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Survey: 25% College Admissions Officers Feel Pressure To Admit Students With Better Connections Than Qualifications

The survey by Kaplan Test Prep asked admissions officers at 400 of the top colleges if “the admissions process is rigged for the well-connected applicant?”

04/01/2015

A Chinese vendor sells steaming pork buns. (Photo: TEH ENG KOON/AFP/Getty Images)

Narsai David Reviews ‘The Food Of Taiwan’

“The Food of Taiwan” is a beautiful new cookbook written by Cathy Erway. With so many delicious treats to make, its hard to pick one. But Narsi David says don’t miss the pork buns.

03/27/2015

Library-A-Go-Go machines restored at BART stations, shopping center on March 25th, 2015

‘Robotic’ Libraries Return To BART Stations, Shopping Center

Apparently replacing a librarian with an Italian robotic vending machine is a lot harder than it sounds, and it sounds hard enough, but today, the three Library-A-Go-Go machines are back up and running at El Cerrito Del Norte BART, the Discovery Bay Sandy Cove Shopping Center, and the Pittsburg/Bay Point BART station.

03/27/2015

A law enforcement official runs towards a massive fire in a residential neighborhood September 9, 2010 in San Bruno. (Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)

$10 Million To Upgrade San Bruno Pipeline Diverted While PG&E Execs Got Bonuses Before Deadly Explosion Says PUC Chief

In what sounded like damning testimony to state senators, Public Utilities Commission president Michael Picker said Pacific Gas & Electric took millions from ratepayers earmarked for San Bruno pipeline upgrades and diverted it to boost profits and give bonuses to top executives.

03/27/2015

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Oakland’s ‘Radical Brownies’ Pick 3 Possible Names That Won’t Conflict With Girl Scouts’ Trademark

After KPIX 5’s report about the Radical Brownies troop in Oakland that awards merit badges featuring a “Black Power” symbol for marching in #BlackLivesMatter movements, the Girl Scouts got involved, helping the politically-minded troop pick a more trademark friendly name.

03/26/2015

Cockpit Door Access Pad (Photo from Youtube Video Of Airbus Reinforced Cockpit Door Description and Procedure)

VIDEO: How Reinforced Cockpit Door Could Keep Out Germanwings Pilot, Despite Emergency Access Codes

Video shows how cockpit doors lock and how they can be opened in certain circumstances, but even the strongest blunt force is unable to break the newer, stronger reinforced doors.

03/26/2015

Scene of a gravel truck spill in Martinez, March 23, 2015. (CBS)

Woman Killed When Gravel Truck Overturns Onto Car Outside Martinez Home

A person inside a car in the driveway of a Martinez home was killed Monday when a gravel truck overturned onto it Monday, according to authorities.

03/23/2015

NASA artist's impression of what waves on Titan might look like (Image from NASA video)

6 Extraterrestrial Surf Spots To Try To Catch An Alien Wave

With all the discoveries about extraterrestrial water this month, the question arose — where is the BEST place to catch alien waves, assuming you had a “wet suit” to protect you from extreme heat and cold (and give you oxygen), that you could survive a 1-2 year space journey to get there, and had a pretty good sponsor to pony up $10 billion or so. There technically is only one place where the surf truly is up…

03/23/2015