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San Francisco window-washer survives 11-story fall

San Francisco - A San Francisco window-washer appears to have survived an 11-story plunge off a downtown office building after landing on a moving car and tumbling onto California Street.

Op-Ed: Starting Holidays early with Tea, it is not just a Dickens thing Special

San Francisco - As the morning rain gave way to sunshine this afternoon, the organizers and staff of the Great Dickens Christmas Fair opening today were pleased to host their annual 'High Tea' for members of the press and their guests at 2 PM.

Op-Ed: Sergeant’s wife surprises him on the other side of the country

A military couple’s surprise reunion will leave you crying happy tears of joy right along with them, when you see what this wife did to her husband.

The Fontus: Miracle device attached to bike makes water from air

There are many areas of the world that are currently experiencing water shortage issues, including California. One solution that could help in the future is the Fontus, a small device you can attach to your bike that makes water out of air.

Op-Ed: San Francisco Sheriff determined to withstand 'shunning' by Mayor Special

San Francisco - City politics, especially in San Francisco has a reputation for sometimes being like a small town, intense, rudimentary and seemingly personal.

Review: Author of family memoir deeply moved by show of support Special

Sonoma - Local author and longtime Sonoma Valley Broker/Realtor, Catherine Sevenau, was deeply moved by the friends and family that showed up at her book reading and signing event on Nov. 13 at Readers' Books in Sonoma.

U.S. quarantines cruise ship, passengers on arrival in California

San Pedro - U.S. health officials quarantined a Carnival Corp. cruise ship Sunday after it arrived in California with 172 passengers and crew members suffering from norovirus.

First cat cafe in United States opens in Northern California

Oakland - Think Americans are a little pet obsessed? Think the "Hello Kitty" craze was over the top, even before we all found out "Hello Kitty" was not a cat at all? Well, hang on -- you ain't seen nothin' yet!

With grand rooms restored, it's tea time again at The Old Mint Special

San Francisco - As the weather begins to chill, something hot to drink is appealing. And, what is more soothing than a cup of tea! With less than a month before the holiday season goes into full swing,

Op-Ed: Fantasy of Lights and elves to charm Union Street Dec 6 Special

San Francisco - While areas of Europe will be having its traditional Christmas markets, perhaps the closest thing to that in San Francisco would be the annual Union Street Fantasy of Lights, starting on Dec. 6 and will continue until Dec. 13.

Op-Ed: 'Marvelous' Superfest event highlighted disability with 52 films Special

San Francisco - With over 52 films from all over the world, organizers of the annual Superfest disability-celebrating film festival considered the event this past November 2, "a marvelous day, highlighting the intersections of disability, art and film.

Terminal California woman who sought right to die does it her way

Portland - A terminally ill Northern California newlywed who went public about her desire to choose the time and place of her death has died after taking a prescribed fatal dose of medication.

Op-Ed: San Francisco Giants fans are elated, despite rain upon a parade Special

San Francisco - Despite storm warnings and a downpour of some rain, over a million Giants fans showed up for the congratulatory parade celebration in honor of the baseball team's third World Series Victory in five years.

Demographics key to GOP resurgence in California Special

Sacramento - As Californians prepare to go to the polls, the Democrats will once again rule the state, but with anger towards big government and the GOP concentrating on demographics, the Democratic dominance could soon be ending.

Op-Ed: Surrealist artist favors Day of The Dead over Halloween as sacred Special

San Francisco - While dozens of parties are being planned and the usual traversing of 'trick-or-treaters' are gearing up, there is one group in San Francisco that likes to honor the autumn festivity's original purpose, "a day to honor the dead."

Op-Ed: Classic mid-century burger place holds on in pricey San Francisco Special

San Francisco - In places like San Francisco, where real estate prices continue to shift and neighborhoods are transformed, it is comforting to see some things stay and remain the same.

