News Pix: Mass for New Pope, San Francisco Symphony on Strike, Turkeys Plague Residents

PhotoWeek130315popemassArchbishop Salvatore Cordileone conducts a mass in honor of the election of Pope Francis, the first Pope from South America, on March 14, 2013. (Deborah Svoboda/KQED)

PhotoWeek130315symphonyMusicians for the San Francisco Symphony went on strike Wednesday, March 13 after eight months of fruitless talks with management centered on wage and benefit issues. Violinist Suzanne Leon (left) is in her 23rd season with the symphony, and says that management should value musicians’ experience and ability. (Deborah Svoboda/KQED)

PhotoWeek130315persianOn March 12, Berkeley held its customary, highly popular, Persian New Year Festival, the Chahar Shanbeh Suri, on Durant Avenue. One of the key elements of the celebration is jumping over fire. The tradition is seen as a cleansing ritual, bidding farewell to winter and burning away negativity. (Kaia Diringer/Berkeleyside)

PhotoWeek130315turkeysPart of a flock of about 30 wild turkeys that invaded and took up residence in an Albany neighborhood in December 2012. As more and more wild creatures set up housekeeping in Bay Area cities and suburbs, some residents are getting tired of squirrels eating their bird food. (Dan Brekke/KQED)

RS4263_019.jpg-PhotoWeek130315CCSFprotestOn Friday, the City College of San Francisco submitted a report to an accreditation agency detailing how the school plans to address a host of financial and administrative concerns. If the college loses accreditation, the state would withdraw funding, leaving City College essentially bankrupt. During a protest on Thursday, Eric Blanc asked protesters to raise their hands to show how many of them had entered San Francisco City Hall. The protesters asked Mayor Ed Lee to “save city college” by committing to further funding the school. (Deborah Svoboda/KQED)

PhotoWeek130315GGNRAAmanda Williford, curator and reference archivist for the Golden Gate National Recreation Area, holds an original glass-plate negative showing the second Cliff House, which burned down in 1907, above San Francisco’s Ocean Beach. Historical materials from throughout the national park will be on display at an open house at the GGNRA’s Golden Gate Museum Program on Friday and Saturday from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. (Tom Prete/Ocean Beach Bulletin)

PhotoWeek130315butterfliesButterflies collected from Golden Gate National Recreation Area (GGNRA) lands will be among the materials on display at an open house Friday and Saturday at the GGNRA’s archives. The open house will display both the human and ecological history of the area. (Tom Prete/Ocean Beach Bulletin)

PhotoWeek130315basketballKennedy Lady Eagles Raven Caldwell had to be carried off the court by her coaches in her very last game as an Eagle. The senior point guard turned her ankle while playing defense. Sacred Heart Cathedral, the number one seed in the NorCal Division III playoffs, withstood a frenzied Kennedy first-half attack to win 86-70. (Tyler Orsburn/Richmond Confidential)

PhotoWeek130315teacherKennedy High English teacher Aaron Colacion is one of five finalists competing for the Bay Area’s 2013 Comcast SportsNet All-Star Teacher Award. Grand prize: $20,000. Colacion said if he won the twenty-grand he’d like to buy Kennedy High School small Acer computers called Nettops. (Tyler Orsburn/Richmond Confidential)

PhotoWeek130315NASAIn January, the private aerospace firm won a nearly $20 million NASA contract to build one of its habitat modules for attachment to the International Space Station. The module is expected to be deployed in 2015 for a two-year technology demonstration. In recent years, NASA has been supporting lower-cost, smaller missions which utilize technologies and hardware from private spaceflight companies such as Bigelow and Space X. (Sheraz Sadiq/KQED)

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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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