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Diane di Prima’s passing, at 86, marks the end of an era. She was a literary icon whose career combined artistic and political activism with a lifelong Buddhist practice. Two books from City Lights honor her voice and achievements. (Courtesy City Lights Books)

Two new publications honor Diane di Prima

San Francisco’s premier poetess gets the City Lights treatment

  • Oct 21, 2021
Diane di Prima’s passing, at 86, marks the end of an era. She was a literary icon whose career combined artistic and political activism with a lifelong Buddhist practice. Two books from City Lights honor her voice and achievements. (Courtesy City Lights Books)
Senior Disability Action demonstrators at the AT&T store in Union Square on Oct. 18 demanded the company provide lower-cost, higher-speed WiFi plans. (Veronica Irwin/The Examiner)

Seniors and people with disabilities are still digitally divided

What are San Francisco’s options for univeral broadband Internet?

Senior Disability Action demonstrators at the AT&T store in Union Square on Oct. 18 demanded the company provide lower-cost, higher-speed WiFi plans. (Veronica Irwin/The Examiner)
“Empanada Lady” Paula Tejada, Chile Lindo owner pictured at her shop in the Mission District in 2018, is pleased that The City has relaxed regulations around outdoor dining and drinking during the pandemic. (Kevin N. Hume/The Examiner)

In the time of COVID, San Francisco’s soul is in the hands of all of us

Denise Sullivan has written 100 Examiner columns and is still not done

“Empanada Lady” Paula Tejada, Chile Lindo owner pictured at her shop in the Mission District in 2018, is pleased that The City has relaxed regulations around outdoor dining and drinking during the pandemic. (Kevin N. Hume/The Examiner)
FILE — In-N-Out Burger, the popular California fast-food chain, is resisting San Francisco's public health rules that require indoor diners to show proof of vaccination. (J. Emilio Flores/The New York Times)

When it comes to San Francisco vaccine rules, In-N-Out should heed Biblical advice

Burger chain’s vaccine fight distracts from its tasty burgers and French fries controversy

FILE — In-N-Out Burger, the popular California fast-food chain, is resisting San Francisco's public health rules that require indoor diners to show proof of vaccination. (J. Emilio Flores/The New York Times)
“The Every” is initially being sold only at independent bookstores and through McSweeney’s online store. Paolo Vescia for The New York Times)

Dave Eggers takes on insidious tech culture — again — in “The Every”

Protagonist Delaney Wells sets out to destroy a mashup social media tech giant

  • Oct 21, 2021
“The Every” is initially being sold only at independent bookstores and through McSweeney’s online store. Paolo Vescia for The New York Times)
Gov. Gavin Newsom visits students at James Denman Middle School in San Francisco on Oct. 1. (Jim Wilson/New York Times)
Gov. Gavin Newsom visited students at James Denman Middle School in San Francisco on Oct. 1. (Jim Wilson/ New York Times)

California schools are running out of money

State is hiring a fiscal consultant to help SFUSD

  • Oct 20, 2021
Gov. Gavin Newsom visits students at James Denman Middle School in San Francisco on Oct. 1. (Jim Wilson/New York Times)
Gov. Gavin Newsom visited students at James Denman Middle School in San Francisco on Oct. 1. (Jim Wilson/ New York Times)
This weekend at Z Space, AXIS Dance Company premieres “re:surge,” three new works exploring place and belonging. Dancers, left to right, DeMarco Sleeper, Louisa Mann, JanpiStar, Sonsherée Giles, Yuko Monden Juma (Photograph David DeSilva)

AXIS Dance Company’s ‘re:surge’ is a premiere and a farewell

The final season under Artistic Director Marc Brew

  • Oct 21, 2021
This weekend at Z Space, AXIS Dance Company premieres “re:surge,” three new works exploring place and belonging. Dancers, left to right, DeMarco Sleeper, Louisa Mann, JanpiStar, Sonsherée Giles, Yuko Monden Juma (Photograph David DeSilva)
San Francisco Supervisor Rafael Mandelman and Mayor London Breed backed a move to allow The City to collect information about employees’ sexual orientation. (Kevin N. Hume/Examiner file)

Supes approve ordinance calling for data on city workers’ sexual orientation

San Francisco’s Board of Supervisors on Tuesday unanimously approved reversing an ordinance…

San Francisco Supervisor Rafael Mandelman and Mayor London Breed backed a move to allow The City to collect information about employees’ sexual orientation. (Kevin N. Hume/Examiner file)
Local and federal authorities seized 12.5 pounds of fentanyl after serving search warrants at nine Bay Area locations. (Shutterstock)

Authorities arrest 18 linked to alleged drug ring in Tenderloin

The San Francisco Police Department said on Tuesday authorities arrested 18 people…

Local and federal authorities seized 12.5 pounds of fentanyl after serving search warrants at nine Bay Area locations. (Shutterstock)
The Nudge is a startup that points users who sign up for text notifications to fun experiences and buzzworthy places. <ins>(Kevin N. Hume/The Examiner)</ins>

This ‘anti-startup’ aims to get people off their phones and into the world

‘I realized that doing things made me happy’

The Nudge is a startup that points users who sign up for text notifications to fun experiences and buzzworthy places. <ins>(Kevin N. Hume/The Examiner)</ins>
The Walgreens at 4645 Mission St. in The City is among those slated to close. <ins>(Courtesy photo)</ins>

Walgreens says it’s closing five SF stores due to crime. Where’s the data?

