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News, The Snitch Yesterday's Crimes: Rolling Stones, Hells Angels and Busted Heads at Altamont

Yesterday's Crimes: Rolling Stones, Hells Angels and Busted Heads at Altamont

A melee broke out on Dec. 6, 1969 in front of the hastily constructed stage at the Altamont Speedway as the Rolling Stones played "Sympathy for the Devil." Several Hells Angels jumped into the crowd. Sawed-off pool cues came down…
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News, The Snitch S.F. is Becoming "The City Where Guns Are Lost"

S.F. is Becoming "The City Where Guns Are Lost"

A young woman is fatally shot in San Francisco in July. An artist is gunned down in September in Oakland. Aside from lives lost to gun violence, these two deaths have another troubling similarity: the murder weapon used to…
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News, The Snitch Former Giants Manager Dusty Baker Defends Alleged Domestic Abuser and Sounds Like an Idiot

Former Giants Manager Dusty Baker Defends Alleged Domestic Abuser and Sounds Like an Idiot

Any Bay Area sports fans nostalgic for the days when Dusty Baker managed the San Francisco Giants may have barfed in their mouths a little today when Baker defended Cincinnati Reds relief pitcher (and alleged domestic abuser) Aroldis Chapman.  …
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News, The Snitch There's an "Epidemic of Violence" Against Trans People — Even in San Francisco

There's an "Epidemic of Violence" Against Trans People — Even in San Francisco

A headline on Mother Jones today is depressing but not particularly surprising: “More Transgender People Have Been Killed in 2015 Than Any Other Year on Record.” It’s a poignant reminder on the annual Transgender Day of Remembrance that much…
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News, The Snitch Will This Shooting Be Our 101 California (And Finally Change Something)?

Will This Shooting Be Our 101 California (And Finally Change Something)?

On the afternoon of July 1, 1993, a middle-aged man in a dark suit walked into a law office on the 34th floor of 101 California Street, the striking circular skyscraper near the Embarcadero BART station. A UC Santa Cruz…
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Music, All Shook Down Punk Musician Fatally Shot Outside Oakland Venue

Punk Musician Fatally Shot Outside Oakland Venue

Emilio Nevarez, 26, was fatally shot outside of an Oakland concert early Sunday morning. His three-piece punk band, The Lucky Eejits, were loading up gear when Navarez was hit by a stray bullet intended for someone else, police said.…
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Music, All Shook Down The New Gangsta Rap's Real Problem

The New Gangsta Rap's Real Problem

Last week, a 17-year-old Chicagoan named Keith Cozart was sentenced to 60 days in juvenile detention after violating parole. Both his offenses were gun crimes: the first came in 2011, when Cozart pointed a firearm at a police officer; the…
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News, The Snitch Stabbing in the Mission

Stabbing in the Mission

The Mission is really not the safest place to be lately. A Hispanic man in his thirties was stabbed last night and managed to flag down a passing police car in the 3100 block of 21st Street. An ambulance transported…
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Culture, The Exhibitionist Video of the Day: The Surprising Decline in Violence

Video of the Day: The Surprising Decline in Violence

Conventional wisdom states that when you take the long view, the arc of history is brutal. We live within a weird historical blip, some aberrant time of relative luxury and safety. But is this really the case? In his 2011…
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News, The Snitch How So-Called Gang Violence Starts in S.F.

How So-Called Gang Violence Starts in S.F.

This week's feature story, "Menace to Society," explores the way police and prosecutors classify crimes as "gang-related." A young man on one of the city's gang injunctions lists explained to SF Weekly that violence in his Visitacion Valley neighborhood often…
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Culture, The Exhibitionist The Sweet Spot: To Pee or Not to Pee

The Sweet Spot: To Pee or Not to Pee

Public restrooms are everywhere, seemingly unimportant, and yet they are the site of a small, yet vital, war. No one seems to think twice when going into the local cafe's bathroom about the fact that the stalls aren't gendered. But…
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Music, All Shook Down Oakland Rapper Kafani Says He Wasn't at Scene Where 1-Year-Old Boy Was Shot

Oakland Rapper Kafani Says He Wasn't at Scene Where 1-Year-Old Boy Was Shot

Awful news out of Oakland last night: Eight people, including a 1-year-old boy, were assailed with more than 50 bullets outside of a liquor store in a shooting nobody can quite explain yet. Initial reports suggested that the crowd was…
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Music, All Shook Down MTV at 30: The Top 10 Most Controversial Music Videos (NSFW)

MTV at 30: The Top 10 Most Controversial Music Videos (NSFW)

As MTV celebrates its 30th birthday, it seems poised for a calm middle-aged life in a nice neighborhood, where it can safely raise Jersey Shore and Teen Mom into even more reliable moneymakers. But it wasn't always that way: Before…
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News, The Snitch Survey Says: S.F. Teens Give Birth at Half State Rate -- But are Shot Dead at Twice State Rate

Survey Says: S.F. Teens Give Birth at Half State Rate -- But are Shot Dead at Twice State Rate

A yearlong survey of San Francisco's students has revealed that the city's youth is right on par with the state average -- but not in the manner you'd guess. Our teenagers give birth at only half the frequency of their…
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Music, All Shook Down Relax with a Violent Video Game

Relax with a Violent Video Game

According to a study by psychologists at Middlesex University, a nice bloody, violent video game is a great way to soothe and relax your jitters away: “There were actually higher levels of relaxation before and after playing the game…
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America, The Violent: Guns End More and More Spats

Snitch Benjamin Wachs discovers that getting away with murder is easier than ever, largely because of stranger killings and the 'stop snitching' ethos. -d2 Murder just got scarier In San Francisco, “spontaneous violence” is replacing “motive” for murder. By Benjamin…
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