Tag: San Francisco Bay Area (Calif)

San Francisco Beat Coronavirus, but It’s Breaking My Heart

One sun-drenched afternoon last month, I took a long solo bike ride through the San Francisco Bay Area. I rode from my home to Mountain View, near the once-desolate stretch of marsh that Google has leased from NASA to build a monumental new campus. It looks like a collection of lunar bases made out of […]

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How Does Antibody Testing Work? We Went Behind the Scenes to Find Out

As time goes on, more people are wondering, did I have coronavirus already. “I can help the next patient [INAUDIBLE].“.” Now, Stanford hospitals in northern California are giving their health care workers the answer with antibody testing for all. We were given exclusive access to follow two caregivers and their blood through the antibody testing […]

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Coronavirus Antibody Tests: Can You Trust the Results?

The researchers worked around the clock, in shifts of three to five hours, hoping to stave off weariness and keep their minds sharp for the delicate task. They set up lines of laboratory volunteers: medical residents, postdoctoral students, even experienced veterans of science, each handling a specific task. They checked and rechecked their data, as […]

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Preppers Are Quite Prepared to Enjoy Some Vindication

For years, one of the most smirked-at subspecies in the technology ecosystem was that of the Silicon Valley Prepper. You were always hearing about them, these men with soft jobs and hardened paranoia. The $0.99 game developer with a bug-out bag; the venture capitalist with a bunker in New Zealand; the cloud administrator learning to […]

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Phyllis Lyon, Lifelong Lesbian Activist, Dies at 95

Phyllis Lyon, who when she married her partner, Del Martin, in 2008 became part of the first legal gay union in California, died on Thursday at her home in San Francisco. She was 95. Her sister, Patricia Lyon, confirmed the death. It was not their first wedding. In 2004, despite state and federal bans on […]

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The Military Should Airlift New York City’s Coronavirus Patients

Shortly after the start of the Cold War, the Soviets blockaded the roads, railways and canals leading to West Berlin in 1948. Overnight, some two million people were cut off from food and fuel. The Western allies panicked, but under the leadership of President Harry Truman, the crisis was solved with the Berlin Airlift. Supply […]

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Police Tread Lightly as Pandemic Spreads

If you have a fender bender in Nashville these days, chances are you’ll be filing your report by phone. In Philadelphia, the police are trying not to take drug dealers to jail. In Hilton Head, S.C., the authorities have seemed particularly focused on one offense: gathering and drinking on the beach. But even that transgression […]

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Man Who Stabbed Sisters on BART Platform Was Sane at Time, Judge Says

A Bay Area man who stabbed two sisters on a commuter train platform in Oakland, Calif., two years ago, killing one and wounding the other, was sane at the time of the murder, a judge ruled Monday. The man, John Lee Cowell, 29, was convicted of first-degree murder last week in the killing of Nia […]

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Man Who Fatally Stabbed Woman on BART Platform Is Convicted of Murder

A Bay Area man who randomly stabbed two sisters on a commuter train platform in 2018, killing one and wounding the other in an attack with racial undertones, was convicted of first-degree murder on Tuesday. A jury in Alameda County court also found the man, John Lee Cowell, 29, guilty of attempted murder and the […]

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California’s Housing Crisis: How a Bureaucrat Pushed to Build

The City Council of Lafayette, Calif., met the public two Mondays a month, and Steve Falk liked to sit off by himself, near the fire exit of the auditorium, so that he could observe from the widest possible vantage. Trim, with a graying buzz cut, Mr. Falk was the city manager — basically the chief […]

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Walgreens Will Pay $7.5 Million to Settle Unlicensed-Pharmacist Claims

Walgreens will pay $7.5 million to settle allegations that for more than a decade it let an unlicensed pharmacist handle hundreds of thousands of prescriptions, including some for highly addictive painkillers, the authorities in California said on Monday, another setback for a company already facing broader accusations that it helped feed the opioid epidemic. The […]

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