Undercurrents: Awards for Worst Blogs, Column Items in East Bay

By J. Douglas Allen-Taylor
Thursday September 18, 2008 - 09:32:00 AM

Keith Olbermann’s Countdown has its Worst Person In The World award each night. Today we present the Worst Blog or Column Entry in the East Bay. -more-

The Public Eye: Fool Me Once, Fool Me Twice

By Bob Burnett
Thursday September 18, 2008 - 09:29:00 AM

A familiar American aphorism is “Fool me once, shame on you; fool me twice, shame on me.” In 2000, Karl Rove convinced Americans that a relatively unknown Texas governor could be a competent president. In 2008, John McCain’s Rove, Steve Schmidt, argues that an even more obscure Alaska governor will make a credible vice president and likely 45th president. Are Americans about to be fooled again? -more-

The Soul of a New Museum: the Academy of Sciences

By Joe Eaton Special to the Panet
Thursday September 18, 2008 - 09:58:00 AM
Good, informative expositional display: Darwin’s finches.

Natural history writers don’t get a lot of perks. But the California Academy of Sciences, which reopens Sept. 27, did invite a bunch of us ink-stained wretches to a mid-afternoon buffet at the newly reconstituted museum in Golden Gate Park on Sunday (tasty microcheeseburgers, samosas, and chicken-on-a-stick) and let us wander among the exhibits, -more-

East Bay: Then and Now—On the Trail of Zimri Brewer Heywood’s Residence

By Daniella Thompson
Thursday September 18, 2008 - 09:46:00 AM
Known as the Heywood-Ghego House, this city landmark at 1809 Fourth St. was never owned or occupied by any Heywood.

Legendary lumberman Zimri Brewer Heywood (1803-1879) left behind many legends. Retracing his history through original 19th-century documents (see “Zimri Brewer Heywood: Separating Fact From Myth,” Sept. 4, 2008) reveals that while some of the oft-recounted stories have no basis in fact, there are others, largely unknown until now, that are just as absorbing as the myths. -more-

About the House: Living in Houses Made of Vegetables

By Matt Cantor
Thursday September 18, 2008 - 09:57:00 AM

I built my house from barley rice -more-