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Wine & Food Affair draws smaller crowd

When Karen Schafer watched on TV as wildfires carved a destructive path across Sonoma and Napa counties, the Sparks, Nevada, resident thought she’d be canceling her upcoming Wine Country vacation.But assured by emails from her favorite wineries that most everything remained intact, the retired sonographer and her husband Chris, a retired doctor, kept their plans. As they drove north up Highway 101, they saw charred hillsides centered around Santa Rosa give way to untouched vineyards turning...

Web of Exploitation: How the Construction Industry Systematically Short-Changes Immigrant Workers

Local construction subcontractor R&R Steel got caught paying immigrant workers way less than they were due.November 2017Jim DeBrosseFor our November 2017 issue, we look at immigration in the city: Who we were, who we are, and who we’re becoming.Edward Gonzalez—and dozens of other Hispanic workers for R&R Steel reinforcing the concrete on the new parking garage at Eighth and Sycamore streets—would have never known they were being cheated out of tens of thousands of dollars in wages if...

Down under, mother and daughter learn to see each other in a different light

James D. Morgan Getty Images <caption> A climb of the Sydney Harbor Bridge gives intrepid travelers to Australia the opportunity to take in the city from 430 feet up. </caption>Standing on a steel platform at the top of the arch of the Sydney Harbor Bridge, suspended 430 feet above the water, palms sweating, knees unsteady and feeling lightheaded, I turn to my daughter and, weakly, try to smile.The Sydney Harbor Bridge is the tallest steel arch bridge in the world. I am afraid...