Nuclear meltdown: It could happen here

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The death toll from the earthquake and tsunami in Japan is horrible, and it's going to get worse. In fact, it could get a whole lot worse, if one of the nuclear power plants now on the edge of disaster actually melts down or cracks open. Either way, a huge amount of radioactive material could be dispersed in an densely populated area. It's a nightmare that a lot of us have been worried about for years.Read more »

SFBG Radio: What is NPR afraid of?

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Today we discuss why everyone seems to be afraid of a few right-wing nuts and why an undercover videographer whose work is consistently shown to be shoddy keeps getting all this attention. Listen after the break. Read more »

Local efforts to help Japan

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Several prominent international charities are accepting donations for Japan's earthquake relief efforts, but many local organizations have stepped up to the plate too. Here's a roundup of Bay Area organizations we've found that have set up relief funds or are hosting benefits to help Japan in the aftermath of the devastating earthquake and tsunami.

Ebisu, one of San Francisco's oldest Japanese restaurants, will donate some of its profits toward earthquake relief. Read more »

There are better ways to respond to Japan disaster

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A disaster of epic proportions has devastated Japan, and the world continues to hold its breath as the threat of a nuclear meltdown continues. Yet CNBC's Larry Kudlow, speaking during a live broadcast about global markets on March 11, had this to say about the state of affairs: "The human toll here looks to be much worse than the economic toll, and we can be grateful for that." Then he backpedaled, saying, "the human toll is a tragedy, we all know that." Read more »

Do the leprechaun swing

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Does the standard set of St. Patrick’s Day festivities leaving you feeling a little bit like boiled cabbage? We rounded up a shamrock patch full of St. Paddy's events this year, but you might also try celebrating the Celts with a bit more steam -- punk, that is. Get hep with San Fran swingers (dance, you filthies!) Swing Goth at the third annual Steam Punktrick's Day. The event will feature Nathanial Johnstone, intrepid violinist from steampunk band Abney Park, donning his fiddler’s cap with his side project, the Nathanial Johnstone Band.

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Appetite: 2 intriguing new food memoirs

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Just released in early March, here are two new reads I'd recommend not only for foodies but for fans of the absorbing, well-crafted memoir.

>>Life, On the Line by Grant Achatz & Nick Kokonas: When Alinea's chef genius Grant Achatz writes a memoir, it's destined to get buzz among foodies. When this visionary chef was diagnosed with stage four tongue cancer, threatened to lose his tongue and taste buds (something devastating to anyone, much less a celebrated chef), it was news well beyond the food world.Read more »

A meeting of Mayor Lee and Bloomberg's minds

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Mayor Ed Lee described New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg as “a model of mine” as the two men exchanged gifts in the Mayor's Office, and reporters unsuccessfully tried to figure out which of the two men is taller.

Bloomberg gave Lee a box of golf balls, Lee gave Bloomberg a trolley bell, organic hot dogs, a lifetime membership to the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, and the two men had a meeting of the minds when it came to the need for big cities to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

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Dick Meister: Teachers Need Strong Unions

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Like many people, I'm sure, Washington Post writer Matt Miller is confused about, "where to come down on the question of who should 'win''" in the struggle of public employees against attempts to strip them of collective bargaining rights and otherwise weaken them.

I know which side I'm on - the public employees and their unions.  But though highly sympathetic to the public employees cause, Matt Miller is not against the employees and their unions losing some of their powers and benefits – with one major exception: Teachers.

Again, I make no exceptions. I think we should rally around the cause of all public employees. But though Miller doesn't necessarily agree, he does make a strong argument for making special efforts in behalf of teachers. For "the  future of the country depends on the public-sector workers known as teachers."

I guess I should make a full disclosure here:  I was formerly a member of the AFL-CIO's American Federation of Teachers and my wife Gerry is a current member. So I'm probably prejudiced. And should be. Read more »

The craziest local tsunami video you're likely to see

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So that duffel bag you packed at five this morning when your aunt from Maryland woke you up heaving with the news from Japan ended up staying in your vestibule. Man, does San Francisco love a good tsunami warning – so much so that we drop everything and head to the beach to watch for chance of impending watery doom! Read more »

5 Things: March 11, 2011

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>>SHE WANTS TO BE WHERE THE PEOPLE ARE For years Ariel Soto has been documenting her fashion finds found while hitting the streets of San Francisco on sfbg.com. She's finally compiled her satorial spreads into a book, and will be giving sneak peaks of it to the lucky trendoids that find their way to her photo show at Density tomorrow, from 7-9 p.m. We'll be in attendance to see if our off-shoulder velour onesie made it into her best-of pics – and of course, to check for Herald and Biko. Read more »

Apology for heritage betrayal

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Ben Walsh brought it to our attention today regarding our St. Patrick's Day coverage in the paper this week. As Mr. Walsh delicately put it:

Well, it looks like you're part of the stupid "Irish car bomb and corned beef" school of tiresome, clichéd paddywhackery anyway, but still, for fuck's sake your name is Caitlin Donohue, make an effort?

It's also "Eire", not "Erie", if you must. Read more »

Business groups defend unsolicited Yellow Pages distribution

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A smorgasbord of groups including the SF Chamber of Commerce, the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers, and LGBT publishers announced their opposition to the proposed ordinance to stop distributing the print Yellow Pages to everyone who doesn't specifically request not to receive them.Read more »

American Idol: Adam Lambert and Diddy

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My first question: How are they going to fill an hour getting rid of one person (when Survivor does it at the end of the show in about five minutes)?Read more »

SFBG Radio: The end of Democrats?

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Today, Johnny Angel (check out his new tune here) and Johnny Venom talk about the situation in Wisconsin, how the Republicans are trying to defund the Democratic Party -- and why they may live to regret it. Listen after the jump. Read more »

Census no surprise to outmigration taskforce

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 “San Francisco is losing its black population faster than any other large city in the United States — and the trend is unlikely to stop unless the city takes immediate action.” That’s what the Guardian wrote in August 2008, when we covered a draft report that the Mayor’s African American out-migration task force produced.

But despite the taskforce’s dire warnings, the Mayor’s Office didn’t hold a press conference when the final report was published in 2009. Instead, it was quietly posted on the Redevelopment Agency’s Website, where you can still find it today tucked into the bottom lefthand corner.

And despite the report’s numerous recommendations, taskforce members say that little funding had been made available to turn their ideas into realities.
So, it comes as no surprise that San Francisco’s black population continues to shrink while that of Asian Americans and Latinos make big gains.
According to newly released 2010 Census figures, San Francisco’s total population grew by 3.7 percent to 805,235 in the past decade, the Asian and Latino populations each swelled by 11 percent, the white population shrank by 12.5 percent—and the black population shrank by 22.6 percent. Read more »