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Pharmacists Aren’t Using Contraceptive Powers

A new law expands pharmacists’ abilities to include prescribing birth control methods, but few are do so, research shows. Who pays consultation fees might be the reason.

Nosh Box: As Irish as Kung Pao Chicken

Named for the Roman god of war, month-wise, March shows a checkered past and offers a mottled future. Julius Caesar was stabbed on the Ides of March. Despite this timing, the month of July—and not the salad—remains his principal namesake. March has emerged as the center of the U.S. collegiate basketball universe. This month an annual bracketed tournament for 68 teams will crown a national champion through competitive elimination, aptly dubbed “March Madness.” On the religious front, Easter sometimes occurs as early as March 22, and Passover often begins in March. Weather-wise, March is the first month of spring. As to festivities, it’s the month when Americans celebrate National Nutrition, Women’s History, Fire Prevention, the American Red Cross, and—on March 17—St. Patrick’s Day.

Tuesday’s Briefing: Bill Calls for 20,000 New Homes Next to BART Stations

Plus, 94-unit affordable housing project breaks ground at Fruitvale BART.

Inspired by Geometric Abstraction

Ubuntu Theater Returns to Marcus Gardley

It’s the third premier of dance of the holy ghosts, but this one is proper.

Monday’s Briefing: Uber/Lyft Drivers Net Just $3.37 an Hour

Plus, 11 percent of Disneyland workers were homeless in last two years.

Tips for Coping With a Tough Real Estate Market

Persistence, patience, and preparation are the keys to finding the right home.

Measure A R.I.P.

Recent state laws that require cities to build more housing — along with new legislation in Sacramento — are making no-growth initiatives like Alameda’s Measure A obsolete.

Oakland Marijuana Maven Salwa Ibrahim Looks to Future

The 33-year-old co-founder of Blüm cannabis dispensary is turning her attention to new products and ideas for California’s burgeoning legal weed market.

Cantina Del Sol Plies Margs and Mexican Food

An Albany newcomer from The Star folks, this Solano Avenue Mexican restaurant wants to take care of you.