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The California Teachers Association is currently conducting a weeklong series of protests aimed to prevent additional cuts to public education. The protesters support Gov. Jerry Brown’s attempt to pass a series of tax extensions that would help alleviate the remaining $15.4 billion deficit. [X]press has continually supported

San Francisco city employees, who have long planned on using their pensions to live out retirement in ease, may soon face grim circumstances. Unless the city seriously addresses comprehensive pension reform, city workers — particularly police officers — may find themselves unemployed. As San Francisco’s rising

Nicotine fiends, your days of smoking in public may be numbered. According to the Centers for Disease Control, by the year 2020, all 50 states could impose a smoking ban in bars, restaurants, parks, and the workplace. Currently, 25 states and cities, such as Washington D.C. and

[caption id="attachment_6368" align="aligncenter" width="525" caption="Sara Donchey / Xpress staff"][/caption] When final exams end in less than a month and students begin relaxing for the summer, SF State's academic landscape will begin a drastic transformation. President Robert A. Corrigan announced April 22 that the University is moving forward

There are few constants in global politics: American imperialism,  Israeli-Palestinian tensions - and the Castro brothers ruling Cuba. The latter, however, may soon change. And for the first time in the more than five decades since the revolution, capitalism could slowly materialize without the admission of Cuba’s

"Cute guy with a white shirt and grey zip-up on. You're sitting with two girls at a table against the well. You have a cute smile! (: We keep making eye contact, would love to talk to you sometime." This is a prime example of what

Last Thursday heralded the dawn of the 2011 baseball season and, with it, the reconvening of arguably the most storied and bitter rivalry in professional sports. This year’s first confrontation between the San Francisco Giants and Los Angeles Dodgers, however, was marked more by what

Japan is not a novice when dealing with earthquakes. The country is so well-prepared in case one strikes that even elementary students are knowledgeable about emergency procedures. But this recent occurrence is different. The 9.0-magnitude earthquake, the largest recorded in Japan, triggered a tsunami, a number

University President Robert A. Corrigan’s email to faculty March 21, which detailed his newest proposal to reduce the number of colleges from eight to six and suggested that faculty participate in another campus-wide referendum, comes as no surprise. When the first referendum was in progress Feb.

Within minutes of Japan being hit with the largest recorded earthquake in its history as well as an ensuing tsunami on March 11, journalists were on their feet, ready to provide the public with fair and balanced information, and continuing coverage of the catastrophe, as

Samuel Vengrinovich is originally from San Francisco and currently lives in Tel Aviv-Jaffa. He has a bachelor’s degree in international relations from SF State and a master’s degree in diplomacy and conflict studies from The Interdisciplinary Center in Israel. He has worked in various political

A 9.0 magnitude earthquake, a 30-foot tall tsunami and a melting nuclear reactor are just the beginning. Whole villages have been swept away. The power is out. Roads, airports and rail lines are all buried under water and debris, making logistics impossible. Food and water supplies

With the fracture of state legislatures between Republican and Democrat lawmakers sweeping the country, the American political system is further deteriorating. It appears that this fracture is no longer bureaucratic posturing to garner votes and stay in office. Nor is it simple punditry bickering. Rather, it

Hold the presses! Someone has outshined the Biebs. It’s not another teen idol, natural disaster or foreign uprising against tyranny that’s making headlines, though. According to the New York Times, the Obama administration made the decision to continue to hold detainees who have not been charged at

When is it wrong to report a crime? When the U.S. military is the guilty party, of course. Bradley Manning, a 23-year-old U.S. Army soldier, is currently being held in solitary confinement and withstanding unreasonable treatment for allegedly exposing cables documenting military war crimes. Manning has been

Flash back to March 4, 2010. Last year’s Day of Action united students in all levels of the California education system. People protested. Walk-outs took place statewide. Kindergarten through higher education students worked together to create a demonstration of outrage that  couldn’t be ignored. Nationwide, 23 states

Nick Lera graduated from the University with a bachelor’s degree in English literature in 2009 and is a graduate student in the Teacher Credential Program. With college consolidation, a $33-million deficit and severe staff cutbacks looming, SF State is facing some unprecedented hurdles. As the University looks