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News, The Snitch Yesterday's Crimes: Peoples Temple Hit Squads and Jonestown's Last Victims

Yesterday's Crimes: Peoples Temple Hit Squads and Jonestown's Last Victims

It’s November 18, 1978. The tape is running. Reverend Jim Jones is rambling into a microphone, dictating a suicide note on behalf of nearly a thousand people. Death is all around him, in the air and on the ground;…
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News, Sucka Free City Crimes with Benefits: San Francisco Pays Wrongdoers Long Into Retirement

Crimes with Benefits: San Francisco Pays Wrongdoers Long Into Retirement

As of his last court appearance on Friday, disgraced former San Francisco police officer Paul Makaveckas was still collecting an annual pension of at least $101,650 — enough, presumably, to fund his mounting legal bills. Four years ago, he and…
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Calendar, Night&Day Slouching Toward San Francisco

Slouching Toward San Francisco

Late 20th-century San Francisco history is usually represented in popular culture by such media-friendly events as the hippie movement in the 1960s and gay liberation in the 1970s. While those are certainly important, they don’t tell the whole story, and…
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Culture, Artcap

"Portrait of George (Moscone)": Finally on Display at SFMOMA

The passage of time makes major art controversies seem almost petty. So it is with Robert Arneson's Portrait of George (Moscone), which divided San Francisco along fault lines: Those who said Arenson's sculpture of slain mayor George Moscone was a…
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News, Sucka Free City

But, the Children: Save California Denounces Harvey Milk Day

There's a chance that yesterday morning's commute was a touch easier than usual. Turns out that Tuesday, May 22 — also known as Harvey Milk Day, in honor of the 1930 birthday of the martyred gay activist — has become…
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News, The Snitch Save California, "Pro-Family" Group, Demands Kids Skip School on Harvey Milk Day

Save California, "Pro-Family" Group, Demands Kids Skip School on Harvey Milk Day

The right-wing pro-family group Save California has made the daunting request that probably won't go over well in San Francisco. Those hatemongers demand parents take their kids out of school on May 22 -- Harvey Milk Day -- so youngsters aren't…
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Calendar, Night&Day Portrait(s) of the Artist

Portrait(s) of the Artist

No one goes to the Moscone Center just to see its bronze bust of the late Mayor George Moscone. Don’t get us wrong, it’s a perfectly nice statue, cast by artist Spero Anargyros. However, it’s no match for the one…
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Music, All Shook Down Watch Chuck Prophet's Rockin' Tribute to Harvey Milk and George Moscone, "White Night, Big City"

Watch Chuck Prophet's Rockin' Tribute to Harvey Milk and George Moscone, "White Night, Big City"

Temple Beautiful, the latest album from local rock songwriter Chuck Prophet, is basically a tribute to San Francisco: Different songs deal with notable parts of the city's history. A few months ago we premiered the song "Castro Halloween," which…
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Calendar, Night&Day Still Getting Over It

Still Getting Over It

For those who lived through 1978, it seemed that San Francisco had been gripped by madness. Mayor George Moscone and Supervisor Harvey Milk were assassinated. Nearly 1,000 people from the People's Temple – which originated in San Francisco – died…
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Dining, SFoodie Pledge for 2011: No More Food Excuses

Pledge for 2011: No More Food Excuses

Sure, we've all pretended to spill wine on an article of clothing, just to have an excuse to remove it at that crucial date moment. I used to call it my signature move: a little wine on the skirt and…
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Calendar, Night&Day Re-Deconstructing Tragedy

Re-Deconstructing Tragedy

Assassinations are complex events that we long to make simple. Take Supervisor Harvey Milk and Mayor George Moscone. We might like to believe that their assassin, Dan White, was a raging homophobe who got a light sentence on a ridiculous…
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Culture, Artcap

David Buckingham: "Don't Hate Me Because I'm Beautiful"

A power saw. The kind that cuts through old car doors and broken-down hotel signs. That's what David Buckingham uses to extract the metal for his sculptures — recycled bits of scrap whose rusting and paint-chipped surfaces have seen better…
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News, Sucka Free City

List: Signs you are a bad cop

The San Francisco Police Department is reviewing the backgrounds of police officers to see whether they have problems that would prevent them from testifying in cases. If you are a cop in San Francisco, here are some potential issues that…
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News, The Snitch Feds Probing Dan White, Harvey Milk, George Moscone When White Killed Milk, Moscone

Feds Probing Dan White, Harvey Milk, George Moscone When White Killed Milk, Moscone

At the time Dan White unloaded his pistol into Mayor George Moscone and Harvey Milk, all three were under the FBI's microscope in political corruption probes. Documents obtained by San Francisco gay rights blogger Michael Petrelis and reported on by…
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News, The Snitch Ed Jew's Achy Breaky Brain Defense Backfires: Disgraced Ex-Supe Nailed With 64-Month Sentence

Ed Jew's Achy Breaky Brain Defense Backfires: Disgraced Ex-Supe Nailed With 64-Month Sentence

It appears we really won't have Ed Jew to kick around anymore -- which is good, because we could further injure his brain, and then God knows what mischief he'd get himself into. Days after Jew's lawyer seriously claimed that…
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News, The Snitch (Also) Separated at Birth

(Also) Separated at Birth

So yesterday Joe pointed out that disgraced Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich looks like U.C. Berkley astronomy professor Alex Filippenko. Well this morning, it was brought to our attention that he resembles another disgraced politician:Dan White, former San Francisco supervisor who…
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Film, A Tale of Two Movies

A Tale of Two Movies

Return with us now to those thrilling days of yesteryear: 1992, to be exact. Gus Van Sant, the filmmaker who had just thrilled the world with his young-hustlers-in-love classic, My Own Private Idaho, was picked to direct The Mayor of…
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News, Sucka Free City White Lies

White Lies

Ex-supervisor Dan White's former campaign manager, Ray Sloan, was the first person to take his seat at the Castro Theatre last week for a matinee showing of Milk. When the movie finally began, he watched intently as some of the…
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Film, Proposition Hate

Proposition Hate

Gus Van Sant has never been what you'd call a risk-averse filmmaker, but he directs his Harvey Milk biopic so carefully, there might be a Ming vase balanced on his head. Van Sant's steps are deliberate, his posture is straight,…
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News, Letters

Reader Says SF Weekly Serves Self, Homophobe's Agenda

Shedding Light on White White's gray areas: John Geluardi's article on the relationship between Supervisor Harvey Milk and his assassin Dan White was very illuminating . Even though I lived in San Francisco during the…
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