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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.

California bans forced sterilization of female prisoners

Sacramento - Following last year's revelation that female inmates in California prisons were being coercively sterilized as recently as 2010, Gov. Jerry Brown (D) has signed a bill outlawing forced sterilization in the state's lockups.

Op-Ed: Jack London State Park open thanks to public-private partnership Special

Sonoma - Back in 2011 the California State Parks and Recreation announced that it would have to shut down 70 parks due to budget cuts. Over the past two years, public-private partnerships were formed to help keep the state parks open. Among them was the

Op-Ed: Writer tells of his own Neil Simon-like plays in his new book Special

San Francisco - The life and work of a writer is often a mixture of fact and fiction. Yet for many writers some of the best stories they share come from real life, especially their own.

California burns — and there's worse to come

Los Angeles - Wildfires are nothing new in California. But in the third year of a historic drought, the tinder-dry western US state is battling near-record numbers of blazes.And the normal fire season has only just begun.

Free quake-recovery workshops planned Thursday in Napa

Napa - Survivors of last month's 6.0 South Napa earthquake are invited Thursday to two free recovery workshops on First Street in downtown Napa.

Op-Ed: Audio Describer donates her voice to help those with disabilities Special

San Francisco - With so much these days about access and having a voice to be heard, voice-over artist Michele Spitz is very outspoken when it has to do with access to the arts.

King wildfire containment may be hampered by high winds

CalFire and USFS crews have made good progress on containing the King wildfire in Northern California last night, even though the fire grew 2,000 acres, from 87,5 92 acres to 89,574 acres. Containment has now reached 37 percent as of Tuesday.

Op-Ed: No equal access to diaper changing tables for dads in California

As women continue to push for equality and other rights groups succeed in their pursuit of equal rights for all, California Governor Jerry Brown vetoes two bills giving equality to single dads.

Op-Ed: A community space for the Digital Age moves into the neighborhood Special

San Francisco - With technology advancing, there still is the issue of the 'Digital Divide' where access to the Internet and other services are limited. With the help of City College of San Francisco, Coleman Advocates for Children and others,

Record amount of retardant used on growing Calif. wildfire

As of Friday night, the King wildfire in Northern California had burned 76,376 acres. Officials with CalFire and the U.S. Forest Service say the massive fire, one of nine in the state, is only 10 percent contained.

Op-Ed: Father is proud of son's career path as Flight Instructor Special

Sonoma - Receiving his Federal Aviation Administration Airmen Certification, two years ago was an honor and a proud moment for Sonoma native John Philip Cabaud, Jr. He is now a flight instructor at Sonoma Skypark Airport.

California wildfires force thousands from their homes

Weed - Thousands of Northern California residents were forced to evacuate their homes Tuesday as a series of wildfires burned out of control in the drought-afflicted countryside.

Wildfires rage across drought-hit California

Los Angeles - As many as 6,000 firefighters were battling a wave of wildfires raging across California, which is gripped by a historic drought and near-record temperatures.

'Six Californias' initiative fails to make 2016 state ballot

Sacramento - A proposed initiative to divide California into six separate states did not get enough signatures from registered voters to qualify for the ballot in 2016, officials said Friday.

Feds offer $100 million in aid for California quake damage

Napa - U.S. President Barack Obama agreed Thursday that California was eligible for federal disaster funds to help pay for damage from last month's earthquake

Earthquake offers temporary reprieve for drought stricken state

Napa - As California faces what many believe to be the worst drought in the state's history, last month's 6.0 magnitude earthquake appears to have offered temporary relief.

