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Hoodoos and canyons populate Fairyland Trail Loop at Bryce Canyon National Park. (Julie Kessler/Special to S.F. Examiner)

The Great American Road Trip – Part Two

A three-part series chronicling road travel as America slowly reopens

Hoodoos and canyons populate Fairyland Trail Loop at Bryce Canyon National Park. (Julie Kessler/Special to S.F. Examiner)
Winemaker Isabel Galindo led a tour of Las Moradas de San Martin in Spain. (Courtesy photo)

Winemaker Isabel Galindo showcases garnacha from Madrid

Las Moradas de San Martin began making fine wine in 1999

Winemaker Isabel Galindo led a tour of Las Moradas de San Martin in Spain. (Courtesy photo)
A short and scenic hike leads to the base of Horsetail Falls from Highway 50. (Matt Johanson/Special to S.F. Examiner)

Sierra Nevada outings beat blues of vicious virus

Hikes offer chance to stretch legs without rubbing elbows

A short and scenic hike leads to the base of Horsetail Falls from Highway 50. (Matt Johanson/Special to S.F. Examiner)
The U.S. Supreme Court ruling on June 15, 2020 stated that an employer who fires an employee for being gay or transgender is violating the law. (Courtesy photo)

Supreme Court decision a monumental ruling for LBGTQ rights

Anti-discrimination employment protections in Civil Rights Act extended across the U.S.

The U.S. Supreme Court ruling on June 15, 2020 stated that an employer who fires an employee for being gay or transgender is violating the law. (Courtesy photo)
On American Airlines flight 512 LAX-JFK on June 20, every seat was occupied despite the airlines’ assertions that middle seats would go unsold, and the crew did not enforce mask wearing during boarding or flight. (Courtesy photo)

Flying in the COVID-19 era

Airlines are having a difficult time adapting to the new world of travel

On American Airlines flight 512 LAX-JFK on June 20, every seat was occupied despite the airlines’ assertions that middle seats would go unsold, and the crew did not enforce mask wearing during boarding or flight. (Courtesy photo)
School is going to look different this fall

School is going to look different this fall

As we enter the first weeks of summer, I know our students,…

School is going to look different this fall
Charles Stuart Evans, co-owner of Lone Star Saloon in San Francisco, said he wants to open as soon as it is safe, not as soon as he can. (Saul Sugarman/Special to S.F. Examiner)

As patios open for dining and drinking, what is acceptable risk for going out?

I watch people dine on patios without face masks, sitting less than six feet apart.

Charles Stuart Evans, co-owner of Lone Star Saloon in San Francisco, said he wants to open as soon as it is safe, not as soon as he can. (Saul Sugarman/Special to S.F. Examiner)
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SFUSD confronts a major budget challenge

It would be an understatement to say things have changed a lot…

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A protestor during a demonstration in San Francisco in support of Black Lives Matter on June 6. (Photography by Chris Victorio | Special to the S.F. Examiner).

Is it legal to shoot video of police?

Most courts have held that the First Amendment gives individuals the right to document police officers in public

A protestor during a demonstration in San Francisco in support of Black Lives Matter on June 6. (Photography by Chris Victorio | Special to the S.F. Examiner).
My ride is a 2019 Ford Transit CamperVan fully outfitted by ModVans. (Courtesy photo)

The Great American Road Trip – Part One

A three-part series chronicling road travel as America slowly reopens

My ride is a 2019 Ford Transit CamperVan fully outfitted by ModVans. (Courtesy photo)
Trapiche Winemaker Daniel Pi (Courtesy photo)

Malbec finds a home in Argentina

The roots of malbec are the Bordeaux region in southwest France where it is among the “big six” permitted red grapes.

Trapiche Winemaker Daniel Pi (Courtesy photo)
During a pandemic, authorities may curtail the right of people to assemble and protest in order to ensure public health and safety. (Kevin N. Hume/S.F. Examiner)

Constitutional rights must balance with need to protect public health

The bottom line is that the state may regulate civil liberties during an epidemic.

During a pandemic, authorities may curtail the right of people to assemble and protest in order to ensure public health and safety. (Kevin N. Hume/S.F. Examiner)
Students at Mission High School led a protest and march against police brutality on June 3, 2020. (Sheila Fitzgerald/Shutterstock)

Celebrating the accomplishments of students in a difficult year

Well, we’ve made it to the end of the school year. When…

Students at Mission High School led a protest and march against police brutality on June 3, 2020. (Sheila Fitzgerald/Shutterstock)
Author and activist Thea Matthews, pictured in the Mission, recently released a poetry collection “UnEarth [The Flowers].” (Kevin N. Hume/S.F. Examiner)

Thea Matthews wants justice ‘on a micro and macro level’

‘Pandemic or not, enough is enough’

Author and activist Thea Matthews, pictured in the Mission, recently released a poetry collection “UnEarth [The Flowers].” (Kevin N. Hume/S.F. Examiner)
A mural by Nicole Hayden graces the exterior of Moby Dick. (Courtesy Topher Olson)

Keeping spirits up in a time of international crisis

Since beginning this column, I’ve joked a lot about how much my…

A mural by Nicole Hayden graces the exterior of Moby Dick. (Courtesy Topher Olson)
The founding fathers thought that the right was so important that they wrote it into the first 45 words of the Bill of Rights and labeled it the First Amendment to the U.S. Constitution. (Kevin N. Hume/S.F. Examiner)

Our first amendment right to peacefully protest is sacrosanct

Curfews in and of themselves violate civil liberties. Public officials at every level of government are making arbitrary decisions

The founding fathers thought that the right was so important that they wrote it into the first 45 words of the Bill of Rights and labeled it the First Amendment to the U.S. Constitution. (Kevin N. Hume/S.F. Examiner)
The Class of 2020 will have a special place in history

The Class of 2020 will have a special place in history

Graduation is a special time for students to celebrate the years of…

The Class of 2020 will have a special place in history
Living under quarantine has provided the opportunity for some teens to spend time writing and playing music. (Courtesy photo)

Pandemic steals youth but imparts life lessons

Class of 2020’s resilience, optimism and concern for others inspires

Living under quarantine has provided the opportunity for some teens to spend time writing and playing music. (Courtesy photo)
Nicole Hitchcock, head winemaker at J Vineyards, sings praises of Sonoma County soil for grape growing. (Courtesy photo)

On The Vine: J Vineyards celebrates the marriage of wine and cheese

Russian River Valley vintner, chef present, promote pleasant pairings

Nicole Hitchcock, head winemaker at J Vineyards, sings praises of Sonoma County soil for grape growing. (Courtesy photo)
New York’s John F. Kennedy International Airport was eerily quiet on a Sunday in May. (Courtesy photo)

Air travel in the COVID-19 era

Future of flying holds uncertainty for providers and passengers

New York’s John F. Kennedy International Airport was eerily quiet on a Sunday in May. (Courtesy photo)