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News, The Snitch Facebook Accidentally "Outs" Gay Kids to Their Parents

Facebook Accidentally "Outs" Gay Kids to Their Parents

Those cumbersome privacy settings on Facebook didn't do much for two gay kids in Texas who were inadvertently outed on the social networking site, much to their chagrin. The Wall Street Journal first reported the story of Bobbi Duncan, 22,…
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Calendar, Night&Day Degradation in Motion

Degradation in Motion

“Forever” is useless to Phillip Hua. Archival ink? Acid-free paper? Pigments that last 900 years? Meaningless. Rather, Hua seeks meaning in the short-lived and decaying. His series “Entwined Excess” illustrates the clash between commercial culture and the natural world. Hua…
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News, The Snitch Junk Food Vendors at Marin High School Get Caught Up in Food Fight

Junk Food Vendors at Marin High School Get Caught Up in Food Fight

Like a group of unruly teenagers, mobile junk food vendors at a Marin high school have been physically fighting each other outside the school to get the best spot where they can easily sell sugar and fatty foods to students.…
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Calendar, Night&Day Brevity Is the Soul of It

Brevity Is the Soul of It

Kay Ryan is a classic poet, which is to say that she’s spent a lot of time working as a teacher at a community college. Because she also recently Pulitzered, she is a living middle finger to the stupid aphorism…
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Calendar, Night&Day Seven Patterns that Changed the World

Seven Patterns that Changed the World

What does the invention of the Gutenberg press have in common with the ascendance of Google Inc. and Web 2.0? Would a different way of thinking have helped the FBI spot and head off the 9/11 terrorist attacks? Steven Johnson…
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Calendar, Night&Day Run a Long

Run a Long

The San Francisco Marathon is the opposite of Bay to Breakers. As a recent Wall Street Journal article noted, it is the race that “even marathoners fear.” So no one shows up in four-inch heels and a cow head mask,…
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Music, Bouncer Taking flight, back to the nest

Taking flight, back to the nest

I dumped my bags down with a thud and sat in the exact same seat I'd taken a week before at the Mission Bar and Grill at SFO. A week ago I was heading for Illinois and my high school…
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News, Sucka Free City Kinky Town

Kinky Town

As you've no doubt heard by now, activists in the Mission District are freaked out about an S/M porn company moving next door at the historic Armory building. Even the Wall Street Journal and the New York Times have weighed…
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Best White-Trash Bargain Gourmet Dinner

As of press time, John Trani, the most pampered frat boy in history, hadn't yet opened the Hooters restaurant his parents gave him for college graduation. But the moment he does, as scheduled in June, we're there. We're not going…
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News, Feature The Rabbi Who Would Save the World

The Rabbi Who Would Save the World

After Wall Street Journal reporter Daniel Pearl was murdered last month in Pakistan, faculty at UC Berkeley's Graduate School of Journalism convened a panel of journalists to talk about the tragedy. Because Pearl was Jewish, the organizers invited Rabbi Michael…
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Standards of Worth Graduating from high school is about to get a lot tougher. The San Francisco Unified School District is set to adopt new graduation requirements before the end of the year -- but not without fanning the flames…
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Heard It Through the Grapevine If ever a story had "legs," as the cliche goes, it would be the San Jose Mercury News' three-part series in August on CIA-linked, contra crack rings in the Bay Area in the early '80s.…
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REAL ASTROLOGY For An Unreal World

Aries (March 21-April 19): Some cynical wag whose name I won't dignify by mentioning once said that people always want what they don't have and don't want what they do have. I call on you now, while you're basking in…
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