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Connecting the Dots: Top News Stories for Thursday, April 19

California's clean-technology investment is growing, according to a report released today by SF-based nonprofit Next 10, a nonprofit promoting awareness around the environment, technology, and the economy. From 2010 to 2011, investment rose 24% to $3.5 billion, and while Next 10 says this was a significant boost to the state's financial recovery, some economists say the clean-tech industry is still a small sector of California's overall economy...

Approximately fifty Berkeley high school students will face suspension or expulsion for deleting their absences from the school's main attendance database. They got into the system by purchasing an administrative online password…

UC Davis police chief, Annette Spicuzza, will resign this Thursday after having led police officers in pepper spraying about 20 university students during a campus protest last November…

Court orders will now have to be shown before BART officials or other government agencies cut off cell phone networks. This bill, the first of its kind in the country, is in response to BART's controversial decision last year to shut down cell service in stations during a public protest...

There is a call for altering safety rules for boat races in the San Francisco Bay following the death of five people last weekend. A 12-foot wave slammed into their boat during a yacht race around the Farallon Islands, washing them all overboard…

Another California politician will join the ranks of those with dual identities in the media – Lieutenant Governor Gavin Newsom will replace Keith Olbermann as show host for San Francisco’s Current TV this May. He says it will not conflict with his day job as lieutenant governor.  

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