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Prominent Scientist Loses Berkeley Homes After Prolonged Battle With City

May 02, 2012

BERKELEY, Calif. – An eminent Bangladeshi American scientist, who helms a nonprofit organization attempting to mitigate the effects of arsenic in Bangladesh’s wells, lost a 12-year battle April 30 with the city of Berkeley to retain ownership of his homes.Property...

Bay Area Agencies Improvise Tactics to Battle Human Trafficking

Feb 17, 2012

Photo Caption: Late last year, the San Francisco Police Department reorganized the special victims unit, which included specialists in human trafficking. It came too late to help the department earn a $500,000 grant for that purpose, but the department will...

How Lakireddy Case Spurred California Sex Trafficking Laws

Feb 16, 2012

Editor's Note: This article is part of a special report on human trafficking in the San Francisco Bay Area produced in collaboration with SF Public Press. Viji Sundaram is health editor of New America Media.More than a decade after she...

The Future of Old Age in America

Jan 03, 2012

Photo: National Committee to Preserve Medicare and Social SecurityWASHINGTON, D.C.--In her remarkable book The Coming of Age, Simone de Beauvoir observed that fear of aging and death drives younger people to view their elders as a separate species, rather than...

It's Easier to be Gay than Undocumented

Dec 29, 2011

Inspired by the recently released film "Pariah," Salon teamed up with New America Media to run a series of coming out stories by minority and immigrant LGBT youth. A new story will be published each day throughout the week. This...

Fearing Rejection, Gay Latino Teen Found Acceptance

Dec 28, 2011

Inspired by the recently released film "Pariah," Salon teamed up with New America Media to run a series of coming out stories by minority and immigrant LGBT youth. A new story will be published every day this week. This is...

Stockton Schools Reel from Foreclosures

Dec 19, 2011

STOCKTON, Calif. – Like any educator, principal Bill Parks and his staff at Amos Alonzo Stagg High School in Stockton have worked hard to motivate their students to graduate and go to college. But now they fear the fruits of...

As Class Size Grows, More Chaotic Classrooms

Dec 17, 2011

FREMONT, Calif. -- "Guys, I almost can't hear myself," exclaims teacher Jenna Kelly to her large class of third graders at Ardenwood Elementary School in Fremont. She felt torn between paying attention to individual students and controlling the classroom. Whenever...

Cuts Threaten Gains in Attendance and Achievement

Dec 16, 2011

SAN FRANCISCO -- The principal's room at James Lick Middle School used to be an area students tried to avoid. Now, it is the staff who try to steer clear knowing that two counselors were recently called in to get...

"Combo Classes" -- The Biggest Price Students Pay

Dec 16, 2011

SAN JOSE, Calif. -- Gardner Academy, an elementary school located west of San Jose's downtown, serves nearly 600 students, most of whom are Latino and from low-income families. For these students, "combo classes" are becoming the norm even as class...

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