Ruth Bader Ginsburg made three notable visits to Stanford over the years, culminating with a talk that looked beyond the courts and politics.

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Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg speaks before a small audience at the Taube Hillel House, on the Stanford campus, February 7, 2017. (Photo by Charles Russo)

A native daughter of Brooklyn. A scholar of Cornell and Harvard, professor at Rutgers and Columbia. An iconic figure of Washington.

Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s life and legacy were widely based around the East Coast and its institutions.

However, she did make some notable appearances here on the Peninsula over the years, namely at Stanford University. In fact, her biographical info often omits that she briefly studied at Stanford from 1977–78, as a fellow at the Center for Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences (where she lived on the Center’s idyllic retreat-like campus up in the hills to the west of the Stanford golf course). …

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6–5–0 LLocal: One of the four llamas currently being housed at the Cow Palace in Daly City, which has served as a local evacuation center for large animals and livestock who have been endangered by the CZU Lightning Complex wildfires in San Mateo and Santa Cruz counties. (Photo by Charles Russo)

Aided by donations and community hustle, the Cow Palace rallied on short notice to house over 200 local animals displaced by the nearby fires.

Petunia was feeling anxious.

And she wasn’t shy about vocalizing it either. If anyone got within 20 yards of her, she’d let loose a continuous series of uniquely pig-like barks and snorts, even as the other hogs nearby just lay languid in the hay.

In another pen, an all-white peacock moved about with its own skittishness. …

Donate a meal, shelter an animal, offer up lodgings….and many more ways to pitch in.

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The La Honda Fire Station, home to a volunteer fire brigade, is situated near the northern part of the CZU August Lightning Complex. (Photo by Kate Bradshaw)

Fire season has returned and with a vengeance, as an assortment of different wildfires continue to burn around the state. Here in the 6–5–0 area code, the south coast area has been greatly affected in recent days, with large swaths of the region impacted and many residents forced to evacuate.

As these wildfire emergencies continue, we have compiled this list of local resources for both staying informed and helping.

Take a look and please contribute where you can….

(If you’re aware of any others, please email or leave the relevant information in a comment at the bottom of the story.) …


Charles Russo

Editor of; SF Bay Area Author & Journalist

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