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U.S. President Obama backs entrepreneurs at global tech summit

Palo Alto - U.S. President Barack Obama told the best and brightest in the technology industry on Friday that the government would partner with private industry to keep the Internet free and open to innovation.

Sierra Nevada snowpack not likely to recover until 2019

Los Angeles - Even though El Nino was pegged to bring some relief to California after four years of unrelenting drought, it hardly made a dent in the Sierra Nevada's snowpack deficit. One study says it will take another four years to return to pre-drought levels.

Review: Jon Pardi's new album invites us to enjoy the California Sunrise

The 31-year-old Californian deservedly received plaudits for his outstanding debut, 'Write You a Song,' in 2014. Now he's back with 'California Sunrise,' the much-anticipated follow-up. Digital Journal gave it a listen.

Op-Ed: New Book about Science of War tells a human body story Special

Oakland - As the patriotism of the 4th of July approaches, people's thoughts usually turn to those soldiers that died fighting for our country.

Hillary Clinton wins California Democratic primary: US networks

Washington - Hillary Clinton won the Democratic primary in the state of California, US networks reported early Wednesday.

Op-Ed: Two San Franciscans seek to serve the City they love Special

San Francisco - As the sun breaks through the clouds on this election day, the wether is symbolic of what most hope for. That clarity and stability will prevail This is what two City Supervisor candidates, one younger the other older are aiming for.

Op-Ed: Should Golden Gate Park have 'locked in' funding? Special

San Francisco - Election time has put voters at a very difficult decision about a very popular and treasured landmark. The future funding of Golden Gate Park is set on the ballot.

Op-Ed: Arts Guild of Sonoma kicks of its summer season of gallery shows Special

Sonoma - The warm summer evening weather was ideal for the Opening Reception of the Arts Guild of Sonoma June Invitational show on June 3. Among the Guest Artists was painter and abstract artist, Sonja Bakalyar.

Op-Ed: Writer deeply moved by French people's appreciation for veterans Special

Sonoma - The Memorial Day weekend edition of The Sonoma Valley Sun had a letter to the Editor that struck a chord with a writer who recently published a book called, "A Cup of Redemption."

Tree mortality epidemic impacts forests and safety

Sonora - California is facing a fifth year of drought. The drought is affecting both the forest environment as a whole, and also the communities which are now embedded in those forested areas. Ponderosa Pine may largely disappear.

Op-Ed: Sonoma has its first Integrative Health Care Fair Special

Sonoma - Pharmaca Integrative Pharmacy in Sonoma was pleased to co-host the very first annual Integrative Health Fair this past May 21. From 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the afternoon.

Two of three suspects arrested in slayings of Marin County teens

Novato - Two teenage suspects being sought in a deadly attack in normally bucolic western Marin County were arrested Thursday and charged with killing two high school students and seriously injuring a third.

Op-Ed: 'Thieving Forest' author reveals new mystery-crime novel Special

San Francisco - The author of "Thieving Forest," Martha Conway has now released a third novel, entitled "Sugarland: A Jazz Age Mystery.” It is her second mystery. But her work as a historical novelist is growing.

Lake Mead hits record low as Western drought continues

The water surface level at Lake Mead, the nation's largest reservoir, dropped to an historic low Wednesday night, reaching the lowest point since the dam was completed in 1936.

Op-Ed: Philanthropist sees himself 'very lucky,' wants to help others Special

Sonoma - Philanthropic work has a ripple effect in a community. And, for one local philanthropist in a California town like Sonoma, he knows very well that even the simplest of work efforts such as a micro loan program is making a profound impact.

Op-Ed: Jazz Guitarists make duo performance at Sonoma's Plaza Bistro Special

Sonoma - The dreary weather of Friday was soon forgotten by those who went to see Jazz guitarists Randy Vincent and John Stowell at the Plaza Bistro. They teamed up for a duo performance that evening on May 6.

Slain hiker's wife testifies in first day of Marin murder trial

San Rafael - Slain yoga teacher Steve Carter sent a text message to his wife moments before he was murdered on a Marin County hiking trail last year, according to testimony heard Monday at the start of a murder case against two West Coast drifters.

Op-Ed: 'Scream' movie begins a Sonoma realtor's career to Top Producer Special

Sonoma - Daniel Casabonne is "The realtor" in all of Sonoma with the most sales. He has an office right on the Plaza. Yet as he tells it, his career in real estate was unexpected due to the movie "Scream."

Neighbors expect more pilgrimages to home featured in TV sitcom

San Francisco - They're back. TV's fictitious Tanner family, which starred for years on the ABC sitcom "Full House," has returned in a Netflix update, "Fuller House," but fans never stopped coming by the old spread.

