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News, Chem Tales A Toxic Relationship: Sports, Drugs, and the Fans Who Need Them

A Toxic Relationship: Sports, Drugs, and the Fans Who Need Them

A while back, I spent part of the morning in a medical office in an East Bay office park, waiting for a man to emerge from a hyperbaric chamber. A competitive athlete in arguably the toughest discipline, combat sports, his…
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Film, "The Armstrong Lie" : The World's Greatest Fights His Way to the Bottom

"The Armstrong Lie" : The World's Greatest Fights His Way to the Bottom

There once was a man who won the world's toughest athletic contest seven times in a row, and also beat cancer, and presided invincibly over a vast empire of splashy fundraiser bracelets. He had some help from drugs, which means…
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Culture, The Exhibitionist Host Gavin Host! <i>The Gavin Newsom Show</i> Is Indeed Gavin Newsom's Show

Host Gavin Host! The Gavin Newsom Show Is Indeed Gavin Newsom's Show

The hunky hizzoner Gavin Newsom left the office of Mayor of San Francisco a year and half ago -- and we couldn't be happier, since Ed Lee is so much fun to hate on. But Gavin's been keeping busy since…
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Calendar, Night&Day Ke11y&rsquo;s Cove

Ke11y’s Cove

Despite San Francisco’s coastal location, most of you have successfully ignored surfing ever since you moved here. This week, that ends. The Association of Surfing Professionals is in town right now, encamped on the beach under the banner of the…
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Let Me Down Easy. Anna Deavere Smith is a revelation on the Berkeley Rep stage. She's an accomplished actress with lead roles in West Wing and Nurse Jackie, and profoundly skilled storyteller and mimic. She spent a decade interviewing hundreds…
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Culture, Encore

More Theater Reviews

Let Me Down Easy. Anna Deavere Smith is a revelation on the Berkeley Rep stage. She's an accomplished actress with lead roles in West Wing and Nurse Jackie, and profoundly skilled storyteller and mimic. She spent a decade interviewing hundreds…
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Culture, Stagecap

"Let Me Down Easy": Theater Review

Anna Deavere Smith is a revelation on the Berkeley Rep stage. She's an accomplished actress with lead roles in West Wing and Nurse Jackie, and profoundly skilled storyteller and mimic. She spent a decade interviewing hundreds of people (a rodeo…
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Calendar, Night&Day Seeing Life on the Road to Death

Seeing Life on the Road to Death

Anna Deavere Smith is a revelation in Let Me Down Easy. She’s an accomplished actress with lead roles in West Wing and Nurse Jackie, and profoundly skilled storyteller and mimic. She spent a decade interviewing hundreds of people (a rodeo…
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News, The Snitch Lance Armstrong Doping Investigation: Leak Shows <i>60 Minutes</i> Expose Was Right

Lance Armstrong Doping Investigation: Leak Shows 60 Minutes Expose Was Right

Attorneys for Lance Armstrong pivoted from demanding an apology for purported inaccuracies in a recent 60 Minutes doping exposé to lambasting the "leakers" who proved that the report was true. Last month 60 Minutes had reported that Lance Armstrong's doping test…
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News, The Snitch Lance Armstrong's Attorneys Demand Apology From CBS Over Doping Allegation Story

Lance Armstrong's Attorneys Demand Apology From CBS Over Doping Allegation Story

No sooner had Lance Armstrong juiced his legal team last week by adding the San Francisco firm famed for helping ballplayers battle leaks in the BALCO drugs case, than Keker & Van Nest came out swinging, making a public demand that CBS…
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News, The Snitch Lance Armstrong Doping Story Points Toward S.F. Company

Lance Armstrong Doping Story Points Toward S.F. Company

CBS' 60 Minutes shook the sporting world Sunday with extraordinary doping accusations involving the seven-time Tour de France champion Lance Armstrong. According to Armstrong's former teammate Tyler Hamilton, Armstrong dosed his own teammates post-race with droppers-full of steroids, received illicit…
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News, The Snitch U.S Postal Service Paid a Lance Armstrong-Linked S.F. Firm $32 Million

