Connecting the Dots for Tuesday, November 8

A federal judge has blocked the government from requiring tobacco companies to adorn their labels with disturbing images of diseased organs. Though congress authorized the requirement in 2009, the judge rules that  the visual health warnings violate the companies' 1st Amendment rights by forcing them to display specific images...

Speaking of health, a national study of 72,000 teens between the ages of 12 and 17 found that Native American, Latino and white adolescents have the highest rates of drug usage and abuse...

Have any opinion about these issues? Well, it's time to hit the polls! Bay Area citizens will vote to determine the fate of two dozen tax and bond measures – and San Franciscans will pick a new mayor.  Still unsure about who to pick? Check out our interviews with all 16 candidates...

The current political system doesn't satisfy everyone. The general strike may be over, but Occupy Oakland has a new focus: foreclosed buildings...

Last week, the Occupy protests got heavy with police involvement. A video clip shot by an Occupy protestor is raising questions about whether the use of force by the police was a bit too harsh...

One thing the occupiers are upset about is widespread poverty. The government has developed a new way of  counting the poor, and so now another 2.5 million Americans qualify, bringing a grand total of nearly 50 million poor people in the country...

Schools with tight budgets may opt for corporate sponsorship, but experts say commercialism in schools can hurt students' critical thinking skills.

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