Column: Dispatches From the Edge: The United States and Pakistan: Whacking Musharraf?

By Conn Hallinan
Friday July 07, 2006

There is a whiff of “regime change” in the air these days, but not where you might expect it. Not in Iraq, where the conservative United States-backed Shiites are already in power. Not in Iran, where White House threats have served to unite, rather than divide, that country. But in Pakistan, and for reasons that go back to a 1992 document that maps out a strategy for a new Cold War. -more-

Column: Undercurrents: Has the OUSD Board of Trustees Been Left in the Dark?

By J. Douglas Allen-Taylor
Friday July 07, 2006

It’s important to remember these days that during the events that led to the 2003 takeover of the Oakland Unified School District by the State of California, there was never an allegation the district’s budget shortfall occurred because someone in the administration of Superintendent Dennis Chaconas or on the OUSD Board of Trustees was either stealing or misappropriating district money. -more-

Discover the Many Wonders At Oakland’s Lake Merritt

By Marta Yamamoto, Special to the Planet
Friday July 07, 2006

Snowy egrets and coal-black cormorants roosting in trees—in Oakland? Hansel and Gretel along with the Old Woman Who Lived in a Shoe, brought to life with a Magic Key—in Oakland? A Daimyo oak bonsai, in cultivation since Abraham Lincoln’s term as President—in Oakland? Venetian gondolas gliding across sparkling waters under fairy lights—in Oakland? Discover these wonders and more, in Oakland’s Lakeside Park at Lake Merritt. -more-

About The House: LED Down the Road to Cheaper Lighting

By Matt Cantor
Friday July 07, 2006

For those of you who are regular readers of this column, it will come as no surprise that today’s topic is one related to energy efficiency. Keeping our globe cool means generating less heat in all of our pursuits—or at least burning less oil or gas. -more-

Garden Variety: Stake Your Young Tree Carefully After Planting

By Ron Sullivan
Friday July 07, 2006

Last week I left my readers with a newly installed plant, in its hole of the right size and (shallow) depth, with soil amendments, if any, added on top to be worked in gradually by our ancient allies, the earthworms and other burrowers in the soil. -more-

Quake Tip of the Week

By Larry Guillot
Friday July 07, 2006

Have You Talked to Your Kids? -more-

Column: Why This Column Is About Porn and Not Pompeii

By Susan Parker
Tuesday July 04, 2006

Years ago I took a writing class from Adair Lara, a former columnist at the San Francisco Chronicle and the author of several books, including Hold Me Tight, Let Me Go, a memoir about her relationship with her teenage daughter, Morgan. -more-

First Person: Summertime Brings Awaited Moments of Garden Repose

By Shirley Barker Special to the Planet
Tuesday July 04, 2006

Last summer, shortly after reviewing the wonderful water-saving gardening book published by EBMUD, Plants and Landscapes for Summer-Dry Climates, I felt a complete hypocrite dragging my garden hose from shrub to shrub, so much so that I decided then and there to stop watering everything except the vegetable plot and the raspberries. -more-

South Pacific Trees Extend Their Range to California

By Ron Sullivan, Special to the Planet
Tuesday July 04, 2006

We’re fortunate to have rather a large number of Hawaiians living in the Bay Area. I’ve visited the Islands only a couple of times, but I fall in love fast (if selectively) and it wasn’t just the climate, the heartstopping beauty of the place, or even the beautiful, increasingly elusive native flora and fauna that won my flinty, suspicious old heart. -more-