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News, Sucka Free City Crime Doesn't Pay, Even for Shrimp Boy

Crime Doesn't Pay, Even for Shrimp Boy

Alicia Lo was hit with two blows last week. First, her boyfriend, Raymond "Shrimp Boy" Chow, was sentenced to life in prison for ordering the murder of a rival and for running an organized crime outfit out of a fraternal…
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News, Sucka Free City The Furor Over Remembering Mario Woods

The Furor Over Remembering Mario Woods

In February, San Francisco's police union published a curious cartoon. Its illustrators drew a judge looking down at a lawyer swearing in the witness: a cellphone. "So you swear to show the truth, the whole truth, and nothing but the…
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News, Feature San Francisco Police's Toothless Watchdog

San Francisco Police's Toothless Watchdog

On a March evening in 2014, Police Chief Greg Suhr stood in a school auditorium in Bernal Heights, facing a large, angry crowd. The hostile citizens were there for a community meeting Suhr called after four of his officers —…
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News, Feature Held Fast: How Renegade "Squatters" Won Sausalito's Houseboat Wars

Held Fast: How Renegade "Squatters" Won Sausalito's Houseboat Wars

Liquid slowly trickled into the translucent gun. Most splashed around the small hole on top of what would have been the trigger. But we were determined — three boys without shame, stuffed into a small bathroom — and drop-by-drop the…
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News, Feature Presumed Guilty: Gang Murder, Police Corruption, and Shattered Lives in Bayview-Hunters Point.

Presumed Guilty: Gang Murder, Police Corruption, and Shattered Lives in Bayview-Hunters Point.

Trina Garrett was stuffed into the backseat of her cousin's Ford Tempo with three other high school girls on a spring night in 1989. The group was cruising through San Francisco's Bayview-Hunters Point neighborhood after a long hot day. It…
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Cracked Up: A Drug Epidemic Creates Fissures in the City’s Southeastern Neighborhoods.

The Hunters Point shooting was a rude awaking for San Francisco, marking a macabre midpoint in the gang wars that plagued the city during the crack epidemic. A story in the Torrance Daily Breeze a year before the April 1989…
News, Feature Into the Void: The Tragedy of Lynne Spalding's Disappearance Is How Close at Hand She Was Lost

Into the Void: The Tragedy of Lynne Spalding's Disappearance Is How Close at Hand She Was Lost

She was sick and confused. She was brought to the hospital. She ended up stuck in a gray concrete stairwell filled with white noise. It was like being underwater. On the other side of the locked door was the muted…
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News, Well-Suited: The Man Behind Willie Brown's Style

Well-Suited: The Man Behind Willie Brown's Style

Willie Brown stood on the Embarcadero in early February, his new namesake, the Willie L. Brown Jr. Bridge, as backdrop. He wore a gray suit and a black tie, a white handkerchief peeking out of his left breast pocket. Before…
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