U.S Postal Service Paid a Lance Armstrong-Linked S.F. Firm $32 Million

The Plot Thickens​The United States Postal Service has revealed it paid $32 million to a San Francisco firm that was established to run the team sponsoring cyclist Lance Armstrong, ESPN reports. The news puts a possible dollar figure on financial…
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News, The Snitch Lance Armstrong Case Takes BALCO Investigator Jeff Novitzky To France

Lance Armstrong Case Takes BALCO Investigator Jeff Novitzky To France

Look what you've done!! I'm melting, melting. ​Jeff Novitzky, the USDA investigator famed for pursuing Barry Bonds in the BALCO steroids case, was in Lyon, France this week chasing evidence that cycling star Lance Armstrong doped in violation of multimillion…
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News, The Snitch Lance Armstrong-Gavin Newsom Meeting Great Distraction From Doping Investigation

Lance Armstrong-Gavin Newsom Meeting Great Distraction From Doping Investigation

What, Lance worry?​Lance Armstrong's whirlwind publicity tour of San Francisco this week was a textbook example of a damage control strategy in which a public figure faced with scandal strenuously seeks to act as if there aren't any problems, according…
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News, The Snitch Lance Armstrong Hires Bill Clinton Whitewater Attorney Mark Fabiani

Lance Armstrong Hires Bill Clinton Whitewater Attorney Mark Fabiani

Lance Armstrong has further lawyered up in the face of possible federal doping allegations by adding former Bill Clinton Whitewater counsel Mark Fabiani to his burgeoning legal team. Fabiani specializes in steering scandal-plagued politicians and corporate executives through public relations…
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News, The Snitch Levi Leipheimer, Bay Area Cyclist, Hit with Doping Allegation By Former Team Manager

Levi Leipheimer, Bay Area Cyclist, Hit with Doping Allegation By Former Team Manager

Cycling's reputation as a sport dirtier than dirt got a shot in the arm today with allegations by a former team manager that Bay Area cyclist Levi Leipheimer was doping during the 2005 Tour de France. Hans-Michael Holczer, the former…
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News, The Snitch Lance Armstrong Lawyers Up; Doper Teammate Tyler Hamilton May Spill to Feds

Lance Armstrong Lawyers Up; Doper Teammate Tyler Hamilton May Spill to Feds

The criminal investigation into the U.S. Postal Service-sponsored team of cycling champion Lance Armstrong took a vast leap forward today with reports that former teammate Tyler Hamilton has agreed to speak with federal investigators. Hamilton, an Olympic gold medalist whom doping…
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News, The Snitch Lance Armstrong's Attorney Does Bay Area 'Tour de Balco'

Lance Armstrong's Attorney Does Bay Area 'Tour de Balco'

An attorney representing federal doping probe target Lance Armstrong recently traveled to the Bay Area to prep a defense against potential criminal charges, AOL's Fanhouse reports.According to the report, Austin attorney Tim Herman recently met with counsel whose clients had…
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News, The Snitch Lance Armstrong Denies Link to Doping-Tied Company -- Registered to Armstrong Address

Lance Armstrong Denies Link to Doping-Tied Company -- Registered to Armstrong Address

​Lance Armstrong today distanced himself from a federal doping fraud investigation by claiming he had no ties to the San Francisco company set up to own and manage the U.S. Postal Service Cycling Team, the New York Times reports. However, SF…
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News, The Snitch Interpol, World Anti-Doping Agency Launch Investigations of Lance Armstrong

Interpol, World Anti-Doping Agency Launch Investigations of Lance Armstrong

At this point, who isn't investigating Lance Armstrong? The World Anti-Doping Agency has joined the Food and Drug Administration and the U.S. Attorney's office to look into allegations that directors of Armstrong's former U.S. Postal Service Cycling Team conducted systematic,…
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