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When Crime Becomes Comedy... and Tragedy at the Same Time

Fran Moreland Johns | Posted 06.03.2014 | San Francisco
Fran Moreland Johns

California State Senator Leland Yee is the centerpiece of an improbable media bonanza. Yee has been charged with seven federal felonies and continues to draw a salary despite having been suspended.

Electronic Nonsense Sure Makes No Sense

Harvey Gotliffe, Ph.D. | Posted 01.23.2014 | Technology
Harvey Gotliffe, Ph.D.

It is sad, but only if you let it overwhelm you. Electronic gimmicks and outlets are like forbidden, fat-laden food. You have to learn to discipline yourself and consume just enough to satisfy your craving, without causing damage to your physical or mental health.

Is Silicon Valley Beginning to Invest in Disrupting Education?

Dr. Idit Harel Caperton | Posted 10.15.2013 | Impact
Dr. Idit Harel Caperton

There's an utter lack of infrastructure in homes and schools that live side-by-side to some of the most sophisticated and tech-fluent corporations and startups -- preventing civic engagement and technological fluency among Silicon Valley's youth.

Living With Autism: You Are Not Alone

Elaine Hall | Posted 05.19.2012 | Healthy Living
Elaine Hall

Raising any child with a disability or illness can be difficult to say the least. But for many reasons, and for many people, parenting a child with autism can be especially overwhelming.

The Newspaper That Almost Seized The Future

cjr.org | Posted 01.11.2012 | Media

The story of the Merc's rise and decline--there is nothing so telling as only four pages of midweek classifieds--mirrors the story of what has occurre...

America's Labor Day Message to Obama

Danny Groner | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
Danny Groner

The president's stimulus bill notwithstanding, many believe that Obama could be doing more to create jobs. Here's a selection of the best editorials from around the country offering both insights and solutions.

Lack of Sleep is a Nightmare for Teens

Ramon Resa, MD | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Ramon Resa, MD

Over the years, I have noticed an increasing problem in many of my teen patients: sleep deprivation.

Professors Move To Eliminate Chatspeak

Huffington Post | Posted 05.25.2011 | College

Some professors are not too pleased with the way text message abbreviations are infiltrating the classroom. The Contra Costa Times reports: Faculty...

MediaNews's Bankruptcy Plan Approved

AP | MICHAEL LIEDTKE | Posted 05.25.2011 | Denver

SAN FRANCISCO — A bankruptcy judge approved Affiliated Media Inc.'s reorganization plan Thursday and freed the publisher of the San Jose Mercury...

Wish Book Grants More Than $6 Million In Dreams For Bay Area Residents

Posted 05.25.2011 | Impact

The San Jose Mercury News Wish Book has been granting the dreams of ambitious and needy Bay Area residents for 27 years. The series told 25 stories th...

Apple's New Tablet? Been There, Done That

Bryan Monroe | Posted 05.25.2011 | Technology
Bryan Monroe

Sixteen years ago, Roger Fidler was at the top of the newspaper technology world. Sitting on his desk was a prototype of a thin electronic tablet that was poised to revolutionize the print media.

Electronics Companies and Consumers Can Help Stop Congolese Bloodshed

John Prendergast | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
John Prendergast

Have a cell phone or laptop computer? Then the conflict in eastern Congo, which has killed five times as many people as the war in Iraq, affects you.