The Trouble with Bread

A gluten intolerant filmmaker’s hunt for the perfect loaf leads to unexpected discoveries about modern bread. Featuring an interview with Michael Pollan, author of “Cooked: A Natural History of Transformation.” Upcoming screenings: www.thetroublewithbread.com.

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Haitians Helping Haitians

Maggie Beidelman reports on international aid in Haiti, asking where all the money went that was donated in the aftermath of the …

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Bid to Ease the Squeeze on Business

San Francisco is notorious for making it difficult to open and run small businesses. For Juliet Pries, who just opened The Ice Cream Bar in Cole Valley, it meant months of red tape and rent to realize her goal. Maggie Beidelman reports.

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What a Caspers hot dog means to Richmond

Caspers Famous Hot Dogs has been a Richmond staple for more than 40 years. City councilman Corky Booze set up his election campaign headquarters there in 2010; many regulars call it home.

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Waking up in Richmond to Catahoula Coffee

Coffee fanatics from around the Bay Area have been requesting Richmond’s Catahoula Coffee since the shop’s opening in 2008. The clientele remains loyal, but owner “Timber” Manhart has begun to feel the strain of rising coffee bean prices.

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Peace, love and waterbeds: Richmond’s best sleep

There is a time machine in Richmond that will take you back. Way back. Where 80s crooners sing of careless whispers and sepia-tinted photographs bring you back to the better days of peace and love. This blast from the past is actually a mid-sized storefront in Richmond’s North and East neighborhood, where 16 waterbeds are on display, waiting for customers to come in and sit on them. And waiting…

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Metal to masterpiece: Paragon Machine Works

Mark Norstad, the owner of Paragon Machine Works in south Richmond, says business remained stable as the economy faltered, thanks to a steady demand for bicycle parts. The small business, which sports a customized skull and cross bones logo, does work in titanium, steel, aluminum and plastics. Watch the video…

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The Lunch Special

Whether it’s burgers and fries or crab cakes and cognac, Richmond has a restaurant for just about everyone. Click on the following …

The Outlet Program in Mountain View supports local students like these young men in "De Ambiente," a Spanish language group for Latino LGBTQQ youth. (photo courtesy of: Outlet Program)

Breaking the silence of gay bullying

When Mountain View High School sophomore Anna Livia Chen asked teachers to talk to students about the recent suicides of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgendered (LGBT) people in September, she got no response.

“I love my school and think they do a pretty good job with bullying,” she said…