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Rachel Swan was a staff writer at SF Weekly from 2013 to 2015. In previous lives she was a music editor, IP hack, and tutor of Cal athletes.
News, Feature 2014: The Year in Tech

2014: The Year in Tech

San Francisco loves to think of itself as a cradle of innovation. And for the most part, it's made good on that claim. We're a city that harbors a whole bevy of social media companies; a checkerboard of streets dominated…
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News, Feature 2014: The Year in Protest

2014: The Year in Protest

Protests have become the theater in which Bay Area residents unleash their basest impulses, whether by looting a RadioShack, throwing a bottle at a police officer, or spraying graffiti onto a Wells Fargo ATM. Yet they're also bite-size, snackable threads…
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News, Sucka Free City BART Needs Its Own Bouncers for Crowd-Control

BART Needs Its Own Bouncers for Crowd-Control

White-gloved train "pushers" are ubiquitous in Japan's metro rail system, where passengers have never truly enjoyed the luxury of "personal space." But to spectators from other countries, train-stuffing is crazy enough to warrant its own YouTube genre. One popular clip…
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News, The Snitch 49ers Sack Ray McDonald in Light of Sexual Assault Claims

49ers Sack Ray McDonald in Light of Sexual Assault Claims

The 49ers have ejected defensive lineman Ray McDonald following new sexual assault allegations that surfaced earlier this week.  On Tuesday, police served a search warrant to the player's Silver Creek Valley home, after receiving reports from an alleged assault victim…
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News, The Snitch Oakland Superintendent Calls Parents, Warns That Students Plan to Walk Out of Class Today

Oakland Superintendent Calls Parents, Warns That Students Plan to Walk Out of Class Today

After receiving multiple reports that Oakland students will stage another anti-police brutality walkout today, school superintendent Antwan Wilson tried to preempt the protest by robo-calling their parents. In a message left on voicemails throughout the district last night, Wilson said that,…
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News, Feature Viral Panic: Fear Has Been Useful in the Fight Against AIDS, Until It Wasn't

Viral Panic: Fear Has Been Useful in the Fight Against AIDS, Until It Wasn't

Declan Cante and his boyfriend, Joshua Mootry, got their first glimpse of San Francisco at 3 a.m. on a rainy January morning this year as the Greyhound bus they'd ridden from New York puttered into the station at 200 Folsom…
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News, Sucka Free City The Big Picture: Maybe It's Too Early to Lose Faith in Body Cameras

The Big Picture: Maybe It's Too Early to Lose Faith in Body Cameras

Body-mounted cameras became the policing item du jour in November after Michael Brown's family urged all law enforcement departments to adopt them. Politicians and legislators agreed that video footage could have solved the murky details surrounding Brown's death, and possibly…
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News, Sucka Free City In Plain Sight: Cops and Protesters Have Vast Systems to Spy on Each Other

In Plain Sight: Cops and Protesters Have Vast Systems to Spy on Each Other

The defining image of last week's anti-police brutality protests — an undercover California Highway Patrol Officer brandishing his gun at a small crowd in Oakland — speaks volumes about the erosion of trust between law enforcement and activists. The CHP…
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News, The Snitch San Francisco Makes USOC 2024 Olympics Pitch Today

San Francisco Makes USOC 2024 Olympics Pitch Today

San Francisco's bid to host the 2024 Olympics remains a divisive issue at home, even as Mayor Ed Lee, Giants CEO Larry Baer, and venture capitalist Steve Strandberg gear up to make their pitch in Redwood City. They'll be sparring…
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News, The Snitch Protesters Chained in Front of Oakland Police Headquarters (Update)

Protesters Chained in Front of Oakland Police Headquarters (Update)

Update 3:15 p.m.: Both BART stations have been reopened.  Update 3 p.m.: Fruitvale and MacArthur stations are closed due to "civil disturbance." Update, 2:19 p.m.: According to a press statement from Oakland Police, this morning's crowed  comprised between 150 and 200 people,…
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News, The Snitch Anonymous  Arts Collective Claims Responsibility for Effigies at UC Berkeley

