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A frustration for the victim of domestic abuse is trying to come forward to report the harm and in turn being met with no response. Worse is no response and no protection. * * * "I'm tired of being used as a punching bag. I'm tired of being plied for this and that piece of information. I'm tired of

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In wealthy Marin, opposition to low-income housing is high—and so are the numbers of the county's poor, aged and disabled who need it most

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A federally-funded health center, Cabin Creek Health Systems accepts patients whether they can pay or not. Freida Smith is one of their 14,000 patients.

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Oakland's superintendent doesn't just want to close schools. He wants to radically alter how the school district and the city educate kids.

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Tragically, the murder of a 17-year-old student became a reason to run a fellowship project on inner-city teens and stress. But I wish this time hook had never happened.

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The issue of homeless people drinking themselves to death on a sidewalk is one that unites and divides communities in unpredictable ways. Could a "wet house" be the answer in your city?

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While other social services are facing budget cuts, the funding to serve Del Norte County’s mentally ill population seems relatively secure.

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Joel Aguilar has never been a gang member, but has three bullets in him nonetheless. The east Salinas teenager is largely paralyzed: He can move his neck, raise both his arms a few inches and move one wrist — the physical toll of a "gang-related" shooting that nearly killed him two years ago. Kimber Solana examines the psychological impact of gang violence on both victims and the community.

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Reporter's note:

One year ago from yesterday, 11-year-old Chandler Nash Elliott hung himself while his father was at work. We received a press release about the suicide over the fax. Like most news agencies, we do not report on suicides unless they are in a public place or the deceased is a public figure.

I told my colleagues -- and we all agreed -- that this would not make the news unless the family approached us, wanting to tell the boy's story.

The next morning, that's exactly what happened.

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Studies show that many people faced with home loss and housing uncertainty can take a tremendous hit to their health. If you're going through difficult times, and worried you too may lose your home, what can you do to try to buffer or reclaim your health?

Here are some tips for ways to counteract some of the toll that constant stress (and the insomnia, distraction and desperation that go with it) can take on your health:

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