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News, The Snitch Yesterday's Crimes: A Car Bomb, Al Capone, and a Dead Sportsman

Yesterday's Crimes: A Car Bomb, Al Capone, and a Dead Sportsman

Chicago-style gangland violence erupted in suburban San Mateo on the morning of Feb. 5, 1952 when Tom Keen started his brand new Cadillac. Once the engine turned over, the car exploded before Keen could even back out of his…
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Culture, The Exhibitionist Here's San Francisco's Version of American Patriotism

Here's San Francisco's Version of American Patriotism

Recently, a press release landed in our inbox (several press releases, actually) announcing the breaking news that Gainesville, a small Texas town north of Dallas, was voted "Most Patriotic Small Town" by USA Today and Rand McNally. While San Francisco…
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Calendar, Night&Day Alcatraz in Black and White

Alcatraz in Black and White

The United States is harder on crime than almost any other Western nation, yet it has an unending fascination with serial killers, mob bosses, and high-profile white-collar criminals. The story of Al Capone, for example, has reached an almost mythological…
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Calendar, Night&Day Paradise Regained

Paradise Regained

To our recurring surprise, many locals never get the idea to visit Alcatraz, because traveling by boat to an island to walk around cellblocks is just something they don't like do. How come? Because tourists get that idea, every day,…
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News, Sucka Free City Have you seen C.W. Nevius? Tenderloin kooks have

Have you seen C.W. Nevius? Tenderloin kooks have

Although he resides in Walnut Creek, San Francisco Chronicle news columnist C.W. "Chuck" Nevius is undoubtedly a man about town in the 415. Nevius, a former sports columnist who now writes about city politics, is a frequent fixture in print…
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Music, House of Tudor House Of Tudor

House Of Tudor

The Foetus All Nude Revue abducted my teenage heart. With lyrics like "a woman's place is on my face" snarled in accordance with a red-light-district wallop of upright bass, pelvis-grinding organ, and sinister West Side Story finger snaps, it's no…
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