The big news in Rock Rapids

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By Bruce B. Brugmann

There is no bigger news, nor more excitement, in Rock Rapids, Iowa, and the other little towns in the Midwest, than when their high school has a winning football season.
(Sometimes, it is basketball or baseball.)

Our football team at Central Lyon is now in the semi-finals in the state tournament in Cedar Falls, putting a 23 game winning streak on the line, and is playing right now this afternoon.

Jim Wells is flashing me the play by play. He reports that most of the town is at the game.

First play of the game: "WE LOVE IT!!!!! First play of the game. Read more »

What was the Coast Guard thinking?

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SFist has posted a link from BoatingSF that shows the path of the Cosco Busan, based on freely available data that even amateur boaters have. The Chronicle reports that the Coast Guard knew the ship was headed for the bridge. The Vehicle Tracking Service on Yerba Buena Island has sophisticated radar and GPS gear and can watch every damn boat on the Bay; why didn't anyone tell the captain and pilot to get back on course?

The Dan Wilson peppermint latte, or how it feels to be free

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By Benedict Sinclair

Sometimes there’s a mood. One where dessert must coat the human drama. You need a pleasure, perhaps a guilty one. The kind of sublimity you’ll find in the songwriting of Dan Wilson, Grammy Award-winning craftsman behind the Dixie Chicks’ “Not Ready to Make Nice” and frontperson for alt-rockers Semisonic. Wilson once penned the Grammy-nominated radio classic “Closing Time” with the band. Read more »

Waterboarding Dianne Feinstein's hair?

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Today's Ammianoliner:

Mukasey pledges not to waterboard Dianne Feinstein's hair. It's been tortured enough, he said.

(From the answering machine of Sup. Tom Ammiano on Friday, Nov. 9, 2007.)

Can I get a diva? Roisin Murphy to the rescue

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By Todd Lavoie

Looking for something sass-alicious to wrap your ears around? Something deep and soulful and dripping with attitude? Former Moloko vocalist Roisin Murphy has just released her second solo disc, Overpowered (EMI), and it's a floor-burner. What a way to spend an hour and work off some cold-weather calories - looks like Murphy is several steps further into divahood.

I'm picky about my divas. Read more »

The oil spill -- how to help

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Well, in the end we need to recognize that this was a disaster waiting to happen with thousands of ships coming into the bay carrying nasty fuel oil and a Coast Guard that appeared to be lackadasical about the potential for disaster.

But for now, sfist has a nice handy guide on how you can help.

Hummus for the Holidays

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Tired of turkey? Had it with ham? Chucking the…yeah, well, you get the idea.

By Amber Peckham

If the holiday fare for the last few years has become as boring as your relatives, you might want to sign up for the free – yes, free - vegan cooking class being offered by Wellness Central on November 18. The class will be held in the Loughborough Center and will last around 90 minutes. Read more »

Collage Party at Creative Growth

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If you’re wondering what to do today, there is surely nothing better than joining The Collage Party at Creative Growth, winners of this year’s Lifetime Achievement Goldie award.
I’ll be there in spirit, because there are few things I love more than collage (I’ve got a dozen unfinished projects at home, so I’ll cut je Read more »

The Syrian perspective on American empire

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The U.S. is playing a dangerous and disingenuous game in the Middle East, Syria's ambassador to the U.S. Imad Moustapha said last night at the Commonwealth Club. Read more »

Newsom keeps dropping

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New election results are out, and Mayor Gavin Newsom's winning percentage continues to drop. He's gone from the high 70s in early returns to 68 percent now. Quintn Mecke is now in second place, with almost 8 percent, and Harold Hoogasian is in third with 6.5 percent. Read more »