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Kate Conger has written for SF Weekly since 2011.
News, The Snitch MyRedbook: Accused Manager of Escort Site Takes Plea Deal

MyRedbook: Accused Manager of Escort Site Takes Plea Deal

One of the alleged operators of the escort advertising website MyRedbook.com pleaded guilty in federal court today on charges of managing the website which facilitated prostitution.  Annmarie Lanoce pleaded not guilty earlier this year, but changed her plea today, admitting…
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News, The Snitch Oakland City Attorney Now Says She Won't Evict Sex Workers Under New Law

Oakland City Attorney Now Says She Won't Evict Sex Workers Under New Law

Red Light Legal, an advocacy organization that provides legal services to sex workers, has called on the Oakland City Council to repeal new rules allowing the city to force landlords to evict alleged prostitutes.   Oakland has long enforced its…
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News, The Snitch Giants Parade: The Fun Has Already Started

Giants Parade: The Fun Has Already Started

If you work anywhere along Market Street, you've probably seen, if not heard, all Giants-related noise coming from excited fans. If you're one of those who hates crowds, noise, rain, costumes, or baseball, and decided to hide in the…
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News, The Snitch Oakland Will Now Force Landlords to Evict Sex Workers

Oakland Will Now Force Landlords to Evict Sex Workers

Oakland can now force landlords to evict sex workers from their homes under new changes to an existing Oakland law.  At the recommendation of Oakland City Attorney Barbara Parker, the Oakland City Council on Tuesday unanimously voted to expand The…
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Politics as Incubator: The Venture Capital Model Finds the Ballot

Venture capitalist Ron Conway made his emergence on San Francisco's political scene in 2010 when he supported the city's sit-lie law, and has since dropped serious dough on a number of causes, including Ed Lee's mayoral campaign and, most recently,…
Culture, The Exhibitionist Link Round Up: Cool Things We Found on the Internet This Week

Link Round Up: Cool Things We Found on the Internet This Week

Happy Friday! Take a look at what we're reading, viewing, and gawking at online.  Surely you've heard the story of the Widow Norton, a.k.a. José Sarria, an early San Franciscan LGBT activist, drag queen, and first openly gay Board of…
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Culture, The Exhibitionist Sarah Silverman Stars in Huge Crowdfunding Campaign for Equal Pay

Sarah Silverman Stars in Huge Crowdfunding Campaign for Equal Pay

For every dollar a man…
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News, The Snitch Constitutionality of National Security Letters Argued in S.F. Court

Constitutionality of National Security Letters Argued in S.F. Court

The 9th Circuit Court of Appeals heard arguments from the Department of Justice and the Electronic Frontier Foundation today on the constitutionality of National Security Letters, a subpoena authorized under the Patriot Act that the FBI uses to extract user…
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News, Swing Theory: Local Dancers Reject Traditional Gender Roles

Swing Theory: Local Dancers Reject Traditional Gender Roles

West Coast swing dancers swirl beneath a disco ball to a mix of R&B, country, and classics at a social dance in Emeryville, hosted by the Next Generation Swing Dance Club. Some step-step-ball-change in low-heeled ballroom shoes and full skirts,…
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Not Yet: New Legislation to Define Sexual Consent on Campus Leaves Survivors' Advocates Wary

California's new "yes means yes" law forces colleges to re-evaluate how they define "consent" when an alleged sexual assault occurs on campus. But the law doesn't push schools to be more strict when it comes to punishing perpetrators. On Sept.…
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Culture, The Exhibitionist Link Round Up: Cool Things We Found on the Internet This Week

Link Round Up: Cool Things We Found on the Internet This Week

Happy Friday! Take a look at what we're reading, viewing, and gawking at online.  Today is an unofficial holiday for fans of Mean Girls, the 2004 movie written by Tina Fey and starring Lindsay Lohan before she went blond. Why,…
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Culture, The Exhibitionist Trevor Paglen: Pioneering Ways to View the Invisible

Trevor Paglen: Pioneering Ways to View the Invisible

Every year, San Francisco's own Electronic Frontier Foundation toasts the brightest stars of the online world at its Pioneer Awards, which honor "leaders on the electronic frontier who are extending freedom and innovation in the realm of information technology."…
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Culture, Art

Dissenting Voices: Ai Weiwei Brings Out the Quiet Patriotism of the Parks

The words of dissidents, political prisoners, and free speech advocates are everywhere in "@Large," a multi-work exhibition by renowned Chinese artist Ai Weiwei now open on Alcatraz Island — embossed on kites, represented in LEGO portraits, and echoing from speakers…
News, Sucka Free City Media Blitz: A Former BART Deputy Is Cleared in a Retaliatory Arrest Case

Media Blitz: A Former BART Deputy Is Cleared in a Retaliatory Arrest Case

What do BART police officers really think of one of their toughest critics? The question was at the heart of Indybay writer and photographer David Morse's lawsuit against former BART police Deputy Chief Dan Hartwig, which was tried in U.S.…
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News, The Longest Yards: The Very Idea of a "Home" Team Gets Fouled

The Longest Yards: The Very Idea of a "Home" Team Gets Fouled

During the 49ers opening game at the team's glossy, high-tech stadium in Santa Clara, NBC opened its commercial breaks with shots of the Golden Gate Bridge. The irony wasn't lost on fans watching from the comfort of their couches —…
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News, The Snitch MyRedbook: Government Waits for Data From Escort Site's Computer Servers

MyRedbook: Government Waits for Data From Escort Site's Computer Servers

The case against the accused operators of Bay Area-based escort advertising website MyRedbook remained stalled today as the government awaits for data stored on Canadian servers to be turned over.  At a status hearing today in U.S. District Court, Assistant…
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News, The Snitch Ferry Passengers, Brace Yourselves for a Strike (Update)

Ferry Passengers, Brace Yourselves for a Strike (Update)

Update 3 p.m.: The San Francisco Bay Ferry, which is not a part of the Golden Gate Bridge Labor Coalition, has hannounced that it will continue to run service tomorrow while the Golden Gate Ferry workers are on strike. The…
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News, The Snitch South SF Recycling Agency Converting Compost Into Fuel

South SF Recycling Agency Converting Compost Into Fuel

New technology is enabling South San Francisco trash trucks to run on the very refuse they pick up. South San Francisco Scavenger Company, which provides recycling and solid waste services at the San Francisco International Airport and in South San…
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News, Sucka Free City The Big Bike Dilemma: The Bike-Share Supply Chain Breaks Down

The Big Bike Dilemma: The Bike-Share Supply Chain Breaks Down

Bay Area Bike Share's hefty, powder-blue cruisers have been rolling through S.F. since August 2013, and Heath Maddox, manager of SFMTA's bikeshare program, is eager to see more of them. "The chief complaint people have is that they want the…
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News, Sucka Free City Siamese Twins: Which Side of the Bay Will Win the Cat Cafe Race?

Siamese Twins: Which Side of the Bay Will Win the Cat Cafe Race?

In January, we learned S.F. was getting the cat cafe we never knew it needed. But then, a twist! A second cat cafe promised to duel for our feline affections right across the bridge. So we waited. And waited. And…
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