FEBRUARY 3, 2005

WAR IRAQ On the ground:
U.S. toll + Zarqawi Barely Avoids Capture in Iraq -Minister + 12 Iraqi Soldiers Killed in Ambush in the North + 28 Dead as Iraq Insurgents Launch Fresh Attacks + Insurgents Ambush 50-Strong Iraqi Police Convoy + Civilian Killed in Iraq Is Identified + 4 Out of 10 Desert New Iraqi Security Force When Under Fire + Why Did That Hercules Crash in Iraq? + Explosives on board RAF C-130K may be blamed + Despite Progress in War on Terror, Extremist Ideologies Hard to Fight + Rumsfeld Says Election Success May Embolden Ordinary Iraqis to Oppose Insurgents + U.S. condoned Iraq oil smuggling + Orders of battle + Juan Cole reports

Election: In a Second-Floor Room, Iraq's Vote Slowly Unfolds + Low Voting Rate Risks Isolation for Sunni Iraqis + Sunni clerics seek role in new government. While condemning election, they will work with its results + 'Fuzzy Math' and the Iraqi Election + Deal-making begins on new Iraqi government

War prisons: Abu Ghraib Called Filthy and Volatile at Army Hearing + Judge: CIA Must Turn Over Detainee Records + Psychologist Says Abu Ghraib Conditions Ripe for Violence From Typical Soldiers
SEC OKs Use of Data-Tagged Corporate Reports

IRAN: Iran Tests Atomic Parts Despite Freeze + Diplomats: Iran Testing Centrifuge Parts

MIDDLE EAST: Abbas Says Palestinians to Call Cease-Fire; Israel Will Free 900 Prisoners + Mideast summit aims to keep up momentum. Egypt, Jordan ready to announce return of envoys to Israel + Sharon and Abbas Agree to Meet Tuesday in Egypt

RUSSIA: Pro-Moscow government dismisses Chechen rebel ceasefire 

Mikhail Gorbachev deeply disappointed in Putin

EUROPE: EU lawmakers want communist symbols banned

Saakashvili steps in as PM dies + Georgian Prime Minister 'killed by gas leak'

The New Kosovo War: Nebojsa Malic

'Democratic' Latvia refers to Nazis as lesser evil as opposed to those who liberated them of fascism

Whitehall still mired in 'culture of secrecy'

Why French Prez Jacques Chirac is a Closet Cowboy

AFRICA: Sudan: Officials Failed to Halt Deaths, U.N. Envoy Says

Businessman Takes Oath as President of Mozambique

Russia Might Send Peacekeepers to Sudan


China Environment Agency Takes On Giant Dam Corporation

Ancient tribes swept into the world by Tsunami


Homeland Security seen hampered by bureaucracy, conflict

United Nations: All Players Gained From 'Oil-for-Food' + UN oil-for-food process 'tainted' + UN Oil-for-Food Chief Sevan Had `Grave' Conflict of Interest, Volcker Says

Atlas rocket lofts spy satellite for U.S.

Feds act out terror attack scenario

Night-vision goggles still missing at Fort Lewis

US Asks Saudi Arabia to Indict or Return Terror Suspect

Jane’s warns of new terror group more radical than Al-Qaeda Click.

Russian SAMs versus the U.S. Patriot

People Smugglers Moving Terrorists Around

Armed Robots That Think For Themselves

Master List Of Dead Scientists And Microbiologists

Iranian judiciary official: Israeli spy sentenced to 10 years in prison

Human intel vs. technology

FBI Urged to Scrap $170M Computer Project

We're going to do it again, says man behind Beslan bloodbath

Nuclear Evidence Could Point To Pakistan

Local execs stole secrets for Chinese

Al-Ashwa charged with spying for Hizbullah

Somaliland frees girl jailed for espionage

S. Korea's Spy Agency Picks 7 Cases for Reinvestigation

Kenney questions PM on espionage

Tel Aviv court charges Danish citizen with spying for Hezbollah

Fidesz mayor in spy charge

Committee to List Agenda of Probe into Spy Agency's Past

N. Korea May Have Sold Uranium + North Korea May Have Sent Libya Nuclear Material, U.S. Tells Allies

Saudi intelligence a "critical problem"- US report

2.2% need vetting; US reduces visa delays

Congress was told of DoD intel plan

Fear makes counter-terrorism book bestseller

Atta "was disturbed"


San Francisco: FBI sets up hot line for corruption tips re: local, state, federal

Gang trial tests reach of new laws on terror + Giving jobs to gang leaders + Cameras after gangsters

Connecticut Debates a Death Wish

Arizona: Doctors Arrested Over Bootleg Botox That Paralyzed 4

Woman Gets Prison and Fine for Philadelphia Airport Threat

Shanley: Rape, Assault Charges Against Ex-Priest Shanley Stand + Ex-Priest's Defense to Call Psychologist + Ex-Priest's Child Rape Trial Goes to Jury

Fewer Mexicans die trying to cross border

Background 'DWI' Checks Effective: Study Shows That Pilots Who Drink And Drive Are At Higher Risk To Crash Planes

New Zealand: International ring of perverts exposed but no arrests

Car Chase Tech That's Really Hot

Hunting Down E-Commerce Bandits

Did Zoloft Make Him Do It?

Bombing Suspect's Lawyers Claim 'numerous Deficiencies' at ATF Crime Labs


Calif. Supreme Court to review $500 million verdict against Genentech

How dead can you get?

Court clears execution path for Crips founder, children's author

Top FBI Agent in L.A. Placed on Leave After Suicide of Former Girlfriend + Report: FBI agent set for transfer romantically linked to agent who committed suicide

Opinion: Close the youth prisons

Sacramento & north: Diana Griego Erwin: Oak Park resident kept low profile, but gun in his face was too much + Fair Oaks: Suspect held in long chase + Not-guilty plea in sex case involving Reno teenager + West Sac police want resident input + Train victim was West Sac man + Citrus Heights girl admits making up kidnap story + Yolo: Meth found in car; 3 men arrested + Stockton CYA staffers vow to fight for jobs

San Francisco, San Mateo: Click. Gary Thompson gets his job back. But the juvenile justice system is still a wreck. + Man who set son on fire testifies he needs gun. He explains fears, how he burned boy at '3 strikes' trial + Key may be key to recent rash of thefts at several parks. $20,000 in losses -- master opener may have been used

Alameda: Fremont: Food fight injures two + Fremont: Gun store thieves net more than 30 firearms + Fremont residents to discuss alarm policy + Unsolved murder baffles investigators + Fremont: 32 guns taken in break-in. Store owner blames new police policy brushing off alarms

Santa Clara: East Palo Alto crime task force unveils recommendations + Santa Clara: Mortally wounded dad dies in hospital + Sex crime Web site not for dates + Police seek man who used cards of victim + Police identify shooting victim + Massage therapist arrested on sex charge

Contra Costa: Martinez: Police search for missing foreign-exchange student + College student from Pleasant Hill dies in hazing + Man, 34, accused in sex crimes. Investigation leads to Richmond church + Martinez: No charges for man who took son from wife + Montara: $50,000 reward offer in post office robbery + Richmond: Ex-church janitor charged in sex abuse

Marin: Marin Judge Sutro rules Kaiser has right to evict patient Mrs. Nome

Sonoma: Ukiah sting nets 845 pot plants + D.A. drops rape case vs. video producer after judge bars tape as evidence

Napa: AmCan man sentenced, gets prison time for molesting then 13-year-old 'girlfriend'

Solano: Grant widow named executor of slain businessman's estate + Vallejo Police Calls

Monterey: Rescued cats recovering, no charges in hoarding case + Driver in fatal crash says he fled to call 911 + Teen was racing before crash, witness says

Central Valley: Split trial urged for home invasion defendant+ Lawsuit says priest molested two girls+ Peterson reimbursement among county's priorities + Law & Order

Central Coast: Moss Landing: Woman dies in police pursuit + Police link thefts to value of copper + Logging battle goes to Supreme Court + Cops and Courts

Southern California: L.A.. jail Called Deadly, Outdated + OC: Juror Reveals a Link to Haidl + Irvine: Two Charged in Involuntary Servitude Case of Girl in Garage + Anaheim: Hit-Run Deadly for Passenger, Police Say + Report criticizes LA's downtown Men's Central Jail over safety and staffing issues + Rapper Tray Deee gets 12 years in Long Beach shooting case + D.A. Decides Not to File Charges in Los Angeles Police Beating

Michael Jackson: Jurors' questionnaire scarcely addresses issues in molestation case, only 8 pages + Potential Jackson jurors quizzed on sex accusations

Robert Blake: Blake Defense Says Police Ignored Other Leads + Detective decided not to investigate most of men bilked by Bakley


The Governor:  Leaders and Gov. prepare to go east to lobby for state + Capitol Primed for War, Not Solutions + Walsh to Lead Gov.'s Planning, Research + Planning office leader named + Daniel Weintraub: Big bucks, trust and the tale of two governors + Other view: Discount drug plan for state falls short + State begs for transit funding + State set to push toll roads + Gov. touts special election plan to donors in Orange County Click.

Shelley: Hearing delayed + Shelley hearing delayed. Lawyers ask for time to review evidence

Jerry Brown's got $1.44M on hand for AG run

Burton considers run for state schools chief. $622,000 in fund gives him 'a leg up' in 2010 election Legislature: Bill would let abused kids testify on closed-circuit TV + Group wants air laws to refocus on individuals Click.

Privatizing state pensions, CalPERS: New way to calculate pensions sought + Angelides enlists allies + Angelides to fight Gov.'s pension plan + Gov.'s proposal for pension criticized + Angelides, others start national fight against changing pensions

State control of land use would boost California's marketability

Office of Criminal Justice planning missing $425 million: Click. Records are so bad, a real audit could not be done + Audit: Defunct agency misplaced millions + State office may owe U.S. millions

AdWatch: Hospital care's quality is focus of nurses' ad

CalSTRS pension fund is looking overseas

Caltrans officials make case for switching design of Bay Bridge

Indian tribes: Applicants sought for D-Q board + Indian gaming revenue unclear about billion in transportation revenue + River Rock casino liquor license hearing delayed + Pauma taps Hard Rock for casino project. Tribe must first reach agreement with county + Tribal deals fall far short of projections. Governor predicted $300 million in revenue this year, but challenge to compacts clogs gains + Yolo won't join tribal collective of counties + Lytton chairwoman touts casino employment outlook + NIGC wants to ensure tribes receive 'fair share'

LOCAL NEWS:   If NASA approves, UCSC will have new view of universe

Sacramento & north: A frat house death in Chico + Pledge dies in hazing at Chico fraternity. House was kicked off CSU campus in 2002 for infraction + Close watch on sex probe of Sacramento firefighters + Strip clubs irk Rancho Cordova

San Francisco, San Mateo: Union complains about high bonuses for UC hospital executives + UC faulted for paying millions in bonuses, Union says money for hospital officials could be better spent + Click. Mirant's claim of reduced land value could cost the city $8.5 million + Click. Affordable-housing developer faces scrutiny after fumbling before city panel + Editorial: Save the Harding Theater + 49ers help out with new Burton High field + St. Brigid slated for demolition + Pat Yankee's back, Ms. Stone's abroad + S.F. bonus for families earning IRS tax credit. First payments expected this fall + Supes seek to save St. Brigid Church. Landmark status could thwart archdiocese plan to raze, sell land to pay abuse suits + $200 in rebates on low-water fixtures + $600 in free drugs for eligible seniors

Alameda: Local Dems pan domestic vision + Union criticizes bonuses for executives at UC med centers + Newark board rejects cuts to child care + Livermore: Vote on Pardee development likely — but when? + Alameda 'Divas' are all in tune + Oakland enacts massage parlor moratorium + Firm is hired to audit Oakland cops overtime cost + Oakland airport parking fees will be highest in Bay Area + De La Fuente mayoral coffers flush + Candidates queue for Pleasanton election + Pleasanton council raises glass to pub + North Livermore petitions filed + Dublin's Ybarra earns city award for heroism + Dublin apartment conversion vote delayed + New speed-sensitive signal being set up near Livermore. Motorists rushing on country roads to avoid I-580 jams + Berkeley: Blacks favored in public housing, U.S. says. City urged to recruit more UC students -- official 'stunned' + Oakland moves to limit massage parlors

Santa Clara: Anxious tenants await fate of mobile homes + P.A. woman's body found in Florida woods + East P.A. extends limits on condos + Beloved BBQ purveyor tries to smoke out $100,000 + Mayoral hopeful aiming at labor + Weimers: Still a market for good peach + Hacienda Gardens going wrong way + Chow down on crab

Contra Costa: Richmond to answer audit + Brentwood eatery's art upsets patron + Pinole: Small dogs to get their own park

Marin: 'Chapel' in Canal Area to be torn down today + Local leaders assail pension proposal + Rare plant species nearly wiped out by Marin County work crews clearing culvert

Sonoma: Cotati fight re: big box totals nearly $690,000 + Healdsburg council seeks wireless Internet access for Plaza + Thompson, Woolsey accuse Bush of using scare tactics + RP may oust city manager next week + Some Santa Rosa seniors leery of plan for personal accounts + If they walk to dinner, all the better

Napa: Chardonnay golf course to reopen with tiny staff, despite court proceedings + Browns Valley most at risk due to slow fire response + Candidates team up in hopes of changing Napa politics

Solano: Area reaction to overhaul is subdued + County housing still shy of needs + AmCam reconsiders EDC pact + Waterfront group plans Valentine's ball

Monterey: Salinas, Caltrans work together in plan to preserve downtown trees + Holman Ranch's McEwen mourned + Pacific Grove Planning Commission nominee withdraws + Watsonville woman dies in Highway 1 crash + + Salvage crew hopes to raise sunken yacht today + A hope for Salinas libraries? + Carmel Valley incorporation backers seek return of state funding

Central Valley: Stanislaus County tops in heart deaths + Woman finds strength above+ Office complex may get housing+ Applications by freshmen record at UC + Hughson rethinks principal's transfer + Modesto firefighter hurt in blaze + MJC weekly series makes science fun+ Turlock temple planned + Putting school on cropland under fire + He's my hero; he also is my little brother+ Stockton covets warship+ Soldier, high-schooler represent Central Valley+ News & Notes+ Around the Region+ Community Briefing + Kiernan Business Park should exclude housing + Post office not suitable for a homeless shelter + Report grim on Central Valley flood risks Click. + Bakersfield: Price tag for Parra-Gardner race $4 million Click.

Central Coast: News from Central Coast + Student’s choice: Good grades or family + Trees cut down, upsetting La Selva Beach residents + Local politicians mixed on State of the Union speech + Coast Lines

Southern California: Head Start must make budget cuts + Parks would halt DWP rate hikes + Parks Vows to Freeze Rates + King/Drew Hospital Faces Loss of Funding + Federal medical agency warns that troubled South LA hospital may lose funding + LA mayoral Candidates Promising the World + Judge Upholds S.D. Mayoral Election + State judge upholds San Diego mayor's re-election + Los Alamitos Seeks Details on Base Plan + Howie's Ranch Customers Find Old-Fashioned Market Super + Placentia City Council to Take Charge of OnTrac + After the Pothole Gave Him a Jolt, Things Got Downright Nasty + LA Council Approves Hike in Sewer Fees + Proposed cuts by forestry offiicals to ground portions of air tanker fleet Click. + LA will investigate potential fraud in the cases of 35 of more than 5,800 former public safety employees who retired with disability pensions Click.

School days: A Matter of Principal + OC: Santiago school's Charter Is Intact for Now + More High School Seniors Apply for UC's Fall Term + UC Davis sees 4% drop in applicants + School districts make some cuts from the top + Fremont: Fund-raisers keep music in schools + Second study criticizes high cost of textbooks + Budget chief for Mill Valley schools + Oakland teacher to speak at black forum + Foster youths receive aid for college + Mt. Diablo schools face struggle + Editorial: SFUSD's bond mess + Vallejo: Sports facing ax? + Fewer out-of-state UC freshman applicants + Contra Costa: Free help filling out college-aid forms + If NASA approves, UCSC will have new view of universe


Vietnam Moves to Curb Bird Flu + Vietnam appeals for bird flu help + Bird flu kills Cambodian woman

Spinal Cord Key to Sexual Dysfunction

Researchers Develop 'Biological Pacemaker'

New treatment zaps killer cancer, study says

Suicide Rate Down in the Era of Prozac

Sodium imbalance can have severe effects

Napans with spinal injuries hear how estrogen may lead to a cure

Autism network seeks to improve level of care nationwide

First defense in fighting kidney disease: Awareness

FDA has questions for Xcyte about design of drug trial

Biotech Falls Short in Farming, Group Says

Dispersal Or Drift? More To Plant Biodiversity Than Meets The Eye

New Language Points To Foundations Of Human Grammar

Chemists Create 'Superbowl' Molecule; May Lead To Better Health

Scientists Reveal Cells' 'Energy Factories' Linked To Cancer

Gene With Broad Role Also Causes Prevalent, Inherited Nerve Disorder

What Does An Airline Traveler Have In Common With A Glowing Fish?

Drinking Water Smarts

Slowing Age-Related Macular Degeneration with Vitamins

One contact can correct for distance while the other does close-up

VCU Research Shows Erectile Dysfunction Drug Reduces Death Of Heart Cells In Heart Attack Model

Structure Of A Conserved RNA Element In The SARS Virus Genome Determined

New Research Could Help Physicians Tailor Asthma Therapy In Children

More Homeless Mentally Ill Than Expected According To UCSD Study: Interventions Urged

Problems In The Bedroom Can Indicate Heart Problems

Screening For Osteoporosis Prevents Hip Fractures In Older Adults

NYU Biologists Find New Function For Pacemaker Neurons

Researchers Find New Genes Necessary To Make Embryo

Whisker Velocity Patterns Tell Rats What They're Feeling

Discovery Promises Simpler Therapy For Sickle Cell Disease

Calcium And Vitamin D Most Effective For Treatment Of Crohn's-related Bone Loss

A 'gene's kiss' turns on puberty

Microsoft's New Search Engine Falls Flat

Sun plans to start auctioning capacity

Inventor made millions on pop top

The Cell Chip - how will MS and Intel face the music?

Botnets strangle Google Adwords campaigns

Repair Costs for Hubble Are Vexing to Scientists

Computation Provides A Virtual Recording Of Auditory Signaling

CSIRO Finds A Way To Get More Out Of Old Cars

Brit Flying Car Earns Its Wings

Dyslexia Slows Drivers' Reactions

Scientists Find Evidence Of Electrical Charging Of Nanocatalysts

Report scorns Beagle 2 decision

Scientists Find Missing Matter


Bush Takes His Social Security Proposal to Voters in North Dakota, Montana

Bush to Propose Tightest Budget of Presidency + Bush Budget to Curb Domestic Spending Below Inflation Rate

Bush: Iran 'Primary Sponsor of Terror'

Rice heads to Mideast and Europe in new role

Bush Hints Election May Facilitate Exit From Iraq Top Military Officials Say US Forces Strained

Elliott Abrams Named Deputy National Security Adviser

Ideologues poised to kill social gains, rights leader says. Dems urged to bar picks for high court chief

Rep. Doolittle, 4 others miss speech for security reasons

Laura Bush to Shepherd Program for Troubled Boys

Carlyle group prepares for next generation

State of the Union: In Speech, Bush Sketches a Bold Domestic and Foreign Agenda + Confident, diplomatic presentation of plans + A closer look at some of president's assertions + Sacrifice Of The Union

Social security: White House notes plan lacks solutions for shortfall + Republicans Say the Sales Pitch Is in the Details + Here's how Bush's plan would work + Social Security proposal finds a wary audience + Democrats' reply: Plan 'immoral'

Nominations: Prisoner Policy Put Bush's Lawyer on Rocky Road to Justice Department + GOP Sees Breakthrough in Gonzales' Confirmation + Ridge's Likely Successor Welcomed + Bush nominee parries torture queries. Would-be chief of homeland security says he did not discuss details of interrogations + Homeland Security Nominee Grilled on the Hill

Congress: DeLay Critic Removed From Ethics Committee + Fazio out of running for base-closure panel + Pombo: Ocean trust fund not likely + Lawmaker makes history: speaking Spanish in Senate. Martinez pays tribute to attorney general nominee Gonzales

Democrats: Party says it's time to stand and fight + A year later, Dean fits leadership role + Dean for DNC chairman? Yeeaarrgghh! + Sen. Clinton's frank talk on abortion


Kennedy, Harts: Pentagon still failing to protect the troops

Morford: Come See Our Brutal Democracy

Domestic, Foreign Agenda Run Counter to Fiscal Goals

Bush's Case for Equal Justice

Margaret Carlson: Sex, Politics and President Hillary

Max Boot: George Bush Talks Big, and He Delivers

Living Under the Bombs:DahrJamail

The Shi'ite Earthquake: Juan Cole

Miller & Chalabi, Together Again: Jack Shafer

Judith Miller and Ahmed Chalabi, Together Again

Ted Rall: What would Republican Jesus do? Click.

Sheryl McCarthy: So far, Boxer stages a rebellion of one Click.

Fred Cederholm: A dangerous game of global poker Click.

David Corn: The State of George W. Bush Click.

Maureen Dowd: Inherit the windbags

Click. Exploding the myth of the Bushes as an all-American family

President Warbucks rides again

Waxing messianic

Noam Chomsky: The US occupation

Molly Ivins: Noble ideas, nasty actions

MILITARY  Army Considers Extending Reserve

Pakistan Army Denies Directing U.S. Artillery Fire

Pentagon Won't Extend Reservists' Deployment

New Mexico: Life Insurance for Guard Members Underwritten

Marines Fall Short of Recruiting Goal, Cite Parents' War Worries

UK: Commando admits he inflicted brutal rituals on soldier

UK: Naval officer charged over child images

Seven soldiers face Iraq murder charge

LEAKGATES  Justice and 9-11

Did September 11 Cause a Constitutional Paradigm Shift?

Marjie Lundstrom: Worrying signs suggest First Amendment faces second-class status Click.

Marine General: It's Fun to Shoot People + Marine general counseled for saying "it's fun to shoot some people ...

UK's ID Card Plan Could Violate Human Rights Law

Blair Defends House Arrest Plans

Controversial Ward Churchill lecture

Congress Ready to Dramatically Boost Indecency Fines

Blood for pork....

Defense boosts Northrop's bottom line

G.E., Halliburton Stop Doing Business in Iran + Halliburton and Iran

Halliburton Proves Expensive for US


Fed cranks up rate 0.25% again

Gates Ogles China in Davos

Ex-Chief of Big Board Had 'Unfettered Authority'

Big surge in homes costing $1 million. San Francisco Bay Area's sales rise 73% as low rates lure more buyers

The traps in amnesty for taxes

Views From Space Help Oil Prospectors See Deep Underground

Googling the Bottom Line

What's really at stake with IBM-Lenovo

SEC OKs Use of Data-Tagged Corporate Reports


Northern Women: Tough Enough

Crazy Radio. Mental institution's station gives its patients a voice

New Take on Winchester Mystery

Vatican No. 2, Experienced in Behind-the-Scenes Diplomatic Missions, Now More in Spotlight + Pope's Deteriorating Health Raises Questions About What Happens if He Can No Longer Carry Out Duties

San Francisco gay marriage and beyond:  San Francisco gay group defends right to arms. Pink Pistols oppose ballot issue backed by supervisors

The Pen Is Mightier.... 


Angry Talk Radio Callers -- Unite!

Martha Stewart to mirror Trump. She'll run her own 'Apprentice' show

Watching TV May Soon Be Like Being There

Federal Shield Law Introduced in House

Today's papers

Vincent van Gogh The Painter on his Way to Work Enlarge

Daily picture from the Metropolitan

Everything the Getty offers, in the palm of your hand

Anchored in Bar Harbor

Cuzco: Climb and punishment

Getty's lost psalter

Retirees Find More for Less in Panama

Wheelin' and dealin'

Neck Face is not a crackhead

San Francisco Independent Film Festival

Nature photographer Frans Lanting shows the extreme side of Hawaii

National Gallery unveils interactive art experience

500-year-old Tudor garden discovered

A SoHo Birthday

Louis Menand on Hollywood books

The real Macbeth was not all toil and trouble

Battle rages over Irish Celtic site

Rush & Molloy: Leona's small dog now a medium?

Lloyd Grove's Lowdown: Dogg-ed drive for charity

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Liz Smith

Cindy Adams

Your daily braindrop

Word of the day

JANUARY 28, 2005

WAR IRAQ On the ground:
U.S. Helicopter Crashes in Southwest Baghdad + On Campaign Trail, a Single Shot + Violence rolls across Sunni region+ 5 U.S. Soldiers, 5 Iraqis Killed in Attacks in Baghdad + Iraqis capture 3 al-Zarqawi associates + Iraq closer to capturing Zarqawi with arrests of top aides: deputy PM + U.S. toll in Iraq, 1,418 + Displaced Militants Adapt, Widen Their Scope + In Insurgent Search, Marines Sift the Facts + Orders of battle + Juan Cole reports

Election: Iraq Says It's Winning War on Terror as Polls Near + In Armored Vehicles, U.S. Troops Tell Iraqis to Vote + It's time to vote: Stock up on food, and grab your gun.  + Ominous campaign literature makes rounds + Shiite parties prepare list of potential leaders + Elections begin yearlong political march in Iraq+ Few expatriates will cast ballots + Iraq expatriate voter registration a success+ Iraqis Trickle to U.S. Voting Venues + Blitz of TV ads rolls + 25,946 Iraqis expected to vote in U.S. + New Iraqi forces face security test at polls + Allawi prepares to tough it out + Analysis: Antonio Castaneda + Critics See Hypocrisy in China's Support for Baghdad Elections + How to Assess and Understand Election Days Results and Turnout

War prisons: Prisoner Released From Guantanamo Bay

AFGHANISTAN: Soldier Shoots Dead 5 Comrades in Afghan Base Attack

MIDDLE EAST: Israeli Army 'Reducing Operations' in W. Bank, Gaza + Palestinians restrict guns. Ban on civilians carrying arms is aimed at militants

RUSSIA: Putin's rating hits all-time low as retirees continue massive protests

EUROPE: Click. What does the UK education secretary see in the controversial Opus Dei group?

EU Ministers Promise to Tackle Anti-Semitism, Nazi Symbols in Europe

AFRICA: Libya plans to shed old and begin a new era

ASIA PACIFIC: Indonesia, Rebels Talk Peace for Tsunami-Hit Aceh + Indonesia offers amnesty to rebels

Despite 'reforms,' food crisis hits N. Korea

AMERICAS: Once Lula was a hero of the left - now they heckle him off stage


FBI in Talks to Extend Reach + FBI expands its role in domestic spying

Riggs Bank Agrees to Guilty Plea And Fine for failing to prevent money laundering by Pinochet and Equatorial Guinea officials

EU and U.S. Can Boost Fight Against Terror by Information Exchange

Spy games

Moussaoui seeks access to terror witnesses

Eavesdropping on terror talk in Germany

Officer who nabbed Lee Harvey Oswald dies

At Davos, U.S. is seen as aloof + Every Topic Is Fair Game for Bill Clinton

Malaysia, Thailand spar over 'mastermind'

Click. Alleged IRA Members Names N-Z

Russian ex-spy on hunger strike


Middle East, Israel says Danish spy suspect filmed secret sites

Congressmen scrutinize IBM, Lenovo deal + China's Lenovo confident US panel will clear IBM deal

Britain's spies keep phone taps out of court+ Prime Minister says phone tapping violates press freedoms?

Chavez foe accused of treason with U.S. aid

Scientists Work on Software to Scan Arabic

Religious Historian Dies at 89

Former British Spy Chief Learned Early To Cope With Danger and Move On

Getting Past the Past

Blood for pork....

Military Contractors Target Latin America For New Recruits Click.

Contractors' work hinges on outcome of Iraq elections

Prime contracts for defense work up $21.7 billion

Pentagon: Lockheed Martin top contractor


California Train Wreck Spawns Possible Copycat Bid

SEC Investigation Into Merck Becomes Formal

Serbian general to hand himself in to UN war crimes court

Illinois: Serial murder suspect tries to plead guilty

Gap close to settling: Clothing voucher handout in dress-code suit

U.S.: Kidnappings high along Mexico border

Putting a Price on Pain. Dividing $3 million among 132 victims

The moron defense

Judge blames teen's parents for unleashing Blaster worm

Cyber-stalker faces sentencing today

Kids' blogs a 'paedophile's dream'

Area 51 'hacker' charges dropped

Dad busted in daughter's slaying

Mob boss a rat

NIH Seeks Outside Inquiry of Scientist

Handguns Allowed on Houston's Buses,

Fugitive for 41 years, Mafia boss a master of elusion

John Dean: Chief Justice Rehnquist's Annual Report on the Federal Judiciary

Actress shot to death in Manhattan

Federal Court Invalidates Patent for Key Merck Drug

Shanley: Judge Denies Mistrial in Priest Child Rape Case + Ex-Priest's Accuser Weeps in Court


Supreme Court: Driver causing fatal crash while fleeing police not necessarily guilty of murder

Groups sue over plans to log in Sequoia National Monument

Guarding comatose, incapacitated inmates costly

Stanislaus cuts check to pay for Peterson trial

Sacramento & north: Will thought-out + Sacramento man faces sex charge involving teen + Suspect pleads not guilty in eBay auction fraud + Top welfare officials mismanaged funds, Yolo grand jury says + El Dorado property crimes increase + Heavy fines in snakehead fish smuggling case

San Francisco, San Mateo: Fear of vigilantism blamed for convict's gun. Lawyer defends man who set son on fire in 1983 + Johns' cars may be seized + Counterfeiters making big bucks + San Mateo: Teacher pleads not guilty to sex charges involving teen boy. The 16-year-old fathered her child+ Daly City woman denies guilt in child molest case +  Ernst & Young former accountant sentenced to prison for falsifying records + Teacher denied lower bail in sex case

Alameda: Reward offered in 18-year-old Sunol murder case + Family drawing attention to slaying of woman in 1986 + Berkeley CPA will serve time for audit cover-up + Three arrested in Fairview pot farm case + Oakland: Alleged drug dealers face tougher sentences in U.S. court. FBI agents join cops in raid that nets 5 suspects + Violent end to retirement dream. Stray gunfire kills Hayward man

Santa Clara: Victim's family vows to press for justice against cop + Kids find pile of cash, spend it + Man charged in 8-month-old East Side drive-by shooting + No one claims baby's body in tree + State guards incapacitated inmate + Woman posed as boy, faces child sex charges + Man files second suit against Catholic order + 3 arrests in M.H. hotel stabbing + San Jose: Autopsy shows baby was full-term

Contra Costa: Concord: An ungodly legacy of pain. Former De La Salle students say abusive counselor made lives hell + Dublin police seek suspects in two Thursday night crimes + Police arrest hit-and-run suspect + Ex-student sues Christian Brothers + Conoco pollution fine: $4.5 million + Legaspi sentenced in tax fraud case + Moraga: Suspect arrested in hit and run death + Richmond: Cops say muggers singling out Latinos

Marin: Sheriff's deputy accused of tax evasion + Nonprofit's houses priced at more than $500,000 + High court asked to hear Marin flasher's case + San Rafael: Tax evasion charges against Marin sheriff deputy Matthew J. Allen

Sonoma: Bystanders nab fugitive fleeing CHP + Women's health club, state settle suit alleging sex bias towards men

Napa: Napa family sues company for moving nightmare

Solano: Vallejo, Scotts Valley Marines die in Iraq helicopter crash + Solano County: Water violates standards. But officials assure Green Valley that health risks are low + Benicia native among victims of copter crash + M.I. fans embark on 2nd decade + GVRD restricts potential uses of old mansion + Study: Too many earn too little+ Grant helps programs for homeless + County seeks reimbursement for license fees

Monterey: Strange device wasn't a bomb + Counting the homeless + Grease-disposal ordinance tightened + Click.

Central Valley: Police arrest Beyer, Elliott students on drug charges + Report: Deputy shooting accident + Frey agrees to visitation rights for son + Judge: One convict's word can't clear a cohort + Home intruder shot by occupant + We could never possibly sink that low ... or could we?

Central Coast: CHP re-enacts fatal accident for case information

Southern California: Metrolink fighting '03 crash + Revenge of the White Cops + Santa Ana high school baseball coach awarded $700,000 in defamation suit + Irvine police find suicidal man in SUV parked on rail tracks + Bryant attorneys say accuser reached money settlement with tabloids + Diver left adrift sues boat crew that left him off Catalina

Michael Jackson:  Trial to open Monday + Judge setting several ground rules + Judge: Trial can include adult-oriented items from Jackson ranch + Judge: Accuser Should Testify in Open Court + ury Will See Bashir TV Interview

Blake: Daughter of Blake's slain wife recounts treatment of her mother + Murder on spec


The Governor:  Gov., speaker trade barbs + Analysis: Dems, Gov. ignore foes' messages. Each side keeps to its own agenda on budget woes + It's Gov. vs. Democrats in costly game of Bay Bridge tug-of-war + Editorial: Gov., lawmakers in sandbox squabble + Dan Walters: Gov., Democrats gird for mother of all political battles + Reforms dead in the water? Click. + Gov. tempers tone toward Democrats Click. + Gov. urges Democrats to tackle agenda Click. + After the love is gone + Expect Gov. to be taught a political lesson + Gov. battles libel lawsuit. British woman says Schwarzenegger groped her, lied + Reason To Wheeze over ethanol + Dissonance: Gov. Girlie-man + Capitol Battle Lines Harden + A cold eye on state pensions + Pension revamp bills exploding

Ballot plan for two key issues - expand term limits, modify political boundaries

Little Hoover Commission panelists dispute plan to overhaul prisons + Administration: Prison plan would fix 'improperly managed' system

Water board plans hearing on staff enforcement work

State regulators PUC vote to sideline rules for cellular phone companies + PUC votes to suspend phone bill of rights + Crackdown on wireless carriers suspended

Sign up soon for California tax amnesty

12th and last candidate for Matsui's seat certified

California opts out of $525 million federal ConocoPhillips pollution settlement

Foster parents should be heard, senator says Click.

Shelley: New trouble for Shelley: U.S. board orders probe. If voting money was misspent, state might have to pay it back + U.S. begins Shelley probe + Smelly Shelley must go

Indian tribes: Ballot proposal would ban urban casinos + Studies on Lake island ordered + Casino workers not breathing easily + Bay Area casino sparks inter-tribal strife + Pechanga sides against urban casino in San Pablo + Sonoma supervisor Valerie Brown ends ties with anti-casino coalition + Tribe: Casino to help growth + Feud looms over new gaming hall + Napa County joins others for a voice on Indian gaming + Indian gaming conference gets under way in Palm Springs + Casino eyes I-10/Hwy. 95 location

LOCAL NEWS:   Record rainfall spawns wildflower blooms across Southern California

Things look up for sandhill cranes, but they're not out of woods yet

Forest service releases new maps covering Pacific Crest National Scenic Trail

Train crash: Hearing delayed on train crash suspect + D.A. in train crash case doubts suspect is insane + Practice of 'push-pull' may have been a factor + Seeking death penalty in train wreck would be unusual, lawyers say + Crash reignites dispute over pushing trains. Regulators say having locomotive in back is just as safe + Crash details emerge

Sacramento & north: Lincoln in line for Catholic Healthcare West hospital + Capital family grieves for son + R.E. Graswich: Paragary, on arena panel, plans a full-court press for arts funding + Sacramento mayor sees big changes ahead for downtown + Sacramento: Input sought on senior programs + Sacramento 'Coming of Age' lecture series for seniors set + Yolo residents would see 25% rate increase if annexed by Sacramento Municipal Utility District

San Francisco, San Mateo: Muni wants another 25 cents. Officials of S.F. transit agency draft plan to increase bus and train fares, cut service+ Bagging the bags + Combustible Chris Daly + San Francisco's emerging right + Plan would force ID check at game spots + Man, 77, unharmed in highway rollover + District elections for San Mateo supervisors?

Alameda: Yearlong wait for 63 cops possible + Work starts on new Caldecott bore + Proposal to curb fire will be + Island antique dealer dies heard + Fremont resident courts stardom + Fremont man arrested in alleged eBay fraud + Day workers march for safety + Livermore to 'dine with divas' for future operas + Pombo aims to extend benefits + Strangers in a Strange Land + Oakland lawmaker calls on world to aid Darfur. Lee joins star of Rwanda film to decry genocide + Berkeley bashes Berkeley Bowl over growth

Santa Clara: SJ mayor thankful year after stroke + Valley women large, but men supersized + Bus gives families a lifeline + Funding delivered for marine center + Supervisor upbeat about valley's future

Contra Costa: Martinez girl killed in wreck + Big-rig fire snarls Pleasanton freeway traffic + Caltrans, agencies join to add Caldecott bore + Editorial: Can Lafayette afford to be high end + Ventura unleashes provocative talk + San Ramon eyes development plan + Contract ambulance bidder's fliers irk officials + Driver dies in solo crash at Altamont Pass + Cerrito Theater rehab now set to begin in May + Homeless census higher than estimate + Danville chamber honors outstanding residents + Report: Brentwood official may have only one domicile + Contra Costa helps residents with their taxes + Death of a San Pablo Community + Martinez: Main Street moving closer to makeover. City officials want make-over of stores, offices, homes in historic downtown + Martinez: Homeless census surpasses estimates

Marin: Suicide barrier debate reopened + Sutter eases deadlines for hospital plan + Noted Marin civic leader Robinson dies at 73

Sonoma: Checking pulse of homelessness + Prep school gains support + Riding on inspiration + Recalling 'Freedom Summer' + Trash haulers gear up for new vote + Petaluma gears up for 150th anniversary + A veteran doctor finally gets his license

Napa: Napa mayor hopefuls square off + Council misled on Mondavi highway

Solano: Vallejo, Scotts Valley Marines die in Iraq helicopter crash + Solano County: Water violates standards. But officials assure Green Valley that health risks are low + Benicia native among victims of copter crash + M.I. fans embark on 2nd decade + GVRD restricts potential uses of old mansion + Study: Too many earn too little+ Grant helps programs for homeless + County seeks reimbursement for license fees

Monterey: Strange device wasn't a bomb + Counting the homeless + Grease-disposal ordinance tightened + Click. LandWatch loses suit against county

Central Valley: Guard units head for Kuwait + MJC takes more nursing students + Builders to review city plan to raise water hookup fees + Patterson schools will buy office site at business park + Turlock residents tackle marathon step at a time + PG&E says irrigation district is unfit to distribute electricity + Delegates get more of a voice + Rev. Nelson, Methodist pastor, dies + Honoring America's flag, fallen + Frey agrees to visitation rights for son + Book Signing + Water board: Hilmar mess not official's fault + News & Notes + Around the Region + Study: San Joaquin depot generates millions + CalPERS to invest $10m in Valley Click. + Utilities to control efficiency programs Click.

