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Connecting the Dots: Top news stories for Thursday May 10, 2012


(SF Chronicle) // After a one-hour stand-off, a suspect in a Rohnert Park murder case was killed by police in the Tenderloin district of San Francisco. After firing numerous shots and setting fires in an apartment on Post Street, the gunman was shot dead at around 10 p.m....

(Oakland Tribune) // Tesla Motors has announced that the all-electric Model S sedan will be available in June, one month ahead of schedule. Tesla plans to deliver 5,000 of the cars by the end of 2012. Though the Palo Alto-based company is pushing forward and , it reported a first-quarter revenue of $30.2 million on Wednesday, which is down from $49 million one year ago, as well as a wider loss of $89.9 million, or 86 cents a share, compared with a loss of $48.9 million in the same period a year ago…

(Milpitas Post) // The City of Milpitas will lay off over 50 employees, reorganize departments, and outsource work in order to cover a projected $9.2 million shortfall next fiscal year. Employees of the city and their unions have been protesting, but council members claim that the step is absolutely necessary, and that outsourcing alone will save the city $2.1 million annually...

(Sacramento Bee) // On Friday, Sutter Gold Mining Co. will host ceremonies for its Lincoln Mine Project near Sutter Creek, where the company hopes to begin gold production later in 2012. Officials are advertising the project as the first commercial underground gold mine operation in California's Mother Lode region in over 50 years...

(SF Weekly) // Twitter has recently taken a stand in the defense of Occupy protesters by filing a motion to block a judge's order demanding that the company release arrested protester Malcolm Harris' communication history. Twitter maintains that turning over the tweets would constitute a violation of the Fourth Amendment protection against illegal search and seizure...

(Bay Citizen) // A third-grade class at San Francisco's Lafayette Elementary School has launched a campaign to persuade the governors of Oregon and Washington to stop further killings of sea lions at the Bonneville Dam on the Columbia River. Officials have been euthanizing sea lions seen eating salmon at the dam, claiming that the mammals are reducing an already endangered wild salmon population. After investigation, Angela Casey's class has decided the killings are wrong, and students have written letters to state officials and given presentations on the sea lions in order to garner attention to the issue.

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Ninna Gaensler-Debs is a reporter and editor for Crosscurrents. Since 2012, Ninna has worn a variety of hats at KALW - she was both a producer and event planner for Localore project Hear Here. Ninna also programmed and organized the Sights and Sounds live events - two in Bayview, and most recently, one in East Oakland.