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2006-08-23 07:10:00

By Jim Christie OAKLAND, California -- Father Mark Wiesner has grown accustomed to wishing parishioners bon voyage as they flee the San Francisco area's high housing costs for California's Central Valley, where developers are increasingly transforming farms and ranches into a new suburbia. "So many young couples I marry have to go to Modesto or Tracy to start their married lives," said Wiesner, a Catholic priest in Oakland on the San Francisco Bay. "They simply can't afford to stay here in...

2006-05-04 15:40:01

By Adam Tanner SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - Every few weeks, someone climbs over the railing of San Francisco's famed Golden Gate Bridge and jumps to their death at one of the highest-profile suicide sites in the world. Local media rarely report the deaths, and few people have seen the dramatic suicides -- until now. Filmmaker Eric Steel's new film "The Bridge," which shows six suicides, premiered recently at New York's Tribeca and San Francisco's film festivals. Steel, 42, set up...

2006-04-18 08:14:02

By Leonard Anderson and Jim Christie SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - An earthquake on the San Andreas fault as large as the one that destroyed San Francisco a century ago could kill thousands and cause $150 billion in damage, scientists said on Monday on the eve of the 100th anniversary of the city's 1906 quake. Areas near the shorelines of San Francisco Bay, especially landfill, are particularly vulnerable. A repeat of the 7.9-magnitude 1906 quake on the San Andreas fault could kill...

2006-04-17 17:46:09

By Leonard Anderson and Jim Christie SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - An earthquake on the San Andreas fault as large as the one that destroyed San Francisco a century ago could kill thousands and cause $150 billion in damage, scientists said on Monday on the eve of the 100th anniversary of the city's 1906 quake. Areas near the shorelines of San Francisco Bay, especially landfill, are particularly vulnerable. A repeat of the 7.9-magnitude 1906 quake on the San Andreas fault could kill...

2006-03-10 18:38:56

SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - Local officials approved a study on Friday on possible alterations of the San Francisco's Golden Gate Bridge to stem jumping from America's most popular site for suicides. The study, the most comprehensive in a generation, follows more than a year of renewed debate on the issue that has plagued the distinctive nearly 2-mile- (3 km-)long bridge that connects San Francisco to the Marin Headlands. More than 1,300 people have jumped from the bridge to their...

2005-12-13 03:10:15

SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - The 1990s technology boom in the San Francisco Bay area lifted earnings of high-wage workers by 20 percent while low-wage workers' earnings remained flat, widening the income gap between wealthy and poor in the region, according to a report released on Tuesday. The region's high-tech economy, centered on Silicon Valley, rewarded high-wage employees and middle-income workers, but low-wage workers missed the rising economic tide from 1995 to 2000, according to...

2005-11-02 07:08:09

SACRAMENTO -- A major Northern California earthquake could severely damage the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta levee system and jeopardize the water supply for two-thirds of Californians for more than a year, a top state water official warned Tuesday. Last year, the unexplained collapse of a single levee shut water pumping for days and cost $100 million to repair. An earthquake could lead to the collapse of many sections of levees, which channel Northern California rivers on their run to San...

2005-10-21 08:16:04

SACRAMENTO, Calif. -- Saving the endangered delta smelt, a tiny fish considered a key indicator of the health of the Sacramento-San Joaquin River Delta, could cost hundreds of millions of dollars, according to a report being released Thursday. The price tag includes projects that also could aid other troubled species and the overall ecology of the delta, which provides drinking water to more than 70 percent of Californians. This summer, scientists said the delta smelt population had fallen...

2005-10-20 13:50:19

SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - A woman accused of dumping her three small children off a fishing pier to their deaths was in jail on Thursday as dozens of rescue workers searched the San Francisco Bay for two bodies still missing. Lashaun Harris, 23, was charged on Wednesday with killing her children near one of San Francisco's most popular tourist areas. The children were ages 6 years, 2 years, and six months. Police received a 911 emergency call from a passerby who saw a woman take off...

2005-10-15 06:58:30

(Corrects October 14 story to read in first paragraph ... copper-clad ... instead of ... cooper-clad ...) By Michael Kahn SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - San Francisco may finally have built its own masterpiece of modern architecture -- a towering $200 million copper-clad museum near the Golden Gate bridge. That would mark a big development in a city known for hilly Victorian neighborhoods and historic cable cars and where residents have long focused on preservation rather than embracing...


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tessitura
  • The prevailing range of a vocal or instrumental part, within which most of the tones lie.
This word is Italian in origin and comes from the Latin 'textura,' web, structure.