A Dark Musical Biography of Jack London

Jul 31, 2016
Sonoma City Opera

  All this week, the North Bay report is revisiting archival stories about lesser known aspects of Jack London’s life and work. We begin today with a look back at the 2006 biographical opera, “Every Man Jack,” composed by Libby Larsen.

Mezzo Soprano Jennifer as Charmian London is featured in this scene from the 2006 Sonoma State production of Every Man Jack below. Jack is played by Rod Gilfrey.

  A significant share of Petaluma’s homeless population are addicted to alcohol or drugs, so a new program there is offering expedited treatment as a first step toward getting housed.

  For some people, says COTS CEO Mike Johnson, a decision to finally seek help and get clean and sober requires some extra pressure, such as the treat of a jail term. And the length of that threatened term makes a difference.

The Sober Circle is still in its early days, and program director Robin Phoenix says there have been a few little bumps along their learning curve.

Pinkwashing in Alcohol Beverage Advertising

Sep 12, 2015
Alcohol Justice

  Alcoholic beverages are known to contribute to breast cancer. Yet some of those same products are associating themselves with fundraising campaigns to promote awareness and treatment of breast cancer. A new study examines that inherent contradiction.

Sarah Mart’s study is published in the peer-reviewed journal, Addiction. You can read an online  summary here.

Campaign Seeks More Healthy Choices in Smaller Stores

Mar 5, 2014

  A county-by county survey has listed the stores where tobacco, alcohol and sugary drinks are sold, which ones are close to schools, and which ones offer healthy alternatives. The next step is encouraging them to make changes, for the good of their customers.

Californians Overdosing on "Self-medication"

Jan 22, 2014

  A new study finds that  millions of Americans drink too much, but few are honest with their doctor about it Lori Abbott has more on this issue in California.