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Cover | Robert Yu

A Stroll in the Park (chalk pastel). Robert Yu, now a junior at Piedmont High School in Oakland, created this nuanced image in his spare time, just for kicks. For more about Yu’s work, as well as that of our second- and third-place winners, Leslie Zhang and Xinyue Wang, please see Fresh Images.

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September 2012 Issue:
Table of Contents

IN FARO’S GARDEN |  Unfriending in Three Acts
As a relationship unravels, the gardener hangs on to hope, anger, and a truckload of recalcitrant bamboo. By R.E. Faro

Olympics Wrap-Up
Our man in London brings us behind-the-scenes coverage of what you didn’t see on TV.  By David Hoskinson. (Click on the web edition above and go to page 25 to see this photo essay).

SCHOOL TIME: The Monthly’s September School Section

Is Homework Making the Grade?
Back when we were young, homework was like broccoli—kids despised it but had to eat it anyway because it was good for them. Today, though, some expert educators are saying that homework isn’t even healthy. As kids trudge back to the classroom this month, we take a look at the roiling controversy between homework traditionalists and East Bay residents who think kids’ after-school hours are better spent in other ways.  By Andrea Lampros.

Fresh Images
Meet the winners of The Monthly’s 11th Annual Student Cover Art Contest.

Going with a Pro
In recent years, a booming private industry has sprung up around the increasingly competitive application process, with professional counselors walking students through each and every step. Such support isn’t cheap, but many parents in the East Bay are willing to pay to boost their kids’ chances of getting into “good” colleges—or in some cases, getting into college at all.   By Jacqueline Frost.

The Kilduff File |  Richard Kitchens
The principal of Piedmont High goes on record about bird-calling, student cheating, and why Clint Eastwood wound up at Oakland Tech.  By Paul Kilduff

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Editor’s Note:
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Letters: reader responses to The Monthly’s stories
Be East Bay: an introduction to interesting people, places and events in your community

Critics Choice: highlights of this month’s happenings in art, theater, film, dance and music

Boutique Bazaar: distinctive small shops in the East Bay

Food for Thought: local caterers and food and wine purveyors

Dining Guide: a selection of East Bay restaurants

Marketplace Home: a catalog of services for your home and garden

Marketplace Services: a catalog of personal and creative services

Kartoon Korner: editorial cartoons to entertain and agitate

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