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Big Bay Area Hospital Strikes: Who Will Be Affected and Why

May 17, 2013 | 11:23 am

Big Bay Area Hospital Strikes: Who Will Be Affected and Why

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It’s not a great time to get sick in the Bay Area. Workers are planning a strike at University of California San Francisco and the four other UC medical centers up and down the state Tuesday and Wednesday, May 21 and 22. Meanwhile, nurses in the East Bay are staging a separate strike at Sutter […]

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Why Oakland Firefighters Are Tweeting Fire Photos

April 14, 2013 | 5:00 am

Why Oakland Firefighters Are Tweeting Fire Photos

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I glanced at my Twitter feed the other day and did a double take. Flame was erupting from a house in Oakland in a photograph tweeted by OaklandFireLive. Another photo showed firefighters on the roof of the building, smoke billowing around them. For a moment it looked like a new social media extreme: firefighters pausing […]

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News Pix: Super Bowl; Oakand Lunar New Year Celebration; Elephant Seals Hit the Beach

February 8, 2013 | 10:14 am

News Pix: Super Bowl; Oakand Lunar New Year Celebration; Elephant Seals Hit the Beach

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San Francisco 49ers’ fans filled the bar Hockey Haven with screams and cheers during the Super Bowl. (Debbie Svoboda/KQED) A Red Panda Acrobat shows off his skills at Oakland Chinatown’s Lunar New Year Bazaar on Feb. 3. (Wendy Goodfriend/KQED) Northern elephant seals are crowding California beaches this week for the peak of breeding and mating […]

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Magistrate Refuses to Order Harborside to Stop Selling Pot

January 8, 2013 | 8:44 am

Magistrate Refuses to Order Harborside to Stop Selling Pot

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SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — A medical marijuana dispensary that bills itself as the nation’s largest has won another round in its fight to stay open amid a federal crackdown. A federal magistrate in San Francisco on Monday refused to order Harborside Health Center to stop selling pot while the government tries to prove the establishments […]

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Medical Board Revokes License of Prolific Opioid Prescriber

October 19, 2012 | 9:34 am

Medical Board Revokes License of Prolific Opioid Prescriber

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by Christina Jewett, California Watch The state medical board has revoked the license of an East Bay physician who prescribed high amounts of narcotic pain medications to indigent patients, three of whom died while under his care. Administrative Law Judge Mary-Margaret Anderson concluded that Edward Manougian, 83, prescribed excessive amounts and did little to monitor […]

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October 17, 2012 | 12:59 pm

Mendocino Deputy Sheriff’s Family in Pot Farming Investigation

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Federal agents are investigating the family of a Mendocino sheriff’s captain in connection with a marijuana farm, the Santa Rosa Press Democrat reports. Officials on Thursday served a search warrant on property near Highway 20 in Potter Valley where agents reportedly found more than 500 marijuana plants. The property is owned by and is the […]

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Here’s How Oakland Thinks it Can Stop The U.S. From Shutting Pot Dispensaries

October 11, 2012 | 4:41 pm

Here’s How Oakland Thinks it Can Stop The U.S. From Shutting Pot Dispensaries

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In a lawsuit filed Wednesday, the cash-poor city of Oakland is trying to make the mighty United States of America stop enforcing its laws against the sale of marijuana. We wondered on what basis the city expects to prevail. The answer comes from the legal concept estoppel, which in plain English means something like “a […]

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Private School Vaccine Opt-Outs Rise

September 10, 2012 | 9:54 am

Private School Vaccine Opt-Outs Rise

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By Hannah Dreier, Associated Press SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) Parents who send their children to private schools in California are much more likely to opt out of immunizations than their public school counterparts, an Associated Press analysis has found, and not even the recent re-emergence of whooping cough has halted the downward trajectory of vaccinations among […]

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Feds’ Action Against Harborside Suggests Broader Pot Crackdown

July 12, 2012 | 1:53 pm

Feds’ Action Against Harborside Suggests Broader Pot Crackdown

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Where will it end? In March, a U.S. attorney told KQED that the federal crackdown on pot dispensaries would focus on establishments near places that children gather: schools, parks and playgrounds. But Harborside Health Center’s facilities in Oakland and San Jose don’t fall into that category. So when federal authorities announced on Wednesday that they […]

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Feds Threaten to Seize Harborside Pot Dispensary

July 11, 2012 | 2:04 pm

Feds Threaten to Seize Harborside Pot Dispensary

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SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — An Oakland medical marijuana dispensary that’s been billed as the largest pot shop on the planet is being targeted for closure by federal prosecutors in Northern California. Harborside Health Center spokeswoman Gaynell Rogers said U.S. Attorney Melinda Haag’s office has threatened to seize the property where the popular dispensary has operated […]

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