California Kids Can't Get into California Colleges -- and That's a Problem
California students like Mountain View's Danny Holton are going out-of-state for college because thousands of them can't get into UC or CSU schools. And they might never come back. (Courtesy of Danny Holton)
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When I was applying to colleges, I was ready to get out of my home state of Minnesota. I love Minnesota, and there are some great schools there, but it wasn't enough to keep me from wanting to leave.
In California, it's the opposite: students want to go to schools here, but there's not enough space. Tens of thousands of eligible students last year were turned away from University of California or California State University schools.
This isn't just sad news for these kids whose dreams of going to a great California school are dashed. Once they leave, the odds of them coming back to work and live here drop, meaning California could see a legitimate brain drain if something doesn't change.
Video games often get a bad name for being socially isolating for kids. But for many, they can actually be their biggest social connection to the outside world. Deep, lifelong friendships can be made between gamers, even though they may never meet in person.
This is why I think it's so cool that some in the gaming industry are taking steps to make games more accessible to people with disabilities. KQED's Rachael Myrow talked to folks who are trying to make things easier for visually-impaired gamers.
KQED's senior politics editor Scott Shafer had been talking for days about the potential for things to get interesting at the San Francisco mayoral debate he was hosting at the Castro Theater. And he was right.
Five candidates were invited. One of them couldn't make it. And then one who wasn't invited, Amy Farah Weiss, literally fought her way onto the debate stage.
Things kept going from there with an active and restless crowd heckling and booing the candidates throughout the night as they talked about the big issues facing the city: affordable housing and homelessness.
California Highway Patrol Sgt. Ed Clarke was one of the first people inside the room where a veteran shot and killed three women at the Yountville Veterans Home in Napa County on March 9.
He told KQED's Ted Goldberg what it was like to spend hours in that room into the next morning cataloging the scene:
"People would call in, the messages would play out loud like an old type of message machine, and I remember one veteran calling in and he's just talking saying how tragic this is and how he wanted to thank everyone there for the work they had done," Clarke said.
"You'd just hear the various offices and the cellphones of the women who were killed, just ringing, and knowing that these were people who loved them who were calling in probably just holding out hope that the information being released was not accurate," he said. "That's certainly something I'll never forget."
I was in the car with my boyfriend when April Dembosky's story about marriage counselors came on. She went to a conference to hear a bunch of therapists talk about their own relationships.
There are a lot of good nuggets in there, but the best one came from Marion Solomon, a psychologist who sees couples in West Hollywood:
“If your partner is under stress, that’s the time to get strong and to get my cortex in line and say I can’t be upset when he’s upset,” she said. In other words, “a good marriage is a partnership where only one partner goes crazy at a time.”