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The back story of the celebrated Boys’ Night Out at John’s Grill

September 28, 2014
 By Bruce B. Brugmann (Scroll down for photo id and to see Ex- Marine Pete McCloskey jump the barricade and storm Martin's Beach) Boys' Night...

Franklin Delano Roosevelt: His 1932 speech to the Commonwealth Club previewed the New Deal

September 21, 2014
By Bruce B. Brugmann (with the full text of FDR's address) Ken Burns' documentary on the Roosevelts, broadcast last week by KQED,  was a stunning...

Citizen Agnos comes on strong for Proposition B in support of his Athenian oath

June 2, 2014
By Bruce B. Brugmann  (with the complete  text of Art Agnos speech  to the  May 21 dinner of San Francisco Tomorrow) When Art...

“Monologos de la Vagina” An artistic and cultural triumph at the Brava theater in the Mission

February 17, 2014
I had just settled into my seat Friday night at the  Brava Theater in the Mission to see  the opening night  production of “Monologos...

Sue Hestor’s 70th birthday party: “We Shall Overcome.”

February 5, 2014
By Bruce B. BrugmannPlus: Tim Redmond reports on Sue Hestor and her environmental legacy on his new local  website 48 Hills.org.  How do you...

Joe Bulgo: The neglected hero of Pearl Harbor

December 8, 2013
By Bruce B. Brugmann(B3 note: reprinted from last year and to be reprinted every year by me for reasons that will become apparent upon...

Extra! Extra! Calling all Nebraska Cornhuskers!

August 31, 2013
How to watch the Nebraska vs. Wyoming game at 5 p.m today on 403 cable and at the Final Final bar  in SF (Saturday,...

Normon Solomon: Terminal

June 27, 2013
Edward Snowden has provided, in my estimation and that of many others, a valuable journalistic and public service. And he has accomplished what...

Thunder from West Portal: Quentin Kopp savages the Warriors’ Embarcadero Wall and its $220 million taxpayer subsidy

June 11, 2013
(Scroll down to read Kopp's column from the Westside Observer) When then State Sen. Quentin Kopp was appointed to the bench in San Mateo...

Bully for the ACLU! It went after the real lawbreakers

June 11, 2013
Scroll down to read the ACLU complaint in the New York Times storyFor me, the crucial question was not whether Edward J. Snowden broke...

The Pulitzer Prize Board surrender – and how the New York Times blew the Ed Kennedy story (Part l)

In the May 19, 1945 edition of the New Yorker magazine, the legendary press critic A. J. Liebling wrote a prescient article on what...

Honoring Edward Kennedy for defying and defeating political censorship in WWII

December 21, 2012
The campaign to award a posthumous Pulitzer Prize to Edward Kennedy, the Associated Press reporter who defied political censorship to break the story of...

Louis Dunn comments on the shootings in Newtown

December 20, 2012
"Pupils were all shot multiple times with a semiautomatic, officials say."  New York Times Sunday edition (December 16, 2012).  Guardian artist Louis Dunn comments....

Miami First Amendment attorney: election suppression is “unbelievably awful”

November 6, 2012
Thomas R. Julin, one of the top First Amendment attorneys in the country, emailed me this afternoon about the election suppression situation in Miami....

Extra! Extra! Gov. Rick Scott welcomes you to the State of Florida on election suppression day

November 6, 2012
And so, thanks to Republican Governor Rick Scott and his Republican allies, the lines of voters were once again impossibly long at Florida voting...

Halloween 1951: Fast times in Rock Rapids, Iowa

October 30, 2012
The tale of what really happened on Halloween Eve in 1951 in Rock Rapids, Iowa.  (Reprinted by popular demand.)As I was preparing to update...

Avalos, Campos, Kim, Olague: Four profiles of courage at City Hall

October 11, 2012
Supervisors John Avalos, David Campos, Jane Kim, and Christina Olague earned profiles of courage for their votes to reinstate suspended Sheriff Ross Mirkarimi up...

The Mirkarimi vote: Will there be some profiles of courage?

October 8, 2012
(See the postscript for the Chronicle's shameful crucifixion coverage of Mirkarimi and a timely, newsworthy oped it refused to run by Mirkarimi's former girl...

The return of the Irish Newsboys to Lefty O’Doul’s

October 4, 2012
Fresh from a recent command performance at Lee Houskeeper's Boys Night Out gathering at Lefty O'Doul's, the Irish Newsboys return to Lefty O'Doul's this...

Sunshine eclipsed

Supervisors reject Sunshine Ordinance Task Force members for stealthy political reasons

Nicholas Perez drives Robotics Team 1717 to the No. 1 position in the world

May 11, 2012
Well, my addiction to robotics continues as the fabled Dos Pueblos Robotics Team 1717, led by my grandson Nicholas Perez as the ace driver, ...

Louis Dunn asks ex-President Bush: Was the Iraq war worth it?

December 29, 2011
Lead paragraph in the lead story in Thursday's New York Times (12/29/11):"BAGHDAD--The Obama administration is moving ahead with the sale of nearly $11 billion...

The dramatic video: UC-Davis Chancellor Linda P. B. Katehi and her walk in shame

November 21, 2011
 My granddaughter Madeline, a senior at the University of California-Davis, has been camping out with the Occupy movement at Davis.  And so I have...

Potrero Hill History Night: a special occasion for a special neighborhood

October 28, 2011
Scroll down for Potrero Hill History Night photos And so Country Joe McDonald ambled on to the stage Saturday night at the International...