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Joining the journey

After a troubled youth, Malcolm Shabazz seeks to follow in the footsteps of his grandfather, Malcolm X

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Malcolm X once said "Tomorrow is for those who prepare for it today." And today, Malcolm Shabazz, the eldest grandson of Malcolm X, says he is trying to carry on the storied legacy of the radical advocate for African American civil rights and leading voice for the Nation of Islam.Read more »

ACLU demanding more death-drug documents

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The ACLU is going back to court to demand that the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation quit stalling and hand over the remaining documents showing how the state has scrambled to procure a drug for executions.

The group has been trying since October to get records that would show a full picture of how prison officials wound up obtaining a drug that is not currently made in the United States.Read more »

Mysteries of the death-drug scramble

The strange tale of how California prison officials pulled out all the stops to acquire a lethal injection chemical

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The California prison system finally released some documents on its efforts to procure the chemicals it needs to execute prisoners, and the 1,000 pages show the desperate lengths state officials have gone to procure the death drugs.

At one point, the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation looked at importing drugs from Pakistan. In October, prison officials sent agents on a secret midnight mission to Arizona to acquire sodium thiopental, one of the drugs used in executions, from that state's supply.Read more »

Secrets of the state's death-drug deal

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After weeks of grilling the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation (CDCR) on the source of their newly acquired sodium thiopental, we are finally getting some answers.

Deputy Press Secretary of the CDCR Terry Thornton verified to the Associated Press yesterday that the state has acquired 521 grams of the lethal injection component from a British manufacturer, Archimedes Phrama.Read more »

Boring through

Central Subway has a funding shortfall and a growing number of critics, but its supporters are as committed as ever

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Despite an official groundbreaking ceremony last February, the Central Subway — an underground Muni connection to Chinatown — still doesn't have its full $1.5 billion in funding lined up yet, and now the project is facing renewed criticism that the high cost isn't worth the benefits.Read more »

Election 2010: The Lacy party

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Outside of Bloom’s Saloon, there's a silver taco truck with a black and orange Dewitt Lacy sign stuck on the back. “Eat It” by Weird Al is blasting from inside the Saloon and as I timidly follow the noise Lacy himself turns around and gives me a wave.

I instantly feel right at home sipping my ice water while Lacy tells me about his campaign team and their accomplishments. “A lot of us put a lot of hard work into the campaign,” Lacy says.Read more »

California's secret death drug

Where did the state suddenly find the chemical it needs for executions?

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California was forced to postpone the execution of convicted murderer Albert Greenwood Brown in September because the state had run out of sodium thiopental, part of the death drug cocktail used in lethal injections.

The last batch of the drug expired Oct. 1 and the manufacturer won't have more until 2011. So as of early October, all executions had been postponed until next year.Read more »

Walk SF goes pro as pedestrians get priority

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Walk San Francisco, a longtime pedestrian advocacy organization in San Francisco, wants us all on our feet and in the streets. This week, the organization welcomed Elizabeth Stampe to their nonprofit team as executive director — its first executive director in four years – just as the city of San Francisco has made it official policy to promote walking over other transportation options.Read more »

PG&E's secret pipeline map

The utility won't release its pipeline locations — even to the Fire Department — but we managed find the info

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>>CLICK HERE TO VIEW THE FULL-SIZE PG&E SECRET PIPELINE MAP (PDF)

It's been nearly two weeks since the pipeline in San Bruno exploded and killed four people, injuring many more and destroying 37 homes. And it's left a lot of people in San Francisco wondering: could it happen here?Read more »