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News, The Snitch Why California Still Lacks an Earthquake Detector

Why California Still Lacks an Earthquake Detector

Earlier this month, Congress approved over $8 million in funding for the West Coast Earthquake Warning System. Once completed, the still-experimental system of sensors will provide advance warning about large earthquakes in progress and trigger a series of automated safeguards…
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Culture, The Exhibitionist How to Not Die in an Earthquake: Six Essential Tips

How to Not Die in an Earthquake: Six Essential Tips

Living in a grand, gorgeous city like San Francisco has its perks and its pitfalls. One such pitfall is the pit we might fall into during the next "Big One." If we're honest with ourselves, earthquakes freak us out…
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Culture, The Exhibitionist Forget <em>Men in Black III</em> -- Rediscover these Strange, Forgotten S.F. Classics

Forget Men in Black III -- Rediscover these Strange, Forgotten S.F. Classics

For a few years now, the Warner Archive Collection has been a key destination for even the most jaded cinephile. Warner Brothers' burn-on-demand DVD service offers up a massive repository of strange, overlooked, or otherwise forgotten films. With a new…
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News, The Snitch East Bay Earthquake Did No Damage but Felt Like God Cannonballing El Cerrito

East Bay Earthquake Did No Damage but Felt Like God Cannonballing El Cerrito

This morning's magnitude 4 earthquake terrified pets and sleepy folks across the East Bay, but it appears to have done no damages, unless we're counting a brief closure of BART, the interruption of sleep schedules, and-- over the course of…
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News, The Snitch Twin Earthquakes Shake the Bay Area, Is the "Big One" Next?

Twin Earthquakes Shake the Bay Area, Is the "Big One" Next?

Two nearly identical quakes along the Hayward fault jolted the Bay Area yesterday, which naturally has everyone thinking, "Is this foreshadowing the Big One?"A 3.9 magnitude earthquake shook the East Bay at about 2:41 p.m. yesterday. No damages were reported,…
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News, The Snitch Lyndon LaRouche Volunteers Display Obama as Hitler Signs. Did San Francisco Notice?

Lyndon LaRouche Volunteers Display Obama as Hitler Signs. Did San Francisco Notice?

We popped out of the SF Weekly offices to run into Safeway at Fourth and King streets this afternoon, when we noticed two overly cheerful young people staffing a Lyndon LaRouche table outside the grocery store. Or, to be more…
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News, The Snitch We Win! L.A. Has More High Earthquake Risk Hospitals Than S.F.

We Win! L.A. Has More High Earthquake Risk Hospitals Than S.F.

Red-staters may fantasize about San Franciscans perishing in The Big One. But a recent California Watch report identifying which hospital buildings have the highest known risk of collapse suggests we get to fantasize, too! Los Angelinos -- at least the…
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News, The Snitch Hear That Siren? Did Your Train Stop? It was the  'Shake-Out' Freak-Out.

Hear That Siren? Did Your Train Stop? It was the 'Shake-Out' Freak-Out.

San Franciscans without clock or calendar can set their internal timing devices by the weekly emergency sirens, which test every Tuesday at noon. Other than the Tuesday test, these blare only when an earthquake or other disaster is at hand…
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News, The Snitch A Look Ahead at Your Week in S.F. Government

A Look Ahead at Your Week in S.F. Government

Sit. Lie Down. Hold still for a jolt of electricity. And listen up -- this is a week in S.F. government you don't want to miss.This morning the Board of Supervisors' Public Safety Committee is taking a look at a…
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News, The Snitch A Look Ahead at Your Week in S.F. Lawmaking

A Look Ahead at Your Week in S.F. Lawmaking

San Francisco's Board of Supervisors is coping with some serious budget issues -- well, one big one, in the form of a $522 million deficit -- and there are some serious pots of money on the table this week as…
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Does California ALSO Have a Pact With The Devil? We Ask Pat Robertson's Spokesman.

How 'bout that ole Pat Robertson. It takes temerity to kick an entire nation when it's down, but that's just what the infamous televangelist did during a Christian Broadcasting Network appearance this week, when he suggested that the earthquake…
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News, The Snitch Shakedown + 20: Day of the Flying Goldfish

Shakedown + 20: Day of the Flying Goldfish

The afternoon of Oct. 17, 1989, is marked for me by one of those brief and intense visual recollections that tend to define childhood memories: A pair of goldfish hovering in the air above their bowl.I was nine years old…
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