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The Snatch: Discovering New Meanings for "Heavy Petting"

Commuters Strike Back There's little BART commuters could do about this transit tragedy other than hop a ferry or just say "screw it" and stay home making conference calls in their PJs. Oh wait, there is one thing you can…
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Calendar, Night&Day Lolcats IRL

Lolcats IRL

Some people work their whole lives as entertainers, but their acts never live up to the purity that is a cat-related pratfall. The Great Wall of Oakland is hosting an Internet cat video festival Saturday to benefit the East Bay…
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Calendar, Night&Day Ice, Ice Baby

Ice, Ice Baby

If you’ve been in San Francisco for a long time, you’ve probably heard the phrase, “No one is from San Francisco.” This isn’t technically true, but it feels true. Ask the person sitting next to you where they were born,…
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Calendar, Night&Day Cute Overload

Cute Overload

The holidays are upon us (We're basing this on Safeway breaking out the Christmas decorations five minutes after Halloween), which means we can finally listen to Mariah Carey's holiday album unironically and that we once more have an excuse to…
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News, Feature S.F. Feral Cats Policy Good for Cats, Terrible for Birds

S.F. Feral Cats Policy Good for Cats, Terrible for Birds

Illustration by Dale Stephanos It's 7 o'clock on a dewy Friday morning as Paula Kotakis pushes through the brush just west of the de Young Museum in Golden Gate Park. She's wearing a green nylon jacket, slacks, and muddied…
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Calendar, Night&Day Dog Day Afternoon

Dog Day Afternoon

It's always hard to share the holidays with someone of different politics — even the politics of dog training. Put Cesar Millan and the SF SPCA in a room together and watch out! Here's the story: A few years ago,…
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News, Sucka Free City Dogs also losing their homes in foreclosure

Dogs also losing their homes in foreclosure

Recession horror stories now have new victims: pets. Animal rescue organizations in the Bay Area say they have been getting more and more calls from people who say they can't keep their furry friends — mostly dogs — after losing…
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Calendar, Night&Day How Much for That Kitty in the Window?

How Much for That Kitty in the Window?

Maybe you can remember the first time you fell for a furry friend. Maybe not. Maybe it was years ago, at Macy's. The department store has hosted homeless kittens, cats, puppies and dogs in its windows for over 20 years,…
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SF Weekly Letters

A Time to Critique Rolled-up newspaper for Geluardi: Many current SF/SPCA staff spent hours in forthright conversation with your reporter John Geluardi about changes at the SF/SPCA. Unfortunately, the published article, "A Time to Kill" , denied readers crucial factual…
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SF Weekly Letters

Excellent Article or Litterbox Liner? Purrrr: We probably would have had to get rid of our cat Charlie if it hadn't been for the excellent advice we repeatedly received from the cat behaviorists at the SF/SPCA a couple of years…
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News, Feature A Time to Kill

A Time to Kill

When feral kittens are put up for adoption at the San Francisco Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, it's usually the health-check technician who gives each one a name. The christening method is random, and ideas might come…
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Hippie Puppy Chow

Raw food restaurants usually get a bad rap for serving food that's artful but less than filling. An exception is Alive! in the Marina, which offers vegetarian morsels as substantial as they are visually tasty. In true artisan fashion, owner/Chef…
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Dining, Social Grace

A Graceful Exit

Dear Social Grace, I was invited to a dinner party. The hosts, an elderly man and his wife, invited me and two of my friends. The man and I get along very well, but really the hosts are my friends'…
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Calendar, Urban Experience Heavy Petting

Heavy Petting

FRI-SAT 8/8-9 They stink, they shed, they bite, and they poop in inappropriate places. Many animal companions even understand human languages, but infuriatingly refuse to communicate in them. Still, when the little chin rests on your shoulder and your pet…
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Best of San Francisco, Arts & Entertainment

Best Reason to Watch the San Francisco Government Access Channel

On those nights you think you've exhausted all surfable channels, remember that San Francisco's government access station isn't all Board of Supervisors meetings and public events announcements. Indeed, the most compelling programming on SFGTV (Channel 26 on your cable dial)…
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Night + Day

Wednesday June 3 Return to 28 Barbary Lane When Tales of the City left off, DeDe was with child (the delivery guy's, not Beauchamp's), Mary Ann was rethinking her return to Cleveland, and the enigmatic Mrs. Madrigal had revealed something…
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Dog Bites

Gentle Is as Gentle Says Recent comments have given Dog Bites pause. Specifically, comments like: "You were so mean." "I can't believe you said that." And, "Well, that was bitchy." (Especially since the last one came from Dog Bites' mom.)…
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The Grid

If Cats Were Kids, and Dogs Delinquents Likewise, no juvenile walks into the Youth Guidance Center, San Francisco's juvenile hall, without a history of equally pernicious behavioral problems and their sad, pathetic roots. Needless to say, these two populations --…
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What's Best -- Pistol or Pit Bull?

San Francisco has become a city of waiting. For the Central Freeway to reopen. For Rob Morse to be interesting. For the big one to happen, already, and rid us of South Beach. But nothing can be as frustrating and…
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