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News, Feature The Counter-Counterculture

The Counter-Counterculture

Andrea Irvin's college bedroom is at once a suburban schoolgirl mecca and a shrine to the Republican Party. The UC Berkeley junior, who studies business and economics, has affixed a neat row of bumper stickers to her door ("Viva Bush!"…
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News, Feature Sex and the Single Psychologist

Sex and the Single Psychologist

In March 2000, Dr. Alvin Cooper, a clinical psychologist and an expert on the obviously marketable subject of sex and the Internet, made an appearance on The O'Reilly Factor. During the conversation, the host took an almost flippant tone with…
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Culture, Books

Quirkyalone: A Manifesto for Uncompromising Romantics

By Sasha Cagen HarperSanFrancisco (2003), $19.95 By now, you must have heard the term "quirkyalone," which, according to the official definition, is "a person who enjoys being single (but is not opposed to being in a relationship) and generally prefers…
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News, Feature Enslaved in Palo Alto

Enslaved in Palo Alto

Alice B. grew up in Bungoma, Kenya, a district near the border of Uganda with a distant view of the jagged, extinct volcano Mount Elgon. Surrounded by rolling hills and verdant, grassy fields, her hometown has soccer teams, Girl Scout…
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News, Dog Bites

Ms. Macabre

In Monique Motyl's studio (which is really a room painted cotton-candy pink in her Alamo Square apartment), there is a bookshelf filled with plastic storage boxes in which she keeps her art supplies. Among the bins, which are overflowing with…
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News, Feature Guitar Dreams

Guitar Dreams

Adrian Freed, a bespectacled, middle-aged techie sporting a mop of unruly brown hair, swings open the door of the Guitar Center in El Cerrito with visible delight. Like a mountaineer taking in an exquisite vista, Freed pauses for a few…
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News, Feature Innocence Arrested

Innocence Arrested

Albert Johnson grew up in Richmond, Calif., in a part of town where drug dealers loitered on the corner, gangs had both a visible and psychological presence, and drive-by shootings were not a surprise. Built small and lean like a…
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News, Sidebar Case Study: Clifford St. Joseph

Case Study: Clifford St. Joseph

John Doe No. 60, a drunk, homeless man who has never been identified, was murdered in 1985 in San Francisco. His lower lip was cut, allegedly so that the killer could drink his blood. His chest and neck were vigorously…
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News, Sidebar Case Study: Ludrate Burton

Case Study: Ludrate Burton

Alexius McNeal, a 13-year-old living in Bayview-Hunters Point, was killed by a single gunshot to the back of her head on the morning of April 21, 1994. The girl was found dead in her mother's bedroom, her legs protruding from…
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News, Sidebar Case Study: Christopher Taylor

Case Study: Christopher Taylor

On the afternoon of Aug. 28, 1997, an African-American man wearing a black windbreaker and dark jeans robbed a Bank of America in east San Jose. Brandishing a black semiautomatic gun, the thief jumped over the counter, ordered the tellers…
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News, Bay View Connerly's Con

Connerly's Con

Anticipating vociferous opposition that could sink him politically, UC Regent Ward Connerly attached a laundry list of exemptions to his Proposition 54, an initiative on the Oct. 7 ballot designed to prevent the state from collecting racial data. Among the…
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News, Bay View Bickering Bikram

Bickering Bikram

It is minutes before the 5:30 p.m. Bikram yoga class at Funky Door Yoga on Polk Street, and about three dozen students have taken their places in a sparse, sunlit studio. They sit cross-legged on mats or lie in restful…
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Calendar, Night&Day Shake Your Butoh

Shake Your Butoh

Often described as raw, shocking, powerful, and perverse, Dairakudakan is regarded as one of the most spectacular butoh dance companies to emerge since the genre's creation in post-atomic-bomb Japan. Founded in 1972 by butoh master Akaji Maro, Dairakudakan confounds and…
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News, Bay View Fear Factor

Fear Factor

Last Wednesday morning, Shirley Fong-Torres, who teaches Chinese cooking and leads walking tours of Chinatown, sat at a desk in her Commercial Street storefront, greeting customers arriving for that day's stroll. She had observed the principles of feng shui in…
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News, Feature Regime Changing

Regime Changing

On Feb. 5, with international dissent mounting against America's foreign policy toward Iraq, Secretary of State Colin Powell attempted to make one last case for an American invasion of the country before the United Nations Security Council. Armed with aerial…
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Culture, Books

InvAsian: Growing Up Asian and Female in the United States

Edited by Marjorie Beggs Study Center Press (2003), $18 InvAsian is an appropriate title for an anthology that busts every stereotype in the book about Asian-American women. A compendium of diverse writings (some better than others), the collection explores topics…
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News, Bay View Making Their Own <i>Luck</i>

Making Their Own Luck

Evan Leong, a Bay Area native who wears baggy pants and hides his cornrows under a silver skullcap, has been working for free since he graduated from UCLA in June. As the San Francisco "street team" leader for Better Luck…
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News, Feature Unarmed Soldiers

Unarmed Soldiers

For more than three years -- starting long before the War on Terror, before America and its few allies began dropping bombs on Baghdad -- David Hartsough has worked from his cramped home office in the Haight District to build…
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News, Feature Absolutely Fabulous

Absolutely Fabulous

Leigh Bordelon, a former Catholic choir director and the daughter of missionaries, found her salvation in a book. It spoke to her about love and strength, and she discovered comfort and peace within its pages. It has made her aspire…
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Culture, Books

The Diary of a Teenage Girl

By Phoebe Gloeckner Frog, Ltd. (2002), $22.95 On the dedication page of The Diary of a Teenage Girl, there's a simple flower drawing, accompanied by handwritten cursive text that reads, "For all the girls when they have grown." It's an…
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