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Connecting the Dots: top news for Tuesday, January 10


Assemblywoman Mary Hayashi's decision to steal $2,500 worth of clothing from a San Francisco Neiman Marcus – including a pair of leather pants – could have been caused by a medical issue. Hayashi's lawyer says a brain tumor tainted her judgment,  potentially enabling a case of sticky fingers...

Speaking of suspicious practices, in 2010, internet banking bigshots ING Direct originated 705 loans to the Bay Area, but out of those, only provided three to African American and Hispanic borrowers. The company opened its first San Francisco location December 29th...

The Bay Area's a good place to be – and not just for big companies. The Lagunitas watershed in Marin County provides a perfect breeding ground for endangered coho salmon...

USC scientists have created a new material, polyethylenimine – or PEI – that traps carbon dioxide, attracting the molecules and sticking to them so they can't escape. In the near future, it could enable small-scale removal of carbon dioxide from small spaces where buildup of the gas can be hazardous. The material can also be reused, and used to create fuel...

Speaking of gas, retail gasoline prices have jumped again in California and most of the country. The average price of a gallon of regular gasoline in California rose 7.2 cents to $3.707, shattering the old record for this time of year. That record, set last year, was $3.332 a gallon...

Since 1996, the juvenile population in California detention facilities has fallen by 88%, with no increase in juvenile crime. Boot camps and scare tactics have been found ineffective, but programs that specifically address the needs of individuals were found to make a huge difference. Now, Governor Jerry Brown wants to shut the Department of Juvenile Justice altogether to save the state money – and, he says, increase those effective community-level interventions.

Connecting the Dots brings the day's news together.