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5:04pm

Thu October 16, 2014
Cops & Courts

The high cost of phone calls for inmates

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When most of us talk on the phone we don’t think much about the cost—it’s pennies. If we don’t like a phone company or can’t afford a plan, it’s pretty easy to ditch the one we have and get a new one. Talk is cheap, for most of us. But for the 80,000 people in California’s county jails, a phone call can cost more than $1 a minute.

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5:11pm

Tue August 7, 2012
Refinery Fire

Update on the Chevron refinery fire with reporter Sean Maher

Large fire at Chevron's Richmond refinery. August 6 2012. From the Berkeley hills.
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Last night’s fire at the Chevron refinery in Richmond put city residents in a state of panic. The fire sent up a huge plume of black smoke, stopping traffic, closing bridges, and shutting down BART stations.

The large-scale chemical fire still has local residents concerned for their health and safety. Many say they heard about the fire late, and that the multi-lingual phone system that is supposed to alert the diverse communities of Richmond in case of a disaster didn’t work. 

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