Central Coast: Local Marine killed in Iraq + Homeless families have new option + Earth Summit shows off progress + `Judy Day’ salutes Westlake library aide + Red Cross delivers for fire victims + Harbor High School graduate involved in mishap at sea + Field trip driver slowly improving + Coast Lines + Simi Valley Navy medic killed in Iraq wanted to protect his comrades

Southern California: Fight seen over actors' new contract + Hahn tries to get support in San Fernando Valley + SDG&E plan triples some rates during peak hours Click. + Parks, Villaraigosa Mayoral Campaigns Get Funding Boosts

School days: Plan boosts Sonoma State Univ. budget + Complaint accuses Elk Grove school district of racial bias + San Francisco: Wells Fargo Bank gives $150,000 to counties' schools + Novato schools appeal to public + SFUSD reassures bond committee + UC regents panel backs growth plan + Fremont seniors plan on-campus graduations + UC seeks students for science camp + Maritme Academy still accepting applications + Dublin: No high-fives from parents over middle school transfers + State schools chief impresses Seaside students + Proposal for Mt. View schools challenged + Napa Valley SD sticks with extended break + UCSC clerical workers rally for new contract, pay raises + AP test scores solid in Vallejo, Benicia


Frist Wants New 'Manhattan Project' on biowarfare

Mad Cow Disease Found in French Goat, EU Says

Secrets and Epidemics

Officials free flu shots for general use + Government eases flu vaccine restrictions

Research Identifies Promising Route For Treating Age-Related Hearing Loss

Click. Scandia Lab: Doctors may soon be able to screen patients for diseases in a matter of minutes using just a small sample of saliva.

Wanna lose weight? Get up! Move around! Study says fidgety tendencies can help melt away pounds

Through meditation, lower blood pressure

Chemical may cause whale hearing loss

U.S. Leads in Sexually Transmitted Disease Rate

Bleak First Results From The World's Largest Climate Change Experiment

First View Of Many Neurons Processing Information In Living Brain

COX-2 Levels Are Elevated In Smokers

Solving The Mystery Of Centuries-old Caribbean Ant Plagues

Blood Test Shows Promise As Monitor For Antiangiogenic Cancer Therapy

Discovery Of Pathway In Learning Impairment Caused By Liver Disease May Lead To Drug Treatment

Fat Deficiency Gene Also Spurs Obesity

Fat Hormone Acts On Brain Circuit To Curb Obesity, Diabetes

Desertification Alters Regional Ecosystem Climate Interactions

Novel Asthma Study Shows Multiple Genetic Input Required; Single-gene Solution Shot Down

Jump-starting T Cells In Skin Cancer

Mayo Clinic Recommends Broadening Treatment To Battle Recurrence Of Endometrial Cancer

Deficient DNA Repair Capacity Associated With Increased Risk Of Breast Cancer

Researchers Map The Sexual Network Of An Entire High School

Research Sheds Light On How Cancer Cells Become Resistant To Treatment

Cancer Vaccines: A Two-pronged Attack?

Penn State Scientists Spy On Black-hole Eating Habits With 'LISA'

Report finds more All-Terrain Vehicle deaths, injuries

Windows takes to the streets

Apple's tech support a work of Genius

Portable Gaming, Sony-Style

The Lock Busters

Hi-Tech Hot Rod Is The Ultimate Learning Lab

Floating Films On Liquid Mercury: New Results May Lead To Advances In Nanotechnology, Molecular Electronics


Bush says Iraqi vote will set a 'powerful example' + Public opinion key for Bush in Iraq vote + Bush Says Iraq Likely to Want U.S. Troops After Vote

Bush to Take Social Security Reform Proposal to Voters in Five-State Tour

Bush: Upgrade healthcare records

Judges skeptical of suit filed over 2001 Bush energy plan

Rice vows bold agenda

Study: Tax changes could raise billions

Bush won't appeal media ownership rules

Cheney tours Nazi concentration camp

Kennedy Calls for a Phased Withdrawal From Iraq

U.S. lawmakers call for pressure on Sudan

Mexico fumes over U.S. criticism of nation's drug violence+ U.S., Mexico exchange barbs over drug war dangers

UN Nuclear Chief Urges U.S. to Join EU on Iran

Civil Service System on Way Out at DHS

HHS says it paid columnist for help

Foreign-owner SBA limits eased re: competition for federal contracts

Bush doesn't see ghosts in White House

Rush & Molloy: Campaign aide gets Jenna's vote

Lockheed Martin Wins Presidential Helicopter Contract

Congress: Bush Faces New Skepticism From Republicans on Hill + Kerry, Clinton criticize Bush on health care

Social Security: Fixing Social Security + Automated Messages to GOP About Social Security + Democrats Complain Social Security Administration Improperly Pushing Bush Plan + Don’t let them steal our security

Democrats: N.J. Dem fund-raiser sentenced to 2 years + Nixon son-in-law eyeing challenge to Hillary + Outsider looking in + Hillary Says Bush Health Plan Hurts Poor + Former Clinton Aide Ickes Supports Dean for Party Chair


Closing in on Vietnam

Paul Krugman: Little Black Lies

Robert Parry: Freedom from reality

Jonathan Chait: A deficit you can't refuse Click.

Ivins: Flip-Flopping on Social Security Linguistics

Nurturing Iraq's Non-Election

Boxer's Match

Protocol for Lying

Vietnam on speed

Of oil and elections

Cheney at Auschwitz: an insult to the memory of Nazism's victims + Cheney's green parka and boots stand out

An Election of and by Ghosts

A Deficit You Can't Refuse

Escobar: Many stakes in Iraq election

Why insurgents may be the winners

Volcker The In-'credible'

Rhetoric remains high-flown, but arguments for war have fallen apart

Greg Dyke: Two years after the war, why hasn't Blair resigned yet?

MILITARY Navy admiral Wm J. Fallon tapped for Pacific Command + Navy to retain Pacific Command

Iraq War Vets to Get Follow-Up Mental Evaluations

Blockbuster Inc. Pushes Army National Guard Recruitment Click.

Heads roll at Veterans Administration (DU to blame?)

As Shock Hits Hawaii, Grief Spreads

Hi-Tech Hot Rod Is The Ultimate Learning Lab

Military Academy Panel Investigating Barracks Party in Which Cadets Dressed as Nazis

NAACP Searches for Leader

Antiwar activists fail to press their cause

Music stars ready to buttonhole leaders over poverty

Parents of Sutter, CA elementary School protest policy that students wear security badges

Professor Ward Churchill's views spark ire + 'Professor' who calls WTC victims Nazis to speak in N.Y.

Chinese government takes over Zhao funeral arrangements

The Left Loses College Kids


UC's women scientists

Stardom: When PARODY Isn't FUNNY

The Parrot In The Bathroom

Friday fishwrap: Zodiac flick?

Click. Poker's popularity with teens troubles schools, groups.

Rice and the New Black Paradigm

Melon heir avoided spotlight


OPEC expected to keep oil production steady at Vienna meeting

Procter & Gamble to Buy Gillette for $57 Billion + Deal would merge big-brand names

SBC reportedly trying to buy AT&T -- again. Deal would form largest phone company in U.S.

ChevronTexaco's fourth-quarter profit doubles

Costs Make Employers See Smokers as a Drag

BofA plans to drop fee for transfers to Mexico

An outsourcing reversal: Chinese firms in US

Microsoft Still On EU's Bad Side

San Francisco gay marriage and beyond:  Bay Area: Gay Anglican bishop gets fervid reception. Robinson has been on roller coaster ride since election+ SoCal couple's suit seeks end to same-sex marriage bans + California Gov.'s sister-in-law at odds on same-sex unions + PBS Stations May Run Controversial Show about gay couple

The Pen Is Mightier.... 

Sacramento Bee wins bid for retirees' names who returned to work, yet draw salary and pension check

Comfy sitcom format faces a retooling

Pundit Payola: Syndicates Work to Prevent More Problems + Third Columnist Implicated with Payola Charges

Beware of the Blog

Judge: Maryland Gov. Must List Employees Banned from Talking to 'Sun'

Lawyers: Kobe's Accuser Reached Settlement with Tabloid Publisher


Today's papers

Vincent van Gogh The Painter on his Way to Work Enlarge

Daily picture from the Metropolitan

Move Over Shakespeare at Cinnabar Theatre

Improv movie making: 24 hours from action to finish

Robert Dwan, Groucho Marx's TV director, dead at 89

Youth get taste of jazz life from Oakland group

Woman discovers roots on internet

Time off that will do you - and Mother Nature - good

Museum extravaganza in Madrid

The 'indie' label as a catchall

The French New Vague

Stiller, Standing

Old vodka whacks its rivals

Archaeological Digs!: Dig and Tour Opportunities for 2005

Sidonie-Gabrielle Colette - Colette & Claudine

Tolkien Gets Ringing Endorsement

Cybersex: Seek and ye shall find

Debut for unknown Beethoven work

Ringo Drums Up Superhero Project

Black Baptists forge agenda

Turin Shroud is not medieval forgery, says US scientist

Film review: Aliens of the Deep

Ecologists See The Primeval Wood For The Trees

Universal Translator Might be Needed to Understand ET

The man who shaped modern America

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Liz Smith

Cindy Adams

Your daily braindrop

Word of the day

JANUARY 27, 2005

WAR IRAQ On the ground:
Insurgents Launch Attacks in at Least Seven Provinces, Killing a Dozen People in Countdown to Iraq's Election+ Insurgent Attacks Kill 11 Iraqis and One Marine + A Daily Look at U.S. Military Deaths in Iraq + Worst days for U.S. troops + Blasts hit multiple targets in Iraq + Deadliest day yet for U.S. troops -- 37 killed. Most of them died in helicopter crash during sandstorm + In Baghdad, women fear everyone + Libya Asks Iraqi Rebels to Free U.S. Hostage + U.S. Apparently Underestimated Size of Insurgency, Top Commander Says + US Commander: Iraqi Forces Not Ready + Orders of battle + Juan Cole reports

Election: Divided Kirkuk a rich political prize. Kurds hope to win control of city -- and its oil wealth + Iraqi expatriates' votes unlikely to make much difference in historic election + A Tale of 2 Iraqis Ahead of the Vote + Election Putting Neighboring Nations on Edge + Iraqi elections pose strategic headache for Syria + Iraqi, citing inclusion, suggests official jobs for those who boycott vote

War prisons: AP: Gitmo soldier details sexual tactics + Interview: Attorney Scott Horton: Bush Team Has Revived Nazi Ruses Rejected at Nuremberg  + Britons detained in Guantanamo freed without charge by anti-terror police + MPs condemn house arrest plan to 'control' terror suspects

MIDDLE EAST: Israelis, Palestinians meeting. Officials discuss Sharon-Abbas talks, possibly in 2 weeks + Israel, Palestinians renew political ties + Palestinians ban citizens from carrying weapons + Arabs have right to buy Jewish land, Israeli Attorney-General says

King Fahd removes chairman of the intelligence department from his post

RUSSIA: Terrorists seize apartment block in Russia's south + Putin tries to buy peace with 50% pay rise for the police

ASIA PACIFIC: Tibetan Monk's Death Sentence Is Commuted to a Life Term

Japan: Ruling Is Bad News for Foreign Workers +

TSUNAMI: Red Cross Says It Has Enough Tsunami Money to fund recovery effort for 10 years

AMERICAS: State Dept. warns Americans about traveling to Mexico. Drug-related killings and kidnappings surge along border

250,000 Join Protest Against Ecuador's President

Colombia: Guards Kill 7 Inmates After Blast at Prison + Mass break-out at Colombian jail

Canadian military will play increased global role: PM

Nicaraguans seize missile during sting


France seizes 11 accused of Iraq plot. Paris cell allegedly recruited fighters to join the insurgency + Paris detains 4 more Islamist suspects bound for Iraq

Poverty, Climate on Davos Agenda

Britain Proposes Wide Restrictions on Those Deemed a Threat

Spain Could Do Better on Terror Suspects, Group Says

FBI Special Agent: Some Trained 'Jihadists' Are in Oregon

A report speaks truth to unsympathetic U.S. power

Osama's Banda angels



Johnny Carson, Dead CIA Shill

The Twilight of the Nazi Hunter

'Pinochet' bank faces $16m fine


Mad cow hard to get, study suggests

Menino and BU's biolab


Chiron posts unexpectedly steep loss in quarter + Flu woes blamed for loss at Chiron

Amazon Yellow Page directory turns to pictures of listed businesses

SBC Said to Be in Talks to Buy AT&T

Ellison taunts SAP, seeks close ties to IBM

Ford recalls about 800,000 pickups, SUVs

There's a crush at grape fest

Microsoft offers small businesses online advice 

World Leaders Step Up Pressure on Rich Nations to Save Millions of Africans Mired in Poverty + Despite Goodhearted Promises From the World's Elite, Africans Doubt Results

Oakland: 8-foot 'no-bomb' painting bombs. Port commissioner balks at artwork on shipping container

Gypsies sue computer giant IBM in Switzerland for alleged Nazi ties

The Court is next for SpongeBob foes


New Hampshire: Judge Suspended for Groping 5 Women Quits

Quattrone's appeal due today

Okla. lawmaker proposes rooster boxing

Crooked Microsoft worker masterminded $7m racket

Spanish police arrest worm suspect

Eyes on the Prize Hits P2P

Summary Box: Methamphetamine Becoming a Threat in Some Cities

Carrying Concealed Handguns Now Legal on Houston Transit System

Authorities Charge Suspect in Deaths of Women in Rural Illinois

Former WorldCom Exec Says Ebbers Apologized After Accounting Cover Up

Shanley: Accuser Says Abuse Went on for Years + Emotional accuser tells of alleged abuse by Shanley


Reforming '3 strikes' -- again

Pat-Down Searches of Female Inmates by Male Guards Banned

Appeals court reverses Solano Judge's dismissal of murder charges over lost videotapes

Sacramento & north: Lobbyist McFall's trial opens with tales of greed + Court rejects sex offender's term appeal + Parents ordered to trial in deaths of twin infants + Pedestrian hit, killed on Laguna Boulevard + Man loses $13,000 in Canadian scam

San Francisco, San Mateo: Deaths in the Children of God. Common thread of sexual, spiritual abuse among cult defectors who killed themselves + Ex-Raider to face steroid questions. Former teammate suing Romanowski over injury in fight + FBI agents raid home of accused steroid dealer Victor Conte + Police killer's competency hearing set + Police arrest suspect in San Mateo rape case + ‘Neighborhood Business: Barrier to entry

Alameda: Hayward: Driver held in crash in which 2 died + Sunol: $5,000 reward posted in 1986 strangling of Dana Lee Ramm + Man sentenced to 18 years for raping, sodomizing girl, 8 + Hayward: Two die in crash, driver suspected of DUI + Fremont: Some alarmed by new police policy + Union City: Smile! You're on red-light camera + Livermore skate park camera vandalized + 90% take Oracle's job offers, firm says + Prosecutor testifies in 'Riders' retrial

Santa Clara: San Jose: Baby's body found wrapped in blanket + S.J.Mountain lion shot after killing goats + Hopes for quicker resolution in salon suits + Abandoned baby found dead + Pedicure lawsuit's lengthy journey + Family struggles with son's vanishing

Contra Costa: Richmond: Road-rage link eyed in shootings of three + Richmond muggers prey on Latinos + Jury hears first testimony in killing of prostitute

Marin: S.F. man arrested in Mill Valley break-in

Sonoma: $25,000 the bank is eager to spend + SR crash probe focuses on car + Laytonville man shot in leg

Napa: Napan on trial for molestation, tried to hire inmate for murders

Monterey: Salinas man cited on gun possession charges

Central Valley: Gang graffiti mars school +Law & Order + Wrong-way driver triggers multiple-vehicle crash in Madera + Wesson jury pool shrinks + Pettis witness changes account

Central Coast: RIP: Peter A. Chang Jr. -- prosecuted killers + Legal fight between Alianza, PVUSD ends in draw+ Cops and Courts

Southern California: Record Label Chief Is Indicted on Money-Laundering Charges + Wife of 'Brady Bunch' star Barry Williams files for divorce + Former LA gym owner arrested in drug money laundering case + Los Angeles Armenian charities get $3 million from insurance settlement + LA archdiocese appeals order to turn over priest files + Insurers Sue Church for Abuse Data + Teen's 'Crush' of Redlands Student Was Fatal, Jury Told + Man Says He Accidentally Killed Mother After She Attacked Him + Predator's Luck Hasn't Run Out Yet + Court Upholds La Habra's Ban Against Lap Dancing + Burglar Drove Himself to Failure + OC: Rodman's Restaurant Sued Over Music Fees + City Hall's stickup

Michael Jackson: Prosecutors want jurors to see documentary on Jackson + MICHAEL JACKSON WANTS SNEDDON TO PERSONALLY TRY CASE+ Lloyd Grove's Lowdown: Jacko aide: resume fire

Blake: Alleged Plot to Kill Wife Unfolds


The Governor:  Gov. accuses Dems of stalling. He threatens to take agenda for change directly to the people + Critics blast Gov.'s reorganization plan + Plan to reduce boards bashed + Some GOP House members have doubts about Gov.'s redistricting idea + Gov. asks White House for help to aid storm areas + Redistricting changes needed + Meal-break rule called power grab + Sorry Arnold, No Two-Picture Deal + Gov., Democrats Argue Over Budget + Governor's finance chief cheerfully lays out gloom +  Quit stalling, Gov. tells Legislature + Poll: Gov's popularity erodes + Democrats do nothing, Gov. says + Public's Renewed Focus on Education Could Teach Gov. a Lesson + Governor's glow fades as school concerns rise + Panel Backs Gov.'s Parole Board Picks +Daniel Weintraub: Lessons for California from Oregon's pension debacle + Pension crossroads

Grape growers to vote in May

PUC may put cell-phone user 'bill of rights' on hold

State Department of Health Services received about $100 million in federal funds to fight bioterrorism, and officials can't account for it Click.

Shelley: Rules set for probe of Shelley + Feds will audit Shelley's use of election reform money + Spokesman: Shelley does not plan to resign and will testify + Shelley insists he won't resign + Editorial: Shelley must go

Bay Bridge: Plans for new Bay Bridge span defended by State transportation officials. Critics say reports portended overruns + Caltrans grilled over bridge costs + Frustration reigns at Caltrans hearing + Governor embraces bridge idea

High Speed Rail: Board OKs likely high speed rail routes, leaves possibility of extra stop + Board OKs likely high-speed rail routes

Stem cells: Stem cell center in capital?

Indian tribes: How gambling can transform East Bay, Jobs, nonprofits boosted in deal OR Mega-casinos will play havoc with region + Napa County joins others for a voice on Indian gaming + Tribe raps San Pablo casino plan + Harassment suit targets Thunder Valley casino + Bruce Babbitt’s Nemesis: Death of an Indian Casino

LOCAL NEWS:  Underfunded national parks must turn away children, study says + Parks teaching needs not being met

Train Crash: Compton man charged with murder in deadly California commuter rail tragedy + Train hits SUV -- 11 die in Glendale. Suicidal man blamed for crash + State leads in railroad suicides, but lacks prevention funds. Billions needed to separate rails from highways + A list of other serious U.S. train accidents + Court records, interviews show picture of troubled man + A Response of Grit and Grace + Concern Grows Over Rail Suicides + Train's Lineup May Have Added to Risk + No instant remedies for 'suicide by train'

Sacramento & north: Firefighter rules in question + Diana Griego Erwin: Firefighter spouses' minds whirl over another department scandal + Optimism on K Street overhaul + Anger erupts as Davis council mulls development

San Francisco, San Mateo: Determined volunteers count homeless people on the street + Most willing to take part -- if you can find them + Homeless death tally endorsed + San Francisco audit reveals how $36,155 was misspent. Chinatown group used funds set for open-space projects + A century later, quake's toll to rise + San Francisco Mission residents air fears of escalating crime. Police panel meeting hears neighborhood plea for more patrols + U.S. water experts to meet at Moscone Center, San Francisco + San Francisco Airport ready for 2006 arrival of Airbus A380 + Smokers not welcome at San Francisco's outdoor attractions + Potrero Power Plant emissions still high + Mayor: Daly City is 'looking good' + Peskin's preemptive strike + Tony's Treasure Island + S.F. environmental panel backs fee for grocery bags

Alameda: Berkeley Council OKs limiting Marin Avenue traffic + Man shot, killed by errant bullet in Hayward + Island renters group wants stricter laws + Leona Quarry project irks neighbors + Hillside herbicides provoking debates + Route 84 not yet eighty-sixed + Opposition builds against Sunol composting facility + + Livermore: Smokers asked to 'butt out' of parks + Livermore valley's big quake recalled 25 years later + Pleasanton women's group aims to educate + Groups debate Pardee measure

Santa Clara: Preserving Hmong treasures + Tiny district won't launch program

Contra Costa: Contra Costa supes set priorities + San Ramon: Dumping problem piling up + Audit reveals upswing for San Ramon + Officials disagree on Plan B limit line + New panel appointee may display limit line leniency + Volunteers count Contra Costa's homeless

Marin: Liberatore: Counting Marin's homeless + Woolsey leads call to bring soldiers home + Official defends lowering of age for retirement to 50 + Garage should open in spring, San Rafael says + San Anselmo orders Hub builder

Sonoma: Good grief, it's a 'Peanuts' invasion + Smith sees Sonoma County finances stabilizing + Woolsey: U.S. should leave Iraq + Developer denied chance to build hillside homes in Napa, files suit against city of Napa + Center field doesn't count as open space

Napa: Napa County joins others for a voice on Indian gaming + Harry Martin revising his campaign ads for mayor

Solano: Vallejo city staff accused of misleading council + State Farm officially opens new office site + Vallejo: Public wants more recreation facilities

Monterey: Bank loan rescues North County band trip + Planners OK proposal for Del Monte Forest + STEVENSON SENIORS SCORE SCIENCE WIN + Outdoor office suits parks official just fine + Seaside demands senior cab fare + Click. 2nd lawsuit:10-year-old Seaside water credits expired, river activists say + Carmel composer gets Oscar nod + County OKs final phase of Rancho San Carlos

Central Valley: Ahlem resigns state ag post+ Stan State professor's boss reacts + Hughson expects loan to be repaid, but it's not known when + Arts center redo needs a little help+ BMX waiting for flag to drop+ McFall corruption trial begins+ C News & Notes+ Around the Region+ Law & Order+ Community Briefing + Time to take step back, get big picture on pets + Cows get whiff of vindication in smog study Click.

Central Coast: S.C. Council votes 4-3 to approve Coast Hotel project + Santa Cruz teachers refuse to post grades online Santa Cruz architect Garmann dies on Teton slopes + Legal fight between Alianza, PVUSD ends in draw + PVUSD officials plan conference trip to New York, raising monetary concerns + County getting less with rent + Crab feed benefits historic Rodgers House + Seacliff shark doing ‘swell’ + Coast Lines + Critics say hotel project will make Santa Cruz too trendy

Southern California: Hahn Calls Valley Safer and More Business-Friendly + Plan to Add 250 LAPD Officers Is Approved + Mission Viejo Hillside Appears Stable for Now, but Residents Remain in Limbo + LA DWP Audit Results Mixed + Riverside Fire Unit Probe in Riverside Co. + Review of Orange County's Pension Risk Sought + LA County Cancels Contract With Foster Care Agency

School days: Berkeley: Upsurge in liberals among Cal freshmen + Hayward: Shrub shapers must get to work -- it just isn't C-S-U-H any more + Sonoma State Green Music Center gets green light from state + Napa Valley College to OK offering sabbaticals to faculty + Future Uncertain for Students Seeking Aid + Jerry Brown Touts Charter Schools Before Gathering of System's Backers in Pasadena + San Juan zeroes in on schools to shutter + San Juan School District Cuts $20 Million in Programs + Marin school districts use accused law firm + San Francisco schools face closure + New S.F. charter school approved + SFSU dorm evicts photographer + Benicia panel reviews school-closure issues + Cash for College workshops planned + Cal Grant application deadline is March 2 + Monterey high school students hold court + Monterey Peninsula College board urged to diversify + Legal fight between Alianza, PVUSD ends in draw + PVUSD officials plan conference trip to New York, raising monetary concerns + State students hold their own on AP testing + Study fuels CSU push for better grad rates + Pleasanton schools may alter elections + Mt. Diablo considers labor pacts + Reports tell of state schools' flaws, strengths + D-Q students say top officials should be ousted

Big jump in treatment for poor AIDS patients. 60% increase in last half year, WHO says

New Zealand to pay compensation to kidney donors

New Cancer Gene Identified By Memorial Sloan-Kettering Scientists

Combination Therapy Boosts Effectiveness Of Telomere-directed Cancer Cell Death

Researchers Find How Protein Allows Insects To Detect And Respond To Pheromones + Why Do Some People Get Bitten By Mosquitoes More Than Others?

Unusual Reproductive Behavior Of Odd Ants Surprises Scientists

Penn Researchers Add More Evidence To Demonstrate Role Of COX Inhibitors In Heart-disease Risk

Use Of Estrogen Therapy May Increase Risk For Gallbladder Disease

Multiple Therapies Curb Declining Ability To Learn With Age

Grapefruit Juice And Medication Can Be A Dangerous Mix

Molecule Predicts Colon Cancer Patient Survival

The Role Of Ethnicity In Nonalcoholic Fatty Liver Disease

A Morse Code For Human Cells

Researchers Discover New Fat Gene: Finding May Offer New Target For Controlling Obesity, Diabetes

T Cells Target HIV In A Relationship On The Rebound

Big, Old Fish Key To Restoring Groundfish Stocks

Two Minutes Of Magnetic Stimulation Can Change Your Brain For An Hour

Microsoft Earnings Double; Sales of Windows Software, Xbox Top Forecasts

Net regulation still possible

High-Tech Spacesuits Eyed for 'Extreme Exploration'

Bill Gates, Philanthropy Inc.

Videotape to DVD, Made Easy

B-15A Iceberg's Close Encounter Monitored By Envisat

Student Architect Designs Disaster Relief In A Box

Weighing The Smallest Stars

Huygens Lands In Titanian Mud

FUSE Observations Strengthen White Dwarf Theory


Bush hails mere act of voting a victory for Iraqi democracy

War Costs for US Push Past $200 Billion + How Bush Got Iraq War Cost So Wrong

Kennedy Calls for Troop Withdrawal, Says Military Is Fueling Insurgents

Secretary of state close to Bush, expected to have clout overseas + Rice expected to take first official trip

World leaders mark Auschwitz liberation

Sens. to Introduce 'Stop Government Propaganda Act'

U.S. Seeks to Create UN Tribunal for Darfur Crimes, Sidestep World Court

Paying boosters wrong, Bush says

Bush pushes computerized medical records

Michael Lind: How the US became the world's dispensable nation Click.

Senate panel OKs nominee for attorney general. Straight party-line vote reflects tension over Gonzales' bid

Contentious Defense Official Douglas Feith to Depart

Appeals court to revisit Cheney lawsuit

GOP head wants Giuliani to run vs. Clinton

USDA chief presses Japan on beef trade

Energy nominee plans to keep holdings+ Nuclear Waste Dump Timeline Is Updated

Homeless Count or Are Counted + Counting Homeless a Tough Task

Iraq crisis dominates Bush press conference

Why Bush is coy about his Irish links

As Texas judge, Gonzales heard donors' cases

Social Security: Privatizing Social Security: 'Me' Over 'We' + Race And Social Security: Cynical Politics + Social Security Battle Could Make Bush a Retiree

Congress: Need cold pills? Senate plan would require ID + Woolsey, 24 Dems, ask Bush to withdraw GIs + GOP Congressman Renews Push for Immigration Curbs + Lawmakers call for stepped-up pressure on Sudan + Kerry battling Bush on health care plan + Kennedy calls for troop withdrawal in Iraq+ Senate doctors share interests, not styles + House votes to tighten rules on Congressional Gold Medal awards + Congress shows sadness, division on Iraq+ GOP lawmakers urge IBM-China sale review U.S. government puts 9/11 record online + Meth is targeted in bill by Feinstein + Congress Puts Spyware on Hit List + Talk Simmers in Congress of Plans for Withdrawing U.S. Troops

Democrats: Daily News Exclusive: Hil vs. Pirro in '06?


Boxer's spine gets her cut off at the knees

Only chaos is sovereign

Destroying Babylon

Bullets and ballots


The Iraq Election: Another Dead End?  

The War Party's Atrocity Porn

Neocons Owe Hersh an Apology

Stupidest guy on the face of the earth resigns

Stardom: Hell, Why Not Send Arnie Instead of KILLER ROBOTS?

As Shiites inherit Iraq, the Arab world trembles

Iraq's election of ghosts

Vote or no vote, we will kill you

Zarqawi vs. Sistani

Can't count on president

Gore Vidal on Bush Cheney Conspiracy

MILITARY  Pentagon Investigating Website Where GIs Post Pictures of Dead Iraqis

Illinois Soldier Detained for Making Bomb Threat Against Unit

US Women Get Closer to Combat

Pentagon Adds Post-Combat Counseling Session to Diagnose Long-Term Trauma

Guard wants to offer $15,000 bonuses

Tank museum

US Navy released first pictures of damage sustained by USS San Francisco attack sub after it collided with underground mountain


U.S. government puts 9/11 record online

Demand Accountability: Sibel Edmonds

Blood for pork....

Russia, Syria eye oil, gas development deals

Iran warns BP it 'will not forget' oil firm's refusal to do business

Kuwait reopens largest oil-gathering center

Boeing wins key 7E7 order from China

Yukos's directors seek political asylum in UK


Vallejo: Marine World offers hands-on dolphin encounter. Animal rights activists denounce latest attraction

Chris Cane: When memory goes bye-bye

Stardom: Disasters and Poor Nations AIDED By PEOPLE, Not Governments

School a giant chain of sexual connections

Authors Warn Of Inaccuracies Concerning Use Of Race In Health & Social Science Research

San Francisco gay marriage and beyond:  Gay marriage legal fight shifting to Southern California

The Pen Is Mightier.... 

FBI raids BALCO chief's home. Agents seek clues to IDs of Chronicle sources in scandal + FBI Raid Seeks 'S.F. Chronicle' BALCO Source

Dow Jones-MarketWatch deal to result in job cuts

Digging Into Seymour Hersh

A wartime media taboo

No Magazine, but Plenty of Ammo

Researchers Find Way To Make Internet Video More Appealing

Today's papers

Vincent van Gogh The Painter on his Way to Work Enlarge

Daily picture from the Metropolitan

San Francisco Ballet season opens with future on good footing. Artistic director Tomasson marks 20th anniversary

Oakland Port to sponsor new art festival

Philip Johnson Is Dead at 98; Architecture's Restless Intellect

Dave Alvin remembers the L.A. that shaped his musical life

Geeksta rap

Teen angst at Sundance

Divide and conquer

Spain's Moorish inspiration

Turin Shroud 'Older Than Thought'

Secret Nobel Prize dealings

David Denby on Ben Stiller

James Surowiecki on Vioxx

The biggest aqua park with tsunami waves and worshiping chambers to be constructed in Chechnya

Rush & Molloy: Did agent show heirs enough money?

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JANUARY 21, 2005

WAR IRAQ On the ground:
15 killed in Baghdad Shiite mosque blast after Zarqawi vows holy war + Car Bomb Kills Several at Iraqi Wedding Party + US soldier killed in Iraq raid + U.S. toll + UK soldiers hurt in bomb 'revenge' for prisoner abuse + Chinese Hostages' Families Wait and Worry + Captors issue demand to China +  Top Zarqawi Aide Reportedly Died in U.S.-Led Assault on Fallujah + Zarqawi Group Beheads Two Iraqis + Orders of battle + Juan Cole reports

Election:  Politics popular in Shiite areas + Police Protests Raise Pre-Vote Fears in Najaf + Vote is at risk of inflaming, not taming, the region

War prisons: UK: Don't comment on abuse case, judge tells politicians + Photo-lab worker tells TV show of new Iraq abuse pictures + Soldiers' trial told of orgy of looting + Danish troops charged with abuse

AFGHANISTAN: Bomb Misses a Top Warlord in Afghanistan

IRAN: Intel on Suspect Iran Imports Was Flawed-Diplomats + Straw says Bush backs diplomatic approach to Iran
No common ground with Iran regime, says Rice + India, Pak closer to accord on Iran pipeline: Ayer + Paris, Moscow eye-to-eye on Iran, Iraq and Mideast

MIDDLE EAST: Palestinian Security Forces Deploy in Gaza + Israel will strike if Abbas fails

RUSSIA: Russian diplomats in Finland involved in outrageous sex scandal

Parents of Russian Massacre Victims Protest

EUROPE: Ukraine's Yushchenko prepares to take power, Western course + Ukraine's new chief plans trip to Moscow. Yushchenko to visit Kremlin, Europe after inauguration

Irish appeal court quashes only Omagh bombing conviction

Straw urges Europe to end ban on arms sales to China

ASIA PACIFIC: Military-backed militia sets up Aceh relief effort. Critics fear Laskar group, used in unrest in East Timor, will undermine cease-fire

China Confronts Its Daunting Gender Gap

North Korea Lets In Rescue Ship From the South

AMERICAS:  Mexico evaluates proposal for expatriate voting in 2006

Spain Trial Yields Gruesome Details about Argentine "dirty war"

Randolph T. Holhut: ''The good gringo", the story of Paul Bardwell Click.


Retaliation Investigated as Possible Motive for Tip on Boston Terror Threat +Radiation Sensors Deployed as Boston Probes Threat + Boston Cool in the Face of a Terrorism Tip

UC regents to pursue new lab contract to keep management of Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory + No competition yet over contract for Lawrence Berkeley + For first time, Cal must bid + UC doesn't plan to lose Berkeley lab

Click.  Livermore Lab chooses Wayne Shotts as deputy director

Many Canadians Barred From U.S. Because of Security Lists

Bashir Had No Role in Bali Blasts, Militant Says

Rice Confirms US Has Contingency Plan for Pakistan Nukes

Software Re-Enacts Rwanda's Genocide

Russian Foreign Ministry criticizes U.S. for accusing Syria of terror ties

Solving the Enigma of Kryptos

Out-of-Work Bomb Makers

Click. MI5 plans Scottish base to target terrorists

Ex-German spy chief arrives home to face corruption trial

Click. Bring Jonathan Pollard Home failed in their most recent effort to free Pollard

New Osama tape, deeper propaganda twists


China says nationals warned to shun Iraq amid kidnappings


Are American corporate profits declining?

Dow set for worst new-year losing streak since '82

Startups see more venture funding

Silicon Valley does more with less. Profits are up, employment down in high-tech capital

Deutsche Boerse ready to raise stakes in London Stock Exchange battle

Big box meets big brother

Pension tension + Corporate honchos take care of their own first

Malls Fear a Retail Upheaval

JET BLUE, AMERICA WEST Outsource Maintenance to Central America

Cambridge Biotech Company Debuts on Nasdaq, Raising $65 Million


Biotechnology improves lives in Africa

Vietnam: 7 Humans Dead of Bird Flu; Epidemic Feared

UW chided over bioterrorism lab

Study raises questions about how mad cow infects animals

Infections not listed in BU bid for biolab

Mad cow disease triggered by inflammation


"Dubious Dealings" at Hague War Crimes Tribunal

State's Justices Refuse to Delay Connecticut Execution

Frenchman jailed for Cambodian pedophilia 

Couple lost in snowstorm, dials 911 several times, dies

Boyfriend guilty of Jodi murder

Former Philly Mob Boss Sentenced to 13 Years in Prison


Short Take: Prison guard's death deserves full investigation

Governor sets high bar for clemency. Beardslee case indicates standard will be legal insanity

Sacramento & north: 2 more slain in growing Asian gang war + 'Suicide by cop' attempt at school gets 10-year term + Student found dead at UC Davis + Remains on Klamath River ID'd as missing woman

San Francisco, San Mateo: Man held in robbery of teachers at S.F. school + S.F. airport: Mock grenades left behind after training + S.F. Court upholds ruling against Old Republic, must pay $13. million for pocketing interest on escrow accounts + S.F.: Van pulls alongside car, gunfire kills man + Grenades prove fake at SFO

Alameda: Fremont: Officers to ignore burglar alarms, save about $600,000 a year. They'll respond only if evidence shows a crime occurred + San Leandro: Wal-Mart accused of cheating on pay + Pleasanton doctor faces new charges of fraud + Feds level charges on Pleasanton Doctor Chattha + Witness: I didn't lie to help 'Rider' + Burglary suspect facing 3rd strike + Veteran tries novel approach to paying cab fare: Rob a bank + Former Pleasanton man killed in Oregon

Santa Clara: Police Blotter

Contra Costa: Another attempt to kidnap a boy in Antioch + Bay Point outrage over Verse proposal

Sonoma: Man hurt in SR drive-by shooting + Click.  Mendocino County man to stand trial on attempted murder and kidnapping charges for leaving a 9-year-old Willits girl for dead + New life ends abruptly for shooting victim

Napa: Judge tosses civil suit of former athletic club owners

Monterey: Burglary suspects arrested + Gang member Joseph (J.D.) Horne guilty of murder + Marina man suspected of molesting girls + 2 arrests in homicide cases

Central Valley: 14 new counts alleged against Daniloo, DreamLife by Alameda D.A. + Defender shies from Sabatino + No clues in 18-year-old killings+ Law & Order

Central Coast: Clients back sanctioned law firm: Ethics training ordered for firm representing P.V. schools + Cops and Courts + Santa Cruz man arrested in fatal Soquel collision

Southern California: Paddy wagons could get cops back on street + LAX crime drops for fourth year in a row + Riverside teen says brother admitted to killing mother + Socal man to stand trial in art fraud case + LA man indicted for smuggling Clarion angelfish into U.S. + Pawnshops Lend Hand in Tracking Stolen Goods + LA: Court Dismisses Doctor's Claims he was improperly suspended + Man in Cab Is Killed in Santa Ana + San Diego purveyor of illicit pills grew rich before his fall Click.

Jackson: Jackson judge to allow testimony by expert on molestation cases


The Governor:  Gov. makes inauguration appearance + Gov. Draws a Crowd in Capital Visit + As Private Jails Reopen, Critics See Long Arm of the Lobbyist close to Gov. + Medical Board Faces Revision or Death + Can Gov. fight spending monster without becoming a monster himself? + Assembly speaker attacks Gov.'s spending plan + Speaker: Gov.'s budget a product of 'right wing think tanks' + More speaker attacks + State workers blast Gov.'s plan + CalPERS fights on pension proposal + Democrats team up to tackle budget

Little California public work goes overseas. Auditors say $9.7 in 3 years

State is tops in recreational boats

Dan Walters: It's official proof that California's tax system is a corrosive mess

Input sought by California Law Revision Commission on homeowners groups

Battle is building over update of state's construction code Click.

Legislature: Bill would add exams for disability pensions + Senate Fellows applications sought

Stem cell panel: Stem cell holdings criticized + East Bay v. Palo Alto fight on stem cell research

Indian tribes: D-Q University, California tribal college: End of the road? +  Feinstein to attempt to block big tribal casino in San Pablo + Alameda council adds voice to casino outcry + Horse racing industry fearful of Indian casinos + Investigation targets off-track betting books at tribal casinos

LOCAL NEWS:  Visitors cap at one   option for Yosemite Click.

