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California Releasing Some Nonviolent Inmates Early

May 1, 2014 | 7:00 am

California Releasing Some Nonviolent Inmates Early

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Early inmate releases began two weeks ago, according to a Los Angeles Times report released Tuesday.

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State’s Chief Justice Fights to Restore Funding for Courts

April 30, 2014 | 7:33 am

State’s Chief Justice Fights to Restore Funding for Courts

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Tani Cantil-Sakauye, leader of state’s judiciary branch, says cuts have degraded quality of justice.

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Petaluma Slaughterhouse Upheaval Continues, Despite Reopening

April 7, 2014 | 1:10 pm

Petaluma Slaughterhouse Upheaval Continues, Despite Reopening

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Facility gets makeover under new owner. But one rancher says fallout from earlier recall could ruin him.

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A Chance for Bayview Residents to Tell Their Stories

December 7, 2013 | 7:00 am

A Chance for Bayview Residents to Tell Their Stories

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Local organizations are hoping locals will come to tell their stories at a very homey recording studio.

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Who’s Protecting the Abused Elderly?

September 9, 2013 | 10:00 pm

Who’s Protecting the Abused Elderly?

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The state’s Department of Public Health failed to investigate serious cases, including suspicious deaths.

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California Same-Sex Couples Look Forward to Federal Benefits

June 27, 2013 | 12:12 pm

California Same-Sex Couples Look Forward to Federal Benefits

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In 2011, more than 28,000 California same-sex couples reported being married, according to the U.S. Census Bureau. That includes the 18,000 couples estimated to have been married in the brief time that same-sex marriage was legal in the state. Proposition 8 put an end to that, but now that Wednesday’s U.S. Supreme Court decision has […]

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Among Oakland’s Dead, What’s a ‘Typical’ Case?

January 25, 2013 | 12:15 pm

Among Oakland’s Dead, What’s a ‘Typical’ Case?

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Tracking gun crimes in Oakland, the numbers are dizzying. In the past five years, there were more than 550 homicides in Oakland, most in shootings. Last month, a grandmother and a 15-year-old girl were among those killed. And according to data compiled by the Urban Strategies Council, 143 Oakland residents age 17 and under were […]

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Oakland Residents Plead: Pay Attention to Killings

January 24, 2013 | 1:53 pm

Oakland Residents Plead: Pay Attention to Killings

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The massacre at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut has opened a new national dialogue about guns and gun violence. In Oakland, where a recent violent crime surge has residents anxious, a group of committed demonstrators are pleading to be heard by the police, policymakers, and their own community. “Somebody died here, we need […]

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Health Officials Now Say Several People May Have Been Admitted to Hospitals Due to Chevron Fire

August 14, 2012 | 3:16 pm

Health Officials Now Say Several People May Have Been Admitted to Hospitals Due to Chevron Fire

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Contra Costa County health officials are revising earlier statements that no one had been hospitalized for health problems related to the Chevron refinery fire. Health officials had said as late as yesterday that while thousands of people have been seen in local emergency rooms, none were hospitalized. Now, Contra Costa County’s Public Health Director, Wendel […]

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California Bucks Trend in Child Poverty

February 23, 2012 | 6:08 pm

California Bucks Trend in Child Poverty

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Children growing up in areas of concentrated poverty are more likely to experience stress, drop out of school, and grow up to be low-income adults. Those are some of the findings of an Annie E. Casey Foundation report released Thursday. In the last decade, the number of US children living in poor neighborhoods grew by […]

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