Tag Archives: San Francisco

The Jungle: Thousands of Homeless People Live in Shantytowns at the Epicenter of High-Tech, Super-Rich Silicon Valley

By Evelyn Nieves By mid-morning on Thursday, the sun was shining hard enough to dry wet blankets and the residents of the Jungle began surfacing, letting each other know they were still alive. Six straight nights of freezing temperatures had … Continue reading

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African-American Baltimore Orioles Star Says Fans Threw Banana At Him During Game

By Travis Waldron The Baltimore Orioles pummeled the San Francisco Giants 10-2 Sunday afternoon, but all was not well for one Orioles player. After the game, O’s star Adam Jones tweeted that a San Francisco fan tossed a banana at … Continue reading

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Holder: ‘We Can’t Incarcerate Our Way to Becoming a Safer Nation’

By Brentin Mock Well, the private prison industry won’t like this at all: Today, Attorney General Eric Holder will announce new policies that will reduce maximized sentences for nonviolent drug offenders who aren’t tied to gangs or large-scale drug organizations. … Continue reading

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Race-blind admissions: White privilege is too often ignored in movies and in life

By Ann Hornaday As a drama about the needless death of a young, unarmed black man, the shattering new movie “Fruitvale Station” has found particular resonance with audiences in the past few weeks. The film stars Michael B. Jordan as … Continue reading

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5 Reasons You Should See “Fruitvale Station”

By Tonya Pendleton “Fruitvale Station” is not just the name of the movie, it’s the actual Bay Area Transit Station (BART) where the murder of 22-year-old Oscar Grant took place on New Year’s Day 2009. Grant was heading home to Oakland … Continue reading

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Does the NSA Tap That? What We Still Don’t Know About the Agency’s Internet Surveillance

By Justin Elliott Among the snooping revelations of recent weeks, there have been tantalizing bits of evidence that the NSA is tapping fiber-optic cables that carry nearly all international phone and Internet data. The idea that the NSA is sweeping … Continue reading

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New York City Passes Paid Sick Time Law

By Jennifer Peltz New York City is becoming the most populous place in the United States to make businesses provide workers with paid sick time, after lawmakers overrode a mayoral veto early Thursday to pass a law expected to affect … Continue reading

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