Mystery oil spill from Santa Barbara to Huntington Beach draws UC Davis team

Sacramento & north: 3 landowners question ballot plan for arena + W. Sac plans riverside growth + Wi-Fi's new hot spots + R.E. Graswich: Polls apart: Arena survey results aren't being released like last time + Bishop finds peace in work with tribes in Arizona + Yolo cities express interest in joining SMUD + Davis to hold 2nd housing workshop + SACOG chairman takes his post + Tsunami benefit in Davis

San Francisco, San Mateo: Old St. Mary's celebrates 150 years as part of evolving city + Business pushes S.F. 'to get things done', want to overhaul civil service rules + Admissions dispute at Laguna Honda. Doctor says new policy shortchanges elderly residents + Nonprofits face huge federal cuts + Bush protesters fill city streets + Board to have say in parties at Cow Palace + Friday fishwrap: Ploys, plays, pros

Alameda: UC Berkeley growth plan could trigger city lawsuit + Berkeley mayor says he'll seek compromise before filing suit vs. UC + Oakland women to get free home-buying advice + San Leandro extends ban on new marijuana clinics + Lee joins group headed for Darfur + Fremont Muslims embark on holy journey + Heavy fog blamed for multiple collisions + Park police credit cell phone for finding lost hiker + Utilities board picks site for Fremont water valve + Livermore home remains no-fly zone + Homeless find hope at migrant facility + Trash in the Tributaries

Santa Clara: Less affordable housing, more open space in Silicon valley + In an instant, lives full of promise take tragic turn, Tammie Chen dies + More City Hall e-mail fallout + Council contender eats his words + Root rot claims landmark from '60s + Beach hotel plan draws fiery response + Resignation leaves void in councilman's district + Bay Area activists protest `coronation' with songs, parody + Mercury News sues San Jose for release of city employee salaries + Chung: Pro, con of bridge suicide project + $1,000 checks distributed to residents displaced by fire + Charity ball feeling effects of tsunami aid + Bay Area Extra

Contra Costa: New signs fail to halt Vasco crashes in fog + Richmond assistant city manager resigns + Danville nears goal for O'Neill tribute + Buchanan Field not likely to move

Marin: Mosquito control chief faces heavy opposition + Marin schools decry Gov.'s plan + Inauguration wows Marin Republicans + MALT buys 714-acre West Marin dairy + Outage turns Santa Venetia cafe owner off + Cooking up a mess of kindness + Branson launches program on ethics

Sonoma: Latest plan for SR landmark + Petaluma: Search begins for new bus yard + Rancho Adobe fire district cuts hours, jobs + City trash rate hike draws fire + Petaluma council to outline goals for new year + Adobe Creek salmon run thrills students + Mentors lend an ear to youths + SR, county seeking contract for towing + In RP, plans for Wilfred Avenue interchange

Napa: Locals protest inauguration + Click.  Napa candidates tout credentials, suggest ways for easing city's budget woes + Union may ask customers to boycott some markets

Solano: Vallejoan heartened, inspired by events + In Benicia and elsewhere, Californians stage protests + Benicia closer to pact on playing fields + Local News Briefs + Damelio reschedules three appearances

Monterey: Residents revel in being witness to parade of support, protest

Central Valley: Merced posse a highly visible representative of valley contingent in D.C. + Drivers find rocky going on highway after spill+ Lunch cut may not last too long+ Patterson backs 'big box' law + Homeless count to help county grasp magnitude + Water decisions juggled + A Journey of Faith+ D. Dates, former Bee manager+ Ex-Stan State professor helped troubled children+ News & Notes+ Around the Region+ Community Briefing + Guard unit not coming to Castle; everyone pays + San Joaquin Valley misses particle pollution deadline again Click.

Central Coast: Santa Cruz protesters question Bush’s mandate + Watsonville protesters rally against war, for environment + Criticism flies over new UC position + Mayor pans conference center report + Demand for Watsonville library’s computers answered with Wi-Fi Web access + Capitola wants to operate as a business + Coast Lines

Southern California: Thousands raised for Hahn defense + Mayoral hopefuls stump for business + History buffs fight proposal to move train depot + Political vipers + LA cracks down on foster care abuses + Search ends for boy believed drowned in fast-moving SoCal creek + Actors unions reach three-year contract agreement with producers + Orange County diocese launches long-awaited expansion + L.A. candidates Debate Economic Issues + Hahn's Legal Bills on the Rise + Controversial Chief Investor in Tenet Hospital Sale to Be Replaced + Penalties Grow in L.A. Ethics Probe + Villaraigosa Announces Plan for Affordable Housing + Glendale Retail Project Clears a Legal Hurdle + LA councilman Cardenas to Pay FPPC Fine

School days: Sierra College chief bids tearful farewell + CSUS leader wants school renamed Sacramento State + Modesto schools shy of goals + San Francisco: Ackerman says she plans to stay. Schools chief, new board president to talk + Oakland students competing to design future city  + Mistakes plague SFUSD accounts + S.F. District has checkered history with bonds + SoCal air quality watchdog sues BP affiliate for $183 million + Californian charged in Philadelphia hotel shooting + Lawyers seek $12 million in punitive damages in bribery case vs. San Bernadino public officials and landfill executive + OC: Santiago Fights to Keep Charter despite teachers arrest on suspicion of sex with student + $60 million plan for West Contra Costa schools approved + New UC post irks workers union + Newark teachers vote on contract + Physical changes coming soon to Las Positas + CSUMB has room to improve, president says + Smith: 'Attack, attack, attack' + Farm-to-school programs catch on + Proposed busing boundaries rile AmCan parents + Petaluma school district's cuts won't be overturned

Spinal Cord Injury Patients Show Improvement In Early Device Study

CDC advises broader usage of anti-HIV drugs

Power gene in cancer growth found. A key new target for drugs

Senior drug addicts increasing

Take two tea bags and call me...

Biggest mass extinction tied to global warming, culprit was volcanic gases

50,000-Year-old Plant May Warn Of The Death Of Tropical Ice Caps

Titan's Streams Like Earth's

Norway's Grey Wolves at the Brink

Russian and British scientists develop new facial implant for children

Loggerhead turtles in serious decline

Ground-Breaking Research Into Effect Of Millimetric Waveband (MMW) Frequencies On Human Skin

Heart Failure Patients Treated For Diabetes With Insulin Have Increase In Mortality

Scientists Detect Probable Genetic Cause Of Some Parkinson's Disease

Brain Tumor Study Reveals Why Treatment Efforts Fail In Genetic Disorder

Consumers To Benefit From Organic Potato Breakthrough

Researchers Tease Out One Critical Role Of Tumor-suppressor Gene

Genetic Polymorphisms, Antidepressant Use May Be Associated With Altered Tamoxifen Activity

Study Of Chernobyl Residents Uncovers New Cause Of Thyroid Cancer

Protein In Urine May Warn Of Preeclampsia Risk In Pregnant Women

Weight Loss May Be An Early Sign Of Dementia In The Elderly

Colonoscopy Found To Be Most Effective Though Alternative Methods Show Promise

Endoscopic Sinus Surgery Is Safe, Effective In Older Patients

Poor Response To Chemotherapy Does Not Mean Poor Outcome For Patients With Rare Breast Cancer

New Guidelines Conclude All Aerosol Therapy Devices Equally Effective

'Evil Twin' Hotspots Are A New Menace For Internet Users, Warns Cranfield University

Hack a day -

Microsoft cuts 62 software jobs

Electronics giants form alliance

Discovery Poses Cosmic Puzzle: Can A 'Distant' Quasar Lie Within A Nearby Galaxy?

Rapidly Rotating Star Dubbed 'King Of Spin' By Research Team

A Stellar Debut For Gemini Observatory's Online Image Gallery

Dwarf Galaxy Has Giant Surprise: Huge Gas Disk May Be Similar To Stuff Of Early Universe


Nuclear threat puts Iran at top of list, Cheney says. Israel might act first, vice president warns + U.S. Adds Israel to the Iran Equation

World media: Bush inaugural a jolt

Wolfowitz: Iraqi Deaths Show US Strategy Works

Bush to Boost AIDS Funding; Critics Say More Needed

FCC's Powell to Leave Agency in March -- Source

Norwegians confused by Bush's apparent Satanic salute

Senate confirms two Bush Cabinet nominees

Bush Administration Issues Final Rules for Medicare Drug Benefit

US to Be Aussie Nuclear Dump

Medicare to Give Employer Drug Subsidies in 2006 for 9.8 Million Americans

EPA Offers to Limit Fines to Factory Farms in Exchange for Data

Government to Allow Oil Exploration in Ecologically Sensitive Alaska Area

Inauguration speech: President taps into religion, American idealism + Resolute Bush pledges to spread democracy + Aggressive agenda forged in fire of 9/11+ Christian right marks start of `a good 4 years' + Black churches: Bush speech tests faith of an L.A. pastor + Bush puts his own spin on 'freedom'. Left's mainstay word recast in economic terms, analyst says + Putting Democracy First May Test Key Relationships

Social security: Social Security lessons + White House Looks to Sweeten Social Security Plan + Social Security Reform Tops Hispanic Agenda

Vote fraud: Washington judge refuses to speed up GOP challenge + Ohio AG wants to sanction those attorneys who fought vote fraud + Ohio's GOP Attorney-General launches revenge attack on Election Protection legal team + Bush/Rove's new Ohio attack is about revenge, intimidation and contempt for American democracy


Wm Blum: Imperial wonderland

Schorr: A spin cycle out of control


Morford: Suffering From News Fatigue? 

No Country Left Behind

What Chance for Reality?: Alan Bock

Kirkuk at the Crossroads: Aaron Glantz

Bush: The Crusade Must Go On Click.

Abdicating the Moral High Ground

Super Zero: Mr. Uncredible Bush goes on the warpath

W and Dostoevsky: Justin Raimondo

Next stop, Tehran

What's the lesson here for the Dems?

A fire is lit that could burn us, too

Freedom's call may lead us in wrong ways

Our self-interest; thus, the world's

Just Shut Up, John Kerry!

The idol worship of George W. Bush

Condoleezza Rice's academic background

Once They Were Cults: Bush's Faith-Based Social Services

Jenna's hand signal means "Hook 'em horns" in Texas, "bullshit" in sign language. Click.

Anthony Kennedy Shriver to run for Florida governorship? Click.

Greg Palast: Oaf of office

Robin Cook: Fireworks in Washington, despair around the world Click.

Krugman: The free lunch bunch

MILITARY Citing Problem, Marines Halt Osprey Flights

US Charges Conscientious Objector With Desertion

Military Offers Special Perks in Bid to Retain Special Forces

Military Reloads With Nanotech

An Interview with Army Medic and Anti-War Activist Patrick Resta

FBI fights for limited document searches re: FOIA requests

Loud, peaceful protest interrupts Bush speech. Code Pink activists access VIP section -- and get expelled

A.C.L.U. Will Consider Disciplining 2 Officials

Antiwar Groups Oppose Univ. Hawaii Navy Research Center

When Big Brother starts outsourcing its snooping

Beijing’s blog problem

Wife to seek medical parole for activist held in China



No longer motorcycle mamas, women moving up to front seat

The Industry of Addiction: Carmex

New book on Judi Bari

FEMA pulls tsunami game from Web site

Terror rock n roll

An Invasion Of Cheats: The Evolution Of Worthless Nuptial Gifts

Blood for pork....

Deaths of U.S. Contractors Probed

San Francisco gay marriage and beyond:  Yellow and Porous and Outed + (PDF FILE) IRST GENOME SCAN OF MALE SEXUAL ORIENTATION PUBLISHED + Italy finally ready to recognize the suffering of gays in Holocaust camp + Canadian Prime Minister threatens "snap election" over gay marriage + Alleging Pro-Gay Agenda, Conservatives Criticize Tolerance Video Featuring Muppets and SpongeBob SquarePants

The Pen Is Mightier.... 

Iraqi station wins listeners--and threats

Santa Barbara News-Press names new publisher, vice president of news

Howard Stern on alleged unfair actions by the FCC

4 months on planet Bin Laden

Today's papers

Vincent van Gogh The Painter on his Way to Work Enlarge

Daily picture from the Metropolitan

Crumbling Catholic Mission Holds the Sacred Heart of a Town's Past

Paul Liberatore: Entertainment milestone for Marin Center Presents

'Da Vinci Code' to Be Shot Inside Louvre

Hollywood heads to the hills as Sundance film festival begins + Shall We Do the Tech Sundance? + Sundance kicks off on political note + REDFORD OPENS SUNDANCE 'FESTIVAL OF DISSENT'

Loyalty Prevails Over Money in Guggenheim Showdown

George Orwell - Orwell on Orwell

Possible da Vinci workshop uncovered

All is forgiven: Chew-happy dog saves owner in Spokane fire

Stiller, Standing

Looking for the site where Richard III really died

Original Picasso sells on Costco site

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Word of the day

JANUARY 20, 2005

WAR IRAQ On the ground:
Car-bomb attacks kill 26 in Baghdad. Iraq to speed up troop training so U.S. can withdraw + U.S. toll in Iraq + Iraq Militants Promise Long War as Bush Takes Vows + U.S. to Overhaul Training of Iraqi Forces + Series of Bombings Rock Baghdad, Killing at Least 12 + Two Killed as Construction Crew Ambushed in Iraq + 'Why did they shoot? We have no weapons' + Iraqi Police to Recruit Another 100,000 Former Members of Saddam's Army + Suicide bombers defy tightened security to kill 26 people in Baghdad + Click. Photos: Soldiers Shoot Civilians in Tal Afar + Using cars as weapons in Iraq + Orders of battle + Juan Cole reports

Election: Rebel editor now stumps for votes. Election campaign picks up steam despite violence + New Yorker journalist corroborates murder allegations against Iraq's prime minister

War prisons: Judge tosses 1 Guantanamo suit; 2nd case in the works + Britons accused of abuse. Basra prison photos show graphic scenes of inmates wronged + British Leaders Seek to Contain Damage From Iraq Abuse Photos + What Is Wrong With Torture: Engelhardt/Schell + 'We were only following orders'. But whose orders? + Abuse 'was not confined to one camp' + Britain slow to learn from Abu Ghraib

MIDDLE EAST: Security talks on again in Mideast. Palestinians offer plan to curb rockets + Hundreds of Palestinian security forces head to north Gaza to stop attacks + U.S., Israeli Pressure Prompts Official's Exit as head of UN relief agency for Palestinians + Two Palestinian boys killed by IDF gunfire in Jenin and southern Gaza + Hamas v. Abbas: A profile of the Qassam Brigades, the lethal wild card at the Mideast peace table

RUSSIA: Oil politics and the mockery of democracy

EUROPE: Poland's ruling party likely to fall amid scandals

ASIA PACIFIC: Chinese villagers revert to communism with hefty dose of capitalism

Moscow stands firm on Korean standoff

AMERICAS: COLOMBIA: Calling All Bounty Hunters


Bostonians Wary Amid FBI Manhunt, Possible Threat + 6 sought after tip alleging 'dirty bomb' + San Diego area is origin of terror inquiry Click.

UN put in charge of coordinating tsunami warning system

Biden describes Gadhafi's stated motives

Iran Launched Hunt Operations to Find US Commandos

Cleric accused of handing $20 million check to bin Laden

Richard Bernstein: EU vs. U.S. vs. China - Partnership paradoxes

Sharon urges Russian President Putin not to sell advanced missiles to Syria

Smoke Signals for Explosives

The dangers of silencing Saudi dissent + Saudis caught in a vicious cycle

Bulgarian Official Vows Govt to Open Communist Secret Services Archive

DOE weighs random polygraph tests

Lincoln avoided alleged preinaugural plot

In Age of Security, Firm Mines Wealth Of Personal Data

Zimbabwe breaks up South Africa spy ring

Russia scraps two Soviet-era subs

Intelligence agents reappointed by Burma junta

Saudis Cleared in 9/11 Cases


Supreme Court weighs primary-election case+ Cell Tower Case Beamed to High Court

On Their Own on Death Row in Georgia without lawyers

Drug-lord inmates, corruption eroded Mexican prison's security Click.

Jury awards $75m in drunken fan case

Secrets of who pays what to Sicilian Mafia revealed for first time

Prosecuting Mom and Dad


Lawyers Gather to Plan Attack on Merck Over Vioxx

Judge Upholds Warrantless Search of Scrushy's HealthSouth Office


Murderer slipped quietly into death + Beardslee execution is silent, efficient + Fiery debate likely to surround next Calif inmate up for clemency

Lawyers, workers file lawsuit challenging workers comp disability regulations

State Fish & Game President official Intervened in Friend's Sentencing

Marjie Lundstrom: Judge tries to rein in serial litigant's 'extortion' under disability law

Sacramento & north: Letter claims arson devices as eco-terror + Second suspect ruled out in killing of stockbroker + Corn dogs, theft suspect found in car + Police probe spray-painting of racial epithet in Elk Grove + Driver investigated in fatal accident after CHP reads about it in The Bee + Rancho Cordova: Hundreds of marijuana plants seized

San Francisco, San Mateo: Blond boy, age 4 -- nobody claims him. Woman who may be his mother is a missing person + Body IDd as man missing off tour boat + Daughters file federal suit in father's death, crushed by postal truck

Alameda: 3 Wal-Mart ex-workers' suit claims timecards were faked + Berkeley, Bay Area: Crackdown on seat-belt scofflaws + Drive-by shooting leaves girl, 15, in critical condition + Alameda: Racers crash; police surprised no deaths + Riders prosecutor called back

Santa Clara: Action Line: Scam turns out to be sham + Police Blotter

Contra Costa: Bay Point: Convicted predator Cary Verse to reside in cottage behind law offices + Man, 84, charged in investment scam. Intricate scheme cost St. Mary's College $112 million pledge + Theft of school money called sophisticated + Verse set to settle in Bay Point + Colbrandt a victim in school scam, police say + Pleasanton meth lab seized; three arrested + Task force reports on agriculture in Tri-Valley + El Cerrito piano teacher arrested for molestation + Pleasanton OKs work on plan for housing near BART station

Marin:  Outrageous treatment of 82-yr-old by Kaiser, Judge Sutro stops hospital eviction by Jim Scanlon + Bullets about the Sarah Nome Story by Karen Nakamura + Marin Superior Court update January 2005 by Scanlon

Sonoma: Gang turf spreads to Santa Rosa. As Sonoma County's population soars, towns once known for Wine Country living must fight a big-city problem + Santa Rosa: Mental evaluation ordered for mom in son's death from heat in minivan. Results could determine whether she'll go to prison + Water park sues SR school district + Attorneys vie to replace judge Laurence Sawyer + Another Guerneville murder arrest + Prison evaluation for minivan death + Court barred teen from driving before fatal SR crash

Napa: Bel Aire Plaza tenant goes to court, says she's being forced out

Solano: Local woman found dead in her car in Tracy + Man claims he was stabbed on the way to liquor store

Monterey: School district law firm sanctioned by judge + Charges filed against victim of home-invasion who shot intruder + Inmate may face escape charge

Central Valley: Burglary has bus drivers on phone + Sex offender offered new home at lawyer's office + Law & Order

Central Coast: Couple sentenced for illegal legal work + One-day traffic crackdown nets 210 citations by 21 officers + Santa Cruz events commemorate Roe v. Wade ruling + Cops and Courts

Southern California: Former Inglewood officer speaks after winning $1.6 million award in discrimination suit + Michael Jackson's defense asks that accuser not be called 'victim' + Friend says Blake was determined to keep baby from Bakley + Former PTA president pleads guilty to having sex with minor + Judge moves L.A.'s overbilling case against Fleishman-Hillard to another county + Man who alleged faked death to avoid molest charges will be returned to California + Deukmejian presents results of probe into corpse-selling scandal at UCLA + Answer to Scandal: Barcodes in Cadavers+ Buyer of missing Arizona couple's boat faces separate theft case + Fire at Kern County oil refinery injures three workers + Council Wants Inattention Ruling Erased From Books as Legal Precedent + S. B. Wants Bribery Trio Squeezed + Troubled Life Led to Tragedy + Author Testifies on Role in Blake Investigation + OC: Tape Gives Two Sides of Defendant + Simi Teen Gets 9 Months for Racial Attack + Closed Court Sought for Young Jackson Witnesses + Ex-policeman says Robert Blake wanted to 'whack' Bonny Bakley + Jury recommends San Marino police should pay millions to coach re: false arrest for molestation + 'Bumfights' producers may face jail time Click.


The Governor: British judge rules libel case vs. Gov. will go ahead + 'Stooges' remark draws few yuks + Amid Broken Promises, Many Begin to Doubt Schwarzenegger + Gov. caught in a trap set by his own promises Click. + Gov.'s Budget Reforms On The Ballot? Click. + Senate Democrats plan their own bold budget ideas + Perata says Democrats will come up with bold ideas to counter Gov.

State offers amnesty for back taxes. Up to $600 million expected to make a small dent in deficit

Armed with new report, senator will reintroduce health care plan + State health care for all gets support

Workers’comp injured hold protest

Home-care standoff

Analyst: Coastal land may be lost

3 more file to run for Matsui's seat

CalPERS Web site draws fire

Study: Kids' mental health care mixed

Survey: Record number of Californians, young and nonwhite residents voted in 2004

Ax poised over California military bases

Caltrans delay cost millions

Truck toll routes pitched as traffic cure

Indians: Battle over San Pablo casino is heating up + The IRS probes use of tax-exempt bonds for the Cabazon Band's new Indio resort Click. + Governor's proposed budget would double gambling panel's staff Click.

LOCAL NEWS:  About 1,500 jumbo squid wash onto Southern California beaches

Sacramento & north: El Dorado supervisors to discuss bike plan + Talks to begin on Kings arena plan + County's mental health outlook brighter than most + Obituary: Founder put her heart into taco houses + Woodland man dies in truck crash + Two accidents - one fatal - near levee + Supplement firm backs sports event

San Francisco, San Mateo: Thousands expected at anti-abortion march. Lower-key approach tailored for area; counterprotest set + Mayor Newsom in D.C. den of Republican lions. He brushes off Democratic criticism while making rounds + San Mateo: Power line drops in protected habitat. PG&E delayed in repairing outage for 25,000 customers + New audit committee gets rules panel OK + D.C. hotel workers OK pact, synchronized contract with S.F. now abandoned + Golden Gate officials angry with filmmaker who recorded suicides + San Francisco, frustrated by rising homicides, tries handgun ban + New S.F. jail plagued by problems + Old 'relic' still in use + Caen: Delete when the weirdness mounts + Amid deficit, S.F. weighs tsunami aid

Alameda: Trucks-only toll lanes urged for East Bay by think tank + Berkeley Council OKs 115-foot downtown building + Oakland council postpones Police Dept. audit + S.F. police staffing reaches 'crisis' + Dublin considers joining ADA fight

Santa Clara: Police called heroes in San Jose apartment fire Popular Indian diner in trouble + Residents escape S.J. blaze + Studies: Kids benefit from flu shots + Herhold: Executions are twisted logic + Settlement in trail dispute + Produce pilfering + East P.A. questions cost of landing grocery store + S.J. Unified to weigh school closings tonight Pulling the plug on Powell scuttlebutt + Cultural players honored at Tech + Roadshow: Study urges toll lanes for rigs

Contra Costa: Half-dozen crashes on fog-shrouded Vasco Road + Controversial Alamo house proposal still undecided + Richmond sets schedule for its seismic repairs + Landmark Walnut Creek restaurant to bid adieu + Pleasanton's welcome will grow warmer + San Ramon Plan for 60 new houses moves ahead

Marin: Sausalito: Pact on developing Fort Baker. City and National Park Service agree to limit number of rooms in the project + Deal sets up $55 million overhaul at Fort Baker + CEQA Review Required For House On Creek By Tomales Bay Association + Officials leery of man who shot film of GG Bridge + Board cautious about Sutter's hospital plan + Boy, injured dog reunited after ordeal in Mexico + Sausalito raises tax on hotel rooms

Sonoma: Rohnert Park residents face big hike in sewer rates + Ukiah seeks to limit medical pot

Napa: Study shows promise in fight against sharpshooters

Solano: New math: Division of students + Fish and Wildlife exits M.I. in May + Teams assembled to solve school problems + Administrator no-shows at Roundtable meeting + Council at odds over police station + American Canyon City Council + Local News Briefs

Monterey: Board ponders leadership options + Animal rights group takes credit for deer release + Local dentists bring smiles to Cambodia + + Alisal teachers protest no contract + Pacific Grove city attorney put on defense

Central Valley: Hookups to water system going up + Twist in Carmen Sabatino saga: Are CEO and Simon behind charges?+ Officers' funerals should sound unique + Helping in a time of need + Rising home values to benefit troubled fire district + Sports complex a budget buster + Outsider to audit Patterson finances+ Vernal pool meetings next week + Children's Hospital expansion planned+ News & Notes+ Around the Region+ Community Briefing + Wasco inmate shot with foam projectile, Walmart applies to expand in Fresno, Tulare teens shoot police officers + Abundance of rain stocks Hogan Reservoir for year + Manteca may be fined for pollution violations

Central Coast: Santa Cruz Coast Hotel opposition speaks out at forum + Family of famed rocker Ritchie Valens plans concert in Watsonville marking 1959 plane crash anniversary + Report says county is ‘financially fit’: Expert calls study ‘absurd’ + County tops in state for funding mental health care + Live Oak board seat finally filled + Double Shot comes to Boardwalk + Semi-truck full of squid overturns, knocking out power to Aromas residents + Elkhorn Slough gets new land + A tame gross-out game at Watsonville youth center + Surfer survives trip to Thai island of Phuket + Watsonville designer sees change for the better in industrial area + Coast Lines

Southern California: Villaraigosa's Campaign Tries to Recapture Spark + Line Drawn in Sand Over Playa del Rey Dunes Project + L.A. Monolith Mural in Need of a Face-Lift + MTA Panel OKs Proposal to Expand 710 Freeway + OC: Hearings on Sale of 4 Hospitals Start Today + Thousand Oaks: Former Candidate Settles Case + Hahn Proposes Bond for Affordable Housing + Film Fest Fades Out of Pomona + LA: Audit Says Foster-Care Unit Should Lose Its County Pact + OC: Roman Catholic Church Forms 2 New Parishes + L.A.'s Air War + 'It's wrong-way L.A.' + Mayor pushes bond on housing + Mayoral hopefuls meet + $3 billion San Gabriel Mountains toll tunnel urged + City panel OKs plans for hotel tax breaks + Hardball politics

School days: 9,000-plus students interested in new UC Merced + San Juan Unified school closures weighed + Woodland, Davis drop special-ed takeover bid + Turlock school takes on new life + Berkeley: 3rd-graders raise money to keep deaf 3-year-old in private school. Boy's family can't afford the $25,000 annual tuition + Pimco founder and wife give $23 million to Duke University + Suspect in 1969 Killing Will Testify Next Week + New schools, campus fixes eyed for West Contra Costa + Former Martinez school chief ousted + Few students finish college in six years + Public opines on alternatives for Union City schools + Professor's Anatomy Web Quiz Garners Quarter-million-plus Hits

Drink a Day May Help Women Stay Sharp

Meteor Impact Theory Takes a Hit

Tests Identify Cancer 'Ringleaders'

Hot-Water Worms May Use Bacteria as Shield

Nose Spray to Help Lose Weight

Mouse Experiment on Clearing of Brain Plaques May Offer Hope in Alzheimer's Research

Component Of Plastic Stimulates Growth Of Certain Prostate Cancer Cells

Good News From Big Bad Black Holes

Combining Hormones With External, Internal Radiation Helps High Risk Prostate Cancer Patients

Gorillas In The Midst Of Extinction

Human Complexity And Diversity Spring From A Surprisingly Few (Relatively Speaking) Genes

Heart-stopping Antibodies

Scientists Reveal Molecular Secrets Of The Malaria Parasite

Pitt Scientists Study How Cancer Cells Get Out Of Control

'Old-Fashioned' Gonad Capsule A Simple And Effective Method For Blocking Radiation To Testes From MDCT Scan

USC Researchers Find Evidence That Progesterone Signaling Influences Ovarian Cancer Risk

Genome Comparison Of Four Campylobacter Strains Yields New Genetic Markers And Clues To Virulence

Mayo Clinic Researchers Report Success In New Molecular Breast Imaging Technique

Scientists Decipher Genome Of Bacterium That Helps Clean Up Major Groundwater Pollutants

K-Staters Research Willingness To Engage In Minor Moral And Legal Violations

Gadgets still don't talk to each other

Safe E-Mailing for Dummies

Sega Takes Leash Off Robot Dog

Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter Mission Takes Shape

See-through Galaxy: Revealing The Milky Way's Center

NASA Goes 'Down Under' For Shuttle Mapping Mission Finale


Bush launches term with vow to spread freedom + Ailing Chief Justice, Looking Frail, Swears in Bush + Text of inauguration speech + Golden State tops list of gala donors

Americans Oppose Invading Iran

Cheney: Cheney expresses concern that Israel may attack Iranian nuclear targets + Cheney thought Iraq would recover quickly + Cheney admits miscalculation with Iraq

Supreme battle likely over justices

Health nominee ready for Medicaid changes + States press Bush, Congress on Medicaid

Rice: Cabinet Votes Stall in Senate+ Dems seek Senate debate on Rice. Panel votes approval, but Boxer pushes to extend discussion + Senate Democrats extract promise from Rice + Sneider: Rice taps Stanford expert for post + Rice: Geneva Conventions Don't Apply to Terrorists

Gonzales: Senate panel delays vote on Gonzales. Attorney general designate still likely to be confirmed + Gonzales: CIA Exempt From Torture Ban

Bush appoints two to NRC

Cabral sworn in as U.S. treasurer

GOP Sees Outreach Potential in Agenda

Medicare coverage expands to surgically implanted heart-shocking devices

Airline Drinking Water Flunks EPA Tests

Life insurers fighting major Bush initiative

Techies Talk Tough in D.C.

Congress: Specter committed asbestos liability bill + Congresswomen endorse abortion opponent Roemer for DNC chairmanship

Democrats: Kerry, Democrats on hand for inaugural + Dean gaining early momentum in DNC race + Sen. Clinton urges use of faith-based initiatives + Michael Moore's bodyguard arrested on gun charge at JFK

Vote fraud: Early exit polls overstated Kerry results, media group says


Condi Rice, steady on toward disaster

Boxer on the offensive

It's all about the victory

New slant on a Teflon presidency

Bush's Democracy Project

A nation of religious illiterates

What will Bush's legacy be?

Same man, different president

Dying for Sycophants: Paul Craig Roberts

Bush: Unfazed...or Unhinged?: Teresa Whitehurst

Scheer: Pomp and Improper Circumstance

Bush the master of delusion

Ellis Henican: A party that's beyond belief Click.

Maureen Dowd: Don't know much about algebra

Lifestyles of the Rich and Heartless

Bush legacy. Is Jeb next?

Ivins: Henhouses stuffed with foxes

Protests Share Inaugural Spotlight Amid Tightest Security in Event History

Harvard's president apologizes for remarks. 'Innate differences' comment drew women's criticism

Spain's bishops reject stand on condoms. Church spokesman condoned their use to prevent AIDS

Political hero's 'burial' of disgrace

MILITARY Navy reassigns submarine commander who grounded sub

Children make deadly soldiers in the world's rebel groups

Army Scrounging to Boost Troops in Iraq


Rancher fights for his truck

Diana Griego Erwin: Sounding a battle cry for wild horses who have lost federal protection

American shows up to help -- finds himself in charge. Chef for rock bands starts medical center

Hard job of blowing the whistle gets harder

JPMorgan acknowledges links to slavery, apologizes

Chinese to Overtake U.S. Net Use

Blood for pork....

U.S. Contractor Slain in Iraq Had Alleged Graft


What Is Driving The Rise In Over The Counter Drugs?

New York Apartment Buyers Face Powerful Co-Op Boards

Verizon's Deferred Tax Liabilities Too High?

Junk queen tries stocks


Weill Cornell Team Develops Fast-acting Anthrax Vaccine

Rare Pneumonia in Iraqi Soldiers

San Francisco gay marriage and beyond: Group sees gay hook in cartoon. SpongeBob alarms conservative activists + Right to reject gay rites gets 1st OK. U.S. judge upholds Florida's refusal of Massachusetts law + UC hires lesbian partner of new UC Santa Cruz chancellor. Creates $192,000 post + For gay marriage, a defining role

The Pen Is Mightier.... 

Staff of Paris' Left-Wing 'Liberation' to Vote on Rothschild Deal

Prosecutor: 'NYT' Must Turn Over Phone Records in Islamic Charities Inquiry

Letter to the Editor Causes a Mistrial

Bronstein's Celeb Connections Pay Off for 'S.F. Chronicle'

Espionage by any other name

Like It or Not, Blogs Have Legs

Easily Unhinged

Today's papers

Vincent van Gogh The Painter on his Way to Work Enlarge

Daily picture from the Metropolitan

Marin Weekend: Grab some crab - and don't forget the wine

Pilgrims 'stone Satan' as Muslims mark Adha festival

Michael Moore nominated for "Fahrenheit 9/11" by Directors Guild

Guggenheim Loses Top Donor in Rift on Spending and Vision

Ancient Hominid Found in Ethiopia Is Yielding Teeth Like the Apes'

Jacqui Parker has got it going on

Jazz Great Endorses Reading the Paper 'Round Midnight, and at Other Times

Nanny cleans up at theatre awards nominations

Former Nazi camp to host Israeli opera

Blackpool Pleasure Beach launches school for magicians

'Look at me - I'm dying!'

Sundance Online Adjusts Focus

Rush & Molloy: Paris vs. porn seller: Girl gone wild?

Lloyd Grove's Lowdown

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JANUARY 19, 2005

WAR IRAQ On the ground:
Australian Embassy target of bomber -- at least 2 killed. 2 other explosions hit capital -- prelate freed by kidnappers + U.S. toll + 5 Car Bombs Rock Baghdad in Effort to Disrupt Elections + US Building Forts on Iraq Border + Iraq suicide bombing rampage kills 20 as China races to save hostages + Baghdad Car Bombs Leave 27 People Dead; U.S. Soldiers Kill Two Civilians + Orders of battle + Juan Cole reports

Election: Slates Still Blank for Iraqi Voters + Push for Sunni voters enters critical days

War prisons: Guantanamo Prepares for Renovations + Pictures of Abuse in Iraq Stun UK Court Martial + The Nuremberg Principles, Iraq and Torture + Lawyers Describe Guantanamo Detainees as Emaciated, Abused

MIDDLE EAST: 2 killed in Gaza bombing. 8 Israelis wounded in defiance of Abbas' call to halt attacks + Abbas and Militants Meet in Gaza + Sharon to Resume Security Talks With Palestinians, Seeks `Tangible Steps'

Report raps Israeli banks for Holocaust funds holdup. Parliament also criticizes authorities

ASIA PACIFIC: China Plays Down Death of Ex-Leader

AMERICAS: Colombia: Two Men Ruled Guilty of Murdering Archbishop

Mexico: Former Mayor, 2 Sons Found Shot to Death


6 Senate Intelligence Staffers Fired by GOP

Guilty plea tied to U.N. Iraq plan. Iraqi American got oil-for-food cash from Hussein regime

FBI Tosses Carnivore to the Dogs

Maltz series reveals secret world of spies

Virginian Admits To Acting As Illegal Agent of Hussein Government

Bulgarian Intelligence Chief Urges Burning Communist Secret Police Archive

Intelligence agents reappointed by Burma junta

The untold story in Ukraine + How Top Spies in Ukraine Changed Path

Should NSA be diplomat or spy?

No word from SA govt on Zim 'spy'

Spies are us: interest in Arabic soars


High court asked to overturn Roe v. Wade

Jury Selection Begins in Abuse Case Against Priest Shanley + Time frame

Supreme Court considers nixing some types of lawyer advertising

Judge: Stan Lee entitled to profits from Marvel Comics films and toys


Murderer Beardslee executed.

Richard C. Dinkelspiel Esq. dies

Guards: State lied to justices about racial segregation Click.

Sacramento & north: Auburn: Eco-terror group claims responsibility for bombs at sites + Man steers DUI suspect right into police hands + Glued locks gum up school day + Yolo drug agents arrest couple + Sacramento deputies cleared of excess force + Ohio man, suspected of luring girl, kills himself + 4th plea deal in San Joaquin corruption investigation

San Francisco, San Mateo: High-speed crash may put bulldog veteran S.F. cop in a tough spot

Alameda: Oakland: Wrongful death suit re: TRO to be tried. Ex-police chief, city are defendants + Original 'Riders' prosecutor called to testify at retrial

Santa Clara: Gadgets zero in on red-light runners + Police: Thief uses cat story as ploy

Contra Costa: Moraga: Cops get 300 tips in hit-run death + School embezzlement suspects likely to be charged today + Pinole High School beating prompts safety meeting + El Cerrito robberies stack up + Charges filed in St. Mary's debacle + San Pablo redevelopment plan ready for review + Suspected brothel busted in Concord + Verse to live in Bay Point

Marin: Kentfield civil rights lawyer dies at 91

Sonoma: Healdsburg libel lawsuit dismissed

Napa: Woman steamed about scalding cup of tea, taking mom-and-pop Napa cafe to court

Solano: New Vacaville police chief to speak at banquet + Vallejo Police Calls

Monterey: Accused drug dealer mistakenly released + Robber hits First National Bank in Salinas

Central Valley: Former San Joaquin aide pleads guilty + Law & Order

Central Coast: Cops and Courts + Farmers file suit to halt pipeline

Southern California: Taped Punch of Black Teen Costly to Inglewood + Former OC assistant sheriff pleas not guilty again + TV journalist fights call to testify in Jackson case + Orange County: Jaramillo Fails to Dent Prosecution + Tustin Business Agrees to Pay Fines + Fugitive From O.C. Is Arrested + Orange: 3 Charged in Killing of Merchant + Ontario: Police Kill Ex-Con Who Allegedly Had Hostages + Santa Ana: Killing trial starts for son + Defense attacks gunshot residue evidence in Blake trial + Prosecutors want child testimony kept secret in Jackson trial

Stanford: Procedure to remove brain tissue may help 8-year-old girl who suffers from epilepsy

CPR Is Often Done Wrong, Studies Find

Chip Sniffs Out Building Blocks of Life

Anticonvulsant Drug Cuts Drinking In Bipolar Alcoholics

New Study Reveals Treatment For 'Silent Killer' Using Diet, Not Drugs

15-year Study Shows Strong Link Between Fast Food, Obesity And Insulin Resistance

A Deep Sea Hydrocarbon Factory

The Power of Two: Strategies for Finding Cervical Cancer

Study Explores Antibiotic Misuse

Elevated Glucose Levels And Diabetes Associated Increased Risk For Cancer

Blocking Cell Suicide Switch Fails To Stop Prion Damage In Mouse Brains

OSU Scientists Develop Test To Detect 'Dead-Gut' In Dairy Cows

Treating Individuals: How Generalizable Are Trial Data?