Anonymous Arts Collective Claims Responsibility for Effigies at UC Berkeley

An anonymous collective of "queer and people of color" artists has claimed responsibility for three lynching effigies that were strung around UC Berkeley campus on Saturday, the same day that thousands of people marched through the downtown corridors of cities…
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News, The Snitch San Francisco Schools Could Lose About $2 Million From "Rain Day" (Update)

San Francisco Schools Could Lose About $2 Million From "Rain Day" (Update)

Update below. Kids might have rejoiced over yesterday's school closure in San Francisco — even as their parents scrambled to find child care — but the district itself took a huge financial wallop.  Per KQED education reporter Ana Tintocalis, closing schools…
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News, The Snitch Undercover CHP Officer Points Gun at Oakland Protesters (Update)

Undercover CHP Officer Points Gun at Oakland Protesters (Update)

Update, 1:57 p.m.: We got a first-hand account from Michael Short, an Oakland-based freelance photographer who was taking pictures for the San Francisco Chronicle last night. Read it below. Update, 5:34 p.m.: In a press conference with reporters, CHP Golden…
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News, The Snitch A Storm Brews on Twitter: Our Favorite Storm-Related Tweets

A Storm Brews on Twitter: Our Favorite Storm-Related Tweets

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News, The Snitch Hey, Kids: Bay Area Schools Will Close Due to Epic Storm (Update)

Hey, Kids: Bay Area Schools Will Close Due to Epic Storm (Update)

Update, 2:22 p.m.: San Francisco Unified School District announced this afternoon that indeed, schools will close tomorrow due to rain. Original story: After months of protracted summer, followed by months of listless, balmy fall, it's little surprise that Bay Area…
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News, Sucka Free City Traffic Snarls: SFO Scolds Taxis for an Ill-Timed "Park-In"

Traffic Snarls: SFO Scolds Taxis for an Ill-Timed "Park-In"

Uber's recent PR maelstrom should have marked a moment of opportunity for San Francisco cab drivers, who've long viewed the multibillion dollar car-hire startup as a scourge. But if cabbies saw the moment, they immediately squandered it. On Nov. 17,…
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News, Ordered Mayhem: Violent Protest Isn't an Accident, It's a Strategy

Ordered Mayhem: Violent Protest Isn't an Accident, It's a Strategy

Standing grim-faced before a throng of reporters at San Francisco's Hall of Justice, police Chief Greg Suhr provides all the elements of a crime procedural. To his right sits an easel with photographs of an officer's gnarly flesh wound, incurred…
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News, The Snitch Ron Conway Tweets Support of CIA Torture

Ron Conway Tweets Support of CIA Torture

As though you needed another reason to distrust  Ron Conway — Airbnb investor, Ed Lee financier, backer of a campaign to smear David Campos, and all-around political Svengali — get this: he's now emerged as an apologist for CIA torture. On…
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News, The Snitch Jean Quan Jumps into Stranger's Car During Prostitution Safety Walk

Jean Quan Jumps into Stranger's Car During Prostitution Safety Walk

Anyone wanting to resurrect the #QuanGoneWild Twitter hashtag, here is your opportunity. Oakland's outgoing mayor Jean Quan climbed into a stranger's car during a safety walk on International Boulevard last Friday, thinking it was her ride home. According to witnesses,…
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News, The Snitch Eric Garner Verdict Reignites Body Camera Debate in San Francisco

Eric Garner Verdict Reignites Body Camera Debate in San Francisco

Body-mounted police cameras got a spate of publicity after the March shooting of Alex Nieto in Bernal Heights Park, which inspired Supervisor John Avalos to stump for the devices. At an April Board of Supervisors hearing, he argued that they'd…
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