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Fox News

On the same day in May that President Obama made bison the "National Mammal," a calf struggled across a frigid river in Yellowstone National Park's Lamar Valley. Seemingly abandoned, it stumbled to the warmth of a car's tailpipe, shivering. Taking…
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News, Hi Haters, We See You.

Hi Haters, We See You.

San Francisco has long been a sanctuary for outsiders. Hippies, hobos, queers, and kinksters of all colors have called it home, and it is tempting to believe that hateful extremists could never gain a foothold here. Yet they already have.…
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SF Weekly Letters For August 11 - 17, 2016

Gimme More: Before you write an article like this ("Why 30 North Korean Defectors Were in San Francisco," Kathleen Richards, 8/3/16), supporting the position of a woman who has routinely defended the atrocities of the most brutal regime on the…
News, Chem Tales Chem Tales: Is Donald Trump Good on Cannabis?

Chem Tales: Is Donald Trump Good on Cannabis?

Recently in Denver, Donald Trump told a television station that states should decide for themselves whether or not to legalize marijuana. Trump has expressed contradictory views in the past, but this is one of his more believable campaign promises. If…
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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, Feature Outside Lands 2016

Outside Lands 2016

San Francisco's biggest music festival, this year's Outside Lands lineup does not disappoint. It's an eclectic mix of rappers, R&B crooners, electronic acts, and jazz impresarios, with headliners Lionel Richie, LCD Soundsystem, and Radiohead (who also performed at the festival's…
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News, Feature With <i>Is the Is Are</i>, DIIV Frontman Zachary Cole Smith Finally Sees The Light at the End of the Tunnel

With Is the Is Are, DIIV Frontman Zachary Cole Smith Finally Sees The Light at the End of the Tunnel

Ever since Zachary Cole Smith catapulted onto the music scene in 2011 with his five-piece, guitar-driven rock band DIIV, he's been in the public eye. But not for his music. "It just kind of got glossed over," the 31-year-old says.…
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News, Sucka Free City District 9 Candidates Split Over BART Plans

District 9 Candidates Split Over BART Plans

Latina community leader Gladys Soto thinks nobody cares about where she lives, in a Mission Street corridor that snakes south of Cesar Chavez Street but not quite in the Outer Mission. "I want a real solution for the neighborhood," Soto…
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News, Why 30 North Korean Defectors Were in San Francisco

Why 30 North Korean Defectors Were in San Francisco

On the evening of July 20, about 200 people packed inside Full Gospel San Francisco English Ministry church in the Western Addition to hear 30 North Korean defectors share what a press release promised would be "stories of persecution, death,…
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News, Sucka Free City Smoking Weed Is Smartest Thing Aldon Smith Has Ever Done

Smoking Weed Is Smartest Thing Aldon Smith Has Ever Done

Aldon Smith has made some bad decisions. In 2015, the NFL suspended the current Raider and former 49er for a calendar year for violating the league's substance abuse policy. Smith has largely been an afterthought during that time, someone throwing…
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News, Feature UK Rockers Foals Look Forward to Taking a Much-Needed Break

UK Rockers Foals Look Forward to Taking a Much-Needed Break

"Sometimes it can be quite a shock when he decides to dive in," says Foals bassist Walter Gervers of lead singer Yannis Philippakis. It's right before the band performs on the main stage at Panorama Festival in New York in…
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News, Feature Sufjan Stevens is a Master of Crafting Poignant Jams That Won't Bring You to Tears

Sufjan Stevens is a Master of Crafting Poignant Jams That Won't Bring You to Tears

Sufjan Stevens may not be an angel, but he knows how to channel the celestial. You'll hear it in his lo-fi folk-rock 2000 debut, A Sun Came; in Enjoy Your Rabbit, his 14-track electronic reimagining of the Chinese zodiac; and…
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News, Chem Tales Chem Tales: High Summer

Chem Tales: High Summer

Summer is a fabulous time to drink your cannabis. Doing sporty things in the sun can bring up a strong thirst, and outdoor vacation activities — like purchasing an $18 inflatable raft called "The Gator" for a self-guided drift down…
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News, Feature Beach House Makes Dream-Pop That is Perfect For Twilight

Beach House Makes Dream-Pop That is Perfect For Twilight

Though the sun may shine intermittently during the day at Outside Lands, by the evening, the fog drifts into Golden Gate Park and the wind kicks up, casting a mystical glow over the event. It may be less than ideal…
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News, Feature Big Grams Gets the Formula Right

Big Grams Gets the Formula Right

Big Grams might not sound familiar, but surely the names of the individual artists who make up the eclectic hip-hop trio do. Consisting of rapper Big Boi (André 3000's other half in OutKast) and Josh Carter and Sarah Barthel of…
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News, Feature Chicago Indie-Rockers Whitney Are Finding That it Pays to be Sincere

Chicago Indie-Rockers Whitney Are Finding That it Pays to be Sincere

For the last six months, the seven members of the Chicago band Whitney have been homeless — sort of. Though they've been living out of suitcases and backpacks, they haven't necessarily been sleeping on the streets. Instead, they've been touring…
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News, Feature Rüfüs du Sol: The Aussie Trio Falls in Love With California

Rüfüs du Sol: The Aussie Trio Falls in Love With California

Tyrone Lindqvist described playing Coachella as a "giant life goal" and "everything we could hope for," but when it came time to go forth and conquer, he froze a little. "When we walked out on the stage, maybe Ice Cube…
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News, Feature Duran Duran Wants You to Party

Duran Duran Wants You to Party

As a band with near-100 percent name recognition — but which very few Outside Lands attendees have likely ever seen live — Duran Duran is in a unusual position. Sacrificing a two-hour performance and "your own production" is difficult for…
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News, Feature Kamasi Washington: How Collaboration With Other Genres is Changing Jazz For the Better

Kamasi Washington: How Collaboration With Other Genres is Changing Jazz For the Better

For decades, jazz's influence has been waning, and that style of music is tough to crack for those who weren't raised on it. But Kamasi Washington is trying to change that by bringing jazz to new genres. He's exposing people…
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News, Feature Miike Snow's Swedish Pop Has a Cerebral Side

Miike Snow's Swedish Pop Has a Cerebral Side

The divergence between how much people are typically willing to pay for music and what they're willing to shell out for the full festival experience is never clearer than at Outside Lands, which seems to get fancier and fancier every…
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