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Days of rain could relieve severe Northern California drought

San Francisco - Rain is expected to start falling this afternoon in Northern California and could continue for several days in the largest storm to reach the region in years.

Op-Ed: Docent at Jack London State Park says why Jack remains so popular Special

Sonoma - At the Day of the Dead memorial earlier this month, there was a photo of Jack London. While his death was almost 100 years ago,

U.S. man freed after 36 years in jail, guilt in doubt

Los Angeles - A 68-year-old man was released from prison in California after 36 years behind bars, following a judge's ruling casting doubt on his murder conviction. Michael Hanline was found guilty in 1978 of killing motorcyclist J.T.

Op-Ed: Chiropractor College is ready once again for annual Turkey Trot Special

San Jose - As families and friends prepare to gather for a meal on Thanksgiving Day, the students and faculty of Palmer Chiropractic College in San Jose will be busy helping to provide meals through the annual Silicon Valley Turkey Trot fundraiser.

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's 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.
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Brightly painted skulls is one of the many traditional art expressions of The Day of The Dead celebr...
Brightly painted skulls is one of the many traditional art expressions of The Day of The Dead celebrations in Mexican culture.
David Tafolla, courtesy of SOMArts Cultural Center, San Francisco
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Vineyards. Sonoma / Napa Valley  California
Vineyards. Sonoma / Napa Valley, California
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Some items at Bon Marche are indeed a treasure and the store is always having some sort of sale each...
Some items at Bon Marche are indeed a treasure and the store is always having some sort of sale each day, where items are discounted from 50 to 70 percent.
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The 4th  5th and 6th grade students in the Thursday art class program  coordinated by Leah Bullen. T...
The 4th, 5th and 6th grade students in the Thursday art class program, coordinated by Leah Bullen. Thursday June 5 was the last day of the school year. Bullen has provided the class with an art history perspective featuring famous artists each week; as well as interpretive art projects that encourage the students' creativity and artistic growth.
Courtesy of Cornelia de Schepper, and permission of Northern Light School
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TRANSPORTATION: A modern San Francisco streetcar passes AT&T Park  home of the San Francsico Giants ...
TRANSPORTATION: A modern San Francisco streetcar passes AT&T Park, home of the San Francsico Giants baseball team, in 2006.
US Department of Transportation/Wikimedia Commons
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 With a name like Zapata-Chavez  I think I was born to change the world   said Jackie Zapata-Chavez....
"With a name like Zapata-Chavez, I think I was born to change the world," said Jackie Zapata-Chavez. She has known Rev. G for many years and like the reverend is very concerned about the community. She noted that Rev. G was a recipient of the Koshland Family Foundation Fellows award. The community foundation gives support to causes and organizations that serve the community and foster values that build community and character.
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Author Joseph Sutton and son Ray 30 years ago is the subject of the author s book   Father and Son: ...
Author Joseph Sutton and son Ray 30 years ago is the subject of the author's book, "Father and Son: Thirty Years of Growing Up Together." Originally released in ebook format, it is now available in print as a paperback.
Courtesy of author Joseph Sutton
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Tuesday  July 1 was the opening day of Divewalk Cafe s debut on  the square  in Sonoma just for the ...
Tuesday, July 1 was the opening day of Divewalk Cafe's debut on "the square' in Sonoma just for the morning hours only before Grandma Linda's Ice Cream, opens for the day at around Noon.
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Jeff Flynn is coordinator of service changes at the San Francisco Municipal Transit Authority. He to...
Jeff Flynn is coordinator of service changes at the San Francisco Municipal Transit Authority. He told residents that evening on Feb. 12 that "MUNI is back baby!" And, he is eager to help in the implementation process of new route changes to better serve the many neighborhoods of the City and to increase transit efficiency.
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In the inner circle referred to as  The Dissies  Superfest 2014 will be coming this Nov. 2 to The Co...
In the inner circle referred to as "The Dissies" Superfest 2014 will be coming this Nov. 2 to The Contemporary Jewish Museum theater showing 11 films from 11 AM to 6 PM.
Courtesy of Superfest 2014
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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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Kim Courier s 16-year-old son Chase  makes bracelets from parachute cords.  It helps build his self-...
Kim Courier's 16-year-old son Chase, makes bracelets from parachute cords. "It helps build his self-esteem and lift his spirits," said mother Kim and his aunt Pam. Chase has been suffering from scoliosis and other serious conditions since birth. Despite the difficulties in their lives sisters Kim and Pam consider themselves blessed and very fortunate, especially since they have survived strokes and cancer more than once.
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On Saturday  Feb. 22  2014  the Westlake Coffee Shop reopened to the delight and happiness of Owners...
On Saturday, Feb. 22, 2014, the Westlake Coffee Shop reopened to the delight and happiness of Owners Moon and Yoon Choi, (seen here with their staff/crew) who were forced out of their previous location when the rent was raised to over $10,000 per month.
Courtesy of the Choi family and Westlake Coffee Shop, Daly City, CA
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Obama in Los Angeles on the third day of his four-day five-state tour to rally support  for the Demo...
Obama in Los Angeles on the third day of his four-day five-state tour to rally support for the Democrats in the midterm elections.
Democratic Party Photo
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These are just some of the dozens and dozens of designs that sisters Kim Courier and Pam Arnold have...
These are just some of the dozens and dozens of designs that sisters Kim Courier and Pam Arnold have made. "Once we finish making a batch or a specially made set, that's it, we don't make any more," said Arnold. "Because, she explained we like to custom make all our designs with each one being 'one-of-a-kind' as much as possible."
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Students from the Oakland schools get the opportunity to learn about US History aboard the president...
Students from the Oakland schools get the opportunity to learn about US History aboard the presidential yacht. The USS Potomac provides eight educational excursions a year to students.
Courtesy of USS Potomac Association
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California Right to Know
California Right to Know
California Right to Know
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 At some point  Jack London considered farming his true calling and not so much the writing   said J...
"At some point, Jack London considered farming his true calling and not so much the writing," said Jack London State Park Exec. Director, Tjiska Van Wyk, as she provided an extended tour of the grounds via golf-cart vehicle.
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Several Mega Millions tickets
Several Mega Millions tickets
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Getting the pizza into the oven  movie night coordinator Rafe Tomsett is grateful for the pizza s fr...
Getting the pizza into the oven, movie night coordinator Rafe Tomsett is grateful for the pizza's from the local Papa Murphy's franchise in Sonoma.
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