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New Hamsterdam: A silver lining in S.F.'s crime-lab fiasco?

That dope dealers have little to fear on the streets of San Francisco these days is generally accepted. Since allegations of cocaine-skimming and mishandling of evidence forced the closure of the San Francisco Police Department crime lab's drug unit in…
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News, The Snitch Spokesman For Embattled DA Kamala Harris: I'm Outta Here

Spokesman For Embattled DA Kamala Harris: I'm Outta Here

After answering media queries on former crime lab tech Deborah Madden and her cohorts snorting the evidence and, ahem, some rather critical media coverage, the spokesman for embattled District Attorney Kamala Harris has had enough. Brian Buckelew today announced he's…
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News, Feature A Lack of Conviction

A Lack of Conviction

On a mild Southern California afternoon last month, San Francisco District Attorney Kamala Harris stood on the steps of Los Angeles City Hall and quietly beamed while the mayor of California's largest city announced his endorsement of her candidacy for…
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Murder Most Foul Update: DA To Decide On Charges Tuesday For Alleged Tenderloin Killer

View Larger MapRepresentatives of the District Attorney's office will meet with homicide inspectors Tuesday to decide on charges for Patrick Sullivan, 46, the alleged knife-wielding killer responsible for the death of a San Francisco man this morning. The police arrested…
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News, Sucka Free City Bike vigilantes: Victims strike back

Bike vigilantes: Victims strike back

A couple of weekends ago, Malcolm McMahon was on his way to buy a steel U-lock for his bike when he stopped at the Mission Branch Library, chaining his bicycle to a streetlight with a flimsy cable. When he walked…
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News, The Snitch Grizzly Grotto Trial Had it All -- Even Tyson Beckford

Grizzly Grotto Trial Had it All -- Even Tyson Beckford

There's a fine line between bizarre and transcendentally bizarre, and the just-concluded court trial of Kenneth Herron blazed over it. Herron is the man who, for astounding reasons the public only discovered this week, entered the San Francisco Zoo's Grizzly…
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News, Sucka Free City Police declare air guns illegal; S.F. public defender, D.A., and state law disagree

Police declare air guns illegal; S.F. public defender, D.A., and state law disagree

Everyone remembers the curt dismissal given to Ralphie, the protagonist of the 1983 film A Christmas Story, when he expressed his deep desire to obtain an Official Red Ryder carbine-action 200-shot Range Model air rifle: "You'll shoot your eye out,…
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