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Film, Reel World

Dead Presidents

With its funding officially cut from the 2001-02 city budget, the nonprofit International Film Financing Conference (IFFCON) has been forced to cancel its January 2002 shindig. For eight years, the annual event introduced top American indie filmmakers (feature and documentary)…
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Dog Bites

A Few Modest Proposals We've been fighting this cold that's going around for a couple of weeks now -- special thanks to everyone who's coughed or sneezed on us during that time; we really appreciate it -- and we're kind…
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Has Yaki Got a Deal for You

It's one of those maxims as immutable as the law of gravity -- nothing can stand between politicians and a pot of money. Especially if that pot holds about $9 billion, just sitting there, begging to be exploited. Like the…
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Calendar, Halloween

The Grid

Judge+Sheriff=Jail Reform Twenty years ago, S.F. art gallery owner Will Stone spent a night behind bars after surrendering on a slew of traffic warrants. The lives of jail inmates would change forever. That night in 1977, Stone found out the…
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News, Feature

State and National Candidates

Welcome (back) to the Machine: In 1987, as Congresswoman Sala Burton was dying of cancer -- she was literally on her deathbed -- she called then-Democratic Party fund-raiser Nancy Pelosi to her bedside. There, she anointed Pelosi as the favored…
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Ringmaster Willie

"Two things only the people anxiously desire," wrote Juvenal, "bread and circuses." No one understands that better than Mayor Willie Lewis Brown Jr. In acts large and small, in both his bravura performances and quiet talent scouting, Ringmaster Willie has…
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Thrash Bashing

San Francisco is one of the best-known skateboard cities in the world, largely because of Kevin Thatcher. Virtually every month since 1981, the city has appeared in his skate magazine, Thrasher. There, S.F. is regarded as the country's gnarliest skateboard…
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