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Culture, Books The Gift of Reading

The Gift of Reading

Shortcomings By Adrian Tomine ($19.95) Bay Area comic artist Adrian Tomine collected a fan base over the past 15 years with his Optic Nerve series, first published in zine form, later bound and sold in the traditional manner by Drawn…
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News, Feature Breaking the Cycle

Breaking the Cycle

Steve Winters' single room in the Tenderloin's Ambassador Hotel is a dismal scene. The bare mattress shoved against the wall is a dirty gray, a heap of clothes inhabits one corner, and the bathroom is a little too gross to…
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News, Sucka Free City

Quality of Hype

Mayor Gavin Newsom has been busy unveiling new proposals recently, in a rush to show voters how much he will improve their quality of life if they re-elect him in November. The community court proposal is at the top of…
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News, Sucka Free City

Chefs' Surprise

Since our critical article came out about the California Culinary Academy ("Burnt Chefs," June 6), the school's administration has been dealing with a barrage of complaints from angry students and graduates. So last week, CCA President Ann Gibson held a…
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News, The Snitch

Remember Lee Kaplan?

Last August, as Israel and Lebanon got busy lobbing missiles at each other, we published a cover story about the over-enthusiastic local activist Lee Kaplan, the self-appointed champion of Israel who infiltrates conferences held by pro-Palestinian activists. Kaplan has kept…
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News, The Snitch

San Francisco's pedaling perps! (And the mustachioed cops who ticket them)

As reported in this week's article "Bicycle Grief," the traffic cops have been coming down pretty heavy on bicyclists lately. To illustrate the point, Ted Strawser of the SF Party Party recently sent around this video (also below this post).…
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Dining, Eat Burnt Chefs

Burnt Chefs

In the Polk Street admissions office of the California Culinary Academy, oversized posters display pictures of three of the school's graduates. The three were named "Rising Star Chefs" by the San Francisco Chronicle earlier this year, and the school is…
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News, Feature

Toothless Watchdog

You might expect our regulation-happy state to have a toothy watchdog agency to keep students from getting ripped off by shady colleges and diploma mills. If so, you'd be very, very wrong. The agency charged with keeping tabs on more…
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News, Sucka Free City

Stop Snitching

Our local medical marijuana activists have been engaging in some heavy peer pressure recently. This spring, as the second federal trial against pot guru Ed Rosenthal approached, the activists went on a bullying campaign to keep witnesses from testifying against…
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News, The Snitch

Fun with Trial Transcripts

As reported in the Sucka Free City article “Stop Snitching,” the federal trial of medical marijuana activist Ed Rosenthal has been bizarre. Read on for a few choice bits from trial transcripts. Rick Watts had to be hauled into court…
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News, Where There's Smoke

Where There's Smoke

At the Bayview office of the Black Firefighter's Association, history hangs on the walls. There are news clippings about significant legal victories and portraits of proud African-American officers, reminders of the decades the group spent battling to give minorities their…
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News, Sucka Free City

Funny Dinero

There's been a lot of talk about protecting illegal immigrants from the big, bad federal government. In the wake of recent Bay Area raids by agents from Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), Mayor Gavin Newsom popped up to remind everyone…
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News, Sucka Free City

Natural Cool

The new $144 million federal building at 7th and Mission has been heralded as an architectural marvel, not to mention an example of how behemoth office buildings can go green. Everyone involved in the project has bragged about how the…
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News, Feature Future Games

Future Games

Jane McGonigal figures that she or one of her colleagues can win a Nobel Peace Prize within a decade. The Nobel Prize in economics, well, she's giving them 25 years to take home that medal. The prizes for medical science…
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News, The Bizarro Endorsement

The Bizarro Endorsement

YouTube may be only 2 years old, but public officials should have gotten the memo by now: From the moment they step out the front door in the morning, every single thing they say and do may be videotaped, stuck…
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News, Sucka Free City Hatin' on the Haight

Hatin' on the Haight

This summer will mark the 40-year anniversary of the Summer of Love, when thousands of dropouts tuned in, turned on, and headed for Haight Ashbury. Seems like there should be a party for the anniversary, huh? Well, there kinda is:…
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News, Feature Psycho Dogs

Psycho Dogs

At four in the morning, Melanie Chang was sitting up in bed, singing along to Madonna's "Crazy for You." She stared at the dog crouching on the floor of her bedroom, a wild-eyed creature too scared to sleep. Melanie was…
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News, Sucka Free City

Unbroken Ground

When the city spends half a million dollars and nothing happens, does it make a sound? Yes, eventually. At the end of January, the controller's office emitted an agonized squawk over $479,219 in city funds given since 2001 to Literacy…
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News, That Is High

That Is High

A veteran who said she had Gulf War Syndrome sat next to a woman who complained of damaged disks in her back; an HIV-positive man talked to a woman with a seizure disorder. Potent smoke swirled around them and drifted…
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News, Sucka Free City

Ill-Conceived Law

It just got easier for San Franciscans with the sniffles to stay home in bed, slurping orange juice and watching Seinfeld reruns. The paid sick leave ordinance that voters approved in November went into effect Monday, and every worker within…
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