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See No Evil See No Evil S.F. Archbishop William Levada styles himself as a leading advocate for openness among Catholic leaders on the clergy sex-abuse issue. So why doesn't he practice what he preaches? May 21, 2003
Hidden Treasure Hidden Treasure Half a century ago, ex-heroin dealer Alfredo Santos created an epic work of art inside San Quentin. Now, he's coming back to be honored for it. July 23, 2003
KRON's Last Gasp KRON's Last Gasp How a once-proud San Francisco television station became ground zero in the nation's most controversial experiment in local TV news. April 12, 2006

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News, Feature The Chief Is In (for Now)

The Chief Is In (for Now)

About three dozen people are gathered at the Bernal Heights Neighborhood Center for a meeting of the San Francisco Police Commission, and the questions they're hurling at Police Chief Heather Fong follow a familiar pattern. To put it in a…
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News, The Snitch After 14 Years, His SFPD Paperwork is Approved

After 14 Years, His SFPD Paperwork is Approved

By Ron Russell Antjuan Taswell, whose paperwork to join the San Francisco Patrol Special Police was held up by SFPD for what is believed to be a record 14 years, has finally won his badge. Police Chief Heather Fong quietly…
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Frankovich Invades North Beach

Facing possible suspension from the California State Bar, attorney Tom Frankovich — notorious for his serial lawsuits under the Americans with Disabilities Act on behalf of clients who use wheelchairs — has turned his attention to San Francisco with a…
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News, Feature To Serve & Collect

To Serve & Collect

The question from TV's Judge Judy to San Francisco Patrol Special Police Officer Hanley Chan was straightforward enough. "You are a San Francisco police officer — is that correct?" Fulfilling his bit role on the show as a plaintiff's witness,…
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News, Sucka Free City Lucky Chances owner transfers card club to his sons

Lucky Chances owner transfers card club to his sons

Rene Medina, the San Francisco entrepreneur whose most lucrative enterprise over the years has been Lucky Chances Casino in Colma, may be a convicted felon, but apparently he has bluffed state gambling regulators into keeping his prize business in the…
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News, Feature Whistleblower


In a cafe near his Pacific Heights home, David Kessler — who weighs maybe 160 pounds soaking wet — is expounding in a scholarly fashion on the causes of obesity, the subject of the book he is writing, while he…
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News, Sucka Free City San Francisco Patrol Special Police: Rent-a-Cops With Guns

San Francisco Patrol Special Police: Rent-a-Cops With Guns

Back in November, Jonathan Rodgers was fresh off the streets and living in a single-room-occupancy hotel near Civic Center, courtesy of a city-sponsored program for the homeless. Although he says he always paid his rent, he ran afoul of the…
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News, Feature The USF Dons Have Gone from National Champs to National Chumps

The USF Dons Have Gone from National Champs to National Chumps

It's a gloriously sunny afternoon, and Eddie Sutton has slipped away from his tomblike office at the University of San Francisco to return a phone call from the relative quiet of the lobby inside the aging War Memorial Gymnasium. The…
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News, Sucka Free City For Sale - KRON-TV Channel 4, $800 Million, Fixer-Upper

For Sale - KRON-TV Channel 4, $800 Million, Fixer-Upper

Apparently not even Dr. Phil can help KRON-TV (Channel 4). More than a year has passed since the financially ailing station's owner, New York–based Young Broadcasting, announced plans to revolutionize local TV news by turning its on-air reporters into camera-toting…
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News, Feature Neglected Treasures

Neglected Treasures

In 1941, shortly after the close of the Golden Gate International Exposition (World's Fair) on Treasure Island, curators packed up six giant murals created for the fair by acclaimed Mexican artist José Miguel Covarrubias and sent them on loan to…
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BALCO Breakup - Chron Reporter Jumps to ESPN, Sourcing Gets Awkward

Now that the Chronicle's celebrated BALCO investigative reporting team of Lance Williams and Mark Fainaru-Wada has split up, inquiring minds may be forgiven for wondering who gets custody of the sources. The answer: They're working it out amicably. "I'm sure…
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  • clipping at Brava Theater Sept. 11
    Sub Pop recording artists 'clipping.' brought their brand of noise-driven experimental hip hop to the closing night of 2016's San Francisco Electronic Music Fest this past Sunday. The packed Brava Theater hosted an initially seated crowd that ended the night jumping and dancing against the front of the stage. The trio performed a set focused on their recently released Sci-Fi Horror concept album, 'Splendor & Misery', then delved into their dancier and more aggressive back catalogue, and recent single 'Wriggle'. Opening performances included local experimental electronic duo 'Tujurikkuja' and computer music artist 'Madalyn Merkey.'"

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