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Fire Fight: Between Blazes and Power Outages, California Is a Mess; What Can Be Done?

Fire Fight: Between Blazes and Power Outages, California Is a Mess; What Can Be Done?

Nov 07, 2019 13:45  |  Julie Cart and Judy Lin, CalMatters

The easy calls have been made in dealing with California’s wildfire crisis. We’re clearing brush, spending on firefighters and hastening insurance claims. We’ve tied the pay of utility executives to t...

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Informed Dissent: A Look at the Varied and Conflicting GOP Defenses of Donald Trump

Informed Dissent: A Look at the Varied and Conflicting GOP Defenses of Donald Trump

Nov 07, 2019 11:50  |  Jeffrey C. Billman

In a mostly party-line vote last week, the House of Representatives passed a resolution establishing the ground rules for the ongoing impeachment inquiry—allowing the release of deposition transcripts...

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What's in the Water: A Report by an Environmental-Watchdog Group Proves It's Important to Read Beyond the Alarming Headlines

What's in the Water: A Report by an Environmental-Watchdog Group Proves It's Important to Read Beyond the Alarming Headlines

Nov 05, 2019 18:00  |  Kevin Fitzgerald

On Sept. 27, the Environmental Working Group—a self-described nonprofit, nonpartisan organization dedicated to protecting human health and the environment, based in Washington, D.C.—released a report ...

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A Later Bell: The State Is Pushing Back School Start Times; Here's What That Means

A Later Bell: The State Is Pushing Back School Start Times; Here's What That Means

Oct 31, 2019 14:15  |  Ricardo Cano, CalMatters

Of the dozens of education bills that Gov. Gavin Newsom signed into law this year, few will have a more practical impact on everyday lives than the new, later start times for California’s high schools...

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November Astronomy: Don't Miss the Transit of Mercury Across the Face of the Sun—Because You'll Have a 30-Year Wait to See It Again

November Astronomy: Don't Miss the Transit of Mercury Across the Face of the Sun—Because You'll Have a 30-Year Wait to See It Again

Oct 31, 2019 08:00  |  Robert Victor

The sky’s highlights in November include Mars and Spica forming a colorful pair before dawn on Nov. 10. Mercury crosses the sun Nov. 11 to join Spica and Mars a week later. Venus and Jupiter form a brilliant pa...

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A Battle for Clean Air: Here's Why California's Environmental Fights With the Feds Matter

A Battle for Clean Air: Here's Why California's Environmental Fights With the Feds Matter

Oct 23, 2019 15:00  |  Rachel Becker, CalMatters

Commuters in California may not have to worry about federal threats to yank highway funding just yet—but the recent tiff with the feds over California’s clean air plans is bigger than a simple paper-s...

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A Final Resting Place: The History Behind Desert Hot Springs' Pet Cemetery, Haven for Pets

A Final Resting Place: The History Behind Desert Hot Springs' Pet Cemetery, Haven for Pets

Oct 22, 2019 16:45  |  Paul Koudounaris

As Halloween approaches, people start to think about cemeteries—and the Coachella Valley has no lack of them, including the burial spots of numerous celebrities and other luminaries.

Yet the most intri...

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Cannabis Concerns: Marijuana Has Moved Into Downtown Palm Springs—and Some Neighboring Businesses Are Suffering as a Result

Cannabis Concerns: Marijuana Has Moved Into Downtown Palm Springs—and Some Neighboring Businesses Are Suffering as a Result

Oct 22, 2019 11:10  |  Kevin Fitzgerald

Casey Bahr, the owner of Revive Wellness Center, Spa and Salon, was notified by his landlord last year that his business would have to vacate the spaces Revive had occupied for 15 years.

Why? A new can...

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