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In the fires that devastated Paradise and Santa Rosa, kids were often the most vulnerable.
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Stories of abuse or serious neglect in nursing homes make headlines, but patients and consumer advocates are trying to bring attention to overarching issues and push for a better system.
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This story was produced as part of a larger project led by Monica Vaughan, a participant in the 2019 California Fellowship. Other stories in this series include: Live on or near the Nipomo Mesa? We’re investigating air quality and need your help
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This story was produced as part of a larger project led by Laura Wenus, a participant in the 2019 California Fellowship, a program of USC Annenberg's Center for Health Journalism. Other stories in this series include: Nursing Care Expected To Worsen As California Ages Nursing Care Crunch Puts The On
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Journalists should find out whether schools near them are making even a meaningful effort to encourage better eating among their students. Here are some ideas to get started.
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When Kendy Mendoza of East Palo Alto and his wife experienced health scares over the last few years, they took action to turn their lives around. Eight years ago, when his wife was diagnosed with diabetes, she cut out bread and tortillas from her diet.
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Standing in the Fountaingrove neighborhood, you can see the scar of the Tubbs fire stretch across the hillside. Two years later, the trees are still charred and the sounds of reconstruction are constant.
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This story was produced as part of a larger project led by Monica Vaughan, a participant in the 2019 California Fellowship. Other stories in this series include: Oceano Dunes stays open to off-roading. But California still says big changes must be made Live updates: Will off-roaders be banned from O
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We are investigating air quality on the Nipomo Mesa to learn about how bad air days affect local families and their health — and we want to hear your story.
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A Sun-Star analysis of obesity and demographic data from thousands of schools in the state show that low income and Latino students are at a substantially increased risk of developing obesity.

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