North Bay News

Digital dangers?
5:23 pm
Thu October 30, 2014

Examining 'Techno-creep'

  New digital technologies are already listening in on your daily life and intruding into your wallet. What’s coming next may be even creepier.

   Some of what Thomas Keenan writes about in Technocreep may seem like science fiction. Yet his carefully annotated book abounds with concrete examples, such as the way one major retailer is already processing the customer purchase data it routinely collects to target those customers with special offers.

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The Exchange
10:18 am
Thu October 30, 2014

Roads Report Cites Mounting Repair Needs

  Sonoma County Supervisors have decided to hold off on a special election for a bond to fund road reports until next June. Meanwhile, an updated statewide report shows that this is an issue throughout California.

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California Update
8:23 am
Thu October 30, 2014

Opposition to Health Care Measures Outspend Any Other State Propositions

Credit watchdog.org

  • New Field Poll: State Schools Race Is Tightest

Today's reporting by Pauline Bartolone and Alan Ray.

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Corporate Responsibility
6:05 pm
Wed October 29, 2014

Local Push for Medical Waste Disposal

  Just about everyone agrees that pharmaceutical manufacturers should pay for the collection and disposal of unused medicines—except for the pharmaceutical manufacturers.

As they expected, Alameda County was promptly sued to invalidate their ordinance requiring pharmaceutical manufacturers to pay for the collection and disposal of unused prescription medicines. But after the local law was upheld twice, most recently by the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals, Heidi Sanborn of the California Product Stewardship Council says the matter should be settled.

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California Update
6:05 am
Wed October 29, 2014

Swearengin, Yee Both Tout Experience In Controller's Race

Ashley Swearengin (R,) pictured left, and Betty Yee (D,) are candidates for state controller.

  Republicans don’t often win statewide races in California these days. But their best shot this year could be the campaign for state Controller.

Today's report by Ben Adler.

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The Exchange
6:04 am
Wed October 29, 2014

Unusual Perspectives on Mount Tamalpias

Remnants of an abandoned military installation still scar the westernmost peak of Mt. Tamalpias, as shown in the documentary film, "The Invisible Peak."
Credit Gary Yost

  Mount Tamalpias may be the most visible feature of the North Bay landscape, but we mostly see it from a distance. Tomorrow night, KRCB television will show a pair of short documentary films that take a closer look at the mountain and its vistas. They are titled The Invisible Peak and Full Moon Pacific Blanket, both created by Mill Valley filmmaker Gary Yost.

The Invisible Peak and Full Moon Pacific Blanket will be shown together on Channel 22 Thursday night. Oct. 30, beginning  at 10:30 pm. 

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Pictures of Preservation
3:40 pm
Tue October 28, 2014

Camera Traps Track Rare Wildlife

Mountain lion at Pepperwood, spotted with a motion-activated camera
Pepperwood Preserve

Local ecologists are using an innovative tool for studying wildlife. Motion activated cameras, that trigger when an animal passes by, are helping researchers track migration corridors and monitor the effects of climate change.

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California Update
6:55 am
Tue October 28, 2014

Nine Days Before The Election, Brown Finally Joins Kashkari On The Trail

Sacramento–San Joaquin River Delta
Credit USGS via wikipedia.org

  • Science And Policy Make Connections On Bay Delta

Today's reporting by Ben Adler and Ed Joyce.

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First Person History
8:52 pm
Mon October 27, 2014

At the UN Tribunal on Rwanda

  Securing justice in international criminal trials is an inexact but fascinating process, says a local attorney recently returned from the UN’s Criminal Tribunal on the 1994 genocide in Rwanda. 

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The Exchange
10:02 am
Mon October 27, 2014

Color-coded Cues to Food Safety

These new color-coded food safety placards will begin appearing in local dining spots next year.

  A new, more visible system of testing and displaying food safety results for restaurants, food trucks and other vendors is due to roll out across Sonoma County next year. Already, the County Health Department has been holding some informational; workshops to let people know about it. And now there’s a radio interview as well.

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