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The Bay Area’s Occupy movement continues, today, with tents set up in San Francisco’s Justin Herman Plaza and protesters in Oakland’s Frank Ogawa Plaza. Iraq War veteran Scott Olsen, who became a rallying figure after being critically injured by a projectile Tuesday night in Oakland, has been...
Last night, as the Oakland City Council's chambers hosted a passionate debate about gang injunctions and youth curfews, a more subdued discussion about how to fight gang violence was taking place a few blocks away at the First Unitarian Church. As part of a series called "Literary Justice," put on...
Partisan sniping on raising – or not raising – the U.S. debt limit has been going on now longer than anyone cares to remember. That all ended today, though. The U.S. Senate passed the debt-ceiling bill by a 74 to 26 vote, and President Obama is signing it today ahead of the midnight deadline. At...
As the school year draws to and end around the Bay, school districts are struggling with finances. Take Brisbane. It’s a small district – only two elementary and one middle school – but its problems provide a window into those faced by districts across the state. For four consecutive years,...
Maurice Lim Miller is the Founder and CEO of the Family Independence Initiative (FII), which started in Oakland and is now seen as a national model. MAURICE LIM MILLER: The Family Independence Initiative is a national organization that’s looking for innovation. It’s looking for innovation around...
Electric cars have been a symbol of transportation’s future for a while now, but the buzzword nowadays is “high-speed rail.” PRESIDENT BARACK OBAMA: Within 25 years, our goal is to give 80% of Americans access to high-speed rail. (Applause) This could allow you to go places in half the time it...
Corinn Flaherty and Gregory Bartlett are best friends. And like many best friends, they share a similar sensibility about life. Though Gregory lives in San Francisco, and Corinn is out in Boston, they talk every day – sometimes more than once. Well, the way these two people became best friends …...
We live in a digital age – laptops, smart phones, tablets. Most of us have no idea how these things really work, but we depend on them – especially in times of crisis. When a massive earthquake struck Haiti last year, a group of volunteer programmers came together in Washington D.C. for two...
It’s been nearly 150 years since Mark Twain’s very formative years in Nevada and California, and it’s been just over a century since he passed away. MARK TWAIN (as read by David Latulippe): The report of my death must have been an exaggeration. Actually, Mr. Twain, I’m sorry to say you did die. It...
In Episode #19, Rev. Jeffrey Brown, Executive Director of the Boston Ten Point Coalition, discusses why he got involved in working with youth to prevent violence, developing a close working relationship with law enforcement, the importance of data-driven violence reduction strategies, Boston's...
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