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May 24, 2011 | 3:14 pm

Blog Beat: Audio of a Terrifying 6 Minutes During Joplin Tornado; Photos of Bernal GT Road Rally

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On Governing California: A look at California’s overcrowded prisons You can listen to a terrifying six minutes experienced by a group of people hunkered down in a convenience store as the Joplin tornado hit, on Climate Watch. Oakland Unified School District gets a near-failing grade, according to one education advocacy group. Oakland Local has details. […]

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May 20, 2011 | 3:59 pm

Blog Beat: Photos of BART Being Built; West Oakland’s Only Credit Union; Cockettes Revival

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From The Poop: Photos of BART being built in the ’60s and ’70s. From Oakland North: West Oakland’s only credit union tries to break even in a tough economy Civic Center reports on the Cockettes musical revival “Vice Palace.” From the San Francisco Citizen: The city fire station with the coolest logo.

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May 16, 2011 | 6:57 am

Rachael’s Breakfast Blend: Scandals x10 at SDPD; The Drudge Report’s Enduring Irresistibleness

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Rachael Myrow here, host of the California Report, with a handful of links to cool and/or important stories outside the Bay Area local readers should check out. Burbank officials consider anti-nepotism policy (Los Angeles Times) In San Diego, not your typical police scandal (Los Angeles Times) How The Drudge Report Got Popular and Stayed on […]

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May 13, 2011 | 12:00 pm

Blog Beat: Stern Grove Festival Lineup; View of SF From International Space Station

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From Ocean Beach Bulletin: The Stern Grove Festival has announced its eclectic lineup of free summer concerts, including The English Beat, Aaron Neville, and the San Francisco Symphony, Ballet, and Opera. If you want to see how small and insignificant San Francisco might seem to some people in the rest of the country, this video […]

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May 5, 2011 | 4:05 pm

Blog Beat: Harold Camping Says End of World on May 21 “A Mixed Bag”; UCB Student Hunger Strike

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SF Weekly interviewed Harold Camping, the president of Oakland’s Family Church, the organization behind those billboards around California pegging the date of the end of the world as May 21. When asked whether he considered the end of the world good news, Camping said, “I tell you, it’s a mixed bag.” Berkeleyside reports on UC […]

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May 3, 2011 | 3:25 pm

Blog Beat: 5 Issues to Watch at Oakland City Council Mtg; No California Executions in 2011

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Five issues to watch at tonight’s Oakland City Council meeting, starting according to Oakland Local. (Watch it live starting at 5:30 p.m.) There will be no executions in California in 2011, The Informant reports. On Governing California: Some UCLA geography students came darn close to predicting where bin Laden was hiding. Remember the now-painted-over mural […]

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April 29, 2011 | 4:42 pm

Blog Beat: Photos – 100 Years of SF’s Emporium; Video – What’s in Chez Panisse’s Meat Locker?

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Photos from The Poop: a hundred years of the Emporium in San Francisco Video from Berkeleyside: What’s in Chez Panisse’s Meat Locker? The always-funny Necessary Conversation has another episode up.

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April 26, 2011 | 4:40 pm

Blog Beat: San Jose Employee Layoffs; New SF Tech Boom; Herb Caen’s 1985 View of Mid-Market

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From San Jose Inside: City Manager Debra Figone’s letter to city employees, which projects the necessary elimination of 400 more positions on top of the 200 already scheduled for elimination. 7X7 says a new San Francisco tech boom is definitely on… From Bluoz, what Herb Caen thought of the mid-Market area back in 1985. (Hint: […]

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April 25, 2011 | 4:25 pm

Blog Beat: Watch Documentary of James Baldwin in SF; The Facebook ‘Send’ Button

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Dangerous Minds has posted a public TV documentary from 1963 documenting James Baldwin’s tour of black San Francisco. From The Informant: Audio from a panel discussion at the San Francisco Women’s Building, on the growing use of isolation units in US prisons. Richmond Confidential reports on a Contra Costa County program that helps prospective employees […]

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April 19, 2011 | 4:37 pm

Blog Beat: “La Lengua” Catches on as Mission ‘Hood Name; Eagle Tavern Update

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Burrito Justice’s dubbing a Mission sub-neighborhood “La Lengua” has insinuated itself into the non-blogospheric information stream. An update on the Eagle Tavern situation, from B.A.R. The largest Sikh temple in the U.S. has opened in San Jose, informs The San Jose Blog.

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