North Bay

A new report says California's high-speed rail system would eliminate greenhouse gases from the system and create thousands of permanent jobs. What kinds of jobs the system would create remain to be seen... For now, job seekers may have to settle for low-paying, labor-intensive jobs... A California...
Have you ever been to the little town of Bolinas, near Point Reyes National Seashore? Have you ever wanted to go, but couldn’t find the turn-off from the highway? Well, that’s not by accident. It has been said that if Bolinas had a welcome sign – which it doesn’t – it could read: “Welcome to...
It’s always nice to live in an area with an attractive name. For example, various neighborhoods throughout the Bay Area have “Park” or “Heights” or “Vista” attached to them. But there’s always an exception to the rule – and Dogtown in Marin County may take the prize for Least Attractive Name, as...
Last week’s overturning of Prop. 8 was an important step in what is still going to be a long battle for gay marriage rights. Some same-sex couples, though, are in the middle of an even bigger fight. Not only do they want the right to marry, but they also want the right to sponsor their immigrant...
Last month, California paid Jaycee Lee Dugard a 20 million dollar settlement for failing to supervise convicted sex offender Phillip Garrido. While Garrido was on parole for a 1977 kidnapping and rape conviction, he kidnapped Dugard as a child and held her captive for 18 years until she and her two...
The Golden Gate Bridge’s suicide barrier came one step closer to becoming a reality this Wednesday. The Metropolitan Transportation Commission approved 5 million dollars in funding towards the engineering on the suicide barrier. 45 million dollars are needed to actually build the barrier, but...
By Robert Rogers (Slideshow audio by Robert Rogers and photos by Armand Emamdjomeh) As a child, Troy Williams grew calloused to the South Central Los Angeles street ethos: Gangs, violence, drugs and firearms. But Williams, now barrel-chested and 43-years-old, didn’t have the confidence to speak up...
Alcatraz may be San Francisco’s most famous island, but it just so happens that there are a lot of islands here: Treasure Island, Angel Island, Yerba Buena, Alameda. There are dozens, and local photographer James Martin is obsessed with them. Martin grew up in San Rafael. He’s an adventurer,...
San Quentin is the state’s oldest prison, and it is also the only one that still provides free college-level education to inmates. UC Berkeley graduate student Robert Rogers takes us inside the prison gates to explore the impact of the Prison University Project. *     * ...
By Genett Mills-Miller "Climate is what you expect, weather is what you get." - Robert Heinlein. Spring in the Bay Area caught residents and visitors off guard with an early June Gloom - wetter and colder weather than normal. For instance, San Francisco received nearly an inch of rain in May and...
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