News Pix: Endeavor Flyover, Folsom Street Fair, Swimming for Cancer and More

Some great shots from around the Bay this week.

The space shuttle Endeavor embarked on the Bay Area leg of its farewell tour Friday, Sept. 21, en route to its final home at the California Science Museum in Los Angeles after an illustrious nine-year career with 25 trips and over 122 million miles under its belt. (Sevda Eris/KQED)

Platform dancers add color to the 29th annual Folsom Street Fair on Sunday, Sept. 23rd. The flamboyant leather and fetish fair drew an estimated 400,000 people. (Jason Winshell/ SF Public Press)

You won’t find a pair of shoes hanging from the power lines high above 8th and Lincoln in Central Richmond. Instead, orange and red cough syrup bottles dangle from ropes flung across the wires, a signal that hits of codeine are sold on this street.  Richmond police are seeing both a rise in prescription drug abuse, as well as theft linked to prescription drugs. (Richmond Confidential/Julie Brown)

Berkeley resident Susan Helmrich, a three-time cancer survivor, will be one of 200 people who will jump into the San Francisco Bay on September 29th to take part in Swim Across America. In the past seven years the Bay Area chapter of the nonprofit has raised $1.2 million for cancer research, and all the money has stayed here, in the Bay Area. (Berkeleyside /SAA)

This week, charges were dropped on 19 year old Elvira Zayas after community members packed the San Francisco courtroom, lead actions outside and initiated a donation page to help raise money for her legal defense. Elvira was falsely accused of gang participation, even though she has been a leader within the San Francisco LGBQT youth organizing community for years. (Jean Melesaine/ San Jose Beez)

San Francisco’s plastic bag ban will phase out the ubiquitous pink plastic grocery bags toted by customers of Chinatown’s Stockton Street markets. The ban goes into effect Oct. 1. (Jason Winshell/SF Public Press)

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Katrina Schwartz

Katrina Schwartz is a journalist based in San Francisco. She's worked at KPCC public radio in LA and has reported on air and online for KQED since 2010. She's a staff writer for KQED's education blog MindShift.

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