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Insight: Play or Get Off the Court / Kony 2012 / 5 Grams: Crack and Rap Music / 2 or 3 Guys


 
 
 
Play or Get Off the Court  It's time to play or get off the court when it comes to making an arena a reality in Downtown Sacramento.  Some critics want a public vote on the arena if public money is going to be used to build it.  Sacramento and the owners of the Kings have different ideas about funding the construction of the new arena.  And the National Basketball Association is meeting April 12 and 13 to decide how it will be involved in the pre-planning funding for the arena if the city and the Maloofs can't agree on who should pay for the pre-construction costs.
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Kony 2012 Kony 2012 is a media campaign designed to stop a rebel leader from Uganda named Joseph Kony.  The campaign began with a 30-minute video created by a group called Invisible Children.  Since the video was posted on YouTube in early March, it's been viewed nearly 90-million times on YouTube alone, and at least another 60-million on secondary sites; Part 2 was released, somewhat in response to the intense backlash to the original.  Joseph Kony, has not yet been found but people all over the world now know who he is.
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Crack and Rap Music Many of the characteristics of modern rap-violent language and the glorification of guns and drugs are the product of America's war on crack during the late 1980's and early 1990's.  Dimitri Bogazianos is an assistant professor in the Division of Criminal Justice at Sacramento State University.  His new book "5 Grams: Crack Cocaine, Rap Music, and the War on Drugs" explores the way the crack era and America's war on drugs created the  rap music we know today.
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2 or 3 Guys Sacramento indie pop group 2 or 3 Guys is releasing their first studio album Friday April 13.  They are also playing a show at Old Ironsides that same night to coincide with the release of the album.
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Monday, April 09, 2012
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