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The demand for computer programmers is on the rise. The job site Glassdoor shows 7,300 nationwide job openings for coders so far this year -- and coding bootcamps are answering the call. These intensive multi-week courses promise to provide enough skills to land a coveted programing job. The courses are expected to produce 16,000 coders this year, twice as many as last year. In March, the White House even announced an initiative to help communities hire graduates of these intensive courses. Are coding bootcamps worth the investment, and do they live up to their promises?
Back in 2011, a hunger strike by inmates at Pelican Bay State Prison exposed harsh conditions at special security units. The action fueled a major federal lawsuit alleging some inmates had been held in solitary confinement for decades. We look at a major development in the case.
San Quentin State Prison is in its second week of battling an outbreak of Legionnaire's disease. Since Friday, six inmates have tested positive for the bacterial pneumonia, with more than 70 other inmates displaying symptoms. Prison officials have turned off water taps and showers and even briefly shut off access to toilets, in an effort to prevent the bacteria, which is spread through water vapor, from spreading. We'll talk about possible causes of the outbreak and efforts to contain it.
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The Monterey Bay endured decades of overfishing and pollution; it was one of the most polluted places along the California coast. Today, the Bay hosts a thriving wealth of humpback and blue whales, elephant seals, sea otters and more. We'll talk to experts about the history of conservation in the Bay, as well as ongoing opportunities and threats to that ecosystem. PBS and the BBC present "Big Blue Live," a three-night live broadcast airing tonight on KQED 9 at 8 p.m. through this Wednesday Sept. 2.
San Francisco Mayor Ed Lee recently announced that homeless people camping along the city's Embarcadero were "going to have to leave" when the city hosts the Super Bowl in February. The statement has angered homeless advocates, who say the mayor's plan contains no commitment to house and treat those removed. But supporters of the mayor, citing health concerns and mounting public frustration over filthy sidewalks and public spaces, say it's time to for the city to crack down.