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News, Feature The Enforcer: Accused Bombmaker Ryan Chamberlain Helped Blow Up San Francisco Politics. And, in the Process, Himself.

The Enforcer: Accused Bombmaker Ryan Chamberlain Helped Blow Up San Francisco Politics. And, in the Process, Himself.

You’re reading this. That means we probably don’t know each other anymore, and I owe everyone an explanation. — Ryan Chamberlain A door creaks open in the rear of the 15th-floor courtroom and a tall, handsome man trundles into view.…
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Blood, Sweat, and Canvas: Remembering the Struggle for LGBT Rights

Trimming the Bushes for Pride San Francisco Gay Pride wouldn't be the carnival it is without the assistance of hungry goats. It's true: Fifty grass-eating goats have been employed to munch away the greenery on Twin Peaks this past week,…
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Culture, Know Your Street Art "Ruby": A Piece of Art Worth Going Down a Weird Alley For

"Ruby": A Piece of Art Worth Going Down a Weird Alley For

Ruby Walk down this dead-end street, and the first thing that hits you is the smell of urine. Barbed wire guards the parking lot to the left. Few pedestrians would willingly venture into such a scene. But those who do…
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Culture, The Whore Next Door And the Winner Is: Miss Kinky America

And the Winner Is: Miss Kinky America

When I was a little girl, I would beg my mother to let me stay up late enough to watch the Miss America pageant on television. The gowns, the high heels, the rhinestones, the Vaseline sheen of their teeth —…
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SF Weekly Letters February 19-25, 2014

San Franhattan The Manhattanization of the city has got to stop . Basically anyone who is not a millionaire or living in a housing project will be evicted. It's a war about the…
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News, Your Humble Narrator Game Over: Over 75 years, a Sporting Goods Store Becomes a Museum to Jockstraps Past

Game Over: Over 75 years, a Sporting Goods Store Becomes a Museum to Jockstraps Past

In its final days, Kaplan's Surplus & Sport Goods has taken on the desiccated appearance of a Soviet-era department store. Its creaky shelves are half-stocked with odd and aging items and large swaths of floor space are either bare or…
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Dining, Eat This Tastes Funny: The Joke's on You for Expecting a Good Meal at a Comedy Club

This Tastes Funny: The Joke's on You for Expecting a Good Meal at a Comedy Club

There used to be certain situations where being fussy about your food put you at a disadvantage. Sporting events. Airports. Movie theaters. Concerts. Places where the cost of food had nothing to do with the quality, places where you resigned…
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Music, Sizzle & Fizzle Sizzle and Fizzle: Highs and Lows from the Last Week in S.F. Music

Sizzle and Fizzle: Highs and Lows from the Last Week in S.F. Music

Sizzle Icee Hot, one of San Francisco's most forward-looking dance parties, celebrated its fourth birthday with a fantastic night at Public Works. In the upstairs loft, Floating Points weaved from jazz to Northern Soul, while Joey Anderson enveloped the main…
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The High Price of Underwear

San Franciscans have always loved playing dress-up. These days, we borrow all our hot items from a city 5,000 miles to the west. Our Target stores sell Harajuku dresses; our Twitter employees walk around with yoga mats slung over their…
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News, The Snitch The Weed Bowl: NFL Playoff Games Are in Marijuana Legalization Country

The Weed Bowl: NFL Playoff Games Are in Marijuana Legalization Country

The NFL loves booze. It's no coincidence that 10 Super Bowls have been played in New Orleans, the football-loving birthplace of the Mannings and notorious drinking town, where discarded go-cups line the festive path to the Superdome. Alcohol is without…
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News, The Path of Most Resistance: Following the World's Biggest Piece of Sidewalk Art

The Path of Most Resistance: Following the World's Biggest Piece of Sidewalk Art

Nathaniel Price doesn't know where he's going. But he knows where he's been. Actually, everyone knows where he's been. Dogs can tell. A spy satellite could tell. It's a bit like tracking a bleeding elephant in the snow. On an…
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News, Feature Sea Monsters: There's Only One America's Cup Winner. But There are Many Losers

Sea Monsters: There's Only One America's Cup Winner. But There are Many Losers

Cover illustration by Tin Salamunic. It's not quite 11 a.m. on the Emirates Team New Zealand hospitality boat, and the bartender is already working up a sweat, cracking open bottles of Steinlager. Beneath a table, someone has trustingly stowed a…
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News, Sucka Free City Loser Pudding: Jell-O Celebrates 49ers' Loss

Loser Pudding: Jell-O Celebrates 49ers' Loss

Niners fans left in a daze after the team stalled out five yards from glory could be forgiven for thinking they'd hallucinated a Jell-O commercial at game's end in which a smarmy pitchman revealed that our tortured souls would be…
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News, Sucka Free City Letter to Baltimore: <i>SF Weekly</i> Loses a Bet

Letter to Baltimore: SF Weekly Loses a Bet

Editor's Note: In the spirit of journalistic competition during the run-up to the Super Bowl, SF Weekly entered into a newspapermen's wager with our peers at the Baltimore City Paper (who have maintained an outstanding publication through a mix of…
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best halftime shows at candlestick park

The problem with Super Bowl halftime shows is that they have to appeal to a wide base. Which, as in most cases, means nobody's angry or offended, but nobody's really that excited, either. We can all agree on Beyoncé, just…
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News, The Snitch Colin Kaepernick Shows Harbaugh's Offense at Full Capacity

Colin Kaepernick Shows Harbaugh's Offense at Full Capacity

Colin Kaepernick is like a new pair of basketball sneakers. You always go too long before getting a new pair. For months, maybe years, you'll scurry up and down the court in a beat-up pair of Nike Flights, with the…
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News, The Snitch The 49ers Lost on Sunday, but at Least Their Cars Weren't Stolen

The 49ers Lost on Sunday, but at Least Their Cars Weren't Stolen

It was the 49ers' most lopsided loss of the Jim Harbaugh-era. The New York Giants ran the ball effectively and made Alex Smith look like the old Alex Smith, all the while closing the always-trivial Power Rankings gap with the…
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News, The Snitch 49ers Fan Heckles Charger Fans Who Happen to Be Cops

49ers Fan Heckles Charger Fans Who Happen to Be Cops

Here's a cautionary tale for all prospective sports agitators.One allegedly drunken San Francisco 49ers fan must have felt a surge of football-fueled hostility as he saw the group of San Diego Chargers fans stroll by in the Candlestick Park parking…
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News, BOSF 2012: How to Smuggle Beer into a Stadium

BOSF 2012: How to Smuggle Beer into a Stadium

In 2005, San Francisco 49ers fans Daniel and Kathleen Sheehan objected to the team forcing patrons into a game of two-hand touch. Claiming mandatory pat-downs of their person to be an unwarranted invasion of privacy, the Sheehans sued. And like…
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News, The Snitch Brandon Jacobs Participated in "Death Race 2012" Two Days After Signing With 49ers

Brandon Jacobs Participated in "Death Race 2012" Two Days After Signing With 49ers

The 49ers didn't sign Brandon Jacobs for his speed. They signed him for his power. He's happy to flaunt both, though, as evidenced by his participation in what people are now calling "Death Race 2012." On March 30, two days…
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