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Hundreds rally in support of California Coastal Commission director

What began weeks ago as a closed-door effort by the California Coastal Commission to fire Executive Director Charles Lester erupted Wednesday into a spirited public hearing about the direction of the powerful land-use agency. "This hearing is not about Charles' performance, it's about yours," Stefanie...

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  • How much damage is the Porter Ranch leak doing to the climate?

    How much damage is the Porter Ranch leak doing to the climate?

    Stephen Conley has flown pollution-detecting airplanes over some of the largest oil and gas fields in the nation. But never before has the UC Davis scientist encountered as much methane in the air as in recent months over suburban Los Angeles. Over and over, Conley has flown his single-engine plane...

  • A 'man-made disaster' unfolded in Flint, within plain sight of water regulators

    A 'man-made disaster' unfolded in Flint, within plain sight of water regulators

    Almost two years ago, the leaders of Flint, Mich., lifted glasses of water in the air — clear water — to toast a plan to save money for their struggling city. “Here's to Flint!” said Mayor Dayne Walling, lifting his glass. Smiling officials responded, “Hear, hear!” and gulped down their drinks,...

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