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Monday, August 8, 2016

Woman Who Attended Beyoncé, Jay Z Concert at AT&T Park Sues Over Collision

Posted By on Mon, Aug 8, 2016 at 11:15 AM

Beyoncé and Jay Z playing their very loud concert at AT&T Park on July 23, 2014. - ERIN BENSON / FLICKR
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  • Beyoncé and Jay Z playing their very loud concert at AT&T Park on July 23, 2014.
The Giants aren’t winning many games on the field these days, but maybe they’ll have better luck in a courtroom.

San Francisco Giants Enterprises, the entity that operates AT&T Park, is being sued by a woman who claims she was injured by a ballpark employee who was driving around in a motorized cart during a Beyoncé and Jay Z tour stop in 2014, according to TMZ. Live Nation is also named in the lawsuit because the cart driver apparently worked for the concert promoter for the On the Run tour.

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Thursday, August 4, 2016

Millennial Problems: The ‘Pussy Generation’

Posted By on Thu, Aug 4, 2016 at 4:13 PM

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It’s certainly no secret that film legend Clint Eastwood is an old-time conservative. (Remember when he talked to the chair at the RNC in 2012? We’ve got you covered here.) 

If that speech was awkward and uncomfortable - and yes, it was - at least it was funny too. And Clint apparently knows how to laugh, unlike folks whose ages make them part of the “Pussy Generation.”

Clint Eastwood stepped in a large pile of millennial shit recently during an interview with Esquire magazine that was published Wednesday. It should have been a nice family memory for the octogenarian, since he and his son Scott Eastwood were both featured in a lengthy Q&A that made the cover. But about halfway through, things went pear-shaped fast.

The interviewer and the Eastwoods are discussing instinct and authenticity in Hollywood when the interviewer says Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump (reading that still makes us laugh) is the latest politician to take a page from the Book of Badass that is Clint Eastwood. As if the floodgates had opened, Clint went off:

“[H]e's onto something, because secretly everybody's getting tired of political correctness, kissing up. That's the kiss-ass generation we're in right now. We're really in a pussy generation. Everybody's walking on eggshells. We see people accusing people of being racist and all kinds of stuff. When I grew up, those things weren't called racist.”

We’re not sure what “those things” are, but if it’s any of the things Trump has said about Mexicans and Muslims, then there’s no doubt they were racist. Trump insists he’s not racist, but plenty of media have disproved that theory (here’s but one example).

We digress. Clint also said some shit about millennials, and we all know what happens when baby gets put in a corner.

For good measure, the Esquire interviewer asked Clint to clarify what exactly is the “Pussy Generation”: “All these people that say, ‘Oh, you can't do that, and you can't do this, and you can't say that.’ I guess it's just the times,” Clint offered.

So Clint Eastwood is an old man - guys, he’s like 86 - and he thinks young people are entitled and thin-skinned. Where have we heard this before? Oh, right, EVERYWHERE. Still, millennials’ feelings were hurt. This millennial-focused website published one such diatribe against Clint. Twitter was a mess with digital tears. Scott Eastwood, who was participating in the interview as well, is a millennial at 30 years old, but he did not really join in the generational bashing.

Maybe Clint is right. Maybe we’re in an era of sensitivity.

It just so happens that today, the day after Clint’s mean words were disseminated, a writer at The Ringer posted a think-piece to Medium titled, “Can Millennials Take a Joke?” We encourage everyone to read it - just don’t be surprised when the joke is on you. 
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Monday, January 18, 2016

Luke Skywalker Cracks Down on Fake Autograph Dealers in California

Posted By on Mon, Jan 18, 2016 at 12:19 PM

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Fake autographs generate more than $900 million a year, according to the FBI. Star Wars actor Mark Hamill knows better than most just how much rabid fans will shell out for signed memorabilia — and how often they’re duped by clever con artists.

That’s why he’s teaming up with California Assemblywoman Ling Ling Chang (R-Diamond Bar) to crack down on unscrupulous autograph dealers. The pair’s proposed bill, AB 1570, would require certificates of authenticity for autographed merchandise sold in California, and also entitle fleeced consumers to as much as 10 times the cost of the forged item. As the Los Angeles Times reports, those protections already exist for autographed sports memorabilia.

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Wednesday, November 11, 2015

City to Pay Journey Guitarist For Overcharging His "Pornographic" Wedding

Posted By on Wed, Nov 11, 2015 at 11:32 AM

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  • Journey shredding.

In 2013, Journey guitarist Neal Schon had an opulent white wedding that turned unexpectedly green.

According to Schon, the city “extorted” him and his bride-to-be by charging exorbitant add-ons, including a $100,000 “premium reservation fee” just days before the couple’s wedding at the Palace of Fine Arts. (For context, the standard rate for renting the Palace of Fine Arts is $350 plus $100 per hour, according to the Chronicle)

Now, as the Examiner reports, the Board of Supervisors is mulling a $290,000 settlement with the couple, the result of a lawsuit filed in February.  

