Mary Rees

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6:05pm

Mon December 10, 2012
Transportation

Get to school on a walking school bus

A walking school bus heads to an elementary school in Missouri.
Under CC license from Flickr user MoBikeFed

There's  a place in the urban East Bay where you might have to look twice to spot the school bus. That’s because it’s a special kind of bus: kids get off to climb trees and pick strawberries along the way; the drivers don’t need a special license; and -- most importantly -- it runs on sneaker feet, not wheels.

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5:57pm

Tue September 11, 2012
Health, Science, Environment

By hook or by crook, urban farmers plant their seeds

It’s a Saturday morning at a formerly vacant lot in Richmond. The sun warms the ground. Rows of fruit trees bend in the breeze. A raised bed made of cinder blocks harbors vegetable plants. Andromeda Brooks carefully plucks weeds from her raspberry patch, offering the young plants encouragement. This is Happy Lot Farm and Garden. 

Less than a year ago, this 14,000-square-foot lot, zoned for low-income housing, lay empty, except for the litter.

“Nothing has really been done on the lot for well over ten years,” says Brooks.

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1:54pm

Tue May 22, 2012
Afternoon news roundup

Connecting the Dots: Afternoon edition for Tuesday, May 22, 2012

(SF Gate) // Investigators found DNA evidence linking Antolin Garcia-Torres to the disappearance of a 15-year-old Morgan Hill girl. At a news conference, today, Santa Clara Sheriff Laurie Smith said the source of the DNA was not blood. The girl, Sierra LaMar, was last seen on March 16…

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5:05pm

Wed May 16, 2012
Economy/Labor/Biz

A city runs on volunteer power

Pinole residents held a garage sale to raise funds for city programming
Photo courtesy of Flickr user kathyinozarks

On a May evening, the Pinole Seals Swim Club hits the water for their first night of practice in the season that almost wasn’t. This is a popular pool that Pinole resident Kiki Kaski says hundreds of people use every year.

“All the camps in the area send their kids to this pool, the YMCA, Special Olympics uses this pool,” says Kaski. “You go there and you get this feeling like, ‘It’s summer!’ And it feels good.”

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12:47pm

Tue May 8, 2012
Daily News Roundup

Connecting the Dots: Top news stories for Tuesday, May 8, 2012

 

(San Francisco Chronicle) // The San Francisco teachers union will vote this week on whether to strike in protest of salary and benefits cuts proposed by the San Francisco Unified School District. District officials say they'll have to find $80 million dollars over the next two years, but the union claims that money is available within the existing budget...

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