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Daily news roundup for Wednesday, April 27, 2014

City College of SF by Flickr User Marlon E, used under CC by-NC-SA 2.0/resized and cropped

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

CCSF to shut down Wednesday ahead of faculty union strike

“As faculty at City College of San Francisco prepare to strike Wednesday over unfair labor practices, Interim Chancellor Susan Lamb has decided to shut down the 11 community college campuses around The City for the day.

“In an email sent to the CCSF community Monday, Lamb cited safety concerns for the campus closure and said she “deeply” regrets that the American Federation of Teachers Local 2121 authorized a strike after more than a year of unsuccessful contract negotiations over faculty pay.”

'Norco' fentanyl overdose deaths rise to 14; problem spreads to Bay Area

“Fourteen people in the Sacramento area have fatally overdosed on a pill disguised as a popular painkiller, and now the drug has turned up in the San Francisco Bay Area.

“Bay Area hospitals have treated seven patients who ingested what they thought was the painkiller Norco in recent weeks, according to a report released Tuesday by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The patients all survived, though at least some experienced nausea, vomiting and difficulty breathing.”

Why Bay Area residents pay more for solar

“In a study done by EnergySage, a solar energy marketplace, Bay Area residents on average pay more for solar per watt, and have smaller systems, but they are outpacing the national average when it comes to offset electricity.

“Bay Area residents may be surprised to hear that despite living in cities that have long been solar power-friendly, many actually pay more for solar energy than the national average, according to a new report from marketplace hub EnergySage.”

Some prosecution witnesses get immunity in PG&E San Bruno blast trial


“The government's prosecution against PG&E in a criminal trial linked to a fatal explosion in San Bruno will feature nearly 1,000 pieces of evidence and 44 witnesses, including some former and current PG&E executives who have received immunity to testify against the embattled utility.

“Eight current or former PG&E executives have received court-ordered immunity, according to case documents filed by the U.S. attorney's office, which is prosecuting the 13 criminal charges against PG&E. The documents, filed this week in U.S. District Court in San Francisco, provide the closest look yet into the government's likely strategy in the case.”

Career Education Making a comeback in US high schools

“There was an emergency in Room 14. Three girls injured, one with a broken thighbone and maybe something more serious. Snapping on sterile gloves and kneeling before the worst-off patient, two 17-year-olds went to work. The pair cut open the girl's pant leg, pinched her toes to see if she had feeling and fit her with a neck brace. Sweat flecked their faces by the time they had the patient - a perfectly healthy classmate - strapped to a back board 12 minutes later.

“‘You are acting like professionals and you haven't even finished this class yet!’ Gretchen Medel, an EMT who oversaw the mock exercise during the first responder course she teaches at a health care-focused high school east of San Francisco, told the students.”


'Superheroes' Save the Day at UCSF Benioff Children's Hospital
“It's not always about fighting crime.

“Superheroes saved the day Tuesday by washing windows outside of the UCSF Benioff Children's Hospital. The hospital shared a photo on Twitter of Batman, Superman and two of their buddies washing windows at the hospital. Needless to say, their presence brought smiles to kids being treated inside.”

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