Connecting the Dots: Top news stories for Tuesday, October 11

Earlier this summer, after six years of life in the fast lane, solo hybrid drivers were demoted from the carpool lane – and they aren't the only ones protesting. UC Berkeley researchers claim that revoking carpool lane privileges led to increased congestion in regular lanes, which had the unintended effect of slowing carpool lanes as well...

Steve Jobs apparently avoided the fast lane: He drove his silver Mercedes with no license plate for four years without getting caught. Perhaps Jobs took his chances strategically; he only drove about 5,500 miles a year – less than half the American average...

A 700-pound bronze pelican statue has gone missing from Scottsdale Pound Park in Novato. It's likely to be a prank, but what isn't a joke is the bird's $27,000 price tag...

Meanwhile, hundreds of people participated in the #Occupy protest in Oakland yesterday, rallying against economic inequality, corporate excess, and homelessness. The movement began in New York, and will be in Walnut Creek this Wednesday...

In an attempt to address the spread of Hepatitis C and HIV, Governor Jerry Brown signed two bills that will expand access to sterile syringes for drug users.

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