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Goof-up allows misuse of S.F. Library's premium online resources

Want to learn to speak Spanish? Or Korean? For $259, you could order the Rosetta Stone computer software online and start building a basic vocabulary without changing out of your bathrobe and slippers. Or with a San Francisco Public Library…
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Sleazy Bedfellows The real tragedy about ValueStar ("Eat This Logo, Sucker," March 24) is not just that it is a sleazy business, but that San Francisco State University chooses to get into bed with them. No self-respecting academic institution anywhere…
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Rewriting History

John Philbrook was, by all accounts, very good at his job. A librarian at San Francisco's Main Library, he tutored immigrant children, helping them learn English and encouraging them to read. A popular mentor, Philbrook won numerous civic awards for…
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Calendar, Halloween


If Only They Wore Cement Shoes The Tenderloin Neighborhood Development Corp.'s annual Celebrity Pool Toss used to be a sleepy fund-raiser, where political insiders would pay to see their co-religionists dumped in the Phoenix Hotel's pool in order to fund…
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Dog Bites

The Rematch The face-off between Arlo Smith and Bill Fazio for district attorney promised a vicious row, but then Terence Hallinan stepped in and turned the battle into a tag-team match. For those who anticipated with glee the sight of…
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