Nurses attending the National Nurses United conference took to the Golden Gate Bridge on June 20 to protest the Keystone XL Pipeline. They marched across the bridge dressed in red and carrying signs saying “Our Planet, Our Patients, Our Future” and “Heal America, Stop Climate Change.” The protesters are calling on the Obama administration to stop the Keystone XL Pipeline from going forward. (Deborah Svoboda / KQED)


One of the nurses marching across the Golden Gate Bridge in protest of the Keystone XL Pipeline project, Erin Carrera, said she has seen a drastic change in her patients’ conditions due to environmental pollution. She said she was protesting “for the health of our patients, which is tied to the health of our planet.” (Deborah Svoboda / KQED)


“Fruitvale Station,” the feature film about the Oscar Grant shooting in 2009, opened at the Grand Lake Theater on June 20. Directed by Oakland native Ryan Coogler, the film tells the story of the shooting that sparked protests around the Bay Area.  The film will be released in select theaters nationwide on July 12. (Rachel Dornhelm / KQED)


People gathered on San Francisco’s Ocean Beach on June 20 to celebrate the summer solstice, the longest day of the year. Thursday’s event near Taraval Street was organized by Reclaiming, a pagan group that has held the event for many years. The solstice gathering traditionally has included a bonfire, but the Golden Gate National Recreation Area restricts fires to a handful of fire pits on the north end of the federal beach. Several National Park police took up a post next to a pile of firewood at the event. (Tom Prete / Ocean Beach Bulletin)


New Oakland Police Chief Sean Whent stands next to Mayor Jean Quan as they talk to the press and community volunteers about the Oakland Police Department’s priorities to reduce Oakland crime and smile more. (Deborah Svoboda / KQED)


Many people attended the San Francisco Symphony’s open rehearsal in honor of the 100th anniversary of Igor Stravinsky’s Rite of Spring on June 20. (Deborah Svoboda / KQED)


When an electrical fire devastated the Good Shepherd Episcopal Church last October, it gutted a community stalwart and one of Berkeley’s true architectural landmarks. Now the church is being rebuilt, and fundraising and restoration efforts are in full swing. (Lisa Sibony / Berkeleyside)

News Pix: Nurses Protest Keystone XL and ‘Fruitvale Station’ Opens in Oakland 25 April,2014Katrina Schwartz



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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