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An Unhappy Anniversary for Labor

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It was 25 years ago this month that Ronald Reagan struck the blow that sent the American labor movement tumbling into a decline it’s still struggling mightily to reverse.
Reagan, one of the most antilabor presidents in history, set the decline in motion by firing 11,500 of the overworked and underpaid air traffic controllers whose work was essential to the operation of the world’s most complex aviation system.
Reagan fired them because they dared respond to his administration’s refusal to bargain fairly on a new contract by striking in violation of the law prohibiting strikes by federal employ Read more »

COMMENTARY

The Jailing Of One California Journalist And Imminent Jailing Of Two More Represent An Illicit Power-Grab And Usurpation Of State Sovereignty By The Bush Justice Department
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A freelance documentary filmmaker is in jail in Dublin, CA, for refusing to comply with a subpoena to turn over to federal prosecutors the out-takes of his filming of a 2005 street demonstration that turned violent. Read more »

Shackling the tax man

How the Bay Area's wealthiest benefit from Republican control of the IRS
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gwschulz@sfbg.com
Late last month, David Cay Johnston of the New York Times managed to get a story about IRS layoffs picked up by the San Francisco Chronicle and placed on page three. That's no small challenge, even in one of the most politically charged cities in the nation. Read more »

Get your herb on

Careers and Education: Berkeley's EcoHouse demonstrates the fragrant power of sustainable living
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culture@sfbg.com
"There are few things in the world as pleasurable as taking a nap on a chamomile patch," says herbalist Joshua Muscat. "It's an herb that doesn't get a lot of respect. It smells good. It looks good. The flower is cute."
It's a hot Sunday morning in west Berkeley, and Muscat is leading a workshop called Local Medicinal Herbs and Your Health. This session is one of the classes offered by the EcoHouse, a unique residence designed to demonstrate sustainable building and gardening techniques. Read more »

Signs of the times

Peace groups fight the city's handbill posting ban — and the one man who works to enforce it in the Mission District
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steve@sfbg.com
The Mission has become a battleground between those trying to stop war and those trying to combat blight — a clash of values that is headed for a court battle that will determine whether San Francisco has gone too far in its campaign against the posting of handbills.
On one side are the Act Now to Stop War and End Racism (ANSWER) Coalition, World Can't Wait, and other groups that stage the city's biggest rallies against war and injustice. Read more »

Voto por voto!

A drama of Mexican civil resistance in five acts
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Act One: The Middle Class

MEXICO CITY (August 4th) -- Jacinto Guzman, an 80 year-old retired oilworker from Veracruz state, plants himself in front of the headquarters of the Halliburton Corporation on the skyscraper-lined Paseo de Reforma here and recalls the great strikes of the 1930s that culminated in the expropriation and nationalization of Mexico's petroleum reserves. Read more »

Feds let Singleton off the hook

Justice Department refuses to block media mega-merger
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tredmond@sfbg.com

The United States Department of Justice has refused to intervene in the largest media merger in Bay Area history.

In a brief press release, the DOJ said that the deal under which Denver billionaire Dean Singleton will buy almost every daily newspaper in the Bay Area "is not likely to reduce competition substantially." That, of course, is crazy (see the Bruce Blog). Read more »

Feds let Singleton off the hook

Justice Department refuses to block media mega-merger
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tredmond@sfbg.com

The United States Department of Justice has refused to intervene in the largest media merger in Bay Area history.

In a brief press release, the DOJ said that the deal under which Denver billionaire Dean Singleton will buy almost every daily newspaper in the Bay Area "is not likely to reduce competition substantially." That, of course, is crazy (see the Bruce Blog). Read more »

Josh Wolf in jail

Judge locks up journalist over failure to turn over videotapes
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A federal judge has thrown video journalist Josh Wolf in jail for refusing to turn over material subpoenaed by a grand jury.

Judge William Alsup ordered Wolf incarcerated Tuesday afternoon, and denied bail, meaning Wolf could be stuck behind bars until either the grand jury finishes its investigation or Wolf chooses to turn over a video tape recorded during a demonstration last summer. Read more »

Sunburned

Document battle frustrates the mayor's flacks and galvanizes a new breed of activist
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amanda@sfbg.com
The Mayor's Office of Communications has for months been fighting with Sup. Chris Daly and several unrelated activists over the release of public documents. Read more »