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San Francisco Online Rental Company Airbnb Suffers New York Setback

May 21, 2013 | 3:26 pm

San Francisco Online Rental Company Airbnb Suffers New York Setback

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Short-term rentals just got harder.  A New York judge has ruled against Airbnb, an online service that connects people with space to travelers who need lodging. Although the ruling in New York doesn’t immediately affect other cities where Airbnb operates, it’s a setback for the San Francisco-based company that hoped to make New York a […]

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Big Bay Area Hospital Strikes: Who Will Be Affected and Why

May 17, 2013 | 11:23 am

Big Bay Area Hospital Strikes: Who Will Be Affected and Why

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It’s not a great time to get sick in the Bay Area. Workers are planning a strike at University of California San Francisco and the four other UC medical centers up and down the state Tuesday and Wednesday, May 21 and 22. Meanwhile, nurses in the East Bay are staging a separate strike at Sutter […]

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California Lacks Means to Evaluate Teachers

May 16, 2013 | 3:08 pm

California Lacks Means to Evaluate Teachers

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by Jackie Mader, The Hechinger Report  On a recent afternoon at California State University, Northridge, Nancy Prosenjak was attempting to quiet the graduate students spread out across conference tables in the back of her classroom. She was still missing nearly a third of the class, but she was eager to debrief with her students about […]

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Made-Over Merida From ‘Brave’ Not Dead Yet

May 15, 2013 | 11:00 pm

Made-Over Merida From ‘Brave’ Not Dead Yet

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Update Friday: Disney issued a new statement on the Merida controversy: “The artwork used on Merida’s official social media sites has always been the imagery from the movie. We routinely use different art styles with our characters and this rendition of Merida in her party dress was a special one-time effort to commemorate her coronation. […]

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NBA Says Sacramento Kings Can’t Move to Seattle

May 15, 2013 | 3:30 pm

NBA Says Sacramento Kings Can’t Move to Seattle

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The Sacramento Kings basketball team cannot move to Seattle, the National Basketball Association board has decided. The board voted 22-8 against allowing the move, said NBA Commissioner David Stern. In the next two days, representatives of the NBA will meet with the Maloof family that currently owns the team to see whether they will sell […]

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Bicycle Safety on Bay Area Roads: Five Laws to Remember

May 3, 2013 | 5:30 am

Bicycle Safety on Bay Area Roads: Five Laws to Remember

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On my way to KQED the other day, I pulled up next to a fellow bicyclist who shot me a quizzical glance. “Do you know whether we have to follow traffic regulations?” she asked. Umm….Yeah. I’d like to say her ignorance surprised me. But it was hardly the first time I stumbled across gross confusion […]

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May 2, 2013 | 2:35 pm

Drake’s Bay Oyster Farm Owner Says It Was ‘Planned for the Seashore’

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In the controversy over the Drake’s Bay Oyster Farm, one question has stood out. What did the Lunny family think would happen when their lease ran out at Point Reyes National Seashore? The lease had a clear expiration date: November 30, 2012, and the Lunnys knew that when they took over the farm in 2004. […]

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Oakland Police Overseer Calls for Tasers, Sergeants, Training

May 2, 2013 | 10:30 am

Oakland Police Overseer Calls for Tasers, Sergeants, Training

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More training. More tasers. More sergeants. More data. The Oakland Police Department’s new overseer is proposing reforms that will cost more than $1.8 million in the short term and take years to fully implement, as he acknowledged in a 58-page report filed in federal court on Wednesday. Among other initiatives, Thomas Frazier, the department’s new […]

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Bay Area Leads California Growth

May 1, 2013 | 3:22 pm

Bay Area Leads California Growth

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Having trouble affording housing in the Bay Area? That’s not likely to end soon: The Bay Area led the state in population growth, according to a new report by the California Department of Finance. Overall, California’s population grew by almost 298,000 residents in 2012 to 37,966,000 as of Jan. 1, 2013, the department found. That […]

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San Francisco Gay Activists Split Over Bradley Manning Pride Role

April 30, 2013 | 5:36 pm

San Francisco Gay Activists Split Over Bradley Manning Pride Role

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A grand marshal in the San Francisco Lesbian Gay Bisexual Transgender Pride Parade doesn’t do very much. Mostly the job requires waving at onlookers while riding in a convertible. And Bradley Manning, imprisoned on charges of leaking U.S. military documents through the WikiLeaks website, could not even have done that. But the symbolism of the role […]

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