Dispatches From The Edge: Bullets and Ballots from Beirut to Bolivia

By Conn Hallinan
Thursday May 22, 2008 - 10:00:00 AM

May has been a month of upheaval, from the streets of Beirut, where the Bush Administration appears to have miscalculated disastrously, to Santa Cruz Province in Eastern Bolivia, where a continent’s new political realignment is trying to checkmate a slow motion rightwing coup. -more-

Undercurrents: Confusion Over Dellums’ Proposed Police Increase Tax

By J. Douglas Allen-Taylor
Thursday May 22, 2008 - 10:02:00 AM

Oakland Mayor Ron Dellums working on a ballot initiative to increase city taxes to support a 50-officer increase in the Oakland Police Department over and above the currently authorized 803? -more-

About the House: Using Wooden Retaining Walls in Your Home

By Matt Cantor
Thursday May 22, 2008 - 10:28:00 AM

Ours is an fluid landscape and all its houses, merely mobile homes. For those of us who live in the hills, it seems as though we live upon soils that have long been bored with their current circumstances and long to see the world. They just won’t stay put. -more-