Army Pfc. Bradley Manning was sentenced this morning to 35 years in prison for giving U.S. secrets to WikiLeaks. Prosecutors had portrayed 25-year-old Manning as "the determined insider," an anarchist hacker and traitor who started working within weeks of his 2009 deployment to provide WikiLeaks wi ... More >>
Food blogger Adam Roberts, otherwise known as the Amateur Gourmet, has just released a new cookbook and is coming to S.F. this week to celebrate it. To write Secrets of the Best Chefs, Roberts traveled around the country visiting the kitchens of big-name chefs, learned to cook from them, and collect ... More >>
Last week the U.S. Department of State announced the first-ever American Chef Corps as part of the new Diplomatic Culinary Partnership initiative with the James Beard Foundation. We caught up with one of the five Bay Area members, Emily Luchetti, executive pastry chef of Waterbar and Farallon and ch ... More >>
The full list of chefs participating in the U.S. Department of State's new Diplomatic Culinary Partnership initiative was announced a few days ago to much media fanfare. To be clear, I think it's fantastic that the State Department has partnered with the James Beard Foundation and created a roster o ... More >>
Three members of Russian punk band Pussy Riot, having been sentenced to two years' hard labor for the crime of "hooliganism motivated by religious hatred" have seemingly lost their battle for free speech against President Vladimir Putin's regressive regime. Their crime: performing an anti-Putin "Pun ... More >>
Michael Scott Moore, who previously worked as a theater critic for SF Weekly, was reportedly captured by Somali pirates over the weekend while he was traveling to central Somalia to research for his book about Somali pirates. The LA Times reports that Moore was on his way to the airport when 15 m ... More >>
I'll tell you what a cesspool is Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta will arrive in San Francisco Wednesday to talk with their Australian counterparts over a proposed base-sharing agreement.According to a Monday U.S. State Department bulletin:Secretary Clinton ... More >>
Playing favorites?Environmental groups are going after Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, worried that she's allowing Washington lobbyists close to her get away with building a massive oil pipeline from Canada to Texas.Friends of the Earth, a nonprofit with offices in Washington, D.C. and San Fr ... More >>
Ai WeiweiEarlier today, we told you about the Change.org petition, a viral response to the beating of a transgender woman in Maryland. Seeing the significance of this San Francisco-based social-action platform -- which was recently attacked by Chinese hackers -- the pressure is now on for U ... More >>
GrossSince seagulls are mysteriously dying by the dozens at Pier 94 rendering plant after feasting on offal, the Board of Supervisors has been urged to enforce a larine version of a junk food ban.At its Feb. 10 meeting, the city's Animal Care & Control Commission introduced a drafted letter t ... More >>
Can't get any rest in EgyptUC students studying abroad have been evacuated from Egypt amid the escalating and uncontrolled violence in Cairo. UC President Mark Yudof told the San Francisco Appeal that the students have been taken to Barcelona, Spain. Yudof said that 19 university students and 13 ... More >>
If I see you guys make one more mistake, I'm gonna blow my topHenry Norr, an ex-San Francisco Chronicle technology reporter who was fired for his anti-war kibitzing, has turned his energies to sideline critiques of the media.Calling Norr "one persistent listener," NPR Ombudsman Alicia Shepard sai ... More >>
Ross Mirkarimi -- and his signature vest -- were warmly received in South AmericaEl Supervisor Ross Mirkarimi spread the San Francisco no-plastic-bag gospel to Uruguay this week, and the local press apparently went gaga for San Francisco's good-looking ambassador of green.Okay, check y ... More >>
When at the New York State Fair, be sure to check out the meat goats! It's hard to characterize the San Francisco Examiner. You get an impressive breadth of coverage of local events by very hard-working reporters, lunatic fringe national coverage and editorials, and, well, this.But we weren't sur ... More >>
Only a fraction of Mexicans get U.S. asylum.
Kill me, pleaseA tiny pond near the mouth of Golden Gate Park is host to as many as 10,000 invasive African clawed frogs so voracious they're a threat to the entire state's rivers and bays. They've consumed the pond's other frogs and fish, and have taken to eating each other -- just as they'll do ... More >>
To survive the ordeal of escaping Guatemala, Julia needed a big Heart. But not this big.
Got room for an exchange student? When a 15-year-old Nigerian girl paid the San Francisco-based nonprofit organization, Aspect Foundation, thousands of dollars to place her in an American home, the last thing she expected was to to be sent to a soon-to-be-condemned house strewn with dog feces. Other ... More >>
Current TV hired this guy to keep the media out.When Jill Carroll was kidnapped by insurgents in Iraq in 2006, the editor of the Christian Science Monitor quickly released a statement: "Jill's' ability to help others understand the issues facing all groups in Iraq has been invaluabl ... More >>
War, slaughter, genocide and you feel like seeing a movie?
Is a federal agent wooing a sexy fugitive back to the U.S.?
A well-known erotic performer is now an international fugitive. A look into whos getting caught up in the identity theft crackdown.
Will we be more secure -- or just less competitive -- if the government forces hundreds of thousands of international science students to get export licenses simply to look through a microscope?
Why vote Kerry? Exhibit No. 1: George W. Bush has shamelessly hired the dangerous figures behind the Iran-Contra Affair into senior diplomatic posts.
The 9-11 Commission is a nutty distraction from the dangers we face
There are well-connected companies. Then there's Bechtel.
This all-American kid from Monterey is now one of the foremost experts on Saddam Hussein's Iraq. Where does he go from here?
Can Dog Bites achieve a creative breakthrough under the tutelage of a Sylvia Plath-lookin' chick?
Post-Saddam Iraq will be "a gold mine" of opportunity for U.S. and foreign contractors, says an exile leader
A quirk in immigration laws, and tougher security rules, demand a terrible choice from Filipino baggage screeners at SFO: their jobs or their families
To show the value of pundits in the Terror Era, our columnist tells the CIA where bin Laden's been, President Bush where to go
The Circle is a powerhouse of a film about women in Iran
The Western Pacific gray whale, once thought extinct, clings to life in a remote Siberian sea. Biologists fear their research is serving as cover for massive oil drilling that could wipe out this lost tribe once and for all.
A school district administrator's extracurricular foreign recruiting prompts investigations in two countries
Bay Area nursing home regulation lags behind state
Sargon Dadesho survived an Iraqi assassination plot. Now he's out for blood money.
Does Sutter Health understaff maternity unit?