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6:56pm

Wed January 21, 2015
Arts & Culture

The Spiritual Edge: how an architect designs meaningful space

Susie Coliver looks up inside the sanctuary at Kol Shofar
Tom Levy

Architecture has the power to transform. A building can make us feel joy, or sadness, powerful or weak. Nowhere is this more true than in a church, a chapel, synagogue, Buddhist temple, or a mosque. For centuries, religion has sparked the design of some of the world’s most beautiful buildings. But what is that process? What built elements make a space sacred?

Architect Susie Coliver says experiencing the design of a sacred space begins way before you step foot in a building.

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4:35pm

Wed January 14, 2015
Immigration

New law gives undocumented Californians a chance to apply for driver’s licenses

People wait for their numbers to be called inside the San Jose Driver's License Processing Center
Angela Johnston

 


Rosa Santos is leaning over a pile of forms and documents in the corner of the San Jose’s new DMV. I meet her along with her friend. They’re both applying for their licenses for the first time through AB 60.

Santos came prepared today. She studied for hours, pouring over YouTube tutorials and sample driver's tests. As she waits in line, she riffles through the documents she needs -  a Mexican ID, a piece of mail to confirm her address, and $33 for the processing fee.

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4:35pm

Thu January 8, 2015
Health, Science, Environment

Fishing for the truth on seafood prices

Flickr user andreagp

Note: Prices have changed since this story was first reported in 2012.

99 Ranch’s seafood counter is enormous – and it needs to be: the store serves seafood eaters of many nationalities and income levels all over the Bay Area. The selection is huge: grouper from Peru, fish from Vietnam, China, Taiwan, and India.

Carlos Montelibano heads the fish department at the 99 Ranch in Mountain View where the prices are low.

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6:00pm

Mon December 8, 2014
Technology

Robots for humanity: how technology is changing the life of one Bay Area man

Jane and Henry Evans at their house
Angela Johnston

A normal life

Henry Evans and his wife Jane live high up in the Los Altos foothills. To get there you have to drive up twisting roads with steep switchback turns. On a Thursday morning 12 years ago Henry drove up these same roads after dropping his children off at school.

“Life was more what you want to call normal,” says Jane Evans. “We had a very busy life raising four kids, my husband was a CFO for a startup company. We were very involved in our children’s activities whether it was boy scouts or hikes, bicycle rides, coaching them in sports.”

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6:00pm

Mon December 8, 2014
Technology

Robotic seals comfort dementia patients but raise ethical concerns

Paro the seal, charging by its electronic pacifier
Angela Johnston

At the Livermore Veteran’s Hospital, there are a few animals residents can see: wild turkeys that run around the grounds, rattlesnakes that hide out in the dry grass, and therapy dogs that make weekly visits. But there’s one animal in particular that Bryce Lee is always happy to see: a baby harp seal.

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