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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 28, 2011 | 9:15 am

Developing story: San Jose cop, wife found dead in Gilroy home

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The San Jose Mercury News is reporting on a presumed murder-suicide involving a San Jose police officer. A San Jose police sergeant and his wife were found dead in their Gilroy home overnight, and investigators believe it was a murder-suicide, multiple sources told this newspaper. Neither San Jose police or Gilroy police would not immediately […]

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November 28, 2011 | 8:42 am

A.M. Splash: Protests Planned at UC Meeting Today; Occupy LA Arrests; Raiders Win

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UC students to protest at regents meeting today (SJ Mercury News) Student protesters with the Occupy movement will converge on four UC campuses Monday morning to vent their fury at a meeting of the regents, with demonstrators in Davis attempting a campuswide shutdown. Futures rise after big holiday shopping weekend (AP) Stock futures rose Monday […]

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Oakland Firestorm Anniversary: The Fight Over Eucalyptus Trees Continues

October 19, 2011 | 1:46 pm

Oakland Firestorm Anniversary: The Fight Over Eucalyptus Trees Continues

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Another tree, another controversy. Anyone around for the Oakland-Berkeley Hills fire remembers eucalyptus trees got a lot of blame for fueling the blaze. The problem with eucalyptus? One vegetation manager I spoke to called them “junky,” meaning they spread lots of dry debris: leaves, seed pods and lower branches. They grow quickly and in dense […]

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September 15, 2011 | 9:25 am

The Trashiest Bay Spots + Coastal Clean Up Day Saturday

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The conservation group Save the Bay released its annual list of regional “trash hotspots.” Executive director David Lewis said it’s important to understand HOW the garbage winds up in our waterways…from city streets. “Most people don’t know that storm drains are not screened,” Lewis says. “That water doesn’t go to a sewage treatment plant. It […]

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Q&A: How BART Tried to Stage Media Coverage

September 14, 2011 | 3:46 pm

Q&A: How BART Tried to Stage Media Coverage

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BART is facing down a new public relations mess…this time it’s a report that it tried to manipulate the media’s coverage of an August protest. I spoke to the The Bay Citizen‘s transportation reporter Zusha Elinson who broke the story. We talked about the latest revelations as well as the future of the transit agency […]

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September 14, 2011 | 12:40 pm

Facebook Unveils Subscriptions to Compete with Google+ and Twitter

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The Old Way: You send people a friend request on Facebook. If they approve it, you get to see their stream of data. The New Way: You can subscribe to someone – if they’ve opted in to subscribe. Whether or not they approve you, you’ll get to see the info they’ve made public. If you […]

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Iranian Courts Deny ‘Imminent Release’ of American Hikers

September 14, 2011 | 10:56 am

Iranian Courts Deny ‘Imminent Release’ of American Hikers

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Iranian courts are saying not so fast about the release of two Americans held since 2009.  This comes after President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad appeared on U.S. television yesterday saying the men could be sent home in as few as “two days” if they make bail.  The L.A. Times reports: A bail offer for two Americans convicted of spying is still […]

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September 14, 2011 | 7:54 am

LIVE video: House Hearing on Solyndra

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For Oct 14 hearing click here Original post The Congressional hearing into what went wrong with a federal loan to Solyndra is now under way: Live Video app for Facebook by Ustream Solyndra, the Fremont solar company whose bright star imploded, received over $500 million in federal loan guarantees and then went bankrupt two weeks […]

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Morning Splash: BART’s Plan to Manipulate Media; Obama Approval Sinks in CA; San Jose Limits Pot Clubs

September 14, 2011 | 7:23 am

Morning Splash: BART’s Plan to Manipulate Media; Obama Approval Sinks in CA; San Jose Limits Pot Clubs

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BART’s media manipulation strategy: agency wrote script, tried to escort riders to speak out against protestors (The Bay Citizen) In response to a planned protest Aug. 11, BART recruited loyal riders, prepared a script for them to read from, and hired a car service to take them to and from a press conference intended to […]

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September 13, 2011 | 3:40 pm

Feinstein Among Politicians Allegedly Defrauded by Campaign Treasurer

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Senator Dianne Feinstein is the latest – and highest profile – California politician to be swept up in an embezzlement scandal hitting the state’s democratic party. Politico was the first to report Feinstein saying may have been “wiped out” by Kinde Durkee, a treasurer to hundreds of Democratic campaigns in California. Durkee was arrested by […]

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