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More Regulation Considered For Bay Area’s Biggest Mercury Polluter, Which Is…

September 18, 2012 | 5:02 pm

More Regulation Considered For Bay Area’s Biggest Mercury Polluter, Which Is…

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Quick, what’s the biggest single source of mercury pollution in the Bay Area? If you guessed something like the Chevron facility that caught fire in Richmond last month, you’d be wrong. It turns out that Lehigh Permanente, a Cupertino company that mines lime and uses it to make cement, put about 260 pounds of mercury […]

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How Energy Conservation Impacts Today’s Flex Alert in California

August 14, 2012 | 12:22 pm

How Energy Conservation Impacts Today’s Flex Alert in California

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The heat has yet to break, but Californians are being urged to turn down their air conditioners. Operators of the state’s electricity grid have declared a Flex Alert for Tuesday, telling customers to curb their power use as California’s inland regions face yet another day of sky-high heat. The California Independent System Operator (ISO) says […]

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August 2, 2012 | 2:00 pm

Bay Area Rowers Win Olympic Gold Medals

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Two Bay Area university graduates garnered Olympic gold medals on Thursday as part of an eight-woman rowing team. Erin Cafaro, a graduate of the University of California, Berkeley, and Elle Logan, a Stanford University senior, joined six other Americans to pull across the finish line ahead of Canada, with the Netherlands taking the bronze. Cal […]

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July 5, 2012 | 11:26 am

Videos: Bay Area July 4 Fireworks, Plus San Diego Accidentally Ignites Everything at Once

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Cool weather and budget cutbacks didn’t dampen the Bay Area’s crackle and pop Wednesday. Here are some of the best videos of Independence Day fireworks: Here’s the finale of the San Francisco display, as seen from Fort Mason, posted to Youtube by SandD2012: This video shows the rockets taking off from the ground in San […]

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July 4th Events and Fireworks in the Bay Area

July 2, 2012 | 12:22 pm

July 4th Events and Fireworks in the Bay Area

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Eat pancakes in Cupertino. Ride a dragon boat in Berkeley. Hear patriotic songs at the San Francisco Symphony. Or see fireworks just about everywhere. You won’t lack for choices in the Bay Area on Wednesday when the USA celebrates its 236th. Here’s a rundown of the rundowns: The San Jose Mercury News, part of the […]

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Bay Area July 4th Fireworks: Lists, and Some History

July 1, 2011 | 12:00 pm

Bay Area July 4th Fireworks: Lists, and Some History

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On one level, Fourth of July fireworks are simply patriotic tradition. On another, they’re an opportunity to indulge our love of watching stuff explode and go boom in relative safety. Interesting to note: Fireworks have been part of our national celebration from even before what we universally think of as Day One of the United […]

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Forum Follow-Up: John King Answers More Bay Area Design Questions

May 10, 2011 | 5:34 pm

Forum Follow-Up: John King Answers More Bay Area Design Questions

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Last Friday, San Francisco Chronicle urban design writer John King visited Forum to discuss all things Bay Area design and architecture, as well as his new book, Cityscapes: San Francisco and Its Buildings. Anyone who heard the show (and if you didn’t you can listen to an archive of it here) can tell you it […]

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