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Celebrating Artistic Resilience: The Sarah K. Delson Arts Fellowship Inaugural Exhibition

SAN FRANCISCO, April 24 — The Drawing Room SF, in partnership with the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco, proudly announces the opening of the inaugural exhibition of the Sarah K. Delson Arts Fellowship Program. This momentous event celebrates the legacy of the late San Francisco artist Sarah Delson, who passed away on May 4, 2023. The fellowship program, inspired by Sarah’s profound passion for art, aims to support artists whose work has been significantly altered due to illness. Honoring Sarah Delson’s Legacy The fellowship is a testament to Sarah’s enduring impact on the art community. It is funded by

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Operation Broken Heart Leads to Arrests in Child Exploitation Crackdown

In a significant operation against child exploitation, the Contra Costa District Attorney’s Office has charged several men from the Bay Area. The operation, dubbed “Operation Broken Heart,” was conducted by the Contra Costa County Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force between February 26 and March 7, 2024. The task force’s efforts led to the arrest of six men, four of whom have already been charged, while two cases are under review. The operation aimed to identify and apprehend individuals intending to meet minors for sexual purposes. It was a collaborative effort involving the Contra Costa County Sheriff’s Office, the Danville

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Generative AI could leave users holding the bag for copyright violations

Anjana Susarla, Professor of Information Systems, Michigan State University Generative artificial intelligence has been hailed for its potential to transform creativity, and especially by lowering the barriers to content creation. While the creative potential of generative AI tools has often been highlighted, the popularity of these tools poses questions about intellectual property and copyright protection. Generative AI tools such as ChatGPT are powered by foundational AI models, or AI models trained on vast quantities of data. Generative AI is trained on billions of pieces of data taken from text or images scraped from the internet. Generative AI uses very powerful machine learning methods such as deep learning and transfer learning on such

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Richmond Resident Faces Serious Charges for Illegal Arsenal

In Martinez, California, the Contra Costa District Attorney’s Office has brought forth a 21-count felony complaint against Lawrence Robert Hansen, a 68-year-old Richmond man, for the possession of an extensive collection of illegal firearms, high-capacity magazines, and homemade explosives. Hansen, who is currently detained, was apprehended on March 17th by the Richmond Police based on an outstanding warrant. His name appears on the Armed and Prohibited Persons System, indicating he is legally barred from owning or possessing firearms. The charges stem from a series of incidents where Hansen allegedly made violent threats related to firearms to medical staff at a

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Climate change is shifting the zones where plants grow – here’s what that could mean for your garden

With the arrival of spring in North America, many people are gravitating to the gardening and landscaping section of home improvement stores, where displays are overstocked with eye-catching seed packs and benches are filled with potted annuals and perennials. But some plants that once thrived in your yard may not flourish there now. To understand why, look to the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s recent update of its plant hardiness zone map, which has long helped gardeners and growers figure out which plants are most likely to thrive in a given location. Comparing the 2023 map to the previous version from 2012 clearly shows

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Princess of Wales and King Charles: one in two people develop cancer during their lives – the diseases and treatments explained

Gavin Metcalf, Cancer Biologist and Lecturer in Biomedical Science, Anglia Ruskin University The Princess of Wales released a moving video message on March 22 to address speculation about her health. In it, the future queen disclosed that she’d been diagnosed with cancer following tests conducted after she underwent major abdominal surgery at a clinic in London in January. Catherine explained that she was undergoing “preventative chemotherapy” – but emphasised that her surgery had been successful, and that she was “well” and “getting stronger every day”. The message was the second announcement of a royal family cancer diagnosis in recent weeks. On February 5, Buckingham Palace published a

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Ramadan finds greater recognition in America’s public schools

Amaarah DeCuir, Senior Professorial Lecturer in Education, American University Ramadan – the Islamic month of fasting – is expected to begin at sunset on March 10, 2024. The likely first day of fasting will be Monday, March 11. Amaarah DeCuir, who researches Muslim student experiences, offers insights into how public schools can move toward greater recognition of the sacred Islamic month. How many Muslim students are enrolled in public schools in the US? There are 3.85 million Muslims in the United States. Of that number, 1.35 million are children. Although this may only represent a small portion of public school students nationwide – and many Muslim

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