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Daily news roundup for Monday, November 30, 2015

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Here’s what’s happening in the Bay Area as curated by KALW News:

California Governor in Paris to push pact to curb emissions // Sacramento Bee

"Gov. Jerry Brown heads to the U.N. Climate Change conference in Paris  this week to urge other states and provinces to sign onto California’s pact to reduce greenhouse gas emissions."

"Brown has toured the world talking about climate change this year. But at home, he’s been criticized for his support of expanded oil drilling and refusal to ban hydraulic fracturing."


Warriors 18-0 after rout of Kings // Inside Bay Area

"The Golden State Warriors trounced the Sacramento Kings, racking up their 22nd straight regular-season win over two seasons."

 "The red hot Warriors have now tied the third-longest win streak in NBA history."


Gene drive tool can prevent epidemics but should it? Mercury News //

"A new technology called "gene drive" makes it possible for the first time in history to alter an entire population by changing the laws of evolution, eliminating insect-borne infectious diseases."

"But the approach has triggered a contentious debate with many bioethicists raising concerns about the need for greater safeguards and oversight. "


Where are students supposed to go? // East Bay Express

"A new proposed Berkeley city ordinance would establish tighter restrictions on student co-housing."

"Opponents say the new rules would make life tougher for students who already have difficulty finding places to live. Berkeley city officials say the law is necessary to help reduce excessive use of emergency services, illegal alcohol use and the frequency of sexual assaults."


Richmond city, school district, racing the clock to set up internet // Contra Costa Times

"The West Contra Costa school district plans to set up each of its 30,000 students with a tablet computer. But in some areas, as many as 40 percent of homes don’t have an Internet connection."

"The city of Richmond plans to install antennas on top of some schools to provide a stronger signal to cover more homes and is working to expand its fiber optic network."


How LSD microdosing became the hot new business trip // Rolling Stone

"To stay ahead of the curve, increasing numbers of young professionals are using LSD to get their creative juices flowing."

 "A microdose is about a tenth of the normal LSD dose which gives an energy lift but not so much that one is tripping."