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Security boosted on LA transit stations following threat

Los Angeles - Security was boosted across the Los Angeles metro following a tip from overseas about a possible bomb attack against one of the stations in the network, authorities said.

California fire victims identified, criminal probe launched

Oakland - The death toll from a massive weekend fire at a warehouse near San Francisco shot up to 36 as authorities launched a criminal probe and continued recovery efforts.

California warehouse fire death toll climbs to 33

Oakland - The death toll from a fire at a California warehouse where a rave party was taking place rose to 33, with the authorities saying they had no idea how many more bodies they may find.

Nine dead, 25 missing after fire at California rave party

San Francisco - Nine people were killed and 25 missing after a huge blaze broke out during a rave party near San Francisco held in a cluttered, maze-like warehouse for artists, fire officials said Saturday.

Green Thumbs Up: Giant redwoods coming home to Ireland

The Giants Grove project, organized by the seventh Earl of Rosse, Brendan Parsons, plans to create a grove of giant redwoods in Ireland. It will be the largest grove of the giant trees outside California.

California's 102 million dead and dying trees 'unprecedented'

In its latest aerial survey released on Friday, the U.S. Forest Service said 62 million trees in California forest died this year, bringing the six-year total to 102 million trees lost.

California pro-migrant groups mobilize after Trump win

Los Angeles - State officials, religious leaders and rights groups in California are struggling to reassure immigrants after the election of Donald Trump, urging unity and vowing support but also bracing for the worst.

Let it rain traditional country with Hoyt Hughes Special

In early October, this emerging country singer, songwriter and guitarist released "Let It Rain," the lead-off single from his 16-track debut album, 'Cowboy'. Digital Journal spoke to him.

Review: A nice little 'get-a-way' spot is San Anselmo Inn in Marin County Special

San Anselmo - It is always a nice surprise to discover a little treasure of a place in an often overlooked area. One that this reporter recently stumbled upon unexpectedly is the town of San Anselmo.

Author John Perkins points to 1976 as pivotal year economically Special

No doubt, the U. S. economy is on everyone's mind now that the presidential election is over. Yet as author John Perkins noted, "the fact that someone outside the status quo was elected, says people want change."

Op-Ed: San Francisco burger place mourns loss of waitress who died at 96 Special

San Francisco - Every so often we are reminded that things that seem permanent and forever are only "on loan" to us. And, that we should not take anything for granted.

Fall, French cooking and San Francisco, a Bon Appetit combination Special

San Francisco - Bay Area based author Carole Bumpus was delighted when she got the news that she and her companion cookbook, ‘Recipes for Redemption’ from her novel 'Cup of Redemption' were invited to the "Literary Feast" of Les Dames d’Escoffier on Nov. 13.

Painter poet Renaissance man remembered, Sonoma Day of The Dead Special

Sonoma - Underneath a fingernail-crescent moon, Sonoma locals gathered the day after Halloween to remember those who have passed on in a Day of The Dead celebration that has become a tradition. Among those remembered on Nov. 1 was artist-poet Dick Cole.

Bookshop owner celebrates 25th anniversary with his own book Special

Sonoma - Just before his Sonoma, California book shop celebrates its 25 anniversary next month, Readers' Books owner Andy Weinberger debuted his own book this past week.

Op-Ed: Sonoma Realtor-turned author, now has her own column Special

Sonoma - Autumn brings to mind change and a shift in the seasons. The symbolism has not gone unnoticed by local Realtor-turned author, Catherine Sevenau.

Review: Otherworldly artist Sha Sha Higby dances at the Throckmorton Special

Mill Valley - Described by some as “other-worldly,” “haunting” “evocative” “exquisite and ephemeral” International performance/sculptural artist, Sha Sha Higby is one-of-a-kind. Her work will be appearing at the Throckmorton in Mill Valley in November.

Op-Ed: Comedian talks documentaries with fellow comedians on podcast Special

San Francisco - Over the past 40 years the documentary has blossomed from a didactic tool in a classroom to a box-office attraction. Examples of this in recent years are in films such as Michael Moore’s ‘Bowling for Columbine.’

Op-Ed: Dreams are what art is made of for exhibit in Mill Valley Special

Mill Valley - As the weather turns to fall, the chill in the air and the shortening of days makes people more inclined to be indoors and to sleep. And it is when in deep REM sleep that scientists say that people have dreams.

Op-Ed: Eckhart praises entire cast-crew in 'Bleed For This' movie Special

San Rafael - The downpour of rain did not keep the crowds away from attending the 'Spotlight' event at the 39th Annual Mill Valley Film Festival on Oct. 15.

