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Pandora faces competition from Apple’s iTunes Radio amidst financial losses.

Oakland North-After just a few days on the job, Brian McAndrews, the new Chief Executive Officer of Internet radio giant Pandora, is already faced with a serious challenge. As of Wednesday, the company is competing with Apple’s new iTunes Radio service, which many analysts believe could end Pandora’s long-standing domination of the Internet radio market.

Oakland business owners access credit through Kiva Zip.

Oakland North-In 2005, Kiva, a non-profit based in San Francisco, started lending money to poor people in countries around the globe. Now Kiva Zip, an offshoot of the organization, is using the same crowdfunding model to raise money for zero percent interest loans for people hoping to start small businesses in cities across the United States.

Conference seeks to connect venture capital with minority entrepreneurs.

Oakland North-The Bay Area accounts for 40% of all venture capital invested in the United States in 2012, according the National Venture Capital Association, an organization that tracks venture capital. But while there are billions of dollars available to Bay Area entrepreneurs, accessing that money can be a challenge – especially for nontraditional businesses with minority founders.

Rep. Sam Farr says Republican-led “war on the oceans” has local impacts.

Monterey County Weekly-Politicians often declare battles that have nothing to do with bombs or troops, like the “war on women” or the “war on poverty.” Now, Rep. Sam Farr (D-Carmel) is coining a defensive political fight the “war on our oceans.”

County D.A. joins suit after local Walgreens stores are found violating waste laws.

Monterey County Weekly-The nationwide drugstore chain Walgreens is under scrutiny for its waste disposal practices in light of a civil suit filed in Alameda County on June 1. Allegations made by 35 California district attorney’s offices include claims that over the course of a year, more than 600 stores in the state improperly disposed of hazardous material, including bleach, pesticides and medical waste including flu vaccines.

$1.3 million federal grant aims to boost community health in Seaside.

Monterey County Weekly-The leading causes of death in Seaside are heart disease, cancer and accidents, according to a California Department of Health report. But a new initiative aims to make the city a healthier place all around.

Journalists work to get late Herald editor Ed Kennedy a Pulitzer for WWII reporting.

Monterey County Weekly-He witnessed Germany surrender to the allies in 1945 and broke the news that WWII was over, arguably the biggest scoop of the 20th century.

A ten-day “final exam” in the British Virgin Islands.

Adventure Sports Journal-Graduating from UC Santa Cruz in spring 2011 wrapped up 17 years of education and left me with a yearning to do something “hands-on,” maybe a back to nature experience. To be honest, I wasn’t totally sure. Some people get their jitters out climbing Half Dome or heli-skiing. I decided to go with a ten-day sailing trip in the Caribbean.

Venture airline attempts Netflix-style travel subscriptions out of Monterey.

Monterey County Weekly-No planes, no FAA approval? Apparently no problem for Surf Air, a would-be luxury airline with a business model modeled after Netflix.

Carmel-based startup envisions greener portable classrooms.

Monterey County Weekly-Toxic dust, stale indoor air, mold and formaldehyde. The California Air Resources Board found all of them in the least desirable place: California’s K-12 classrooms.

Residents of Carmel Valley public-housing complex allege mismanagement.

Monterey County Weekly-Rain Johnston stands outside the apartment that was her home until just 30 minutes ago, fidgeting with a miniature American flag. The management shut her out, she says, before she could get her medications for a heart condition and knee and spine injuries.

Carmel Valley nonprofit incubates a tech-heavy dream for education reform.

Monterey County Weekly-It’s not uncommon to hear about a 2-year-old who can use an iPad before a toilet. But when she steps into a classroom, her precocious web proficiency might be suppressed in favor of textbooks and pencils.

An essay on living at home, with the ’rents, when that wasn’t part of the plan.

Monterey County Weekly-Every morning I wake up at 6am to a coffee grinder. It’s triggered by my roommate. And my roommate is my mother.