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Last Friday, Thomas Allen Green walked into a federal building in downtown San Francisco wearing a makeshift cardboard sign around his neck with "TERRORIST" written in thick black marker. Above the word, in smaller letters, he'd written, "Take me off…
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The A's Have It

If you're an Oakland A's fan, this is a game you're probably going to remember for the rest of your life. -- Robert Buan, host, Extra Innings That Play. The game-winning play. Dog Bites was there, and trust us, it…
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For Love of Boonville

When we first heard about the literary festival Litquake, we were suspect of it, mainly because of the name. "Litquake" has that good-and-good-for-you spin -- à la "Rock the Vote," "Safe Sex Is Hot Sex," and "Fruit Is Nature's Candy"…
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Dog Bites

Dining at the White House For some reason, Dog Bites has been consumed of late by food, drink, and the increasing prospect that sanity is returning to the nation's political realm. It started on a sunny Mission District afternoon on…
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What's in a Name

Dog Bites felt bad for the San Francisco Bay Guardian last week. No, not the nauseated-bad that can result from reading the publication, but pity-bad -- the way you feel watching the shy, zit-infested guy stand against the wall at…
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The Dog Bites Audition: Les Misérables

We could run, but we couldn't hide. There it was, right there on our computer screen: "THE BROADWAY NATIONAL TOUR OF LES MISÉRABLES TO HOLD OPEN AUDITIONS -- TO BE HELD AT THE SAN FRANCISCO BALLET MONDAY JUNE 6." This…
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Altered Mindstates

It's Sunday evening -- day three of Mindstates VI: Technology and Transcendence. I'm exhausted; my wallet is totally tapped, and I'm curled up like a little, shoeless monkey on a body pillow tucked away deep inside the Palace of Fine…
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Dog Bites

Getting Into Focus The firing of S.F. International Film Festival Executive Director Roxanne Messina-Captor, mere hours after the last Skyy Cosmo was drained at the closing-night party, was the most striking admission of failure by the board of a local…
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Valley of All the Pretty Horses

It's opening day at Golden Gate Fields, and we're faced with our first gamble: Are we going to pay $7 for valet parking and be a big shot? Or are we going to get back on the freeway and drive…
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A Star Isn't Born. Still.

So we called in sick to our Saturday day job from hell last week, spent gas and bridge-toll money, and trekked back down to Beach Blanket Babylon Boulevard to continue our musical quest to find health insurance -- again. The…
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Getting Over

Reality television comes off best when it's peeled down to its core of fun-to-watch hysteria and emotional self-indulgence. Remove the immunity challenges of Survivor, the boardroom meetings of the now-unwatchable The Apprentice, and the awe-inspiring photo shoots of America's Next…
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Cardinal Opportunity

During a visit to Houston last spring, I sat down to a full Central American breakfast -- eggs, several meats, refried beans sprinkled with white cheese, an assortment of breads, a large bowl of peppers -- in the dining room…
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The Karmic Kitchen

Imagine walking into an upscale Indian restaurant, its menu filled with delectable-sounding choices like Malabar avocado and coconut soup (made with plain yogurt, cumin, and lemon juice and served with fresh cilantro chutney and whole wheat chapatis) and drinks like…
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Vanishing Act

He's been called, on various occasions, "preening, arrogant, sinister"; "a raving tyrant, enthusiastically cruel and as self-convinced as one of Tom Waits' growling drunkards"; "quiet, intense, inarticulate and bewildered, growing more helplessly tongue-tied the more he understands what's going on."…
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Game On

"Can you show penetration?" We're in Room 3020 at the Game Developers Conference, the weeklong gaming fest held in the cavernous halls of Moscone West. All around us, groups of dedicated designers with surgically precise skills meet to discuss the…
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We'd Like to Buy the Coach a Coke

In a recent conference call between local press and Warriors Executive Vice President Chris Mullin, the first question about the trade that brought star point guard Baron Davis to town came from Oakland Tribune writer Dave Del Grande. We've transcribed…
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News, Dog Bites Drawn and Quartered

Drawn and Quartered

Our state quarter entered circulation a few weeks ago, but already we're certain the image -- Yosemite Valley, John Muir, a condor flying into John Muir's beard -- will never enter our state's crowded iconography. It's just not California enough.…
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The Duke of San Francisco

Dog Bites is far too young to have gotten wasted or shot guns with Hunter Thompson, so we asked friends to remember him. Because today, during a moment of unreasonable sadness, we wished we were old, so we could have…
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Naked Ambition

Our housemate was nude on the Channel 7 news. Let us explain. It all starts the day Harvey calls. He's been tooling down 101, fresh from terrorizing Seattle, where his naked-in-public photo shoots had been splashed across the Seattle Times…
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Reason to Question

It was October, I was in New York City on business, and I was trying to respond to phone messages asking for comment about a lawsuit that the San Francisco Bay Guardian had filed here in San Francisco against the…
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