News Pix: California Chrome Wins Preakness, Sedate Bay to Breakers, and Drought Woes

B2b Bay To Breakers isn’t what it once was, but it’s still a good time. That was the consensus of a handful of runners and revelers interviewed along the race route May 18. Although police took steps to curb alcohol consumption, there was still plenty of booze to go around. (Mark Andrew Boyer/KQED)

Fracking In California Under Spotlight As Some Local Municipalities Issue Bans Federal officials with the Energy Information Administration are reportedly downgrading their estimate of how much oil could be pumped out of the Monterey Formation. Just a few years ago, the agency projected that oil companies could retrieve 15 billion barrels of oil. Now, it’s down to 600 million. The uncertainty stems from the lack of information about the rock formation. (David McNew/Getty Images)

140th Kentucky Derby California Chrome heads toward victory in the Preakness Stakes at Baltimore’s Pimlico Racecourse on May 17. (Molly Riley/Getty Images)

disabled-kids-big The Bay Area Outreach and Recreation Program (BORP) is one of serveral non-profits that received a grant from a UC Berkeley fund. The program will now be able to offer competitive sports to Cal students with disabilities. The Chancellor’s Community Partnership Fund, which aims to strengthen the campus’ support of the Berkeley community, is awarding $202,264 this year to 11 projects focused on education, arts, math and sciences, economic development, and community safety. (Courtesy of: BORP/Berkeleyside)

drought While it is estimated that California’s drought will have a $1.67 billion impact, a major issuer of ratings for public agency bonds says so far it hasn’t made a “material adverse impact” on state or local governments, and it’s not expected to adversely affect their credit. That’s good news in the long term, even if in the short term Californians won’t be seeing quite the abundance of crops we are used to. (Josh Cassidy/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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