Coronavirus live updates: Number of SF inmates down by nearly half

8:45 a.m. Secretary of Defense backs firing of Bay Area Navy Captain: U.S. Secretary of Defense Mark Esper on Sunday defended the firing of U.S. Navy Capt. Brett Crozier, saying it was a “chain of command” issue focused on the “trust and confidence in the captain of the ship.” Crozier, a Santa Rosa native, was […]

Coronavirus live updates: California lends 500 ventilators to other states

8:27 p.m. San Francisco delays property-tax deadline to May 4. San Francisco has pushed back the deadline for paying the second installment of this year’s property taxes without a penalty from April 10 until May 4, the first business day after San Francisco’s shelter-in-place order ends. “Taxpayers who are unable to pay by this date […]

Coronavirus live updates: Ninth death reported in SF as cases near 600; city’s jails clearing out

8:45 a.m. Secretary of Defense backs firing of Bay Area Navy Captain: U.S. Secretary of Defense Mark Esper on Sunday defended the firing of U.S. Navy Capt. Brett Crozier, saying it was a “chain of command” issue focused on the “trust and confidence in the captain of the ship.” Crozier, a Santa Rosa native, was […]

The Money Helicopters are on their way

We are living in seriously surreal times where all kinds of ideas which one could never imagine discussing are actually getting implemented. The Covid19 pandemic has shattered all the glass ceilings in economics where only certain rather conventional ideas could be preached. Helicopter money is surely one very unconventional idea. In his 2016 post, Bernanke […]

Defying gender goes mainstream: Across entertainment and fashion, a growing push to challenge traditional roles

Gucci’s 2020 F/W men’s collection blurs gender roles. [GUCCI KOREA · DAN LECCA]Issues involving transgender individuals have recently made headlines on home soil with two striking stories: Byun Hee-soo, a former noncommissioned officer in the army, was forcibly discharged from the military in February after undergoing male-to-female reassignment surgery while on a break last fall. […]

History’s lessons for Donald Trump

In a famous poem composed during another pandemic in 1919, William Butler Yeats wrote, “The ceremony of innocence is drowned,” adding, “The best lack all conviction, while the worst are full of passionate intensity.” He concluded, “Things fall apart; the center cannot hold.” Today our innocence is lost. Passionate intensity will intensify. And the collapse of the […]

2018 NCAA Tournament: The top 16 epic moments from an incredible first weekend

It wasn’t just the Michigan win that made this so much fun — check out 65-year-old John Beilein going on the attack (poncho!) in the locker room. I love how Michigan’s March success brings out the teenager in Beilein. Oh, yeah, he also said in the postgame interview that Poole is blessed with “an overdose […]