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11-Year-Old Martinez Boy Injured in Boston Bombings

April 16, 2013 | 9:17 am

11-Year-Old Martinez Boy Injured in Boston Bombings

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Aaron Hern, a 11-year-old from Martinez, needed surgery to treat a wound inflicted by the Boston Marathon bombings, his mother Katherine reported on her Facebook page on Monday night. From the Contra Costa Times: The boy was waiting at the finish line for his mother, 40-year-old Katherine Hern, who was about 200 feet away from the […]

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April 15, 2013 | 11:38 am

High-Performing American Indian Charter Schools Struggle for Survival

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Sometimes success is not enough. Students at the American Indian Model Schools have consistently outperformed most of their peers nationwide. But on Sunday night parents and board members were groping for a way to keep the schools’ doors open. The Oakland school board voted on March 20 to revoke the schools’ charter at the end […]

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Why Oakland Firefighters Are Tweeting Fire Photos

April 14, 2013 | 5:00 am

Why Oakland Firefighters Are Tweeting Fire Photos

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I glanced at my Twitter feed the other day and did a double take. Flame was erupting from a house in Oakland in a photograph tweeted by OaklandFireLive. Another photo showed firefighters on the roof of the building, smoke billowing around them. For a moment it looked like a new social media extreme: firefighters pausing […]

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Drake’s Bay Oyster Farm Files New Suit to Stay in Point Reyes

April 11, 2013 | 11:48 am

Drake’s Bay Oyster Farm Files New Suit to Stay in Point Reyes

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Pick one: local food or protected wilderness. It’s the kind of dilemma that could lead Bay Area liberals to tear their hair out. That may be why the battle over Drakes Bay Oyster Co. has gotten so hot. Facing a death sentence as its lease runs out, the farm and an activist group on Friday […]

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Rainwater Might Have Damaged Flawed Bay Bridge Bolts

April 10, 2013 | 12:12 pm

Rainwater Might Have Damaged Flawed Bay Bridge Bolts

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The bolts snap, the plot thickens. California Transportation Department officials at a meeting of the Metropolitan Transportation Commission on Wednesday said that faulty bolts being used in the construction of a new span of the Bay Bridge might have been damaged by rainwater, reports KQED’s Rachel Dornhelm. They also said they can’t promise the bridge […]

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San Francisco Housing Authority Director Terminated

April 10, 2013 | 10:11 am

San Francisco Housing Authority Director Terminated

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The question dragged on for months: Should Henry Alvarez remain in charge of the San Francisco Housing Authority? Finally. on Tuesday the San Francisco Housing Authority Commission voted unanimously to terminate Alvarez’s contract, the San Francisco Chronicle reported. The Chronicle took some credit for the decision, touting its “myriad stories” that, well, chronicled the allegations […]

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No Blue Angels at This Year’s Fleet Week. Savings? About $1 Million

April 9, 2013 | 2:45 pm

No Blue Angels at This Year’s Fleet Week. Savings? About $1 Million

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The Blue Angels will not soar and roar and boom over the Bay Area this October. They will not jet and pirouette, and many fans of the Navy’s demonstration squadron will be sad when Fleet Week rolls around. It’s not that the stunt fliers have lost popularity or been called to the defense of the […]

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April 9, 2013 | 9:28 am

Update: Microsoft Renews its ‘Scroogled’ Ads, Claims They’re Working

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Whatever else you can say about Microsoft, it doesn’t give up easily. Although its Scroogled attack ads, renewed on Tuesday, might not have eroded Google’s market share for search, they have changed public opinion, Microsoft says. “The campaigns have been effective, as they’ve driven millions to the website scroogled.com, and in poll testing have reduced […]

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April 8, 2013 | 3:14 pm

(Video) Moyers Explores Homelessness in Silicon Valley

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Homelessness is increasing in Silicon Valley even as the area mints more and more millionaires, reports television journalist Bill Moyers. In a segment of his program Moyers & Company (which airs regularly on KQED), Moyers’ crew interviews Associated Press reporter Martha Mendoza, several homeless residents of the area, and social service providers. Here’s the Bill […]

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April 8, 2013 | 9:34 am

Les Blank Remembered in Video Clips

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Les Blank died on Sunday. The 77-year-old documentary film maker blazed a mark on his genre with his quirky, offbeat and poetic vision — one that suited him for life in Berkeley where he made his home for 30 years. It was there, in his home in the hills, that he died of stomach cancer, […]

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