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News, The Snitch Gavin Newsom Anchors Marijuana Legalization Taskforce

Gavin Newsom Anchors Marijuana Legalization Taskforce

Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom is no fan of marijuana. "I don't like it -- I don't like the smell, I don't want to see it around," The former San Francisco mayor said on a visit to our weed-scented city. This…
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News, The Snitch Federal Agents Used Controversial Trackers Without Warrants

Federal Agents Used Controversial Trackers Without Warrants

Controversial devices used to track cell phones and mobile Internet devices were used by local federal law enforcement without the necessary permission from a judge, according to recently released e-mails. Federal investigators in Arizona have been taken to court over…
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News, Sucka Free City Free Porn: SFPL Tries to Shield Patrons' Screens from Public Eyes

Free Porn: SFPL Tries to Shield Patrons' Screens from Public Eyes

"I never expected to see so much double anal on this job," said the librarian, who requested anonymity because nobody wants their name popping up on a Google search for "double anal." She might be concerned because some of those…
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News, The Snitch Mayor Ed Lee's Stop-and-Frisk Policy Is Giving San Franciscans Something to Protest

Mayor Ed Lee's Stop-and-Frisk Policy Is Giving San Franciscans Something to Protest

Not surprisingly, the news that Mayor Ed Lee was considering implementing a stop-and-frisk policy in this liberal bastion sent plenty of San Franciscans reeling. The impetus behind the mayor's idea is to put a clamp on the never-ending gun violence…
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Music, Bouncer Bouncer Spies the Clipboard Peeps at House of Shields

Bouncer Spies the Clipboard Peeps at House of Shields

I found it ironic that I was walking to the House of Shields one afternoon when I found myself bombarded with people in bright pink T-shirts from Planned Parenthood. I, like most Tea Party Patriots, associate the organization with birth…
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News, Feature Gross Profit: Money Given to Clipboard Kids Rarely Makes It to Nonprofits

Gross Profit: Money Given to Clipboard Kids Rarely Makes It to Nonprofits

Most San Franciscans know this scene: A group of energetic young people with clipboards want your attention and money. Pedestrians walking past Sansome and Clay streets register the fluorescent shirt, the readiness to pounce, before the solicitor can get out…
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News, The Snitch California Death Sentences at 33-Year Low

California Death Sentences at 33-Year Low

Fewer death sentences were handed down by California courts during the first half of 2011 than during any six-month period since 1978, according to a new report by the American Civil Liberties Union of Northern California.Just three defendants were sentenced…
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An Opportunity to Stand Up

Village Voice Media is underwriting the cost of the American Civil Liberties Union of Arizona's forthcoming litigation against Senate Bill 1070, as well as two other immigration lawsuits. Senate Bill 1070 mandates that a police officer who has "reasonable suspicion"…
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News, Sucka Free City Prying Eyes

Prying Eyes

If you were raised religious, then you're familiar with the concept of constant surveillance — every moment sized up on Judgment Day, when you get to review your life with the OG. But Heaven doesn't have a Constitution, so God…
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News, Infiltrator What Part of "Wait Until Marriage" Don't You Understand!

What Part of "Wait Until Marriage" Don't You Understand!

They solved it. Problem solved. The way to stop teen pregnancy and the spread of sexually transmitted diseases is for teens simply not to have sex. It's just that easy. Teen abstinence is our great President George W. Bush's favorite…
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News, Infiltrator The Minuteman's  15 Minutes of Fame (Minute 14.5)

The Minuteman's 15 Minutes of Fame (Minute 14.5)

In front of a flapping American flag, screaming into the microphone, a hard-ass fireman from Southern California is angry. No, let's say he's foaming-mouthed pissed off. He directs his attention to the press, evincing even more passionate disgust than the…
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Music, Pop Philosophy

The War on Raves

You can dance if you want to -- well, no, you can't The government doesn't want you to dance. Actually, the government doesn't want you to take drugs, and it thinks that getting you to stop dancing -- or buying…
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News, Feature Hard Lessons

Hard Lessons

At Balboa High School, Alondra Sharae Jones is known for making herself known. In the five minutes between classes, the 17-year-old senior, clad in bright orange pants, moves through the hallways like a party hostess, bellowing a greeting to a…
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Fewer Pen Pals

While owning a tall stack of skin magazines is hardly a mark of wealth and taste in the civilian world, in the joint, it can make you a dandy. In the labyrinthine economy of prison life, where smokes are exchanged…
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News, Letters

Letters

Freedom of Info Not so fast: Don't let nostalgia and misfortune thwart a public service that most class-A libraries around the country are already offering (Bay View, "Runaway InfoExpress," July 19). And offering to people who want data fast, sent…
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