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Connecting the Dots: Top news stories for Tuesday, May 8, 2012



(San Francisco Chronicle) // The San Francisco teachers union will vote this week on whether to strike in protest of salary and benefits cuts proposed by the San Francisco Unified School District. District officials say they'll have to find $80 million dollars over the next two years, but the union claims that money is available within the existing budget...

(Sacramento Bee) // Trustees for the California State University system are meeting today in Long Beach, where they will discuss, among other things whether to close or privatize any of the CSU campuses. Other, less drastic cost-cutting proposals include eliminating sports programs, postponing library purchases, cutting administrative costs, and reducing the amount of travel…

(San Francisco Chronicle) // Where the Wild Things Are Author and illustrator Maurice Sendak died Tuesday afternoon, four days after suffering a stroke. Sendak said that children are both interesting to write about and his favorite audience…

(Albany Patch) // Where the wild things aren’t: the Gill Street Farmers Collective encamped in a field at the corner of Jackson and Buchanan Streets in Albany issued its formal response to U.C. officials Monday afternoon, saying its members would de-camp if U.C. turned on the water again, guaranteed no use of pesticides or herbicides on the experimental field, and left the planted portions of the field and a children’s garden open and accessible to the public…

(Oakland Tribune) // The San Francisco Women’s Building hosts artworks by women veterans in a show opening on Wednesday and sponsored by Swords to Ploughshares. The art and artists participating in the fourth annual “Shout!” exhibit express the needs of returning women soldiers that the Veterans Administration finds hard to address, because, organizers say, it continues to focus on the issues of male Vietnam-era veterans…

(Los Angeles Times) // Scientists at Emory University in Atlanta have successfully trained two dogs to sit still for at least 15 seconds and tolerate the screeching sound inside an MRI scanner. They hope eventually to get at what dogs are thinking when they respond to human language and learn whether our canine friends recognize us by sight or by smell.

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