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News, Feature Chairman Willie: Willie Brown's Not-So-Secret Connection to the Hunters Point Project

Chairman Willie: Willie Brown's Not-So-Secret Connection to the Hunters Point Project

Photo by Mike Koozmin This story was originally reported by Matt Smith for the independent, nonprofit Center for Investigative Reporting, the country's largest investigative reporting team. We present it here in partnership with CIR. For more information, visit cironline.org…
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News, The Snitch U.S.S. <i>Iowa</i> Sails Out of Bay on "Last Mission" (Photos)

U.S.S. Iowa Sails Out of Bay on "Last Mission" (Photos)

If only someone would tow this thing to Des Moines​By Jan. 18, Vallejo must submit a plan for slithering out of bankruptcy. Former banker Merylin Wong, the head of a maritime enthusiast's group there, has a plan for keeping the…
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Prelinger Archives Show How San Francisco Has Always Struggled with Change

Megan Shaw Prelinger is proud that her private library — tucked into a former warehouse at 301 Eighth St. (at Folsom) and open to the public on Wednesdays — is a global destination for researchers, artists, and authors. But she…
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News, The Snitch Prude Community Panicked by S.F. Nude Protest

Prude Community Panicked by S.F. Nude Protest

News that the city government might limit where nudists put their sweaty, bare butts has been one of those local stories that gives San Francisco a name nationwide.But for some out-of-town readers, the real news wasn't so much that the…
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News, The Snitch Alarmists Behind 'Homeless Haight Brigands' Myth Have a New Enemy: A Three-Block Bike Lane

Alarmists Behind 'Homeless Haight Brigands' Myth Have a New Enemy: A Three-Block Bike Lane

Last year San Franciscans heard a repeated tale about a band of violent gutter punks who caused upstanding citizens to fear going out at night.The story was bogus. Police were unable make a single case out of the supposed crime…
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News, The Snitch Today Is Billy Sipple Day: Honoring Gay Ex-Marine Who Saved Gerald Ford's Life

Today Is Billy Sipple Day: Honoring Gay Ex-Marine Who Saved Gerald Ford's Life

Today is Oliver W. Sipple Day in San Francisco, which honors the man who in 1975 grabbed the arm of Sarah Jane Moore when he saw her aiming a .38-caliber pistol at Gerald Ford outside the St. Francis Hotel in…
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News, The Snitch Ranger Noir: S.F. Park Patrol Run as Money Machine

Ranger Noir: S.F. Park Patrol Run as Money Machine

This week's SF Weekly cover story "Ranger Noir" takes a close look at the law enforcement unit that covers San Francisco park facilities, and discovers an agency seemingly gone bad.Among its findings: A full-time Park Patrol supervisor holds a second, separate…
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News, The Snitch John Waters Berates <i>Baltimore Sun</i> for Reassigning Former <i>SF Weekly</i> Film Critic Michael Sragow

John Waters Berates Baltimore Sun for Reassigning Former SF Weekly Film Critic Michael Sragow

John Waters gained fame as a movie maker by exposing archetypical America as stupid and bogus. But Waters spoke out earlier this week to praise former SF Weekly critic Michael Sragow using terms incongruous to his typical critique. Waters applauded Sragow…
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News, Feature Ranger Noir: S.F. Park Patrol Run as Money-Making Machine

Ranger Noir: S.F. Park Patrol Run as Money-Making Machine

Illustration by Andrew J. Nilsen. Mystery stories are generally concerned with who did what, when, and how. But in this one, about the way government officials have for years covered up apparent waste, fraud, and abuse in the San…
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News, The Snitch With Anti-Lee Attack Ad, Dennis Herrera Ditches Logic of Ranked Choice Voting

With Anti-Lee Attack Ad, Dennis Herrera Ditches Logic of Ranked Choice Voting

According to the ranked choice voting playbook, candidates must offer themselves up as a perfect amalgam of milquetoast and pablum. They might not draw enough attention to be anyone's favorite, but perhaps they'll get enough second-choice votes to prevail.City Attorney…
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News, The Snitch Who Can Help San Francisco's Cycling Conditions? The Dutch

Who Can Help San Francisco's Cycling Conditions? The Dutch

According to H.G. Wells, "After your first day of cycling, one dream is inevitable. A memory of motion lingers in the muscles of your legs, and round and round they seem to go." As Arthur Conan Doyle saw it, "When the…
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News, The Snitch Iconic SF Fashion Brand Esprit de Corps Pulls out of U.S.

