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The Coast Starlight is a cruise on rails, and the food’s pretty good | San Francisco Chronicle

By Carl Nolte, June 18, 2022, Updated: June 18, 2022 10:40 a.m.

The northbound Coast Starlight arrives at Santa Barbara for the travelers’ return trip to Emeryville. Carl Nolte / The Chronicle

The long vacation trip to Europe fell through. Too complicated. So now this season’s vacation plan calls for something different: short getaway trips around the West.

And the best so far has been a quick trip to Santa Barbara by train. Something different.

It was the Sailor Girl’s idea. She’s my companion and the navigator on small adventures. “We’ll go first class,” she said, “in one of those little rooms. It’ll be fun.” She didn’t have to say it twice. I’m a believer in the gospel according to Edna St. Vincent Millay: “There isn’t a train I wouldn’t take, no matter where it’s going.”

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We rode Amtrak’s Coast Starlight, down to Santa Barbara on Friday and back again on Sunday. The Starlight is a long-distance train and runs 1,377 miles every day down the West Coast from Seattle to Los Angeles. So we just did a portion of the run, enough to get a good feel. It’s not our first time on the Starlight, and every trip is a bit different.

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The most borrowed library books in San Francisco in 2021 | San Francisco Chronicle

By Nami Sumida | Dec. 31, 2021 4:00 a.m.

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Based on data provided by the San Francisco Public Library, The Chronicle compiled a list of the most borrowed books in 2021.

Note: Source: San Francisco Public Library, Based on circulation from Jan. 1 through Dec. 28, 2021.

The list includes national bestsellers, like “The Vanishing Half,” “The Midnight Library” and former President Barack Obama’s memoir “A Promised Land.”

But it also includes titles by Bay Area-based authors, like Bonnie Tsui’s “Why We Swim” and a collection of essays by local writers, “The End of the Golden Gate: Writers on Loving And, Sometimes, Leaving San Francisco.”

Here are the 20 most borrowed titles in each category. Those set in the Bay Area or by local authors have an asterisk (*).

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Editorial: What Democrats should do if Republicans block the Capitol riot commission

Chronicle Editorial Board, May 19, 2021Updated: May 19, 2021 3:48 p.m.

Capitol officers point guns at a barricaded door as rioters try to breach the House chamber on Jan. 6.Andrew Harnik/Associated Press

Such an independent, bipartisan body could be a powerful force for a broader understanding of a low point in our history born partly of a disappearing consensus about basic truths.

But if McConnell’s Republicans and the Senate filibuster are allowed to block the panel, Pelosi’s Democrats should form a select committee on the attack, which would be partisan by definition but better than conceding to a whitewash.

As former McCarthy lieutenant Liz Cheney noted last week, ignoring the lie will only embolden the liar.

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