Regional News

City Council selects medical marijuana dispensary director as mayor

December 4, 2013 9:58 pm

The Sebastopol City Council Tuesday night unanimously selected as mayor the founder and executive director of two Peace in Medicine licensed medical marijuana dispensaries in Sonoma County. Robert Jacob, 36, will serve as mayor for one year. He has been on the City Council for two years. Jacob was vice mayor before his selection Tuesday […]

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Oldest human DNA leads to more questions than answers

December 4, 2013 9:57 pm

The discovery of a bone representing humanity’s oldest known relative is something that should have scientists patting themselves on the back, but it’s also got them scratching their heads. Researchers discovered the ancient humanoid remains in a cave — known as the “Sima de Los Huesos” or “Pit of Bones” — in Spain. (Via Madrid Scientific Films) […]

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Argentina´s Police Win Pay Rise

December 4, 2013 9:57 pm

Striking police officers in Argentina's second largest city are to be given a pay rise, after a wave of looting and robberies spread across Cordoba.

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French Lower House Backs New Prostitution Law

December 4, 2013 9:57 pm

The French lower house of parliament passes a reform of a prostitution law imposing fines on clients. Lawmakers voted 268 in favor and 138 against – giving France some of the most restrictive legislation on prostitution in Europe. Around 100 sex workers gathered outside the French parliament, furious by the ruling.

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Father killed in hit-and-run crash

December 4, 2013 9:44 pm

The California Highway Patrol is asking for the public’s help in solving a deadly hit and run accident on Interstate 80 in Richmond. The tragic crash took place just hours after the 32-year-old enjoyed Thanksgiving dinner with his family. Police say Nathaniel Robinson Sr., of San Pablo, was driving his Buick Park Avenue west on […]

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Raw: Whales Stranded in Everglades Nat´l Park

December 4, 2013 9:40 pm

Federal officials say ten pilot whales have died after stranding in shallow water in Everglades National Park. An official at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration says 46 whales are swimming in about 3 feet of water. (Dec. 4)

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Berkeley redistricting plan approved

December 4, 2013 9:39 pm

The Berkeley City Council has voted to approve a redistricting plan that includes a district that will be comprised mostly of college students. The plan, which faces a second reading on Dec. 17, was approved on a 6-2-1 vote Tuesday night, with councilmen Kriss Worthington and Jesse Arreguin voting “no” and Councilman Max Anderson abstaining. […]

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Today in History for December 5th

December 4, 2013 9:25 pm

Prohibition ends in the United States; Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart dies; Walt Disney and Little Richard are born. (Dec. 5)

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Groups oppose planned upgrades at oil facilities around Bay Area

December 4, 2013 9:21 pm

Several oil companies around the Bay Area are proposing upgrades or additions to their facilities, but environmental advocates said Wednesday that the projects will endanger the public by enabling increased refining of dirtier crude oil. The Bay Area Air Quality Management District’s board of directors Wednesday received updates on the projects, which include the installation […]

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Lawsuit blocking turf replacement at Beach Chalet fields dismissed

December 4, 2013 9:03 pm

A San Francisco Superior Court judge Tuesday dismissed a lawsuit filed by a parent and environmental group that opposed plans to convert the city’s Beach Chalet athletic fields from grass to artificial turf. Judge Teri Jackson ruled Tuesday that the San Francisco Recreation and Parks Department renovation plans to change the fields into turf at […]

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