| Sep 20, 2010
| 9:35 PM
A state appeals court Monday removed one of the few remaining impediments to the resumption of executions in California, helping clear the way for the lethal injection of an inmate later this month. "We are acting with the assumption that......
| Aug 31, 2010
| 4:34 PM
A Marin County judge Tuesday scuttled efforts to resume capital punishment in California, saying a 2007 injunction against executions remained in force "unless and until" the court approves newly revised lethal injection procedures. The order issued by...
| Aug 5, 2010
| 8:12 AM
SAN RAFAEL, Calif. -- Sean Penn and Robin Wright are officially divorced, according to court records.
A judgment ending the on-again, off-again couple's 14-year marriage was entered July 22 in the Bay Area.
Wright filed for divorce last August, the...
| Jul 1, 2010
Longtime L.A. traffic reporter
Paul Johnson, 75, a longtime Los Angeles traffic reporter who worked at KNBC-TV Channel 4 for 22 years and was known for his signature phrase "Buckle up, be careful out there," died Tuesday at his home in...
| Jun 11, 2010
As city editor of this paper for five years, I've had the privilege — and challenge — of being the "boss" of a reporter who writes rings around me every week. And she'll turn 78 this year.
Of course I'm talking about Barbara Diamond, who on...
| Jun 3, 2010
At first encounter, the kitschy side of Solvang can be off-putting, what with all the shop windows filled with cutesy figurines and souvenirs of the Danish-themed town. But on closer acquaintance, when window boxes spill over with flowers and old-...
| May 30, 2010
The job: Advocating in Sacramento for small companies. Hauge is president of Small Business California, a San Francisco organization he helped found in 2005. Since then, the group has become a major player in the statehouse, weighing in on issues...
| Sep 22, 2010
Pistachio vinyl covers the gurney in the state's new lethal injection chamber, the only splash of color in a sterile white room where corrections officials intend to put to death rapist-murderer Albert Greenwood Brown next week.
An Elgin clock, the...
| Sep 26, 2010
A death row inmate has asked a federal appeals court to halt his execution while letting pass a deadline to choose his method of lethal injection.
Lawyers for Albert Greenwood Brown filed court papers Sunday saying he is appealing a federal court judge's...
| Apr 4, 2010
Riverhead Books: 274 pp., $25.95
From the very first line of the very first page, Anne Lamott defines what's at stake in her new novel, "Imperfect Birds": "There are so many evils that pull on our children. Even...
| Apr 4, 2010
Bay Area artist William T. Wiley's career could easily be viewed as a historical timeline of political and social issues of the last half century, touching on hot topics, including the Exxon Valdez oil spill of 1989, the 1986 Chernobyl meltdown, 9/11...