Number of homeless people increases in Los Angeles

Los Angeles - The number of homeless people in Los Angeles County jumped by nearly six percent over the past year to 46,874, in part due to a "historic" housing shortage, authorities said on Wednesday.

Ruby Friedman ventures into new territory with her first LP Special

Having released a number of singles and EPs over the last seven years, the nomadic singer and bandleader (of the genre-hopping Ruby Friedman Orchestra) discusses her long-awaited debut album, 'GEM.'

Senior sheriff official in U.S. resigns over racist e-mails

Los Angeles - A senior official at the Los Angeles County sheriff's department has resigned following criticism over e-mails he sent disparaging blacks, Muslims, Latinos and women, the department said in a statement.

Warriors assistant to become head coach of rival L.A. Lakers

Los Angeles - It's hard to blame the Los Angeles Lakers for trying to get in on a good thing — the Golden State Warriors are obviously doing something right.

Op-Ed: One woman's life in an oyster shell of chaos reveals a pearl Special

Sonoma - The comedian/entertainer Phyllis Diller in an interview once said that the hardships in life are like the grain of sand that agitates an oyster into making a beautiful pearl.

Benicia's historic Washington House damaged by three-alarm fire

Benicia - Benicia's historic Washington House was heavily damaged Sunday afternoon by a three-alarm fire that tore through the two-story structure that housed many small businesses.

Spring in California Wine Country is VJB Cellars and Vineyard Special

Kenwood - Spring in Paris? What about California wine country? For those who know wine country, spring time is a special occasion to visit.

Op-Ed: Marin County Supervisor rides the bus like everyone else Special

San Rafael - Golden Gate Transit serves San Francisco, Marin and Sonoma counties. On any given day, thousands of people use and rely on the bus and ferry system.

Millennium Falcon drone helps dad remove daughter's loose tooth

When this father helped his daughter remove a loose tooth, the Force was with him. Along with a toy Millennium Falcon drone, which removed said tooth. And the whole episode was caught on video by mom in their home in Marin County, California.

Op-Ed: Annual 4/20 Concert is celebrated by Moonalice Psychedelic roots Special

San Francisco - The psychedelic has not withered away, it continues to live on in the band Moonalice. Formed in 2007 Moonalice is a steady stream of the best of talent and skill that reverberates the essence of rock music.

Eastern face of Sierra Nevada's long overdue for earthquake

Reno - Scientists say the Sierra Nevada Mountains Eastern range front is long overdue for a large earthquake along the California-Nevada line. A magnitude 7.0 quake is expected every 30 years and it has been six decades since the last one occurred.
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DSC_0407: Illuminated Latin manuscript breviary of the Mid-15th Century from Northern Italy, with later pen-and-ink marginal drawing of St. George and the Dragon, courtesy Sokol Books, UK
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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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As night approaches, the fire slows its advance toward Snow Summit
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"Yoga is the only exercise and activity that gives me energy," said new Bikram Yoga studio owner, Daniel Fisherbaugh. "Not even baseball does that for me," he said.
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Rev. G points to the sunlight that streams in to the sanctuary of the church. Ingleside Presbyterian is over 100 years old. "At its peak there were over 500 members in the congregation. When Rev. G took on the job as preaching on Sundays while still in the seminary, back in 1978 Ingleside Presbyterian had only four members. Since that time, attendance has been high and low. Today membership is over 75. Yet, Rev. G believes the congregation is in the midst of a renewal. It is all part of his str
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Sparkling wine (and not Champagne) was featured on Wednesday night tasting at the Valley Wine Shack in Sonoma.
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Joseph Shoemaker and his wife Mackenzie are the owners of the Sonoma location at 711 Broadway. It replaces a similar coffee venue that was there previously. Yet, Shoemaker said customers can expect high quality and exceptionally roasted coffee made fresh each day.
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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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for 34 years, California Canoe and Kayak has been providing excursions along Northern California's rivers. "When the Tuolumne River Trust approached us with helping out with their fund-raiser it was a natural connection," said California Canoe and Kayak, owner and president Keith Miller. "Usually, we 'shepard' the water front part of the trip and if weather permits, we help guide across the Bay."
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"Go Topless Day"
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Monterey County Sheriff's Deputy on routine night-time traffic stop.
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San Bernardino R. Carey and his wife attended Nick's funeral
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The Album Cover
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A photograph of Cannabis sativa.
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March 27 to March 29, 2014 was the annual Macworld, i-Mac, "i-World" event for fans of everything that Apple computers makes. Held at San Francisco's Moscone Center, the three-day event drew crowds.