Walgreens should be transparent, enlighten city leaders about crime’s effect on business

  • Oct 20, 2021
The Walgreens at 4645 Mission St. in The City is among those slated to close. <ins>(Courtesy photo)</ins>
Giants pitcher Kevin Gausman, pictured in a start against the Milwaukee Brewers at Oracle Park on Sept. 1 in San Francisco, is one of the team’s starters whose future is in question. (Chris Victorio/The Examiner)

Giants offseason shopping list begins with starting pitchers

‘That’s going to be the No. 1 priority for us’

Giants pitcher Kevin Gausman, pictured in a start against the Milwaukee Brewers at Oracle Park on Sept. 1 in San Francisco, is one of the team’s starters whose future is in question. (Chris Victorio/The Examiner)
While some pedestrians enjoy walking on the car-free Great Highway, others, who drive to work, want the road reopened full-time to vehicles. (Kevin N. Hume/The Examiner)

Converting the Great Highway into a Great Walkway makes no sense

It’s helpful to take a detailed look at the environmental and transit effects

While some pedestrians enjoy walking on the car-free Great Highway, others, who drive to work, want the road reopened full-time to vehicles. (Kevin N. Hume/The Examiner)
Four young politicos were elected to city government on the Peninsula in 2020. From left: Redwood City Councilmember Michael Smith; South San Francisco Councilmember James Coleman; Redwood City Councilmember Lissette Espinoza-Garnica; and East Palo Alto Councilmember Antonio Lopez.<ins> (Examiner illustration/Courtesy photos)</ins>

Progressive politicians rise to power on the Peninsula. Will redistricting reverse the trend?

‘There’s this wave of young people really trying to shake things up’

Four young politicos were elected to city government on the Peninsula in 2020. From left: Redwood City Councilmember Michael Smith; South San Francisco Councilmember James Coleman; Redwood City Councilmember Lissette Espinoza-Garnica; and East Palo Alto Councilmember Antonio Lopez.<ins> (Examiner illustration/Courtesy photos)</ins>
Jonathan Martin, a former NFL offensive lineman, is pictured outside his home in Austin, Texas; the athlete, who was bullied in his NFL locker room and faced depression, will donate his brain to research to determine if head trauma contributed to his health woes. (Tamir Kalifa/New York Times)

Long after his NFL career ended, mental health toll lingers for this former 49er

‘There’s a taboo around depression, mental illness’

  • Oct 19, 2021
Jonathan Martin, a former NFL offensive lineman, is pictured outside his home in Austin, Texas; the athlete, who was bullied in his NFL locker room and faced depression, will donate his brain to research to determine if head trauma contributed to his health woes. (Tamir Kalifa/New York Times)
Stephen Curry and Draymond Green of the Warriors hope to vie for another title in the 2021-22 NBA season. (Chris Victorio/Special to The Examiner)

Warriors and Lakers analysis: Two teams, two approaches

While L.A. has been a tear-down project, the Golden State has been busy remodeling

  • Oct 19, 2021
Stephen Curry and Draymond Green of the Warriors hope to vie for another title in the 2021-22 NBA season. (Chris Victorio/Special to The Examiner)
San Francisco has announced privately funded rewards for information leading to convictions of auto burglary ringleaders. (Mira Laing/2018 Examiner file photo)

Organized crime rings are driving auto burglaries. SF is offering cash rewards to break them up

San Francisco is taking a new approach to tackling its persistent car…

San Francisco has announced privately funded rewards for information leading to convictions of auto burglary ringleaders. (Mira Laing/2018 Examiner file photo)
FILE — A mother and daughter attend a parent meeting at Arleta Senior High School in Los Angeles on Aug. 16, 2021. The state has done remarkably well limiting outbreaks, even before its student vaccine mandate has been put into place. (Allison Zaucha/The New York Times)

California accounts for 12% of U.S. students but only 1% of COVID school closures

More protection may be needed if cases begin to climb again

  • Oct 19, 2021
FILE — A mother and daughter attend a parent meeting at Arleta Senior High School in Los Angeles on Aug. 16, 2021. The state has done remarkably well limiting outbreaks, even before its student vaccine mandate has been put into place. (Allison Zaucha/The New York Times)
Fátima Ramirez, the recently appointed executive director of Acción Latina, grew up in the Mission and is a first-generation American of Salvadoran descent. <ins>(Tamara Straus/The Examiner)</ins>

Celebrating SF Latino history across cultures and generations

New Acción Latina head Fátima Ramirez brings big weekend festival to the Mission

  • Oct 19, 2021
Fátima Ramirez, the recently appointed executive director of Acción Latina, grew up in the Mission and is a first-generation American of Salvadoran descent. <ins>(Tamara Straus/The Examiner)</ins>
Telling teachers their hopes and dreams can keep troubled students from returning to jail. (Julie Leopo/EdSource)

Stanford study finds writing teachers a letter can turn around lives

Heartfelt notes kept some students from returning to jail

  • Oct 19, 2021
Telling teachers their hopes and dreams can keep troubled students from returning to jail. (Julie Leopo/EdSource)