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Change is Inevitable 24th Street will continue to evolve: Neighborhoods change over time . Just as Latinos moved into the Irish/Italian neighborhood and built 24th Street as city residents know it…
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News, Ties That Bind: Once an Eagle Scout, Always an Eagle Scout

Ties That Bind: Once an Eagle Scout, Always an Eagle Scout

"Enclosed you will find what was at one time one of the treasures of my life — my Eagle Scout Medal," begins a letter from the Rev. Gene Huff of San Francisco to the local Boy Scout Council. "It was…
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News, The Snitch Ryan Andresen, Gay Boy Scout Denied Eagle Award, to Be Honored by California Pols

Ryan Andresen, Gay Boy Scout Denied Eagle Award, to Be Honored by California Pols

Ryan Andresen, the incredibly badass 18-year-old who was booted from boy scouts because he's gay, is getting the recognition he so deserves. After scoring a spot on the Ellen Show and Anderson Cooper 360, the East Bay teen's next stop…
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News, The Snitch Newsom, Lawmakers Pen Letters Supporting Gay Boy Scout Booted From His Troop

Newsom, Lawmakers Pen Letters Supporting Gay Boy Scout Booted From His Troop

California lawmakers have joined the 400,000-plus others who are vociferously supporting Ryan Andresen, the 17-year-old gay Boy Scout who was denied his Eagle Scout Award. Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom, a former Webelos Scout, along with 32 other legislators, including U.S.…
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News, The Snitch Boy Scouts "Perversion Files": a Heartbreaking, Hypocritical Failure

Boy Scouts "Perversion Files": a Heartbreaking, Hypocritical Failure

My recollections of a youth spent in the Boy Scouts do not exactly jibe with the Norman Rockwell imagery, just as my recollections of an adulthood covering big city politics does not exactly jibe with the Norman Rockwell imagery. When…
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News, The Snitch Boys Scouts Release 20 Years of "Perversion Files"

Boys Scouts Release 20 Years of "Perversion Files"

The Boy Scouts of America is releasing 20 years worth of "perversion" files on thousands of suspected pedophiles today, the Associated Press reports.Called, "ineligible volunteer files," this list was compiled between 1965 to 1985, comprising 1,247 files. It lists the…
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News, The Snitch Tim Griffin, Eagle Scout Fired for Being Gay, Asks for His Job Back

Tim Griffin, Eagle Scout Fired for Being Gay, Asks for His Job Back

What better way to help our young scouts "build character" than to teach them how to effectively discriminate?As readers probably recall, Tim Griffin, a 22-year-old Eagle Scout, claims he was booted from his job at Camp Winton in Amador County…
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News, Feature The Boy Scouts' Police Problem: Explorers Have Been Sexually Abused by Cops. Should Scouts Share the Blame?

The Boy Scouts' Police Problem: Explorers Have Been Sexually Abused by Cops. Should Scouts Share the Blame?

Illustration by Dominic Bugatto. Sgt. Vince Ariaz liked what he saw in 15-year-old "Maggie." Eager to please, in awe of police work, and seeking a trustworthy authority figure in her life, the shy brunette was an ideal fit for…
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Calendar, Night&Day <i>Up</i>

Up

First of all, Up is not a movie about a cranky old coot who, with the help of a roly-poly Boy Scout, finds his inner child during a series of magical adventures experienced from the front porch of a dilapidated…
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Film, <i>Up</i> soars in entirely unexpected ways

Up soars in entirely unexpected ways

First of all, Up is not a movie about a cranky old coot who, with the help of a roly-poly Boy Scout, finds his inner child during a series of magical adventures experienced from the front porch of a dilapidated…
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Calendar, Night&Day British Sea Power

British Sea Power

The band has the sound (think Arcade Fire with a sense of humor), the look (Boy Scout anarchists), and now it has the songs. Do You Like Rock Music? is the album we always hoped the members of British Sea…
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News, Sucka Free City

A Friendly Hogtie

Recently, after downing an after-work beer, my strait-laced friend Raoul unexpectedly jumped off his barstool and blurted, "I'm gonna be late to my first Shibari class!" Hmmm, some kind of sushi? "No man, BDSM Japanese rope bondage. You should come!"…
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Dining, Social Grace

Americans, the Beautiful

Dear Social Grace, This summer, I went to Italy with two close friends whom I've known for years. We stayed with one friend's parents for two weeks. My other friend and I took a couple of overnight trips to other…
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Best of San Francisco, Arts & Entertainment

Best New Locally Produced Documentary

Tom Shepard's look at the Boy Scouts' gay ban, and how one straight, Bay Area Eagle Scout and his family organized to protest the policy, won this year's Audience Award at the Sundance Film Festival, along with the special Freedom…
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News, Bay View <i>Scouts'</i> Honors

Scouts' Honors

From the moment he arrives at San Francisco International Airport until his flight begins to board, 31-year-old Tom Shepard paces the terminal hoping that the low-dose Valium tablets he clutches in his hand will be enough to take the edge…
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News, Letters

Letters to the Editor

Don't Judge a Magazine by Its Cover Judge it by its Letters column: The story about scouting activist Steven Cozza ("A Boy Scout No More," Sept. 20) was a reasonably balanced, non-sensational account of the situation, but you wouldn't have…
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News, Feature A Boy Scout No More

A Boy Scout No More

When a white, middle-class, teenage boy from the suburbs grows his hair long, dyes it fire-engine red, and refuses to wash it in hopes of getting dreadlocks, there are reasonable explanations for such behavior: restlessness, rebellion, a search for identity.…
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Calendar, Halloween

Mulch

Send in the Boy Scouts Seems that ever-tolerant and friendly San Franciscans turn a blind eye to the elderly when they get behind the wheel of a car. In overall pedestrian deaths among seniors, the city leads the nation, according…
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