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News, Feature Arrested Development

Arrested Development

One afternoon in late September, Mayor Willie Brown broke into his out-of-town schedule to conduct a conference call with a group of citizens from southeast San Francisco. For some weeks, the group -- which includes residents, environmental activists, and artists…
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News, Bay View Dumping Sophie

Dumping Sophie

Recall fever has hit southeastern San Francisco, where some constituents of Supervisor Sophie Maxwell are collecting signatures for her ouster. The District 10 Alliance, a newly formed group of citizens from Bayview and Potrero Hill, charges that Maxwell has ignored…
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News, Bay View Glowing Review

Glowing Review

Sculptors who are members of the Point, an artist community at the former Hunters Point Shipyard, have been notified that the building where they've been working -- in some cases for years -- is contaminated with radioactive materials, and they'll…
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News, Feature Diseaseville


Keith Tisdell and his fiancee, Shaaron Green-Peace, have lived in a motor home parked outside their town house for the past year. Their parking-lot home sits atop a hill that looks out across San Francisco Bay. The view is breathtaking,…
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News, Dog Bites

News That Fits

Size matters to Chris Lopez, managing editor of the Contra Costa Times newspaper and a champion of news in brief. Earlier this month, Lopez instituted a policy of paying his reporters a $50 bonus for front-page stories, hard news or…
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News, Feature It's a Bechtel World

It's a Bechtel World

Within hours of the United States military's invasion of Iraq, San Franciscans of a certain political bent went on the offensive against one of the city's home-grown businesses: the Bechtel Group Inc. The public heat only intensified with news that…
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News, Sidebar

The World According to Bechtel

The Bohemian Club - Bohemian Grove San Francisco's exclusive men's club hosts an annual encampment in Sonoma County where the most powerful men in America gather to socialize. Riley, Gary, and Stephen Bechtel are all members, as is Riley's brother-in-law…
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News, Bay View Hot Story

Hot Story

With little fanfare, U.S. Navy officials in charge of cleaning up the Hunters Point Shipyard acknowledged last week that Navy personnel had burned large amounts of fuel contaminated with radioactive material in the shipyard's boilers 56 years ago. In its…
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News, Bay View Calm Before the Storm

Calm Before the Storm

History books will no doubt characterize last week's mayhem in San Francisco in much the same way used to describe anti-war demonstrations during the Vietnam War: Protesters clashed with police in the streets in San Francisco .... And, of course,…
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News, Bay View Hot News

Hot News

Under pressure from community members and regulators to fully investigate toxic contamination at Hunters Point Shipyard, U.S. Navy officials have discovered several new sites that might be contaminated with radioactive substances -- including three in a neighborhood outside the former…
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News, Feature The Russian Card Game

The Russian Card Game

Russian immigrants Igor Kogan and Mikhail Moiseev were in the same business, both dealing in high-end merchandise. Both lived in San Francisco, but preferred to commute outside the city to work, as did many of their associates. In fact, the…
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News, Feature A Tomb of One's Own

A Tomb of One's Own

I'm painting a coffin in the sunshine on the deck of a Sonoma County home that overlooks a gorgeous meadow, and the only really strange thing is that it's not creepy. Five other painters and I have paid a few…
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Dining, Eat Noblesse Oblige

Noblesse Oblige

Having heard about Charles Nob Hill for years, three foodie friends and I decided that when the fall chill finally entered the city we'd give in to a grown-up dinner at one of San Francisco's top-tier dining establishments. Though perhaps…
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Culture, Books

The Lilaguide

By Oli Mittermaier and Elysa Marco OAM Solutions (2002), $14.95 A year after Oli Mittermaier and Elysa Marco discovered that their darling daughter had arrived without a handbook, the couple set out to remedy the situation for other new parents.…
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News, Feature Not Your Mother's Peace Movement

Not Your Mother's Peace Movement

Peter Ferenbach is courting a woman. As he discusses the thoughtful strategy designed to win her favor over coffee in a Berkeley cafe on a warm Indian summer day, his determination seems unshakable. She's nothing special, really, this person he's…
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News, Bay View Turf Battle

Turf Battle

Listed on the San Francisco Tsunami women's football team's Web site, under "employment opportunities": 2002 coaching staff. Back in January, about a minute after the last game of its only season ended, the Women's American Football League disbanded, crumbling underneath…
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News, Feature The New Defenders

The New Defenders

Only months after terrorists used airliners to decimate the World Trade Center and anthrax to shut down Congress, the United States hosted the Winter Olympics in Utah. During the Games, a Bay Area team won a gold medal -- in…
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News, Feature Fallout: The Past Is Present

Fallout: The Past Is Present

Frank Brinton peers out the car window and shakes his head. Hunters Point Shipyard sure doesn't look like it did when he left in 1973. For the nearly 30 years he spent here, the shipyard was a buzz of people,…
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News, Sidebar

Burning Mad

Jesse Mason stands on a steep hill near Hunters Point Shipyard and looks out across the south end of the property. The view is spectacular, and on a day like this, with near-perfect weather, you can see little flashes of…
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News, Bay View Harsh Judgment

Harsh Judgment

On a sunny evening earlier this month, Debra Schmidt walked out of the Alameda County Jail at Santa Rita, her home since being extradited from Texas last fall. As she left, Schmidt remembers hearing a woman say, "You're free." Schmidt…
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