Melissa’s Motorhead Makeover

From zero to 200 in 6.5 seconds. Photos Steven Krause The first week Melissa Westerman had a driver’s license she was arrested for speeding. You might call that a sign, for anyone paying attention. Melissa’s dad, Steve, was paying attention. He figured, besides grounding her (which he did), if his…

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Quit Phubbing Around

How to Reestablish Human Connections in a Digital World. Story by Jim Witous Disclaimer: Coming from a technology background, I’m not immune to the social behavior discussed below. In fact, I have exhibited many of these behaviors over the past eight years since the smartphone was born (the iPhone and…

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Unfettered

Affordable apartments for 60 new households are just a drop in the bucket. Story Don Frances Photos David Bolling In 2011, while working in San Mateo, I wrote about an affordable housing project that had just been approved by the city council there. Like most journalists covering such decisions, I…

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Valley of the Moon Makeover — Fran Blaye

Homeless but not hopeless. Fran Blaye gets a fresh start for the holidays Photos: Steven Krause Fran Blaye is not an alcoholic. She is not addicted to meth, not mentally ill, not a military veteran, not an ex-con, and she does not have 32 cats. Not even one cat. She…

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Q&A with Claus

Exploring the mystery behind the Santa myth. When you try to peel back the myth and examine the man behind it, you quickly become aware that Santa Claus is mostly a mystery. How did he get the job and who appointed him? How does he finance the operation? Does he…

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