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Calendar, Night&Day Trouble in Paradise

Trouble in Paradise

Eden, a portrait of an imploding marriage, is remarkable for every reason that counts in a good film: Its emotions are passionate and immediate, yet from the first frame we are trusted to understand, free of manipulation, exactly what this…
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Letters to the Editor

Mean Sucks Especially when it comes to a band she likes: I was thrilled to see the Paradise Boys on the cover, but was very let down by the interview . What I like…
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News, Matt Smith

The Ghost of Scandals Past

I was sitting in a smallish, undecorated conference room with a city bureaucrat, discussing a plan to lease the city's fleet of light-rail cars to private investors, when the walls came alive with ancient spirits. I saw images of former…
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News, Matt Smith Runaway Train

Runaway Train

It's April 2002, and the city budget is suffering the aftereffects of a half-decade of financial fakery that might be called the Internet-Enron flimflam boom. The airport is almost broke; the Municipal Railway budget is coming up millions of dollars…
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Calendar, Halloween


Merry Christmas to Emilio Cruz, Amos Brown, and Especially Willie Brown Jr. The look and feel of the city -- the skaters at Embarcadero Center, the crowds on Union Square -- always put me in a happy, reflective mood…
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News, Feature

A Million Here, a Million There ...

The Municipal Railway is paying the Italian firm of Breda Costruzioni Ferroviarie S.p.A. nearly half a billion dollars for streetcars that are, to say the least, problematic. But Muni hasn't just bought troubled rail cars; it has subsidized the factory…
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Rewarding Failure

In August, Muni's subway had the transit equivalent of a brain hemorrhage. Muni's computerized controls went haywire, and its trains lurched about the Market Street tunnel like stroke victims. Muni shuddered to infuriating halts for weeks. Just two months after…
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