In addition to the inflated reservation fee, Schon was also charged a “park regeneration fee” of $50,000  —
 maybe because Journey shreds too hard, maybe because Schon’s wedding was actually an extravaganza featuring pay-per-view performances from Journey and Tower of Power.

Whatever the reason, the couple ended up shelling out $240,000 to get hitched under the Palace's majestic rotunda.

“Despite what the city’s government did to us, we love our ‘city by the bay’ and its residents,” Schon told the Examiner. “We couldn’t be happier that we’ve been vindicated.”

Schon’s wife, reality TV star Michaele Salahi, was less charitable, calling the fees “reprehensible.”

Also reprehensible, according to the city, was the theme of the couple’s wedding: “Royal, Sexy, Magic.” Per the Examiner, Schon wanted to take over space in the nearby Exploratorium building and dub one of the room’s “sexy,” a plan that city officials felt would suggest “profane or pornographic thematic elements.” And if there's one thing San Francisco shouldn't stand for as a city, it's profanity. 

Schon, of course, is a founding member of Journey, a San Francisco nostalgia act band best known for the 1981 hit “Don’t Stop Believin.’”

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Tuesday, July 21, 2015

A Brief Tour of Bill Cosby's Bay Area Haunts

Posted By on Tue, Jul 21, 2015 at 11:54 AM

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The San Francisco Bay Area must hold a special place in the heart of confessed philanderer and Quaalude connoisseur Bill Cosby. After all, one of the most famous stand-up routines from his 1960's heyday is “Driving in San Francisco.”

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Monday, July 20, 2015

Watch: Harry Potter Raps "The Real Slim Shady" at Karaoke

Posted By on Mon, Jul 20, 2015 at 6:05 PM


Daniel Radcliffe, who will forever be known as that actor who played Harry Potter, dropped by karaoke night at Cameron's Pub in Half Moon Bay, and his cover of Eminem's seminal 2000 hit "The Real Slim Shady" was, as the British say, spot-on. 

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Wednesday, July 1, 2015

10 Things You Need to Know About Kim Kardashian's Castro Theatre Talk

Posted By on Wed, Jul 1, 2015 at 12:28 PM

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San Francisco's historic Commonwealth Club brought Kim Kardashian to speak at the Castro Theatre last night. What were the highlights of her presentation?

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Tuesday, March 3, 2015

Freeway Rick Ross Wants Into the Marijuana Game

Posted By on Tue, Mar 3, 2015 at 9:20 AM

The real Rick Ross wants into the marijuana game. - GABRIELLE LURIE
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There is little Rick Ross cannot sell.

Himself: The 55-year-old is traversing the country selling copies of his self-published autobiography, promoting a documentary about his life airing on Al Jazeera, and giving talks to whoever will pay him, as he did Saturday front of a small crowd at Laney College in Oakland (a brief Bay Area stopover before he jetted off to Atlanta that night).

Crack cocaine: the autobiography and talks focus predictably on the 15-plus years he spent as, possibly, America's most prosperous drug dealer, a stint that today "credits" him with flooding black communities in Los Angeles and elsewhere with loads of cheap crack.

And now, "Freeway" Rick Ross wants in on America's next top industry: marijuana. With legal cannabis sales clocking at over a billion dollars a year in California, "I want in," Ross told us over the weekend.

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Tuesday, November 11, 2014

Joe DiMaggio's Hometown Planning 100th Birthday Celebration — And It Ain't San Francisco

Posted By on Tue, Nov 11, 2014 at 1:11 PM

Paul Simon's lament on the state of America — "Where have you gone, Joe DiMaggio? — is easy to answer these days. At least literally. Joltin' Joe has left and gone away and is buried, where else, in Colma (his gravestone reads "Grace, Dignity and Elegance Personified).   

The Yankee Clipper would have been 100 this year, and his hometown is marking the occasion. And while DiMaggio is associated with this city, played his first professional ball in this city, resided for decades in this city, and, like virtually every city resident, ended up in Colma. But the DiMaggio clan traces its local origins back to Martinez. Which every Martinez resident will happily tell you. And they're throwing a party. 

The East Bay suburb will celebrate the centenary of its favorite son on Nov. 18, with a fete highlighted by the re-launching of a boat gifted to DiMaggio by the Yanks in 1948 — an expensive and laborious process to say the least.

It would appear DiMaggio's 100th will not receive similar notice in San Francisco this year. And, truth be told, the living legend did not endear himself to locals on his way out.  

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Monday, September 29, 2014

Barry Bonds Is the New Google Glass Poster Boy

Posted By on Mon, Sep 29, 2014 at 12:50 PM

Things are evidently looking up for disgraced former Giants slugger Barry Bonds. 

Two weeks ago, an 11-judge appeals court panel raised questions about his 2011 obstruction of justice charge, suggesting it may soon be overturned in the Ninth Circuit.

And now, he's emerged as an unlikely poster child for Google Glass, a piece of once-hyped face-computing that, like Bonds, fell into ill repute

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