king salmon The commercial fishing season for salmon in Northern California has opened, and boats are starting to come into port with loads of the big fish — called king salmon by some, chinook by others, and Oncorhynchus tshawytscha by the truly geeky. (Mark Andrew Boyer/KQED)

phan San Francisco restaurant Slanted Door won the equivalent of a foodie Oscar  — the James Beard Foundation Award  — for the nation’s best restaurant on Monday, May 5. The award is equivalent to a Best Picture Award, celebrating the restaurant as a whole. Chef Charles Phan is no stranger to the Beard awards, as he won Best Chef in 2004. Still, as the Slanted Door gets ready to celebrate its 20th anniversary he’s pleased at the recognition of his team, Vietnamese food and the restaurant’s style. “Hopefully, it’ll inspire the next generation of chefs,” Phan said. “I think you always have a shot at presenting your life and your culture to the world.” (Wendy Goodfriend/KQED)

apple-store-crash A car was driven through the glass façade of the Apple store on Berkeley’s Fourth Street in the early hours of Friday morning, May 9. The incident appears to be a deliberate smash-and-grab case as several items were stolen from the store, according to the Berkeley police. (Mickey Novello/Berkeleyside)

east oakland safety Maria Pena lives with her family in an East Oakland neighborhood. Fear of street violence in her community prevents Pena from taking her children to neighborhood parks or allowing them to play in front of their home. A supervised play group called Room to Bloom is giving her 4-year-old daughter a safe space to be a kid.(Ryder Diaz/KQED)

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