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Connecting the Dots: Top News Stories for Wednesday, May 30, 2012


(Mercury News) // Chefs across California are squeezing in extra foie gras on their menus and drawing the ire of animal rights groups. A statewide ban on the staple French cuisine made from fattened duck liver goes into effect July 1. The ban was passed back in 2004 to put an end to what some consider the inhumane treatment of ducks raised for the delicacy…

(Sacramento Bee) // Caltrans executives will consult with independent experts about the safety of the new eastern span of the Bay Bridge. The bridge’s capacity to withstand a major earthquake was called into question earlier this week, when an investigation uncovered reports of soft concrete in the foundation. A section of the old eastern span collapsed in the 1989 Loma Prieta earthquake, killing 2 drivers…

(Oakland Tribune) // Oakland's police chief says homicides in the city dropped in May, thanks to a months-long sting operation that put 60 of Oakland’s “worst of the worst” offenders behind bars and confiscated nearly a hundred guns. The operation included 44 undercover agents from the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms, a collaboration Oakland's mayor hopes will continue…

(Forbes) // Facebook's stock has tumbled $21.8 billion since the company made its initial public offering on May 18. It’s the largest valuation drop of any company in the social network's own lifetime. The news comes as Facebook announces it will open a new office in Dubai…

(Mother Jones) // California Lt. Governor Gavin Newsom is still breaking in his new office in Sacramento. His confession that he spends “like one day a week, tops” in state capital suggests his Sacramento bureau doesn't get much use.

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