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Turning Buses Into Showers for San Francisco’s Homeless

September 11, 2013 | 2:40 pm

Turning Buses Into Showers for San Francisco’s Homeless

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LavaMae.org aims to restore a measure of dignity by filling the simple need for a place to bathe.

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5 Tips If You’re on the New Bay Bridge in an Earthquake

September 5, 2013 | 1:30 pm

5 Tips If You’re on the New Bay Bridge in an Earthquake

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If you’re crossing the bridge when The Big One — or any earthquake — strikes, know what to do.

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Reporter’s Notebook: Fate of African-American Boys in Oakland ‘Not Just a Story About Race’

August 22, 2013 | 11:52 am

Reporter’s Notebook: Fate of African-American Boys in Oakland ‘Not Just a Story About Race’

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Oakland’s African-American male students have a disappointing high school graduation rate, their efforts often dragged down by poverty, crime and too many absences. More than half of African-American boys now in middle school are at risk of dropping out of high school. Oakland Unified is fighting back with something school districts usually leave to community […]

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5 Things To Know About ‘Stand Your Ground’ In California

July 22, 2013 | 1:44 pm

5 Things To Know About ‘Stand Your Ground’ In California

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Think the George Zimmerman verdict couldn’t have happened under California law? Not necessarily. Florida may have a so-called “stand-your-ground” policy written into its laws, but it is possible that a California jury under very similar circumstances could have also handed down an acquittal. KQED’s Joshua Johnson discussed California’s stand-your-ground defense with Professor Rory Little of […]

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Bedbugs and Asbestos: A San Francisco Public Housing Resident’s Odyssey

June 4, 2013 | 6:00 am

Bedbugs and Asbestos: A San Francisco Public Housing Resident’s Odyssey

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On Tuesday, the city’s legislative analyst released a damning audit of San Francisco’s Housing Authority. Federal regulators are working with the agency to better manage its money and properties, which house about 31,000 people. Many tenants live in housing plagued by crime and blight, and have long complained about how hard it is just to […]

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Campos Hopes SF Housing Authority Audit Will Bring Transparency, Improved Service

June 3, 2013 | 5:00 pm

Campos Hopes SF Housing Authority Audit Will Bring Transparency, Improved Service

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Updated on June 4: An audit of the San Francisco Housing Authority finds that the program is about to run out of money, and has serious problems with management, oversight, vision and planning. Released Monday, the audit examines how well San Francisco’s Housing Authority is managing its multimillion-dollar budget and keeping up with the property […]

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Learning How to Respond to a Boston-Style Emergency

April 17, 2013 | 6:30 am

Learning How to Respond to a Boston-Style Emergency

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The attack at the Boston Marathon might have you pondering an unsettling question: What if I had been there? What would I have done? Would I know what to do? And if I have no idea what to do, how would I even learn — other than becoming a paramedic? Across the Bay Area and […]

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How Joe McConnell Sorts Out Bay Area Traffic (Archival Video)

March 19, 2013 | 3:10 pm

How Joe McConnell Sorts Out Bay Area Traffic (Archival Video)

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On March 27th the Golden Gate Bridge will convert to all-electronic tolling. That’s big news to people who drive between Marin County and San Francisco. But it’s just one piece of the Bay Area’s traffic puzzle to traffic reporter Joe McConnell, a man who knows these highways better than just about anyone. McConnell has worked […]

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4 Tips for Recovering Your Stolen Phone or Tablet

August 22, 2012 | 8:53 am

4 Tips for Recovering Your Stolen Phone or Tablet

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If you’re reading this on a smartphone or tablet, take a moment right now to survey your surroundings, especially if you’re out in public. That device could make you a prime target, but there are ways to protect yourself even if it gets stolen. Mobile device theft has been in the news lately. Police recently […]

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March 5, 2012 | 7:29 am

4.0 Quake Rattles Bay Area Awake, Reminder of Hayward Fault Stress

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It wasn’t “The Big One” – not even close – but this morning’s 4.0 earthquake rattled buildings and some nerves around the Bay Area this morning. The U.S. Geological Survey reported the temblor at 5:33 a.m. centered 5.5 miles below a country club in El Cerrito. Aftershocks of 2.0 and 1.1 magnitude followed. Some in […]

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