Latest Gavin Newsom Stories

2005-09-01 15:25:00

By Jenny O'Mara SACRAMENTO, California (Reuters) - The California Senate voted on Thursday to allow gay marriage, giving an initial legislative boost to one of the state's most contentious issues. The Democrat-dominated Senate voted 21-15 in favor of making marriage in California "gender-neutral," thus open to couples of the same sex. All Senate Republicans and one Democrat opposed the measure. The legislation now advances to the California Assembly, where legislators say the measure will...

2005-08-31 19:09:50

SACRAMENTO, California (Reuters) - California lawmakers approved a law on Wednesday that would allow cities to mandate sterilization of potentially dangerous dog breeds such as pit bulls. The measure follows the death in June of a 12-year-old San Francisco boy mauled by his family's pet pit bull as well as other recent incidents that attracted wide media attention. San Francisco Mayor Gavin Newsom asked for state legislation to allow greater city control over the animals. "We wanted...

2005-08-17 15:36:43

SAN FRANCISCO -- The city of San Francisco wants ideas for making the entire 49-square mile city a free - or at least cheap - Wi-Fi zone. Taking a step toward bridging the so-called digital divide between the tech-savvy and people who can't afford computers, the city government on Tuesday issued guidelines for a plan to "ensure universal, affordable wireless broadband access for all San Franciscans." The invitation, extended to nonprofit groups and businesses that could eventually bid on...

2005-06-30 00:39:45

SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - California's Supreme Courtdeclined on Wednesday to take up a lawsuit over the state'sdomestic partnership law, allowing the law that grants gaycouples many of the same state rights as married heterosexualsto stand. The court's justices did not comment on their action, whichupholds lower state court rulings and comes amid courtchallenges to the state's voter-approved ban on same-sexmarriages after San Francisco Mayor Gavin Newsom touched off anational debate on the...

2005-05-02 22:30:19

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) -- A panel endorsed San Francisco on Monday as its top pick to host the agency overseeing California's $3 billion public investment in stem cell research. The panel, a subcommittee of the 29-member board that oversees the California Institute for Regenerative Medicine, ranked San Diego and Sacramento in a near tie for second. The full agency board is expected to formally choose a site Friday. The institute plans to build an office with a maximum of 50 employees who will...

Word of the Day
  • Like a worm in form or movement; vermiform; tortuous or sinuous; also, writhing or wriggling.
  • Like the track or trace of a worm; appearing as if worm-eaten; vermiculate.
  • Marked with fine, close-set, wavy or tortuous lines of color; vermiculated.
  • A form of rusticated masonry which is so wrought as to appear thickly indented with worm-tracks.
This word ultimately comes from the Latin 'vermis,' worm.