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Tweet Jerry Brown orders scrapping Prop. 8 – Inside Bay Area: “SAN FRANCISCO—California Attorney General Jerry Brown changed course on the state’s new same-sex marriage ban Friday and urged the state Supreme Court to void Proposition 8.In a dramatic reversal, Brown filed a legal brief saying the measure that amended the California Constitution to limit marriage to a man and a woman is itself unconstitutional because it deprives a minority group of a fundamental right. Earlier, Brown had said he would defend the...

Tweet Marvin Harrison out for game: “NDIANAPOLIS — Colts receiver Marvin Harrison did not travel to Jacksonville on Wednesday and will miss Thursday night’s game against the Jaguars.” ...

Tweet Tarvaris Jackson at QB: “EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. — Vikings quarterback Tarvaris Jackson will make his second consecutive start Sunday against Atlanta in a move that might portend a permanent return to that role.” ...

Tweet Hard Times Without Studs: A heartfelt blog post. Tom Englehardt rightly points to radio host Laura Flanders mention of the Chicago Labor protest by over 200 workers and how President-Elect Barack Obama supported their efforts. It’s a new day; a shock to a generation raised on the idea of union-busting without even knowing what unions are, let alone why they exist. ...

Tweet Insider trading story | Reuters: “Former Lehman salesman Matthew Devlin was charged with participating in an insider trading scheme, a criminal complaint filed in District Court in Manhattan showed. The complaint said Devlin should have known not to divulge confidential information his wife shared with him. His wife is a partner in public relations firm Brunswick Group LLC. Brunswick said in a statement: “The husband of a Brunswick employee has been arrested by U.S. authorities for using information obtained illegally...

Tweet Truthdig – Ear to the Ground – Tough Road Ahead for New Economic Appointees: “Mr. Obama named Mary L. Schapiro, 53, to head the Securities and Exchange Commission, which has come under sharp criticism for its failure to detect signs that major Wall Street banks were in trouble before the financial crisis, as well as lax oversight of the New York financier Bernard Madoff, who the authorities say has confessed to running a $50 billion Ponzi scheme. […] Mr. Obama also announced the selection of two former...

Tweet The Swamp: “Paul Weyrich, one of the best-known leaders of the conservative movement, died this morning at age 66 from an undisclosed cause. He was a co-founder of the Heritage Foundation, one of the most influential think tanks in the nation’s capital.” — Oh, no. I’m not a conservative, but I am a political junkie. ...

Tweet Socialtext News – Susan Mernit’s Blog: “As we all know, alumni networks frm opast companies ate great ways to get jobs, Ross Mayfield’s Socialtext is going to be right there helping those folks out. Ross writes: “Today, Socialtext is meeting this latent need with a free Corporate Social Network offer for the 2009 Recession. Any former employee and HR director of a company that reduced its workforce by 5% or more in the last year can create a private Corporate Social Network for free by applying...

Tweet YouTube star Renetto’s been at odds with the YouTube execs of late, so I thought I’d chime in with my take on his problem. Basically, he wants to be able to say what he wants when he wants. I’m explaining that YouTube and digital media is too monetized with corporate sponsors who are sensitive to their image, so much so they are fearful of comments left that could lead to embarrassment. Renetto can play their game, what would it harm? ...

Tweet   After several months of work, the mural at 1100 Broadway in downtown Oakland is finished.  The work of Oakland artist Rocky Rische-Baird, it is a step back in time as much as it is a celebration of downtown Oakland and a landmark for 1100 Broadway itself. I talked to Rocky Rische-Baird about his new classic work. ...

Tweet Republicans tanking ratings – Real Clear Politics: “Republicans in Congress have a lower approval rating than President Bush, according to the latest Gallup survey (Dec. 12-14, 1008 A). Just 25% of U.S. adults approve of the job Republicans are doing in Congress, 4 points lower than Bush’s 29%. It is the lowest mark for either party since Gallup began polling the approval ratings of Congressional parties in 1999. Congressional Democrats received a 37% approval rating — still low, but a 7-point increase...

