Vanessa Rancaño

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In a little over a decade, the median rent in California has gone up 44 percent.  That squeezes everyone who rents, including college kids.  Financial aid hasn't kept up with rising non-tuition costs.  As part of our statewide collaboration looking at the California Dream, KQED's Vanessa Rancano has this profile of a San Bernardino single mother attending UC Berkeley who's having trouble affording a place to live in the Bay Area.

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Striking UC workers will stage day two of their three-day work walkout today (Tuesday).  KQED reporter Vanessa Rancano talked with picketers and UC officials, and filed this story for The California Report.

Tomorrow (Friday) marks the 150th anniversary of the creation of the University of California system.  It's also the time of year when high school seniors learn their fate... when both the UCs and CSUs send out admission decisions.  Many will be disappointed.  And while California's public universities will turn away thousands of eligible students, nearby out-of-state schools are opening their arms.  As part of our statewide public radio collaboration looking at the California Dream, KQED's Vanessa Rancano reports.

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In Perris, it's not just the neighbors who were unaware of what was happening inside the Turpin home where authorities found the 13 emaciated Turpin children.  The Turpin parents arrested on suspicion of child abuse were running a home school that authorities seem to know nothing about.  Now, the California Legislature is looking into changing rules for home schooling.  Reporter Vanessa Rancano has more.

For the past two years, Joseph Richardson has been trying to figure out how to keep young black men with knife and gunshot wounds from turning up again with similar injuries at Prince George's Hospital Trauma Center outside Washington, D.C.

As researchers have come to understand how poverty and its stresses influence children's brain development, they've begun untangling how that can lead to increased behavior problems and learning difficulties for disadvantaged kids.

Rather than trying to treat those problems, NYU child development specialists Adriana Weisleder and Alan Mendelsohn want to head them off.

You may have heard some of the fashion industry horror stories.

Models eating tissues or cotton balls to stave off hunger. Models collapsing from malnutrition-induced heart attacks just seconds after they step off the runway. Even models growing a layer of downy fuzz as their bodies try to keep warm.

On the northern Virginia farm where Helen Downs spent her childhood, Christmas meant a freshly butchered hog and an epic family meal. When she had her own children, Helen brought this spirit of abundance to their home.

Say it's Monday and it's a bad one. You overslept and definitely didn't shower, so your hair might smell and maybe you spill some coffee on your shirt while you're barreling toward the Metro, which is especially unfortunate because you're meeting with your boss at 9:30.

Just when you think your bloodstream has reached maximum cortisol saturation, a slow-moving elderly man steps between you and the train doors. Then he drops his wallet. Do you rush past him because you're too stressed to deal and there are plenty of other people around to step up — or do you help the guy out?

A week after protests over racism at their school became the biggest story in the country, 300 students, faculty and community members marched through the University of Missouri, Columbia campus behind a banner that read "Mizzou United, Columbia United." Their goal: to keep talking about what's been going on here, and why.

The six horsewomen of the Castro clan are gathered in the center of the rodeo ring. They sit high on their imported sidesaddles, their ruffled skirts tucked neatly beneath them. These women are bound by blood or marriage. During the week, one works as a hairdresser, another is a nanny, two are students, and the others clean houses. But when the northern Virginia weather allows, they spend their Saturday afternoons on horseback.

They sit high on their imported sidesaddles, their ruffled skirts tucked neatly beneath them at a ranch in northern Virginia. Las Amazonas del Dorado — this riding group slated to perform — are preparing for their next ride.

These six women are engaging in the sport of escaramuza, a group riding event performed only by women at Mexican rodeos.