Op-Ed: Santa Rosa cafe is 'like home' to many who enjoy home cooking Special

Santa Rosa - Walking into Sam's For Play Café has that diner feeling to it. Yet amid the memorabilia on the walls, there is a sense of family here that is more than just another family-style restaurant.
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Monterey County Sheriff s Deputy on routine night-time traffic stop.
Monterey County Sheriff's Deputy on routine night-time traffic stop.
Monterey County Sheriff Dept
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The Veterans Hospital in San Francisco serves hundreds of military veterans and has done so for deca...
The Veterans Hospital in San Francisco serves hundreds of military veterans and has done so for decades.
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A rendering of what the  rain-garden  will look like once completed by summer time of 2015.
A rendering of what the "rain-garden' will look like once completed by summer time of 2015.
Lily Madjus, Media Dept. SF Water/SF PUC
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Community organizer  activist and artist Judy Shintani and textile artist Serena Lee also attended t...
Community organizer, activist and artist Judy Shintani and textile artist Serena Lee also attended the reception. Judy has promoted such out reach programs as Doctors Without Boarders and the Half Moon Bay Coastside Center where she teaches art.
Courtesy of A Place of Her Own and the Asian American Women Artists Association
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Equipped with the latest  Broadway Veterinary Hospital in Sonoma has individual exam rooms to help c...
Equipped with the latest, Broadway Veterinary Hospital in Sonoma has individual exam rooms to help calm pets when making a visit. Dr. Vallard Christopher Forsythe takes time with each pet patient to ensure each pet gets full and undivided attention.
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San Francisco
San Francisco
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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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A place to spend an afternoon or evening  Darioush Winery will delight.
A place to spend an afternoon or evening, Darioush Winery will delight.
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John Emil Brians is the owner of The Frame Factory in Sonoma  CA. He is looking for a new location. ...
John Emil Brians is the owner of The Frame Factory in Sonoma, CA. He is looking for a new location. Walking into his shop is like walking into an art gallery. Easy to talk to, he will happily give a tour.
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San Francisco
San Francisco
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Chef Hubert Keller at the Fleur de Lys Restaurant in San Francisco circa 1986.
Chef Hubert Keller at the Fleur de Lys Restaurant in San Francisco circa 1986.
Courtesy of Chef Hubert Keller
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Seen here with Tuolumne River Trust  chair-leader Susan Stern  Eric Wesselman knows that he has a ve...
Seen here with Tuolumne River Trust, chair-leader Susan Stern, Eric Wesselman knows that he has a very challenging tenure as Exec. Director for Friends of The River.
Courtesy of Friends of The River and Tuolumne River Trust
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A San Francisco Police Department cruiser on Market Street.
A San Francisco Police Department cruiser on Market Street.
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Busy creating  one student adds some detail to her rendition of Gustav Klimpt s painting   The Kiss....
Busy creating, one student adds some detail to her rendition of Gustav Klimpt's painting, 'The Kiss.'
Courtesy of Cornelia de Schepper and by permission of Northern Light School, Oakland, CA
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So called  The Rock   a tiny island of Alcatraz with its infamous jail of the same name  San Francis...
So called "The Rock", a tiny island of Alcatraz with its infamous jail of the same name, San Francisco, California.
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SHELLFISH: Workers harvest oysters at Drakes Bay Oyster Co.  California s last oyster cannery  north...
SHELLFISH: Workers harvest oysters at Drakes Bay Oyster Co., California"s last oyster cannery, north of San Francisco.
Frank Schulenburg/Wikimedia Commons
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Photo from 2010  students and staff from Palmer College of Chiropractic West are honored to particip...
Photo from 2010, students and staff from Palmer College of Chiropractic West are honored to participate in the annual Turkey Trot. This will be their fifth year participating. Each year they dress up as a human spine, indicating that the outreach they do seeks to help the entire community. And, that the care they provide is more than just back aches. Many chiropractors' offices in the Bay Area have food drives throughout the year, not just at holiday time. The college encourages community outrea
courtesy of Palmer College of Chiropractic West, San Jose
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Food shoppers are already using reusable bags at a Blackwood Foodland market in South Australia on t...
Food shoppers are already using reusable bags at a Blackwood Foodland market in South Australia on the day before a ban on plastic bags went into effect in 2009.
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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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Young salmon being released into floating holding pens.
Young salmon being released into floating holding pens.
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