Good morning, Bay Area. It’s Monday, Dec. 9, and Francoise Peschon’s approach to her work is why we believe she is the top vintner of 2019. And our region’s housing woes continue to bring attention to themselves in myriad ways. Here’s what you need to know to start your day. ‘Respectful of the classics, but subtly subversive’ Napa Valley is America’s preeminent wine region, but lately that preeminence has looked vulnerable. Wine prices are astronomical, no one but enormous corporations can afford to buy vineyards. Millennials aren’t interested in visiting. Not to mention the ongoing threats of water scarcity, rising temperatures and wildfires. The Napa Valley machine is still running. But within a generation, could it break? In her profile of Francoise Peschon, The Chronicle’s 2019 Winemaker of the Year, Esther Mobley argues the winemaker represents the best chance Napa’s got at remaining vibrant. Read more. • 2019 … [Read more...] about Bay Briefing: Terroir-first, ego-second: Our 2019 Winemaker of the Year
MOSCOW - The World Anti-Doping Agency's (WADA) executive committee has sent a "robust" rebuke of Russia's sports authorities, banning the country's athletes and officials from the Olympics and world championships in a range of sports for four years. The committee made the move "unanimously" on Monday after WADA concluded that Moscow had tampered with laboratory data by planting fake evidence and deleting files linked to positive doping tests that could have helped identify drug cheats. "For too long, Russian doping has detracted from clean sport. The blatant breach by the Russian authorities of RUSADA's reinstatement conditions ... demanded a robust response. That is exactly what has been delivered today," WADA President Sir Craig Reedie said in a statement. "Russia was afforded every opportunity to get its house in order and rejoin the global anti-doping community for the good of its athletes and of the integrity of sport, but it chose instead to continue in its stance of deception … [Read more...] about Russia Banned From Olympics, Major Events For 4 Years Over Doping
The attacks on front-runner Joe Biden were unrelenting and, at times, personal in a contentious Democratic debate Wednesday night during which the former vice president delivered pointed retorts as he sought to convince voters that he is not an Obama-era relic, but the politician to revive the party.The leading rivals sharing the stage with the more moderate Biden on Wednesday — California Sen. Kamala Harris and New Jersey Sen. Cory Booker — tangled with him on issues not just of policy, but of identity politics, as the two black lawmakers compete with him for African American voters, whose support is crucial to winning the nomination.“There are people right now in prison for life for drug offenses because you stood up and used that tough-on-crime rhetoric that got a lot of people elected but destroyed communities like mine,” Booker said to Biden when the debate turned to mass incarceration.“Mr. Vice President has said that, since the 1970s, every major … [Read more...] about Joe Biden takes fire from all sides in Democratic debate
WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump is allowing more employers to opt out of providing no-cost birth control to women by claiming religious or moral objections, issuing new rules Friday that take another step in rolling back the Obama health care law. The new policy is a long-expected revision to federal rules that require most companies to cover birth control as preventive care for women, at no additional cost. Preventive services are supposed to be free of charge to employees and their dependents under former President Barack Obama’s Affordable Care Act. Trump’s religious and moral exemption is expected to galvanize both his opponents and religious conservatives that back him, but it’s likely to have a limited impact on America’s largely secular workplaces. Most women no longer pay for birth control, and advocates immediately announced plans to try to block the new rule in court. Although tens of thousands of women could be affected by Trump’s new … [Read more...] about Trump expands birth control opt-out for workplace insurance
What are Colorado admissions officials really scouting for as they peruse students’ college applications? Only what they’ve got time for. Academic rigor of high school coursework, grades and test scores rank high on the list of importance to many Colorado college admissions employees. However, with thousands of prospective students to sort through and only so many hours in a day, the applications that students can spend days, weeks and months agonizing over often receive only a few minutes of inspection. For an “easy file” — students with good grades in rigorous courses and high test scores — a University of Colorado Boulder admissions officer may spend 15 to 20 minutes with the entire application, including transcripts, test scores, two essays, letters of recommendation, leadership activities and more, said Clark Brigger, the school’s executive director of admissions. RELATED: Help us report on the college application process by filling out … [Read more...] about Colorado’s college admission officers don’t have time to look at your Instagram. Here’s what they’re looking for.