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Pac-12 Networks Shafts Broadcast Technicians

Has income inequality really become the ?defining challenge of our time? as President Obama has proclaimed?

What To Make of Seattle?s $15 Minimum Wage Plan

If you?re a low-wage worker in Seattle good luck figuring out how much you will earn under Mayor Ed Murray?s proposal to raise the minimum wage to $15 an hour.

The New Conscientious Test Objectors at International High School in NYC

A couple of days ago a New York area code popped up on my cell phone. I didn?t recognize the number?but when a teacher on the other end of line said that she was organizing a testing boycott at her high school, I certainly recognized the situation.

Should We Step in to Help Nigeria Find Kidnapped Girls?

It's been two weeks since 234 students were abducted by the terrorist group Boko Haram, and Nigerian lawmakers say the country needs help.


Underneath a visually austere surface, Abdellah Taia?s adaptation of his autobiographical novel ?Salvation Army? yields a look at the hidden springs of gay Moroccan life.


Bruce Vilanch's sparks will bring laughs to the Eureka Theatre with delightful, tuneful and captivating music. And of course, the Talented Show Stopper Vilanch will probably give out gang buster ditties. And we are talking high quality here. Believe in me - it will be unbridled Joy.

75 SF Tech Companies Back Ellis Reform as Key Vote Nears

Nearly 75 tech companies affiliated with, including Twitter and Salesforce, have signed a public letter urging legislators to support State Senator Mark Leno?s Ellis Act reform bill, SB 1439.

Despite Local 'No' Votes, Teamsters International Declares UPS Contract Ratified

On April 16 members of Local 89 in Louisville voted no on their supplement for the second time, this time by 94 percent. Members were angry that they spend up to an hour a day?unpaid?on a shuttle that takes them to and from the parking lot to their work stations; the site is that big. Show More Summary

New Book Details Police Resistance to a Changing San Francisco, 1950-1972

San Francisco changed dramatically from 1950-1972, a transition to a more racially and sexually diverse city that its police force fought to suppress. Police harassment of the Tenderloin?s gay youth, North Beach Bohemians, African-American public housing residents and others were backed by the city?s political elite, but these practices changed as public sentiment shifted.

Liberal friend plus Obamacare saves conservative crank's life.

This is the sort of story that sends chills down the spines of conservatives everywhere:

Activists Hold Competing Rallies on Short-Term Rental Restrictions

The fight for short-term rental regulation heated up on April 26 large rallies both in support and against Supervisor Chiu?s legislation on the subject were held in front of City Hall.

As Pacers Implode, Bird Avoids Blame

Since Indiana Pacers President Larry Bird made a major midseason trade, the team has imploded. Yet Bird, the best white NBA player over the last thirty years, gets no blame in the media for wrecking the Pacers chemistry.

Arne Duncan Has Labeled Every School in Washington a Failure. Cue the Revolt.

The ultimate absurdity of the No Child Left Behind Act (NCLB) has been visited upon my home state of Washington.

Donald Sterling Confirms Race Still Matters

As much as we'd like to place Clippers owner Donald Sterling?s racist rants in isolation, they followed a U.S. Supreme Court ruling upholding Michigan?s abolition of affirmative action, and its prior holding that the Voting Rights Act was no longer needed. Show More Summary

Critical CA Cellphone Bill Remains Largely Unknown

Senator Mark Leno?s smartphone ?kill switch? bill failed to pass last week, but could still pass in May when SB 962 comes up for another vote. Yesterday, we suggested grassroots mobilization would help get the bill passed. I talked to phone users yesterday to test enthusiasm for the bill---and to find out if they'd even heard of it.

Renters? Rebate Bill Passes Key Assembly Committee

A bill to provide for a renters? rebate for low-income California tenant passed a key committee earlier today. Co-sponsored by Tenants Together, the bill addresses a central demand of the Renters? Day of Action held in Sacramento earlier this year. The bill is co-authored by Assembly Members Phil Ting (D ? San Francisco) and Tom Daly (D ? Anaheim).

If Smart Phone Users Mobilize, They Can Stop Thefts

On April 24, the California State Senate defeated SB 962, which requires smart phones to have a ?kill switch? that would render them inoperable in case of theft. But if smart phone users mobilize pressure against Democrats who opposed the bill, they can turn defeat into victory when the bill returns for a vote in May.

Soda tax myths: Big Soda Says It's Your Fault If You're Fat

In Big Soda's world, the negative health impact of sugary beverages is limited to just obesity. As if obesity were the only consequence of drinking too many sugary drinks, or even the most important one.

New Film on Slain Chicano Journalist Ruben Salazar on PBS April 29

If you grew up in Los Angeles in the 1960s, or followed Chicano politics of the era, you knew how much Ruben Salazar contributed to the movement. And many believe that?s why the Los Angeles Sheriff?s Department killed him.

Chronicle Misrepresents Disability Community Opposition to BART's New Cars

My image, photographed by Lea Suzuki, was used to accompany an article published on April 17, by John Wildermuth on Unfortunately, the photographs and its captions do not accurately reflect my disappointment in the new BART car designs.

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