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Thu May 21, 2015
Sights and Sounds of Bayview

How activists are reviving a historic waterway in Bayview-Hunters Point

Bo Barnes, president of Kayaks Unlimited.
TaSin Sabir

The sun is beating down on Islais Creek, a small marine channel in Hunters Point that opens out into the Bay. Homeless camps, graffiti, and factories surround the area, but there’s also a small, quaint park with native cherry trees and a gravel boat launch. Bo Barnes, a laid back man with shoulder length hair and an easy smile, is getting ready to take me out kayaking on Islais Creek.

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Thu May 21, 2015

Daily news roundup for Thursday, May 21, 2015

The Digital District plan is a five-year roadmap highlighting how technology will be woven into the classrooms of public schools.
Mike Koozmin/The S.F. Examiner


Wed May 20, 2015

Crosscurrents: May 20, 2015

Being on lockdown in San Quentin, "passing" in terms of how one speaks, and reading braille.


Wed May 20, 2015
Cops & Courts

San Quentin Prison Report: Lockdown

A lockdown happens when correctional officers decide there is a threat to the safety and security of a prison. That might be a fight, an assault, or a race riot. 

It is exactly what it sounds like. In a lockdown, inmates have to stay in their cells until the problem is contained. They can't go anywhere unless strip-searched, handcuffed, and escorted by correctional officers.

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Wed May 20, 2015

Is braille relevant in a digital age?

"Read" in braille
Artwork by Angela Johnston

Marco Salsiccia is a huge movie buff. He owns hundreds of DVDs. They fill his small apartment in the Sunset District. Some are piled on his dining room table, others are organized in spinning shelves in his living room.

“I have 400 movies in my collection, more than the library!” he says.

He has action films, horror films, comedy flicks, and lots of animation. Those are his favorite because animation is a big part of Salsiccia’s life.

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