Column: Undercurrents: Speculation Grows on Murder of Editor

By J. Douglas Allen-Taylor
Friday August 03, 2007

Some years ago, while I was working for an African-American newspaper in South Carolina called the Charleston Chronicle, a local Black attorney tried to get me to ride down with him to a country community near the Georgia border to talk with some people he was representing. George Payton was a self-promoter who had run for public office several times and would probably be running again, and an incessant talker as well, and the idea of spending a day with him—including four hours alone in a car—just so he could get his name in the paper didn’t appeal to me, so I begged off. -more-

Column: Dispatches From the Edge: Indonesia and the U.S. — A Shameful Record

By Conn Hallinan
Friday August 03, 2007

This is a tale about politics, influence, money and murder. It began more than 40 years ago with a bloodletting so massive no one quite knows how many people died. Half a million? A million? Through four decades the story has left a trail of misery and terror. Last month it claimed four peasants, one of them a 27-year old mother. -more-

What Would Stickley Do With a Computer in the Kitchen?

By Jane Powell
Friday August 03, 2007

The Kitchen -more-

Garden Variety: Lafayette Work in Progress Is Worth a Visit

By Ron Sullivan
Friday August 03, 2007

Change is inevitable; it’s always reassuring when a change in a good business is in the spirit of the original, an enhancement rather than a trip to the oubliette—for example, when an owner retired and sells the place to people who are familiar with it and like its style already. A breath of fresh air is much better than a tornado where there’s something worth preserving. Oh, Toto! -more-

Quake Tip of the Week

By Larry Guillot
Friday August 03, 2007

Ouch! That Quake Hurts! -more-

About the House: At War with Germany Again

By Matt Cantor
Friday August 03, 2007

We’re at war with Germany again, and this time they’re winning. No, it’s not a shooting war but since shooting wars always start with economic pretexts, it’s not a far stretch to talk about shooting wars in conjunction with this war and since it involves energy, it’s easy to point to our differing approaches to the war in Iraq as one example of how they’re winning, both morally and physically. -more-

Wild Neighbors: Orbweaver Brains: Is Bigger Always Better?

By Joe Eaton
Tuesday July 31, 2007

About the time of year the robins wind down and the naked ladies begin to bloom, we start seeing the garden spiders. They’re orbweavers, probably Araneus diadematus, and at this stage they’re just little orange-and-black specks with legs. Between now and Halloween they’ll get a lot bigger, and plumper. -more-