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Bay Area Mourns CHP Officer Kenyon Youngstrom

September 13, 2012 | 12:54 pm

Bay Area Mourns CHP Officer Kenyon Youngstrom

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About 1,500 people attended the memorial service in Vacaville for CHP Office Youngstrom who was killed September 4 during a traffic stop. Click below for a slideshow and coverage of the service. Source: Insidebayarea The beat partner of slain California Highway Patrol Officer Kenyon Youngstrom told hundreds gathered at a memorial Thursday morning that he […]

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State Watchdog to Investigate Another Health District Official

September 13, 2012 | 12:00 pm

State Watchdog to Investigate Another Health District Official

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The Bay Citizen continues to investigate of health care districts and both the companies and nonprofits that do business with them. Journalists with Bay Citizen and California Watch have uncovered millions in “questionable transactions.” Source: Kqed California’s political watchdog agency is investigating a Fremont health care district official to determine whether he violated the state’s […]

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September 13, 2012 | 10:12 am

A.M. Splash: Hercules Misspent Millions, Say Auditors; Study on Bike Path for West Span of Bay Bridge; CHP Officer Youngstrom Memorial Service

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Hercules misspent millions, audit finds (SF Chronicle)   City leaders in Hercules spent nearly $50 million of the city’s redevelopment agency funds on questionable transactions, many of which had missing or nonexistent records, according to a pair of audits released Wednesday by state Controller John Chiang. Chiang called the findings “absolutely incredible.” Bay Bridge ‘Bike Path to Nowhere’ (SF […]

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Video: Bike Trials Pro Danny MacAskill vs. San Francisco

September 5, 2012 | 2:51 pm

Video: Bike Trials Pro Danny MacAskill vs. San Francisco

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Until 20 minutes ago, I’d never heard of Danny MacAskill, and, despite a long history of international bike trips (this was before having children), I’d never heard of the sport “bike trials” either.

I love this job. I get to learn about all sorts of great new things.

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February 21, 2012 | 11:17 am

Video: West Oakland Residents On How They Feel About Occupy Oakland

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KQED publishes ouRXperience, a blog from community correspondents, to enrich coverage of health issues across California. Xan West reports from her neighborhood of West Oakland. Because Occupy Oakland has so dominated the news in the last several weeks, West stepped outside of the health beat and asked a handful of her friends and acquaintances for reaction to the movement.

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Santa Clara County Group Says Bed Sharing With Infants is Dangerous

December 16, 2011 | 12:48 pm

Santa Clara County Group Says Bed Sharing With Infants is Dangerous

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A children’s advocacy group in Santa Clara County has launched a campaign to discourage parents from sleeping in bed with their infants. As the San Jose Mercury News reports, advocates say bed sharing is not just dangerous, but can be lethal. The Mercury News cites statistics showing 20 babies in Santa Clara County have died since […]

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SF Federal Court OKs Compensation to Bone Marrow Donors

December 2, 2011 | 12:53 pm

SF Federal Court OKs Compensation to Bone Marrow Donors

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More than 3,000 Americans die every year waiting for a bone marrow donor match. Federal law has banned compensation to bone marrow donors since 1984, under the National Organ Transplant Act which likened bone marrow donation to organ donation. Yesterday, a federal appeals court in San Francisco ruled that the law no longer extends to […]

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HIV/AIDS Cases Up Most for People of Color

December 1, 2011 | 1:54 pm

HIV/AIDS Cases Up Most for People of Color

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Timed to today’s observance of World AIDS Day, California’s Office of Statewide Health Planning and Development released a brief [PDF] looking at over 20 years of hospitalization trends for people with HIV and AIDS. The state’s analysis showed that the number of people living with HIV and AIDS is up most significantly among blacks and Hispanics. Between […]

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Asthmatic Kids at Risk in the Central Valley

November 1, 2011 | 5:00 am

Asthmatic Kids at Risk in the Central Valley

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Today, KQED’s Sasha Khokha outlines how the lack of effective air monitoring policy in the San Joaquin Valley could be harming the people who live there. As she reports, a recent study from UCSF finds a direct link between air pollution and asthma-related ER visits. The study found what researchers call a “linear association” between certain components of air pollution and asthma ER visits. In other words, as air pollution goes up, the likelihood of an asthmatic child heading to the ER goes up, too.

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Biographer: Jobs Tried Exotic Treatments to Fight Cancer; Watch ’60 Minutes’ Preview

October 21, 2011 | 3:15 pm

Biographer: Jobs Tried Exotic Treatments to Fight Cancer; Watch ’60 Minutes’ Preview

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A new biography of Steve Jobs details the choices he made in his cancer treatment. As first reported by Fortune in 2008, Jobs delayed recommended surgery when diagnosed. The day after Jobs died, we blogged about The Daily Beast post that expanded on Jobs’ unusual treatment choices. Now the biography, by Walter Isaacson, includes rich […]

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