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Grover Norquist on KQED’s Forum: The Tax Pledge and Beyond

April 4, 2013 | 2:49 pm

Grover Norquist on KQED’s Forum: The Tax Pledge and Beyond

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Grover Norquist, president of Americans for Tax Reform, is best known for the tax pledge that his group asks Republican candidates and politicians to sign. The pledge basically says that the signee will not support new taxes or reductions to current tax deductions and credits, in any shape or form. Norquist joined KQED’s Forum to […]

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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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Facebook Unveils Android ‘Home’

April 4, 2013 | 8:30 am

Facebook Unveils Android ‘Home’

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“We’re not building a phone, and we’re not building an operating system,” said Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg. Instead, the company is launching “a family of apps” for the Android smartphone operating system. The new Home displays images from friends on the lock screen of an Android phone so that as soon as you turn it […]

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UC, CSU, California Community Colleges — and the New University of California?

April 4, 2013 | 7:00 am

UC, CSU, California Community Colleges — and the New University of California?

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There’s the University of California, the California State University and California Community Colleges. Soon, there could be a fourth system of higher education — the New University of California. The catch? It wouldn’t offer classes. It wouldn’t charge tuition. And it wouldn’t hire professors. Instead, it would awards degrees based on mastery of skills and subjects, […]

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Gamers Mourn as LucasArts Gets Zapped

April 3, 2013 | 3:14 pm

Gamers Mourn as LucasArts Gets Zapped

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For fans of such LucasArts games as “Star Wars,” the empire struck back on Wednesday — the Disney empire, that is. Reports spread rapidly that LucasArts, based in San Francisco’s Presidio, had ceased production of games, laying off 150 people, according to multiple sources. Game studio LucasArts is part of Lucasfilm, which Disney bought from […]

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(Document) More Bay Bridge Parts to be Examined

April 3, 2013 | 2:30 pm

(Document) More Bay Bridge Parts to be Examined

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How much of the new Bay Bridge span is faulty? Eager to get an answer to that question, investigators will scrutinize every single part supplied by Dyson Corp, Bay Bridge spokesman Andrew Gordon told KQED’s Tara Siler. The Ohio company made threaded rods (also called bolts) that snapped when tightened last month, and also supplied […]

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Report Outlines Abuses by California Prison Staff

April 3, 2013 | 2:02 pm

Report Outlines Abuses by California Prison Staff

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SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — A new report by the state prison system’s inspector general reveals numerous examples of extreme misconduct by prison guards and state parole agents. The cases included a parole agent who is accused of soliciting one of his parolees to kill another and a prison guard who partied with inmates as they were drinking a […]

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Report: $100 Billion Needed for California Flood Control

April 3, 2013 | 10:22 am

Report: $100 Billion Needed for California Flood Control

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SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — As California endures one of its driest winters, on record, some state water managers are focused on the opposite end of the precipitation spectrum — the one in five residents who live in regions susceptible to catastrophic flooding. More than $575 billion in development and $7 billion in farm output rests […]

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‘Men of Influence’ Bring Parenting to Oakland’s Toughest Streets

April 3, 2013 | 6:20 am

‘Men of Influence’ Bring Parenting to Oakland’s Toughest Streets

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Arnoldo Garay is coming off a bad year. Last year, when he was 16, Arnoldo said he was drinking, selling drugs and hanging out with a dangerous crowd. Then he fell into a dark depression. “It was crazy,” he said. “I tried to commit suicide.” He was admitted to a psychiatric hospital in Sacramento, and […]

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Ammunition Registration Bill Clears California Assembly Committee

April 2, 2013 | 3:47 pm

Ammunition Registration Bill Clears California Assembly Committee

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California already boasts some of the toughest gun-control measures in the nation: assault weapon and high-capacity magazine bans in addition to mandatory 10-day waiting periods, gun purchasing limits and background checks at gun shows. But as states such as New York, Colorado and Connecticut have reacted to the December 2012 Newtown shootings by passing firearms limits […]

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