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Connecting the dots: Afternoon edition for Wednesday, February 1, 2012

Saint Ignatius College Preparatory in San Francisco canceled school until next Monday after an alarming amount of students came down with the stomach flu this afternoon. Some called in sick, while other students left school when they began feeling ill. Approximately 1,500 students in the district are enrolled at the Jesuit high school…

Ailing students won’t find a place to rest on a bench in San Francisco – there aren’t any. The city removed all public benches over the past 20 years in an attempt to discourage homeless people from sleeping and loitering on them. Now, some San Franciscans are voicing their concerns about the lack of public seating around the city. City planners are working to include outdoor seating in the plans for Market Street…

City Attorney Dennis Herrera filed civil lawsuits against two Tenderloin neighborhood markets that he says are prime locations for drug deals and the sale of stolen goods. Barah Market and Razan Deli have been found by undercover police to engage in illegal sales of cocaine, crack, heroin, and other street drugs. The city wants to close both businesses for up to a year to force them to clean up their operations...

Operations for the Sonoma-Marin Area Rail Transit (SMART) project are back on track. Yesterday, organizers calling for the repeal on the rail system admitted defeat after failing to collect enough signatures to qualify a measure on a November ballot. The train service will start out running from Cloverdale to Larkspur, with the possibility of extension if funding allows for it…

Over in Oakland, a new city budget slashes around 80 jobs, but several arts and culture programs will survive the cut, including the Oakland Zoo and Children's Fairyland budgets. Council members in favor of restoring the funding say they want to keep the community environment alive through arts and family programs like these.

Connecting the dots brings the day’s news together.