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Connecting the Dots: afternoon edition for Monday, March 19, 2012


San Francisco Sheriff Ross Mirkarimi has been sentenced to a day in jail and three years probation for falsely imprisoning his wife. He will receive credit for time already spent in jail. The sheriff will also attend a year of domestic-violence intervention classes and perform 100 hours of community service...

A State Integrity Investigation has given California a B- grade for overall transparency, accountability, and anti-corruption. While the state scores well in lobbying disclosure, internal auditing, and redistricting, it does poorly in judicial accountability and public access to information. Still the grade ranks among the nation's top 5 states...

The city of Berkeley has hired attorneys to investigate its police chief's actions. Police Chief Michael Meehan ordered a sergeant to visit a reporter regarding a story about a community meeting. The police union has called the incident "in violation of professional standards..."

Scott Olsen, an Iraq War veteran injured during an Occupy protest, is filing a claim against the city of Oakland. His attorney says a recent revelation that Olsen was hit in the head by a beanbag, not a tear gas cannister, shows intent to injure...

AT&T has pledged $250 million to address the national dropout dilemma. San Francisco's Gateway High School received some of the first funding  $100,000 for a 9th grade seminar concerning organizational skills as well as drug and alcohol awareness...

Two snow enthusiasts were killed over the weekend in California in separate incidents. A skier died after falling into a hole at Sierra at Tahoe ski resort, and a snowboarder suffocated after falling headfirst into deep snow at China Peak Mountain Resort in Fresno County. As much as 55 inches of snow fell around parts of Lake Tahoe in the last few days...

NFL free agent Peyton Manning has decided to sign with the Denver Broncos, rejecting interest from the Tennessee Titans and San Francisco 49ers. San Francisco must now decide whether to resign current quarterback Alex Smith or choose a different option.

Connecting the Dots brings the day's news together.

Ben was hired as Interim Executive Director of KALW in November, 2021.