New York

It’s another watershed moment in music culture, at least for fans of “underground” hip-hop ­– New York’s legendary record store, Fat Beats, is closing its shops in Manhattan and L.A. Fillmore District-based hip hop and rap artist Da Vinci reflects on the loss of such an institution and on the...
By Joanna Lin and Mandy Hofmockel This story originally appeared in California Watch In May 2009, the California attorney general’s office ordered a national retailer with nearly three dozen stores throughout the state to stop selling jewelry with illegal levels of lead. Five months later, the...
The story of gay and lesbian students committing suicide has played out far too many times despite college administrators, gay rights activists, therapists and some policy makers pleading to stop the emotional, political and physical assaults on gays and lesbians. Now Rutgers University freshman...
Monday Hearts for Madalene is a picture book out this year by an artist from Oakland. The story actually begins with a friend of ours: a longtime KALW volunteer named Annette Bistrup. A few months ago, Annette was browsing through a shelf filled with books donated to the station. ANNETTE BISTRUP...
Today is an important day for medical students. It’s September 1, the day those entering their fourth year of study decide whether to join 90% of their peers and specialize, or be part of the vast minority who choose to launch into a primary care career. As part of her investigation into America’s...
Above: "Prank Calls" by Kelley Stoltz Even though the Bay is finally experiencing summer, touring (and local) bands seem to be keeping their distance this week. A line-up of odd and quirky performers, though, means there’s still plenty of music to complement the great weather. Here are your live-...
Fighting gang violence in Oakland, racial discrimination in the world of commerce, and mosque building in New York
By now, you’ve surely heard about Manhattan’s Cordoba House: the Muslim community center that may be built two blocks from where the former World Trade Center once stood. As the community center sparks controversy around the world, some young Muslim-Americans are debating the issue in unexpected...
WILL DURST: Will Durst here with one very good reason why a mosque should be allowed to be built two blocks away from Ground Zero in New York. It’s called the First Amendment. You’ve heard of it: freedom of religion. There’s also one very good reason why a mosque shouldn’t be built two blocks away...
A month ago, I was out of town and wasn’t following local news. It was weeks later that I finally read in detail about the killing of Jinghong Kang on the 1900-block of Webster Street in Oakland on July 18. Déjà vu all over again, in the immortal words of Yogi Berra, the legendary New York Yankee...
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