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John Iwawaki shows middle school students the world outside Richmond
Hometown Hero John Iwawaki founded the ESCAPE Club 15 years ago to take Richmond middle school students on educational trips to environmental treasures such as Mount Diablo, the Monterey Bay Aquarium and the snowy Sierras to learn about the world around them. Students, who call him "Mr. I," said Iwawaki is a role model who teaches them about science and ecology in a fun way, while helping them to build life skills such as teamwork, cooperation and perseverance.
Building hope: Bay Area homebuilders lay foundation of charitable giving
Bay Area homebuilders Lori and David Sanson, co-founders of DeNova Homes in Concord, have a long history of involvement in charitable causes. Besides giving of their time and money to various nonprofits, the couple builds transitional housing for the homeless through their collaboration with the nonprofit HomeAid of Northern California.
Hometown Hero: Oakland man works to keep Piedmont Avenue clean
Michael Lydon has been keeping his neighborhood -- Oakland's Piedmont Avenue -- clean by picking up litter on the street without pay since 1979.
Hometown Heroes: Walnut Creek couple help save man's life, dedicated to helping in emergencies
Husband and wife Adolfo Peñaloza and Maura Kelley honored with Walnut Creek Police Chief's Award
Read about a new Hometown Hero every other Monday and watch the program on Comcast On Demand at Channel One-Bay On Demand-Hometown Heroes.
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Review: 'Birdman' soars with innovative brilliance
With a cast that includes Michael Keaton, Emma Stone, Edward Norton, Naomi Watts and Zach Galifianakis, this surreal head-tripper is one of 2014's most innovative movies, an energetic and exciting existential black comedy that's challenging yet accessible and wildly successful in the risks it takes.
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George Clooney's wife Amal Clooney named most powerful woman in London
Malala Yousafzai, Victoria Beckham and Kate Bush also make list.