| Oct 29, 2011
Who wrote Shakespeare? Sounds like "Who's buried in Grant's tomb?" Yet about 150 years ago, people on both sides of the Atlantic began asking how an otherwise obscure William Shakespeare of Stratford-upon-Avon could have crafted the most brilliant works...
| Oct 17, 2012
| 4:57 PM
SACRAMENTO — Proposition 32 is stark proof that often you can tell a ballot initiative by its cover.
Its promoters call their measure "The Stop Special Interest Money Now Act."
To pilfer an old Lily Tomlin line: No matter how cynical I get, I can'...
| Oct 2, 2012
If you're an EBay user, heads up: The big dog of online auctions says it will take away your right to join class-action lawsuits unless you send in a letter challenging the move.
EBay also is serving notice that the company and its affiliates reserve the...
| Mar 25, 2013
| 6:50 PM
Bob Toomajian worked for 16 years as Kaiser Permanente's drug purchasing manager for Southern California, giving him an insider's knowledge of how medications are priced before reaching consumers.
When it comes to patented name-brand drugs, he told me,...
| Mar 27, 2013
| 4:42 PM
SACRAMENTO — As the national firearms debate reaches a crescendo, a Northern California congressman is proving that you can be both a gun lover and a gun controller.
Rep. Mike Thompson of St. Helena, a moderate "blue dog" Democrat who represents...
| Feb 23, 2013
| 4:55 PM
If you're like me, your mailbox is getting stuffed with political mailers.
What to do?
The best course of action is to take a shovel and dig a hole in the backyard, toss the mailers in and set them ablaze.
At best, they're filled with useless...
| Jan 23, 2013
| 9:20 PM
SACRAMENTO — Imagine a lawmaker being allowed to read a proposed law before voting on it.
For that matter — and this seems like a stretch — try to envision the public being offered an opportunity to express its view on a bill before...
| Jan 9, 2013
| 5:31 PM
SACRAMENTO — You've got to appreciate a governor who stands up and says: "This is not a game. And I didn't come here — I'll be 75 in April — just to screw around.
"I'm trying to fix this state that has been screwed up for a long time....
| Jun 30, 2013
| 5:59 PM
SACRAMENTO — Three liberal federal judges — relics of the Jimmy Carter era — are trying to force Gov. Jerry Brown to release nearly 10,000 criminals from state prisons. Politically, it doesn't get much better for a governor.
| May 21, 2013
Four days after her April 27 breast reconstruction, the third and final surgery aimed at sparing her an early death from breast cancer, Angelina Jolie was in good spirits at home.
Upon paying a house call, her surgeon, Dr. Kristi Funk of the Pink...
| Apr 29, 2013
| 6:10 PM
A growing number of Indian tribes are getting into the payday loan business, saying they just want to raise revenue for their reservations while helping cash-strapped consumers nationwide.
But federal officials suspect that, at least in some cases,...