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News, Feature Idiocy Inc.

Idiocy Inc.

On a sunny weekend afternoon, San Francisco offers no better place to be odd than bright-and-grimy Haight Street, with its colorful backdrop of boutiques, bars, and litter. Ice-cream-slurping tourist families-of-four are strolling nonchalantly past carnivals of small-time drug dealers, dreadlocked…
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News, Feature Misplaced Priorities 101

Misplaced Priorities 101

To Prof. Patricia Hill, who teaches history at California State University's campus in San Jose, budget problems are never clearer than when she walks into a classroom -- and sees students without desks. "There are classes in the social sciences…
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The Olden Gays

Contrary to earlier reports, "Harold's Historic Homo Home Movies" will not be screening this Sunday as part of the Lesbian & Gay Film Festival. A selection of Super 8 films culled from the massive private collection of longtime San Franciscan…
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News, Bay View The Snore of the Crowd

The Snore of the Crowd

Twenty-six years later, Gary Cavalli still remembers arriving in El Paso, Texas, where the Stanford football team he handled public relations for was playing in the Sun Bowl. "We got off the plane and there was literally a red carpet.…
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News, Feature Mind Over Clatter

Mind Over Clatter

Eighty-eight-year-old composer Henry Brant lives in a modest bungalow that sits opposite some actual shacks on the outskirts of paradisiacal Santa Barbara. As he leans through a crack in the screen door to say hello, his most immediately apparent feature…
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News, Dog Bites House of Race Cards

House of Race Cards

House of Race Cards After nine months as acting elections chief, Tammy Haygood was finally fired April 23. She'll be best remembered for overseeing two elections racked with irregularities (including hundreds of lost ballots and having the tops of ballot…
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News, Bay View Mirant's Morass

Mirant's Morass

The new year has not been kind to Georgia-based energy giant Mirant Corp. and its plan for a mammoth new power plant at the foot of Potrero Hill, in the city's Bayview District. Early last summer, when California was battling…
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News, Feature Rebuilding Credit

Rebuilding Credit

Arriving at their cubicles on the morning of Wednesday, April 3, employees of troubled credit card lender Providian Financial found their message lights ablaze. When you work in a ho-hum, midlevel post for a company with more than $20 billion…
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News, Feature The Garden East of Eden

The Garden East of Eden

On a truly spectacular February day in Gilroy, Calif. -- the sun gloriously unhindered by clouds, the temperature comfortably in the mid-70s -- the world's first tree-themed amusement park looks like death. But Lynda Trelut is undeterred. The park's self-described…
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Hail to the Ex-Chief

Hail to the Ex-Chief One local newspaper described President Clinton's reception at UC Berkeley last Tuesday as a "hero's welcome," but that doesn't do the adulation justice. Despite a few protesters' reminders of pardons and impeachment (one hefted a sign…
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News, Feature Luke Brugnara Makes His Point

Luke Brugnara Makes His Point

"This is such bullshit." Luke Brugnara, San Francisco's most bombastic and, perhaps, pugnacious commercial landlord, looks around the Department of Public Health's shoddily painted, poorly lit hearing room, which is lightly peppered with government workers in wrinkle-free pants and cheap…
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News, Sidebar The Inimitable Luke Brugnara on...

The Inimitable Luke Brugnara on...

The mayor of San Francisco: "Willie Brown is the biggest white honkie in San Francisco." Lawyers in the City Attorney's Office: "Who the fuck goes to law school to become a civil servant?" His unlikely quest for a Nevada gaming…
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News, Bay View Tabled Salt

Tabled Salt

The economic slowdown has created a lot of scars in the Bay Area: empty buildings and sputtering development projects. But the biggest victim of the economy -- in terms of acreage, at least -- may ironically be an anti-development project.…
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Dog Bites

There have been many attempts through the years to explain to the outside world what it's like to attend an Oakland Raiders game at the Network Associates Coliseum. Some of the most vivid descriptions have come from players, like former…
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Apples and Oranges; Water Fight

Apples and Oranges When San Francisco Supervisor Gavin Newsom married lawyer Kimberly Guilfoyle recently, an event that included a lavish reception thrown by billionaire socialite Gordon Getty, the town's gossip columnists were atwitter for days. The Chronicle's Matier & Ross,…
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News, Feature A Moving Experience

A Moving Experience

Sitting in the midst of her living room, 64-year-old public housing tenant Sally Lee is surrounded by stacks of bags that nearly reach her water-stained ceiling. The pink plastic bags, she explains through a Cantonese interpreter, have been packed since…
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Dog Bites

Au Couture, Mon Frére! As much as journalists like to snicker at the end of the dot-com boom, in our more honest moments we have to confess: We miss the launch parties. Razor scooters! Free, logo-embroidered T-shirts! Martinis! PR flacks…
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Most Sparkman invective is resereved for the Chron's touchy-feely columnists.

Waffling With Authority Is it us, or has the Board of Supervisors gone soft? It's been barely a year since our current batch of supes was elected on a tide of anti-Willie Brown sentiment, vowing to curb the mayor's influence…
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News, Bay View Will Blackouts Be Back?

Will Blackouts Be Back?

Remember when the scariest thing in the mail was the energy bill? Thanks in part to much-lobbied-for federal price caps, electricity prices have settled down to almost pre-crisis levels, and Californians haven't experienced rolling blackouts since June. The summer that…
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News, Dog Bites

Dog Bites

What Did You Sing in the War, Daddy? The folk song "We Shall Overcome" has been enjoying a bit of a revival since Sept. 11; it's been played everywhere from memorial services to NFL games to NBC Nightly News, sung…
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