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Connecting the Dots: Top news stories for Wednesday, June 13, 2012


(Sacramento Bee) // Governor Jerry Brown is quietly moving to cut the number of retirees working for the state, but opponents of his plan say the cuts won't save significant money and will eliminate a pool of affordable and experienced workers...

(San Francisco Chronicle) // San Francisco has a new idea to help curb panhandling in the city: pay panhandlers to foster a dog. The city believes many panhandlers already have access to supporting housing but bring out their signs to supplement their income. Under the new program, they would receive $50 to $75 a week to foster a dog. The city's shelters are receiving more dogs than usual due to the economic downturn...

(Bay Citizen) // It appears a powerful national lobby is backing an effort in Richmond to increase taxes on soft drinks. A Richmond resident who is going door-to-door identifying herself as a community activist is receiving money from the American Beverage Association, the industry's main trade organization...

(Oakland Tribune)// The Picasso missing from the Novato home of former Ukrainian Prime Minister Pavlo Lazarenko has turned up on the side of the road. The lithograph went missing after an estimated 100 teens broke into the mansion May 27 and threw a party. Lazarenko wasn't home to object: he's currently serving time at a low-security federal prison for hiding money embezzled from the Ukraine.

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