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Connecting the Dots: Top news stories for Thursday, May 3, 2012

(SF Gate) // After much criticism, California State University officials say they will consider scrapping a policy that would allow them to pay new presidents 10 percent more than outgoing presidents. Instead, incoming presidents would earn the same salaries as their predecessors until 2014...

(SF Gate) // Oakland police reportedly used new tactics to control Occupy protestors during last Tuesday’s May Day demonstrations. Instead of making mass arrests, police say they tried to target individual suspects. There were only 39 arrests in Oakland on May Day compared with more than 400 during a January protest...

(Sacramento Bee) // UC Davis has also unveiled a new plan to deal with protestors. On Wednesday, university leaders laid out a list of proposed reforms that include an increase in student involvement in police functions…

(Bay Citizen) // According to a recent report by the California Department of Education, the San Francisco Unified School District has violated more than 100 special education regulations, including failing to assess students' disabilities and failing to employ qualified staff to work with those students. More than 6,000 students with disabilities attend San Francisco public schools...

(SF Gate) // Over 900,000 petitions were distributed across California yesterday that urged the labeling of genetically modified food. The initiative is designed for the November ballot and is backed by California's "Right to Know," which is part of a larger campaign called "Just Label It." Opponents say labeling would mislead consumers into thinking genetically modified foods are unsafe…

(San Jose Mercury News) // A fourth-grader at a private elementary school in Los Altos has developed a classroom lab that brings in companies to test their smartphone apps with kids. Disney Mobile and a music and gaming company called Smule have already paid to have the Pinewood students rate their products. 

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Angela Johnston is the Senior Producer of Uncuffed and an editor in the KALW newsroom. She holds a Master’s degree in journalism and graduated from KALW’s Audio Academy program. She’s worked for KALW in numerous roles - from the deputy news director, to the health and environment reporter, and she's covered everything from lead poisoning to climate change. Her work has aired on KALW, KQED, Reveal, and The Pulse. She also freelances as a producer and editor for Cosmic Standard and AFAR Media. Outside of work, she loves to swim in the bay, surf small waves on her longboard, read, backpack, cook, and garden.