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PBS NewsHour Special: The presidential debates

Monday, September 26 at 6 pm and 10 pm. Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump face off for the first of three debates on tonight. Who will win the night? Join Gwen Ifill and Judy Woodruff on the PBS…

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Health Connections

What does it look like when a community is healthy? There’s more to it than eating fruits and vegetables and exercising. Community health is measured in high school graduation rates, economic…

North Bay News

Getting a First and Close-Up Look at Yosemite

For several years, LandPaths has been offering hikes and other outings for Sonoma County’s Latino residents.

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Power Soccer  is a sport created by and for power wheelchair users. Compared to quad rugby (popularized by the 2005 documentary “Murderball“) and wheelchair basketball, this sport is perfect for  people with disabilities who use a power wheelchair.

Power soccer is an incredibly skillful sport, requiring grace, strategy, and control. Fundamentals like court position, blocking, and picking are essential. The best players have good concentration, are aggressive but not violent, and work as a team.

Chris Finn  is not only the coach of the local  Bay Area Earthquakes, a Division 1 Power Soccer team. Not only is he the coach of the  Bay Area Crushers, a Division 2 Power Soccer team. Both teams practice in Berkeley every Saturday, and play in tournaments throughout the region and the USA.

He also coached the World Cup-winning USA Power Soccer team. And he is also an excellent player himself.

Chris works with  B.O.R.P., the Bay Area Outreach and Recreation Program, which provides access to sports for people with all kinds of different disabilities.


The AXIS Dance Company, a pioneering Oakland-based professional dance group, began in 1987. 

 Today, founding dancer Judith Smith is the artistic director of a creative, groundbreaking group of dancers– some with disabilities, and others without. Along with Alice Sheppard, Rodney Bell, Bonnie Lewkowicz, and many other dancers, the AXIS Dance Company performs throughout the country and the world, and also offers educational programs at it’s base of operations in Oakland.

The San Francisco Bay Area is known as one of the best cities for dance, and AXIS has thrived as a professional touring company, offering educational programs not only in Oakland, but in cities throughout the country.

How can you describe “physically integrated dance” in words? Without a firmly-established vocabulary, like that of ballet which has evolved over a century, you truly have to “see it to believe it.”


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Tom Molina loves a good adventure.

Fortunately, he gets to spend time on the ranch of his good friend Angel, where there is livestock to care for, boccé ball to play… and most importantly, an opportunity to practice archery with his friend Leyland.

Tom travels the country, always taking his manual or power wheelchair “where a wheelchair doesn’t belong,” even if it means an occasional flat tire.

He was raised in rural Sonoma County, back when much more of the county was rural. And he certainly isn’t the only personal with a disability who loves the outdoors. 


Leadership

In the early 1970s,  Anthony Tusler was one of the leaders who brought advocacy for disability rights to Sonoma County, California. Like many leaders, he did so in the spirit of earlier civil rights movements. 

Baby Care

Occupational therapist Judi Rogers helps parents with disabilities navigate the world of baby care, by offering her unique expertise on commercially-available baby care equipment. 

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North Bay News

Reconciling Faith and Feminism

Islam vs. Feminism: the False Dichotomy was the topic of a talk given Thursday afternoon at Sonoma State, part of the feminist lecture series there.

One Year After Vetoing Drone Bills, Brown To Act On Many More

ALSO: Bills that deal with cyberbullying, trademarking names in California state parks and protecting nail salon workers were among the dozens signed into law by Governor Jerry Brown.

SSU Students Developing Tiny Satellite to Monitor Earth's Ecosystem

Three years ago, some Sonoma State students successfully built and launched a tiny research satellite into space.

POLITIFACT CA: Did California Spend $5 Billion To Execute 13 People?

Potential gubernatorial candidate Tom Steyer recently claimed the state has spent $5 billion to execute 13 people since 1978.

Why the Ballot is So Long This Fall

Although no one will see them all, voters across Sonoma County are being asked to decide 23 separate ballot measures this fall.

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Lydia Loveless Mixes Desire With Distraction In 'Real'

Copyright 2016 Fresh Air. To see more, visit Fresh Air. DAVE DAVIES, HOST: This is FRESH AIR. Lydia Loveless is a 25-year-old singer-songwriter from Ohio, who began her career at age 14, performing…
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The Tragic Turn of the Frightnrs' First — And Last — Record

"That's frickin' sick!" At the moment when Dan Klein, singer of the retro reggae outfit the Frightnrs, saw the finished cover of his band's first full-length album, Nothing More to Say, he was…
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In Mariachi Music, A Distinctive Yell Speaks To The Soul

Do you know that feeling when a song moves you so much, you just feel like you have to add your own voice? Mexican culture has an answer to that: a cathartic, joyous yell called a grito.
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Toots Thielemans, Jazz Harmonica Baron, Has Died

Jean-Baptiste "Toots" Thielemans, the Belgian-American musician who cut a singular path as a jazz harmonica player, died in his sleep Monday in his hometown of Brussels. He was 94. He began his…
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Toots Thielemans, Jazz Harmonica Baron, Dies At 94

Jean-Baptiste "Toots" Thielemans, the Belgian-American musician who cut a singular path as a jazz harmonica player, died in his sleep Monday in his hometown of Brussels. He was 94. He began his…

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