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Daily news roundup for Monday, November 16, 2015

Nov 16, 2015
"Je Suis Paris" by Flickr user The Apex Archive. Used under CC / resized and cropped.

Here’s what’s happening in the Bay Area, as curated by KALW News:

France bombs Islamic State HQ, hunts attacker who got away // SFGATE

"France launched massive air strikes against the Islamic State in Syria Sunday night, destroying a jihadi training camp where Iraqi intelligence officials say the Paris attacks were planned."


  This is Audiograph—the Bay Area’s sonic signature.

NepalGateway Trekking under CC license. (Photo has been cropped.)

Job opening: state marijuana chief… Counties move to keep local control… Veterans one step closer to medical marijuana… E. coli found in pot tests… and more.


Help wanted: State seeks medical marijuana chief // Sacramento Bee  Is there a drug test involved?

Courtesy of Sarah Cahill / Resized and cropped

Today’s local music is by pianist Sarah Cahill. She’s known to KALW listeners as host of “Revolutions Per Minute,” on Sunday evenings.

Here's what's happening in the Bay Area, as curated by KALW news:

San Francisco: Man armed with a shotgun near St. Luke's Hospital shot, killed by police // Inside Bay Area News

"A man armed with a shotgun was shot and killed by police Wednesday afternoon at a construction site near St. Luke's Hospital on Cesar Chavez Street, authorities confirmed.

Returning Home: Voices from the Front

Nov 11, 2015
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What is it like to be a student who has fought in a war? In this special production from the Stanford Storytelling Project, six students and alumni, all veterans of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, tell their stories.  

11/11: Returning Home from War

Nov 11, 2015

Six Stanford students and alumni who fought in the Iraq and Afghanistan wars talk about coming home.

The art festival that aimed to change San Francisco

Nov 10, 2015
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Courtesy of La Principessa Errante 365.


Imagine if San Francisco’s Tenderloin and Mid-Market area were filled with artists: storefronts overflowing with creative expression; staged performances in public places; a free cafe.

How Bay Area bike groups are putting more women on two wheels

Nov 10, 2015
Lezak Shallat


The number of urban cyclists has skyrocketed in the Bay Area in recent years. In San Francisco, ridership increased 96 percent from 2006 to 2013. But women make up just one-third of bike riders in the city.

Saving water, one flush at a time

Nov 10, 2015
Catherine Girardeau

Nobody at my house is very handy, so when there are plumbing issues, we go for the workarounds: like plunging, and putting buckets under leaky faucets to catch the drips and using the buckets to flush the toilets. 

11/10: Women on Wheels

Nov 10, 2015

Written on the Dock of the Bay is your weekly guide to literary and bookish happenings in the pleasantly literary and bookish Bay Area.  


                                                 Bay Area Book World Breaking News 

American Indian Film Institute



The American Indian Film Festival is celebrating its 40th anniversary this year. That’s four decades of lifting up Native voices, stories, and storytellers. The festival’s director, Michael Smith, has been with the festival since its founding in Seattle in 1975.

StoryCorps: Learning to embrace imperfection

Nov 9, 2015
"My Violin" by Flickr user Jason Hollinger, used under Creative Commons license. This image was cropped and resized.

Denise Woodward is a lifelong musician. As a young classical guitarist, she strove for perfection, often waking up at 4:30 in the morning to practice for hours before school. 

Image by Flickr user Daniel Arauz, with Creative Commons license. This photo was resized and cropped.


EDITOR'S NOTE: A previous version of this article contained errors that have been corrected, below:

* We stated that Brian Hofer had been working for a decade to scale back Oakland's Domain Awareness Center (DAC). The public became aware of the DAC in 2013, and Hofer began his work on the DAC in January of 2014.

Today's Local Music: Heart of the Whale

Nov 9, 2015
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Today's Local Music is by a band called Heart of the Whale. They play tomorrow night at Bottom of the Hill in their hometown of San Francisco. Things get started at 8:30 pm.

Daily news roundup for Monday, November 9, 2015

Nov 9, 2015
Image by Flickr user 1Flatworld, used under the Creative Commons license. This picture was resized and cropped.

Here's what's happening in the Bay Area, as curated by KALW news:

New Oakland housing fees may add millions in costs to residential projects // San Francisco Business Times

11/9: Surveillance in Oakland

Nov 9, 2015

Today on Crosscurrents:


Sean “The Disruptor” Parker joins the cause… Growers required to register… “Armed commandos” threaten Mendo growers… Feds investigate working conditions for bud-trimmers… and more.


“Adult Use of Marijuana Act” gets big boost // SF Weekly   This 2016 ballot initiative pulls ahead in a crowded field.

11/5: Cannabis on the ballot

Nov 6, 2015


Sandhya Dirks

All week long, we've been playing this sound, and asking you to guess what exactly it is and where exactly in the Bay Area we recorded it.

Peter Dobey

Alva Noë  is a professor of philosophy at UC Berkeley with a background in cognitive and brain science, so it makes sense that he writes about the nature of consciousness and human experience.

"Ranger on marijuana grows eradication duty" by Park Ranger licensed under CC BY-NC-SA, cropped from the original

Advocates of legalizing marijuana in California received some encouraging news this week: On Monday a broad coalition of supporters, including Lieutenant Governor Gavin Newsom, announced that they’re backing a 2016 ballot measure.

Red Poppy Art House

Today’s local music is by Ian Faquini  and Rebecca Kleinmann of Oakland. That’s him on guitar and her on flute.

Daily news roundup for Thursday, November 5, 2015

Nov 5, 2015
California Air Resources Board via Creative Commons

Here's what's happening in the Bay Area, as curated by KALW news:

California revs up for Paris climate-change summit // LA Times

"In the wonky world of climate change, California’s presence at the United Nations summit in Paris next month is expected to be a star-studded affair.

Angela Johnston

Ellen Frankel slips the last of her quarters into the Medieval Madness pinball machine and wipes the sweat off her forehead. It’s her second game of the night, and she’s trying to get a new high score. Although she is shy to admit it, Frankel is a real pinball wizard.

Breast Cancer Action

In the 1940’s a woman’s chances of getting breast cancer was one in twenty. Now it’s one in eight, despite the billions of dollars spent on awareness and the search for a cure.


Two sisters, Kathryn Sibley and Madelyn Blair, walk into the Dragonfly Ink Studio to get a touch-up on their matching tattoos. You can sense their excitement—they’re not scared of the needle and they’re not scared of the pain.

11/4: 3D Nipple Tattoos

Nov 4, 2015
  • Learn about the art of 3-D nipple tattoos for breast cancer survivors.
  • Why some say the pink ribbon campaign betrays women.
  • Meet the world's first women's pinball league.

Featuring music by Vetiver.



11/3 - Behind the scenes with a Bay Area home stager

Nov 3, 2015