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Rap has been called a universal language -- but it can also be a tool to preserve languages at risk.

Op-Ed: Tea for Mom on Mothers' Day from Petaluma People Services Special

Whether it is said with a greeting card, a phone call or a dinner gathered in her honor, taking some time to express appreciation for the mom in one's life is important.

Madonna angered by unauthorized biopic

Madonna voiced anger Tuesday over news that a Hollywood studio plans an unauthorized biopic of her early years in New York struggling to break into the music business."Nobody knows what I know and what I have seen.

Op-Ed: Marin Society of Artists host sculpture exhibit celebration Special

With 49 Sculptors and 72 pieces of sculptured art on display, The Marin Society of Artists is very pleased to present in their venue the exhibit now showing to celebrate International Sculpture Day which is on April 24.

Op-Ed: Petaluma Peoples Services builds a Bounty to feed families Special

The recent rains and the coming of spring have revealed the bounty of fresh produce and nature’s abundance everywhere. Petaluma People Services Center is pleased to announce the 7th Annual Petaluma Bounty Plant Sale this Sunday, April 23.

'Microdosing' trend has Americans tuning in with psychedelics

After a litany of prescriptions failed to control her stormy mood swings and deep depression, writer Ayelet Waldman finally found relief in a blue vial of diluted LSD.

Op-Ed: Yachting season celebrates its 100 Anniversary in San Francisco Special

This Sunday, April 23rd, to mark the occasion of the 100th Opening Day on the Bay, the Pacific Inter-Club Yacht Association will celebrate in grand style.

Thai 'Sin City' finds abstaining from sex hard

In a daring nautical themed outfit, sex worker May confidently predicts the survival of Thai sleaze town Pattaya despite a junta attempt to tame the kingdom's "Sin City".

Pokémon Go players are happier and friendlier

The strange psychological research story of the week looks into gamers, players of Pokémon Go in particular, and seeks to find out whether the character chasing adventurers are happier and friendlier than the general population.

Review: Shari Bitterman hosts reading and book signing at Book Revue Special

On April 12, Queens author Shari Bitterman hosted a reading and book signing for her brand new children's book, "Simon the Snail."

Op-Ed: Spring is time for art in the San Francisco Bay Area Special

As spring blossoms out, the points of interest for art lovers in the San Francisco Bay area are abundant. Like the those 'April rain showers' that bring forth the flowers, like the rhyme says, is so true for the local artistic scene.

Op-Ed: Local Radio Personality reminisces of days before de-regulation Special

With the emergence of Sirius satellite radio, music channels on cable TV and now personalized radio via streaming Internet services, the days of traditional radio broadcasting are just about over.

Dutch clog-makers hoping to put a stamp on the future

Just decades ago there were thousands. Now only about 30 Dutch clog-makers remain, fighting to save a dying craft with the wooden shoes more often found today as fridge-magnets rather than footwear.

After dating show boom, TV helps you get a divorce

The dating show boom that has swept the world's television screens since the success of "Married at First Sight" may be coming to an end, experts predict.Now it is time to get divorced.

April Fool's advert no joke for Turkish sweet giant

An April-fool's day advert from the Turkish confectionery giant whose stable includes top brands Godiva and McVitie's has proved to be no laughing matter, inciting controversy and a dive in its share price.

Apple is the world’s most intimate brand

There are lists for the most identifiable brands, even the most loved brands. But what about ‘brand intimacy’? This refers to the emotional bond between a person and a brand. New data suggests we’re closer to technology companies.

Breaking trans barriers one barbell at a time in Vietnam

It feels strange, but a few times each year Vietnamese bodybuilder Kendy Nguyen must strap a bikini top over his rock-hard pecs and pretend for a day he is once again a woman.

Op-Ed: Russian Play reflects the universal even to today's audiences Special

Humor is sometimes the best defense in the most trying of times and this could be said of The Ross Valley Player's production of 'Way Out West' by San Rafael playwright Joel Eis, which will premiere this coming April 7.

Gilt-y pleasure: Italian artisan crafts 24-carat gold shoes

Filthy rich and already boast enough glass slippers to win a dozen princes? Italian shoemaker Antonio Vietri has the thing for you: 24-carat gold shoes.

Dog previously abused saves life of freezing three-year-old girl

A badly abused dog, adopted by a Michigan family from an animal shelter, led its owner to a ditch where a naked, three-year-old girl was curled up in a ball and shivering. The dog is credited as a hero for saving the little girl's life.

Op-Ed: Latina playwright's work is compared to that of Steinbeck Special

Playwright Lisa Ramirez brings to the Bay Area a deeply examined and richly textured work. It is one that speaks to our times. Yet as some critics point out, it also gives witness to the universal and the timeless.

