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Crosscurrents

Daily news roundup for Monday, March 14, 2016

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Here’s what’s happening in the Bay Area, as curated by KALW news:

At Stanford, UC Berkeley, battles rage over controversial names on campus // Mercury News 

"College students inspired in part by the Black Lives Matter movement, are calling for the removal of symbols honoring people connected to slavery and colonialism."

"This month, the renaming movement is gaining momentum at Stanford, where a student campaign is taking aim at Father Junipero Serra, the 18th-century Spanish missionary. Students say that because of his role in exploiting  Native Americans, Serra shouldn’t have dorms, halls or streets named after him."

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This is why Donald Trump's winning: The GOP thinks their base is backward -- now they’re showing them who’s in charge // Salon 

"The Republicans have long had disdain for their uneducated, white base dismissing them as “hillbillies” and "rednecks.""

"Now, after 52 years of abuse this base has finally turned on its leaders. And the irony is, the only option for the now former dominant Republicans is going to be to fall in line with them behind Donald Trump."

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Tobacco tragedy prompts support of anti-smoking legislation // Los Angeles Times

"State Senator Jeff Stone, a pharmacist, was the one Republican in the legislature to vote to increase the legal smoking age from 18 to 21 and to regulate regulate nicotine-laced electronic cigarettes like tobacco part of landmark anti-smoking legislation."

"His strong opposition to smoking was influenced by the death of the singer Nat King Cole and of his own mother from lung cancer. "

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California's biggest reservoir, Shasta, rises to key milestone // Mercury News

"Sunday's storms brought more rain to Northern California, but they also helped the state hit a key milestone in its efforts to recover from the historic four-year drought."

"Shasta Lake, the largest reservoir in California and a critical source of water for Central Valley farms and cities from the Bay Area to Bakersfield, reached 100 percent of its historic average Sunday as billions of gallons continued to pour in from drenching downpours."

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Gang Violence Shifts from Richmond streets to Interstate 80 // Contra Costa Times

"A violent gang feud historically fought on city streets has expanded to one of the Bay Area's busiest freeways, Interstate 80, where 70 million motorists drive each year, law enforcement sources say."

"Two dead and others injured, two seriously, in seven shootings since November on an East Bay freeway-- suggests gang members are choosing the busy commuter route to settle conflicts."

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Kamaiyah makes rap for the 99 percent // East Bay Express

"Could she become California’s first rap queen? Kamaiyah’s "How Does It Feel" has skyrocketed to regional popularity in recent months."

"Now the Oakland rapper releases her debut mixtape “A Good Night in the Ghetto”  this week."