Tweet Liza Zimmerman, my friend who’s based in San Francisco and locally known as “Liza The WIne Chic” just sent this email: Dear All, Please join me for my Bay Area TV debut! I was on Captain Kangaroo many years ago, but this will be more fun. The show tapes live on Friday January 9th from 3pm to 4pm, so members of the audience will need to be there by between 2:15 and 2:30pm. Tickets are free and it’s going to be fun! Here are the RSVP directions: Please direct people to our website www.viewfromthebay.com and...

Tweet Iraq shoe-throwing supporters unite Worldwide – Inside Bay Area: “Anti-war activists from the group Code Pink marched at a Marine recruiting station in Berkeley this morning to show solidarity with an Iraqi journalist who threw his shoes at President Bush on Sunday.Members of the group and others marched around the recruiting station holding shoes in the air to show support for Iraqi journalist Muntadhar al-Zeidi, who hurled two shoes at Bush during a news conference in Baghdad.In many Arab countries, showing the...

Tweet More local fallout from Madoff collapse From SFGate: “With reference to the unfolding $50 billion alleged Ponzi scheme perpetrated by Bernard Madoff, the following e-mail was sent to a number of Bay Area institutions Monday: Dear Colleagues: I regretfully write to inform you that due to a sudden financial crisis and the resulting loss of funding, the JEHT Foundation has stopped all grant-making effective immediately and will be closing its doors in early 2009. Unfortunately the funds of the donors to the JEHT Foundation...

Tweet Nation’s first face transplant done in Cleveland | ajc.com From AP and AJC : “CLEVELAND — A woman so horribly disfigured she was willing to risk her life to do something about it has undergone the nation’s first near-total face transplant, the Cleveland Clinic announced Tuesday. Reconstructive surgeon Dr. Maria Siemionow and a team of other specialists replaced 80 percent of the woman’s face with that of a female cadaver a couple of weeks ago in a bold and controversial operation certain to stoke the...

Tweet Report: Small online news sites more proven than large ones » VentureBeat: “The report uses long tail economics to show how small sites can do well by achieving greater distribution among a niche readership. Because operating costs are so low, these sites can still manage to be successful despite lower rates of advertising revenue. The report describes the revenue model for independent blogs and news sites and it offers, as an example, a news site with 1 million unique visitors a month which generates $1.5 million in...

Tweet National Journal Online — Lost in Transition — E-Government Ball Already Rolling At Commerce: “If Barack Obama wants to prioritize e-government, he might look to the Commerce Department, which has quietly gained a reputation for being one of the most Web-savvy departments in the federal government.Commerce has long been viewed as a sprawling, almost ungovernable bureaucracy, but over the last few years it has seen significant advances in areas both small (online video) and large (the 2010 census).“I...

Tweet ProFootballTalk.com – GIANTS ADD A WIDEOUT: “The New York Giants will sign receiver Derek Hagan, according to Mike Garafolo of the Newark Star-Ledger. Hagan was cut earlier this year by the Dolphins.  Though he’s had several tryouts, he had not been re-signed.  Plagued by a problem holding onto the ball, the Fins finally gave up on the former first-day draft pick in November. The Giants need help at the position given the absence of Plaxico Burress.  The problem is that Burress can be properly replaced...

Tweet MARTA warns of big fare hikes, major cuts | ajc.com: “MARTA’s top administrator on Monday warned of steep fare hikes and drastic cuts in passenger services if the transit agency cannot find more revenue sources to make up for a projected $60 million revenue shortfall. “We are talking about a Draconian — unbelievably Draconian — reduction in service,” said MARTA general manager Beverly Scott. “There is not enough stuff that one can touch where you can, in fact, wind up making up those kinds of sharp decreases.” Scott’s...

Tweet GOV PROPOSES NEW BUDGET FOR NEW YORK – New York Post: “Gov. Paterson’s proposed $121.1 billion budget includes wacky taxes on items ranging from luxury goods to downloaded music, movies and games from the Internet. The plan also calls a massive 14 percent hike to public college tuition, slashing school aid by 3.3 percent, layoffs, higher fees for motor vehicles and fishing and allowing wine to be sold in grocery stores.” — NO! How is the Internet tax to be enforced? What if one blocks their IP address? ...