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Original Inknew

The untold story of how California women broke body art boundaries.
Metro Silicon Valley  |  Jody Amable  |  04-19-2016  |  Culture

God Save the Queennew

Hobby beekeeping surges as scientists debate the mystery of disappearing bees.
Metro Silicon Valley  |  Henry Housekeeper  |  03-21-2016  |  Environment

Political NASCARnew

A Republican millionaire’s plan to shame the California Legislature into reform.
Metro Silicon Valley  |  Josh Koehn  |  03-14-2016  |  Politics

Silicon Valley's Wage Theft Epidemicnew

A series of egregious wage theft cases show how Silicon Valley’s disruptive industries can open the door for employee abuse.
Metro Silicon Valley  |  Jennifer Wadsworth  |  03-10-2016  |  Business & Labor

Homeless Techie Launches Janitorial Startupnew

British ex-pat Simon Brooks stumbled into the cleaning business after a failed tech venture left him broke and homeless in Silicon Valley.
Metro Silicon Valley  |  Jennifer Wadsworth  |  02-25-2016  |  Business & Labor

How Satan Became the New Face of Secularismnew

A meet and greet with Silicon Valley's Satanists.
Metro Silicon Valley  |  Jennifer Wadsworth  |  02-05-2016  |  Culture

The Dodgy Politics Behind the Levi's Stadium Dealnew

A civil grand jury has been quietly investigating the oversight body of Levi’s Stadium, home to the San Francisco 49ers and Super Bowl 50, while billionaire developers play chess for Santa Clara’s future.
Metro Silicon Valley  |  Josh Koehn  |  02-05-2016  |  Housing & Development

The Myth of Super Bowl Sex Traffickingnew

With no evidence of a Big Game-related spike, the crackdown on trafficked humans more often than not targets sex workers and consenting adults.
Metro Silicon Valley  |  John Flynn  |  01-22-2016  |  Culture

The Unforgettable Party That No One Can Remembernew

From tie-died, rainbow hallucinations to San Jose City Hall's gray concrete plaza, the hazy history of the night that cemented the counterculture and changed America.
Metro Silicon Valley  |  Geoffrey Dunn  |  12-15-2015  |  Culture

Waste Notnew

Silicon Valley has joined a nationwide push to feed the hungry with uneaten food that would otherwise end up in landfills.
Metro Silicon Valley  |  Jennifer Wadsworth  |  12-11-2015  |  Food+Drink

The Cult of Catnew

While the Internet popularized the cat video with its attendant memes, salable kitsch and viral stars, the genre—if one could call it that—dates back to the inception of cinema. For reasons probed by social science and debated by cultural critics, we have long obsessed over cats. Yet in the past decade, with the advent of cheap cameras and online video sharing, that fascination has reached fever-pitch frenzy.
Metro Silicon Valley  |  Jennifer Wadsworth  |  11-11-2015  |  Culture

California Nudist Resort Exploits Workersnew

A lawsuit claims that the owners of Los Gatos nudist resort Lupin Lodge effectively reduced dozens of live-in workers to indentured servitude.
Metro Silicon Valley  |  Jennifer Wadsworth  |  10-22-2015  |  Business & Labor

Passing Grassnew

A sweeping package of bills signed into law by Gov. Jerry Brown will transform California’s billion-dollar medical marijuana sector with a complex system of testing and licensing.
Metro Silicon Valley  |  Jennifer Wadsworth  |  10-16-2015  |  Drugs

Housing Crisis Leaves Section 8 Renters on Outside Looking Innew

In Silicon Valley, 1,028 people have a rental subsidy in hand but no place to use it, leaving them in limbo, bunking with friends or family, ducking under tents and overpasses or languishing in shelters.
Metro Silicon Valley  |  Jennifer Wadsworth  |  09-24-2015  |  Homelessness

Silicon Valley’s Low-Income Renters Find Few Protections from Predatory Landlordsnew

A public interest lawsuit that paints one property owner as an unrepentant slumlord reflects a growing power imbalance between landlords and tenants.
Metro Silicon Valley  |  Jennifer Wadsworth  |  09-17-2015  |  Housing & Development

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