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News Pix: Police Escort Oakland Students to Library, Burrowing Owls in Berkeley, Protests Brew Around the Bay

| February 22, 2013
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PhotoWeek130222libraryproteSecond and third graders from Oakland’s New Highland Academy marched to the library with a police escort on Thursday, February 21 to protest the gun violence that halted their weekly trips. (Deborah Svoboda/KQED)

PhotoWeek130222SHUJeremy Beasley is a 43-year-old inmate who spent 15 years in California’s highest-security lockup, Pelican Bay State Prison’s Security Housing Unit. At Pelican Bay inmates like Beasley are locked around the clock in a small cell, except for a 90-minute period when they are placed in a concrete pen. There are no windows.(KQED, Center for Investigative Reporting)

PhotoWeek130222owlsIt’s burrowing owl season in Berkeley. The town has dedicated Cesar Chavez Park on the Marina a safe spot for these birds, designated a “species of special concern.” Docents are sometimes on hand to educate visitors about the camouflage-savvy owls. (Neil Mishalov/Berkeleyside)

PhotoWeek130222CCFprotestA crowd of about 100 students and faculty at City College of San Francisco marched into the college’s administration building Thursday, Feb. 21 to deliver a list of demands to interim Chancellor Thelma Scott-Skillman. They are calling for administrators to fight for equal access to education even as an accreditation crisis threatens to close the school. (Deborah Svoboda/KQED)

PhotoWeek130222MAPAn aerial photo of Santa Cruz-area food and drink makers. Andrea Blum has always been curious about the people behind our food, which led her to create My American Pantry (MAP), a start-up company that promotes regional food and drink producers across the country. Blum is laying the groundwork for an online marketplace with a series of aerial photos of food artisans with their goods. (Photo by Andrea Blum of My American Pantry and Kenny Blum Photography)

PhotoWeek130222climaterallyA young girl waves a protest sign at the San Francisco Forward on Climate rally on Sunday, Feb. 17. More than 3,000 protesters gathered outside One Market to demand President Obama take immediate action on climate change and reject plans for the controversial Keystone XL pipeline, which would carry tar sands oil from Alberta, Canada down to refineries on the Gulf of Mexico. (Sean Greene/KQED)

PhotoWeek130222listStudents at New Highland Academy made a pro-con list for walking to the library after a recent shooting in the neighborhood. Pros included “fancy books” and “toilet paper.” Cons include “gunshots,” “disrespect” and “gangs.” (Caitlin Esch/KQED)

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Category: Animals and Wildlife, Berkeley, Education, Environment, Food, Gun Issues, Oakland, San Francisco, Santa Cruz, Science, Youth

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Katrina Schwartz is a journalist based in San Francisco. She's worked at KPCC public radio in LA and has reported, produced and blogged on health, climate change and local news for KQED in San Francisco. Reach Katrina Schwartz at kschwartz@kqed.org.

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