Youth Fitness Linked To Diabetes Risk

High Infection Rate In Teens For Virus Linked To Cervical Cancer

Systems Microbiology Has Great Scientific Promise In Health

Don't Count On Vitamin C To Boost Your Exercise Performance

Surgical Treatment Of Migraines Reduces Sick Days

New Method Simplifies Search For Genetic Changes Associated With Disease

 Calcium Intake Contributing Factor In Formation Of Kidney Stones


The Governor:   Gov.: Starve state's 'monster' + Gov. uses private funds to pay for his trip to D.C. + Unions Protest Gov.'s Proposals + Officials Launch Salvos at Gov.'s School Budget + Peter Schrag: Hybrid democracy, cruise control and 'Caesarism' + A Man of the People ... People Who Pay + Democrats: Gov.'s budget would hurt some needy + Victory at polls wasn't enough Click. + Proposal to reform Medi-Cal gets little fanfare Click. + In the name of prison reform + Trying to Shore Up Limits on Fundraising + Meeting to address worker pay

Probe of State's Oil Is Sought by Controller Click.

Johnson will not take on Matsui

Shelley probe might come quickly

CalPERS prepares pension defense

Injured workers organize group

Nurses rally for staffing

Dan Walters: California bracing for more military base closures, but so what?

Stem cell directors disclose financial data. Despite biomedical ties, they pledge no conflicts of interest + Stem cell research eyed at UC Merced + Chair, vice chair of California stem cell agency are millionaires + State leads nation on stem cells

Connerly retiring as UC regent -- leaves controversial legacy

Millions of dollars of state's crops damaged in storms

LOCAL NEWS:   Kaiser doctors take time to help Sri Lanka

LA Zoo gets rare pangolin confiscated from tourists

PG&E to alter power rates?

Sacramento & north: Blanas steps down from arena fray + County child support collection rises + Growth prospects bright, SMUD told + San Juan may have to close more schools + R.E. Graswich: Reliance on private funding spurs Yee to lead cheers for arena plan + Grants to aid Latino community + Board: Seek funds to aid seniors

San Francisco, San Mateo: Film captures suicides on Golden Gate Bridge. Angry officials say moviemaker misled them + Supes committee OKs tsunami relief funds. But key officials say S.F. can't afford $1 million effort + Expert says areas of San Mateo Co. face landslide risk + Changes to affordable housing law urged+ Tanforan structure complete+ Three deals break mold re: inclusionary housing law + Beach patrol+ Peering at Aaron Peskin

Alameda: Berkeley: Regents panel approves Cal growth plan. City Council immediately votes to sue, as last resort + Oakland Mayor plans anti-crime curfew + Oakland: Public herbicide ban may be partly lifted + Albany council votes on possible street closures + Berkeley considers road diet for Marin Avenue + Airport drops new parking garage plan + Tech students may miss capitol trip + Fremont searching for a new fire chief + Day laborer dies in chipping accident + Lions Center for Blind may stay open + Refuge for women, kids gets $50,000 donation + Brown: Oakland on its way + Newark wants feedback on sale of school + Factory's permit renewal up to Union City residents + Fremont man receives honor decades later + Businesses bank on tapping niche market

Santa Clara: San Jose: Councilman quits amid charges. Gregory pleads no contest to 11 corruption counts + Mayor to recommend election to fill seat + Valley pessimistic on economy 56 evacuated after fire sweeps SJ apartment building + Embattled S.J. councilman quits + Chinese music draws crowds + Downtown library branch to reopen on Saturdays Carbon monoxide poisoning kills San Jose woman Students to attend D.C. gala + McGovern to highlight rally + Herhold: Council's pay-to-play culture remains When expectations and reality collide + Alcohol rehab center closes + Roadshow: 'Popular' argument about BART

Contra Costa: A new look at urban limit line + Old Ranch II homes get nod from San Ramon commission + Vessel sanitation ordinance approved + Shepherd's Gate closer to Brentwood

Marin: Mill Valley family's mission. Their Sri Lanka vacation turned into relief effort + Fairfax saves 7 acres of open space + Environmental prize awarded

Sonoma: Making a splash in Wine Country + Petaluma garbage rates may soar + RP water, sewer rates may jump 24% or more + Rancho Adobe to consider closing station + Healdsburg to recoup money from electric bills

Napa: Napa gift store Le Cadeau to close in March + Napa Council gives OK to Mondavi Highway, Calistoga says no + Chardonnay Golf Club mired in debt closes, buyers step forward

Solano: Benicia Council splits votes on commission appointments + Nurses from Vallejo join protest in Sacramento over ratio laws + Local News Briefs + Flyway festival celebrates birds with art show, outings and expo + Reception to welcome Ubalde to SCC board

Monterey: Researchers studying effects of carbon dioxide on ocean + Two suits challenge Rancho San Juan + CALLAHAN WILL BE OUT IN JUNE + UNIFIED TRANSIT CENTER PROPOSED + Council opposes hotel tax hike + Palo Corona park access will be limited + Salinas group helps rebuild Indian village

Central Valley: Report: Valley's economy lagging + Study: Central Valley plagued by high unemployment + Thousands honor officer shot in Ceres gunbattle + Veneman lands on feet with U.N. appointment + Restoration in Giant Sequoia National Monument to begin + Youth to witness inauguration+ Weekend lunch handout will stop after budget cut+ Annan makes Veneman pick official+ Turlock's tricky task: Ways to cut the budget+ San Joaquin moves quickly to find a new sheriff+ Hazy days spark 'burn discouraged' alert+ Chilly Day Spent Trimming Away Among TreeTops of MJC Orchard+ Preparing for surgery+ The Long Blue Line+ News & Notes+ Around The Region+ Community Briefing

Central Coast: Friends fear the worst: Live Oak resident visiting Thailand hasn’t been heard from since tsunami hit + Crowd backs hotel expansion + City plans ceremony for Catz + College grad rates scrutinized + Judge agrees stabbing suspects could be gang members; charges move forward + Orion deal magnifies firm’s reach + Two local water agencies earn kudos + Coast Lines

Southern California: Democrats Won't Back Candidate for Mayor in L.A. + Voters Will Get a Chance to Weigh In on Possible Merger of Airport Police, LAPD + PR Firm Gets Final Notice from LA on Bills + Move to Protect Health Funds OKd, County will hire 100 psych workers + LA tax Hike Measure Advances + Placentia's OnTrac Opens Its First Railway Overpass

School days: Oakland: Castlemont music program gets boost + Modesto college prep enrollment policy OK'd + Stan State to review résumés + San Juan may have to close more schools + Sierra College chief's status still in limbo after meetings + Novato's 'exclusive' public school + Free program helps people earn diploma, GED + Antioch district is considering building a continuation school + D.A.R.E. will remain with Tracy Unified + School crowding defies easy fix + Benicia district wants teachers to oversee larger classes with less pay to fix deficit


Harvard women's group rips Summers

Lovers No Good At Spotting Cupid's Arrow In Others

Thank You, David Brooks!

Rush to Adopt Tsunami Orphans May End in Tears


Bacterium infected 3 at BU biolab

Los Alamos Wizardry To Aid New Mars Science Laboratory

Dell exec dismisses Apple's iPod as a fad

Army to Hackers: We Know Where You Live

Google offers free photo software

Toshiba Enables Remote PC Access via Mobile Phones

Substructure Maps Show That Dark Matter Clumps In Galaxies

Gemini Observatory Welcomes The New Year With Galactic Fireworks


Bush Says He Feels Weight of History

Bush Schmoozing With Inaugural Donors

Bush calls for better intelligence means

Rice Acknowledges Bad Iraq Decisions + Rice Names New Targets

Americans Remain Polarized Over Bush

RNC Chair Unveils 'Durable Majority' Plan

Senator Agrees to Stop Blocking Confirmation of Education Secretary Nominee

Gonzales gives CIA a pass. Agency not bound by same rules as military, he says + Vote delayed on attorney general nominee

Mayors cry foul at Bush plan to cut $4.7 billion aid to cities

Schedule for Bush's inauguration + California Does Washington in Style + Capital Weaves a Steel Cocoon for a Big Party

Medicare to Pay for More Heart Devices

Rice: Democrats to Delay Rice Confirmation Vote + Rice Endorsed by Senate Panel to Be Next Secretary of State +  Rice defends Bush's Iraq policies in testy exchange with Boxer. Senator comes close to accusing nominee of lying about weapons of mass destruction + Read Tuesday's Boxer/Rice transcript

Congress: Future looks bright for 10 lawmakers

Democrats: Governors hope to guide Democratic party

Dean gaining early momentum in DNC race

Vote fraud: Report outlines exit polling problems + GOP gets specific about Washington charges


Ho Hum, More War And Death

Exporting Terror: Justin Raimondo

The Threat of Peace: Ran HaCohen

Does Wilson's Fate Await Bush?: Pat Buchanan

Iraq Election Worries Neighbors: Aaron Glantz

Something's Fishy in Fallujah: Dahr Jamail

Katrina vanden Heuvel: Annals of outrage Click.

Rupert Cornwell: Why the hawks are circling over Iran Click.

Will Bush Quit Iraq?

Social Security Privatization & Disability

Bush's Mangled Iraq Policy

MILITARY  Some Nebraska veterans could lose benefits

Soldier Faces Court-Martial in Killing of Bound Man + Camp Bucca Turns 180 Degrees From Abu Ghraib

Most of National Guard Is Now on Active Duty


Inflation on fastest pace since 2000

Ellison lays out Oracle's plans

Geography, Culture Divide U.S. on Liquid Gas Projects

San Francisco gay marriage and beyond:  Honduras Measure to Ban Same-Sex Marriage Mobilizes Rights Groups + Louisiana high court reinstates anti-gay marriage amendment + Gays' Rising Meth Use Tied to New HIV Cases

The Pen Is Mightier.... 

CBS plans to change evening news format. Multiple anchors likely to replace Rather

Shield Law Cited in Jackson Case

Seeking Man-on-the-Street Views of Iraq, U.S. Reporters Turn to Bloggers

Gov. Bush's Speechwriter Resigns, Citing Newspaper Controversy

The Man Who 'Stood Up to Scaife'

Today's papers

Vincent van Gogh The Painter on his Way to Work Enlarge

Daily picture from the Metropolitan

Leslie Harlib's Cuisine Scene: Grab some natties and haggis at annual fest

'Priceless' Stone Relics Are Returned to Iraq

Indie spirit lives on at Sundance despite festival's growth

Theater: Paying the Price

Peter Schjeldahl on the East Village’s art legacy

The Encyclopaedia of Japanese Tea Ceremony

Iron age artefacts found

Writer McLarty Scores After Years in Basement

Director Peter Jackson Buys Movie Rights to 'The Lovely Bones'

Rush & Molloy: Catch this: Piazza has Met his match

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JANUARY 18, 2005

WAR IRAQ On the ground:
raqi candidates shot dead + Abducted Catholic Archbishop of Mosul Is Freed in Iraq + U.S. toll in Iraq + Technology Cuts 'Friendly Fire' + Iraq Violence Spreads to 'Safe' Areas + Baghdad car bomb targets Shia party + Video shows Chinese captives in Iraq + Kidnapping, more deaths rock Iraq + Orders of battle + Juan Cole reports

Election: Expatriates determined to be heard. Hundreds of Iraqis registering to vote in 5 U.S. cities + Iraqis across the globe begin registering to vote + Iraq to close borders for polls

War prisons: Higher-Ups May Be Prosecuted for Abuses at Abu Ghraib + Another Abu Ghraib Guard Chooses to Stand Trial + Federal Judge: Abu Ghraib Abuses Result of Decision to Ignore Geneva Conventions + UK soldiers accused of abuse + U.K. Soldier Pleads Guilty to Abuse of Iraqi Captive in 2003, AP Reports

IRAN: Once more, the heat's on Tehran

MIDDLE EAST: Abbas orders forces to foil attacks. Israeli official calls instruction 'small, but positive sign' + Israel Hints at New Assassinations in Gaza + Six Israelis injured in suicide blast at Gaza's Gush Katif Junction + Gunmen for God, Part 1: A profile of the principal armed groups of the intifada

RUSSIA: Amid Protests, Putin Increases Pensions

War breaks out in Russia's Dagestan

Russia to sell strategic bomber planes to China

EUROPE: Ukraine loses 4 million people in 13 years without war

ASIA PACIFIC: China censors obit for Zhao. Ex-party boss fought crackdown in 1989

Kyrgyz Govt Looks to Head Off 'Velvet Revolution'

China's tsunami aid: political interests not humanitarian concern

AMERICAS: Argentine Recants Admission of Killings


FBI Says Man Threatens to Blow Up Van Near White House Over Child Custody Case

U.S. quietly penalizes 8 Chinese companies. Firms suspected of sending missile technology to Iran

Big reduction in extreme poverty 'utterly affordable,' U.N. team says. It asks small increase from rich nations

8 Terror Suspects Indicted in Spain re: 9/11 attacks

2 Serb Ex-Army Officers Convicted in Massacre

Our Tortured Language of War

Original DLI instructor dies

Spying's Big Secret? It Doesn't Work

The first hijackers

Hitler relative believed gassed by Nazis

U.S. man charged in oil-for-food probe

Car bomb explodes in Spain's Basque area

Karachi opens door to US forces + Pakistan weaves an elaborate web

Technology Can Fix U.S. Intelligence

How Top Spies in Ukraine Changed the Nation's Path

How George Washington really won the Revolution

LEAKGATES   Pop goes the Bush mythology bubble. Part 4: More reasons to not investigate 9-11


U.S. Stocks Rise, Led by Financials; Indexes Stage Biggest Rally This Year

Yahoo's Net Income Jumps Almost Fivefold on Advertising Sales, Expansion

Forbes: Four economic prophets of doom

Intel restructures its divisions

Ovitz and Eisner: A Kids' Story


Bird Flu Spread a Worry, But No WHO Travel Warning

Mystery Meat: a Right-to-Know About Food Origins

USDA Mad Cow Malfeasance Exposes Food Cartels Threaten Public Health

MILITARY  Media training now required for soldiers going to Iraq

Some U.S. Soldiers Returning From Afghanistan Should Be Screened For Malaria

Air Force jet collides with small plane over Oklahoma


Harvard Chief Defends His Talk on Women

Pre-Nazi swastikas. How Hitler hijacked a Hindu good luck sign, as used by scouts

Paul Gilroy: Why Prince Harry is confused

Christian missionaries who won't give food aide if religion rejected


Click. Supreme Court declined to consider whether police officer may take a blood test from a suspected drunken driver without a warrant + High court won't review gay soldier case re: sex with 15-yr-old

High court sidesteps Guantanamo Bay case

U.S. Charges Law Partnership With Age Bias

Jailed Former Army Doctor Jeffrey McDonald to Seek Parole

UK: Child access law shake-up planned

German court rules email blocking 'illegal'

GPS Spying May Prove Irresistible to Police

DNA Scans Could Identify Criminals in Minutes

Cashing-In from High-Profile Criminal Trials

The idiot defense

Ebbers Lawyers Can Question Star Witness on Infidelity


Missing Central Valley girl spurs Bay Area Amber Alert

Public-interest lawyers cash in on classroom suits

Curfew is latest tactic in pleas

Options running out for condemned killer Beardslee + 5 arrested at Quentin protest; execution set for tonight

Sacramento & north: Butte County probes racist fliers distributed Monday in Paradise + County to highlight elder-abuse caseload

San Francisco, San Mateo: Deputies skip work after inmate beats guard. Apparent sickout at jail in San Bruno

Alameda: 'Riders' prosecutor Hollister may testify + Fremont: Kidnapped boy reflects on ordeal + Man sentenced to 25 to life for cousin's killing + Police: I-580 crash may be alcohol-related

Santa Clara: No arrests yet in '03 frat fight + Group, P.A. woman's slaying intertwined + Police Blotter

Contra Costa: Martinez: Man held in burglary dies in med center + Bank robber escapes in Pleasant Hill

Marin: Marin officers plan to use 'bait car' to catch thieves + Search for 43-yr old woman at China Camp State Park winding down

Sonoma: 3 sought in SR killing; more gang attacks feared

Solano: Murder, suicide attempt suspected in Vallejo + Vallejo: Woman is found dead at ex-lover's + Two arrested after high-speed pursuit

Monterey: Salinas family mourns murder victim + Salinas: Gunman robs downtown cafe + ACLU includes Seaside in Taser criticism

Central Coast: Teens in stabbing have gang ties, police say + Cops and Courts

Southern California: Murder suspect escapes L.A. jail + Vick Case Shows System's Problems + Altadena Canyon Neighbors Gird for Legal Battle


The Governor:  Gov. OKs California's first execution in years + Legislative budget keeps on growing + Teachers wary on risk, rewards of merit pay + Health care changes tweaked + Dan Walters: Annual semantic debate resumed with Gov.'s new budget + Powerful school lobby challenges Gov. over budget cuts + Gov. proposes record spending + Scandals hurting Dems' fight with governor Click. + Legislative, Labor and ethnic politics snare governor’s appointments to Board of Education Click. + State Democrats seeing how the other party lives

Embattled Ag Leader Deserves To Keep Job California

Workers' comp premium rates drop

Move on for ballot measure to restrict sex ed in schools

Term is up for California's foremost foe of affirmative action, Ward Connerly Click.

Indian tribes: Head of Tribal Gaming Panel Resigns

LOCAL NEWS:   Higher use fees make Yosemite less attractive to day-trippers

New threat of non-native species inhabiting coastal waters + Moss Landing: Pressurized trap allows live fish to be brought up from ocean floor

Sacramento & north: San Joaquin County to Discuss Hiring of New Sheriff + Sacramento agency enters fertilizer business + Section of I-80 to close for construction Wednesday + Conference planners seek input + Tunnel links casino to Sinatra Click.

San Francisco, San Mateo: Lifting of import quotas a blow to garment factories. Bay Area apparel industry tattered by overseas competition -- immigrant workers try to start over after layoffs + Flood of China-made garments means job losses for millions in other countries + San Francisco: Hearing set Feb. 10 on ferry fare boost + Place to live is just a first step. Needs beyond Care Not Cash room send Brandy back to begging + Redwood City: Block evacuated after leak. Liquid oxygen valve breaks at Kaiser + Housing law falls short + Mom struggles for housing + Redevelopment talks take off in San Bruno + San Bruno's rail design takes shape + Democratic race keeps Web flying + Under public scrutiny, Redwood City publishes documents

Alameda: Jerry Brown: Strong mayor or untapped power? + Safeway gives $20,000 grant to ex-offender aid program + San Leandro to hold meetings seeking input on 5-year plan + Lions Club to close Oakland Center for Blind + Conflict escalating over Castro Valley property + County develops composting plans in three locations, Sunol protests Alameda working at retail renaissance + Fremont begins search for fire chief + Candid talk reveals unity at Union City youth summit + VA hospital plan sparks debate + County wins top honors for fair + Oakland may reinstate pesticides + Livermore landfill wants county approval + West Oakland neighborhood enjoys a rich history + Vessel ordinance on supes' agenda + Firefighter tops county workers + Brew-haha over Pleasanton pub plan

Santa Clara: 'Lost boys' find hope in S.J.+ New recruits for the dream + Chung: Let King speak to today's issues + Bookseller on same page as community + Avoid tumbleweed if it's safe to do so + Tips to manage cost of pay phone charges Bay Area Extra

Contra Costa: Editorial: An unpolluted Delta + San Ramon panelists eye building proposal + Martinez may hire development director + Editorial: An unpolluted Delta + Concord offers to give up military base Click.

Marin: Humane Society offers pets from crowded shelter

Sonoma: Biologist builds consensus to fight waterweed + Creepy crawlies have a friend in Sebastopol

Napa: Napa fire veteran named to top spot + Carniglia hangs up his fire hat after 57 years + New hospice center gets financial boost + Napa council, mayoral candidates taking their campaigns to the Web + Candidate Edwards defends plagiarism accusations

Solano: Delegates return from China trip + Benicia police station ballot issue indefinitely shelved

Monterey: Monterey banker in ringside seat at recent Ukraine uprising

Central Coast: Suicides by middle-age people spark prevention efforts + Online holiday-sales surge benefits county retailers + Watsonville Community Hospital names employee of the year + Park debate goes to voters + Animal shelter authors launch search for touching pet stories +Coast Lines + Santa Cruz weighs beachside center

Southern California: Residents return to SoCal neighborhood evacuated after dam scare + Authorities search for woman, child who fell into SoCal creek+ Doctor agrees to perform biopsy on 'Frank' re tumor for free+ Authorities search for woman, child who fell into SoCal creek+ Lion at heart of ownership battle headed to California + Developer eyes OC wilderness park for golf course + L.A. officials save only enough to hire 5 more cops + Study casts doubt on L.A. city hotel subsidy + Soiled coastal birds dying + Excising Hospital Politics + Party to Weigh In on L.A. Mayor's Race + Mayoral Challengers Square Off in Valley + Campaign for Hahn Breaks Radio Silence + Hahn Moves to Defend Integrity in PR Billing Case + Mud Pile in La Conchita to Stay Put + El Toro Junkies Keep the Clash on Their Radar + Orange County: Volunteers Are Needed to Count Homeless + Hayward class illustrates new minority-majority + Study casts doubt on L. A. hotel subsidy Click.

School days: Grow your own: S.F. teacher sees biotech staffing solution in American teens + Modesto test plan compromise still provides incentive + Time to put Modesto school board meetings on TV + School renovations in W. Contra Costa surpassing budget + Click. Sign language fulfills the requirement at many college campuses, but some question its merit + Sierra College buyout likely + Advocates push for homegrown school lunches + Media expert to speak at 'Parent University' + Monterey superintendent faces midyear evaluation + Click. Web resources help in search for college aid + Petaluma, Santa Rosa schools consider earlier start

More doubt cast on painkillers. Studies confirm arthritis drugs raise heart attack risk

Test for Colon Cancer Called 'Pretty Worthless'

Outbreak Delays Some Surgeries at Kaiser, Hollywood

Bangladesh 'endorses' GM rice

Human Hubble mission wins support

Skin or bones 'made to measure'

'UK seas are in crisis' says WWF

Dioxin found in German eggs

Target found for Parkinson's test

Cancer therapy targets stem cells

Camomile tea for aches and ills

Multiple sclerosis hormone link

Pet therapy 'helps schizophrenia'

Technology That Could Double The Effectiveness Of Cancer Drugs

Birth Simulator Helps Physicians I.D. Least Forceful Way To Manage Problem Deliveries + New Fetal Heart Monitor Could Give Better Health Picture During Labor

New Signaling Step For Key Player In Crohn's Disease

Co-polymer That Acts Like A Super Sunscreen To Prolong Life Of Antioxidants

Getting Pregnant While On The Pill:  Health Hazard Of Being Overweight

The Role of CRP in Heart Disease

Can Primary Care Doctors Treat Depression?

Do You Know Your Early Warning Stress Signals?

Transplantation Of Monkey Embryonic Stem Cells Reverses Parkinson Disease In Primates

Suspect Protein Found To Play Protective Role In Chronic Lung Disease

Baby Talk: Infants Have Much To Say If Adults Will Only Listen

New Rust, Mosaic-Resistant Beans

OSU Researcher Develops New Way To Detect Salmon Parasite

'Clusters' Of Earthquakes Yield An Ominous Scenario

Ubiquitination Protects Against Improper Notch Signaling

New Therapeutic Vaccine For HIV/AIDS Eliminates Needles, Excessive Toxicity

Scientists Develop Split Green For Tagging Protein

Absorbable Metal Stent Opens Blocked Leg Arteries

Antarctic Iced Over When Greenhouse Gases -- Not Ocean Currents -- Shifted

Airbus unveils 'superjumbo' jet

Yahoo, Verizon team up

Google seeks 'dark fiber' expert + Free-for-All Could Pay Off for Google

He Refuses to Put Down Electric-Powered Pickup Click.

'Tasktracer' Could Dramatically Aid Computer Users

Worm poses as porn-purging program

Race for Next Space Prize Ignites

Cell-Phone Shushing Gets Creative

Spray-On Solar Cells Are True Breakthrough

Space:  First Detection Of Magnetic Fields In The Central Stars Of Four Planetary Nebulae

Spitzer Sees Dusty Aftermath Of Pluto-Sized Collision

New Clues Found In Ongoing Mystery Of Giant Galactic Blobs


Bush Won't Rule Out Iran Attack + Neocons Take Aim at Iran

US: No Evidence WMD Moved From Iraq

New Intel Raises Questions About US Iraq Mission

Even Most Loyal GOP Soldiers Alarmed by Strain on Troops

Bush agenda faces some GOP resistance

Rice: Rice Pledges to Mend Ties as Confirmation Hearing Begins + Rice refuses to give Iraq timetable + Excerpts: Rice opening remarks + Rice tells Senate she will personally oversee Israel-Palestinian contacts

Report expected to address WMD in Iraq

Mexico presses U.S. on immigration deal

Guest Worker Plan in Doubt Click.

Bush Rewarded by Black Pastors' Faith Click.

Inaugural: Bush opts for costly bash in wartime. FDR scaled back event, but there's no clear precedent + Inauguration Is Their Brush With History + Greg Beato: A party for regular elitists Click.

Agriculture Sec., Calif. native Veneman nominated to head UNICEF

Bush 'Clear Skies' Proposal Hinders Power Plant Cleanups, Official Says

Gov. Bush proposes $61.6 billion spending plan

Social security: Social Security Needs A Tuning Fork, Not A Sledgehammer + Overhaul may affect benefits for disabled + Wall Street Lying Low on Social Security Click. + Pinochet and Pinocchio: George `Enron' Bush's 12 Big Lies About Social Security Privatization

Democrats: RFK Jr. eyeing attorney general's race


The New American Militarism

Does the Future Stand a Chance?

War lessons elude Bush

Bernard Weiner: Bush's Inaugural Address -- After a spritz of 'B.S. Away! Click.

Robert Scheer: Pomp and improper circumstance Click.

Paul Krugman: That magic moment Click.

Click. Marie Cocco: Expect 4 more years of the same Bush

How Americans Were Seduced by War: Empire and Militant Christianity

Syria Back in the Crosshairs?

Enter the Dragon: Will Washington Tolerate a Venezuelan-Chinese Oil Pact?

An Open Letter to Jenna Bush, Future Teacher

Dubya and the three stooges

Bush's Lavish, Bad-Taste Inaugural Irks Many

Where the Conservatives Aren't

Obviously, 'W' Stands for Woe

Jenna can't find work

Two cheers for hypocrisy

The Splendid Failure of Occupation. Part 25: Dick Cheney, the inferior art of bulldozing reality

"Corporate Americans"

The Plot Against FDR: A Model for Bush's `Pinochet Plan' Today

Interview: Gen. Joseph Hoar: The Iraq War and the Gonzales Nomination

Retired California man seeks volunteers for Arizona civilian patrol in April

NAACP members divided over venerable group's future course

Matter of Conscience: Refusing to Go Back to Iraq

Fingerprinting Plays Key Role in Biometrics Boom

Postcards of the Mexican Revolution

San Francisco gay marriage and beyond:  Bid seen weakening to ban gay marriage + Gay Rights Group Targets Inaugural Audience for Anti-Bush Ads

The Pen Is Mightier....

Moonves: Won't rule out 'Evening News' role for Jon Stewart + CBS may use multi-anchor multi-city format

Fox blurs naked posterior of cartoon character + Fox says it needs to lay off on reality + Universal to open "Fear Factor" theme park attractions

Ex-wife of former NYC Mayor Giuliani pens new book on rekindled romance

Jayson Blair Was Nothing: Richard Falk

TV Series 24 Goes Mobile in the UK

This Journalist for Hire

Today's papers

Vincent van Gogh The Painter on his Way to Work Enlarge

Daily picture from the Metropolitan

Tinker is a scholar of ingenuity

Many Spanish place names in valley given by one man

Interviews tell story of Pajaro Valley farming history

Portraits a window on World War II

Old-country Rhodes

Rita Moreno going strong at 73

Indian Education Museum receives one-year reprieve

S.F. dancers tense as N.Y. spots beckon

Virginia Mayo, blonde beauty of '40s, '50s films, dead at 84

What is the Hajj?

Shackleton hut to be resurrected

Ancient rock carvings go online

Dartmouth Researcher Mines To Measure Literary Tastes

Holes In Fossil Shells Show Effects Of Competition And Evolution

The Roaring Eighties

Hilton Als on “K.I. from ‘Crime’” and “Belize”

Push-Button Wine Tasting

Rudyard Kipling: "Permanent Contradictions"

Susan Superstar

Glastonbury to take 2006 break

Buried masterpieces

Page Six

Liz Smith

Cindy Adams

Your daily braindrop

Word of the day

JANUARY 13, 2005

WAR IRAQ On the ground:
3 U.S. Troops Killed in Iraq + 15 Iraqi Guardsmen Kidnapped After Bus Attack + Marines Claim Fallujah Insurgents Were on Crack + US Troops Detain Sunni Cleric in Overnight Raid on Baghdad Home + General: More Choppers, US Troops Added in N. Central Iraq + Saboteurs Strike Iraq's Oil Industry on Daily Basis + Egyptian Oil Manager Kidnapped in Iraq + U.S. toll in Iraq + Militants gun down aide to Iraq's top Shiite leader al-Sistani + A new balancing act by France on Iraq + Orders of battle + Juan Cole reports

Occupation: Iraq Outlines List of 'Election Crimes' + State of alert will match the battle for Fallujah + U.S. Army to Expand Role in Iraq's Civil Engineering

War prisons: Defense rests in Abu Ghraib court-martial. Alleged ringleader doesn't testify after all + U.S. Mulls Relocating Abu Ghraib Detainees + 28 Prisoners From Iraq's Abu Ghraib Escape + Group Calls for a Kenneth Starr for Abu Ghraib

IRAN: Nobel Prize Winner Shirin Ebadi ordered to appear before Iran's Revolutionary Court or face arrest

MIDDLE EAST: 6 Israelis Die in Gaza Attack + On Eve of Abbas' Inauguration, Sharon Severs Contact With New Palestinian Leader Until He Reins in Militants

EUROPE: Charles blocks Harry apology

ASIA PACIFIC: N. Korea will return to nuclear discussions

AMERICAS: Charges sought in '68 massacre during Mexico's "dirty war" +Bolivian Activists End Blockade + Venezuela's Chavez Suspends Diplomatic and Trade Ties With Colombia + Trial for Accused Argentine 'dirty War' Officer Opens in Spain + 20 Soldiers Killed in Black Hawk Crash in Columbia

Canadian Prime Minister Appoints Washington Insider as New U.S. Ambassador


Pentagon: Missile system may never be declared ready

Iraq War May Incite Terror, CIA  Says

New FBI Software May Be Unusable + FBI blew $170m on doomed IT upgrade

ATF says fertilizer purchase legitimate

Thatcher's son pleads guilty in coup case +

University of Texas drops its lab quest. Chancellor advising school isn't ready to run Los Alamos

FBI Draws Heat Over Pricey Software Trouble

Pilots Blindsided by Military Laser Tests

Ocala, Florida: Ricin Found at Man's Home, FBI Says

Internet Noise Threatens Emergency Radio

Pentagon Considered 'Gay Sex Bomb'

WMD Panel Fires FBI Agent for Sharing CIA Document

Desperate Lucan dreamt of fascist coup Click.

Number of gay linguists discharged higher than thought

Click. Secret Service Phone Hack Court Docs

Canada: Secret data-sharing network planned for crises

Intelligence Future-Gazers Look at 2020

Area McDonald's serve up spy themes

The future of lying

In Poland, accusations of a secret betrayal

Itälä defends decision to inform opposition leader of Rusi espionage investigation

Hacker Steals Secret US-Russian Treaty


UPI Intelligence Watch

Ottawa disputes release of Arar papers

Burmese police retrained to be intelligence forces

Government says intelligence bureau existed illegally

Chiyangwa sold secrets – lawyer

Spy Versus Spy

CIA Mired in Bureaucracy


Harvard student's website leaked inside details on Apple's new products, Apple sues + Online Editor Facing Apple Lawsuit Seeks Legal Aid in Trade Secret Case

Former AOL exec enters guilty plea in wire-fraud case

Lazarenko tells Federal Judge in San Francisco that new president of Ukraine could clear him

Justices debate international law on TV

Baseball Players and Owners Set Tougher Policy on Steroid Use

Judges deal with sentencing rules fallout + (PDF Supreme Court decision)

How big tobacco reneged on pledge. Industry tried to subvert study, UCSF report finds

Biotech farmers hit high-tech hurdle: seed patents

Mexican Official Says Tijuana, Gulf Cartels Have United

Pittsburgh Man Guilty of Selling Videos of Dogfights. First conviction under 1999 federal animal cruelty law

Georgia: Deputies, Officers Fired by Sheriff Get New Low-Ranking Jobs

In Miami Dade, tighter guidelines for use of stun guns

Armed AirTran Pilot Charged With Drunkenness

Child-killers walk free in wake of rulings against felony murder

Report: Spitzer Wants $750 Million, Apology From Marsh & McLennan

Former Drug Agent Found Guilty of One Perjury Count


Guard Vests Were in Storage when Chino officer killed

Editorial: Gov. should halt execution of Beardslee pending test for severe brain damage

State HMO regulators fine Health Net for underpayments to ER doctors

Landslide Suits Are Tough to Win, Experts Say + For Insurance Claimants, Wording Is Slippery Slope. Flood or slide?

San Quentin escape: High risk offender placed in minimum security

A Hanging Judge's Leniency Goes to Waste

Undercover testers help group find landlords who discriminate Click.

Sacramento & north: Police get a thank-you 'card' from community + Woman pleads no contest in series of arson grass fires + No trial delay in school shooting plot + Molestation suspect (Sacramento Youth Symphony manager) may have fled + Water-supply scare was false alarm + Auburn: 3 years prison in killing of mother's boyfriend + San Joaquin sheriff Baxter Dunn pleads guilty, quits + Man killed; Sacramento Asian gangs blamed + Teacher wounded in classroom siege hasn't left the scene + 'Guns & Hoses' gets update + Migrants to get pay

San Francisco, San Mateo: U.S. judge halts cop Sanders' suit against Hallinan for malicious prosecution + Redwood City man to beg for clemency from Gov. + S.F.: Reprimand of acting fire captain issued in sex-harass case + S.F.: Groups seek review of stun gun policies + Speier likes baseball's drug-testing policy changes, but wants more + Redwood City: DMV teacher denies groping accusations + Doctor: 'Weakness' led to placing embryo in wrong woman and covering it up for 18 months

Alameda: School Board member Atty Dan Siegel cited for possession of pot + Pot-using politician did dopey thing + Hearing continued for youth coach Alvarez accused of attacking youth soccer referee + 4 charged in Dublin robbery attempt + Packs (RU 486) point finger at Kaiser + Fremont: Man shot by police after threatening to kill a young hostage was wanted parolee, but may not have been armed + Fremont: Parolee shot to death by police after allegedly abducting 2 teens

Santa Clara: Nanny held in death of Palo Alto tot + San Jose; Ethics task force votes to forbid City Council members from keeping "special events" accounts + Palo Alto school suspends aide after party serving alcohol = Police Blotter + Violent San Jose man, escaped from San Quentin on the loose

Contra Costa: San Ramon: Letter sent to parents on alleged embezzling + Embezzlement of San Ramon school money was simple + MO similar to other embezzlements + Richmond fires Police Commission's only staff investigator + Maqsood homicide in El Cerrito is CoCo's county's first since 2001 + Fired CoCo judge Denise Schmidt's suit says she was targeted by other judges + San Ramon police search for burglars

Marin: D'Opal is sworn in as Superior Court judge + Feds add $5,000 to reward in theft of 39 guns from store

Sonoma: Click. Four people were injured and a 17-year-old Santa Rosa boy arrested on suspicion of drunken driving + Videotape of alleged rape tossed by judge + Burglary suspect shot by Sebastopol resident

Napa: Longtime prosecutor Gary Lieberstein promoted to assistant DA spot + Napa accountant hopes to avoid prison after pleading guilty to deceiving IRS

Solano: Vallejo: Nursing home fined $80,000 in death

Monterey: 6 suspects arrested re: stabbing death of Aprineru "Chico" Wua will be tried separately + Seaside man facing barrage of charges + Family to sue in dog's death by Sheriff's Deputy + Salinas: Pedestrian critically hurt; van driver arrested + Salinas Valley: E. coli victims settling claims + Judge hears union-busting case re: layoff of child care workers + Click. Investigators conclude a man wanted in connection with an attempted kidnapping on Tuesday might have been harassing the girl instead of attempting kidnap

Central Valley: Officer improves, but questions remain + Marines paint different picture of Raya + San Joaquin Sheriff admits his guilt in fraud+ Official demoted in strip incident + Turlock police confirm shots fired at officer in gang area + Law & Order + Gang sweep is good; prevention is better + Marine's Fatal Rampage Divides Grieving Town, some see gang link

Central Coast: Ranger absolved for shooting dog at Seacliff Beach + 13-year-old stabber sent to group home + Cops and Courts + Cabin-squatters leave hours before eviction

Southern California: Former PR executive of Fleishman-Hillard indicted in alleged defrauding of city of LA + Attorney wants conviction of Hollywood private eye Pellicano overturned + O.J. Simpson's former agent testifies about Simpson's finances + LA authorities capture Ohio bank robbery suspect mistakenly freed + Orange County: Charter school officials warned teacher had sex with students + Santa Ana Nursing Facility Is Rebuked + State Fines Ontario Care Home After Death + L.A.: Bratton Seeks a 10% Drop in Major Crimes+ 4th Simi Valley Teenager Admits Role in Racial Beating + Glen Avon Man Held After Alleged Break-In and Chase + Man Indicted in Alleged Speeding-Ticket Scam + South L.A.: Police Arrest 26 People Suspected of Gang Ties

Blake: Robert Blake jurors tour Vitello's restaurant, shooting scene

Jackson: Report: Jackson grand jury transcripts detail alleged molestation


The Governor:  Gov. vows to aid mudslide victims + County leaders say taxpayers should not foot the bill, contradicting Gov. + Gov. asked to oust ag undersecretary Ahlem + Gov. wants to amend Cal Environmental Quality Act, to encourage more housing in existing urban areas + State gearing up for tax amnesty + Gov. wants judges, not politicians to draw redistricting lines + Poll: Residents want housing near their jobs but want to retain local control over projects + Governor willing to mix it up with Dems + Pension showdown brewing + State's own workers' comp costs continue to increase Click.

Budget battle: Gov.'s finance plan called too restrictive + Colleges pleased by proposed budget + More money needed for fortifying levees + Democrats wary of raising taxes + Plan is no deficit cure, legislative analyst argues + Gov. predicts 30 percent increase in state's costs despite reforms + Gov. makes poor budget choices + Meddling by Public Pension Funds Is Picking California's Pocket + + Arguments honed in fight over state pensions + School funding a mixed bag + Budget plan avoids raising taxes, sort of Click. Educators gearing up for budget battle Click.

Legislature: Hearings planned on revised Bay Bridge plan + Assemblyman Ron Calderon regrets flier's wording: Send money + Alarcon Proposes Fines to Fund Trauma Care + Chamber of Commerce Reveals Legislative Agenda

With deadline near, Shelley opts to keep voter database + Shelley says he'll talk to state panel

Attorney General defends $15.5 million in park project funds to nonprofits + State Sen. Chuck "Pooch" Poochigian cranked his campaign to be next Attorney General Click.

