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Image caption: Protesters gathered at the California Capitol rally against abortion measures before the Legislature on June 22, 2022.
After Roe: Abortion in California

Now that the U.S. Supreme Court has overturned the Roe decision, here are key takeaways of what to expect for abortion in California.


Image caption: WaPo called Sacramento "the capital of Blue State America," and said the city “mirrors how much of the state, as well as many major cities across the coastal West, are feeling about the worsening humanitarian crisis."
'Washington Post' Details Sacramento Homeless Crisis

The 'Washington Post' descends on the "capital of Blue State America" to expose the ongoing homeless crisis in Sacramento.


Image caption: Valero Oil Refinery in Benicia
Information War in Benicia

The LA Times' Mark Z. Barabak tells the tale of Steve Young, mayor of the small North Bay Area city of Benicia, who is in a battle with the Valero Energy Corp.


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Rising Seas, Rising Costs

San Jose Inside reports on Santa Clara County’s herculean efforts to protect the low-lying neighborhood of Alviso. But at what price?


Image caption: A screen grab from Brian Knockin’s “Food Not Bombs” video.
Brian Knockin Opens Up

“I’m opening up a new direction and closing the past,” the rapper tells Metroactive reporter Mike Hugenor.


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Holding Back the Bud Boom

California’s cannabis business is blossoming, but industry experts tell the Sacramento Bee that the state is leaving money on the table.


Image caption: Drug cartels are using a method called P2P to produce meth that is “cheap, potent and relentless.”
Nightmare After Dreamland

Sam Quinones, whose last book dealt with the opioid epidemic, talks to the LA Times about his new work on the twin perils of fentanyl and meth.


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A Modern-Day Noah’s Ark

LA Times staff writer Louis Sahagun reports from the front lines of the battle to preserve California’s most endangered species.


Image caption: The aha-moment for this app’s inventor hit while driving on Summit Road in Los Gatos.
Dead Reckoning: There’s an App for That

Mercury News reporter Michelle Pitcher talks to the co-creator of RoadKillApp, the taxidermist’s newest tool.


Image caption: Jack Kerouac with fellow Beat traveler Al Hinkle.
The Beats Go On in Los Gatos

Famed author Jack Keroauc got off the road and stayed with Neal Cassady—a time that son John remembers well.


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Poison Pills

Three grieving mothers talk to the Gilroy Dispatch about the hazards of street drugs.


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Mercury Rising

In a series of articles, the Los Angeles Times explores the most literal result of global warming: extreme heat.


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Zooming in on Poetry

Metro reporter Christina Waters talks to Bay Area poets on how the pandemic has changed and reinvigorated the art form.


Image caption: The Los Gatan, a brand-new local media source, listens in on local government meetings.
Cat Fights

Government meetings can be dull. Or, as the Los Gatan reports, they can be a hive of histrionics, placard waving, and grandstanding.


Image caption: The city of Palo Alto must build more than 6,000 housing units by 2031. But where to put them?
Lots to Consider

Palo Alto needs more housing, but neighborhood NIMBYs loathe high density. Two architects say, why not build apartments on parking lots?


Image caption: The schoolhouse was the biggest building in Allensworth, the town founded by Col. Allen Allensworth, which is now a state park.
Civil Rights, Historical Wrongs

Sacramento-based news outlet talks to Jonathan Burgess and L. Dee Slade, both testifying before the Reparations Task Force.


Image caption: Northern pintails and many other species of waterfowl depend on marshland in the Klamath Basin during migration.
Dying for Fresh Water

This year, an estimated 60,000 birds have been poisoned by botulism in one of the oldest waterfowl conservation reserves in the state.


Image caption: Matt Werner’s “Burning Man: The Musical” lampoons how moneyed visitors eschewed the festival’s original grassroots ethos.
The Playa’s the Thing

Palo Alto Weekly interviews Matt Werner, whose play ‘Burning Man: The Musical’ is available on Broadway On Demand and Streaming Musicals.


Image caption: PG&E now says it plans to place 10,000 miles of power lines underground.
After Dixie Fire, PG&E Announces Plan to Put 10,000 Miles of Wire Underground

After admitting a power line may have started the Dixie Megafire in Butte County, PG&E now says it will place 10,000 miles of power lines underground.


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