| Mar 24, 2015
| 5:00 AM
The prosaic purpose of a license plate is to identify the vehicle and the state in which it was registered. But some states offer — for an extra fee — specialty license plates that allow the owner of a car or truck to incorporate his or her...
| Mar 5, 2015
| 9:42 PM
In Boalt Hall's faculty lounge the other day, UC Berkeley Law professor Melissa Murray was telling me about some of the cases she and her colleague Kristin Luker included in their groundbreaking legal casebook about reproductive justice.
Of course the...
| Mar 3, 2015
| 2:19 PM
The social media world is a crazy world, indeed, sparking firestorms over petty things, such as the color of some dress in Scotland. Most social media postings connect people to ideas, news, fun and each other.
There is, however, a dark and demented...
| Feb 26, 2015
| 5:56 PM
This month, two women grace the cover of Texas Monthly, "The National Magazine of Texas." Both are young and conservatively dressed, and have worried half-smiles. One is pregnant; the other holds a toddler, his face buried in her shoulder. Legos litter...
| Feb 25, 2015
| 12:57 PM
WASHINGTON — A Florida fisherman convicted of tossing undersized grouper off his boat is off the hook after a divided Supreme Court ruled Wednesday that he should not have been prosecuted under a law targeting accounting fraud.
In a 5-4 decision...
| Feb 25, 2015
| 5:32 PM
The Supreme Court narrowed the definition of obstruction of justice under the so-called Enron law and did so Wednesday by freeing a Florida fishing boat captain from charges that he secretly tossed overboard dozens of undersized red grouper to avoid...
| Feb 23, 2015
| 1:55 PM
Crying, laughing, nodding knowingly and deeply reflecting are all reactions the audience is likely to have to "Stars of David: Story to Song" — sometimes all at the same time.
"Stars of David" is an entertaining musical revue capturing all aspects...
| Feb 13, 2015
| 12:39 PM
Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg has a confession: She "wasn't 100 percent sober" when she fell asleep at the president's State of the Union address last month.
Ginsburg told an audience Thursday that she drank some wine at dinner before...
| Feb 9, 2015
| 6:25 AM
Want to score an invite to the State of the Union address? One way to do so, it turns out, is to turn a rape accusation into a contemporary art project.
Imagine the following scenario: You're a college student, and you believe you have been raped by a...
| Dec 1, 2014
| 4:31 PM
In its first case testing the limits of free speech on social media, the Supreme Court showed little interest Monday in extending new protections to people who post messages threatening to kill or hurt others.
The justices sharply questioned the...
| Nov 26, 2014
| 11:27 AM
U.S. Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg underwent a heart procedure at a Washington hospital on Wednesday after reporting discomfort following routine exercise, a court statement said.
Ginsburg, 81, was resting comfortably after having a stent...