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Precious Cargo

During World War II, U.S. soldiers were temporarily stationed on Vanuatu, an archipelago 1,000 miles north of Australia. The natives were amazed by the newcomers, who never seemed to make anything, but possessed clothes, vehicles, and stoves that descended in…
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News, Pay to Sway

Pay to Sway

Stop us if you've heard this one: A developer and a city planner walk into a bar ... Actually, it's not so much a bar but a "gala." And all the drinks are free — paid for by the developers,…
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News, Matt Smith You Don't Own Me

You Don't Own Me

You want fabulous? I'll show you fabulous: It's spending a sunny Bay Area Friday in the top-down convertible of realtor-to-the-S.F.-stars Kean Brewer; it's heading across the Bay Bridge toward the stunning six-bedroom, four-bath digs of San Francisco housing activist Randy…
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News, Letters


But You Did Read It, Didn't You? I read with amazement the cover story "Trophy Boys" (Nov. 18). The only reason that I kept reading the story was to see how much more inept and boring it could get. It…
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A Home of One's Own Tomorrow night I'm attending a forum on gentrification sponsored by the Haight Ashbury Neighborhood Council. Apart from trying to render my social life rock-dull, I have three reasons for going to this event. In no…
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News, Feature

Dome and Dumber

of $44 million will go for design and management for the seismic retrofit and the Prop. A work. Much of that money goes to outside consultants. But not all of it. Some makes its way back into the Department of…
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