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Facebook Provides a ‘Grace Period’ for Drag Queens to Use Fake Names

After meeting with drag queens and transgender activists, Facebook modifies closure of accounts.

San Francisco Supervisor Announces He’s Taking AIDS Preventive Drug

Supervisor Scott Wiener says he started taking Truvada to prevent HIV infection earlier this year.

Bay Area Firefighters Head East to Fight Blaze Near Pollock Pines

King Fire, burning close to Lake Tahoe and U.S. 50, has consumed about 18,500 acres so far.

Berkeley’s Colony of Spotted Hyenas to Close After 30 Years

A loss of funding has forced researchers to find new homes for the noisy and unusual animals.

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Forum With Michael Krasny

Rapper-Turned-Cop's One-Man Show Offers Unique Perspective on Police Shootings

Jinho "The Piper" Ferreira had a thriving career as a rapper in 2009, when Oscar Grant was killed by a BART police officer. Watching the dysfunctional relationship between the black community and the police in the protests that followed the killing, he decided to get involved. He now works as a sheriff's deputy in Alameda County. We talk with Ferreira, whose one-man play "Cops and Robbers" explores issues of violence and law enforcement in Oakland.

Mission District Taqueria Wins America's 'Best Burrito'

Ask Bay Area residents to pick their favorite local burrito and you're likely to get a range of fervent and informed opinions. So you can imagine the challenge facing journalist Anna Maria Barry-Jester. The "burrito correspondent" for ESPN's FiveThirtyEight site traveled from Key West to Hawaii in search of the country's best burrito. The Burrito Bracket winner, announced on Wednesday, is none other than the carnitas burrito from San Francisco's own venerable La Taqueria. What burrito would top your bracket?

Bioneers Conference Celebrates 25 Years

Biomimicry, ecosystem restoration, grassroots movement building and climate change are the types of issues the Bioneers Conference addresses each year, bringing together scientists, innovators, business leaders and activists. This year marks the 25th anniversary of the conference. We talk with co-founder and CEO Kenny Ausubel about what the organization has achieved and what projects are on the horizon.

Retracing the Bay's History of Chinese Shrimping

At China Camp State Park in Marin County, visitors can still explore the remnants of a 19th-century Chinese shrimp-fishing village. Such camps once ringed the Bay, and at the industry's height they exported nearly 1 million pounds of dried shrimp to Asia annually. The new "Chinese Whispers: Bay Chronicles" project seeks to highlight this overlooked part of maritime history through voyages on a replica of a 19th-century sailing shrimp junk named "Grace Quan." The project also includes public programs, lectures and a planned multimedia exhibit.

The California Report

President Obama Grants Disaster Relief in Wake of Napa Quake

President Barack Obama has declared last month's South Napa Earthquake a major disaster. The declaration frees up emergency federal dollars for California. The White House didn't say how much, but Gov. Brown's office has identified an estimated $87 million worth of costs that could be reimbursed. Federal funds will go to reimburse state and local governments and non-profits for emergency work, and repairs and replacement of public facilities.

Recycled Wastewater Program Keeps East Bay Gardens Alive

As the drought wears on, Californians are looking for new ways to conserve water. In the hot suburbs east of San Francisco, one water district is giving away treated sewage water for landscaping. It's the first program of its kind in the nation.

Oakland School District to Hire Learning Specialist for Undocumented Minors

Many children who fled Central America due to violence are now attending schools across California. Some districts are taking steps to prepare for the specific needs of these new students. Oakland Unified is one such system. It's perhaps the first district in the state that plans to hire an unaccompanied minor specialist.

Reunited by Crisis: Two Sisters From El Salvador Deal With Trauma

Seventeen-year-old Jennifer Cruz fled El Salvador nine months ago to escape gang violence. Like hundreds of other Central American kids who came to California, Jennifer is trying to make her way through U.S. immigration court. Meanwhile, she's living with her sister, Yesenia, in San Mateo County -- they've been reunited after years apart.