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Goodbye textbooks, hello free online resources

Schools are embracing 'open educational resources' -- entire lessons and yearlong curricula developed by educators and researchers and aligned to Common Core standards. The move has the potential to upend the $8 billion textbook industry.

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How 'BeastMode' was born at Oakland Tech

Seattle Seahawks' running back Marshawn Lynch began shaking defenders in high school. 
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Berkeley cafe employee fired after telling black comedian to 'scram'

Bell's detailed online account of his experience at Elmwood Cafe went viral this week, leading the owner to fire the worker, but now has started a larger conversation about race in the East Bay and beyond. 
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Berkeley juggling elementary students, classes

A surge in kindergartners has the school district using up every inch of space and could use portable classrooms 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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SF IndieFest: 5 films you shouldn't miss

From the inspiring 'F R E E' to the creepy 'Black Mountain Side' to the charming and illuminating 'Beyond Clueless,' IndieFest is packed with low-budget gems. 
Eddie Murphy returning to 'Saturday Night Live'

The actor and comedian will appear on “SNL’s” 40th anniversary episode, marking his first time on the show in 31 years.