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News, Feature Fantasy Island: The Strange Tale of Alleged Fraudster Pearlasia Gamboa

Fantasy Island: The Strange Tale of Alleged Fraudster Pearlasia Gamboa

Illustration by Sam Bosma The woman who more often than not calls herself Pearlasia Gamboa withdraws three sets of government identification from her wallet — two California driver's licenses and a U.S. passport — and spreads them on the…
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News, Matt Smith Advanta Corp.'s dubious investment offer in the <i>Chronicle</i>

Advanta Corp.'s dubious investment offer in the Chronicle

Readers skimming the business section of the San Francisco Chronicle on Sunday, July 12, might have been surprised to see an extraordinary investment opportunity in a quarter-page advertisement running a couple of columns below Scott Adams' Dilbert cartoon. "You can…
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News, Matt Smith Business as Usual

Business as Usual

There was once a lanky, bespectacled accountant who doted on his daughters, was fond of puns, and, by the mid-1940s, had become very uncomfortable with his job. The accountant was a spontaneous man with an infectious laugh, and evenings after…
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System Crashing

The futurists at Wired magazine -- the self-described vanguard of the digital revolution aimed at the "most powerful people on the planet today" -- pride themselves on being ahead of the curve. Louis Rossetto, who founded Wired in 1993 with…
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