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The Tow Hold

A struggling man in West Marin was recently arrested on minor charges and spent a few months serving local time at the Marin County...

Time and Punishment

Russian novelist Fyodor Dostoevsky—who poured his blood, sweat and tears into the pages of Crime and Punishment—would feel at home in John Beck’s splendid,...

Flashback

Forty Years Ago This WeekCharged particle beam weapons, which the Russians are now developing, may, if perfected, make nuclear war obsolete, replaced by the...

Dirty Business

Two contracting companies that cleared fire debris in the North Bay last year have been defrauding the federal government on contracts across the country...

Flashback

Twenty Years Ago This WeekAs the much ballyhooed Global Year 2000 computer glitch closes in on us, an unlikely array of civic and activist...

Di Hard

A viral video of Sen. Dianne Feinstein has been making the rounds this week, as the Bay Area politician has been taken to task...

Flashback

Thirty Years Ago This WeekFerry commuters will have to find another way to dodge executive duties when cellular phones are installed in April on...

Powered Up

An unusual experiment began a few years ago on four blocks of stuccoed ubiquity in suburban Irvine. The rows of nondescript subdivision homes, inhabited...

Flashback

Thirty Years Ago This WeekAfter AIDS demonstrators shut down the Golden Gate Bridge during the morning commune, directors said they would get tougher in...

Blackout Ops

Russians hack Ukraine’s electricity network, turning lights off and on at will, rendering the country’s best tech hands helpless to intervene. North Korea takes...