The Express, the Planet and Village Voice Media

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By Tim Redmond

The new owners of the East Bay Express are settling into their offices -- and already, the current and former ownership has become something of an issue. The Berkelely Daily Planet last week quoted Express editor Steve Buel -- who ran the paper when it was owned by Village Voice Media (formerly New Times) and is now part of the independent ownership group -- saying some rather unkind things about his former bosses:

While Buel wouldn’t confirm reports Read more »

Half-speed progress on high-speed rail

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By Steven T. Jones
The Legislature is poised to rebuke Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger's obstructionism on creating a much-needed high-speed rail system for California. Read more »

Rock it science

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By Beth Gilomen

We all like to think that we are unique little snowflakes. We assume that we formulate opinions of our own will and make our own decisions about our likes and dislikes. Read more »

Eric Mar running for supe in D1

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By Tim Redmond

This was hardly secret, but now it's official: School Board member Eric Mar, long a progressive leader, will announce soon that he's running for supervisor in District One. And in the meantime, he's working against the McGoldrick recall.

A secret hold on an FOIA bill

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By Tim Redmond

An important bill to reform the federal Freedom of Information Act has cleared the Senate Judiciary Committee, but can't go to the floor for a vote because one senator has placed an anonymous hold on it. Read more »

A secret hold on FOIA bill

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By Tim Redmond

An important bill to reform the federal Freedom of Information Act has cleared the Senate Judiciary Committee, but can't go to the floor for a vote because one senator has placed an anonymous hold on it. Read more »

Sometimes it's just too easy

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by Amanda Witherell

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The pugnacious Nathan Nayman photo courtesy of examiner.com

Now, I know it's easy to get really jealous when other people write better than you do but plagiarism is still the deadliest of sins when it comes to putting the word out.

But don't let that stop Nathan Nayman! Read more »

Betting on the mayor

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By Steven T. Jones
I'll be the first to admit that I barely understand the complexities of futures markets, but I'm proud to say that I've already made a few hundred bucks off this fall's mayor's race. OK, it isn't real money, and this market for who will be our next mayor is a contrivance of the SF Usual Suspects. Yet it's a fun and interesting new way to handicap the upcoming race. BTW, I'm swimming in Ross Mirkarimi shares in case anybody wants to make me a good offer. Read more »

Pushing the electronic envelope

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By Sean Manning

If the advent of sample culture has taught us anything, it’s that you can’t just slap two and two together and expect to make something transcendent. For every Grey Album there are countless forgettable mash-ups attempting to play “What if?” with pop’s back catalogue and even more pointless remixes. Read more »

About Zoellick

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By Sarah Phelan
Wolfowitz may be on his way out, but get this: Robert Zoellick the guy picked to replace him, was one of the signatories (along with Wolfowitz, Donald Rumsfeld, Richard Perle, Elliott Abrams, Zalmay Khalilzad, John R. Bolton, Richard Armitage, William Kristol, and others) of a Jan. 26, 1998 letter to President Bill Clinton drafted by the Project for a New American Century calling for "removing Saddam's regime from power."