Wild Neighbors: Strawberry Canyon and UC’s Edifice Complex

by Joe Eaton
Tuesday April 15, 2008
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Who was it who said that anyone who isn’t outraged just hasn’t been paying attention? -more-

Column: Dispatches FromThe Edge: The Story Behind the Battle for Basra

By Conn Hallinan
Friday April 11, 2008

When the Battle of Basra opened on March 25, President Bush described it as a “defining mo-ment” for the U.S.-backed government of Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki. Within days, however, the White House was scrambling to distance itself from the shellacking the Iraqi Army took at the hands of Muqtada al-Sadr’s Mahdi Army. -more-

Column: Culture Wars in Oakland

By J. Douglas Allen-Taylor
Friday April 11, 2008

Since the division of the Oakland Police Department into three geographical districts late last year—a move that is key to Mayor Ron Dellums’ goal of moving OPD into a community policing model—the mayor has begun quietly going around to meetings of the city’s various Neighborhood Crime Prevention Councils, trying to get a community assessment of how the new police realignment is working. -more-

Garden Variety: Too Mulch of a Good Thing

By Ron Sullivan
Friday April 11, 2008

I’ve been the Mulch Queen, or at least her Majesty’s faithful herald, for years. The sight of our locally predominant clay soil lying naked to the elements upsets me. I know what happens when it gets walked on and rained on—yes, rain does compress soil over time if that soil doesn’t have nearly perfect drainage or spongelike absorption—and dried to dust by the sun. -more-