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  • Mourners gathered at a memorial service for those slain at Emanuel AME church, June 18.(ABCnews.go.com)
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  • The ancient city of Bam, Iran, captured and published in a new book by Judy Iranyi.  Photo by Judy Iranyi.

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Survey: One in Six Americans Living in Poverty

May 24, 2012 | 3 Comments

A record 49.1 million Americans (16 percent) are living below the federal poverty line, according to a recent survey. Considering the U.S. is one of the richest nations in the world, the results are sobering.

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Why I Can’t “Like” Facebook’s Valuation

May 22, 2012 | 21 Comments

The much hyped and anticipated IPO that placed Facebook’s valuation at a whopping $100 billion has been a huge flop, with the stock down by almost 30 percent from its peak share price of $45.

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Time for Change: Media Workers Seek Parity in New Contract

May 22, 2012 | 2 Comments

Management of the Bay Area News Group-East Bay, a local affiliate of MediaNews and Digital First Media, met with East Bay media workers Tuesday for preliminary talks over a new collective bargaining agreement between BANG and Pacific Media Workers Guild.

Posted in Media, News

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Overheard in Fog City: Julian Davis to Declare D5 Candidacy

May 20, 2012 | 40 Comments

Longtime San Francisco progressive organizer Julian Davis will officially declare this week his bid to unseat appointed District 5 Supervisor Christina Olague, Fog City Journal can confirm.

Posted in News, Politics

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On Your Marks! Acclaimed Trio Face-off for Glory in 101st Bay to Breakers

May 19, 2012 | No Comments

As the Zazzle Bay to Breakers kicks off its second century on May 20, 2012, the City of San Francisco can bank on seeing the highest caliber of competition to grace this race in decades. Welcoming back an Olympic silver medalist, the course record holder, and former Boston Marathon champ, this race is sure to be one to go down in the history books.

Posted in News, Sports

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Greece Battles for Democracy and Survival

May 17, 2012 | 23 Comments

Greece’s unemployment rate is 25 percent – and for people under the age of 25, it’s 50 percent. In the last three years, the stock market is down 90 percent, average wages are down 40 percent, and GDP is down 20 percent. It’s no wonder suicide, homelessness and crime rates are going through the roof.

Posted in Opinion, Politics

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AT&T Strike Threat Looms

May 16, 2012 | 4 Comments

A 17,000-worker walkout in California and Nevada looms as contract negotiations between AT&T West and Communications Workers of America stretch into a stagnant second month.

Posted in Labor, News, Technology

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Food Authors, Writers and Academics Urge UC Berkeley to “Embrace the Gill Tract Farm, Not Police it”

May 15, 2012 | 36 Comments

We urge the administration and campus police to drop all charges against the farmers and protesters, and to engage in good-faith negotiations to ensure that the Gill Tract is reserved for community-based agricultural use to be governed as a form of commons in conjunction with the farmers and local community.

Posted in Environment, Land Use

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Presidential Debate: San Francisco Greens Love Jill Stein and Roseanne Barr

May 14, 2012 | 15 Comments

The world described by Stein and Barr bears little resemblance to that described by incumbent President Barack Obama and Republican presidential contender Mitt Romney.

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Do Youthful Indiscretions Matter?

May 12, 2012 | 3 Comments

Mitt Romney’s past came out of the proverbial closet involving a fellow student who may have been in one. He couldn’t recall but didn’t deny the mean-spirited description of how he attacked and humiliated a student simply for looking different by pinning him down and cutting what Mitt deemed offensive long hair.

Posted in Opinion, Politics, Religion

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Gill Tract Farm Essential for Post-Peak Oil Food Security

May 11, 2012 | 3 Comments

Without food, we cannot survive and without local farms to grow and supply food in a post-peak oil world, the costs associated with traditional long-distance, oil-reliant food production will continue to soar and become unsustainable.

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Europeans Reject Austerity-Centric Fiscal Policies, Favor Growth; Social Capitalism

May 10, 2012 | 2 Comments

This new consensus seeks to elevate growth and job creation to equal status with fiscal consolidation/austerity, and so in that sense truly represents a new wind of change blowing across Europe.

Posted in Opinion, Politics

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CSU Faculty Union Votes to Strike

May 08, 2012 | No Comments

“While the university’s top brass get pay hike after pay hike and the Trustees find new and creative ways to give excessive raises to campus presidents, the students and workers suffer,” Senator Leland Yee said.

Posted in Education, Labor, News

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Consumer Chronicles: Maternity Coverage in Health Insurance Plans

May 07, 2012 | 4 Comments

Under Obamacare, starting in 2014, all new health plans sold to individuals and small businesses will be required to cover maternity and newborn care, services explicitly listed in the law as “essential health benefits” that health plans must provide.

Posted in Healthcare, Politics

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Milk Club Pens Letter Calling on Olague to Reject Attack on Historical Preservation

May 04, 2012 | 1 Comment

We are extremely troubled that you appear to be buying into the flawed, bogus and self-serving arguments by SPUR and other supporters of this legislation that historic preservation is classist and leads to gentrification, interferes with the production of affordable housing and is a tool of San Francisco’s elite.

Posted in Land Use, Politics