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News Pix: Resident Physicians Picket, Saline Shortage and San Jose Rep Closes

| June 14, 2014
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Resident physicians at UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospital Oakland say their salaries aren’t keeping up with the cost of living in the Bay Area. Theirs is one of the latest health care union battles to heat up in California between workers and hospital administration, and is drawing a new generation of members to union organizing. “A lot of people think being a doctor is super glamorous and you make tons of money and everyone loves you,” said Alana Arnold, a second-year resident. “But in fact, residency is difficult. We’re here to learn and train. And we have to protect ourselves just like any other workforce.” (Mark Andrew Boyer/KQED)

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San Francisco General Hospital’s materials manager Reid Kennedy reviews his notes in the materials storage room. S.F. General is one of many hospitals across the country struggling to deal with a shortage of saline, an essential product used all over the hospital to clean wounds, mix medications or treat dehydration. Now drug companies say they won’t be able to catch up with demand until next year, so hospitals are trying to ration supplies. (Mark Andrew Boyer/KQED)

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The San Jose Repertory Theatre company announced Wednesday that it has ceased operations and is filing for bankruptcy. The 34-year-old organization has been struggling with financial issues for a number of years. “We regret the impact on the city of San Jose and the local arts community,” said Holly Walter, president of the San Jose Rep’s board of trustees. However, after months of trying to solve our financial issues, reduce our debts and construct a sustainable model for the organization, we felt we had no choice but to take this action.” (Wikimedia Commons)

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Stanford student Leah Francis led a chant at a June 12 protest against the university’s policies on sexual assault. Stanford announced that it will not expel a student it found responsible for sexual assault, rejecting an appeal from Francis, who thinks the university treated her alleged assailant too leniently. Universities across the country are under fire for mishandling sexual assault cases. (Peter Jon Shuler/KQED)

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A beekeeper for Bradshaw Honey Farm wears protective clothing to check the health of the bees. Bradshaw says he’ll spend about $80,000 to feed his bees artificial nectar this summer. Typically he would take them to hills laden with wildflowers, but this year those hills are bone-dry because of the drought. (Alice Daniels/KQED)


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The owners of a 14-room Victorian in San Francisco’s Mission District have agreed to sell the building to the San Francisco Community Land Trust, which will allow tenants to run the building as a cooperative. Tenant Rose O’Kane poses in her kitchen at 2976 23rd St. with a celebratory glass of champagne after the deal was announced. (Adizah Eghan/KQED)

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Katrina Schwartz is a journalist based in San Francisco. She's worked at KPCC public radio in LA and has reported, produced and blogged on health, climate change and local news for KQED in San Francisco. Reach Katrina Schwartz at kschwartz@kqed.org.

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