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Craps

The last weekend in February was perhaps the longest 48 hours that entrepreneur Jay Cohen has ever experienced. The 33-year-old former San Francisco stock options trader spent those two days in limbo, waiting for a New York jury to decide…
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News, Feature Fins

Fins

The Empress of China restaurant has been around for decades, like many of the businesses along Grant Avenue in Chinatown. Diners exiting the elevator on the restaurant's main floor are greeted by extravagant wood-carved ceilings and lanterns bristling with peacock…
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Rolling in His Grave

The phone call to the rare book and special collections department of the San Francisco Public Library two weeks ago was about chickens. The caller, claiming to be associated with Kentucky Fried Chicken, said she was tracing the origins of…
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News, Feature Requiem for a Church Supreme

Requiem for a Church Supreme

"Do I care? Yes, I do. I wish I could have it like it was many years ago. But I know that the world moves on. And unless you move on with the world, you are in for a rude…
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News, Bay View Chronicle of a Theft Foretold

Chronicle of a Theft Foretold

Let's say you still need to finish your Christmas shopping, but you're pretty much broke. You're so strapped for cash that you're actually thinking of doing a little shopping with the five-finger discount. Maybe a simple gift, something like a…
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News, Feature Online Pirates of the Caribbean

Online Pirates of the Caribbean

The intermittent rains seemed fitting when the 49ers hosted the Green Bay Packers in a recent Monday night embarrassment. Cameras zooming in on the hometown sidelines captured the grim faces of players and coaches. A benched Steve Young, arguably one…
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News, Feature Angel of Theft

Angel of Theft

The city was unusually hot on this sticky February night, but the crowd gathered in the opulent Hotel Monaco was cooling itself sufficiently via an open bar and chilled shrimp appetizers. Another new publishing company was launching a periodical, and…
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They Make Our Heads Hurt

Browse through any newsrack in San Francisco, and the new breed of high-tech business/lifestyle magazines catches your eye. These so-called Bibles of the New Economy boast so much advertising that they're actually beginning to approach the Bible's size. But they…
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News, Feature ¡Holy Cohiba!

¡Holy Cohiba!

The luxurious Hotel Nacional overlooks the entrance to Havana Bay on the north shore of Cuba. The twin-spired landmark has hosted a formidable array of celebrity guests since it opened in 1930, Winston Churchill, Ava Gardner, and Johnny Weissmuller among…
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Preaching to Their Choirs

crowd bunches in front of the Hebrew Academy on 14th Avenue in anticipation of the first in a series of debates between Willie Brown and the two viable pretenders to his throne. The line winds down the block and wraps…
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News, Feature Rock Em! Sock Em! Sue Em!

Rock Em! Sock Em! Sue Em!

Jim Smentowski waits for the guy wearing a helmet and combat fatigues to unlock the doors leading to the fighting cage. The ersatz soldier looks back and signals the all clear. Smentowski and two helpers crouch and push a 200-pound…
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Shut Up or Park

Pick any street, road, or highway in the Bay Area, and you'll see them: cars suddenly switching lanes, whipping through stop signs, screeching to halts at red lights. Inside, the drivers are anxiously looking from side to side, because they're…
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The Unsinkable Ralph Henke

When I was a boy I used to read all about Edison, and the Wright brothers, Mr. Ford. They were my heroes. Rags to riches. That's not just the name of a book. That's what this country was all about.…
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Boob Tube

Info: Boob Tube No one's watching CNET's high-tech television shows, and for good reason By Jack Boulware Sleek yet casual in a sport coat and slacks, Ron Reagan Jr. stands on a riser in a chilly television studio. It is…
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The Red Menace

You pace the living room, talking on a cordless and looking out plate-glass windows at the grassy slopes of Mount Tamalpais, high above Mill Valley. Pastel-colored artwork adorns the hallways. Your beautiful wife and kids are upstairs. There's a Ferrari…
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Web Rouser

Shiny cars jam the thoroughfares of Silicon Valley, as computer workers flee their cubicles for the grinding drive home. Caity McPherson whips her red Honda Civic into the busy labyrinth of roads that crisscross America's new-media mother lode. The sunlight…
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A Night at the Webbys

Tension perfumes the backstage air at the Herbst Theater. The Webby Awards draw nigh. Comedian Marc Maron sits in his dressing room, shuffling index cards filled with jokes. He will MC the event. Maron is worked up, fresh from an…
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The Full Monty

Monty Roberts is on a roll, granting another interview to another reporter about his book, and the techniques for horse training that have made him an international star of late. As Roberts discusses his life and career, he must speak…
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Wine Brats

Despite a driving rain, 50 or so healthy specimens of young professional confidently saunter into the Za Stop pizza parlor South of Market. Tables laden with stem-ware and white plastic buckets await them. The room fills with that unmistakable strain…
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The Fortress on the Hill

Something about the narcissistic Bay Area compels affluent people to push the limits of eccentricity. They reinvent themselves, shun responsibility, and pursue a good time. The party started with the birth of the Barbary Coast, and continues on up to…
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