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News, Dog Bites The Chronicles of Ridicule

The Chronicles of Ridicule

Back in October, the Chronicle ran a cheery little piece advertising an event at UC Berkeley, where a trio of "The Simpsons" and "Futurama" writers -- who happened to have graduate degrees in mathematics -- discussed the shows' nerdy math…
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News, Dog Bites Newsom Unleashed

Newsom Unleashed

For obvious reasons, this column loves a politician with a serious bark. We just didn't imagine that the image-conscious, hair-gelled Gavin Newsom would be the one doing the woofing. Especially at a relatively small dog: the San Francisco Bay View…
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News, Dog Bites Straight to Video

Straight to Video

When we heard about the racist in-house video produced by a San Francisco police officer at the Bayview Station and made public by an outraged Mayor Gavin Newsom and Police Chief Heather Fong last week, we, too, were fit to…
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News, Dog Bites City of Love

City of Love

This just in: San Francisco is a singles' paradise! What's that you say? Doesn't exactly jibe with your experience? Take it up with the good folks at the Sperling's Best Places guidebook series, who have teamed with a deodorant company,…
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News, Dog Bites In Praise of Palumbo

In Praise of Palumbo

Ever since 2001, when our NBC affiliate folded up its peacock feathers and headed south to San Jose, we've been captivated by the personalities who were left behind to fill the airwaves at KRON 4. And although the entire episode…
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News, Dog Bites Dollars for Dentists

Dollars for Dentists

There's nothing Dog Bites loves more than an esoteric discussion at an obscure public meeting, which is why we got so riled up at a recent get-together of the Board of Supervisors' Government Audit and Oversight Committee (also known as…
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News, Dog Bites A Bridge Too Far

A Bridge Too Far

The day the Chronicle published the seventh and final installment of its "Lethal Beauty" series, a three-sentence Editor's Note lay like a banana peel on the paper's second page. The Nov. 5 note read: "The first installment of a series…
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Undead Can Dance

If KRON's Covering It, You Know It's a Party Another Halloween, another city-sponsored, alcohol-and-weapon-free celebration in the Castro. Ah, the memories. We won't soon forget our excitement last week as we threaded our way through a downright spooky crime scene…
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Live Nude Christian Protesters!

If we were to choose one sector that epitomizes the exciting patchwork mores of San Francisco life, it would be the 200 block of Jones Street. The bustling lane brings together all the things that make our dear City by…
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News, Dog Bites Yes, These Pictures Really Are Republican Propaganda. We're Not Making This Up.

Yes, These Pictures Really Are Republican Propaganda. We're Not Making This Up.

Hey, kids! There's a presidential election approaching in November, and even though you can't vote yet, the Republican Party wants you to know it's left no child behind. To prove it, GOP activists are passing out "lifelike" portraits of the…
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The Politics of Burning Man

Although John Perry Barlow -- writer, cyberpundit, and former Grateful Dead lyricist -- lives most of the year in Wyoming, he attends Burning Man every summer. But he came home from last year's event -- the experimental arts festival/community gathering…
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A (Smelly) Night at the Opera

Most guys don't think very much about their aromas, especially if they're straight, and even more especially if they're hanging out with other straight guys. But Robert Mailer Anderson is another story. The 35-year-old San Francisco novelist (his first book,…
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The Misadventures of Spike's Dykes

We love lesbians. We love movies. And when it comes to lesbian movies, we love realism. So when we heard acclaimed director Spike Lee would be exploring female partnership in his new film, She Hate Me, Dog Bites eagerly snapped…
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To the Death Star, Han!

A long time ago (last week), in a galaxy far, far away (the Presidio), Dog Bites navigated our trusty star cruiser (our girlfriend's 1990 Subaru Impreza wagon) to the war-torn forest planet of Endor (the camping and picnic area). There,…
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Dog Bites

Sniffing Out Bloomsday and Finding It Uselysses Last week saw the 100th anniversary of Bloomsday, a celebration of the epic stroll through Dublin that serves as the centerpiece of James Joyce's masterwork, Ulysses. Bloomsday celebrations, named after the book's main…
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Dog Bites

Someone Get Milton Bradley on the Phone Like mothers who move their fine china to a top shelf when a toddler comes to play, our friends often keep the things most sacred to them far, far away from us. That…
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News, Dog Bites Grapes, Without the Wrath

Grapes, Without the Wrath

For more than a month, the San Francisco Chronicle has devoted a section of its Datebook cover to a daily installment of "Grape," a self-proclaimed "serial saga," two years in the works, that tells, and tells, and tells the tale…
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Trouble at Home

The house at 1478 Page St. is so shiny, you can almost see a reflection of yourself in its glossy redwood siding. Even at night, the exterior gleams under floodlights. Perhaps that's why the Haight-Ashbury Victorian has been vandalized so…
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Where Were Pat and Vanna When the Lights Went Out?

It's been eight long years since Wheel of Fortune traveled to our fair city -- just check the hash marks on our cell wall. When word got out that game show luminaries Pat Sajak and Vanna White were taping three…
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Journey to the Center of BART

"What I'd like to do here," said David Schwartz, an earthquake geologist standing before a herd of media on the platform of the Embarcadero BART station, "is give a feeling of where we are in our earthquake cycle and what…
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