STANFORD — A two-sport graduate from the University of Virginia, in 2010 Meghan O’Leary hung up her softball mitt and volleyball shoes, moved to Connecticut, and worked as a production coordinator at ESPN. The job was everything she dreamed of — but she was restless. The words of the UVA rowing coach reverberated in her mind: “Come on, Meghan. You can be an Olympian in rowing.” She sat down and googled “rowing lessons.” That search would change her life.Read More
PALO ALTO — Applications for the H-1B visa, the program that allows companies to hire skilled immigrants, grew 3.2 percent during 2017 in the San Francisco Bay Area. That may not seem like much, but it bucks a national decline in H-1B visa applications since Donald Trump was elected president.Read More
SAN JOSE – In early 2017, Kinjal Zaveri and her husband were excitedly preparing to buy a house in San Jose when President Trump’s administration announced it would revoke her work permit.Read More
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OAKLAND, CA — For Pacific Islanders, a population that is small in the U.S. even for a minority group, the prevalence of domestic assault and abuse is easily overlooked by agencies that serve entire cities or counties.Read More
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BAY AREA — “Warriors Outsiders,” an interactive NBC Sports Bay Area program for television and Facebook Live, features Drew Shiller and his long-time best friend Grant Liffman — just two average Bay Area guys talking all things Warriors basketball.Read More
SAN FRANCISCO — Once a backyard endeavor played with the Wham-O Frisbee, disc golf has developed into a highly nuanced competitive endeavor played in 47 countries.Read More
PALO ALTO — The yellow and blue triangle flags separating the track and the field were motionless — it was windless for the first time that season. And on that night at the 1996 California State Championships, Michael Granville set the national high school record in the 800 meters at 1:46.45. His winning time remains unbroken 22 years later.Read More
SILICON VALLEY – There’s no such thing as a free lunch. This household phrase harkens back to the once common practice of offering a free lunch to saloon patrons who purchased at least one drink. It was believed that the provided meals were deliberately high in salt, intended to keep bar customers thirsty. Embedded in the phrase, and its origin, is the idea that one can never get something for nothing — there is always a hidden cost.Read More
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STANFORD — The line between colors and chaos is thin. In a painting if you add more color, the other colors can get muddy, clash, and the focus can be lost. Entering Joe Ferriso’s studio, you get walk that thin line with the lightness and joy that his art pieces embody.Read More
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PALO ALTO — Applications for the H-1B visa, the program that allows companies to hire skilled immigrants, grew 3.2 percent during 2017 in the San Francisco Bay Area. That may not seem like much, but it bucks a national decline in H-1B visa applications since Donald Trump was elected president.
HALF MOON BAY, CA – On the winding highway to Half Moon Bay, a small dirt path leads up a mountain where wooden stables overlook grassy slopes with yellow flowers that welcome visitors to the Square Peg Foundation, a retirement home for former sport horses.
PENNSYLVANIA — A survey of counties in Pennsylvania, reveals little resources or guidance at the state level to help replace outdated and potentially hackable voting systems.