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Analysis: Prop. 8 Case Unlikely to Result in Broad Right to Same-Sex Marriage

June 14, 2013 | 6:00 am

Analysis: Prop. 8 Case Unlikely to Result in Broad Right to Same-Sex Marriage

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Nearly five years after voters passed Proposition 8, the U.S. Supreme Court will soon decide the fate of California’s ban on same-sex marriage. But will that be the final word? When two same-sex couples filed a lawsuit challenging the constitutionality of Prop. 8, their attorney, Theodore Olson, described the issue in sweeping terms. “The case […]

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Will Locals Keep Paying for State Parks They Saved?

May 22, 2013 | 5:50 am

Will Locals Keep Paying for State Parks They Saved?

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Two years ago this month, the California Department of Parks & Recreation announced a list of 70 parks it planned to close. Park lovers rallied, giving their time and money to pick up the parks the state was willing to drop off. There is no closure list now, and the department is under new management, […]

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The Train-Hopping ‘Polaroid Kidd’ Settles in Oakland, Publishes Book of Life on the Rails

May 7, 2013 | 6:00 am

The Train-Hopping ‘Polaroid Kidd’ Settles in Oakland, Publishes Book of Life on the Rails

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Mike Brodie has earned the nickname “Polaroid Kidd” by winning prestigious photography awards for his pictures documenting the lives of freight train hoppers across the United States. Now, while also working as a car mechanic in Oakland, he has just published his first book of photography, “A Period of Juvenile Prosperity,” which chronicles his years on […]

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Interactive Map: A History of San Francisco Place Names

April 29, 2013 | 12:05 pm

Interactive Map: A History of San Francisco Place Names

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In San Francisco, we have a lot of streets with no-nonsense names, like Pine, 3rd Street and Broadway. But what about Geary? Divisadero? Castro? Do you know what they’re named for? There’s a map for that. A new interactive map from Noah Veltman, a Knight-Mozilla OpenNews Fellow at the BBC, gives the history behind the names of San […]

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Tussle in Tracy: Off-Roaders, Nature Lovers Fight over State Park’s Future

April 11, 2013 | 5:00 am

Tussle in Tracy: Off-Roaders, Nature Lovers Fight over State Park’s Future

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We’ve heard a lot over the last couple of years about all the money troubles the California state parks have been having—but not all state parks are starved for cash. Eight “off-highway vehicle parks” get a steady stream of gas-tax funds guaranteed by state law. These parks are a different breed from the rest. They’re even run by a separate division within the Department of Parks and Recreation. And in many ways, off-roaders struggle with Californians who have a very different idea of what a park should be.

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Asking the Crowd to Help Tell the Story of San Francisco Bay

April 5, 2013 | 6:00 am

Asking the Crowd to Help Tell the Story of San Francisco Bay

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Through a unique history crowdsourcing project called “Year of the Bay,” the California Historical Society is hoping the public will help uncover the story behind many historical pictures of the San Francisco Bay.

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When California Was an Island

April 1, 2013 | 5:00 am

When California Was an Island

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To some, it seems a mere technicality that California is attached to the rest of North America. It’s not just a fantasy held by liberals keen to disengage from national politics, or by conservative pundits keen to dismiss our inexplicably robust performance in culture and business. The idea of California as separate, special, has been […]

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News Pix: Prop. 8 Oral Arguments, Bay Bridge Bolts Snap, Devil’s Slide Tunnel Opens

March 29, 2013 | 12:29 pm

News Pix: Prop. 8 Oral Arguments, Bay Bridge Bolts Snap, Devil’s Slide Tunnel Opens

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Crowds of people outside the Supreme Court in Washington, D.C protest the Defense of Marriage Act on Wednesday, March 27. (Jacob Fenston/KQED) On Tuesday March 26, the rainbow flag was raised over Berkeley City Hall to mark arguments in the U.S. Supreme Court on Proposition 8. It also flew the following day, during arguments on […]

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Report: California Should Give Up Control of Some State Parks

March 25, 2013 | 1:22 pm

Report: California Should Give Up Control of Some State Parks

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by Tracie Cone, Associated Press SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Over the years, California has added more parks to its state system than it can afford and should consider turning over control of some to local entities, a new report says. The report released Monday by the Little Hoover Commission identified a number of problems with […]

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Golden Gate Bridge Says Goodbye to Toll-Takers — and to a Personal Touch for Travelers

March 12, 2013 | 8:00 am

Golden Gate Bridge Says Goodbye to Toll-Takers — and to a Personal Touch for Travelers

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By Danielle Venton Dawnette Reed started working at the Golden Gate Bridge gift shop one summer when she was 17. Now, at 43, she’s a toll collector, and loves it. She’s even got her favorite lanes, Number 1 and 2. But by the morning commute on Wednesday, March 27, Reed and the other eight full-time […]

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