California's albino 'ghost trees' may have been solved

A walk through California's redwood forests is a thrilling adventure in itself, but once in a while, a lucky hiker may come across a ghostly phantom tree, almost an apparition. The ghostly albino tree is the height of a man and bears bone-white foliage.

Op-Ed: 'Beatlemania' is relived in Ron Howard film 'Eight Days A Week' Special

San Francisco - Literally right from Sacramento she returned to San Francisco's Sundance Kabuki Theater to see again, the Ron Howard documentary "Eight Days A Week: The Beatles - The Touring Years."

Los Angeles police defend weekend fatal shootings of black men

Los Angeles - Los Angeles police chief Charlie Beck defended the actions of officers involved in two fatal shootings of black men over the weekend that touched off protests and raised tensions.

Op-Ed: 'Man with the hook' in films had to step aside, says filmmaker Special

San Francisco - When we look at our diverse society in this 21st Century, one aspect to that diversity that still has yet to be fully understood is the subject of disability. The lives of people with disabilities is important.

Op-Ed: Moon Festival is Moon Cake time, with good fortune, hope, wishes Special

San Francisco - Autumn brings familiar occasions to mind, like back to school, Fleet Week and of course, Halloween. Yet, in the Asian community the Festival of the Moon (or Mid-Autumn harvest) is not about anything scary as in Halloween, but more about good fortune.

Op-Ed: 'A Passion For The Figure' exhibit opens with much success Special

San Francisco - The depiction of the human form in art, especially in public can be a sensitive issue. Often considered 'too explicit' or 'controversial' the human form for some galleries is usually avoided, because it's too personal.

Op-Ed: 'Are You For Real?!' author says micromanaging is not good Special

San Francisco - There's nothing like a great pep talk when you're on the go, especially if you;re in sales. That's the incentive behind the recent release of David Stern's book on CD, "Are You For Real?! Going From Excuses to Authentic Selling and Living your Dreams."

California lakes turn a slimy green due to toxic algae

Oakland - Toxic algae blooms have shown up in more than 40 lakes and waterways in California, from Los Angeles to the northern reaches of the state this summer, the worst ever seen.

Cannabis: The new Californian gold rush

Adelanto - Two years ago, the city of Adelanto, a crumbling outpost in California's Mojave desert, was facing a bleak future as it teetered on the brink of bankruptcy and struggled with double-digit unemployment.

Op-Ed: Marin gallery features surrealist's work about human trafficking Special

Surrealist artist Cynthia Tom has been anticipating the installation of her "Discards & Variances — Tales from a Chinese American Family" exhibit at Route One Gallery in Point Reyes, nestled in one of Marin County's most rustically beautiful enclaves.

Op-Ed: 'Speechless' show concept taking flight around the globe Special

San Francisco - Little did comedian Sammy Wegent know that his improvisational spoof on office presentations would spin into a start-up company called ‘Speechless’ which now employs a staff, has trainings and talks and takes him across the country and the globe.
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Student pilot Brian Plescia’s goal is to be a corporate pilot, flying for business executives and their companies.
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Firemen pose near the Summit Fire border in Big Bear
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Part of the Second Sunday event activities an art display was featured at Melanio’s Bistro on Ocean Avenue.
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COLORFUL: Visitors to San Francisco's Chinatown neighborhood use colorful umbrellas to shield themselves from rainfall during a 2011 storm.
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When Sunday Streets first arrived to the Sunset District, The Great Highway along Ocean Beach was closed to vehicle traffic. This allowed a rare opportunity for residents and merchants to enjoy the road free of cars.
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SMALL TOWN: Postcard image shows Newport Boulevard in Costa Mesa in the 1950s.
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Savannah Hoffmann of Grillo's Pickles of Boston was at Whole Foods Market in Sonoma promoting their all natural fresh made pickles.
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Young salmon being released into floating holding pens.
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Above the shoe racks on the wall of Vinny's shop are the many photo mementos of Vincent Pacheco's days as a fitness trainer in Hollywood. Some were good acquaintances and others were his clients.
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Los Angeles City Council on Election Day.
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Chinese lanterns decorating Peking Bazaar along Grant Street, San Francisco, CA.
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Jennifer Thalasinos receives prayer after the Shiloh Messianic Congregation memorial service for her husband and the 13 other San Bernardino shooting victims
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Some of the cast of the Great Dickens Christmas Fair will be the carolers at the Afternoon Tea at the Old Mint on Dec. 4. Both events share a common theme, the Victorian Era at holiday time.
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Sonja Bakalyar with some of her works, as she was eager to bring them to Studio 35 that day to place them on the wall.

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