Sara Bernard

Volunteer Reporter



Thu February 16, 2012
Afternoon News Roundup

Connecting the Dots: Afternoon edition for Thursday, February 16, 2012

Not surprisingly, the San Bruno pipeline explosion slashed PG&E's earnings this past quarter as the company struggles to pay for system upgrades and repairs...

But January saw higher home sales in the Bay Area than it has in the past five years, thanks in large part to the lower prices of foreclosed homes and distressed properties...

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Thu January 26, 2012

Connecting the Dots: Top news stories for Thursday, January 26, 2012

Is the Bay Area 'Book Smart?' An annual roundup published by Central Connecticut State University offers mixed results. San Francisco scored higher than Oakland and San Jose in terms of educational degrees, number of booksellers, and newspapers per capita, but in general, the Bay Area and California did not rank as highly as one might hope. In terms of Internet access, though, the three cities tied for third place...

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Tue December 13, 2011

Number of homeless families in San Francisco hits record high

Photo courtesy of Compass Connecting Point

Until 2002, Adrian Allen was working a good paying job in construction.

“I went to school for construction,” she says. “Graduated at the top of my class. I was the only female on an all-men’s crew.”

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Thu November 17, 2011

Connecting the Dots: Top news stories for Thursday, November 17

Police in riot gear dismantled the Occupy Cal tents on the UC Berkeley campus early this morning. Two protesters were arrested, but it was otherwise calm and orderly....

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Tue November 15, 2011

How storytelling can combat poverty among young people

Panelists at Kidsdata and New America Media’s (NAM) forum on poverty among young people in California.
Photo courtesy of NAM

When it comes to poverty in California, it boils down to some pretty startling numbers: Last year, six million people in the state were officially living below the poverty line, two million of them children. And more than half of the state’s students qualify for free or reduced-price lunch. This data comes from, a program of the Lucile Packard Foundation for children’s health.

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