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Voters sue over Novato Sanitary election

A pair of voters, claiming they were disenfranchised because they weren't given the chance to vote, filed a lawsuit late Monday to contest the results of the Nov. 3 election for three seats on the Novato Sanitary District board.

The complaint was filed by Suzan Sharpley and Robert Abeling, who say they represent a type of voter who should have been able to vote in the Novato Sanitary election but couldn't because the race was excluded from their ballots.

Metallica's Hetfield donates 330 acres to county

Metallica rock band leader James Hetfield has donated to the county a 330-acre agricultural conservation easement near his home on land overlooking Lucas Valley.

The Marin Board of Supervisors on Tuesday unanimously accepted donation of the easement, which precludes development on the land known as the Luiz Ranch.

Protesters hound Sen. Boxer at book event

For U.S. Sen. Barbara Boxer, politics rarely takes a night off, even when she's trying to tout her fledgling career as a novelist.

At a promotional appearance Wednesday night at Book Passage in Corte Madera for her second novel, "Blind Trust," the former Marin County supervisor explained her passion for writing, the process she uses to pen her stories, and the similarities between the characters in her books and those she interacts with in the U.S. Capitol.


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The Roots: How They Got Over

To longtime fans of The Roots, there was something exhilaratingly fresh about the band's two-hour set at Davies Symphony Hall in San Francisco late last month. That familiar Roots' sound, jazz-inflected and grounded in the essence of hip-hop, was certainly front-and-center...

Q & A

Henry Rollins, untethered

The one-time Black Flag frontman, now a multi-media presence, talks to MP3.com about his latest USO stop in Iraq and the second season of his IFC talk show.

He's a musician, actor, author, radio DJ, USO entertainer, and one of the most widely known pop culture figure who's anything but pop. But it's Henry Rollin's interest in everyone and everything around him that has made him such a compelling figure over the years.