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Cara Corey uses her custom made UVC pipe knitting needles to make a few of her designs.

Bay Area artist runs unique business inspired by her grandmother

Among the many unorthodox tools Cara Corey has used to make her handmade artist line unique are knitting needles made out of PVC pipe and merino wool fiber (the material before wool becomes “wool”) shipped from...
President Obama greeting Betty Soskin at the National Tree Lighting Ceremony at the White House (courtesy of The National Park Service)

Richmond’s Living Legends

“Rosie the Riveter” is the iconic symbol of female independence and strength, celebrating the female workers who played a pivotal role in World War II shipbuilding. The museum, operated by the National Park Service, features...
Doctor’s Medical Center, the only public hospital offering specialized care for heart attacks, stroke and cancer in Contra Costa County, stands eight stories high and barren. DMC closed in April. (Photo by Brittany Kirstin)

Patients struggle, doctors worry in aftermath of hospital shutdown

In the months following the April shutdown of Doctor's Medical Center, doctors and patients have dispersed to other care centers. Some have had to go only across the street in San Pablo, while others must...
Steve Han, the owner of Omni Movement, moved to the Bay Area two years ago to open his training gym, the first of its kind in Richmond. (Photo by Brittany Kirstin)

Locally Richmond: Omni Movement

Omni Movement is a mixed martial arts and athletic training facility in Point Richmond. The center, which has been unofficially open since this summer, offers an open gym, and training in Thai kickboxing, dynamic stretch,...
The Richmond Senior Center has been closed for remodeling since May 15. The delay of its reopening was caused by code compliance hitches with the Americans with Disabilities Act. (Photo by Angelica Casas)

Growing old in Richmond: senior services help only some

Senior citizens aged 80 or older are the fastest growing population segment in Contra Costa County. The aging trend raises new concerns about the adequacy of local resources to serve seniors—and the vital role of...
Truly "TK" Bulter sits outside of Lake Merritt making her jewelry to sell at the next festival. (Photo by Mahlia Posey)

A new Great Migration: the disappearance of the black middle class

After the great recession of 2008, inequality widened along racial lines as people lost their homes, often their only major asset. Earlier this month the Institute for Policy Studies, a Washington, D.C. think tank, reported...
The purpose of the program is not for students to learn how to read or write fluently in both languages, but for them to expand their oral vocabulary and recognize words. (Photo by Paayal Zaveri)

El Nuevo Mundo reflects bilingualism on the rise in Richmond

International Child Resource Institute’s El Nuevo Mundo Children’s Center offers bilingual development programs in Spanish and English, and multicultural learning experiences in an environment catered to children, ages 3 to 5, of all ethnic backgrounds.