Column: A Phoenix, Rising from the Ashes

By Susan Parker
Tuesday November 21, 2006

An old friend sent me a free plane ticket to Phoenix, Arizona, and I went. Pam lives in Lexington, Kentucky, but she was attending a veterinary-chiropractic meeting at the Scottsdale Chaparral Suites, located not on the chaparral but along a six-lane boulevard lined with imported palm trees and newly constructed strip malls. -more-

Do Woodpeckers Get Headaches? If Not, Why Not?

By Joe Eaton, Special to the Planet
Tuesday November 21, 2006

You may have noticed last month that the Ig Nobel laureates for 2006 included Ivan Schwab, a professor of ophthalmology at UC Davis, recognized for his explanation of why woodpeckers don’t get headaches. -more-

Column: The View From Here: Dare We Dream About Democracy?

By P. M. Price
Friday November 17, 2006

It would be easy for Democrats to become a bit heady what with the newly won House and Senate seats and all. But before getting too carried away, I would suggest that the “Blue” party take stock and ask themselves some serious questions, namely; who are we and what are we doing here? -more-

Column: Undercurrents: Progressives Must Start Thinking About What To Do About Iraq

By J. Douglas Allen-Taylor
Friday November 17, 2006

Three years ago, when the United States invaded Iraq, I put up a map of that country on my wall—as the old-timers used to do in other wars—so I could follow the course of the battles. I also bought two or three Middle Eastern history books, so that I might have a better knowledge of that part of the world, and a better understanding of the ancient racial, ethnic, and religious conflicts that we—America—had now thrust ourselves into. -more-

News Analysis: America’s Election: Daddy’s Swagger vs. Mommy’s Care

By Ruth Rosen,
Friday November 17, 2006

Editor’s note: This article appeared on prior to Thursday’s vote in the House for majority leader -more-

East Bay Then and Now: This West Berkeley Landmark Is a Proud Survivor

By Daniella Thompson
Friday November 17, 2006

The Church of the Good Shepherd, situated on the corner of Ninth Street and Hearst Avenue, was one of the first nine structures designated City of Berkeley Landmarks on Dec. 15, 1975. It is the oldest church building standing in Berkeley, as well as the oldest in continuous use by its founding congregation in the entire East Bay. -more-

Garden Variety: Attack of The Mildew Kingdom

By Ron Sullivan
Friday November 17, 2006

I thrashed myself but good last weekend, just doing a little lightweight gardening. -more-

About the House: Soft Stories, Line-Wire Stucco and Seismic Retrofitting

By Matt Cantor
Friday November 17, 2006

Before I ever look for a single foundation bolt there are a always a few other questions I always have about the building I’m looking at. Of course, I’m talking about earthquake readiness or seismic stability or whatever term-du-jour we’re currently using. -more-