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<a href=http://blogs.kqed.org/bayareabites/2014/07/25/the-great-tomato-debate-about-heirlooms-hybrids-and-gmos/ target=_self>The Great Tomato Debate: About Heirlooms, Hybrids and GMOs</a>

Bay Area Bites | July 26, 2014

The Great Tomato Debate: About Heirlooms, Hybrids and GMOs

Heirloom tomatoes. Photo: CUESA Post by Brie Mazurek, CUESA (7/25/2014) With their rainbow colors and odd shapes and sizes, the appeal of heirloom tomatoes is undeniable. But more than just a pretty face, these darlings of the summer farmers market also represent diversity and freedom in our food supply. “People ask read more...

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<a href=http://blogs.kqed.org/newsfix/2014/07/25/new-federal-charges-against-state-senator-leland-yee target=_self>State Sen. Leland Yee Faces New Racketeering, Conspiracy Charges</a>

News Fix | July 25, 2014

State Sen. Leland Yee Faces New Racketeering, Conspiracy Charges

Leland Yee. (Adithya Sambamurthy/The Center for Investigative Reporting)A federal grand jury in San Francisco has issued a revised indictment against state Sen. Leland Yee, who was first charged in March with corruption and arms-trafficking. Among the new allegations: Yee and an accomplice attempted to extort money from an unnamed National read more...

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<a href=http://www.californiareport.org/archive/R201407251630/c target=_self>Comic-Con Artist Turns Adversity Into Asset</a>

The California Report | July 25, 2014

Comic-Con Artist Turns Adversity Into Asset

Independent writers and artists have always been a big part of the comic book industry, although their voices often get drowned out by the bigger publishers, not to mention Hollywood. But the independent voices remain. This weekend one of them will be at Comic Con, San Diego's huge celebration of comic read more...

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<a href=http://www.californiareport.org/archive/R201407251630/e target=_self>Berkeley Garage Keeps Vintage VW Buses on the Road</a>

The California Report | July 25, 2014

Berkeley Garage Keeps Vintage VW Buses on the Road

If you're road-tripping through California this summer, you might spot the occasional Volkswagen Bus. Back in its heyday, in the 1960s and '70s, this portable camper was everywhere. Fewer ply the roads today, but devotees invest time and money to keep their VW Buses alive and ticking. In Berkeley, there's read more...

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<a href=http://www.californiareport.org/archive/R201407251630/d target=_self>Somali Refugees in San Diego Prep for College, Break Cultural Norms</a>

The California Report | July 25, 2014

Somali Refugees in San Diego Prep for College, Break Cultural Norms

Khadija Osman, 18, shuffles a stack of certificates, one for making the honor roll and several others awarded by teachers. She just graduated from Arroyo Paseo Charter High School in City Heights and is heading to UC Merced in the fall to study biochemistry. In Somalia, where her family comes read more...

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<a href=http://www.californiareport.org/archive/R201407251630/b target=_self>California Relies on Thousands of Inmates to Battle Wildfires</a>

The California Report | July 25, 2014

California Relies on Thousands of Inmates to Battle Wildfires

Inmate Firefighters help battle the Bully Fire from KQED News on Vimeo. read more...

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<a href=http://www.californiareport.org/archive/R201407251630 target=_self>Comic-Con Artist Turns Adversity Into Asset</a>

The California Report | July 25, 2014

Comic-Con Artist Turns Adversity Into Asset

Comic-Con is on this weekend. The annual event is a riotous, colorful celebration that fills the streets of San Diego with people dressed as action heroes. Comic-Con began as a modest gathering for comic book aficionados. And while Hollywood has taken center stage, a lot of the attendees are still read more...

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<a href=http://www.californiareport.org/archive/R201407251630 target=_self>Feds Propose New Safety Rules as Oil Transport by Rail Increases</a>

The California Report | July 25, 2014

Feds Propose New Safety Rules as Oil Transport by Rail Increases

This week, the federal government proposed new rules to improve the safety of trains carrying crude oil after a number of recent explosions, including one in Quebec that killed 47 people. The changes could take several years to kick in, but in the meantime more and more oil trains are read more...

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<a href=http://blogs.kqed.org/mindshift/2014/07/could-the-same-genes-shape-math-skills-as-reading-ability/ target=_self>Could the Same Genes Shape Math Skills As Reading Ability?</a>

Mindshift | July 25, 2014

Could the Same Genes Shape Math Skills As Reading Ability?

Getty Images By Maanvi Singh, NPR Many of us tend to align ourselves with either numbers or words. We're either math brains or we're reading brains. In college, my fellow English majors joked about how none of us could long-divide to save our lives, while our friends in engineering groaned about read more...

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<a href=http://ww2.kqed.org/arts/2014/07/25/pechakucha-oakland-style-thinking-drinking-and-talking-about-community/ target=_self>PechaKucha, Oakland Style: Thinking, Drinking, Talking About Community</a>

KQED | July 25, 2014

PechaKucha, Oakland Style: Thinking, Drinking, Talking About Community

With all of the dramatic changes taking place in the Bay Area due to development and gentrification, Oakland cultural workers and entrepreneurs Ashara Ekundayo, Jeff Perlstein and Mike Nicholls are igniting a community conversation at their collaborative event called PechaKucha Night Oakland. What read more...

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