Race against a widow (Matsui) is usually uphill + Padilla says he'll seek Matsui's seat + Matsui's widow runs

Dan Walters: Hastings' downfall underscores Capitol's ideological schism + Democrats block education nominee + Perata flunks first test

CalPERS program gets high Moody's rating

Stem Cell: Guidelines to precede stem cell grants + Stem cell research oversight panel off to a stumbling start

Indian tribes: Gov. asks lawmakers to approve San Pablo casino, while admitting they don't know if state will gain financially or impact on Bay Area

LOCAL NEWS:   Catastrophic Tsunami Possible On West Coast

La Conchita: Residents prepare to return to town devastated by mudslide + Bluff did not have warning system + Seabirds Victims of Mystery Oil Spill

More than 500 seabirds coated in oil after California spill

Bay Bridge 'congestion pricing' unpopular

BART finances cast dark shadow

Sacramento & north: SARTA expands startup services + Sierra board debates president's fate + Decision on Wal-Mart put off to Feb. 9 + Folsom: Meeting set on school-site asbestos cleanup + Citrus Heights: Decision on Wal-Mart put off to Feb. 9

San Francisco, San Mateo: S.F. budget problems lead to elimination of senior escort program + S.F. losing key advocate for homeless to national effort + Bay Area volunteers heading for Asia in the hope of helping + S.F.: 115 city workers to lose jobs in budget cutback + Park rangers missed by patrons at Funston + Grocery labor pacts set to expire tonight + Stanford to study Redwood City youth services + Friday fishwrap: Secrets of Sears

Alameda: Rival demonstrations to converge in Berkeley + PeopleSoft staff girds for layoffs + 'Hybrid' bank aims to help E. Oakland + Legislators enter fray over Cal growth in Berkeley + Youth violence subject of Union City forum + Sikh election results confirmed + Fremont: Central Park to host graduations + Newark tables childcare cuts + Union City plans improvements to garbage, recycling collection + City Council fills 16 posts on Fremont Planning Commission + Niles makes 'unbelievable strides' + Tauscher says fear will affect Iraqi vote + Alameda County to be honored in Reno + Group urges Dems to 'Think Blue' for 2008 + Dublin mayor pushes growth

Santa Clara: Speaker tells Palo Alto students that stripping can be lucrative + San Jose center for disabled (Agnews) to close + Palo Alto Cops on alert after mountain lion sighting + School workers claim `racist' behavior + Area girl walks dog for awards + Bay Area dislikes gas tax fund shift + Sobriety club threatened by permit woes + Chamber wants Gregory to resign + Mayor seeks tech contract answers

Contra Costa: Concord OKs extending growth limit + Airplane crash report (girl injured on 680) is due soon + Walnut Creek loses 2 on staff + Boiler malfunction triggers health alert for Contra Costa + County to buy voting machines from Election Systems & Software, Inc. + Community warning issued over Tesco Refinery smoke + Contra Costa supervisors OK Capitol platform + Levee flood zone still a muddy mess

Marin: City staffers won't miss old offices in Novato + Point Reyes study tracks tule elk once nearly extinct + Red Cross sends local official to help with SoCal mudslides

Sonoma: Sonoma County doctors will help in disaster zone + Rison has us falling all over ourselves + RP rejects idea of casino on Agilent tract + Jefferson Airplane drummer dies at Penngrove home + Point Reyes Bird Observatory moving to Petaluma + Centex homes taking longer for Casa deal in Petaluma + Businesses reject parking garage tax at Keller St. garage + Rosen leaves culinary legacy + Land trust buys San Pablo Bay site + Grape growers debate biotech use at forum + From 'Desperate' to 'Extreme' + Tsunami tale of survival

Napa: Napa praised for creative use of tobacco funds

Solano: Family pleased with ruling on nursing home + Wal-Mart launches campaign to respond to criticism, improve image + - Benicia council members rank planner applicants differently + Local News Briefs.

Monterey: A touch of Hollywood in Monterey from Clint Eastwood + Salinas librarians get pink slips + TSUNAMI STORY + Pacific Grove Council tries to fill openings + Storm runoff forces Agency to open upper gates on Lake Nacimiento + Pay-and-display parking meters installed in Carmel + Proposed Encina Hills subdivision hits roadblock + Surplus projected for C.V. 'town' + April 5 set for vote on Carmel hotel tax + Storms trash state beaches + Ecological farming meeting has grown

Central Valley: Merced Native Mum On Time As 'Survivor' + Marines paint different picture of Raya+ Winter storms are filling reservoirs+ AWOL Guard soldier is not alone+ Family reflects on child's death at school+ Landfill spills waste into creek+ Riverbank council gives first approval to annexation plan+ Turlock wants $500,000 to study 99 interchange + Procession to pass by police HQ + High School Reunions+ Around the Region+ News & Notes

Central Coast: Henfling’s abruptly closes + Santa Cruz transportation panel withholds hotel nod + Filling the hands that feed them + Home-builders eye 20 acres of South County industrial land + Watsonville card room is last one standing + Healthy Habits: Watsonville program steers kids away from junk food + Coast Lines + USGS seismologist’s lecture will examine quakes, tsunamis

Southern California: Fear of rising water behind dam prompts evacuations in Riverside County + Hahn Rivals Focus on Corruption + Another County Design at Public Works Has a Cross to Bear + Santa Ana: City Vote on Tower Is Still a Go + LA: Ludlow Seeks Ballot Measure for Tax Hike to Fund Anti-Gang Projects + 6-Year-Old Struck, Killed Outside School + Orange County Auditor's Report Details Financial Statistics + Hertzberg, Hahn Trade Jabs on Traffic + Miscikowski Backs Krisiloff in Council Race + Rising dam forces evacuations in Corona

School days: Mt. Diablo: Possible music cuts strike a sour note + Black college fund looking to Oakland + Study could lead to funds for Alameda Science Tech Institute + Children's Hospital Clinic gives Oakland students a campus outlet + Dublin Teachers Association ready for contract + At San Bernadino High School, Justices convene hearings to teach students + Ravenswood school workers claim `racist' behavior


Morford: Stray Dogs Deserve Back Rubs

Are we going to have to 'card' the wine now?

Kids have their say about divorce in 'Dummies'-like book

CD-ROM from AAA lets seniors test their physical, mental driving skills

Maureen Dowd: Wanted: powerful male looking for maid to marry Click.

Martha worried jail can be a downer for inmates


Weill Cornell team develops fast-acting anthrax vaccine


Cholesterol Drugs Need Prescription, FDA Panel Says in Blow to Merck, J&J

Patients Put on Thinking Caps

At an Indiana Lab, Better Thinking Through Chemistry

Hair Cell Hope for Hearing Loss

Epilepsy Drug May Delay Aging

Counting on Squirrels for Help

Albatross flies around the world in 46 days

Gene that may no longer turn a deaf ear to old age

Healthy Mix Of GI Tract Microbes Are Key To Preventing Allergies And Asthma

New Computer Program Predicts Mycotoxin Levels In Corn

Animal Experiments More Stressful Than Previously Recognized

Soil Fungi Linked To Insect-Associated Decline Of Resistant Grape Rootstocks

Jefferson Virologists Coax HIV Out Of Hiding

Seeking The Biological Basis Of Dyslexia

Repeated Unexpected Infant Deaths Most Likely To Be From Natural Causes

Protein Power: The Role of CRP in Heart Disease

More Pain Relievers Linked to Heart Risk

Unique Presentation Of Delirium After Stem Cell Transplantation

Study Examines Relationship Of Vitamin A Pathway To Breast Tumor Progression

Debunking Constipation Myths: The Truth About High Fiber Diets And Laxatives

Immune System Contributes To Evolution Of A New Fluorescent Protein

Cells Don Festive Holiday Colors

MDCT Angiography Can Potentially Help Determine Which Patients Are At Greater Risk Of Stroke

Evidence For Sun-climate Link Reported By UMaine Scientists

Study Finds No Reduction In Breast Cancer Risk With Consumption Of Vegetables And Fruits

Does Cancer Run In Families?

Mouse Brain Tumors Mimic Those In Human Genetic Disorder

MSI Reveals Invention For Detection And Precise Quantification Of Molecules

Shedding Feathers Early May Enhance Sex Appeal, New Songbird Study Shows

Applied Imaging Cleared by FDA for Bone Marrow-Transplant Test

European Craft Makes Safe, Soft Landing on Saturn Moon + FIRST PICS FROM SATURN'S MOON

NASA's Deep Impact spacecraft out of 'safe mode'

NASA Details Earthquake Effects On The Earth

Observation Of Material Circling A Supermassive Black Hole

Going Beyond Einstein: Spacetime Wave Orbits Black Hole

Hewlett-Packard Combines Printer, PC Units

Monster Fueled by Caffeine

Grids Unleash the Power of Many



U.S. Will Keep Troop Strength at 150,000 in Iraq Through June, Metz Says

Bush admits misgivings about famed phrases, e.g. "Bring it on!", "Dead or alive!"

James Baker, aide to Bush's father urges pullout

U.S. Homeland Security Chief Calls for International Biometric Standards

Bush Extends Waiver of Provision in Law on Cuba

Judge Denies Atheist's Lawsuit to Prevent Prayer at Bush Inauguration

Iraq War Cost $102 Billion Through Sept. 2004

Big cuts planned in HUD programs. Proposal intended to pare duplications draws objections

White House ducks torture proposal queries

FCC Chair Orders Investigation Into Williams' Deal With Bush Administration + Ed. Secretary Defends Payment to Armstrong Williams + BUSH HAS SERIOUS CONCERNS OVER ARMSTRONG WILLIAMS FLAP

Science panel faults Bush plan on air pollution. Clear Skies proposal called less effective than present rules

FAA releases report on O'Hare expansion

White House plans unfair trade case vs. EU for confusing tariff system

9/11 fund head urges asbestos legal reform

John Breaux, co-chair of Commission on Tax Reform: Hero or Hack?

Bush may raise Pell Grant award

Aid to Serbia and Montenegro withheld for failure to cooperate with war crimes tribunal

U.S. Calls Indonesia Deadline for Troop Pullout Reasonable

Dems seek Ridge's lobbying correspondence

Lobbyists take advantage of inauguration+ Inaugural donors at a glance

Social Security: FDR's grandson protests Soc. Security ad+ Cheney defends Soc. Security account plan + Molly Ivins: As a matter of fact + Paul Krugman: The British evasion

Democrats: Mich. Democrat ex-Democratic Party chair cleared of solicitation charge + Va. Gov. Mark Warner being talked up for national job + Ex-Democratic party chair endorses Martin Frost for party's chairmanship


Marjie Lundstrom: Emergency contraception omission a disservice to assault victims

Iraq and the El Salvador 'Option': Justin Raimondo

No Semblance of Accountability: Alan Bock

Let's Stop Pretending: Teresa Whitehurst

The Century of the Believers: William Lind

Gary Leupp: Fighting for the work of the Lord: Christian fascism in America Click.

Alan Bisbort: Not on my dime: Countering King George's coronation Click.

Shred the Constitution, Win a Promotion

Waiter, Where's the Blood on My Margarita Glass?

Is Torture Even Useful?

Robin Cook: Hold the Elections, Then Get Out

Sidney Blumenthal: Happy talk

Harold Meyerson: President of fabricated crises Click.

John W. Dean: The torture memo that haunted Gonzales' confirmation hearings Click.

Fatcat Inaugural Contributors Have a Lot to Gain

Ridge Took Care of His Cronies

Why I was wrong about Iraq

DHS nominee Chertoff defended man linked to bin Laden (Allan Duncan)

MILITARY  Navy to choose presidential copter builder, a decision with international political implications

Father's pride leads to honor for all soldiers

R.E. Graswich: Love from home goes out to Marine commanding a unit in Iraq

War Veteran Refuses 2nd Iraq Deployment

Pendleton base closure issue

U.S. Soldier Convicted of Murder in 'mercy Killing' of Wounded Iraqi Teen

LEAKGATES Official: Evidence supports FBI whistle blower Sibel Edmond's complaints

Blood for pork....

Halliburton-Iran Deal a Sign of Détente?

Torture Companies Win New Defense Contracts

Protesters get prime spot for Inauguration Click. + Protest group sues over inauguration route


Scientist: Racism hurt him at MIT

Preacher abandons plan to raise Muslim orphans. Indonesia rejects Christian group home

Click. Foreign governments have cited Abu Ghraib in defending their civil liberties violations

Georgia Judge Nixes Stickers on Textbooks Challenging Evolution

San Francisco gay marriage and beyond:  22 gay, lesbian groups reset priorities in wake of losses + Lutherans Recommend Tolerance on Gay Policy + Retirement homes, without the closets. Market widens for gay Baby Boomers seeking a comfortable place to grow old + Enrollment of Gays' Sons Prompts a Plea to Bishop + Lutherans Compromise on Gays in the Clergy + Gay tourists discover Buenos Aires


Oracle to Fire 5,000 Workers After Its Acquisition of PeopleSoft Closes

PG&E's new leader lets his religious beliefs guide him

Google settles charges over illegal issuance of options

EBay increases some fees, angering small business owners

Treasury offers companies tax-break guide to cut tax bills on profits earned abroad

The Pen Is Mightier.... 

Saunders: CBS and the Holy Grail

U.S. to improve quality of broadcasts to Arab world

San Francisco station won't air gay dating ads

Free Book - Free Cliff Notes, Summaries & Study Guides

Tech Mags Return, But Can They Survive?

Judge Bars Photos, Video of Accuser in Shanley Sex-Abuse Trial

New Editor, and Local Focus, for Chicago's 'La Raza'

'NYT' Obtains 10 Emails, with Photos, Sent by Accused Abu Ghraib Abuser

Pa. Press Objects to New State Police Limit on Public Records

Today's papers

Vincent van Gogh The Painter on his Way to Work Enlarge

Daily picture from the Metropolitan

'Cher's "Farewell' tours arrives in Sacramento, grossed $170 million

National Zoo puts cheetah cubs online

New fold for history of Lace House of Petaluma

Englishman to lead Steinhart Aquarium

Composer premieres new opera 'Doctor Atomic'

Aquarium aficionados invest a lot of money to maintain water worlds

Oscar-winning strategy?

Balzac's Paris - A Guided Tour

Emily Hahn: 'Nobody Said Not to Go'

The Medici Archive Project: Main Menu

Ancient Origins: Solstice

Ancient Astronomer's Work Found on Roman Statue

James Joyce's Death and Wake

JOURNAL: Scientists See High Likelihood of ET Visitors

Ancient rock carvings go online

Report: Harry ordered to visit Auschwitz

Rush & Molloy: Foxx makes it explicit: He likes those snaps

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JANUARY 12, 2005

WAR IRAQ On the ground:
Iraqi leader says attacks will deter some voters. Government, U.N., monitor groups gear up to carry out election despite rising violence + 19 killed in Iraq, including 6 cops. Allawi announces plan to expand nation's army + Car bombs rock Mosul, White House says Iraqi elections far from perfect + Gen. Abizaid in Turkey to Seek Expanded Access to Air Base + Dull Vectra becomes Iraqi gunmen's chariot of fire + U.S. toll in Iraq + Orders of battle + Juan Cole reports

War prisons: U.S. to release 5 Guantanamo prisoners. Australian, 4 Britons have been held there 3 years without charges as terror suspects + Prisoners testify about abuse at Abu Ghraib jail. Videos are played + SEAL defends Navy lieutenant accused of prisoner abuse in Iraq + Guard Was 'Primary Torturer,' Prisoner Says + Shackled, humiliated and crying out for some justice + Iraq Abuse Soldier Said to Flout Orders

MIDDLE EAST: Israel, Palestinians Back on Speaking Terms

RUSSIA: At a Crucial Oil Juncture, a Russian Calls on China

Russia's Boost to Tech Sector

ASIA PACIFIC: Lantos: North Korea seems ready to resume nuke talks. Congressman visits Pyongyang, China

Suspect in Musharraf Attacks Fled From Jail + Pakistan troops guard main gas facility

TSUNAMI: Doctors heading to Sri Lanka as part of Kaiser's effort to help + Indonesia wants foreign troops out, defends restrictions on tsunami aid + Under the guise of "humanitarianism", US marines land in Sri Lanka + Extent of tsunami destruction along African coast slowly emerges + Paris Club of Creditors Agrees to Debt Moratorium for Tsunami-Hit Nations

AMERICAS: Bolivia: Citizens Protest Price Hikes; Government Firm


U.S. Sends Flight Back to Britain, Suspect Freed

Terrorism Judge Baltasar Garzon Gets OK for U.S. Sabbatical to Give Terrorism Classes in U.S.

Supreme Court hears arguments on spy pay

Russian Gangs Create Internet Weapons

Thatcher 'to plead guilty' + Special report: Equatorial Guinea

Click. MI6 Agent Zeljko Peratovic

Click.  NSA Top Secret Umbra Gamma Orcon

Click.  USSS Security for Prez Inauguration

14 Islamic Extremists Arrested in Germany

U.S. wants spy agreement to stay secret

Sniffing Out Things That Go Boom


U.S. Trade Deficit Hit Highest Figure Ever in November

Executives of Nortel Will Repay Bonuses

Disney aims high in '05 + Saudi Prince Helps Out Euro Disney

Oracle Plans Speedy Layoffs

Boards More Independent, Study Says + Spitzer to Study Minority Directors

Firms Offer Card to Cut Drug Costs

Stun-Gun Maker Taser Defends Stock Sales

Harvard's high-paid star investor leaving


Chiron may roll out vaccine production in stages + Chiron CEO: Unclear When Flu Vaccine Sales Can Resume


Supreme Court rules federal judges are improperly adding time to criminals' sentences

Mint seeks to crack down on fake coins

Judge Finds Pricewaterhouse Withheld Data

F.T.C. Files First Legal Case Against Sexually Explicit Spam

Condit denies romantic affair with Chandra Levy

Technician Sentenced in Massive Thefts of IDs

'Vow of poverty' tax schemes alleged

Click. A visit to Edgar Ray Killen’s house.

Pair needs a lawyer after bust for telling lawyer jokes

RN commodore's death puts spotlight on child porn inquiry


All California prisons on lock-down after Chino guard slain + Warden Seeks Help in Death Probe + Protective gear issued after CIM officer is fatally stabbed Click.

Disney Averted Suit from Ovitz over Severance Payment, Witness Says

Sacramento & north: Former official guilty, to testify against San Joaquin sheriff + Suspect arraigned in stockbroker's slaying + Bank camera snaps robber + Ex-official, key witness on San Joaquin corruption probe takes plea deal + Rocklin: Crime prevention aid in peril + Victim Heydaragha honored, answers sought

San Francisco, San Mateo: Chase through Tenderloin, Protrero ends in arrest + Fangs sue over sale of the Examiner. $11 million claimed in countersuit aimed at ex-exec + S.F. coast mystery: Cow washes up on beach + Was Gary Thompson framed at Log Cabin + Editorial: The juvie justice mess

Alameda: Fremont: Widow sues police for killing husband + Working toward a caring society + Oakland police arrest two following gunfight + Oakland; Ex-con charged in fatal June shooting + San Ramon: Burglary suspects target of search

Santa Clara: Los Altos: Beauty salon owner charged in vandalism. Camera caught him tampering with planters, police say + San Jose man has pre-teen chauffeur

Contra Costa: Moms charged with embezzlement of San Ramon school funds + Hit-run driver kills Moraga woman + Two killed in crash of car pursued by police

Marin: Prosecutor Ed Berberian picked by Supervisors to fill remainder of Kamena's DA term

Sonoma: 4 Piner students arrested in vandalism + Two men convicted in violent SR robbery + RP chief: Officer appears justified in shooting Rohnert Park: State prison guard arrested for shooting at homeless man

Solano: Flames gut GVRD office +  County board balks at forming park district + Avoid bridge, boaters told +  Local News Briefs + School board meets tonight + Local Business Briefs + Celebrating Solano

Monterey: Girl eludes would-be abductor + Teen injured in Salinas shooting

Central Valley: Officers hunt for gunman + Meth cleanup set to begin at farm+ Auto dealer gets four-year term for DUI ++ Nesler defense wins trial delay ++ Line of fire creeping closer to officers + No clear motive in Marine's killing of police officer. Shooter's friends believe he suffered from combat stress + Young Marine who shot officers did not want to go back to Iraq

Central Coast: Gap vandal fined cleanup fee + Cops and Courts + S.B. County to Lease Desert Jail Space

Southern California: Hundreds of dogs removed from illegal SoCal kennel + Prison for woman who placed razors at Orange County playgrounds + LAPD flashlight ban rejected + L.A.: Social Security Number Led to Arrest in 1987 Murder + Detective Pellicano Seeks Nullification of His Conviction + L.A. Man Wanted in Slayings Surrenders to Police + Irvine caregiver Who Tied Up Toddler Sentenced + Hesperia: 2 Plead Guilty in Scheme to Smuggle Parrots+ Citrus State Park: Murder Charge Filed in Burning Death of Woman + Hollywood Pastor Pleads Not Guilty to Stealing From Woman

Donald Beardslee: Juror, warden and clergy urge clemency+  Ex-juror backs clemency

Jackson: Prosecutors want courtroom open during key hearings

Blake: Witnesses: Blake appeared nervous before his wife was killed


The Governor:  Gov.'s allies put labor on the defensive. Unions scramble to protect pensions, teachers' salaries + Group to Aid Gov.'s Push for Reforms + Arnold banking on pseudo-convention + Budget banks on borrowing, biting bullet + Gov. proposes monthly Medi-Cal premiums + Gov. willing to change term limits Click. + Prescription benefit amid health care cuts. Plan relies on help from drug makers + Drug makers reveal new discount Rx plan + State may require health coverage + Dems give up on tax increases, await Gov.'s next move + Dems: Gov.'s plans doomed + Cogdil: Legislature must follow Gov., reform budget

Shelley: Shelley given more time to decide on testimony + Shelley's silence + It's shameful! Democrats shield one of their own + Deadline Set for Shelley + Receives grace period + Dan Walters: Democrats mishandle Shelley scandal

Hastings:  Put kids above politics  + Peter Schrag: The school fixers: Once again, the kids come last

PUC Delays Vote on 'Bill of Rights' re: cell and other phones + CalPERS launches hotline for pension disability fraud

Doris Matsui takes on a new political profile + Ex-Supervisor Johnson says run +Unseemly? Not really

Ouster of ag official sought by environmentalists

Lawmakers demand inquest for Caltrans

California bears brunt of trade deficit with China Click.

Indian tribes: Oakland council votes down casino proposal + Lake County: Court order sought to halt work on Rattlesnake Island, sacred site of Elem tribe + Gambling Deals Are Downsized

LOCAL NEWS:   Quake shakes desert area near Palm Springs

La Conchita:  Rescuers claw through muck the consistency of concrete  + Slide area notoriously unstable. Same hillside failed in '95 + Unsteady hillsides can still let loose + $24 million in losses to Ventura farmers

Transportation moves to top of Bay Area's problem list.


Sacramento & north: S. Placer takes name for tourism + Countdown for public vote on Covell Village + R.E. Graswich: Sick news: Healthy patients mean Sutter medical group's finances are ailing + Tow-truck driver's 'trippy' day - he hoists his first dead tiger + Natomas development OK'd

San Francisco, San Mateo: Assessor at a loss as to why Giants' park is worth $100 million less + San Francisco's emergency plan for terror  + S.F.: Outdoor pet dogs protected. + S.F. Mayor vetoes supes' homeless center pick + South City biotech a first for Mission Bay + Click.  At least six supervisors support fighting to increase PG&E's franchise fee + Click.  Developer seeks large tax credit to convert the old Chronicle Building

Alameda: Oakland council votes down casino proposal. Rejection comes despite tribe's offer of $30 million a year + Berkeley: Medical pot measure loses in recount + County creates tsunami relief fund + Oakland: Cafe's green practices honored + A's wagering on Las Vegas in '08? + Berkeley's Ecology Center on a mission + Volunteers help bring books to life + City says no thanks to casino + Casino fight not over + Waste Management Board heralds Oakland 'green' cafe + Alameda theater site won't close + Economics, politics on tap for black business forum + Livermore council will ponder higher fees at a later date + Assemblyman Torrico caught up in a tale of two cities + Fremont City Council to review Niles plaza plans

Santa Clara: Palo Alto City Council names oldest mayor at 78

Contra Costa: San Pablo delays mobile home vote + Walnut Creek mayor urges communal spirit + Council approves expansion urban limit line

Marin: Tides ruin seven apartments in Larkspur + Transit still top concern in North Bay + Novato beauty queen, nurse dies of cancer + Non-human victims of tsunami get some help + 7 Kaiser doctors to aid tsunami relief effort + County to pay for Quentin analysis + Disabled spots considered for Grant Avenue, Novato

Sonoma: SR firefighter saves woman from blaze + Petaluma: 6 climb out window after bus crashes on bridge + National group joins Guerneville fur protest

Napa: The ghosts of Napa River Inn

Solano: Flames gut GVRD office +  County board balks at forming park district + Avoid bridge, boaters told +  Local News Briefs + School board meets tonight + Local Business Briefs + Celebrating Solano

Monterey: King City seeks big annexation for housing + Band trip to China put in jeopardy + Ruling lets developers start work on Marina Heights project + Hearings today on aquifer storage + Another general plan scenario presented

Central Valley: Marine's parents meet Ceres police + Mourning the Fallen Oscar Sanchez + Fog is likely to replace rain, at least for a while + Condit: Levy only a friend ++ Modesto leaders criticized for not going to funerals + With little flu so far, shots now available+ Turlock residents urge city to spare police from cuts+ Charity's building a tribute to helper+ Diplomas worth the wait for vets who left to fight+ MID water rates likely to rise + Golf proposal to be fine-tuned at request of applicant, opponent+ Patterson school plan opposed+ Friend: Marine dreaded Iraq duty+ Frightened, unsettled Ceres residents gather to discuss shootout+ News & Notes+ Around the Region + Holt: Farm flooded when delta levee broke finally clear of water + Gov.  would like to give Bakersfield $5 million to buy land for a long sought off-road park Click.

Central Coast: Santa Barbara Mission among the city's best treasures + County says 3,300 more homes OK + University leaders praising Gov.’s budget plan + Granite Construction a great place to work, Fortune says +Watsonville program links homebuyers with investors + Capitolan aids relief effort in native Sri Lanka + Red Cross highlights a closer relief effort — in Watsonville + Zip code stands between man, library post + Santa Cruz moves cautiously over tannery conversion + School librarians banking on bookstore ‘wish list’ + Gap vandal fined cleanup fee + Coast Lines + Watsonville Family escapes fire

Southern California: Suits in San Diego election pit voter intent against ballot rules + Public protests San Diego Bd of Supervisor's plan to give themselves 25% pay increase + Mayor Hahn slammed in absentia by his rivals + L.A. council votes to reject 75-unit condo proposal + Glendale declaring state of emergency + A River's Toll in Rubidoux + Orange County Limits Rehiring of Its Retirees + Challengers in Debate Accuse Hahn of Lack of Leadership + L.A. County Board Votes to Look at Handing Off Hospitals + FPPC Fines L.A. Council Member Tony Cardenas + Hahn Seeks Larger Share of Homeland Security Funds for 2 Ports+ Riverside: Ward to Complete Orso's Term as Assessor + L.A. Board OKs Funds to Help Shelter Homeless

School days: Benicia schools chief to move on + Benicia district faces school-closure  + Full-time officer returning to duty at AmCan schools + San Francisco School board elects opposition president + LAUSD, bond panel pledge to make up + Numerical Grades Help Schools Measure Progress + Oakland: Medical, mental health clinic to open at McClymonds H.S. + Alameda Island schools face choices

Fundamental Finding Yields Insight Into Stem Cells, Cancer; Opens Door To Drug Discovery

U-M Scientists Find Genes That Control Growth Of Common Skin Cancer

Discovery Of Key Protein's Shape Could Lead To Improved Bacterial Pneumonia Vaccine

Cumulative Sperm Whale Bone Damage And The Bends

'Casanova' Field Crickets - Live Fast, Die Young

Evidence That Human Brain Evolution Was A Special Event

An initial hepatitis C infection can look like the flu

Testosterone lower in obese men

Sea Squids Owe Their Glow To Molecule Linked To Whooping Cough

The Cellular Roots Of Graying Hair

Turkish Plant Oils Are Lethal To Vegetable Pest

Getting Cancer Therapy Into The Bones

First 'Atlas' Of Key Brain Genes Could Speed Research On Cancer

Small Band Of Nurses Plays Key Role Keeping Germ Threats At Bay

Genetic Basis For Individual Variations In Pain Perception And Chronic Pain

Penn Study; Way For First Medication To Treat Cocaine Addiction

New Family Of Genes Could Serve As A Potential Cancer Marker

Stowers Researcher Answers Fundamental Question Of Cell Death

Implant Helps Injured Children To Smile Again

Double trouble from Symbian virus

Microsoft CFO off to join VC firm

Videos Quick, Easy and Automatic

Anti-Phishing Verbal Signatures Get Thumbs Up

Boeing Bets Big on a Plastic Plane

Chandra Finds Evidence For Swarm Of Black Holes Near The Galactic Center

Implant Helps Injured Children To Smile Again

Nanotubes Form Along Atomic Steps

Huygens Sets Off With Correct Spin And Speed

GM Joins With Sandia To Advance Hydrogen Storage


Iraqi Election Won't Be `Perfect,' Bush Aide Says as Balloting Approaches

Officials: US Considers Strikes on Syria

Group ends search for banned weapons

'Unprecedented' security planned for inauguration

U.S. to speed payouts on lab worker claims. Cases of exposure at nuclear facilities stuck in backlog

Bush vows to push immigration proposal

Powell sees troops returning this year

U.S. aks why Indonesia is making it difficult for aid workers to travel to Aceh

Ridges seeks fingerprints on passports

Bush outlines proposals for H.S. students to take math, reading tests

White House distributes Bush op-ed touting his Tsunami relief aid

Ex-budget director to lead postal board

Official: U.S., Russia close to arms deal re: trafficking in portable air-defense missiles

Bloomberg says campaign will focus on 9/11

Chertoff worth millions, documents show + Chertoff and Hillary

Bush Cabinet to look roughly like first

Social security: Debate Gets Personal + Both parties ignore problems with their Social Security plans

Congress: Frist pushes for democracy in Pakistan + Congress urged to act on highway bill

Democrats: Dean seeking to lead Democrats as chairman; election in a month + Kennedy: Democrats need progressive agenda + Fire the Consultants

Vote fraud: Over protests, Gregoire is confirmed + Ohio Supreme Court Dismisses Challenges to Presidential Election


Morford: God Does Not Cause Tsunamis

Heading for the Exits: Justin Raimondo

Yes to US Aid, No to USAID: Ilana Mercer

Bush-Neocon Parting of the Ways?: Pat Buchanan

Ellis Henican: This guy's smarter than Kerik, which might be more dangerous Click.

Gene Lyons: How rules change Click.

Ted Rall: The normalization of horror Click. 

Molly Ivins: Leading by misleading Click.

Ariannna Huffington: America's finite future? Click.

Click.  Conason: Death Squads Invite Murder in Our Name

Slamming the Door on Pentagon Neo-Cons

Who Else Got Payola From Bush?

MILITARY Top admiral's e-mails reveal severity of nuclear sub crash. 60 of 137 in crew were hurt and 1 died when vessel ran aground

Pentagon cuts funding re: disposal of chemical weapons at depots in Kentucky, Colorado

U.S. choppers to get windshield coating

AWOL Soldier Cites Army Inadequacies

Israel Drops Stryker for Merkava APC

LEAKGATES Outing an Operative

Click. Environmentalists picket at Macworld over Apple policies

'24's' Latest Plot Twist Pains Some Muslims

Debate over Muslim hijab

Click.  San Francisco faces $835,000 payout for cop who clubbed antiwar demonstrator

Blogger Sacked for Sounding Off




Stardom: Mourning The Dead

List of self-proclaimed deities

The Klan's diminishing shadow

Is It Ethical To Use Enhancement Technologies To Make Us Better Than Well?

Later Entry Into Grade 1 Boosts Self-esteem Later In Life, Study Shows

San Francisco gay marriage and beyond: Illinois House passes gay rights bill + Atlanta's Same-Sex Rights Contested + Why The U.S. Supreme Court Should Have Chosen to Review A Florida Gay Adoption Case + Atlanta Golf Club Sparks Battle Over Gay Rights

The Pen Is Mightier.... 

Rather Says He's Sad for Staff Fired Over Bush Report Scandal

Sexism in rap sparks black magazine to say, 'Enough!'

Talk radio! Dem big calls N.Y. Post writer 'piece of slime'

Former Examiner owners sue to regain control of paper

Click.  CBS News Report A Prototype For Journo-Purges

Flawed investigation into 60 Minutes and the 'documents'

Click.  CNN’s Midlife Midwife

Today's papers

Vincent van Gogh The Painter on his Way to Work Enlarge

Daily picture from the Metropolitan

Fossil Find Reveals Ancient California Life

'50s motel a jarring note on California coast

Click. Wannabe Film Moguls Come to Tribeca (Where Else?)

Click.  Right now, the museum consists mainly of dozens of dusty old train hulls scattered across a splay of disused tracks

Human See, Human Do: Ballet Dancers' Brains Reveal The Art Of Imitation

Museum dedicated to Sir Winston Churchill set to open

Jack London

Lloyd Grove's Lowdown: Her pals sound smashing

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JANUARY 11, 2005

WAR IRAQ On the ground:
Iraq's Allawi Says Some Areas Unsafe for Poll + 2 GIs die as bomb destroys Bradley + Ex-Baathists Play Crucial Insurgent Role, U.S. Says + Deadly Attacks Pockmark Iraq + The taming of Sadr City + Film reveals destruction in Falluja + City of ghosts + Orders of battle + Juan Cole reports

War prisons: U.S. to Free UK, Australian Guantanamo Inmates + Iraqi Victims to Testify in Texas Abu Ghraib Trial + Guard Enjoyed Beating Iraqis, Three Testify + Witness: CIA and SEALs beat prisoners during interrogation

MIDDLE EAST: Sharon Phones Abbas in Highest Contact for Years

Lawmakers Narrowly Back Sharon's New Government

AFRICA: Darfur Militants Yield to Allow Polio Vaccinations

TSUNAMI: Sri Lankan medical student speaks about relief work among tsunami victims

AMERICAS: Fox Names New Head of Mexico's Federal Police

Cuba: Diplomatic Ties With Rest of Europe Restored

Snippets of life in Mexico City


Book prompts CIA to look at rules for its agent-authors

Indonesia Restricts Aid Workers in Aceh

Al Qaeda Weaker in Saudi But Still a Threat -Report

Translator Pleads Guilty to Taking Documents, ending spy inquiry at Guantanamo

Watchdog finds lapses in water systems

Moussaoui takes appeal to Supreme Court

Click. MI6 Manipulation of the Media

Click. Photos: US Convoy Hit by Iraq Roadside Bomb

US Wants Foreign Students to Come Back

Henry Kissinger dismissed as CIA adviser

Deputy minister resigns over spy past

Trustee, descendant of Jefferson, dies at 72

Inside the spy investigation of Capt. James Yee

The case of the Cuban Five: injustice at home and abroad

Confederate group celebrates loyalty of accused spy, 17

Day of the Fox

Spy excels at name dropping rather than eavesdropping

A spies' jamboree

Little cloak, less dagger No way to run a war on terror

The CIA: You're Fired

Boeing probe intensifies over secret Lockheed papers

Washington, Cairo Blocking U.N. Report Because It Criticizes Occupation of Iraq, Lack of Democracy in Egypt, Authors Say

Technology Can Protect Water Supply


Supreme Court makes it easier to win money laundering convictions, gov't doesn't have to prove "overt acts"

Crooks faking Web sites to bilk unwitting donors

With Little Evidence, 4th Trial Opens in '61 Killing

6 Former Net Executives Indicted in Conspiracy Case

Jury Seated in Former Cop's Perjury Trial. His testimony put Black people in prison in Tulia, Texas

Wyeth Backs Diet Drug Deal Changes in Settlement of "Fen-phen" cases

Former Columnist thom Calandra of Settles Fraud Suit with SEC

State Farm Reaches Vehicle Title Accord, to pay $40 million for totaled cars

Judge Delays Fraud Trial of Ex-McKesson Exec + Judge rules McKesson fraud trial will stay open

Former AOL, PurchasePro Execs Charged With Fraud

Zurich Unit, Superior in Settlement

Environmentalists, government spar over U.S. 95 widening

Court declines to consider dismissing gun industry lawsuit

Botulism supplier ordered to halt sales, recall raw bacteria

US defends "evidence" obtained through torture at hearing for Guantanamo prisoners

Researcher Faces Jail for Finding Bugs

Unocal Announces It Will Settle A Human Rights Suit: What Is the Real Story Behind Its Decision?

