Sally Stephens

Black hole image brought out a few nasty trolls

The release last week of the first image of a black hole was a triumph for science, technology, and humanity.

Sally Stephens: Of rap and free speech

The U.S. Supreme Court will soon announce whether they will consider overturning the conviction of a young rapper.

Why is San Francisco encouraging people to smoke at outdoor events?

In 2005, the San Francisco Board of Supervisors voted to ban smoking in city parks and other public spaces.

How to keep the peace with your neighbors when parking is tight

Street parking is an issue that can easily create conflict among neighbors…

A surprisingly emotional finale to a Mars mission

No one had expected that an announcement about the end of a…

It’s time to expand the concept of what it means to be a man

Last weekend, I joined tens of thousands of other San Franciscans to…

Stepping up to keep The City’s national parks open during the government shutdown

Perhaps the most visible impact of the government shutdown has been in…

Glen Park GoBike station could add congestion to an already chaotic intersection

An intersection in the Glen Park neighborhood has become the poster child…

New Mars lander will help answer deep questions

Last Monday, after an almost seven-month-long, 300-million-mile journey from Earth, the InSight…

Badasses’ and basketball players have brought good news in tumultuous year for women

This has been a tumultuous year for women. The Supreme Court Justice…

Finding reasons to be less afraid

Last week I went to a friend’s house. Everyone there had lived…

Let’s ensure that money to end homelessness will actually help

San Francisco has a major problem with homelessness. The human cost is…

Did astronomers just find Spock’s home planet Vulcan?

Star Trek’s Mr. Spock, the pointy-eared, highly logical alien who served on…

Who’s in charge at Lake Merced?

Lake Merced is a recreational and natural wonder in the southwest corner…

Are Green Benefit Districts really worth the money?

A new City program — Green Benefit Districts — may not be…

Remembering the Queen of Soul

I grew up about an hour south of Detroit in Toledo, Ohio.…

Lincoln’s words can still save our country’s soul

As our national political discourse has coarsened in recent years, some have…

Why spray any toxic herbicides in city parks?

San Francisco prides itself on leading the way with the environment. But…

How do you measure a life?

One of the most moving parts of this year’s Tony Awards telecast…