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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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Each year Union Street gets all dressed up for Easter and Spring with its annual Union Street Easter Parade and Springtime celebration.
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For over a century the octagon building has been one of the special gems of the Sunnyside District of San Francisco. Today after many years of effort and collaboration, the distinctive octagon building serves as a cultural center and meeting place.
Courtesy of Friends of Sunnyside Conservatory
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Vella Cheese Company on Second Street, East does not provide tours, but visitors are always welcome. And, yes, they offer plenty of cheese samples.
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Four of the five bubbly wines featured that evening were from different parts of Spain, the fifth one was from South Africa.
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While Rev. G believes very strongly in service to God by service to all of humanity, he also honors African-American history. To Rev. G, Willie Brown is very important to history. Regardless of political affiliations or beliefs, Rev. Gordon is a fan of former San Francisco Mayor Willie Brown. "Many people don't really realize and understand Mayor Brown and how much he worked for San Francisco," he said.
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The "Easter Egg Hunt Cake" will be one of the speciality items featured for the upcoming Easter Menu for this spring season of 2014.
Courtesy of Crisp Bakeshop, Sonoma, CA
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Known as "The Floating White House" the USS Potomac served as host to many meetings and gatherings for official heads of state and dignitaries from around the world. The USS Potomac Association offers use of the presidential yacht for private parties, special occasions and corporate events.
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Carmen Ruiz de Huidobro moved to the USA from Spain and started Españolita Foods, offering real Spanish cuisine to Hollywood.
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Valley Wine Shack on West Napa Street has a Wednesday evening tasting  open to the public for just $...
Valley Wine Shack on West Napa Street has a Wednesday evening tasting, open to the public for just $1.00. Informal, relaxing, the atmosphere is cozy and inviting. On warm evenings patrons can sit outside on the patio.
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"The street fair this year, exceeded our expectations; thanks in part to the San Francisco Municipal Transit Authority and ClearChannel," said Grace Horikiri, Executive Director of the Nihonmachi Street Fair Committee.
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FISH: Mature chinook salmon swim upstream in the Lower Tuolumne River in California's Central Valley in 2008.
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"This isn't the Antiques Road Show," said realtor Dan Wexler, who was among the more than 200 volunteers. "Items here are priced in the thousands of dollars," he said.
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Latin Jazz musician Hector Infanzon  will be performing with the award winning instrumental group Ta...
Latin Jazz musician Hector Infanzon, will be performing with the award winning instrumental group Tambuco.
Courtesy of "Mex I AM" festival
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Anna Cross is the director of the playhouse which featured the ground-breaking original play "Toypurina."
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Student pilot Brian Plescia’s goal is to be a corporate pilot  flying for business executives and ...
Student pilot Brian Plescia’s goal is to be a corporate pilot, flying for business executives and their companies.
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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.
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Point Reyes Light Station, Gulf of the Farallones on Point Reyes in Marin County, California, U.S.A.
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While orders for American Flags are common, especially during civic holidays like 4th of July, Flag Emporium can have a flag made for any occasion or event.
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