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Schools in Trouble: A New Report Card Shows That a Third of the State's School Districts Need Help

Schools in Trouble: A New Report Card Shows That a Third of the State's School Districts Need Help

Dec 10, 2018 08:00  |  Ricardo Cano, CALmatters

So many school districts are struggling to deliver the basics of an equal opportunity for education that one in three statewide has been targeted for special assistance, according to a comprehensive s...

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After the Shaking: Last Week's Alaska Earthquake Shows the Importance of Preparation and Monitoring

After the Shaking: Last Week's Alaska Earthquake Shows the Importance of Preparation and Monitoring

Dec 04, 2018 17:15  |  Emily Benson, High Country News

At 8:29 a.m. on Nov. 30, part of the rock slab underneath the water 7 miles north of Anchorage, Alaska, shifted, causing a magnitude 7 earthquake . As Anchorage was preparing for the day, the quake rippe...

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The #MeToo Movement Continues: The California Democratic Party Chairman's Resignation Shows Bad Behavior Has Yet to Be Revealed

The #MeToo Movement Continues: The California Democratic Party Chairman's Resignation Shows Bad Behavior Has Yet to Be Revealed

Dec 03, 2018 12:15  |  Laurel Rosenhall, CALmatters

The resignation of California Democratic Party chairman Eric Bauman comes at a particularly emotional moment in California politics—on the heels of historic wins for Democrats and after a year of bipa...

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December Astronomy: Venus Amazes in the Morning Twilight, While the Bright Winter Stars Debut at Night

December Astronomy: Venus Amazes in the Morning Twilight, While the Bright Winter Stars Debut at Night

Nov 30, 2018 09:00  |  Robert Victor

In December 2018, Venus is an outstanding predawn sight for the unaided eye, as well as binoculars and telescopes.

Who would fail to wonder at the sight of brilliant Venus near a predawn crescent moon? S...

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'I Don't Want to See Any More of Them Die': California Legislator Jim Wood Confronts the Effects of Wildfire by Helping Identify the Dead

'I Don't Want to See Any More of Them Die': California Legislator Jim Wood Confronts the Effects of Wildfire by Helping Identify the Dead

Nov 22, 2018 11:00  |  Laurel Rosenhall, CALmatters

The sun was beginning to set as Jim Wood stepped out of the examination room at the Sacramento morgue and walked into the lobby, white surgical booties covering his shoes.

He’d keep working there late ...

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A California Apocalypse: Evacuees of the Camp Fire Tell Tales of Survival and Loss

A California Apocalypse: Evacuees of the Camp Fire Tell Tales of Survival and Loss

Nov 20, 2018 19:00  |  Ashiah Scharaga and Melissa Daugherty

Anna Dise slammed her hand into her car’s steering wheel, crying out for her father, Gordon, as he ran into their blazing home in Butte Creek Canyon.

She tried desperately to get the car to start, but ...

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Building for Blazes: As California's Wildfires Grow Increasingly Intense, More and More People Are Living in Dangerous Areas

Building for Blazes: As California's Wildfires Grow Increasingly Intense, More and More People Are Living in Dangerous Areas

Nov 20, 2018 17:45  |  Ben Christopher, CALmatters

In 2008, Paradise was spared.

That June, a fire broke out in one of the canyons southwest of the Butte County town and quickly roared east, up and over the ridge. Thousands scrambled to evacuate, clogg...

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Cannabis in the CV: As the One-Year Anniversary of Marijuana Legalization Approaches, the Valley Is Just Starting to Reap the Economic Benefits

Cannabis in the CV: As the One-Year Anniversary of Marijuana Legalization Approaches, the Valley Is Just Starting to Reap the Economic Benefits

Nov 20, 2018 12:15  |  Robin Goins

After California’s legalization of cannabis in January 2018, many people in the Coachella Valley noticed the start of a “Green Rush” of business—and have questions about how it will affect the economi...

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