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News Pix: SF Valentine’s Day Protest; Riverside Police Vigil; Berkeley Library’s Flying Books

February 15, 2013 | 2:43 pm

News Pix: SF Valentine’s Day Protest; Riverside Police Vigil; Berkeley Library’s Flying Books

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Several gay and lesbian couples disrupted business at San Francisco’s city hall Friday morning. The couples entered the city clerk’s office asking for something they knew they couldn’t get … a marriage license. Thirteen protesters were detained for just a few minutes, then released without being charged. (Gina Scialabba/KQED) Riverside police officers are mourning the […]

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February 15, 2013 | 2:12 pm

What Would Happen if a Meteorite Hit San Francisco?

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For those who pay attention to omens and portents … Worst. Day. Ever? If you’re not already hiding under your bed, Bay Area, because of both the close shave the planet Earth experienced today with Asteroid 2012 DA14 plus an unrelated but spectacular explosion of a meteor over Russia, well check this out … Below […]

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Deal Will Keep China Camp, Olompali, Tomales Bay State Parks Running

February 15, 2013 | 12:31 pm

Deal Will Keep China Camp, Olompali, Tomales Bay State Parks Running

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China Camp Village lovers will be celebrating Saturday as the California Department of Parks & Recreation officially signs a new agreement that keeps the park running. And Olompali State Historic Park near Novato. And Tomales Bay State Park, too. Now for the back story. The Marin State Parks Association, Friends of China Camp, and a […]

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Asteroid Buzzes, Misses Earth — Not So For Meteor

February 15, 2013 | 11:58 am

Asteroid Buzzes, Misses Earth — Not So For Meteor

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CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — A 150-foot asteroid hurtled through Earth’s backyard Friday, coming within an incredible 17,150 miles and making the closest known flyby for a rock of its size. In a chilling coincidence, a meteor exploded above Russia’s Ural Mountains just hours before the asteroid zoomed past the planet. Scientists the world over, […]

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Michael Krasny Answers Questions About His 20 Years as Forum Host

February 15, 2013 | 10:40 am

Michael Krasny Answers Questions About His 20 Years as Forum Host

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Michael Krasny hosted KQED’s call-in public affairs program Forum for the first time on Feb. 15, 1993 – 20 years ago today. During that first show, he promised to continue the program’s commitment to in-depth news and political programming while opening up “new vistas in the arts…and the life of the mind.” Over the past […]

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February 15, 2013 | 8:40 am

Meteor Explodes Over Russia, Injures Nearly 1,000; Watch Video

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Via the New York Times, video recorded from the dashboard camera of a car in the Russian city of Chelyabinsk on Friday. MOSCOW (AP) — A meteor streaked across the sky and exploded over Russia’s Ural Mountains with the power of an atomic bomb Friday, its sonic blasts shattering countless windows and injuring nearly 1,000 […]

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February 15, 2013 | 8:30 am

A.M. Splash: Calif. State Parks Surplus Goes Back 20 Years

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California state parks had hidden surplus for 20 years, auditor’s probe finds (Sacramento Bee) A new probe of financial scandals at the California Department of Parks and Recreation found that officials maintained a hidden cash surplus for as long as 20 years – far longer than previously known. The investigation by the California state auditor, […]

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February 14, 2013 | 4:51 pm

Photos: Same-Sex Marriage Advocates Disrupt SF City Hall

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Several gay and lesbian couples disrupted business at San Francisco’s city hall Friday morning. The couples entered the city clerk’s office asking for something they knew they couldn’t get … a marriage license.

“We love each other and we want the rights that everyone else gets. I don’t want if I die that she can’t get my Social Security or come take my house because we’re not legally married,” said Linda Gates who attended the protest with her partner Betty.

During the demonstration, heterosexual couples, including Mario Caballeros and his fiancé Jessica from Richmond, were told to come back later.

“That just sucks. They can pick another time and another reason or do it the right way,” said Caballeros. “Just taking up peoples’ time. We have to wait just for them to get their little word out? That’s not cool, you know?”

Protesters sang and chanted until sheriff’s deputies ordered them to disperse. Thirteen protesters who refused to leave were detained for just a few minutes, then released without being charged.

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City of Oakland’s Challenge to Harborside Eviction Rejected by Court

February 14, 2013 | 2:26 pm

City of Oakland’s Challenge to Harborside Eviction Rejected by Court

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A U.S. magistrate has rejected the city of Oakland’s attempt to throw a legal roadblock into the forced closure of the Harborside marijuana dispensary. The U.S. Attorney for the Northern District of California is threatening Harborside’s landlord with forfeiture of the property, and Oakland had filed suit to block it. U.S. Magistrate Maria-Elena James threw […]

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Online Calculator: Find How Much You’ll Pay For Health Insurance Under Obamacare

February 14, 2013 | 1:10 pm

Online Calculator: Find How Much You’ll Pay For Health Insurance Under Obamacare

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Update Oct. 1: Covered California, the state’s website at which you can purchase health insurance for 2014, is now open.  Use the site’s Shop and Compare tool here. More resources for Californians here. Original Post As Lisa Aliferis reported on our State of Health blog, California unveiled a revised website on Wednesday for Covered California, […]

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