Santa Rosa Press Democrat

  • Blogs

    April 16, 2014

    Marijuana Blamed For California Drought; Almonds Get A Pass

    California is the fruit and nut basket of the world, with almonds, wine from grapes, stone fruits and citrus grown here available in China, Maine and many points in between. The state is also the country's marijuana garden, with more cannabis grown here than any other state, according to law enforce ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 10, 2012

    Hungry Dude Goes Completely Berserk After Eating Mini-Mart Food

    Have you ever wondered what's really in those nachos  served at your local gas station? What about the hot links rolling around the warmer. And the deli sandwiches? How long have they been there?We're even more curious about the mini mart spread after reading a story about a 27-year-old man who ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 20, 2012

    Rose Cliver: Community to Remember Oldest 1906 Earthquake Survivor, Who Died Sunday

    Rose Cliver lived a long life​We were sad to read the news that Rose Cliver, one of five oldest survivors of the 1906 earthquake, died yesterday at her home. She was 109 -- and lived a good life.But the San Francisco community is taking today to toast Cliver and her very, very long life. At noon, ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 28, 2011

    New York Times to Sell Press Democrat, 15 Other Papers

    ​Another Bay Area newspaper shake up is imminent. The New York Times Company announced this week that it's selling The Press Democrat, the Bay Area's fifth largest newspaper. Romenesko shared the news yesterday, explaining that the Santa Rosa newspaper as well as 15 other regional papers, includin ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 26, 2011

    Judge Dismisses Defamation Suit Against The Press Democrat

    Thems the facts ​Not all newsrooms are filled with doom and gloom. A California district judge this week dismissed claims that a series of articles between April and December 2010 in The Santa Rosa Press Democrat defamed one of the subjects of the stories: Gwendolyn Smith, a woman the articles des ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 17, 2011

    Sonoma Councilwoman Wants to Ban Pit Bulls -- and Other Aggressive Dogs

    Sonoma vs. Pit bulls ​Taking a page out of San Francisco's playbook of citywide bans, Sonoma's City Council is considering outlawing pit bulls after last week's fatal attack of a Pacifica pregnant woman.City Councilwoman Joanne Sanders says she'll ask the full council to ban the pups and other vic ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 15, 2011

    Don Casper, Who Saved State Billions, Killed in Hit-and-Run

    Don Casper​Don Casper, a deeply involved San Franciscan who managed to save taxpayers billions of dollars by blowing up a cockamamie state scheme, was killed last night. He was struck by a pickup truck as he went on a jog Sunday evening in western Sonoma County. Casper was 63 years old. He had bee ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 24, 2011

    Press Democrat Sued Over 'Serial Squatter' Series

    Is now the subject of a news story ​The Santa Rosa Press Democrat ran a series of stories about someone accused of improperly using the courts to her advantage -- and you guessed it: The newspaper got sued.Gwendolyn Smith was dubbed a "serial squatter" in a half-dozen Santa Rosa Press Democrat art ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 13, 2011

    Joseph Erich Pearson, S.F. Dispensary Owner, Arrested After Blaze Burns Marijuana Grow in Rural Sonoma

    Marijuna blaze​The co-founder of San Francisco's slickest medical cannabis dispensary and a member of the San Francisco Medical Cannabis Task Force has been charged with multiple felonies stemming from a Sonoma County marijuana grow, according to news reports.Joseph Erich Pearson, 34, co-founder o ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 29, 2010

    Alleged Edwin Ramos Murders Haunt Sonoma Pro-Sanctuary City Candidate

    Edwin Ramos, the man who killed sanctuary cities​ The 2008 slaying of an Excelsior District man and his two sons in San Francisco, allegedly by an illegal immigrant, roiled ill will towards the city's sanctuary city status. But now the murders are being held against a candidate for the Board of Su ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 26, 2010

    Hometown Papers Claim Local Hero Cyclist Levi Leipheimer Never Doped. Oh Really?

    Hometown papers are ardently defending Levi Leiphimer from accusations of drug use. But those accusations may not be so far-fetched.​When disgraced 2006 Tour de France champion Floyd Landis last week confessed to doping and fingered other cyclists, the Santa Rosa Press Democrat was quick to jump t ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 17, 2009

    Chronic City: Big Marijuana Headache For Mendocino District Attorney

    mendonews.wordpress.comMendocino grow room: Puff, puff, pass? Not so fastIt's not easy being a district attorney, especially in a mostly pot-friendly place like Mendocino County. Whatever law enforcement priorities you follow, it's guaranteed you're going to piss off one group while pleasing another ... More >>

  • Dining

    November 19, 2008

    Voodoo on the Vine

    The origins of the increasingly popular Biodynamic wine are steeped in the occult and bad science.

  • Blogs

    September 10, 2008
  • News

    September 6, 2000

    Bow to the King

    Or, why we love Barry Bonds, even when he's a royal Jerk

  • News

    January 31, 1996

    Down by Law

    Tom Waits raises dough for pal Don Hyde's defense

  • News

    March 1, 1995

    The Case For One Daily

    The Joint Operating Agreement deprives the Chronicle of the resources it needs to produce a great newspaper; it also prevents the afternoon Examiner from connecting with the readers it needs to survive. Since the JOA makes it inevitable that only one wil

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