US-ENVIRONMENT-WEATHER-DROUGHT-LIVESTOCK Assemblyman Marc Levine has introduced legislation, AB2071, to clarify rules regulating the use of treated wastewater for pasture animals. Dairy farmers are expressing concern that treated wastewater could be unsafe for consumers. Levine promised to continue studying the issue as the bill moves through the legislative process. (Frederic J. Brown/Getty Images)

well In Alameda County, employees of a remediation company dig a groundwater monitoring well in Newark to check how far a plume of contaminants has spread from an underground fuel tank. (Mark Andrew Boyer/KQED)

Jerold fire A Luxor cab service garage was destroyed in a three-alarm fire on Monday, Feb. 24. A dark plume of smoke was visible across the city, although firefighters contained the blaze, which did not spread to nearby structures. (Paul Lancour/KQED)

Shungun The Dalai Lama’s three-day visit to the Bay Area was disrupted multiple times by Tibetans who practice another strand of Buddhism called Shugden. The Dalai Lama once embraced Shugden, but denounced it in 1975 after deciding it contributed to “sectarian disharmony.” Despite the protesters, about 3,000 people crammed into the Berkeley Community TheatreĀ on the Berkeley High campus Sunday, Feb. 23, to hear a talk on “How to Achieve Happiness,” by the Dalai Lama. (Ted Friedman/Berkeleyside)

Fulton mall Fifty years ago, Fresno built the state’s first outdoor downtown pedestrian mall. It was a pioneering idea at the time, but on Thursday, Feb. 27, the City Council decided to allow cars back into the mall. It was a contentious, standing-room-only meeting, but ultimately council members decided that the forward-looking experiment did not work and that the pedestrian mall was not economically viable. (Courtesy: Downtown Fresno Coalition)

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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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