U.S. Court Orders Companies, People to Halt Unsolicited Sex `Spam' E-Mail

Priest Pleads Guilty to Molesting Teens in 1970s at Boston High School


State Farm Insurance Settles Overtime Suit

Supreme Court Allows CalPERS Suit on behalf of WorldCom Bondholders to Remain in Federal Court

Court Allows Inmate's Suit to Proceed (kicked by guard)

Correctional officer dies in Chino attack

Sacramento & north: One of two missing Youth Authority wards surrenders after escape + Red Bluff: 18-y-old who shot teen raiding marijuana garden sentenced to 13 yrs; UC Davis med student arrested from break-in at campus library + Prather man gets five yrs for growing 85 pot plants in bedroom, bathroom; Lodi will sue atty responsible for plan to clean up soil and water, which costs Lodi millions, groundwater still undrinkable + Natomas principal is arrested on sex charge + Murder victim liked to share his success + To the cop, it's a 5150 - to the psychologist, a desperately ill client + El Camino Teen's disappearance sparks concern + CYA escapee turns self in + Student held in UC Davis break-in + Suspect sought in two bank robberies

Alameda: Newark: Shooting suspect bound for trial + \ Oakland family charged, held in cocaine ring + Alameda: Orange in street leads police to theft suspect + Bay Bridge driver arrested after crash + Oakland: 4 indicted in shooting of U.S. postal worker

Santa Clara: Friend held in man's slaying + Man held on sex charges after being lured into sting + + Girls volleyball coach arrested on sex charges

Contra Costa: El Cerrito: Suspect caught on camera + Man arrested in Oakley for alleged kidnapping attempt+ Thieves hit San Ramon jewelry store + Escaped robber returns to annals of weird crime. Cops say 'Roofman' lived large in store + Trial for nanny in fatal hit-run begins Feb. 28

Marin: Cops seek help in gun theft in Corte Madera + Cops suspect gang link to teen shooting + San Rafael: Salinas man, 22, held after shooting / Police cordon fails to nab accomplices

Sonoma: Survivor of deadly SR gang fight testifies

Napa: St. Helena to appeal judge's flood ruling + Steltzner vineyard employee files defamation lawsuit

Solano: Vallejoan's family accuse police of misuse of force + Hearing date set in Easterling murder case + Vallejo: Officers injured subduing suspect

Monterey: Salinas mall shooting suspect arrested; another still at large + Marina man arrested in death of family cat

Central Valley: Cop, Gunman Dead + Rivera pleads not guilty in slaying of cop+ Police chief stayed committed to Ceres + Law & Order + Liquor store's video surveillance camera recorded shootout

Central Coast: Details emerge in fatal Watsonville stabbing + Ben Lomond CYA camp will soon house adult inmates

Southern California: Hollywood Pastor Accused in Theft From Parishioner + Chino Prison Guard Is Stabbed to Death + D.A. Opens Patient Deaths Inquiry King/Drew hospital + OC: Haidl's Plea for Transfer to Private Facility Denied + Fired L.A. Housing Authority Official Sues, Citing Bias + Corona Man Pleads Guilty in $33-Million Investment Scam + Mission Viejo Man Pleads Guilty to Ponzi Scheme + Devore: Navy Chief Petty Officer Arrested After Wife's Body Is Found+ Woman Shot by Huntington Police Still in Critical Condition + San Diego: Ex-EPA Official Gets 15 Months for Wire Fraud

Spector: Transcripts Detail Spector's Behavior

Blake: Jury sees murder gun and hears that Blake feared he was the next victim


The Governor:   Angelides premature in run for governor

Parallel legislature prods Capitol + Ortiz ponders Congress seat held by Matsui, deceased + Asian caucus weighs bid by Republicans

Education Official Reed Hastings Is Targeted by bilingual instruction advocates + Ax Over Schools' Defender

Panel Warns Shelley to Testify or Face Subpoena + State auditor paints damaging picture of Shelley's use of funds + Shelley a no-show at hearing on use of U.S. voter funds, sends aide

Sacramento supervisor to head state Arts Council

UCD team digs into vineyard plant damage

Stem cell forum discusses ethics

Indian tribes: Sonoma County tribe airs casino plan at Capitol + Riverside: New Prosecutors Will Handle Tribal Crimes + Tribe adds chips to table to entice Oakland on casino + Study: Oakland casino a nonstop jackpot + Pomo tribe offers cash for Oakland casino + Backers of Shingle Springs casino bid applaud ruling

LOCAL NEWS:  Yosemite Park Attendance Hits a 14-Year Low

PUC sets meetings on PG&E rate plans

Sacramento & north: New investor in C&S + CalSTRS picks INVESCO + Hard choices face Auburn + Few know Old Sac's charms as home + Neighbors, firefighters rescue two in blaze; high-tech camera helps out + S. Oroville residents swap tales of damage from weekend twister + Tiger's body reported on freeway

San Francisco, San Mateo: Mayor saves rec leader's job in Sunset + Sewer overflows, runoff keep some San Mateo beaches closed + Newsom tells goals for second year. Fighting crime, revamping civil service are themes in Sunset, Chinatown visits + Daly proposing aid for tsunami disaster + A dog's life in S.F. + Hotel union backs off bid for 2-year contract + Blue Angels are back + Millbrae administrator upgrades to manager + New prez tackles Legislative Week

Alameda: High tide pours into Oakland, Island streets + Fremont: Sikh temple ballots counted + Iraqi boy makes a remarkable recovery + Fremont City Council to review Niles plaza plans + Stop the Dump in Sunol group protests composting facility + Oakland: 4 council members oppose casino plan. They're concerned 'social costs' would outweigh benefits + Livermore developers: Fee hikes would be costly + Danville Supervisor Piepho picks chief of staff + San Ramon, Dublin mayors to report on progress + Berkeley's Living Wage law survives high court

Santa Clara: S.J. City Hall blame spreads to City Manager's office over tech contract + Read the report (PDF) + S.J. official Terry Gregory faces civil grand jury, already faces criminal grand jury + Sale puts East P.A. grocery at risk + Panel sends Coyote Valley plan to council + Sale of A's to heighten S.J. intrigue + P.A. council amicably picks new set of leaders + Traffic projects facing red light + Iraqi boy thanks doctors + Readers: Take a bite out of valley's book + One worker in explosion improving, other critical + P.A. district to weigh tax bid + Roadshow: Solo hybrids clog carpool lanes + Action Line: Age to stay home alone + Girls volleyball coach arrested on sex charges + Sale puts East P.A. grocery at risk

Contra Costa: San Ramon council considers child care center + Concord: Future about to start for idle naval station + County poised to buy new voting machines + Battle to move growth limit line + 'Roofman' burglar back in jail

Marin: Sutter's hospital ultimatum re: building new hospital in Greenbrae + Officials in Marin frustrated by Gov.'s new spending plan + Dominican Univ. studies oak death + School officials criticize amount of funding

Sonoma: Patients take advantage of end to flu shot rules + More rain in store for North Coast + North Coast Demos pan choices of proposed cuts + One lane reopened on Hwy 101 in Petaluma after accident + Man, baby die in separate 101 crashes + Hwy. 101 widening may be delayed under spending plan

Napa: Storm veers south of Napa, minor flooding + Man critical after being crushed by dump truck + Napa schools extend winter break

Solano: VCUSD disappointed' with proposed budget plan + Local columnist dies at 96 + China Wok celebrates first year with tsunami relief effort + Local News Briefs...

Monterey: Budget plan may hit county's poor the hardest + Decorated veteran Matheson dies at 84 + Army to lease vacant MPUSD schools

Central Valley: Budget slashing leaves air and land + Guard's move to Castle base put on hold+ Air officials: Cleanup plan not easy+ Locals face long trek for voice in Iraq vote+ Modesto to discuss water rate challenge + Dr. Forney displayed compassion for kids+ Deadly incident shocks Ceres residents + Raya's family, friends stunned by deadly act+ A quiet Sunday night takes fatal turn+ Transition from war to home is not easy+ News & Notes+ Around the Region+ Community Briefing + Modesto mayor Ridenour's priorities: Businesses, jobs + Chilling tragedy leaves questions for military + Mayor Ridenour's speech

Central Coast: Santa Cruz and Huntington Beach batter of title "Surf City USA"; Those rescued from San Luis Opispo rain-swollen creeks could be billed; Santa Barbara's Lake Cachuma fills fast; If Santa Barbara splits, northern half, Mission County will see service cutbacks + S.C. council seeks ‘Surf City’ trademark of its own + Santa Cruz technology company to be bought out for $270 million in stock + Santa Cruz revisits Martin Luther King + Aptos plans ambitious flight celebration + S.C. firm boosts venture group

Southern California: Deadly mudslide + Earth buries coastal homes + L.A.: Ethics panel accuses developer Abrans, major Hahn backer + Police merger of LAPD and LAX police may be on ballot + Costly station needs repairs Hahn Leads Rivals in Cash Contest+ Librarian's Faith Is Renewed + Commission OKs Settlement, Lease With Company at Van Nuys Airport + La Conchita Residents, Ventura County Officials Point Fingers + OCTA Fills Last of 18 Board Seats + Shell agrees to sell Bakersfield refinery to Flying J + San Diego city attorney says municipal bankruptcy prospects are 'very real'

School days: Cupertino H.S. soccer star faces "zero tolerance" expulsion over small knife in pocket + Marin: Ross students hear story of slavery + Santa Ana School Chief Loses Favor + San Francisco: Teachers to ask for 12% raise. Superintendent got similar salary increase, housing allowance + San Francisco: Jockeying on board for schools president + UC Berkeley and disabled students reach deal on access + Tracy: Help on the way for students in need


Stardom: La Conchita: Oh No Not Again!

Real World Doesn't Use a Joystick

He did what fliers are trained to do, so why are he and 264 people dead?

The Food Timeline


New Portable Infectious Disease Detector

Canada Confirms New Case of Mad Cow

High blood pressure: The new childhood scourge

Science Panel Issues Report on Exposure to Pollutant Perchlorate

Montana Calls Off Bison Hunt

Astronomers Spot Colossal Stars

Russian stem cell experiments on human beings with spinal cord rupture

Giant Ice Slabs Set for Collision

Spoonfuls of Honey Make Dieting Easy

Super microbe's life code cracked

Swordfish Heat Their Eyes for Vision

Depression Intensifies From One Generation To The Next

New System to Help Babies Avoid Brain Damage

Gene Vaccine Protects Mice Against Her2/neu Breast Cancer

Astronomers Find Evidence For Tens Of Thousands Of Black Holes

Weight Loss Strategies Work In People With Pre-diabetes

Sleeping Less May Be Related To Weight Gain

Scientists Discover Unique Microbe In California's Largest Lake

Penn Researchers Find That Residual Tumor Cells Are A Barrier To Targeted Cancer Therapeutics

Hurricane Intensity Predictions Take Into Account Effect Of Large Eddies On Wind Speed

Backcountry Water Quality Tests Are Good News For Campers

Agricultural Research Service Diversifies Sunflower Traits

Jefferson Scientists Find Zinc May Help Prevent Esophageal, Oral Cancers

A Biomarker To Predict Osteoarthritis

Activities Of Subseafloor Life More Diverse Than Expected

Mayo Clinic Study Suggests No Link Between Autism And Immunizations

Workers With Carpal Tunnel Find Relief With Night-time Splinting

Mutations In Transporter Protein Shed Light On Neurodegenerative Disorders


Budget summary: Gov.'s budget cuts, borrows. Reductions proposed in programs for poor, elderly and disabled to close $9.1 billion gap + Gov. won't raise taxes, at expense of healthcare, schools, transportation and welfare benefits +  Budget at-a-glance + 'Get tough' budget  + Budget relies heavily on borrowing + 2005-06 budget summary + Borrowing again + How it could affect you + Read the state budget + Analysis: Side deals scrapped

Gov's view of budget:
Gov. vows his budget will start healing

Cities' view:
Cities hope state funding isn't heavily affected + Cities and counties affected by welfare cuts

Spending battle:
Opening Volley in Yearlong Fight for Control of Spending + Budget plan puts limits on spending

Social services cuts: Gov.'s Plan Calls for Cuts in Social Services for the Poor + $1.2 billion in health, welfare program cuts + Hits social services hard + Cuts in Medi-Cal, billing feds + Targets social services + Health care gets scalpel

New programs:
$10 million for Cal RX discount prescription drugs for uninsured, California obesity initiative

Transportation cuts:
 Budget crisis slams brakes on transportation projects + No benefit from Prop 42, fuel taxes for road projects + Traffic  red light

Prison increase:
Booming inmate population pressures prison budget + More than $7 billion on prisons

Education: Education groups unhappy  + Withholds the $1.1 billion owed to schools + Teacher pension shift is sought + Paying teachers? Well... + Educators upset over broken deal

Opinions re: budget:
Tired Old Budget Tricks + Arnold's budget plan trips alarm + Borrow money, break promises + State workers balk at taking another hit + Dan Walters: Gov. returns to austerity as budget deficit continues
Daniel Weintraub: Gov, takes a whack at deficit, asks for help + Gov.'s tunnel + Business mostly upbeat re: budget

Apple Computer to Sell New IPod for Less Than $100, Mac Mini PC for $499

Thousands gather to see where Jobs will lead Apple next

IBM pledges 500 patents to OS developers + IBM Heads to Open Source

An open source Google - without the ads

Simple Snoop-Proof E-Mail Launched

Scientists Make Magnetic Silicon, Advancing Spin Based Computing

Nanotechnologists' New Plastic Can See In The Dark

Hubble's Infrared Eyes Home In On Suspected Extrasolar Planet

Artist/Scientist 'Dream Team' Assembles With Goal Of Capturing And Displaying Gigapixel-sized Images

Saturn's Moon Iapetus Shows A Bulging Waistline

Astronomers Find Evidence For Tens Of Thousands Of Black Holes



Bush to Congress: Pass Social Security Reform or Risk Your Jobs

A Bush Loyalist Allan B. Hubbard Is Named Economic Advisor

Bush Tells Americans to Continue Giving to Other Aid Groups

Bush: Corporate Pension Overhaul Proposed + Rules seek to protect pensions

FAA to restrict airspace for inauguration + Bush's inaugural parade route

Uncle Sam wants your data - all year 'round

Former Sen. Breaux to hold four positions

Drug Industry, Lobbying Shop - Former Lawmakers Find Lucrative Landings

Social security: Age gap may be trouble for Bush + Bush may propose reductions in benefits and draw fire + Don't frighten seniors, Bush warns + Top officials used in Social Security push + Bush Threatens Social Security Plan Opponents

Congress: Feinstein wants review of safety for possible tsunamis + Lungren gets key committee slots

Democrats: Sheila Samples: The last man to concede... + Kerryism's comeback on Iraq


Thom Hartmann: First they came for the terrorists... Click.

Laurie Spivak: The conservative marketing machine Click.

David Corn: Armstrong Williams: I am not alone Click.

Paul Krugman: The iceberg cometh Click.

Helen Thomas: 'Peace' not likely to be found in Bush's inaugural speech Click.

The Crisis of 'Sam's Club' Republicans

Self-Indulgent Excess

Another Bush Administration Lie

MILITARY British Soldier's Court-Martial Begins re: abusing Iraqi civilians

Air Force General to Be Retired at Lower Rank for unprofessional relationships with female subordinates

Ark. soldier back in Iraq after lawsuit

Targeting teens for troops

ACLU Seeks an End to DNA Sample Collection Truro, Mass.

Writer urging Inauguration Day boycott


Harvard Management Chief Jack Meyer to Leave, Form Private Investment Firm (Taking top managers with him)

European Union and U.S. to Settle Airbus-Boeing Dispute

Electronic bank transfers will ground "Freight Dogs"

Microsoft Woos Oracle Clients

SBA to revise definition of "small"

India finds a $40bn friend in Iran

San Francisco gay marriage and beyond:  Stanislaus County group will work for equality for gays + High Court Lets Florida ban on Gay Adoptions Stand + Rosie hits Supremes on Fla. gay-adopt ban

The Pen Is Mightier.... 

DAN RATHER RESPONDS + CBS Went Easy on Rather, Critics Say + CBS and bias: answer elusive + Heads roll -- but not at the top -- at CBS News

Dave Lindorff: 'Loudmouth in a bow tie: Tucker Carlson's idiot wind Click.

Reporter investigates investigation into Yee

Lessons of the '60 Minutes' Report for Newspapers

Court Grants 'Detroit Free Press' Access to Rosa Parks' Medical Records

France's 'Liberation' Says Missing Iraq Reporter Likely Abducted

Today's papers

Vincent van Gogh The Painter on his Way to Work Enlarge

Daily picture from the Metropolitan

Aerial archive captures Silicon Valley's transformation

'Sideways' leads nominees for SAG Awards

Restorers breathe new life into Afghanistan's shattered heritage

MoMA Visitors Use Ears to See

San Francisco Opera director search adds Houston veteran.

Click. What happens when rock stars neither burn out nor fade away?

Billy Frolick on how things were in 1992

Hilton Als on Christopher Isherwood

Click. The life of Leonardo da Vinci.

A Scholar Returns to Shakespearean Basics

Alan Paton's Cry, the Beloved Country

The King of Ireland's Son

Rush & Molloy

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JANUARY 10, 2005

WAR IRAQ On the ground:
Insurgents Kill Deputy Police Chief of Baghdad + 8 Coalition Troops Die in Ordnance Explosion + Alwawi seeks 'limited' delay of Iraq elections + Total US Info Lock Down In Fallujah + Iraqi police take brunt of attacks + Orders of battle + Juan Cole reports

Occupation: U.N. auditors didn't probe charges of Iraq kickbacks, Billions involved in oil-for-food program + Expatriates Eager to Rock the Iraqi Vote

War prisons: Witness: Graner punched Iraqi prisoner + Lawyer: Iraqi Abuse Was Like Act of 'Cheerleaders'

MIDDLE EAST: Abbas Makes Peace Gesture to Israel + Abbas wins Palestinian presidency

U.N. Officer Killed in Israeli Shelling

RUSSIA:  Oil giant Yukos and the struggle for Russian energy sources

AFRICA: Sudanese sign peace agreement. Accord gives south autonomy, aims to end decades of war

TSUNAMI: Lack of medical care adds to tsunami death toll + Tsunami disaster further imperils orangutan habitat


Militants Jump Into Aceh Aid Efforts

4 Militants Killed in Saudi Shootout, Officials Say

Lab scientists study 'dial-a-yield' grenades

Justices to Hear Case on Secrets and Spies

Indonesia Asks for Names of Aid Workers

Accident aboard the U.S. sub bears stunning resemblance to the "Kursk" tragedy


Stardom: Holy Jumpin'Jesus, Could This Really Be The End?

Where Nelson Triumphed, a Battle Rages Over Windmills

Stem cells, hopes lure many abroad


Prefab homes go elegant

Call in sick -- please

Snared by Their Shelters

GM to cut U.S. work force again

Organic milk debate

Privatize Fannie Mae



'Academy Awards' of biotech opens today


Battle on right to sue playing in high court

Judge stops pregnant woman from divorcing abuser

Reversal of divorce provokes outrage. Judge changed ruling after learning that woman is pregnant

Black sheriff jolts county near Atlanta, He defends the ouster of 27 in department, claiming he has the right to clean house

Thieves ride the coattails of eBay's success

High court declines to hear HMO lawsuit + High court OKs drunk charges vs. pilots + Court won't block KKK from highway cleanup + Supreme Court turns down Traficant appeal + Court won't hear gun industry's appeal + High court declines hear Nader's case + Supreme Court sidesteps gay adoption case

States Battling Meth May Put Controls on Cold Pills

Progress uneven on immigration paperwork Click.

FBI probes fire at Olympia clinic where abortions were performed



Ford Greene: Attorney at odds

Sacramento & north: Elk Grove: Law enforcement's top dogs born with a nose for trouble + San Joaquin deputies ride through the town on a street with no name

Alameda: Supreme Court declines to hear Berkeley's living wage case + Medic to retestify at trial of 'Riders' + Onramp stabbing tied to road rage + Union City teenagers get an introduction to police work

Santa Clara: Man killed in police confrontation mourned as a good listener, brother

Contra Costa: El Cerrito: Gas station clerk slain during holdup attempt + Adult curfew is probation's latest tactic

Marin: San Rafael: Police are searching for two men in connection with a shooting + Gunman shoots 2 on Canal street

Sonoma: Driver shot in Rohnert Park car chase a fugitive + Around the Empire + County prosecutor Halsey suspended over Porfino case

Solano: Vallejo man struggles with officers, dies in custody + Vallejo Police Calls

Monterey: Salinas police chief to hold news conference about last week's shootings at Northridge Mall

Central Valley: Man suspected in shooting deaths of 2 Modeso men was arrested in Olivehurst + Ceres officer dies and other is injured in gunfight + What's the solution to crime? Fining the victim, of course + Law & Order

Southern California: O.C. 'Scared Straight' Program Pushes Truants Back Into Class + Spotting Car Thieves in Blink of a Digital Eye + L.A. father Arrested in Abduction + Huntington Beach Police Shoot, Wound Woman + Simi Youth Is Found Guilty of Hate Crime

Blake trial: Detective: Murder Weapon Found Near Blake's Car

Spector: Sound of Gunfire Marks the Collision of Two Lives

Michael Jackson: Michael Jackson Prosecutors Want Jurors to Hear About Seven Other Boys


The Governor:  Gov. unveils state budget + Gov, to offer 'painful' budget, long-haul change + Gov. sets stage for budget showdown + Interests fear an "ugly" budget from Gov. + California will pay high price for debt + Teachers Unions Blast Governor's Merit Pay Plan + Educators dread budget test + Gov. on collision course with labor unions + Gov. want's redistricting + Gov.'s vision is  form of myopia + Gov., Democrats Each Have Reasons to Compromise + 1-year shelf life on Gov.'s deals?  + Gov. should blow up boxes at youth authority + The Buzz: Echoes of Reagan in governor's big speech + Disliked budget plan unveiled + Corruption probes dim California official Shelley's once-ascending star + Nominee approval of Reed Hastings to State Board of Education suddenly in doubt + State gains foothold in House politics + Transportation bill for the Central Valley

UCD researcher discusses stem cell program + The opaque petri dish

Indian tribes: Clearlake: Pomos lay claim to Rattlesnake island + Flu vaccine now available for all + Mayor Brown has 'open mind' on proposal for Oakland casino

LOCAL NEWS:   Flu vaccine now available for all in California

Tsunami simulation an inexact science. Even knowing undersea floor, it's tough developing wave-effect maps for S.F. Bay

Sacramento & north: Delta Levees: Lack of funding imperils aging system. $1 billion proposal finds little political support + Fresno's installation of solar panels for energy is recognized by federal environmental officials + Matsui's widow planning to run + Stores can build in county again + Dan Walters: It's just a lane wide, but for Modoc, it's a bridge too far + Bob Shallit: Low-profile capital-area company brings in $50 million in financing + Knox is new lobbyist for cancer society

San Francisco, San Mateo: Smoking ban may stop at putting green. Proposed S.F. law doesn't apply to city's golf courses + S.F. AIDS funding cut by $4 million. Federal move forces consolidation of caregiver network

Alameda: Push for new city in Alameda County + Sikhs keep peace during vote + Berkeley challenges UC's plan to expand + Livermore to discuss permit plan + Dublin prepares for population boom + New turf springs up on old U.S. Navy land in Alameda + Marriage license fees could rise to fight domestic violence + Fremont mayor taps Lorenz for city planning + Sudden oak death quarantine expands + Devil's Slide project to start on April 15 + School daycare faces ax again + San Ramon defining a mayor

Santa Clara: Couple who fought San Jose takeover attempt, aim to sell land for redevelopment + P.A. council to winnow its wish list of projects + Palo Alto city council's wish list

Contra Costa: Stars come to rescue for pet cause: Event raises funds for Tony La Russa's animal foundation + Rain-swollen tides prompt rush to shore up Delta levee + Contra Costa supervisors consider election reforms

Marin: Hundreds pack church to remember teenager + High-tide floods not as bad as expected + Clearing dangerous debris from the bay + Professor to speak on anti-Semitism + Expert to examine obelisk found in Ross

Sonoma: North Bay Demos ready for budget showdown

Napa: Ugly Corner Cafe changes after losses on ballot measures + Heart attack study needs Napans + Kettles filled despite Target ban + Wilcoxson closes its gate after 30 years

Solano: Benicia: Watchdog group's scope debated + Jerry Karr, passionate about the environment + Park district idea is gaining ground, new group asserts + More flu vaccine available in area; walk-in clinics in Vallejo, Fairfield + JFK Library plans remodeling

Monterey: Grand jury concludes fire protections agencies fight wildfires well, but need money + County admits response agencies weren't ready for flooding a decade ago, but much has changed + Hank Smith devotes retirement to conservation + Salinas: Not enough firefighters

Central Valley: Budget's cuts likely will sting + Putting those first homes within reach + BREAKING NEWS: Ceres officer dies from injuries + Ridenour to discuss future of Modesto + Forecasters: Storm on way + Key construction projects lagging + Pastor tells of his visit to Baghdad + Beekeeper stung: 128 hives are stolen + News & Notes + Bad 'fun run' judgment carries consequences + Central Valley residents must speak out on parkland preservation + Keeping our parks looking nice

Central Coast: Ex-landscape architect labors to protect ecosystem + Santa Cruz County’s stalled housing plan is back on the table + Salz Tannery project sees obstacles + S.C. man gears up for tsunami relief effort + Coast Lines

Southern California: Tejon Ranch: Niews on Planned Projects Make for Mountain Divide + Hahn Rivals Court Pet Lovers+ Meteorologists Often Talk Up a Storm at Annual Gathering + O.C.: When Indoor Athletes Are Ready to Play, Massive Gym Is Game + San Diego mayoral battle heads to court + Hertzberg catches up to Hahn in fund raising

School days: Lemoore high school principal cancels school dances + Class for blind gives a sense of freedom + Sacramento schools failing to post notices re efforts to improve equity + Battle of the Bands concert set to rock Chabot College + New federal funding formula will cut college grants + Protected owls are on Ohlone campus + Hayward School Board seeking 'super' chief + Union City: New Haven faces extreme makeover + Hayward: Students learn world of business beyond U.S. borders + Cypress Grove Charter School for the Arts and Science + Rocky financial road for 10 East Bay school districts + Monday profile: Teaching in ex-scientist's genes + Va. colleges looking to trade funds for freedom

Grizzlies Losing Ground Around Yellowstone

Life, Reinvented

Research On Artificial Muscles Could Lead To Advanced Limbs For Amputees, Robots

Colorectal Cancer Screening Underutilized

MSI Releases 'Moleculizer'

URI Researcher To Test 'Non-Dieting' Approach To Reducing Weight Gain Among Young Adults

NASA Swift Mission Turns On And Sees A Blast Of Bursts

Tiny, Atom-based Detector Senses Weak Magnetic Fields

Scientists Discover Key Genetic Factor In Determining HIV/AIDS Risk

DNA Movement Linked To Formation Of Antibody Genes

Hydrated Electrons Can Take More Than One Guise

Research Offers Hope Of New Treatments For Liver Damage 'Plague'

SD Discovery Shows How Embryonic Stem Cells Perform 'Quality Control' Inspections

Wikipedia Faces Growing Pains

Top digital SLR cameras for consumers

Getting faxes via e-mail can beat traditional method

Observers Wonder If Apple Plans Low-Cost Macintosh

Google exposes web surveillance cams

System Halts Computer Viruses, Worms, Before End-user Stage

Apple Suit Raises Suspicions

Most Changes In The Earth's Shape Are Tied To Climate Swings

Pinatubo's Rivers Show The Danger Isn't Over When Volcanic Eruption Ends

Understand Earth's Magnetic Field, Wisconsin Scientists Study Ball Of Molten Metal

Hydrated Electrons Can Take More Than One Guise

CO2 Injection Boosts Oil Recovery, Captures Emissions

Tiny, Atom-based Detector Senses Weak Magnetic Fields


Bush Offers Talks with Abbas, Urges Israel to Help + Bush says he would welcome Abbas to U.S.

Washington rumbles with questions on Iraq exit. President Bush faces critical series of decisions after Jan. 30 election

From Behind the Scenes Dina Powell Recruits Bush's Team

Plum job opportunities await old Cabinet


Cardinal Says Bush Broke Iraq Promise

Feds Tout Medicare's Preventive Benefits

Bush Social Security Effort Stirs Republican Qualms

USDA moves to protect nation's trees from 'sudden death' syndrome


Tennessee Governor Drops 323,000 Adults From Expanded Medicaid Program

Congress: Lungren Back in Congress 26 Years After First Term

Democrats: Silicon Valley sensibilities at play in race for Dem. Party chair+ DNC chairman candidates focus on South + Democrats Name Congressional Campaign Leader


Bush's budget moves have made the future a voiceless victim Click.

Rice's Promising Start

In a Time of War, the Left Is on Trial

Embedded Artist Gives Another Perspective on Iraq War

Harley Sorensen: Rich man talking Click.

Bob Herbert: The scent of fear Click.

House GOP seen straying from pledges in 'Contract'

America's Death Squads: Justin Raimondo

San Francisco gay marriage and beyond:  Supreme Court Sidesteps Gay Adoption Case + Pope Reiterates Church's Moral Positions

The Pen Is Mightier.... 

CBS fires four staffers + Text: Panel's Assessment of CBS Report + 4 CBS Execs Fired After Memogate Report Released + Thumbnail Sketches of Four CBS News Staff Members Fired for Their Role in Guard Story

Celebrated U.S. Media Scandals

Feminist Science Fiction

Editorials: Gonzales Will Be Confirmed, But Not Clear He Should Be

Today's papers

MILITARY Soldiers download war onto Web sites. Postings range from family communication to graphic battle images

French Ban on Arab TV Station Raises Questions

New Behavioral Profiling Techniques

Vincent van Gogh The Painter on his Way to Work Enlarge

Daily picture from the Metropolitan

Mission Peak Ranch a home with a view, plenty of stories + A descendant of Mission Peak Ranch's longtime owners returns with a piece of its history

Meeting of the yoga minds

The Way of Tea

To Land the Role, Just Become a Still Life

Ding Dong, a Witch Is Hurt, but She Takes Her Final Bow

First American Civilization Sprang Up Fast

Reviving Isherwood

'Passion,' 'Shrek,' '9/11,' People's Choices

The Wonderful World of Miyazaki

Sasha Frere-Jones on aging rockers

Adam Gopnik on Leonardo da Vinci

Cliff Inscriptions: Messages from the Past

A Slave Talks about Ulysses S. Grant

Robert Browning, Elizabeth Barrett Browning

The Women of 1970's Punk

The Diva of Desperate Housewives

Why Is Mona Lisa's Smile Cracking?

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JANUARY 7, 2005

WAR IRAQ On the ground:
General Warns of 'Spectacular' Iraq Plots + Destruction of U.S. Bradley vehicle raises fears. Armor fails to prevent deaths of 7 soldiers; prime minister extends state of emergency + Deadliest Day for US Soldiers in Three Weeks + After Leveling Fallujah, U.S. Tries to Build Trust + Orders of battle + Juan Cole reports

Occupation: Scowcroft Skeptical on Iraq Vote + Some Iraq Areas Unsafe for Vote, U.S. General Says + Allawi extends emergency laws

War prisons: A Torrent of Abuse Reports: William Fisher + Jury Seated in Abu Ghraib Abuse Case

MIDDLE EAST: Palestinians brace for crucial election + Abbas Will Have to Win More Than Vote + Abbas challengers arrested as Palestinian election campaign winds up

RUSSIA: In First Public Comment on Ukraine Election Drama, Putin Calls on Kiev to Move From Rhetoric to Pragmatism

AFRICA: African Union Plans Invasion of Somalia 'Within Weeks'

TSUNAMI: Annan urges fast delivery of disaster aid. U.N. officials fear bottlenecks; relief camps in works + £2.2bn pledged: but will the world deliver this time? + Hypocrisy and self interest at tsunami summit in Jakarta + Power play in tsunami's wake + Thai earthquake experts ignored e-mail warning

AMERICAS: Colombia: Women Behind the Gun

Seizure of a top Colombian rebel poses troubles for Chavez

Squatters, Ranchers Locked in Long-Running Disputes as Venezuela Pushes Forward With Agrarian Reform


CIA report slams top officials over terrorism readiness. It says Tenet, others didn't do enough before Sept. 11

Judge drops case of woman accused of taking papers from FBI lover + Spying Case Tossed Out

Menlo Park. FBI opens Silicon Valley lab. Electronic devices a boon for forensics

UK Lawyers Refuse to Take Part in Secret Terror Hearings

Pollard not eligible for 'Prisoner of Zion' status

Al-Qaida's "Minister of Finance" Goes on Trial

Blood for pork.... U.S. TO BUY BULLETS FROM TAIWAN


Chief Justice Rehnquist Won't Return on Monday

Arthur Andersen Gets U.S. Supreme Court Review of Conviction in Enron Case

Mississippi May Charge Others for 1964 Slayings of Civil Rights Workers

Erroneous Yates case testimony spotlights Calif murder expert Park Dietz + Defense Derides Psychiatrist as a Witness-for-Hire

Klansman arrested in 1964 slaying. Preacher charged in notorious murders of 3 rights workers + Pleads Innocent

Click. Federal appeals court rules immigrants who marry U.S. citizens may obtain green cards without having to leave the US

10 Convicted in Slayings of 12 Women in Ciudad Juarez

Imperial Valley: Border Patrol Agent Held After Pot Found in Car

Judge throws out United Airlines' deal with pilots

SEC Probing Taser Safety Claims, Weapon Deal

Hyatt heirs settle suit for $1 billion

Judge defends colleague, rips mouthy lawyers, 'pig' witness

The Government's Long-Term Plan for Terror Suspects: Why It's Contrary to Supreme Court Precedent, and to the New, Revised Memo on Torture

FBI Says It May Have Caught Minnesota's 'Fishing Hat Bandit'


Condemned killer Beardslee moves closer to death

Sacramento & north: Oakland man arrested in fatal Davis shooting + DNA links more rapes to same man + Massage parlor owner is sentenced + Prison term in knifing of daughters + Brothers enter plea in bike trail fires

San Francisco, San Mateo: Court rejects teen driver's Robitussin defense

Alameda: Oakland: Drug dealer tells jury again how 'the Riders' beat him up + Livermore defendant's outbursts color hearing + Police seek new leads in 2002 killing of Livermore woman Cecilia Garcia + Defendant in murder wants to fire attorney + 'Riders' accuser tells of beating

Santa Clara: New probe sought in killing by Santa Clara police + Camera phones spur concerns + Victim describes beating + Hearing requested in shooting death + Palo Alto reviews police dog bites

Contra Costa: San Pablo: Man accused of bank, mail fraud + Nanny's trial put off in hit-and-run deaths + Murder defendant's quick plea of guilty arouses legal debate + Accused San Pablo firebomber says no contest

Marin: Mill Valley man struck by car after brawl + Release of homicide suspect was not unusual

Napa: Child abuse cases allege Jehovah's Witness cover-up

Solano: Wife of slain businessman not ruled out as a suspect + Police defend Hogan response + Sentencing delayed in embezzlement + Vallejo Police Calls + Police promise to tow car left at Pennycook

Monterey: Jury to weigh murder conviction

Central Valley: Owner of clinic charged in fraud + Less gang violence is temporary + Judge: Evidence ample in shooting + Daniloo appears in court, but does not enter a plea+ Sierra prison starts shipping in drinking water + Law & Order

Central Coast: Family continues to accrue evictions + Police end up with garage full of stolen property +  Scotts Valley police wary of fund-raising for man with cancer

Southern California: Report: Spector told police killing of actress was 'an accident' + 'Growing Pains' actress admits driving drunk + Orange County teacher charged with having sex with two boys + Accuser: Bryant requesting interviews with media in attempt to delay trial + SoCal pain doctor accused of sexually assaulting two patients + SoCal man pleads guilty in counterfeit Viagra case + Feds want change of venue out of San Diego for Cedar fire arson + Orange County DUI Court Is Long on Support, Short on Jail Time + 2 More Lawsuits Filed Over Hahn's LAX Plan + Suit Settled by Shell re: MTBE Fuel Leaks + Agency Role Examined in Child's Care and Death + Prosecutors Question Blake's Alibi + Fountain Valley: Stabbing Victim Is ID'd as Suspect's Mother + Teen Gets Life Sentence for Palm Desert Abortion Clinic Shooting + Coronoa man Held in Alleged Real Estate Swindles + Robbers feast on ritzy diners


The Governor:  Budget outcry predicted. Gov. plans to borrow, shift funds + Plan tears up credit card, maintains school money + Amendment limits Legislature's ability to borrow + Budget proposal boosts state debt + Arnold's big gamble + Many solutions but few details

Special election could be among most expensive. Unions, other groups likely to spend millions + Gov., Democrats prepared to go to voters with hot issues

Gov. breaks deal with schools + Merit-basing teachers' pay faces resistance + Chalk Up an F for the Gov. + Education community awaiting hit  + Warn of Plan's Dire Impact + Schools in the Cross Hairs + Money Plus Merit Equals Better Teachers + Deal's off

Democrat predicts lawmakers will reject rail oversight shift + Gov.'s budget taps road funds

Reorganization proposed for corrections system + Plan shifts power to agency chief + Start with CYA

Drug plan for state's uninsured unveiled + Effort Not Yet Proved Effective + Pair present proposal

Shelley may get to skip testifying

Plan to reduce state boards assailed + Boards proposed for elimination

Pension proposal gets support + State's retirees prosper + Gov. declares war on the powerful public worker unions

Matsui arrives home for last time

Legislature: Lawmakers start special session that could mean special election + Who wants to be Cruz Bustamante? + Democrats in Denial + Perata wants more state zoning control

Stem Cell Agency: Stem cell committee expects to award first grants in May + Stem-cell chairman takes on wider role. Board names Klein president  + New Stem Cell Agency Takes Shape + Vows openness

LOCAL NEWS:   I-580 home to 3 of Bay Area's worst traffic bottlenecks

Bay Area roads are less traveled

Sacramento & north: Housing squeeze hits area + Sacramento officials clarify reversal on firings of firemen + Wal-Mart may face heightened scrutiny + Ex-supervisor likely to lead Arts Council + Truckee's winter ritual + Workshop set on Davis development

San Francisco, San Mateo: New housing code for dogs inspires big sale at pet stores + San Francisco tries to break '39 contract favoring PG&E + 12 candidates seek Redwood City Council seat + Major film may pull out of S.F. + S.F. park workers not watched + S.F. Slacking gardeners still on job + The Newsoms reconsidered

Alameda: Wan resigns from City Council + San Leandro: Highway worker killed on I-880 + Talk turns to possible Wan replacements + Oakland council member aims to save wooded park + Thorne to run for Pleasanton seat + Fremont: Waiting list for affordable housing opens

Santa Clara: No change for BART to S.J. + Apple Computer co-founder Jobs will speak to Stanford grads + Stanford remembers victims of tsunami

Contra Costa: Oakley: Replacement sought on City Council + PeopleSoft workers await 'D-Day' + Contra Costa loses staff key to labor talks + Concord urges panel to close its naval base + James Carman advocated views + Voting machines on way to Contra Costa + Telephone tool is new crier

Marin: Hamilton Coast Guard crew ships off to Asia + Funeral is Sunday for Novato student killed on S.F. visit

Sonoma: Biotech crop foes turn in petitions + St. Anthony Farm: Chemical-free lifestyle includes recovering addicts and what they raise + 45,387 sign petition on gene-altered crops + Banner year for crab catch

Napa: Woman run over identified + Lose 'Memorial,' Robert Mondavi spokesman says + Downtown garages to be financed with developer fees

Solano: Vallejo weighs transit switch + Area Republicans to celebrate + Base supporters make pitches + Local News

Monterey: P.G. city manager Ross Hubbard resigns + RIVER EXPOSES ANCIENT SITE + Answers sought in Pacific Grove ballot error + Foes say Rancho San Juan petition quota met + Tanimuras await permit prior to home-building + Manor head plans litigation

Central Valley: Modesto sued over rate hike+  Redistricting plan divides parties+ Army offered hope to soldier killed in Iraq+ Family plans memorial for missing student+ Apartments get a green light+ + Sierra prison starts shipping in drinking water+ Needle law hard to put into effect + Demos hammer nominee Gonzales + News & Notes+ Community Briefing+ Region

Central Coast: ‘Chicken lady’ gives away $4.2 million + The Wall Street Inn fire: City says building’s walls may be salvageable +Displaced tenants look for new homes + County farmers brace for deluge + Ocean protection effort begins anew + Burning park to save it + Divided transportation board may be on the mend + City of Santa Cruz: Get your curbs painted at your own risk

Southern California: EBay auction aims to raise money for boy's cancer treatment+ L.A.: Two Political Money-Laundering Schemes Bring $96,000 in Fines + MTA Software Doesn't Compute + Frye's Backers File Another Suit Over San Diego Mayor Race + U.S. Trims Critical Habitat for Santa Ana Sucker + Chick says Delgadillo attempting to halt probe + Green(back) power

School days: Mill Valley District to try new tactic to push car-pooling + Payroll woes still haunting Vallejo's schools + Parents attack West Contra Costa District proposal that Superintendent directly manage 10 schools + Oakland fair  helps students make informed high school choice

Genetic HIV Resistance Deciphered

The price of pain

Epilepsy gene identified in dogs

Nose More Complex Than Jet Wing

Shepherds Whistle: Brains Process Sounds As Language

 Outbreak Of Antimicrobial Resistant Organism To Commonly Used Wound Care Equipment

Utah Undergrad Discovered Natural Form In Venomous Snails

Zebrafish Key To Understanding Human Nerve Cell Development

Study Finds Herpes Virus In 98 Percent Of Healthy Participants

New Protein Holds Promise For Use In Medicine And Nanoscience

Animal Studies Show Stem Cells Might Make Biological Pacemaker

Acupuncture for Arthritis Relief

'Jumping Gene' Helps Explain Immune System's Abilities

$6.7 Million For Bionic War On Disabilities

Size Of Myocardial Infarct Measured Using MRI

Flame Retardant Exposure Linked To House Dust

Faces Must Be Seen To Be Recognized

Mass Produce Genes On A Chip

More Precise Radiation Therapy Lets Prostate Cancer Patients Avoid Erectile Dysfunction

New CAD System Detects Colon Polyps In Colons Previously Obscured By Contrast-Enhanced Fluid

Exploring The Brain's Internal Stopwatch

Secondhand Smoke Linked To Cervical Cancer

New UCSD Research Shows Deadly Drug Mistakes Spike At The Start Of Each Month, Suggests Pharmacy Errors

Building A Tool To Examine Bone Quality For Space, Earth-based Diagnosis

Scents And Emotions Linked By Learning, Brown Study Shows

Apple Bites the Fans That Feed It

Nano-Propellers Sent for a Spin

Convention Center Implosion Site For Radio Experiments

Elegant Shape Of Eiffel Tower Solved Mathematically By University Of Colorado Professor

Power Line Data Transmission Capacity: Bigger Than DSL Or Cable


Bush, in Michigan, Urges Congress to Back $140 Billion Asbestos Trust Fund

Bush Says Four Iraqi Areas Pose Voting Challenges

Rumsfeld Seeks Broad Review of Iraq Policy

Wolfowitz is leaving

Education Department paid journalist to promote Bush's education law

Bush calls for streamlining tax code + Ex-Senators to Lead Panel on Tax Code

Bush confident about Iraqi elections

Geneva Convention Overhaul Considered by Bush

Nominee Vows to Reopen Doors to Japanese market to U.S. Beef + State Dept's top security official John Bolton replaced + Spellings vows to listen to reformers + Gonzales unflappable in 6 hours of testimony. Bush nominee says torture will not be tolerated + Commerce Secretary Nominee Plans to Sell Kellogg Stock

Snow touts Social Security overhaul + Opposition to Bush Social Security plan lining up within GOP

Bush takes aim at asbestos lawsuits

White House withholds Ukraine recognition

Bush's drug videos broke law, accountability office decides Click.