Two cops dead in California shooting spree

Los Angeles - Two police officers were killed and two people wounded in California when a man went on a shooting spree, officials said, having finally caught up with the suspect after he went on the run.

Woman rescued from man's chimney after he ends relationship

Ventura - A California woman learned the hard way that (unexpectedly) sliding down someone's chimney, may be a job best left to Santa Claus.

Op-Ed: Next generation will carry on tradition of Dickens Fair Special

San Francisco - Early Bird ticket sales began in October for the annual Great Dickens Christmas Fair held at the Cow Palace in San Francisco's Excelsior District. And, while economic forecasts lately have been “Scrooge-like,”

Op-Ed: A bit of FDR resides in the San Francisco Bay, a living legacy Special

Oakland - This past September Ken Burns dazzled audiences once again with his series on The Roosevelt family, featuring U.S. Presidents Theodore Roosevelt, Franklin Delano Roosevelt and former First Lady Eleanor Roosevelt.

No delay for health-care rule in California

Home health-care workers in California will be eligible for overtime and minimum wage pay on January 1, 2015. The Obama administration has delayed the enforcement of the new rule for six months, nationwide.

Weed man charged with starting Northern California wildfire

Weed - A 24-year-old Northern California man was arrested and charged Saturday with starting the Boles fire that burned through the tiny lumber town of Weed, destroying more than 150 homes.

Jet makes emergency landing after cabin walls buckle

San Francisco - An American Airlines flight from California to Texas was forced to turn around over Nevada and make an emergency landing Monday after walls inside the passenger cabin began to buckle, leaving insulation exposed.

Op-Ed: Studio 35 where artists of the canvas and of the page converge Special

Sonoma - There's that old saying that a picture is worth a thousand words. Words and images often go together so it is no surprise that Studio 35 would have a poetry reading on Oct. 10 to compliment its art display.

Massive King fire in Northern California fully contained

Placerville - California's disastrous King fire that burned nearly 100,000 acres of mostly forested land in Northern California has been fully contained, officials said Thursday.

Interview with Kristina Olsen Special

The American folk icon, currently on tour in Australia, talks to Digital Journal about her most recent album and what she enjoys most about plying her trade in this part of the world.

Review: Ohio's swamps are setting for new novel by San Francisco writer Special

San Francisco - From the view of today's urban landscape its hard to imagine a swamp land once existed in a place like Ohio. Impressive cities like Columbus, Toledo, Cincinnati say little about a rural past.

Op-Ed: Micro-home may be wave of the future for home ownership Special

Sebastopol - With the price of the median home in places like California now approaching at or just over $1 million, the concept of a tiny or "micro-home" is growing in appeal. Designer/builder, Alek Lisefski took a few moments to chat with this reporter.

California bans use of plastic bags by grocery stores

Sacramento - California became the first state to outlaw single-use plastic bags Tuesday, when Gov. Jerry Brown signed an industry-opposed bill to phase out the ubiquitous sacks within two years.

