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Carpenter’s career cut short by cancer, but help arrives

Carlos Urrutia Felix, a union carpenter for more than 30 years in Contra Costa County, had a perilous job, navigating highrise scaffolding to install metal siding and drywall. But the thing that brought him to the ground was something he … More


Season of Sharing helps Bay Area food banks sustain those in need

The earthquake that damaged Napa Valley this summer brought new troubles — and new opportunities — to the Community Action of Napa Valley food bank. The program was just settling into new offices when the magnitude 6.0 temblor hit in … More

Ron Amey (left) enjoys watching his grandson Niko sink a basket in the front yard in Oakland.

Cancer patient gets health, finances back on track

Ronald and Darlene Amey, regular churchgoers, have been working hard their whole lives — he as a handyman, she as a letter carrier for the past 31 years. Ronald’s the kind of guy who will go to McDonald’s with $20 … More

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