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Stories from Chris Coursey

Coursey: Ripley's unbelievable life

There may be a few things you haven't heard about Santa Rosa native Robert Ripley.

Coursey: When the Boston mob came to Santa Rosa

Before there was 'Whitey' Bulger, there was Santa Rosa's Joseph 'The Animal' Barboza.

Coursey: Economy's friendly skies reserved for a dwindling few

A weekend article comparing the economy to seating choices on airplane ignored reality.

Coursey: The pitch and the pendulum

Rohnert Park is talking about a big housing subdivision again.

Coursey: A plea for help in the night

Monday's startling Amber Alert is a reminder that cellphones connect us all.

Coursey: Good news, bad news and fair news

Get in some old-fashioned fair fun before it is too late.

Coursey: Music videos not Healdsburg winemaker's only hobby

Jordan turns out to be the mystery donor behind a Mass. GOP Senate hopeful.

Coursey: How things were, and how things are

It is clear the GOP-controlled House is not interested in helping the middle class.

Coursey: When we all pay for dumb behavior

A visitor's weekend rescue prompts the question, should taxpayers be footing the bill?

Coursey: Let's encourage more voting, not less

Voting is a political act, but the right to vote should not be a political issue.

Coursey: The socio-economic side of street maintenance

Let them eat cake. Out of potholes. That's the message being sent in Santa Rosa.

Coursey: Redrawing the circle of life

It's a good thing birds don't carry shotguns. If they did, humans might be in big trouble.

COURSEY: Let's not become Anytown, USA

Dick, you're not in Kansas any more ...

COURSEY: When rights confront responsibilities

Bullets whistled around a busy Bennett Valley shopping center on Tuesday afternoon. Luckily, none of those bullets found flesh.

COURSEY: Race? Who knows? Guns? You betcha.

Chris Coursey ponders the many unanswered questions of George Zimmerman's murder trial.

COURSEY: A beer baron's backyard philosophy

Anyone would envy Tony Magee's job. He makes beer, after all.

COURSEY: Radical nihilism in its natural state at Yosemite

When the debate over a local public power agency, for example, seems convoluted, head for Yosemite to see some real fireworks, writes Chris Coursey.

COURSEY: A new reality for SFO travelers

After Saturday's crash of an Asiana Airlines plane at SFO, landing in San Francisco will never be the same again, writes Chris Coursey.

COURSEY: Turning student loan debt into free tuition

At a time when student debt has reached an all-time high, Oregon's tuition idea should be looked at seriously by every state, Chris Coursey writes.

COURSEY: Down the rabbit hole with the gas tax

California's gasoline tax increased 3.5 cents a gallon this week, but it hasn't yet been reflected in prices at the pump.

COURSEY: Waiting 91 years for a special moment

Amid all the bad news this week, it's hard to suppress a smile while reading about the resumption of same-sex weddings in Sonoma County, writes Chris Coursey.

COURSEY: Delivering a message on repeat drunken driving

A Mendocino County deputy district attorney is pushing the envelope of the criminal justice system in his efforts to put a serial drunken driver behind bars.

COURSEY: 1 step forward, 1 step back

The Supreme Court giveth, and the Supreme Court taketh away.

COURSEY: It's hard to resist sport's 'killer instinct'

The cage fighting and calf roping featured in the weekend's paper has Chris Coursey wondering about the human condition.

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