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Issue Archive for the Week of Apr 16-22, 2008

News & Opinion

  • A Worker's Life Under H&R Block

    Tax season is over and you know how much you're getting back. Some workers at H&R Block wish they could say that about their wages.
  • The Company Responds — Sort Of

    A Block spokeswoman declines to address many questions, but answers a few via e-mail.
  • Whoop Him

    Teen fight videos exalt assault, an Oakland art vandal is identified, and Berkeley windshield wipers get bent.
  • Canseco brings out the faithful

    The Bash Brother signs books at Barnes & Noble, but it's not like it used to be.
  • Propeller "art"

    Photographed at the Alameda ferry landing.
  • It's Time To Note the Value of Social Work

    Social workers try to understand the unsuccessful and underdogs. Who else in business or government can make such a claim?
  • The Bleeding Pianist

    I'm not a cutter, I just can't stop biting my thumb cuticles.
  • Corrections for April 16

    Whisper patrons, Aixela performers, Neil Down, and Brian Rogers.

Arts & Culture

  • Ars Longa, Vita Brevis

    Artists clobber our outmoded ways of thinking, sans sledgehammer.
  • Not Really the End

    Adam Mansbach contemplates cultural evolution in The End of the Jews.
  • Amy Arbus Breaks Down the Fourth Wall

    The photographer's fixation on costumes and disguises blurs the line between fiction and reality.
  • Mom, Iran, and Barbie

    When Something Wonderful Ends is an off-key swan song for Playhouse West.
  • Aquarium Age

    For the week of April 16-22, 2008
  • Amputees, Affairs, and Fantasies

    Dan reruns an old column that features advice from his dearly departed mother.

Movies

  • One-Night Stands

    Repertory film listings for April 17-23

Food & Drink

Music

Blogs

Most Popular Stories

  • Davis Dysfunction Dooms Raiders Again

    Mark Davis’ head-scratching decision to move the team to Las Vegas has proven to be a major distraction for the team.
  • The Wrong Path?

    Paideia helped turn Oakland Tech into the best public high school in the city. But some teachers and parents are worried about the future of the acclaimed humanities program.
  • Highland Hospital Surveillance Stirs Concerns

    The county's main hospital in Oakland has a camera that reads license plates and shares that information with federal law enforcement, including ICE.
  • Why Oakland Should Cut Off ICE

    Federal immigration officials say they've been investigating "human trafficking" in the city. But in the past decade, they have not imprisoned anyone from Oakland for that crime.
  • Jerry Brown's Cap-and-Trade Program Isn't Working

    California's greenhouse gas emissions declined last year. But it was primarily due to the rainy weather — not the governor's climate policies.

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