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News Pix: Nature Video at Oakland Museum; Community Colleges Add Summer Courses

May 31, 2013 | 1:45 pm

News Pix: Nature Video at Oakland Museum; Community Colleges Add Summer Courses

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Santa Clara County Jail recently announced plans to limit the type of mail inmates receive in jail to the size of a postcard. Steeda McGruder, founder of Sisters That Been There, a support group for women who have been formerly incarcerated, holds up daily letters she receives from inmates. She calls these their lifelines. (Jean […]

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News Pix: Oakland’s 3 Police Chiefs in 3 Days; Berkeley Students Ask for Majority District; Fires Rage

May 10, 2013 | 1:35 pm

News Pix: Oakland’s 3 Police Chiefs in 3 Days; Berkeley Students Ask for Majority District; Fires Rage

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Oakland’s police department was thrown into turmoil this week when Police Chief Howard Jordan unexpectedly stepped down, citing unspecified medical problems. Anthony Toribio, pictured here, was appointed as the acting Oakland police chief for just two days before he, too, resigned. Here he speaks at a press conference on a long-awaited report from the Bratton […]

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Calif. Firefighters Rue Budget Cuts as Wildfire Season Heats Up

May 6, 2013 | 5:55 am

Calif. Firefighters Rue Budget Cuts as Wildfire Season Heats Up

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When wildfires blow up, and especially when more than one is raging at the same time, the calls go out to everybody with firefighting resources. It happens every year, more or less often depending on the weather. This year, though, our collective ability to fend off fiery Armageddon is hampered by a hoary beast that […]

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May 2, 2013 | 3:12 pm

Hot Dry Conditions Raise Fire and Drought Fears in the Bay Area

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It didn’t rain very much. It’s unusually hot. And now the state is literally on fire. Up on Echo Summit in the Sierra, Frank Gehrke, chief surveyor for the California Department of Water Resources told the Associated Press he wasn’t finding a snowpack. “I’m finding nothing,” he said. “Seriously, there is no snow on the […]

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News Pix: Giants Season Opener, High Winds Buffet San Francisco, Immigration Rally Stops Traffic

April 12, 2013 | 11:20 am

News Pix: Giants Season Opener, High Winds Buffet San Francisco, Immigration Rally Stops Traffic

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Fans packed AT&T Park for the San Francisco Giants first home game of the season, where they beat the St. Louis Cardinals 1-0. (Gina Scialabba/KQED) High winds whipped the west side of San Francisco Monday, toppling trees and closing the Great Highway. Sand drifted across the Sloat Boulevard parking lot at Ocean Beach, with airborne […]

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Has the Bay Area Gotten Enough Rain Yet?

April 4, 2013 | 2:25 pm

Has the Bay Area Gotten Enough Rain Yet?

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Drizzle spoiled your Easter egg hunt. You stepped in puddles on your way to work on Thursday. And the petals fell off your drenched camellias. So, have we finally gotten enough rain? Longtime Californians shake our heads at such questions. We know that it’s all about the snow pack, which hasn’t been good enough this […]

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California Water: From African Skies to Sierra Nevada Snow

March 1, 2013 | 8:14 am

California Water: From African Skies to Sierra Nevada Snow

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It’s March 1, which means Northern California is past its driest January-February period on record. Of course, the long-range forecast looks dry, too. So our question, as state water officials report on a Sierra snowpack that has fallen far short of normal for this time of year: “Where’s our rain?” OK–we don’t know the answer to […]

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February 19, 2013 | 9:21 am

Winter Storm Warning For Central, Southern Sierra

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SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Rain and snow have begun falling across California, as another winter storm touches down in the state. California Department of Transportation traffic cameras showed snow on the ground in the Sierra Nevada on Tuesday morning. San Francisco Bay area commuters, meanwhile, were encountering rain showers. The National Weather Service has issued […]

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Watch Live Video From Around the Northeast as Blizzard Moves In

February 8, 2013 | 1:10 pm

Watch Live Video From Around the Northeast as Blizzard Moves In

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It’s that time of year when Californians watch our East Coast brethren duck for cover as the latest winter storm rolls in. But in this day and age of technology we are no longer tied to The Weather Channel or redialing mom for updates from home. Now we have live video webcams where we can […]

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Dozens of SFO Flights Cancelled Due to East Coast Storm

February 8, 2013 | 12:45 pm

Dozens of SFO Flights Cancelled Due to East Coast Storm

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(BCN and KQED) The anticipation of stormy weather on the East Coast has resulted in 69 flight cancellations at San Francisco International Airport this morning — 48 departures and 21 arrivals — the duty manager said. Flights heading to Newark Liberty International Airport, John F. Kennedy International Airport, Logan International Airport and some Philadelphia flights […]

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