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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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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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Police Remove the Last Occupy LA Protestors; 200 arrested

November 30, 2011 | 7:51 am

Police Remove the Last Occupy LA Protestors; 200 arrested

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UPDATE 8:15 am: Great live blogging and tweeting of events as they unfolded last night from KPCC – Southern California Public Radio. Mayor Villaraigosa is holding a press conference later this morning with Los Angeles Police Chief Charlie Beck. Earlier this morning he praised the police. He issued this statement at 1 AM. Meanwhile protestors […]

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November 29, 2011 | 8:28 pm

Occupy LA Encampment Preparing for Possible Raid

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Occupy Los Angeles just tweeted about a possible raid: “LAPD is preparing to for #OLARaid tonight! Get to City Hall NOW!” KQED’s Krissy Clark is at the General Assembly right now where she says they are announcing the possible raid and and discussing preparations. She says just a few people have raised their hands saying […]

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Scientists Learning From Orca That Washed Ashore in Marin

November 29, 2011 | 4:57 pm

Scientists Learning From Orca That Washed Ashore in Marin

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Scientists are starting to study tissues of an 18 foot orca, or killer whale, that washed up along Marin’s coastline last week. Jim Oswald with the Marine Mammal Center says it’s rare for a male juvenille for this to be found in local waters. He says right now there are many unknowns. “What’s really interesting […]

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November 29, 2011 | 4:17 pm

Caldecott Tunnel Fourth Bore Breakthrough

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It’s not quite connecting the transcontinental railroad, but for commuters who have sat in traffic for years at the Caldecott Tunnel, it’s definitely a milestone. The San Jose Mercury News is reporting that excavation gear in the fourth bore construction has hit the other side: Caltrans contractors broke through the Orinda hillside on Tuesday afternoon, […]

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Hidden Beat-era Enclave Could Get National Historic Status

November 29, 2011 | 3:06 pm

Hidden Beat-era Enclave Could Get National Historic Status

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You’ve probably never heard of the Northern California enclave Druid Heights. But you may have heard of some of its past inhabitants: Eastern philosopher Alan Watts, Beat poet Gary Snyder and pioneering lesbian writer Elsa Gidlow. The Marin IJ ran a fascinating piece about the cluster of 50s era buildings this week. The unusual outpost […]

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UC Berkeley Students Filing Lawsuit Against Campus Police and Others

November 29, 2011 | 1:41 pm

UC Berkeley Students Filing Lawsuit Against Campus Police and Others

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Just received a news release that twenty-four students and community members will file a lawsuit in United States District Court today. They write it’s in response to brutality at the hands of UC Berkeley Police during the “Occupy Cal” protest on November 9. Video from that day went viral: Thanks to video submitted by NeyazN […]

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November 29, 2011 | 11:37 am

Surveillance Footage from Oakland Shooting

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Oakland police are reportedly preparing for a press conference this afternoon to give more details about a shooting in Oakland. Seven people were shot at 6:08 p.m. last night in the 700 block of Willow Street. One of the victims, a one year old boy, is in critical condition. KCBS has surveillance video of the […]

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November 29, 2011 | 8:00 am

A.M. Splash: 8 Shot in Oakland; Facebook IPO Report; Cut an Xmas Tree, Help Marin County

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At least eight shot including 1-year-old child in West Oakland (Oakland Tribune) At least eight people, including a 1-year-old boy, were shot Monday night during what police said was a videotaping of a rap music video. The child was reported in critical condition after undergoing surgery at Children’s Hospital Oakland for a bullet wound to […]

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November 28, 2011 | 4:45 pm

UC News of the Day: Pepper Spray Task Force Chair; Cal Police Release Open Letter; Regents Meeting Wrap Up

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A lot of news out of the University of California system today. This afternoon University of California President Mark Yudof announced the appointment of former California Supreme Court Justice Cruz Reynoso to chair the task force formed to address the pepper spraying of UC Davis students. From the press release: Justice Reynoso, a UC Davis […]

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