Sholeh Patrick

Research: Don’t trust the news? Verify here

August 14, 2018 at 5:00 am

The best and worst thing about the Web is its ease of information. Long gone are the days when readers could simply read, without verifying. While traditional newspapers and journalists trained in old-style, neutral reporting persist, much ...

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Research/Opinion: Can 7 words really reveal your class?

August 09, 2018 at 5:00 am

It’s difficult to write this. Apparently, one’s “social class” can be detected in as few as seven words. That’s unsettling on multiple levels. That we judge one another so quickly. That we even want to. That such hierarchies as “class” stil...

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Research: Don’t let energy bill boil over

August 07, 2018 at 5:00 am

It’s former Press weather columnist Cliff Harris’s little joke — “Sholeh days,” i.e. anything above 90. He knows the hotter it gets, the more miserable I feel. Whether you dread or embrace this week’s scorchers, the struggle to keep comfort...

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Research: On 228th birthday, here’s to Coast Guard

August 02, 2018 at 5:00 am

Hats off to Mr. Hamilton.It was the nation’s first Secretary of Treasury, Alexander Hamilton, who created the Revenue Cutter Service — precursor to the U.S. Coast Guard — via the Tariff Act in August 1790. Those first 10 single-mast cutters...

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Research: 5 simple steps to prevent a disaster

July 31, 2018 at 5:00 am

The devasting breadth of destruction in California’s beautiful Redding-Shasta area is a rude awakening to an especially dry 2018 fire season. Forest fires are part of life in the Northwest, but many are entirely preventable. As in human-cau...

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RESEARCH: Study says U.S. no longer a democracy

July 26, 2018 at 5:00 am

If sometimes it feels this nation is betraying its founding ideals, that’s because it is. For a country that represents itself as a model of democracy, research indicates we aren’t behaving as one. Nor is it anything new. Rather, according ...

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RESEARCH: Leaves of three, let ’em be

July 24, 2018 at 5:00 am

If you like this heat, be forewarned: You’re not alone. State and national parks teem with hikers, campers, and nature-lovers. If you go, take care not to bring home an unwanted guest. As summer temperatures continue to set heat records, po...

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Opinion: Berkeley takes a back seat for libraries

July 19, 2018 at 5:00 am

They say you don’t know what you’ve got ‘til it’s gone. For a family member temporarily based in Bay-area California, that hit home when plans for a relaxing afternoon at the library were foiled by locked doors. Not open Sundays. Minimal af...

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Grammar/Humor: MLP (never) walks into a bar

July 17, 2018 at 5:00 am

Today’s dilemma, dear Readers, is whether to die laughing, or from the abject horror of these grammatic fauxs-pas:A dangling participle walks into a bar. Enjoying a cocktail and chatting with the bartender, the evening passes pleasantly.A b...

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MLP: Resolving Fort Ground(s) dispute

July 12, 2018 at 5:00 am

Let it not be said your Mrs. Language Person rebukes requests. One Mr. Faulkner Person (he of that blessed breed of grammar enforcers, Oh faithful teachers of English!) did ask, “Should it be ‘Fort Ground’ or ‘Fort Grounds’? S or no S?”S. B...

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