Iconic SF Fashion Brand Esprit de Corps Pulls out of U.S.

Esprit de Corps, the iconic San Francisco fashion label that pioneered socially and environmentally conscious marketing, has left the United States, so that its current Hong Kong owner can concentrate on other markets. The move marks the final American chapter of a great…
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News, The Snitch Alleged Meth Dealer Mad at Girlfriend for Letting Police Inside His Trailer

Alleged Meth Dealer Mad at Girlfriend for Letting Police Inside His Trailer

Charlie Okigbo Jr. might have taken valuable life lessons from an Aug. 27 incident that brought Oakland Police officers to his home.For example, he might have reflected on the fact that cellphone cases are for carrying Nokias, Motorollas and HTCs…
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News, The Snitch Republicans Threaten San Francisco Pedestrian and Bike Projects

Republicans Threaten San Francisco Pedestrian and Bike Projects

It's not news that America has a lot of problems, foremost among them cyclists and pedestrians being coddled too much by the government.Or at least that seems to be the view of our Tea Partying lawmakers who are trying to…
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News, The Snitch Global Warming Will Submerge Ocean Beach at Little Cost to San Francisco

Global Warming Will Submerge Ocean Beach at Little Cost to San Francisco

First, the bad news: Ocean Beach will likely sink, thanks to global warming. But the good news is, it won't suck nearly as bad as it will for our neighbors down in Southern California.The reason for this is that our…
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News, The Snitch Clinton, Panetta Stop in San Francisco

Clinton, Panetta Stop in San Francisco

Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta will arrive in San Francisco on Wednesday to talk with their Australian counterparts over a proposed base-sharing agreement.According to a Monday U.S. State Department bulletin:Secretary Clinton will travel to…
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News, The Snitch Octavia Boulevard Is Devouring Upper Market

Octavia Boulevard Is Devouring Upper Market

Billed as a "livable" alternative to the freeway offramp that once shadowed Market Street, Octavia Boulevard has, in reality, been a confusing, deadly grid of expressways and frontage streets.Accidents are plentiful along Octavia Boulevard. On July 14, a big rig…
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News, The Snitch Pottery Barn Dolls Can Strangle Kids, Recall Notice Says

Pottery Barn Dolls Can Strangle Kids, Recall Notice Says

Chloe and Sophie, dolls sold under the Pottery Barn Kids label owned by San Francisco-based Williams Sonoma, are being recalled in Canada in conjunction with a U.S. recall -- and for good reason: They strangle kids, the Canuck government says.No,…
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News, The Snitch Rare Franciscan Manzanita Could Be Listed as Endangered Species After All

Rare Franciscan Manzanita Could Be Listed as Endangered Species After All

SF Weekly readers might recall the wild discovery two years ago when a Franciscan Manzanita bush -- thought to be extinct -- was randomly spotted in a Presidio traffic island. Since then, environmentalists have fought to have the plant protected…
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News, The Snitch Patriot Act Peters Out in SF: Zero Snooping Complaints in 2010-2011

Patriot Act Peters Out in SF: Zero Snooping Complaints in 2010-2011

At times, public uneasiness about the liberty-and-privacy-quashing possibilities of the USA Patriot Act rivaled fear of the terrorists the Act was supposed to help protect us against.In San Francisco, Patriot-Act worries reached a crescendo in 2005, when voters passed a measure…
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