Humanizing the border: Francisco Cantú’s “The Line Becomes a River”

A child standing at the border wall observes the “Not Walls” demonstration by activists in the US in front of the wall that divides Ciudad Juarez, Mexico, from Sunland Park, New Mexico, on October 23, 2017. / AFP PHOTO / HERIKA MARTINEZ (Photo credit should read HERIKA MARTINEZ/AFP/Getty Images) (Credit: Getty/Herika Martinez) How and why people come to the United States, what they do and how they are treated once they get here, and who they are allowed to become, is a cornerstone of the American story. Throughout the first year of Donald Trump’s administration, part of that national story has been playing out through ICE raids, deportations and round-ups,… Read More

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Why long stretches of “alone time” can be dangerous

(Credit: Shutterstock) Lots of people are afraid of driving past massive tractor trailers on the highway — perhaps for more reasons than they know. In one study, a truck driver described “traveling down a flat, straight stretch of roadway in the middle of the night in clear weather. Suddenly he ‘saw’ a calf standing in the road ahead. He swerved his vehicle sharply to the left, and it overturned in the roadway.” The driver admitted that in the past he had seen “things that are not there.” The driver wrote off the hallucinations to being very sleepy. But there’s another explanation: he was lonely. There have been stories about truck… Read More

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Pizza My Heart now selling slices in San Ramon

The Capitola-founded Pizza My Heart has just expanded to San Ramon. It’s the second Contra Costa County location for the company; a Walnut Creek one opened in 2016. Born on the beach, Pizza My Heart features a surf-and-slice theme. The chain specializes in topping its whole pies and slices with regionally sourced vegetables, nitrite/nitrate-free pepperoni and bacon and antibiotic-free chicken. “Slice of the day” specialties include the Fort Point on Monday (pesto, chicken, sausage, tomato, artichoke) and the Figgy Piggy on Saturday (figs, bacon, feta cheese, fresh sage). Related Articles Oakland’s Fentons creates Girl Scout Thin Mint cookie sundae First look at Oakland’s Copper Spoon Cocktails & Kitchen 7 Valentine’s… Read More

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Pizza My Heart now selling slices in San Ramon

The Capitola-founded Pizza My Heart has just expanded to San Ramon. It’s the second Contra Costa County location for the company; a Walnut Creek one opened in 2016. Born on the beach, Pizza My Heart features a surf-and-slice theme. The chain specializes in topping its whole pies and slices with regionally sourced vegetables, nitrite/nitrate-free pepperoni and bacon and antibiotic-free chicken. “Slice of the day” specialties include the Fort Point on Monday (pesto, chicken, sausage, tomato, artichoke) and the Figgy Piggy on Saturday (figs, bacon, feta cheese, fresh sage). Related Articles Oakland’s Fentons creates Girl Scout Thin Mint cookie sundae First look at Oakland’s Copper Spoon Cocktails & Kitchen 7 Valentine’s… Read More

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Queer Eye’s Karamo Brown Is a Big Deal, but MTV Fans Already Know That

Karamo Brown may be the newly crowned king of culture on the Netflix Queer Eye reboot, but one glance at Brown’s groundbreaking accomplishments proves that an expertise in all things culture is just a sample of what this Southern gentleman has to share with the world. Born in Houston, TX, to Jamaican parents, Brown studied at Florida A&M University and made his television debut in 2005 when the then-22-year-old was cast in MTV’s The Real World: Philadelphia. As the first openly gay African-American man to be cast on a reality show, Brown’s appearance on The Real World was a historical moment for reality TV. After the show, Brown dedicated more… Read More

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