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August 3, 2012


News Panel: Drought Driving Up Food Prices, Mars Rover Landing, and more

Plans to build a new hospital in San Francisco at Cathedral Hill, currently home to several churches, and to rebuild St. Luke's in the Mission District, are on hold until November. The Board of Supervisors put the decision on the backburner while questions about an escape clause that would allow the hospital to be closed based on weak financial performance by the company raises a red flag. The drought gripping more than half the country is driving up food prices -- including milk, beef, chicken and pork -- due to the scorching heat and minimal rainfall. Drought is affecting over 80 percent of the county's corn crops. Consumers can expect to pay 3 to 4 percent more for groceries next year. Excitement is more than sky high over a large rover NASA is gearing up to land on Mars Sunday night. The 1-ton Curiosity will feed vivid images of the Red Planet back to Earth and work to find evidence of microbial life.


  • Rachel Gordon, San Francisco Chronicle
  • Tom Vacar, KTVU
  • Lisa Krieger, San Jose Mercury News

Louise Rafkin and Kowana Banks

On the fifth year anniversary of the killing of Oakland journalist Chauncey Bailey by members of Your Black Muslim Bakery, the woman who exposed bakery owner Yusuf Bey Sr. for acts of sexual abuse, welfare fraud and violence has come forward. Previously identified as Jane Doe #1, Kowana Banks tells her personal story of abuse to Center for Investigative Reporting journalist Louise Rafkin. The story was reported in collaboration with the Chauncey Bailey Project. Belva Davis interviews Rafkin and Banks.


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