As Former San Francisco schools chief Bill Rojas left City Hall Tuesday -- he had just finished testifying before a committee looking into the school district's sorry and fraud-ridden finances -- he greeted San Francisco school board member Dan Kelly.
These aging bones required three-score years to make it to continental Europe for much more than a plane change. One returns from there - essentially Paris, Normandy and Holland by foot, bicycle, automobile and barge - with a swirl of random impressions.
Those of you who cheered last year when federal agents stormed the home of the American Gonzalez family to spirit away young Elian -- because the Gonzalezes shouldn't be allowed to flout the law -- should love the U.S. Supreme Court ruling against medical marijuana and the Oakland Cannabis Buyers' Cooperative.
The architect is proud of his new city. He takes a guest on a tour of it, showing him that the design is not only beautiful, but technologically manipulated sunshine has been harnessed to provide a perfect climate for its fortunate dwellers.
Now we have a big national study on bullying, and the problem with it is right there in the first paragraph: Bullying behavior may be "verbal (e.g., name-calling, threats), physical (e.g., hitting) or psychological (e.g., rumors, shunning-exclusion)."
Given ancient traditions, and contemporary resentments of America's global ascendancy, it is fanciful to think that the priest who lives here, hard by Lake Michigan, might one day be summoned to the west bank of the Tiber River to hold the world's oldest office.
Most journeymen I know who are in the business, myself included, wince at comprehensive references to "the press." This is so in part because editors, reporters, columnists and researchers have their own opinions about public people and public events and are annoyed by collective generalizations. Everyone craves singularity.<
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