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Karen Johnson and her daughter Tamiko Johnson, part of the family that has operated San Francisco’s Marcus Books for more than half a century, in front of their Fillmore District store. The store has been under threat of eviction, but community activists have unveiled a plan to raise the money to buy the store’s building and save it. (Sara Bloomberg/KQED)

Local community and environmental activists are sounding an alarm over proposals to expand shipments of crude oil to Bay Area refineries. Demonstrators rallied Wednesday outside a Bay Area Air Quality Management District board meeting in San Francisco, calling on the district to put the proposals. (Molly Samuel/KQED)

That frost you might have seen this morning doesn’t lie — it’s been colder than usual in the Bay Area this week — record setting cold. Temperatures fell into teens in the Napa Valley and in remote areas of Monterey County, with records set or tied in San Rafael, Mountain View, Oakland, Salinas, San Francisco, and San Jose. (Dan Brekke/KQED)

A storm is on the way, and forecasters say it could bring two to four inches of snow at higher elevations around the Bay Area . That means the Diablo Range, Santa Cruz Mountains and Coast Range could see some snow.  While no snow is predicted for San Francisco, it has happened before. The San Francisco Chronicle captured snow on Shotwell street in San Francisco’s Mission District on Feb. 5, 1887. (San Francisco Chronicle, via FoundSF).

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Fast-food workers and labor organizers marched, waving signs and chanting in cities across the country Thursday amid a push for higher wages. Organizers say walkouts were planned in 100 cities, with rallies set for another 100 cities. Guadalupe Salazar, 37, said she planned to walk off her job at the McDonald’s in Oakland’s Eastmont Town Center. She earns $8 an hour, and has not had a raise since she began her job about 18 months ago. The protesters demanded $15 per hour and the right to unionize. (Monica Lam KQED)

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Roberto Aguirrez helps his son, Andres, with homework. Aguirrez has been organizing Latino parents in Morgan Hill to demand a better public education for their children. The fed-up parents petitioned for two charter schools, which the school board denied. Now Santa Clara County’s Board of Education is considering the appeal. The parents are getting some help from a national coalition that’s teaching Latinos how to fight for better local schools. (Francesca Segrè/KQED)

News Pix: It’s Cold! Also, Historic Bookstore Gets Reprieve and Fast-Food Workers Strike 6 December,2013Katrina 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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