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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...

Speaking of the three-strikes law, a Southern California man could face life in prison for a non-violent crime. Timothy Barnett is suspected of taking advantage of vulnerable L.A. County residents and talking them selling their homes at tremendous discounts...

PG&E's Smart Meters continue to be controversial. Santa Cruz, Marin, and San Francisco counties house many of the more than 4,000 customers who have opted out of the program...

Last week, leaked documents purported to reveal the budget and strategy of the Heartland Institute, a libertarian think tank that works to discredit climate science. Oakland-based climate researcher Peter Gleick has owned up as the source...

The Googleplex is getting a very expensive makeover: Google is planning $120 million in construction projects, including a series of hardware testing labs...

Can you imagine test-tube meat sliders showing up on the menu of trendy San Francisco eateries? Scientists are trying to take $330,000 in research money and make this meat substitute a reality by fall.

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