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Busted! Breast cancer, money and the media Part 9: Bad Data: The Dirty Laundry

01/07/2016
In the first eight parts of this series we learned how a breast cancer “epidemic” among wealthy white women was created by excess screening rates and promoted by the national media as a frightening reality. We learned about overdiagnosis and the true risk of getting breast cancer. We explored the...

Stinson neighbors appeal construction

01/07/2016
Stinson Beach neighbors who have opposed the construction of a new house in their backyard filed an appeal of the project late last month with the California Coastal Commission, which has final say-so in the matter. As a result of previous appeals of the project, the county instituted a moratorium...

Restorative justice practices taking root in West Marin

01/07/2016
Despite being one of the wealthiest counties in the United States, Marin still suffers from its share of social problems, among them kids who break the law. In West Marin, several community leaders have long puzzled over how to handle juvenile crimes and make the lessons learned stick. They say...

Sisters buy longstanding Point Reyes gift shop

01/07/2016
Sisters Rachel Delffs and Claudia Burke are two months into a new business venture as the owners of Viewpoints, renamed Leona’s, in downtown Point Reyes Station. Ms. Delffs, who is training a replacement for her job as the manager of West Marin Pharmacy, said that former Viewpoints owner Lee Flynn...

Stinson to drill test well

01/07/2016
The Stinson Beach County Water District has asked the county to approve a permit to drill a new test water well that would represent about 20 percent of the town’s drinking water supply. Located at the district’s Laurel Water Treatment Plant, the proposed well would first be used to test...

Inverness Frenchman launches pop music show

01/07/2016
When Seahaven resident Emmanuel Serriere started his first French music radio show in 1975, in San Francisco, he only had eight records. “So what?” a friend said to him. “Just ask listeners for music.” Over the next 10 years, Mr. Serriere, who last month started a new French pop music show on KWMR, amassed over 3,000 albums from listeners, music companies and the French consulate (where he met his wife during a visit to acquire some tunes)...

Highway 37 seal gives birth in Point Reyes colony

01/07/2016
A pregnant and adventurous 900-pound elephant seal that blocked traffic on Highway 37 in Sonoma was released this week, safe and sound, in the Point Reyes National Seashore, where she gave birth. On Dec. 28, in response to numerous calls from drivers, staff from the Marine Mammal Center arrived to...

Petition to label water additives

01/07/2016
A nonprofit group is gathering signatures for a ballot measure to suspend the Marin Municipal Water District’s program of dosing drinking water with chemical additives that increase fluoride until the district identifies those additives and their health risks. The measure also would require the district to submit a written statement...

Pharmacy letter in error

01/06/2016
An estimated 2,000 to 3,000 senior citizens received word last month that two insurers would no longer cover prescriptions at West Marin Pharmacy; however, the letter was sent in error, said owner Zsuzsanna Biran. The pharmacy confirmed that no lapse in coverage will occur for UnitedHealthcare and AARP’s Medicare patients...

A Christmas story

12/30/2015
In early November, Seahaven resident Lena Bivens woke up around 1 a.m. to a cacophony of mysterious crackling, booming and popping. When she opened the door to the living room, where her teenage daughter was sleeping on the sofa, she discovered a room suffused with smoke and French glass doors...

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