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A Dying Breed

Diver Joel Roberts worked to save the threatened red abalone from poaching. Then the state made commercial divers an endangered species,and Roberts allegedly became a poacher himself.

Critical Condition

California's Department of Managed Health Care is fighting for its life. Will a court challenge from Kaiser strip the agency of its power to regulate HMOs after only nineteen months on the job?

War & Peace

The battle for KPFA and the soul of Pacifica is over. Now the damage assessment begins.

A Year in the Dark

Is it possible that 2001 was actually a good year for movies?

The Year We Grew Up

On daily life: In the East Bay, the tension between love of country and love of dissent is almost palpable.

It was a dark and stormy month…

From cyberspace, National Novel Writing Month looked like a real organization. From inside Chris Baty's apartment, it looked like a bunch of thin people in bad sweaters, bent over their laptops, cranked up on Frito-Lay products and Red Bull energy drink.

Is Islam to blame?

As president of the American Muslim Alliance, political scientist Agha Saeed has spent much of his time since September 11 trying to answer one pressing question: Why?

Someone to Watch Over Me

Summit Medical Center sent patients to an unlicensed residential-care home even though they knew it was an illegal operation.

The Homeless Office

While most patrons of the Temescal Cafe read newspapers or sip lattes, Todd Spitzer runs a church from the table by the window

Brown vs. Board of Education

The mayor promised Oakland voters he would change the way their schools were run, and he has -- for the worse.

Head ‘Em Up, Move ‘Em Out!

Are the cattle grazing in the regional parks creating a profound, environmental mess as activists contend, or are they a living symbol of the grand -- and fading -- tradition of ranching in the hills?

Body of Evidence

Welcome to the Oakland property and evidence department, where fragile biological evidence awaits the day when it might be called upon to determine who goes to jail or goes free.

The Media is the Message

Ken Ikeda has his own solution for the chronically underperforming students at Oakland's McClymonds High School: Give them a camera.

The White Shadow

Darrell Reese is not about to let the label "convicted felon" kill his colorful, if unofficial, career as Richmond's political boss and power broker.
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