Congress: Boxer delays presidential vote count with protest + Boss May Be Out of Awkward Ethics Chair

Democrats: 'Making waves' nothing new for fiery California Democrat Boxer + Challenge over Ohio vote forecasts contentiousness of 109th Congress + Sam Parry: Kerry's last flip-flop Click. + Democrats try to alter Social Security debate

Vote fraud: Two court challenges filed in governor's race


Why I Must Object by Barbara Boxer

Faint Hopes for Peace: Alan Bock

American Gothic: Tom Engelhardt

From Alberto to the Insurgency: David DeBatto

Slave Sovereignty: Elections Under Occupation

Cancel the Inauguration Parties

Ohio Protest: First Shot Fired by Congressional Progressives

Bush, the Pentagon and the Tsunami

Paul Krugman: Worse than fiction Click.

Vanished fear of Al Qaeda attack?

MILITARY Reservists' duty may be extended. Army wants to allow more frequent, longer call-ups

Report: US Soldiers Ordered to Lie in Drowning Probe

Technology serving new war amputees

TSA: Tests going well for Secure Flight

The Framing of Felipe Arreaga: Another Mexican Environmentalist Arrested


History of Fascism

Mack White on CPS nightmares

Narconews: Portrait of a dope smuggling cowboy

Will all Americans become torturers?


SBC to bundle phone, Web, TV service into one package

Checking account recycling faces review

Grey to lead Paramount

Directors' Payout in WorldCom Suit a Step Too Far A Dow Jones News Analysis

San Francisco gay marriage and beyond: Meanwhile: After love, inevitability - even if you're gay

The Pen Is Mightier.... 

California judge backs reporter in open records act challenge of prisons

Berkeley's Cody's Books to open S.F. outlet

CBS to Develop Movie Based on Frey Book

Mississippi Paper That Focused on 1964 Murders Applauds New Arrest

Another Problem for Commentator Who Took Bush Money?

Five Embeds Booted Out of Iraq in Recent Months

Jeb Bush Hires Writer Who Left Paper After Sex-Harassment, Plagiary Charge

Ala. Judge Rules Crime Reports Are Public Documents, Usually

Reporter in Rumsfeld 'Armor' Flap Still on the Job in Iraq

Today's papers

Vincent van Gogh The Painter on his Way to Work Enlarge

Daily picture from the Metropolitan

East Bay playwright project in its second stage

Ice Sculptures

Translation Problems

John Berryman: Dream Songs to Suicide

Penn Museum begins ground-breaking project to create underground image of pre-Inca city 

A Review of Two Current Bestsellers That Resonate with American Anxieties in a Post-September 11 World

A take on the cult of celebrity

The Doors manager Danny Sugerman dead at 50

People: Martin Scorsese, Heidi Klum, Andrea Levy, Ashlee Simpson

Rush and Molloy: Now in Derek Jeter's hot corner

Lloyd Grove's Lowdown: Stud tells it to a judge

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JANUARY 6, 2005

WAR IRAQ On the ground:
Government Extends State of Emergency to Cover Elections; Marine Killed in Anbar Province + 18 Iraqis Seeking Jobs at US Base Found Dead + Gov. Denies Bodies Found in Mosul + Bodies of executed Iraqis found + Orders of battle + Juan Cole reports

Occupation: Allawi Again Rejects Calls to Delay Vote + Najaf May Become Center of Iraq's Political Power + U.S. HEDGES ON IRAQI ELECTION TIMING

War prisons: Report: Army Doctors Aided Abuse + Army Reservist to Go on Trial Friday in Abu Ghraib Scandal + Attorneys for Australian Detainee at Guantanamo Bay Allege Their Client Was Sent to Egypt, Tortured

IRAN: Iran to Let IAEA Enter Military Site + PART 3: In search of the 'grand bargain'

MIDDLE EAST: Fatah Tells Hamas: Stop Rocket Attacks

A religious party Agrees to Join Sharon Government

AFRICA: AU Agrees to Invade Somalia, Install Nairobi-Based 'Govt'

Britain Calls for Massive Aid for Africa; Treasury Chief Likens It to a Marshall Plan for Africa

TSUNAMI: Cartographers redrawing maps after tsunami

2,500 Americans still missing in Asia

Early warning? Ask Nicobar's stone-agers

Congress Offers Tax Writeoff for Donations to Tsunami Victims + No Outbreaks So Far; Health Experts Rush Water Tablets and Sanitation to Tsunami Survivors to Ward off Disease

AMERICAS: Mexico: Slayings in Prisons Points Up Mexico's Weak Grip + Mob Attacks 4 Police Officers, Seizes 3 Others


CIA Director makes final changes to team + Changing of the Guard at the CIA

U.S. sees lull in terror threat 'chatter,' Ridge says

Jordan: Alleged Terrorist Plot to Kill U.S. Archeologists Foiled

Government Case vs. Atty Lynne Stewart Called 'Reckless'

Nuclear Weapons Site Still Unsafe, Says Ex-FBI Agent

Psychic security department protects Russian presidents from external psychological influence Click.

Perisic case goes to civil courts

MDC has 'spies' in Zanu-PF

We have moles in ZANU PF

Security boss touches RAW nerve

NSA: Govt may retain dual set-up

Suspicious attempts made to buy bomb materials

Missile defense: what role in era of terror?

Report: Israeli Spies Want Budget Doubled

Foreign strategists aid U.S. war on terror

Extremist Islamic Group in Indonesia's Tsunami-Devastated Aceh Raises Security Fears

Blood for pork....

Families of Slain Private Security Contractors Sue for Negligence

Security Increased for Chinese Engineers Working in Pakistani Tribal Region


An Unusual RNA Structure In The SARS Virus Offers A Promising Target


Marsh & McLennan Executive Stearns Pleads Guilty, Will Aid Spitzer's Probe

Special visas for Salvadoran immigrants extended 18 months

Drug Industry Groups Release Guidelines for Disclosing All Trial Results

Canadian woman arrested in LA convicted of abducting son in 1989

10 Ex-Directors From WorldCom to Pay Millions

A Heavy Hand Lays Down the Law

Oklahoma: Judge's Lawsuit Alleges Age Bias

Andrea Yates' murder convictions for drowning her children overturned + Excerpt of Andrea Yates testimony + Why Mothers Kill

Tsunami relief donors under cyber-attack, says FBI

Hearing in Elizabeth Smart case delayed again

Justice rape document blasted for omission

Who monitors the health of justices?

Judge Rules Baltimore Public Housing Should Be Desegregated by Spreading Residents Across Region

Plagiarism Investigation Finds Boston College Professor Did Not Adequately Credit Another Author's Work


Wal-Mart settles in gun sales probe

California man sentenced to prison for fraudulent investment scheme

Corrections official claims retaliation

Sacramento & north: Diana Griego Erwin: Here comes a high-speed chase - with old man caught in crosswalk + Sacramento judge Tanie Gorre Cantil-Sakauye''s promotion OK'd + Woman released in New Year's slaying + Man arrested in Redding kidnapping

San Francisco, San Mateo: Beardless execution challenge renewed + Stabbing victim's dad demands answers + Search for shooting suspects continues

Alameda: New details released in pair of 'sideshow' killings + Election scammer arrested again

Marin: Father of slain teen hopeful after he sees DA

Sonoma: Santa Rosa kidnap suspect ruled incompetent + Man accused in baseball bat slaying of gang member ruled competent + Ruling soon in SR Diocese abuse case

Solano: Autopsy reveals Taser use + Teen suspected of firing gun at men

Central Valley: 911 portion of lawsuit tossed

Central Coast: Witness in Jackson case subpoenaed after news conference + SEALED DOCS REVEALED: Boys detail lurid acts of alleged abuse

Southern California: Los Angeles sues Internet travel sites over hotel room taxes + Blake defense targets police evidence handling + LA mother pleads not guilty in death of baby found in washer+ Orange County parents charged in severe beating of infant + Answers Sought in Boy's Death (Woman convicted of child abuse had custody) + Simi Valley: 2 Teens Admit to Racial Beating + Orange Teacher Jailed; Sex With Students Alleged + Baby's Parents Face Torture Charges + Attorney Attacks Police Search of Blake's Home + Inglewood man, 23, Sentenced to Death + Fountain Valley: Woman Found Dead; Man Held + March Air Base Lawsuit Is Challenged + Riverside: Suspect in Slaying Tied to Dire Threat + L.A. Girl Walking to School Is Sexually Assaulted + State Panel Admonishes Kern County Judge



The Governor:  The State of the State: Gov. doesn't like it + Gov. Lays Out Ambitious Agenda Certain to Draw Fire + Admits size of staff, should cut it + Proposes Overhaul of Redistricting + Education Budget on Hit List + '05 Agenda May Make or Break Gov.'s Career + Calls for 'bold new era' +  Pitches sweeping reform + Looks past lawmakers +  Formerly risk-averse Gov. cuts loose + Proposes radical reforms - at last +  Bold disappointment + Gov.'s State of the State proposals, at-a-glance +  Plans a bold, risky test of bipartisanship + Calls special session + Procedures for a special election+ Gov.'s gloves off Democrats Click. + Show of compromise hides Gov.'s 2nd-year strategy Click.

State pension fight looms + Voters may face choice to change state pensions to 401(k) plan

State's $3 billion stem cell agency draws criticism + Mystery + S.F. competes for project headquarters

Senator targets workers' comp rates

Indian tribes: Tehama County Board of Supervisors plan to oppose a 120,000-square-foot Indian casino proposed by the Greenville Rancheria Click.

LOCAL NEWS:   Women's choirs sing to soothe ill, dying

Series of quakes hit Fontana area; no injuries reported

Sacramento & north: Tentative grocery pact called win-win + Coalition seeks a vision for area economy + Editorial: New plan for port + Pickup destroys house + Troubled agency reaches out + Forums bring out calls to reopen dam road + Bystanders join rescuers to save man in burning car + Skate park reopens in Elk Grove + AG finds holes in Stockton privatization Click.

San Francisco, San Mateo: S.F. Mayor Newsom, wife filing for divorce + Newsoms to divorce + Hotel fight returns; grumpiness ensues + Hotels, workers resume contract talks + Flu vaccine clinics busy + Megan's Law database shakes up neighbors

Alameda: Oakland council shocked as Wan resigns + It could be curtains for Alameda theater + Media-monitoring company moves to Jack London Square + Oakland amends rule for stalling votes + Rep. Tauscher to teach politics to Iraqi women + Lee adds voice to Ohio challenge + Local Iraq natives say they won't vote + Fremont: Sikh temple to vote after eight years

Contra Costa: Mosquito board could affect Contra Costa housing push + Contra Costa seeking 150 for homeless tally

Marin:  Regulators certify MGH to continue in Medicare + Death row cost analysis sought + Fairfax OKs revival of program for youths + MMWD board grapples with desalination + Service for star San Rafael High athlete today at Baptist church

Sonoma: Windsor weighs wastewater fee + Tentative OK for Ukiah panhandling ordinance + Thompson named to Ways and Means + SR's Sawyer, Pierce replace commissioners + Bio-crop ban issue may go to voters + Democrats prepared to fight Gov.

Solano: Local officials skeptical about lack of details in Gov.'s speech + Mayor: Pet hospital near fairgrounds risky venture + Sunshine' ordinance still under consideration + Local News Briefs  + Family displaced by kitchen fire

Central Valley: Coming storm packing a punch Health problems dog pain relievers, but use continues + Larson gets new job in fallout from 'fun run'+ A real 5-star family during World War II+ 911 portion of lawsuit tossed + Address delivers a 'bold' message + Stanislaus fire chief will leave post early+ Sanchez hailed as a hero+ Fate of valley wetlands stuck in political mire+ Official involved in strip search absent + Sierra prison short of water+ Man cited in beating given public defender + Suspicious death, homicide start 2005+ Relief For Tsunami Victims+ Council supports one district building parcel+ Couple's death called murder+ Manteca car dealer, 70, dies in Stockton+ Law gives former drug users access to food aid+ Stricter immigration rules on tap+ News & Notes+ Around the Region+ Law & Order+ Setting it Straight Stanislaus Consolidated Fire District needs a chief with financial savvy + Fight bubbles up over vernal pools

Central Coast: Fire sparked by cigarette guts historic Watsonville hotel + Santa Cruz AIDS Project dumps 5 workers due to budget cuts + Area residents like it homegrown + First Night keeps its head above water despite rain + Popular sheriff’s lieutenant dies at 48 + Many come to Año Nuevo to watch nature in its purest form + Heated council debate on aid for Southeast Asia + It’s back: Expect rain through weekend + Coast Lines + Room with a view: South County teens have space they wanted + Cops and Courts

Southern California: Fleishman-Hillard executives who had LA account depart PR firm + SoCal woman dies after being engulfed in flames + Simi Valley: 2 Teens Admit to Racial Beating + Orange Teacher Jailed; Sex With Students Alleged+ Baby's Parents Face Torture Charges + Attorney Attacks Police Search of Blake's Home + Inglewood man, 23, Sentenced to Death Fountain Valley: Woman Found Dead; Man Held + March Air Base Lawsuit Is Challenged + Riverside: Suspect in Slaying Tied to Dire Threat + L.A. Girl Walking to School Is Sexually Assaulted + State Panel Admonishes Kern County Judge

School days: Astronomy tours train teens to teach + CSUH alumni board backs name-change proposal + Vacaville District mistakenly gives benefits for ex-employees

Two Studies Suggest a Protein Has a Big Role in Heart Disease

1st Icebergs in 56 Years Are Spotted in New Zealand waters

450 Pounds Lighter

Decoding Pollution Eaters

Birthing Simulator Simplifies Complicated Labors

Smart Bombs to Target Cancer Tumors

GM Trees Are on Their Way

Most Powerful Eruption in the Universe

Outlook Is Bleak For The Smallest Premature Babies: 80  Impaired

Antibiotics Protect Nerves In Mice By Turning On Genes

Reduced Progression Of Atherosclerosis Tied To Statin Drugs Lowering Fats, Protein

NASA Finds Polluted Clouds Hold Less Moisture And Cool Earth Less

Hershey Medical Center  Studies Blood Substitute For Trauma Patients

Doctors Must Consider Potentially Inappropriate Medications When Treating Elderly

Undermining the Effectiveness of Aspirin Therapy

New Herpes Vaccine May Be Ready For Human Trials

Substance In Urine Predicts Development Of Preeclampsia

Researchers Debate Recreational Use Of Erectile Dysfunction Drugs

Researchers Produce Robust Tau Aggregation In Human Cells

Foreign Fruit Fly Suppression Program Grows In Hawaii

Two Atypical Anti-psychotic Drugs May Be Associated With An Increased Risk Of Diabetes  In Schizophrenics

Mayo Clinic Finds Restless Legs Syndrome In Children Linked To Family History, Iron Deficiency

Recently Discovered Reef Is Deepest Known Off Continental U.S.

Minimally Invasive Procedure Effective Alternative For Uterine Fibroids

Mayo Clinic Researchers Find PDAs Okay With Pacemakers

Very Shy Children May Process Some Facial Expressions Differently

Homes Need More Protection Against Falls

Surprise: Microsoft-TiVo partnership

Microsoft offers free virus-removal, anti-spyware programs

Search Looks at the Big Picture

Toyota to Employ Robots

Massive Supercomputer Resources To Drive Advances In Combustion, Astrophysics And Protein Structure Research

NASA Finds Polluted Clouds Hold Less Moisture And Cool Earth Less

Scientists Discover Liquid Carbon Dioxide 'Champagne' Bubbles At Hydrothermal Vent

Optical Sensors Help Farmers Find High-Quality Wheat

Mayo Clinic Researchers Find PDAs Okay With Pacemakers


France's Chirac to Visit Bush in Washington, Seeking to Mend Rift on Iraq

Bush, Georgian president discuss Ukraine

Powell will attend Sudan peace signing

U.S. to unveil National Response Plan to Terrorist Attacks

Bush Presses Anew for Curbs on Class-Action Lawsuits

Bush Administration Takes Cautious Stand on Ukraine Election

Gonzales Promises to Abide by Treaties Amid Questions About Detainee Abuse + General: Gonzales Endangers US Troops + Gonzales Sought Ruling on 'Legal' Torture

Bush, Cheney to receive crystal lamps

Bush chooses domestic policy adviser + Davidson in line for No. 2 post at RNC + Spellings vows to listen to reformers + Gutierrez: I'll fight unfair trade rules + Robert Zoellick to be Deputy Secretary of State

Business Lobby to Get Behind Judicial Bids

L.A. area Republican counters Bush's immigration plan Click.

Congress: California Rep. Lewis to head House Appropriations Committee + Lewis paid dues+ Senators question Ag nominee on mad cow + House Republicans oust VA panel chairman + Ex-lawmakers take home generous pensions + Solo drivers of hybrids to gain from Feinstein's bill Click. + Specter questions Patriot Act in hearing

Democrats: Dems ask McAuliffe to remain party chair+ Kerry Visits Iraq for 'Firsthand' View

Vote fraud: Democrats Interrupt Electoral Vote Count, Force Debate on Ohio Elections + Wash. GOP demands new Gov. election + Washington: GOP announces 'bombshell' in voting


Robert Parry: It's the media, stupid! Click.

Sidney Blumenthal: The neocons have a hand in Aceh, too Click.

Gene Lyons: Madness in Iraq continues unabated Click.

Molly Ivins: Lynching Social Security Click.

Maureen Dowd: Don't torture yourself (that's his job) Click.

Hastert's House of unexamined ethics

Powell declares tsunami aid part of global war on terror. Imperialism in Samaritan's clothing

Inaugural Excess

What Have We Become?: George Hunsinger

Meanwhile, Back in Iraq...: Jim Lobe

It's Worse Than Illegal: Ray McGovern

Ignorance and Illogic About Iraq: Darrell Dow

What Did Rumsfeld Know About Torture?  

2004: The Year in Torture

Ambivalence in the Ranks

MILITARY Pentagon spending $6M a day on Asia relief

Chief of Army Reserve criticizes policies

Air Force clears F/A-22 jets to fly


BBC goes ahead with Springer opera

APPLE Slams Rumor Site with Lawsuit

Students arrested for cyber bullying


McKesson vying to block shareholder access to fraud probe

Bailing Out on Pensions

PUC Member Seeks Delay of 'Bill of Rights Click.

Race Is on to Claim the Arctic Circle

WorldCom Settlement Could Have Long-Reaching Effect on Corporate Boards

Disney Moves to Officially Separate Chairman, CEO Roles

San Francisco gay marriage and beyond:  Director Stone Turns on Critics of 'Gay' Alexander

The Pen Is Mightier.... 

California: Media companies file motion for access to Burkle's divorce records

Most Journalist Deaths in a Decade Reported - 53

CNN Will Cancel 'Crossfire' and Cut Ties to Commentator Tucker Carlson Click.

French Daily Says Its Reporter Missing in Iraq

Blogging Pioneers Unite

Today's papers

Vincent van Gogh The Painter on his Way to Work Enlarge

Daily picture from the Metropolitan

Dietrich Bonhoeffer

American Masters from Bingham to Eakins


Omaha Indian Music

The best jazz albums of 2004

Incredibles gets surprise Oscar boost

Whitbread novel prize is double for Levy

Zeffirelli lays into La Scala season

Respected Syrian Writer and Critic, Antoine Makdessi, Dies at 91

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Your daily braindrop

Word of the day

JANUARY 5, 2005

WAR IRAQ On the ground:
25 killed in car-bomb attacks in Iraq + More than 10,000 U.S. troops injured in Iraq + Fallujhans Return to All They Lost + US helicopters in Iraq bomb Arbil + Orders of battle + Juan Cole reports

Occupation: Pressure mounts for Iraqi election delay + Iraqi expats in U.S. face hurdles to vote in historic election + Ballots and blood + 35,000 US troops to be deployed in Baghdad on polling day

War prisons: Navy SEAL lieutenant faces hearing in prisoner abuse case + Navy SEAL Details Iraqi Prisoner Abuse + Army Agent Testifies at Drowning Trials + U.S. Military Command to Open Investigation Into Abuse Allegations at Guantanamo

AFGHANISTAN: Poppies and guns still sprout in Afghanistan

IRAN: PART 2: Two-track weapons program

MIDDLE EAST: Israeli Tank Shells Kill 7 Palestinians in Northern Gaza



Did Quake Speed Earth's Spin?

Aboriginal tribes survive in Indian islands' highlands

AMERICAS: Peruvian Hostage Takers Surrender

Man Is Burned to Death Outside Acapulco

Child of Mexico's 'dirty war' finds brother


Man charged under Patriot Act for laser incident + Laser Wielder Faces Big Penalties

New security concern: Watch lighters

China and Taiwan aim radio propaganda at each other

Bin Laden's Ex-Bodyguard Is Taken Off Lists of Terrorists

French-Algerian terrorism Suspect Says He Was Merely Curious

Tsunamis won't stop jihadis

Legal spy thriller heads to Supreme Court

C.I.A. Chief Names Deputy and Ends Meetings

AIPAC Comes Under Scrutiny as FBI Continues Israel Espionage Probe

ElBaradei warns US against eavesdropping on IAEA

Zimbabwe: Parliamentary speaker targeted in espionage case vs. Zanu PF officials + More

UPI Intelligence Watch: Georgia strengthens intel agency

PM Blair names new security adviser

UPI Intelligence Watch: Reform underway for Britain's MI6

India: Narayanan assigned Dixit's duties

Court upholds CIA firing

CIA expected to announce new top analyst

War crimes indictment could push teetering Kosovo to edge

Deciphering the bombast of Osama bin Laden

Briton is accused of missile plot in US

United States Red Terror arrest

Al-Qaeda camps 'trained 70,000'



How Scientists Party

Dutch insurer to subsidize healthier diets

Stardom:The Days AFTER Tomorrow

The shifting politics of global giving


Four charged over $1.5m Wal-Mart price switch scam

India's Odd Couple: Cops and Tech

The Supreme Court's Recent Decision on Trademark and Fair Use

Judge tosses suit against FBI in Bulger extortion

Feds: Ryan was at center of corruption

Lilly Denies Report of Missing Prozac Documents


Law revises state paternity standard

Newdow enlists allies, renews fight over pledge

Megan's database lacks ranking system

Sacramento & north: Stockton doctor fired after organizing physicians' union sues San Joaquin County + Skull found on Klamath River might be that of missing woman + 17-year-old Burney youth suspected of stabbing another man will be tried as an adult Click. + Security guard at a Chico park helped  victim escape, detained rape suspect Click. + Alarming new gang trend seen + CHP dragnet targets prior DUI suspects + Three men sought in kidnap-robbery + Hit-and-run victim identified

San Francisco, San Mateo: Court tosses Knievel 'pimp' lawsuit against ESPN + Family is outraged by alleged killer's release + Grief spurs call for end to gang war + Taser victim's family likely to file lawsuit

Alameda: Judge blasts 'Riders' defense team for second time + Oakland tenants sue their landlord for $10 million + Union City: Children removed from home

Contra Costa: Two lawsuits accuse landlords of keeping units in 18 apartment complexes they own in deplorable condition Click.

Marin: Suspect freed in Novato teen's death; parents outraged as no charges filed + Parents vigilant as injured daughter recovers + San Rafael landlord settles bias claim for $30,000 + Fewer DUI arrests in Marin over holiday

Sonoma: SR Diocese sex-abuse suit upheld + Man pleads innocent to attempted murder re: New Year's Eve incident + Attorney questions competency of suspect in baseball bat slaying + Kid to cops: Please loosen the cuffs

Solano: Taser not blamed for Vallejo death + Police defuse Hogan brawl + Wanted man crashes during police pursuit + Suisun police disarm youth + Vallejo Police Calls

Central Valley: Mind control experts to testify against Marcus Wesson + Insurance fraud case nets arrest + 1 injured in Turlock robberies + School official involved in strip-search absent +.Law & Order + Oregon wrestler's ear sliced in attack near Fresno hotel + Manteca: Police dog takes bite out of crime, suspect

Central Coast: Man who assaulted officer gets probation

Southern California: Judge blocks off-roader access to SoCal desert tortoise habitat + Teen found guilty of hate crime in Simi Valley beating + LA restaurant becomes focal point of Robert Blake murder trial + Orange County parents of badly beaten boy arrested + Korean-American rapper faces trial in Burbank murder + Former FX executive given probation for eavesdropping on meetings + Mother Held After Firefighters Find Her Baby's Body in Washer + Bank Robber Suspect Held After Standoff + Blake's Grief Didn't Seem Genuine, Witness Testifies + Charges Altered in Missing-Pair Case + Lake Forest: Baby Is Badly Hurt; Parents Jailed + Sun Valley: Woman With Fatal Burns Found on Street + Orange County: Rape Retrial Jury Pool to Get Bias Test + San Gabriel: Man Killed During Shootout, Deputies Say + Judge Backs Desert Refuge


The Governor: Gov. Plans to Take Harder Line With Democrats in State of State Speech + Gov. to Propose Replacing California Pensions With Private Plans + Gov. to tell Dems: Play ball, or I'll play hardball + His star rising, Gov. to reach for reforms Click. + Gov. will unveil a plan to provide uninsured Californians with a 40 percent discount on prescription drug costs Click. + State pension revamp sought + Flurry of ballot initiatives in works + Gov. Walks a Fine Line on Boundaries + Reforms rouse 'partisan tone' + Less Flexing, More Flexibility + Political fight obscures state's real problems + State poet wanted + Media Savvy: Out of focus

Perata wants more fed aid for California, no special elections

Peter Schrag: The special interests vs. Schwarzenegger (the people)

Senate leader wants more aid, dropped special election threat + A Term Limit-Remap Trade-Off?

Angelides calls for more taxes to protect schools, health care + TV ad fires budget salvo + TV spots berate gov. on deficit

Dan Walters: What is the real state of California? Promising, but troubled

State studying how to coordinate California's 11 maritime ports

Planned drug rules for insurers aired + Proposed rules issued for drugs for state HMO members

Editorial: Reed Hastings + Board member avoids a grilling + State school board member faces fight

Indian tribes: Tribe whose casino proposal was rejected two years ago has offered to pay Marysville $3.5 million if the city council approves the plans Click. + Sacramento: Feud Over Tribal Control Resolved + State sets deadline for Pechanga video lottery terminals Click.

LOCAL NEWS:   Click.  Plans for new Bay Bridge include an incomplete path for cyclists and pedestrians + State still paying millions on Bridge span plan in limbo Click.

Click.  PG&E raises rate for natural gas just as usage increases Click.

Sacramento & north: Ukiah: Diners and farmers love California's first certified organic restaurant + Parks contract is key for city + Youth gets its day on Woodland City Council + New Sacto supervisors took different paths; both vow fiscal restraint + Sacto ayor picks new chief of staff + Sacto ayor picks new chief of staff + New Elk Grove bus service irons out kinks + Click.  Reinstating firefighters shames council

San Francisco, San Mateo: Tested and energized, Newsom looks ahead + Tourist falls to death in North Beach + Gonzalez leaves on a warm, high note + Scoops, secrets, mystery laptops + South S.F.: Sewer spills, dust plague trailer park + Foster City: Affordable apartments a hard sell + Gonzalez to open law firm for Greens Click.

Alameda: Berkeley Mayor to Oppose University Expansion + It may be curtains for Alameda theater + Fremont, Newark plan golden celebrations + Fremont resident remains missing + Livermore: Community center's future looking brighter + UC Berkeley releases final 15-year campus update plan

Marin: School pays tribute to slain student, athlete + Quarry's compliance disputed by neighbors + Critics say helipad is holding up approval of trauma center + Heavy rain fills Marin reservoirs + Newest supervisor McGlashan sworn in

Sonoma: Star for Sonoma-area veterans + Sonoma County unprepared for tsunami + Windsor student inspires disaster relief fund drive + County targets bioterror, the flu + Sebastopol council picks low-cost home developer

Napa: Quakers quietly gather in Napa each Sunday + Maxwell Bridge won't be named for worker killed + Napa Supes new chair is Dillon + Calistoga's fire service area expands + Grower advocate Eisele resigns from LAFCO

Solano: Reservists celebrate return from Kuwait + West tribute on AmCan agenda + Benicia garden receives grant + M.I. sewer work wins approval + Benicia to merge two commissions for design review

Monterey: Study Questions County Board's Competence

Central Valley: Officials scratch pet fees + Rambo no longer fire chief on Feb. 1 + Modesto: Regional approach way to go on expressway plan + Oakdale debates place for smokeless tobacco + The Gift Of Warmth Comes in All Sizes + 9-year-old starts her own charity drive + Amber Frey's book selling well + Posse heading to inaugural + Investigation of firefighter's death may take months more + Ceres pastor, police leader Thomas, 66 + Treasurer goes after 'budget deception' +News & Notes + Around the Region+ Click.  Stephen Schoenthaler,professor who headed tainted survey used to gauge juror bias in the Scott Peterson case, remains on paid leave+ Turlock man grieves for friends + DeMartini and O'Brien take fresh look at things at Stan County Bd Supervisors + Lathrop, Manteca meet re: water issue

Central Coast: Santa Barbara Council Meetings Being Interpreted on the Spot + Watsonville downtown revitalization takes shape + Cuba on mind of residents

Southern California: Feds deny Los Angeles' pleas for commercial airport at El Toro + Ordered to Listen, Council Members Still Not All Ears + Mall Expansion Requires Oaks' Removal, Study Says + Knabe Seeks Plan to Create a County Hospital Authority + Officials Hope Election Will Aid Carson's Image + Riverside Supervisors OK Televised Meetings + Orange: Supervisors Name Campbell Chairman + Elwood Mesa: Gift Completes Funding for Butterfly Habitat + L.A. River cleanup costs debated before court

School days: Turlock school district to keep anti-gang dress code + Poll cites worries about a rise in college enrollment + Roseville: Review of parental-notice re: confidential medical release on hold + Closure of USF in Oakland is a loss + March 2 is the deadline to apply for a Cal Grant + Richmond: Real Coach Carter sticks to script + Newark: Turns out, teachers like apples, but they really want chairs + LAUSD told cuts not substantiated

Seventh-Day Adventist Marine jailed for refusing to pick up gun

Vt. Democrats Take Control of State House


Rare Type Of Pneumonia Occurring At Higher Than Normal Rate Among U.S. Troops In Iraq

Urinary Tract Infections Likely Caused By Tainted Food

FDA Issues Public Health Advisory Recommending Limited Use Of Cox-2 Inhibitors

FDA Clears First Of Kind Genetic Lab Test

Baking Up A Whole-Grain Rice Bread

Triple-Drug Therapy Promising Against African HIV Subtype

Harmful Bacterium Commonly Found In Poultry May Survive Refrigeration And Frozen Storage Combined

Houseflies May Contract E.coli From Cattle

Genetic Predisposition Can Play An Important Role In Development Of Lung Cancer

Babies Recognize Face Structure Before Body Structure

Dual-chamber Pacemakers Worth Extra Cost By Reducing Risk Of Hospitalization And Disability

Depression Tied To Higher Risk Of Heart Disease Death

NOAA Team Plans Whale Disentanglement Attempt

Cervix Inspection Catches More Lesions Than Pap Smear Alone

Drivers With Epilepsy Are On The Road Again in Japan

Morning after pill, risky sex not linked

Instant Heroin Detox

Meanwhile: Einstein was right even when wrong

NOAA Reports Wet, Warm Year For The U.S. In 2004 + NOAA Reports Record Number Of Tornadoes In 2004

NASA Selects Investigations For Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter

Sirius plans Microsoft-powered mobile video service in 2006

Motorola to build cell phones into ski jackets

Teen Invents Way to Get Electricity From the Ocean

Carbon TVs to Edge Out Liquid Crystal, Plasma?


Bush Urges Congress to Pass Bill Curbing `Baseless Suits' Against Doctors

Air Force One Repaired as Bush Visits Southern Illinois

Rice Hoping to Make European Trip Soon After Confirmation

Gonzales' memos ghost written by Cheney aide + Three to testify against Gonzales at hearing + Bush's Counsel Sought Ruling About Torture + Tales From Dark Side of Human Nature + The Justice Department's Change of Heart Regarding Torture:

U.S. Said to Weigh Sanctions on Syria Over Iraqi Network

Bush administration bans some land mines

Bush Administration Eyes Social Security Accounts Using Two-Thirds of Payroll Taxes + Social Security Battle Looms + Centrist Democrats join the fight to resist Bush's Social Security meddling Click. + Bush adding details to Social Security plan

Republican Rep: "I think we lost our minds"

Bush administration bans some land mines

Summary: Bush's inauguration schedule

GOP radio campaign pushes for Wash. revote

Hastert to swear in Cheney at inauguration

Canada May Alter Its Policy on Sale of Drugs, preventing battle in U.S. over importing prescribed medicine

Bush Takes Aim at Tort Reform, a Moving Target

Fisheries chief vows push for safer rules

Click. Bernard Kerik's public meltdown, and its forebears

Congress: Obama is the Hill's King for a Day, but Senate Has Other Plans + House Removes Gag on Criticizing Senators + House Ethics Inquiries to Be Less Likely + Colleagues honor Matsui with speeches, resolution + Lung homecoming in the House + David Donnelly: Proof Tom DeLay is now politically radioactive? Click. + Joe Conason: DeLay's tactics work on House Republicans Click.> + First Threatens Dems + Some House Conservatives Want to Roll Back Bush Initiatives

Democrats: Ickes, Kirk pull out of DNC chair race + Vermont's Democrats Retake Control of State House, Four Years After Civil Unions Vote

Vote fraud: House Democrat Lays Out Case for Challenge to Bush's Win in Ohio + Ohio Sec. of State Blackwell brags about "delivering" state for Bush + GOP radio campaign pushes for Wash. revote + Small group of House Democrats to contest formal electoral vote count + Seattle: GOP may object to ratification of vote + Michael Moore: Just one Senator: An open letter to the U.S. Senate Click. + Wm Rivers Pitt: Stand Up, Senator + Jesse Jackson: Senators Should Object to Ohio Vote


Bernard Weiner: A modest proposal: How to initiate a stealth draft Click.

Mark Morford: Resolutions for the damned Click.

Molly Ivins: Three days down, 362 to go Click.

Ted Rall: What's the matter with Manhattan? Click.

Washington prepares international network of permanent detention camps

US government makes closing arguments in frame-up of New York attorney Lynne Stewart

Lamrani: Cuba & Bush

Are We Safer Now?: Justin Raimondo

Bush's Checks Returning NSF: Pat Buchanan

War Prospects for 2005: Brian Doherty

Oppose the Draft? It's Already Here

MILITARY Pentagon Scales Back Arms Plans + Pentagon budget cuts unclear

Ad-hoc planning goes into Marine aid effort

Army Reserve fast becoming 'broken' force Click.

Marine Charged With Desertion Goes Missing


U.S. Stocks Fall, Sending Dow Average to Longest Losing Streak Since 2002

Click. Agencies, many banks offer help to first-time, low-income home buyers

Bob Shallit: Fund source for low-tech firms coming?

Commentary: Is the boom in Asian hedge funds a healthy trend?

Korea reigns in shipbuilding, for now

San Francisco gay marriage and beyond: Special Report: Gay Marriage + Vt. Democrats Take Control of State House

The Pen Is Mightier.... 

Traditional Radio Fights Back

Shoop: Fallujah Media

Baghdad Bureau Chief Gains Acclaim at Tender Age

'L.A. Times' Drops Daily 'Garfield' as the Comic Is Blasted and Praised

Judge Bars News Media from Naming Accusers in Defrocked Priest Trial

Embed Who Broke Big Story Returns to Iraq

Today's papers

Vincent van Gogh The Painter on his Way to Work Enlarge

Daily picture from the Metropolitan

A life much like that of 19th-century Stanislaus County  

Fungus Fair celebrates fruit of winter

Goose wins fight with Bobcat

We're All Ears: Listening For ET

Archaeologists Shed New Light On Americas' Earliest Known Civilization

Unique Pistachio Trees Preserved In California Collection

New play hits Berkeley stage

Rome's boy racers took chariots to Colchester Click.

Illustrators get their day in the gallery

Beach Boys' vibes echo on Broadway

King Tut: Team Does CT Scan to Unravel Why Boy King Died

Entr'acte: French museums take steps away from home

People: Andy Lau, Clint Eastwood, George Harrison

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JANUARY 4, 2005

WAR IRAQ On the ground:
Governor of Baghdad assassinated. Gunmen kill him in his car one day after bomb misses prime minister and attacks claim 20 lives + Attacks kill 20 around Iraq as elections near, 3 police officers die as car bomb misses Allawi -- another dies checking booby-trapped body + U.S. toll + U.S. looks at adding more Americans to Iraqi units + US Marine Killed During Operations Near Fallujah + Orders of battle + Juan Cole reports

Occupation: Iraqi Minister Says Election May Be Delayed+ Iran to Allow Iraqi Expatriates to Vote

War prisons: Gitmo Sounds a Lot Like Abu Ghraib

MIDDLE EAST: Tension on the rise over settlements. Protesters raise specter of Israeli soldiers breaking ranks + Sharon Hits Snag in Effort to Form New Government

ASIA: Indonesia on the Offensive in Tsunami-Stricken Aceh: Sonny Inbaraj

AMERICAS: Peru: Rebel Chief Surrenders, but Station Is Still Held

Cuba: Ties With 8 European Nations Are Restored

Honduras: Suspected Ringleader in Bus Attack Is Arrested

Mexico's Border-Crossing Tips Anger Some in U.S.

