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UC student group objects to pro-Israel nominee for regent

By Nanette Asimov The University of California’s nomination of a pro-Israel Jewish student to serve on the Board of Regents has exposed a long-standing rift among students concerning one of the world’s most divisive issues: the conflict in the Middle East. The regents will vote on whether to confirm Avi Oved as the student regent-designate […]

July 15, 2014 | Posted in Local News | Tagged ,

Shark population surges off West Coast

By Kurtis Alexander About 2,400 great white sharks troll the waters off the California coast, a new report estimates — a number that may give pause to surfers but may also ease concerns that the super predator is in danger. A 10-person team of researchers pursued the count, published last week in the journal PLOS […]

June 28, 2014 | Posted in Local News

Napolitano creates panel to deal with campus sexual violence

By Nanette Asimov University of California President Janet Napolitano said last week that a new panel of 75 to 100 people will oversee UC’s efforts to deal with sexual violence at its 10 campuses. The announcement comes just days before the state auditor is expected to issue a report on how UC’s flagship campuses — UC Berkeley […]

June 24, 2014 | Posted in Local News | Tagged ,

Gun-law advocates raise ‘not one more’ call

By Cesar Escalante WASHINGTON — Richard Martinez brought his message of “not one more” to the nation’s capital Tuesday in response to a surge in mass shootings in America that took the life of his son last month. Martinez lost his son, Christopher Michaels-Martinez, in the Isla Vista rampage of May 23, which claimed the lives […]

June 19, 2014 | Posted in Local News | Tagged ,

Young farmers harvest camaraderie at Granges and gatherings

By Tara Duggan Each month, Stanford and UC Santa Cruz students fill the barn at Pie Ranch, an educational farm near Pescadero, for a potluck and square dance. In October, about 6,000 people will head to the Hoes Down Harvest Celebration at Yolo County’s Full Belly Farm for music, food and camping to raise funds […]

June 19, 2014 | Posted in Local News | Tagged ,

H-1B visa limits hamper U.S. economy, study finds

By Joe Garofoli Capping the number of visas issued to foreign-born tech workers restricts the number of U.S-born workers that firms could hire — and the Bay Area is feeling the brunt of that impact, according to a new study. Tech interests have long wanted to increase the number of temporary guest worker visas, known as […]

June 10, 2014 | Posted in Local News

Bill would shift burden of proof in campus rape cases

By Melody Gutierrez SACRAMENTO — California lawmakers want to take the onus of preventing rape off victims by requiring that college students looking to hook up prove they had the green light. The “affirmed consent” standard — already in place at many universities — could be required at all publicly funded California colleges and universities under a proposed […]

June 08, 2014 | Posted in Local News | Tagged ,

Hydrogen-fueled cars face uncertain market in California

By David R. Baker Cars that drive hundreds of miles on a tank of hydrogen and spew nothing from the tailpipe but water will hit the market this month in California. But it wasn’t customer demand that drove automakers to build fuel-cell cars – it was basic economics, with a nudge from regulation. California and […]

June 06, 2014 | Posted in Automotive | Tagged ,

Charge: UC Berkeley administrator stole thousands

By Henry K. Lee BERKELEY — A former UC Berkeley research administrator with a prior embezzlement conviction has been charged with stealing tens of thousands of dollars from the university to help pay for her children’s private-school tuition, make catering orders and pay other expenses, authorities said Friday. Alameda County prosecutors charged Sonia Waters, 36, […]

June 03, 2014 | Posted in Local News | Tagged ,

Court: Let public know officers’ names in shootings

By Bob Egelko Californians have a right to learn the names of police officers involved in shootings, unless there is evidence that public disclosure would endanger the officer, the state Supreme Court ruled Thursday. “The public’s substantial interest in the conduct of its peace officers outweighs, in most cases, the officer’s personal privacy interest,” the […]

May 30, 2014 | Posted in Local News | Tagged ,

UCSF team wins $26 million grant to build brain implant

By Erin Allday A team led by UC San Francisco neuroscientists has won federal funding to build an implantable brain device that would record and analyze live electrical signals, then alter them to retrain the brain to recover from mental illnesses like depression and post-traumatic stress disorder. The funding, announced Monday night, comes from a […]

May 29, 2014 | Posted in Local News | Tagged ,

As Central Valley fog disappears, fruit, nut crops decline

By Peter Fimrite The soupy, thick tule fog that regularly blanketed the Central Valley and terrorized unsuspecting motorists during the winter has been slowly disappearing over the past three decades, a UC Berkeley study has found. The blinding mists may not be missed by those who remember white-knuckle drives in zero visibility and regular multiple-car […]

May 23, 2014 | Posted in Agriculture + Environment | Tagged ,

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