A traditional hand-over-eye Snellen chart used for visual testing.

High-Tech Vision Screening Program For Kids Launches In Silicon Valley

A vision screening pilot program for young children has launched in Silicon Valley and uses high-tech cameras, not the old hand-over-eye charts.


Michaela Garecht

Vigil Marks 24 Years Since Hayward Girl Michaela Garecht Disappeared

A vigil was held Monday front of the supermarket where Michaela Garecht was taken 24 years ago. Meanwhile, police said DNA test results on a bone fragment that possibly linked to the case will be delayed.



Phil Matier: State Senate Leader Pushes For Change In How Schools Are Graded

State Senate President Pro Tem Darrell Steinberg is pushing for a new bill that would put less emphasis on student test scores when doling out report cards for schools in the state.


Smoke rises from the Richmond Chevron refinery fire (CBS)

Bay Area Air Monitors Not Equipped To Measure Pollutants From Refinery Fires

The monitors are not designed to test for many of the pollutants that surface following refinery fires like the recent one at the Chevron refinery in Richmond.


Smoke rises from the Richmond Chevron refinery fire (CBS)

Bay Area Environmental Health Expert Questions Air Quality Tests

The tests looked at 23 compounds classified by the state as contaminants. The results showed 22 compounds came up safe and one didn’t. That one is called Acrolein, which is like a formaldehyde, a by-product of combustion that can cause eye, skin and breathing problems.


Genentech in South San Francisco. (Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)

South San Francisco-Based Genentech Starts Clinical Trial On Alzheimer’s

Genentech is studying whether intervention can stop Alzheimer’s from developing in people genetically predisposed to the disease.


Joan Vreeburg

Sonoma County Teacher Accused Of Helping Students Cheat; Will Resign

A Northern California teacher who allegedly gave her students advance copies of questions on a state biology test is on paid administrative leave and will resign at the end of the school year.



California STAR Test Scores Rise For 9th Straight Year

Despite deep cuts to public education, California’s standardized test scores have gone up for the ninth year in a row.

CBS San Francisco–08/15/2011

A patient demonstrates the new robotic legs for the paralyzed called eLEGS. (San Jose's Valley Medical Center)

San Jose Medical Facility Tests Bionic Legs

A San Jose hospital is one of ten across the country testing a new technology that could help paralyzed patients walk.



Palo Alto Parents Group Wants Less Homework For Overstressed Students

Some Palo Alto parents want the school district to take immediate action to address academic stress among high school students. The group is called “We Can Do Better Palo Alto,” and was formed after four Gunn High School students committed suicide in 2009.