California's drought caused by climate change? Maybe not

After examining the data from 16 extreme weather events occurring last year, from severe floods in Colorado to California's on-going drought, scientists have come to a startling conclusion. The drought cannot be linked to climate change.
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The Choi family has been the owners of Westlake Coffee Shop in Daly City/ South San Francisco for mo...
The Choi family has been the owners of Westlake Coffee Shop in Daly City/ South San Francisco for more than 30 years. When Kimco Realty would not agree to renegotiate their lease of the building, the Choi family had little recourse and all seemed lost.
Photo: Christina Choi
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The financial district in Downtown Los Angeles.
The financial district in Downtown Los Angeles.
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The use and reference to modern technology as become a part of the annual  Dia de Los Muertos  The D...
The use and reference to modern technology as become a part of the annual "Dia de Los Muertos" The Day of The Dead exhibit at SOMArts Cultural Center over the last few years.
Courtesy of SOMArts Cultural Center, San Francisco
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The Mission in Sonoma was the last mission built and the only one built during the Mexican rule and ...
The Mission in Sonoma was the last mission built and the only one built during the Mexican rule and governorship of California.
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Sparkling wine (and not Champagne) was featured on Wednesday night tasting at the Valley Wine Shack ...
Sparkling wine (and not Champagne) was featured on Wednesday night tasting at the Valley Wine Shack in Sonoma.
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 We have been here at this show for at least 20 years or more   said David Peck of Imari Gallery of ...
"We have been here at this show for at least 20 years or more," said David Peck of Imari Gallery of Sausalito, CA. His gallery specializes in Japanese treasures like silk screen paintings and exquisite artifacts like this statue of the Buddha.
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San Francisco
San Francisco
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Many historic Northern California buildings were damaged in the West Napa quake  including the city ...
Many historic Northern California buildings were damaged in the West Napa quake, including the city of Napa's 1870 courthouse, shown here surrounded by emergency fencing after the 6.0 shaker.
Cullen328/Wikimedia Commons
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A bit of 1950 s Americana decorates the interior of Pearl s  much like Mel s Drive In  of San Franci...
A bit of 1950's Americana decorates the interior of Pearl's, much like Mel's Drive In, of San Francisco.
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Readers  Books shop owner Andy Weinberger was very pleased with the turn out for Catherine Sevenau s...
Readers' Books shop owner Andy Weinberger was very pleased with the turn out for Catherine Sevenau's book launch. Sevenau's writing echoed some of the 1960's, Weinberger also recalled that time. "If you were a young person then (and who wasn't) there was a certainty in your heart that you were riding the crest of an unstoppable wave. Our music (we thought) contained all the truth we'd ever need. You might not know where things were headed, but still the times they were a-changin', as Bob Dylan
courtesy of Catherine Sevenau
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Tequila Plaza has a very nice patio area and no doubt on warm evenings this is ideal for an evening ...
Tequila Plaza has a very nice patio area and no doubt on warm evenings this is ideal for an evening out .
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San Francisco-based author Joseph Sutton and his son Ray  upon which his memoirs regarding fatherhoo...
San Francisco-based author Joseph Sutton and his son Ray, upon which his memoirs regarding fatherhood are based.
Courtesy of author Joseph Sutton
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Walking up to the old mission is like stepping back in time. The adobe walls and old wood speaks of ...
Walking up to the old mission is like stepping back in time. The adobe walls and old wood speaks of California's early days before statehood when it was a colony or outpost of Spain and then later Mexico.
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Impressive mural of the Chinese Dragon in Chinatown  San Francisco  CA.
Impressive mural of the Chinese Dragon in Chinatown, San Francisco, CA.
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Meteor streaks over California  21 February
Meteor streaks over California, 21 February
SouthernCaliforniaWeatherAuthority
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An author of over a dozen books on water and California s water issues  retired state parks ranger D...
An author of over a dozen books on water and California's water issues, retired state parks ranger David Carle also lectures on California's water history.
Courtesy of David Carle and Univeristy of California Press
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LOOK: One of the tallest buildings in downtown Oakland  Calif.  bears the logo of the nonprofit Kais...
LOOK: One of the tallest buildings in downtown Oakland, Calif., bears the logo of the nonprofit Kaiser Permanente healthcare company.
Coolcaesar/Wikimedia Commons
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A look at the famous Hollywood sign.
A look at the famous Hollywood sign.
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California Right to Know
California Right to Know
California Right to Know
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Serving crew Mike Barbeau was busy keeping the knish flowing as one plate after another was consumed...
Serving crew Mike Barbeau was busy keeping the knish flowing as one plate after another was consumed. He mentioned that chef Ramni has been very busy keeping up with the demands for King Knish. "We were at the Batch Festival on Sunday," said Barbeau. And, so far chef Ramni and his crew are scheduled for food fairs and events well into the new year..."until Sept. 2014," said Ramni.
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