G.W. Schulz

A reporter in Wolf’s clothing

The contempt case against a local videographer is the latest to test press rights
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gwschulz@sfbg.com
If freelance journalist Josh Wolf goes to jail for refusing to turn over what federal prosecutors say is video evidence of a crime that allegedly took place during a demonstration in July 2005, he'll no doubt become a bigger cause célèbre in the lefty blogosphere.
But that doesn't exactly make the prospect of jail time tantalizing. Read more »

An itemized bill for murder

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By G.W. Schulz

Both the Contra Costa Times and the Sacramento Bee ran large Sunday features on their front pages chronicling gun violence in the East Bay and Sacramento County. Read more »

Private-prison blues

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By G.W. Schulz

Nashville is known mostly as a home for some of the best and worst artists country music has to offer. But the city has quietly played host to something else over the years – privatization. The Nashville business community is dominated in part by the nation’s largest privatization outfits, which earn lucrative contracts performing services for the public sector such as hospital and jail management. Read more »

Jesus built my veto ... It's a love affair

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By G.W. Schulz

This week’s presidential veto may not have been signed if Bush were forced to call each and every American suffering from a debilitating spinal-chord injury to explain his position on federal funding for embryonic stem-cell research.

The dialogue in such a fantasy might have gone something like this:

American suffering from debilitating spinal-chord injury: “Uh, yeah, Mr. Read more »

Panic mode

Why do killers still get away with the "gay panic" defense?
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gwschulz@sfbg.com
If a gay man ever attempted to argue that he was forced to kill a straight woman because he feared she would make a pass at him, the judge, the jury, and the press would probably laugh him out of court.
But in at least a handful of cases across the country, criminal defendants recently have attempted to convince juries that they temporarily endured insanity after discovering their murder victims were lesbian, gay, bisexual, or transgender. Read more »

Poll position

Field Research Corporation is going over the top to keep unions out
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gwschulz@sfbg.com
A San Francisco–based political pollster is showing there's little it won't do to keep an AFL-CIO affiliate from organizing its phone-bank operators.
The respected Field Research Corporation provides survey data for major newspapers across California, including the San Francisco Chronicle. The company is perhaps best known for its Field Poll, which gauges public opinion on everything from electoral candidates and earthquakes to steroids and immigration. Read more »

FEMA gets a makeover

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By G.W. Schulz

The major news organizations hardly touched it, but a congressional appropriations provision reorganizing and renaming FEMA passed the Senate 87 to 11 last week. To his begrudging credit, Sen. Read more »

Jason Leopold inspires yet another correction

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By G.W. Schulz

When the controversial journalist Jason Leopold botched a story last May for lefty media purveyors Truthout.org, the Columbia Journalism Review took him out to the woodshed. Read more »

Prop. A reality check

Just weeks after the homicide prevention measure failed - a beloved DJ is shot dead in the Mission
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gwschulz@sfbg.com
The greatest irony of Proposition A's failure last month seemed to be what took place just a few short weeks after the June 6 election.
Prop. A would have budgeted $30 million over the next three years to fund violence prevention services for at-risk populations, such as anxious teens looking for a break from order during the warm summer months. Read more »

Jane Mayer in The New Yorker

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By G.W. Schulz

Jane Mayer’s exceptional profile of David Addington in the July 3 New Yorker admittedly confirms much of what we already knew about this presidential administration. But Addington for some time has managed somehow to fly below the radar despite his clear and aggressive leadership role among neoconservatives in the White House.