There are so many of California's natural wonders that I still haven't visited, and now there's another I have to add to my list: Black Chasm Cavern in Volcano.
This 2-million-year-old cave dives 165 feet underground, and cave enthusiasts come from around the world to see it. It's a mile long and includes five lakes and 18 different chambers, including one that hosts weddings and concerts, and inspired a scene in "The Matrix Reloaded."
A new bill making its way through the state legislature would prohibit restaurants from serving anything other than water or milk with meals marketed for children. That means no pop, no juice, no chocolate milk.
Kids could still get a sugary drink with their meal; they'd just have to ask for it. California would be the first state in the country with such a law. I never drank pop as a kid, so that might be why this doesn't seem like that bad of an idea to me.
As the opioid crisis continues to devastate communities, some Bay Area health educators are getting more creative in their approach to saving lives. One group has started training bartenders and club and festival workers to use Narcan — the brand name for naloxone, a drug that reverses opioid overdoses.
"We, who are of the after-hours community, who live this beautiful life that's very undersung, can actually make a difference for people," said one San Francisco music production company executive, whose entire staff has been trained.
I had never, until this week, stopped to consider where the name "California" came from. Turns out it's from a sixteenth century best-selling romance novel about an island, called California, protected by beautiful black woman warriors and ruled by Queen Calafia.
I know that thanks to the latest Bay Curious, which dives deep on the story behind more than 70 place names in the Bay Area. A couple of my favorites:
San Ramon isn't named after a saint. It's named after a sheepherder called Ramón. The town added the "San" later on to fit in.
Hercules is named after "Hercules powder," a type of dynamite manufactured there starting in 1881.
Pacifica is named Pacifica because it's by the Pacific Ocean.
There's a great interactive map where you can find the story behind your town's name. It's a lot of fun.
KQED recently unearthed this footage of a 1968 gay costume ball in San Francisco.
If this is your kind of thing, you should also check out the KQED Arts series, "Changing Face of Drag," which profiles five different drag performers who are pushing things far beyond "RuPaul's Drag Race."