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Rachel Dornhelm

Rachel Dornhelm got her start in radio at WHYY. After anthropology graduate school, Rachel lived in Uzbekistan working with youth near the drying Aral Sea. Rachel returned to radio full-time in 2001. Her work has appeared on WNYC, WBUR, Marketplace, NPR news magazines and KQED.

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Where and When to Catch a Glimpse Today of First Night-Flying Solar Plane

April 23, 2013 | 12:24 pm

Where and When to Catch a Glimpse Today of First Night-Flying Solar Plane

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Q: What has the wingspan of a Boeing 747 but weighs the same as an average car? A: The first solar-powered aircraft able to fly both day and night. The Swiss-engineered Solar Impulse airplane came to town last month. It’s scheduled to start a coast-to-coast journey next week. But grab your binoculars. Today is its final […]

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National Parks’ Benefit to Bay Area: $445 Million

March 1, 2013 | 3:20 pm

National Parks’ Benefit to Bay Area: $445 Million

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Point Reyes Station, a pastoral West Marin outpost, has a population of 848. But on one recent weekday, parking is tight on the town’s main street and there is a steady stream of foot traffic. Steve Costa, co-owner of Point Reyes Books, has an easy explanation. He points to the 2.3 million visitors who flocked […]

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BART Closer to Allowing Bikes on Trains at All Hours

February 15, 2013 | 4:00 pm

BART Closer to Allowing Bikes on Trains at All Hours

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BART is rolling closer to allowing bikes on its trains all day, every day. The transit system is setting up a pilot program from Monday, Mar. 18 through Friday, Mar. 22 that will allows bikes at all hours throughout the system. Currently there’s a blackout on bikes during commute hours in many highly trafficked stations. […]

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BART Outage Leads to Alternate Commutes

June 14, 2012 | 12:24 pm

BART Outage Leads to Alternate Commutes

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Oakland got an unexpected influx of visitors this morning. Many people headed to San Francisco on BART from the East Bay this morning, ended up rerouted through Oakland City Center. BART riders were told (sometimes in reportedly cryptic messages) that they needed to get off the train at Oakland 12th Street and catch a bus […]

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‘I Am Closing:’ Cafe Gratitude Owners Will Shut Down Rather Than Fight Lawsuits

November 30, 2011 | 3:58 pm

‘I Am Closing:’ Cafe Gratitude Owners Will Shut Down Rather Than Fight Lawsuits

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UPDATE: SFWeekly reports that the Santa Cruz location may be staying open Since word first came yesterday that the popular vegan restaurant Cafe Gratitude was closing its seven Northern California locations, the story has gotten stranger and stranger. Co-owner Terces Engelhart posted this message on her Facebook page, saying “aggressive lawsuits” were forcing the chain […]

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World AIDS Day Commemorations Around the Bay – December 1

November 30, 2011 | 12:47 pm

World AIDS Day Commemorations Around the Bay – December 1

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A number of commemorations for World AIDS Day are planned tomorrow. At noon, people will gather at the National Aids Memorial Grove in Golden Gate Park: And throughout the day there will be events in the Castro:

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November 30, 2011 | 10:51 am

Former Oakland Raider Chester McGlockton dies

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AP is confirming Stanford assistant coach and four-time Pro Bowl defensive lineman Chester McGlockton has died: McGlockton died overnight. He was 42. The cause of death was not immediately announced. A native of Whiteville, N.C., McGlockton starred at Clemson before being selected 16th overall by the Los Angeles Raiders in 1992. He played 12 seasons […]

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Fast Food Chain Does a McWork Around the SF Happy Meal Toy Ban

November 30, 2011 | 10:41 am

Fast Food Chain Does a McWork Around the SF Happy Meal Toy Ban

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Sad day for Happy Meals. Sort of. As of tomorrow the freebie toys that come with fast food – or any meal that doesn’t meet the city’s nutritional standards – are banned in San Francisco. But McDonald’s has found a simple work around – charge ten cents for the plastic playthings. That way you evade […]

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November 30, 2011 | 9:43 am

CSU Cancelling Upcoming Meeting on Fears of Protest

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First the University of California regents, now the California State University trustees. The CSU Board of Trustees has just canceled a special meeting scheduled for December 5 over concerns about protesters and crowd control. The Board was set to consider updating its policy on presidential compensation. This from the press release: “We made this decision […]

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November 30, 2011 | 8:28 am

A.M. Splash: High Speed Rail To Nowhere?; Child Poverty Skyrockets; Lawmakers Turn In State Owned Car Keys

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Top analyst warns state could waste $6 billion over high-speed rail (San Jose Mercury News) The state’s top analyst on Tuesday not only questioned the legality of launching a high speed-train, but also warned legislators that starting construction on the rail line could be a $6 billion waste of tax funds at the expense of […]

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