromise the integrity of the November election...

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Thu February 2, 2012

How will redevelopment cuts affect Oakland?

Under CC license from Sean Kelly. http://www.flickr.com/photos/thekellyscope/5077009404/

Yesterday, the lights went out for redevelopment agencies all over the state.

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Tue January 24, 2012

Painful cuts ahead for City of Oakland

Under CC license from jbertland. http://www.flickr.com/photos/23463536@N02/3014282512/

Imagine, for a minute, that you’re Governor Jerry Brown.

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Thu December 29, 2011
Cops & Courts

Trafficked, Part II: Oakland parents organize to protect girls from sex trade

Photo by Denise Tejada for Youth Radio

In East Oakland, the street economy ranges from selling CDs out of your car to braiding hair at bus stops. But the underground marketplace can be a slippery slope to illegal activity, like selling guns, drugs, and sex.

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Thu December 29, 2011
Cops & Courts

Trafficked, Part I: Youth Radio's special investigation of child sex trafficking in Oakland

Photo courtesy of Youth Radio

Child prostitution goes on in America every day and every night ­– despite the efforts of federal, state and local authorities. For more than a year now, Youth Radio has been investigating child sex trafficking in Oakland. It's a system of exploitation that's ensnaring girls across America.

The FBI estimates 100,000 to 300,000 children and youth per year are forced into prostitution. But missing from these types of reports are perspectives from the girls themselves, who are caught up in what's known as "the game.”

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