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Best Place to Find an Intergalactic Police Force

Here, superheroes, villains, and monsters are revered as art and stored behind glass -- everything from Ultraman to Hanuman to Optimus Prime to Frankenstein (if you don't see it at the shop, or on the Web site, it probably doesn't…
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Breaking the Cycle

As I find typical of funerary events, noon in front of the Hall of Justice two Fridays ago was a beautiful moment to be outside; the air was unusually warm for early December and the sky glowed a stunning shade…
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News, Matt Smith Cracker Morons Who Maim

Cracker Morons Who Maim

Cracker Morons Who MaimIt seems like at least once a month I'll find myself in a streetside shouting match with some cracker moron who's abuzz with road rage. I'll be rolling along in the vehicle lane three feet away from…
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Policing the Vice Squad

The San Francisco vice squad's hush-hush practice of accepting cashier's checks from busted massage parlor workers appears to be at an end. The District Attorney's Office has effectively cut off the flow of money less than two weeks after SF…
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Unspun

The Ex Cries "Rape" It's not unusual for S.F. cops and the DA's Office, known for their mutual distrust (if not outright hostility), to use the press for advantage in their ongoing rivalry. What is unusual is a Page…
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Ghetto Blasting

First came the paint crews and barbecue. Next comes a legal arsenal -- wiretaps and undercover buys, evictions, civil stay-away orders, and criminal injunctions. S.F.'s public housing, a largely decrepit and hostile home to 30,000 people, is about to come…
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Dog Bites

Missing Out in the Mist You're standing in the dense drizzle next to a Muni shelter (An ironic label for a billboard, you think), waiting for the J train. It has been more than half an hour on a weekday.…
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Slap Shots

Looking Good and Feeling Great "You try those Willie's Wings from Stars?" "I was still having dreams about the Aqua crab cakes." "You know, I actually kind of liked Santana this time." The three men stood smoking in an alleyway…
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