Chile's Supreme Court Upholds Indictment, House Arrest of Former Dictator Pinochet on Kidnapping, Murder Charges


More Ports of Entry to Use Digital Screening

CIA Expected to Name Head of Analytic Branch

Iraq Intel: Insurgents Outnumber Coalition Forces

New Jersey Man Was 'Playing' With Laser

US Military Denies Rumor of Zarqawi Arrest

Arrested Anaheim mosque leader leaves United States voluntarily

Authorities Arrest Head of Armed Islamic Group

US 'spying' raises Indian hackles


Federal Jury Indicts 5 in Subdivision Fires in Maryland

Stunning lack of accountability in use of Tasers

Woman Not Guilty in Grandchild's Kidnapping

Judge Rejects Bail for Son of Mob Boss Gotti

Camp Director Convicted in Death of 14-Year-Old

Odor in the Court- Clarence Thomas

Arizona Civil Rights Group Asks Court to Block New Immigration Law

Tennessee Judge Allows Tsunami Relief Donations Instead of Fines

NAACP Calls for Federal Investigation Into Death of Black Student at Bourbon Street Bar


Megan's Law: Living with knowing

Keker and Van Nest firm gets top honor

Auditors Rebuke Youth Authority

5 to Split $50,000 Reward for Finding Bodies of Laci Peterson and Her Son

Sacramento & north: Rocklin man killed in accident identified + Reward offered in hit-run fatality + Gang link suspected in shooting of 5

San Francisco, San Mateo: Pacifica: Man dies after police shock him with Taser. Relatives had requested help calming him down + New suit filed over museum garage in park + Novato High stunned by slaying. Basketball player killed in run-in at Fisherman's Wharf + Redwood City. Police kill man after stun gun, spray fail + Drug Court a 'haven for dope dealers'

Alameda: Oakland: Union's VP intervenes in cop trial + San Lorenzo: Robbery likely motive in evictee's stabbing + Police: Man steals car with stolen tow truck + Police end standoff with gunfire; Newark man dies + Random shooting injures local man + Newark looking to fill two top posts + Woman hit by truck in Livermore + Livermore residents file lawsuit

Santa Clara: Counties studying law OK'ing needle sales + Police shoot, kill 2 men on Peninsula + S.J. police identify crash victim + Police Blotter

Contra Costa: North Richmond: Warrant issued in New Year's Eve killing + Richmond shooting wounds man + Police chase stolen car out of town until it rolls

Marin: Stories vary about fight, fatal stabbing of teen + Novato High mourns student slain in S.F. + Third Marin prosecutor seeks DA's job

Sonoma: Judge says Santa Rosa bishop not personally liable in abuse case

Solano: Vallejo: Test drive turns into auto-theft case + Drugs not mine, says Fairfield official

Monterey: Police urged to use services of mental-health experts in crises + Man stabbed to death found in front of King City church + Grand jury rebukes Potter + Bank courier's deposit bag stolen

Central Valley: DreamLife lending licenses revoked + Trial delay for Nesler decided next week

Southern California: Robert Blake trial resumes with more witness testimony + L.A. mother arrested in death of baby found in washing machine + Orange County clergy settlement finalized, unsealed + Court rulings continue to shield evidence in Michael Jackson case + Man suspected of holding LA woman for three weeks captured in Phoenix + Orange Bishop to Apologize in Huge Abuse Settlement + Woman Fatally Shot by Riverside Deputy + Shooting of Soldier Followed a Scuffle, Victim's Friend Says + FBI Says Yorba Linda Robbery Suspect May Have Hit 40 Banks + Fired O.C. Bus Driver Gets 3-Year Term for Sexual Assaults on Disabled Female Passengers + Election in San Diego Will Be Monitored + 45-Year-Old Man Killed Outside Oxnard Home + Warrant Out for Nurse in Sexual Assaults


The Governor: Gov. to renew his push to shape California. Upcoming speech to warn lawmakers he'll go to voters + Senate to critique Gov. reorganization plan + One of Gov.'s key initiatives, streamlining bureaucracy, has yet to produce big savings + Dems go own way on reform + Money and Influence Flow Through a Ballot Measure Loophole + Editorial: Transparent staffing + Daniel Weintraub: This may be Gov.'s year of living dangerously

Democrats Dust Off Vetoed Bills as Session Starts + Lawmakers return with priority lists + Dan Walters: Big jolt coming for legislators off to their usual leisurely start

State's Campground Plan May Run Afoul of Rare Bird

U.S. panel urged to open audit of Shelley. Author of law providing election funds wants probe

Matsui death to trigger special election, political jockeying

Bumpy start for stem cell program. Critics say board isn't as public as it ought to be

Matsui services begin today + A battle loses its general + Matsui's loss to be felt in flood control + Rare illness is a complex enigma

Electronics recycle fee on the rise

Indian tribes: Morongo tribe Agrees to Change Its Machines

LOCAL NEWS:  Kaiser tsunami aid pledge: $1 million

Sacramento & north: Juvenile hall costs balloon to $95 million + 2 meetings invite comments on Folsom Dam Road closure + Wal-Mart to make its case tonight + Yolo supervisors, judge sworn in + Port loses another client + Editorial: Placer rethinks roadway

San Francisco, San Mateo: Muni's request for relief + Muni is not there yet  + Redwood City. Police kill man after stun gun, spray fail + Drug Court a 'haven for dope dealers'

Alameda: Berkeley ready to fight big UC expansion. University's long-range development blueprint 'is really damaging,' mayor says + Oakland City Council selects De La Fuente as President again + Castro Valley man mourns son killed in Iraq + Oakland development project paying off + Will unincorporated areas come into the fold? + Growth projects to distinguish year at Oakland ports

Santa Clara: Reunion set for Japanese-American scouts + Barbecuer's new joint + Chung: Next leaders carry seed of possibility + '00s not distinctive enough to be named  + Beef, fruit, fish at stake in Orange Bowl wager + Roadshow: One year late to skip smog + Action Line: Workers can fight 'lost' vacation + Study: Bay Area dams could fail in quake

Contra Costa: Board of Supervisors to be led by Uilkema + Concord shelter now operating at capacity + Councilman wants mayor seat to rotate

Marin: Horse rescued in Novato + New members named to Marin Community Foundation board + Team of 15 yanks Arabian horse out of septic tank

Sonoma: Rohnert Park: Woman dies in crash -- pet snake survives + Elsie Allen students march in memory of slain Santa Rosa teen + Healdsburg to shed light on electricity billing error + Rohnert Park crash death 2nd for county over holidays + Sebastopol finalizing affordable housing details + Petaluma council approves parking system

Napa: Terror on the beach + Supervisors sworn in, ready to tackle the issues + Sierra Club vote rejects old guard +State loan will help Napa's first-time home buyers program

Solano: Suisun Bay: Boats collide -- man dies. Bridge crew's vessel slams duck hunter + Another water fee increase? + Employees at VCUSD may bump' others out + Good Samaritans pull driver out of SUV after fiery crash

Monterey: Grand jury lambastes supervisors + Firm won bid by 'political influence' + 'Pauley' show features Salinas teen

Central Valley: Manteca: Joint meeting set on water feud + Region rallies to collect aid for victims in Asia + Stanislaus fire chief's fate focus of meeting + Area can expect drizzly days all week + Traveling troupe puts kids onstage + Council to look at permits + Rain, paperwork delay Habitat project + Manteca OKs looking at bigger baseball field + News & Notes + Around the Region

Central Coast: Harbor High senior dies snowboarding in Tahoe + Transit leaders dissect Measure J + Watsonville wetlands on display at center +  Bakers busy preparing traditional bread for Three Kings + Campos in line for top post + Profit forecast dips in Capitola sales tax hike

Southern California: Consultants present long list of fixes for LA hospital + King/Drew's 1,000 Failings + El Segundo Sues Over LAX Plan + L.A. Officials to Discuss El Toro + Zine Seeks Disclosure of Agency Audits

School days: Report: Calif. schools lag behind other states + S.F. State Univ. reports jump in applications + Schools Begin Posting Accountability Notices

Major Step Forwards For Vaccine Against Cervical Cancer

UT Southwestern Researchers Locate Gene Family Involved In Determining Potential For Acquiring Lupus

Inadequate Sleep In Late Pregnancy May Influence Labor And Delivery

Chamomile Tea: Health Benefits

Trauma's Aftermath: Coping with PTSD

Symptoms of ovarian cancer can mimic some GI disorders

Gene Vaccine For Alzheimer's Disease Shows Promising Results

Desires For Fatty Foods And Alcohol Share A Chemical Trigger

Heart Disease, Work Performance, Mental Health All Connected

Diagnosing Inner Ear Hearing Loss Now Less Invasive via Genetic Testing

National Study Finds Second Cesarean Section Safer Than Normal Delivery

Children's Anxiety Prior To Surgery Linked To Behavioral Changes

Research Finds Genetic Link To Antidepressants

New Effects Of An Antihistaminic Against Cerebral Injury

Cells Have Second Source Phosphate

Brain Can Be Trained To Process Sound In Alternate Way

Satellite Radio Recording Moves Ahead

The BlackBerry Brain Trust

Startup Beams TV to Your Hand

Both Martian rovers exceed original NASA expectations

Rings Around The Planets: Recycling Of Material May Extend Ring Lifetimes

CALIPSO Monitors Pulse Of Soufriere Hills Volcano


$100 Billion War Request Coming

Bush to highlight tort reform in Illinois

U.S. Reportedly Shifts on Involving Europeans in Iraq

Cuts in Future Social Security Benefits Loom for Younger Workers With Investment Accounts

Retired Officers Criticize Gonzales Nomination + Gonzales torture memo controversy builds

Bush's Latest Brainchild, the Academic Testing Law, Could Be Left Behind

US Agrees to Meeting With Turkey Over Kurds

FDA Allows Scientist to Publish Data on Vioxx

Texas Thinking Big on Transportation

Congress: GOP Backs Off on Ethics Changes + Congress urged to fix terror oversight + Lieberman proposes tsunami warning system

Vote fraud: Petitions urge Boxer to raise vote challenge + Bush Campaign Urges Judge to Toss Challenge + 'Mystery voters' give Rossi fresh hope


Dubya's Gulag

America Mortgaged: Ivan Eland

The Next Chief Justice

Chuck Zlatkin: Free the people now

Blind Loyalty Isn't Patriotism: Virginian-Pilot

Out of Iraq, Now: David Krieger

Scott Ritter: Rude Awakening to Missile-Defense Dream

What the Senate Should Ask Gonzales

Superpowers Don't Have Super Powers

Whose War Is US Fighting Now?

South Asia disaster appeal: White House tries to cover up Bush's moment of truth

Blood for pork....

Homeland Security: Gazillion-Dollar Boondoggle for the Politically Connected


Internet sales way up over '03

Bruce is mouse that roars

SuperGen shares tumble

Loan limits boosted by FHA

MILITARY  Army drowning trial to begin at Fort Hood + Navy SEAL lieutenant face hearing in prisoner abuse case

Military to Provide Confidentiality to Service Members Alleging Sexual Assault

Army Solicits Network Ideas


Whistleblower says U.S. bungled AIDS study

Study Models Impact Of Anthrax Vaccine

British ID Card Gains Ground

U.S. Meets Biometric Border Deadline

San Francisco gay marriage and beyond:  Susan Sontag and a Case of Curious Silence + Court case tests property rights in same-sex relationship

The Pen Is Mightier....

Frey book upsets Rochas + Amber Frey's book sheds little new light on Peterson

PBS' Newsmagazine 'Now' Has New Host

Vincent van Gogh The Painter on his Way to Work Enlarge

Daily picture from the Metropolitan

Danville grownups retrieve their childhood artwork

Albert Camus - Albert Camus, The First Man

IKEA Takes Design from Bauhaus to Your House

Chileans Upset Over Dead Swans; Some Blame Pulp Mill

Celebrity Clothier Manuel Helps Elvis, Dylan Sparkle

Book Review: 'Giant: George Stevens, a Life on Film'

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Your daily braindrop

Word of the day

JANUARY 3, 2005

WAR IRAQ On the ground:
Bomber kills 3 near Iraqi PM's office + Iraq's Shi'ites: US Troops Should Stay + Iraq Battling 200,000 Insurgents: Intel Chief + Two Days of Attacks Leave 42 Iraqi Troops Dead + Training Failures Left Guard Unit Unready for Iraq + Iraqi Insurgents Waging 'All-Out War' on Oil Industry: Minister + US, UK consulates in Basra shelled + Baghdad suffers multiple bomb attacks + Armitage's secret visit to Iraq + Orders of battle + Juan Cole reports

Occupation: Militants Twist Logistics of Election + Rules Relaxed to Tempt Iraq Sunnis to Vote + Syria to Offer Iraqi Expat Polling Sites + Thousands of Fallujans Demonstrate

War prisons: Interrogation by Enema + Abu Ghraib Abuse Trials to Begin at Texas Base + Gitmo Briton Tortured for Reciting the Koran

AFGHANISTAN: Two US Soldiers Killed in Afghanistan

IRAN: Report: US Fighters Violate Iranian Air Space + Iran's presidential dark horse + Iran Says Meeting of Iraq's Neighbors Not Necessary, Apparently Responding to Jordan Accusation of Interference

MIDDLE EAST:  Iraqi minister of the Interior: Accusations against Damascus are irresponsible + Al-Shara holds talks with Armitage

Abbas Pledges Palestinian Refugees Will Return to Homes in Israel, Endorsing Stand That Has Torpedoed Peace Efforts + Settlers Warn of Israeli Soldiers Refusing Orders to Evacuate Gaza Settlements; Clashes Reported + Abbas tells militants to stop attacks. He says the rockets provoke Israel and are useless

RUSSIA: Russian President Strips Outspoken Economic Adviser of Some Duties

UKRAINE: Far-right group flexes during Ukraine "revolution"

EUROPE: Government 'has given in to EU ban on health food supplements'

Croatian President Facing a Runoff

ASIA PACIFIC: China Finds 20.5 Billion Tons Of New Oil Reserves + Squabbling continues over building of large dam in China / Pro-development advocates vs. environmentalists

TSUNAMI: UN admits survivors face 7-day wait for aid + After Eight Days, Tsunami Victims Still Waiting for Help + America urged to devise 'Marshall plan' for Asia + Historic Town in Eastern India Saved From Destruction by Sea Wall Built by French + Most All Quake Govts Knew - But Didn't Issue Warnings + The Asian tsunami: why there were no warnings + U.N. to offer counseling for survivors + Landmines Another Form of Danger in Tsunami Aftermath

AMERICAS: Peru Readies Assault on Rebel-Held Police Station in Andes as Talks Fail

Leftist protesters Set Fire to Mexican Mayor's Office


Arab Newspaper: Suicide Bomber at U.S. Mess Hall in Mosul Was Saudi Medical Student

ElBaradei Unchallenged for Third Term + ElBaradei's Run a Setback for US

Annan Names New Chief of Staff, Reform Push Seen

Missile Defense Agency Continues Space-Based Lasers Research

Terrorism Fight Prods NSA to Look Beyond Its Fortress

MI6 Double Agent Was 'Betrayed by a Journalist'

Found Pics Emphasize Bohemian Grove Sacrifice Obsession

Click. Russian Spy Agency Seeks Double-Cross Agents

Terrorism Fight Prods NSA to Look Beyond Its Fortress

Click. American/Foreign Intel Research Database

Pilot details Thatcher's investment role in coup plot

The Last Word: Viktor Cherkashin + The Man Who Stole the Secrets

China spying Canada

Zimbabwean spy probe set to net more chefs

Spying Case Underscores Rivalry of Asian Chip Firms

Israeli spy's forged British passport sparks row

Mossad wants nearly twice as much money in 2005

4 Firms to Vie for Army Intelligence Support Work

Battle for Belarus

Washington Vetoes Satellite Photo Sales of Israel


Law to increase adoptions results in more orphans

The Amish and incest and the law

New lineup procedures

FDA Reviews Eli Lilly Prozac Papers

With New Law on Books, N.H. Records Department Starts Giving Birth Certificates to Adoptees

Covert groups behind bulk of bootlegged movies, music, software


Law kicks in on workplace harassment training

Dean: Privatize UC Boalt Law School

The high price of death verdicts

Robert Blake's New Show

Next month, L.A. City Controller Laura Chick plans to begin an audit of law firms and officials who monitor them Click.

Sacramento & north: Public Defender's Office opens in Shasta County

San Francisco, San Mateo: Survivor of hit-and-run speaks out

Alameda: Fremont Sergeant details the fine art of police work + Oakland: Assistant sheriff Tucker awaits next big challenge + Oakland: Boyfriend held in woman's death + Oakland: Beat reassignment saddens residents. Officer helped improve area in 3 years there

Marin: Novato teen slain in S.F.

Sonoma: Parking GPS considered in Petaluma + Petaluma bridge damage spurs lawsuit

Solano: Fairfield standoff ends in arrest + Sex offender caught in Vallejo + Vallejo Police Calls + Jail improvements nearly complete

Monterey: Most homicides gang-related + VIOLENT DEATH TOUCHED MANY IN COUNTY + Two slain by police in 2004

Central Valley: Stanislaus court juggles case handling

Central Coast: Santa Cruz Police Department promotes officer, awards two

Southern California: Ontario police kill man who crashed while fleeing street race + Suspect in New Year shooting spree shoots self in head



The Governor:  Gov. ready for legislative showdown + Gov. sets sights on overhauling state + Delicate dance of politics + Gov.'s challenge

FBI Presence Shadows Legislature's New Session + New try to raise floor on wages

More must be done to make housing affordable to lower-income people

Click. California needs public financing of elections.

RIP: U.S. Rep. Robert T. Matsui, "Good and decent man' + Ex-internee worked to build bridges to all groups + Dan Walters: As it turned out, Matsui was a 'congressman for life' + Council win was first of many + Congressman's mark on capital is everywhere + In a Democratic stronghold, Matsui's seat an enticing prize + Biography

Click. The Bureau of Reclamation is going through a process required by federal law in order to permanently close the road over Folsom Dam.

Click. Feds issue sweeping restrictions on the shipment of nursery plants to thwart the spread of Sudden Oak Death disease. + Battle rages on for 10 years

Requiring out-of-state registration program pays off

Officials adopt disputed stance on slot licenses Click.

LOCAL NEWS:   Another storm expected midweek

Sacramento & north: Planners seeking new highways steer difficult course

San Francisco, San Mateo: S.F. Marine recovers at home + Waiting for call was hardest part + Forever the rebel with a cause, Gonzalez exits left at City Hall. Idealist energized young liberals in strong run for mayor  + What if a giant wave hit San Mateo's coastline? + Man continues search for wife in Thailand

Alameda: Livermore skate shop rocks + Jetliner makes an emergency stop at Oakland + Landmark restaurant Hayward Fishery sold, not closed + Pleasanton: Public park plan takes shape + Pleasanton may join Save Our Sunol quarry fight + Historical restoration of Brown House in Fremont could be history + Newark seeks recipe for good eats + Fremont, Mission Peak landslide sentry on duty + Mosquito board could affect housing push + Women weave friendship into quilting project + Valley is not immune from suicide + Camp teaches life lessons + Habitat for Humanity seeks homeowners + Oakland's ports to be abuzz in'05 + Vandals can't ruin Bella Vista park spirit + West Oakland seems poised to blossom in the new year + Reorganization plans calls for closing Livermore VA hospital, and build outpatient clinic in Fremont and expand clinic in Stockton or Modesto

Santa Clara:  East Palo Alto: Crash of small plane injures four

Contra Costa: Report outlines Rodeo refinery release + Pleasant Hill: Mental facility fears haven't come to pass. Tony Poets Corner rethinking worries over new neighbors + El Sobrante: Schusteff fears growth will rein in his horses

Marin: Larkspur project worries neighbors + Nonprofits get spotlight at Heart of Marin Awards

Sonoma: Species shifting at Bodega Bay + Downed power poll closes Petaluma-Point Reyes road + Dairy ranchers fight for udder relief

Napa: Moskowite returns to board of supervisors + Things look positive for wine industry in 2005 + New year brings waves of wet weather to Napa + Rippey leaves board with feelings of frustration, disappointment

Solano: AmCan Realtor dedicated to making city better + Newcomer had time to plan since March election + Outgoing supervisor keeps quiet about her plans for future + Local News Briefs

Monterey: Survivor recalls 'wall of debris' + Chicano collection will be inaccessible + POLITICS HEATED UP + Salinas: Seeds of budget crisis decade old + Friends comb beach for missing Marina boater

Central Valley: Stanislaus court juggles case handling

Central Coast:  Soquel ranch seeks to save horses from meat packers + Las Palmas Taco Bar going strong after 30 years + Pure dedication breeds Shelter Friends + Ramona Turner: Street Smarts

Southern California: L.A. firefighters' and sheriff's pensions under probe + Officials fight raids of road funds + L.A. leaders want neighborhood councils to support tax + San Diego city attorney goes from outsider to reformer + Heirs to Spanish grant want to sell last of Santa Monica Canyon land + Riverside Sees Arts as Key to a Vital Core + Magazine 'Awed' by Chick's Scrutiny of DWP Billing

School days: Three Rs Are Essential, but Don't Forget the A -- the Arts + Fairfax parents work to reopen after-school program + Dilemma at San Jose school + Mills College: Promoting women in tech. "Geek fertility goddess' for computing women

Jordan Bans Protest by Families of Slain GIs

Top rabbis and imams meet as partners for peace

Military's testing of high school students brings a salvo of concerns Click.

Daniel Pipes wants to imprison people in America on basis of religion

Saturday Night Live to stop political humor

Our Daughter Lori: Another Year of Grave Injustice

Americans Find a Door to N. Korea


Canada Confirms 2nd Case of Mad Cow

Feds Whitewash US Bio-Chemical Tests in Alaska

New mad cow no threat, minister says

Saudi Arabia: Contingency Plan Ready to Face Flu Pandemic

Researchers Describe How Human Blood Stem Cells Transform Themselves To Repair Injured Animal Hearts

Catastrophic Flooding From Ancient Lake May Have Triggered Cold Period

Selective Coatings Create Biological Sensors From Carbon Nanotubes

Discovery Could Lead To Novel Approaches In HIV Treatment

Saturn System Driven By Ice, Says University Of Colorado Researcher

Autism's Fogged-up Mirror

A New Twist On An Old Nebula

UCSB Scientists Build Nanoscale 'Jigsaw' Puzzles Made Of RNA

NASA's ICESat Satellite Sees Changing World Affecting Many

Brain Region Identified That Controls Collecting Behavior

Software Tool Helps Visualize Genomes

Chemical Cousin Of Anti-anxiety Drugs Holds Promise For Psoriasis Treatment

CU-Boulder Research Team Discovers First Evidence Of Life In Rock Glaciers

To Help Your Mind, Take Steps To Help Your Heart, Study Says

Prayer, fertility link now doubted

Click.  Why aren't more prescription drugs tested on kids?

Posting Straight Facts on Cancer

Group to supply dogs to help MS patients

New tools let docs monitor patients remotely

Nuke scientists on shaky ground near Vegas

Scientists having hot debate over how islands are formed

NASA rocket to be launched on a collision course with comet

Video To Go

Essential extras for your laptop

Reinventing the tire and wheel too


Iraq, Iran, North Korea Top Bush Agenda + President faces busy January calendar + Bush 2 off to shaky start

Powell Predicts Shi'ite Victory in Iraqi Elections + What if Iraq Taps Pro-Iran Leaders?

U.S., Turkey Discuss Autonomy-Seeking Turkish Kurd Rebels in Northern Iraq; Turkey Wants U.S. Military to Get Involved

Ex-Presidents Bush and Clinton to Lead Tsunami Fund-Raising Push + U.S. Share of Tsunami Aid Could Be Billions

Click. Last year Social Security trustees protected the systems insolvency over INFINITY rather than traditional 75 year time horizon, thus the scary $10 trillion estimate and Bush's rational to dismantle social security.

U.S. gave more than $1 billion to faith-based groups in 2003 + $1 Billion in 'Faith Based' Funds

US plans permanent Guantanamo jails + Plan to Keep Detainees in Jail for Life Criticized by Senators + Sen. Lugar: Lifetime Detention Without Trial a 'Bad Idea' + The Guantanamo Gulag

Shrewd spending boosted GOP in presidential race, study finds

Congress: As Senator, Physician Tom Coburn Also Wants His Practice + House GOP to Discuss Ethics Rule Changes + Congress faces hot-button issues + Ex-congresswoman Shirley Chisholm dies + House Republicans clash with Bush on immigration reform

Democrats: Democrats Won't Win by Whining + Lieberman Denies Talk of White House Posts + The War Vote Beat Me, Claims Kerry

Vote fraud: Reed faces wrath of GOP over recount + Vote challengers accuse Ohio's Blackwell of trying to let 'clock run out' Click. + Is There a Single Senator Who Will Stand Up for Black Voters? + The Media and the Ohio Recount


Humvees Aren't the Problem: Aaron Glantz

Overblown Threats: Gordon Prather

The End of Illusions: Tony Karon

Kwiatkowski: Truth Is Making a Comeback

Skolnick: Calamity George 

Is Americanism a religion?

Thou Shalt Not Discipline Republicans

An update on the 'war on terror'

Vital technology as a human right

E.J. Dionne: 'Bush critics must learn lessons from such a bad year Click.

Stardom: Smelling A RAT In India

Playing politics with disaster aide

Bush Adapts, but Won't Call It That

Blood for pork....

Risky Business: Exploring New Oil Fields in Iraq


Largest Texas National Guard Group Set to Deploy to Iraq

Fighting Words: Decoding Iraq War Lingo

Orlando Resort an Oasis for Troops

Needing Cash, Veterans Sign Over Pensions

Some of Army's most decorated units may face ax


US Airways Higher-Ups Get Their Hands Dirty

Satellite radio does well

Microsoft coupon site thwarts some seeking claim forms

Reacting to a Dollar With No Muscle

Wal-Mart's women -- employees and customers -- in unhealthy relationship

The young(er) boss

Visionary to Sell Chinese Vehicles in US

Grey Skies Over Paramount


Try this French experiment: Don't do anything today

Geek's guide to Vegas

Stanley Crouch: At last, women lash out at hip hop's abuses

Germaine Greer: Desperate housewives reviewed

San Francisco gay marriage and beyond:  Parents Angry That Children Of Gay Couple Admitted To School + Trial Set In Gay Bias Attack + Film: Was 'Merchant of Venice' gay?

The Pen Is Mightier.... 

Scott Peterson's mistress set for prime-time interview, book to hit stores Tuesday

Grass Valley publisher sparks an outcry


The War Inside the Arab Newsroom

Today's papers

Vincent van Gogh, The Painter on his Way to Work Enlarge

Daily picture from the Metropolitan

On Ellis Island, an Effort to Bring Its Long-Hidden Side Into Public Light

Books: Hemingway aide writes bio

Click. The early life of George Gershwin

The best jazz albums of 2004

Ballets Trockadero de Monte Carlo

Click. Scientists wonder why Civil War submarine sank after it destroyed enemy ship.

Charles Cushman photograph collection

The true assassin of John Lennon?

Memories Take Flight at Museum

Exhuming Ken Kesey

46 Years Later, How Green Is Her Garden?

Hindus seeking spiritual way in cyberspace

Spirited Demand Drives Trafficking in Sacred Art

Rush & Molloy

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JANUARY 1, 2005

WAR IRAQ On the ground:
Iraq Attacks Kill Two Civilians, U.S. Marine Near Baghdad, Military Says + Last Half of 2004 Deadliest for US in Iraq + Al-Qaida Video Shows Police Execution + Blast targeting Iraqi troops kills 2, hurts 5 + South Korean parliament Extends Troop Mandate in Iraq + Insurgents Kill 12 Iraqis, One US Marine + Syria Pressed to Hand Over 'Saddam Loyalists' + U.S. general visits embattled troops + Army Medics Are Getting More Intensive Training as Iraqi Insurgents Turn Up the Pressure + Orders of battle + Juan Cole reports

AFGHANISTAN: Afghans Arrest Suspect in Deadly Bombing

MIDDLE EAST: Abbas Gets Hero's Welcome in Gaza Tinderbox Rafah + Palestinian Leader to Shield Militants

EUROPE: Turkish makes its currency more manageable

ASIA PACIFIC: China enacts raft of laws aimed at WTO commitments and foreign trade + Economy Touted in Year-End Speech by Chinese President

TSUNAMI: UN: World Now Pledged $2 Billion for Tsunami Aid + Day of mourning in Sweden, Finland and Norway as thousands feared dead + Deadly diseases threaten survivors in tsunami-hit Asia: WHO + Japan pledges 500 million dollars for tsunami victims + Crescent City: Memories of 1964 Tsunami Are Still Vivid + Tourists getting most of the help, survivors report + U.N. Secretary-General Annan Announces Plan to Visit Tsunami-Devastated Indonesia + After Tsunami Disaster, Sri Lankan Officials Investigate Reports of Child Rapes + Desperate Villagers Mob Helicopters as US Navy Begins Tsunami Relief Operation + Tourists Return to the Beaches and Bars of Phuket

AMERICAS: Door wired shut in Argentine fire. Rock show death toll at nightclub hits 175

Nicaragua Honors Lost Mosquito Coast Graveyard


Suspect quizzed about laser incidents

Congress Balks at Key Recommendation of 9/11 Panel

Click. Samir Abdoun, who came to the U.S. with fake passport and met two of the Sept. 11 hijackers, has been deported

Our Oldest Enemy: A History of America’s Disastrous Relationship With France

British government wanted to shun "irrational" Nixon during Watergate

LEAKGATES AIPAC and crossing the line of the "acceptable"

Families of Algeria's 'Disappeared' Search for Truth

Banking While Muslim: Jeff Taylor


Rehnquist Sees Threat to Judiciary

Justice Department Gets Tougher on Use of Torture + The torture memos

FBI whistleblower Coleen Rowley retires

Mexico: Arrests of Former Justice Officials Sought on charges of botching investigations of murders of women in Ciudad Juarez

Holocaust fund investigated for 'unusual' money transfers

Marchers Protest Deaths of Two Black Men in Police Custody in Jacksonville, Fla.


New Laws for the New Year

Pelican Bay prison takes measures against staph

CYA wards file sex-abuse suit against guard

CYA escapee involved in '99 area killing

For couple, land looked good on paper but not in reality + Land Sales in Left-for-Dead Subdivisions - 'worst Deal I Ever Made'

Sacramento & north: Capital bucks trend: Killings rise + CYA escapee involved in '99 Sacramento area killing + Drug cop's career booms with each bust

San Francisco, San Mateo: San Mateo: Neighborhood feud becomes melee; 2 shot + San Francisco: Driver flees scene after fatal crash

Alameda: Oakland murders down 23% in 2004 + County says Union City center violated lease + Fremont: Public comments on air quality sought + San Leandro: Kidnapped boy safe after carjacking

Santa Clara: Sex offender held in 2 S.J. assaults + S.J. police seek bank robber + Pedestrian killed; driver detained

Contra Costa: Police arrest son-in-law tied to fiery fatality in Walnut Creek + Walnut Creek man held in slaying of his mother-in-law + Mother, son reunite after Richmond Heights carjacking alert

Marin: Holiday auto burglaries

Solano: Fairfield councilman is arrested at Sacramento Airport, on crystal methamphetamine charges

Monterey: Salinas Valley prisoner charged with assaulting court bailiffs in Salinas

Central Valley: Law & Order + Official in trouble over cheese waste + Tracy man suspected of killing wife

Southern California: Tougher LAPD alarm policy sought + Aide to U.S. Rep Diane Watson arrested at LAX for carrying 2 knives, has felony warrant


The Governor:  Gov. to Call for Special Session

Full plate awaits state legislators + Legislation aims to keep water flowing to San Joaquin Valley

State seed bank merger seen

Click Solo drivers in the high-mileage vehicles will not be allowed to use carpool routes until the state measure gets federal approval.

LOCAL NEWS:   Kaiser team to help with disaster relief

Safeway forwards tsunami aid gifts

PG&E rate increases go into effect today

BART replacing parking validation machines. Old 1990s system often didn't work

Sacramento & north: CSU workers get own local + Bob Shallit: City officials have eye on Caltrans property + Marjie Lundstrom: As new year starts, it's best to tie up the loose ends of 2004 + Bob Sylva: Year ahead looks bright to manager of downtown seniors complex + West Sacramento puts parks plan on front burner + Stone Lakes refuge to expand + I-5 crash at Florin Road kills man

San Francisco, San Mateo: In San Mateo County, ranchers from another era + MORGAN HILL. Young soldier's auction ends on peaceful note

Alameda: Oakland: 'Strong mayor' will face a test as the new year begins + East Lake, Oakland community slowly rising from ashes + Fremont motorcycle club shows soft side + County may develop acres for new facilities for Sheriff + Fremont fire victim (trucker) remains unknown + Downtown Livermore to see more changes + Oakland: Marijuana backers sue over recount of Berkeley ballot measure

Santa Clara: More rain, snow expected in area; flooding possible + Today's fare hikes hit teens, seniors, disabled hardest+ Pals honor late woman with fundraising effort + Mr. Roadshow: Avoid big trouble and report accidents + P.A. to get new mayor, vice mayor Jan. 10

Contra Costa: Bennett reflects on tenure in Richmond + County ponders Kensington as monster home-free zone + Bahá'ís seek unity in religious diversity

Marin: MMWD official retires after 33 years of service + Marin man among dead in Asia + Tire dump cleared out + If a tsunami hit Marin...

Solano: Businesses urged to help Salvation Army Kettle Fund + Snowstorm prevents coffee from area Starbucks stores + Air ambulance responses taking longer since operation shutdown in Vacaville + Teachers collect care packages for sons, other troops in Iraq

Monterey: Castroville: Roads first, then new housing

Central Valley: Modesto teen killed in Iraq + Head-on crash kills Oakdale man + .Henry Coe Park beckons to valley + Quiet pace of historic Knights Ferry suits the locals just fine + Let Them Eat Cake! + Picture This! Our Favorites of 2004 + News & Notes + Short Takes: Shelters overflow as temperatures fall + What will 2005 bring to Modesto? + Central Valley grants face cut + Modesto: GI in Iraq, 19, killed by car bomb. Infantryman in Mosul was valley town's 2nd fatality

Southern California: Valley vote key in next mayor's race + Koretz revives quest for beach-smoking ban + Frye's Backers Issue Appeal + San Diego City Manager defends use of reserve fund to pay millions to auditors and lawyers + Click. Orange County: A key trial, retrial and vote are on tap. New year will also see more on the sheriff's political future, priest sex-abuse cases and the Angels + Ventura: Seniors in Area Gain 2nd HMO

School days: Educating through art + Laguna Beach evaluates the whole child

MILITARY  Army Program Allows for More Healing at Home

Army's Morale on the Downswing: William Pfaff

New Army Recruits Pre-Programmed For Violence?

Candy's Less-Empty Calories

Parents seek warnings on painkiller for kids

Does Communion Cup Runneth Over With Germs?

Gene Defect Tied to Autism in Small Number of Cases

Curry Pigment May Help in Treating Alzheimer's

Pesticides and the lobster die-off

First Rabies Survivor Without Vaccination Goes Home After Nearly 11 Weeks in the Hospital

UCSB Scientists Build Nanoscale 'Jigsaw' Puzzles Made Of RNA

New Model Of Rare Childhood Blindness Holds Promise For Testing Preventive Therapies

Breast Cancer May Be 'Uniquely Sensitive' To Inhibitors Of PI3K Pathway

Daily Social, Physical Activity Improves Sleep And Cognition In The Elderly

More Than Seizures: Helping Children with Epilepsy Learn

A Designer Drug for MS

New Clue To Nerve Growth May Help Regeneration Efforts

M. D. Anderson Researchers Discover Key Protein In Psoriasis

Alcoholism And Excessive Food Intake May Share Chemical Pathways In The Brain

The Genetics Of The Oyster Mushroom

NASA's ICESat Satellite Sees Changing World Affecting Many

NASA Can't Wait to Smash and Trash This Comet-Busting Spacecraft

Student-designed Wheelchair Makes It Easier For Athletes To Maneuver


U.S. Will `Be There to Help' With Tsunami Recovery Effort, President Says + Stung by charges of being tightfisted and slow to respond, Bush makes tenfold increase in pledged amount - $350 million

US marines to boost Sri Lanka tsunami relief as toll climbs

Social Security PR fight starts

Dobson threatens to use his political muscle against some Democrats

The inaugural fat cats

EPA Takes Pest Killer Diazinon Off the Shelves

Post-9/11 Conflicts Send 1,000,000 to Battle Zones

Year in diplomatic buffoonery, Argyros style

Rhode Island allows residents to import prescription drugs

Congress: Bush Faces Challenges with New Republican Congress + House to face key test early in new session

Democrats: Dem. says Iraq troops need more support

Vote fraud: Glick: Re-Vote Ohio + Ohio Non-Recount Ends Amidst New Evidence Of Fraud


For many Americans, Iraq war has no consequences

What if Iraq taps pro-Iran leaders?

Scott Herhold: Resolutions some notables could try in '05

A Decent Outcome Depends on a Prompt Withdrawal: William R. Polk

Iraq 2004 Just as Intense as Vietnam 1966

The Saudi Syndrome

The Ends of the World as We Know Them

Earthquakes and End Times, Past and Present

Bush and the Tsunami: the Petty and the Petulant


Activists fear complacency by supporters

Older Americans join peace corps

Teen Suicide and Feelings of Failure

On "Moral Values": Code Words for Emerging Authoritarian Tendencies


Dollar Declines Against the Euro, Yen on U.S. Manufacturing, Jobs Reports

Microsoft cash ignored

Venture capitalists begin to up the ante

Drugstores Fret as Insurers Demand Pills by Mail

Fast-food chains push gym time

San Francisco gay marriage and beyond:  California: Though They Can't Wed, Gays May Now Divorce + Gay marriage has made remarkable strides + It's not marriage, but law gives gays in Calif next closest thing + Arkansas judge OKs foster care. Gay parents pose no obstacle to kids' growth, court finds

The Pen Is Mightier....

Magazine Toasts Unabashed Alcoholism

Magazine Dishes Details on Moroccan Royal Finances

FOIA failures re: torture cases

The death of Gary Webb: The CIA, crack cocaine and the Black community

Today's papers

Gauguin, Van Gogh Painting Sunflowers

Daily picture from the Metropolitan

Fremont native finds solace in Andes

A Capital Location for Studios

Soprano Renee Fleming as Author

ID chip leads to return of long-missing cat

'Da Vinci Code' mania boosts National Geographic Channel

Belgian Theologian Whose Work Was Attacked by Vatican Dies in Rome at 81

Conquerors' Hopes Dashed (16th Century panel by Indians)

Understanding The Voice Mechanisms Of Sopranos

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