Review: Harvard Law School professor tells real U.S. Constitution story Special

What is it about our U. S. Constitution that gets everyone so stirred up? It is among the most referred to documents in recent history. It is a secular document but it holds an almost religious sacredness to it.

Iran pre-nups land thousands of men in jail

When Sadegh married his college sweetheart, he never thought he'd end up as one of those Iranians facing ruin and even prison because of huge sums demanded by his wife's family.

Happiest cities in the U.S. revealed through new survey

Where are the most content, and by association, least content cities in the U.S.? Where are the collective populations happiest? In drawing up such a list, what is happiness and how is it measured? A new survey probes for the answers.

Cutting edge: K-pop band praise plastic surgery beauty

Rounder eyes, narrower faces, bigger breasts: a South Korean girlband is celebrating the country's obsession with surgically-enhanced beauty by going under the knife to praise the virtues of "Becoming Pretty".

Op-Ed: Mystery writer Simon Hall is excited about new book Special

Just about everyone enjoys a good mystery; the intrigue, the danger and of course, the end when it is solved. But the U.K's mystery writer Simon Hall believes that mysteries hold a special spot in English literature.

Taiwan lesbian ordered to pay back groom

A judgement against a gay woman who married a man because of pressure from her family has sparked criticism in Taiwan as the island moves closer to legalising same-sex marriage.

Demetra Tsavaris Lecourezos back with new kid's book on Greece Special

Greek-American author Demetra Tsavaris Lecourezos will be releasing her newest children's book, "Ready, Set, OPA!" It is set in Greece.

How about Nat? Devotees dance for Myanmar party spirit

The medium spins around in a frenzy of red and gold while glugging from a bottle of whisky, part of an age old ritual to honour Myanmar's spirit guardian of drunkards and gamblers.

Op-Ed: 'Simon the Snail' — One of 2017's best children's books

While 2017 is far from over, a children's book that was published this year that really stands out is "Simon the Snail" by Shari Bitterman.

Op-Ed: Brazilian Capoeira seeks to help schools 'Get Empowered!' Special

This past Sunday concluded the annual mega-celebration of Carnival in Sao Palo, Brazil. As ‘a last indulgence’ before the observance of Lent, Carnival is Brazil’s version of Mardi Gras.

Op-Ed: A Green Benefit District picks up were taxes fall short Special

In a place where the median price for an average middle-class home is close to or over $1 million, tax dollars are not able to cover the cost of basic things like maintenance and pot holes in the street.

Op-Ed: A local neighborhood band has a following at the pubs Special

With St. Paddy's Day soon to arrive, no doubt, bands will be performing at pubs, taverns and bars around the City. What better atmosphere for any band than to play at a pub on St. Patrick's Day.

Op-Ed: 'White Trash' book an unflinching look at American caste system Special

The term "white trash" conjures images of people in a backwater or of a broken life with no hope. Like any derogatory phrase to categorize people, "white trash" carries with it a mark of shame and dismissal. And, now a new book confronts it.

Balenciaga turns heads from models row with car mat skirts

Paris fashion's trendsetter of the moment Demna Gvasalia spun heads yet again Sunday with a Balenciaga show that featured car mat skirts.

Russia's hidden sex workers risk violence and disease

Vladimir Putin recently quipped that Russian prostitutes are "the best in the world" as he dismissed unsubstantiated rumours that Moscow had incriminating evidence on Donald Trump.

Op-Ed: To hear the life of Joan of Arc on audio is to be mesmerized Special

To say that Joan of Arc had much at stake is a pun but it also says that this historical figure followed her calling to a bitter and tragic end. Yet, her story is as inspiring today as it was when word got out that a young woman was aiming to save France.

Shared bikes grind Shanghai's gears

Shanghai has impounded thousands of brightly coloured bikes placed on city streets by cycle-sharing companies, in the latest sign of impatience with an explosion of the haphazardly-parked two-wheelers.

Nigerians head to church to find earthly love

Thousands of people began to arrive at the Nigerian megachurch just after dawn on a cool morning, looking for love and hot tips on how to avoid "dating devils".

Op-Ed: A Tree grows in San Francisco and so does division of neighbors Special

A 96-foot Redwood tree stands in the middle of a dispute between what one resident of San Francisco's Montclair Terrace wants to ensure as a legacy in memory to her late husband and what neighbors do not want; an obstruction of view from their windows.

Review: Shari Bitterman brilliant on new children's book Simon the Snail Special

Children's book author Shari Bitterman has released her new book, "Simon the Snail," on January 20 on Archway Publishing.