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Staying Alive

At 7:30 a.m. last Wednesday, a day after a roundtable about HIV among Native Americans, and a few hours before a discussion of spirituality and HIV, Don Francis sat on a stage at last week's HIV/AIDS Update Conference at Civic…
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Sticking Point

Sitting in the bayside corner suite of the Brisbane office tower from which he steers his new venture capital start-up, VaxGen Inc., Don Francis is quick to display the qualities that have made him perhaps the most polarizing figure in…
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A Wasting of Time

He never even noticed the weight loss, former ballet dancer Matthew Sharp says. Every day he'd look in the mirror and see the same lithe lines, not realizing that he was slowly turning to skin and bones. It took his…
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Dog Bites

Paper Gains Does Newt Gingrich hold the key to the joint operating agreement (JOA) that locks the Chronicle and Examiner together? Gingrich wants to reduce the capital gains tax from its current 28 percent rate to 20 percent or even…
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Topic of Cancer

Judith Fried, 31, speaks with a certain exhausted urgency. The cancer has taken a large toll. Her diagnosis -- a malignant lump in her breast -- came three years ago, when she lived in New York City. The lumpectomy, the…
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As They Lay Dying

Marti Nelson, 40, died first. A physician herself, Nelson found the lump in her breast in 1987 when she was 33 and had just joined the medical staff at Kaiser Permanente in Fairfield. On her first wedding anniversary, she had…
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