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News, Sucka Free City Bill Perry Removed from Family Court for Disturbing Blog Posts

Bill Perry Removed from Family Court for Disturbing Blog Posts

It's natural for a mother to be curious about a stranger who controls the fate of her child. So when Robin Wilson — a Mission district resident involved in a bitter custody battle over her 11-year-old daughter — learned that…
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News, The Snitch Mexican Border Crossings Lowest in Decades, Study Finds

Mexican Border Crossings Lowest in Decades, Study Finds

A new study by researchers at Princeton University's Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs upends a lot of the conventional thinking about the effects of U.S. immigration policy -- most notably the contention that harsher security measures along…
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News, The Snitch Facebook Loophole Enables Stalkers, Study Finds

Facebook Loophole Enables Stalkers, Study Finds

Facebook users' frequent decisions to open troves of personal information to people they don't know well online is predicated on a comforting assumption: You can always "defriend" an offending party, walling him off once more from your FB profile.Yet a…
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News, The Snitch Scoot Networks, Hyped Scooter-Sharing Service, Might Run Afoul of State Law

Scoot Networks, Hyped Scooter-Sharing Service, Might Run Afoul of State Law

It's always a pleasure to see business blogs' miasmal coverage of Bay Area start-ups pierced by a ray of real journalism. On this note, we have SF Appeal to thank for asking an important question about a much-hyped new scooter-sharing…
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UC Davis Occupy Pepper Spraying Report Will Become Public, Judge Rules

It appears that more light will be shed on one of the most controversial episodes of police response to Occupy protests across the country last fall, after a judge ruled that an independent report on the pepper-spraying of peaceful protesters…
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News, The Snitch Ross Mirkarimi Plea Crisis Is 'Political Posturing,' Expert Says

Ross Mirkarimi Plea Crisis Is 'Political Posturing,' Expert Says

San Francisco District Attorney George Gascón roiled the calming waters in the domestic-violence case against Sheriff Ross Mirkarimi yesterday, telling the editorial board of the San Francisco Chronicle he has doubts about proceeding with a plea bargain struck earlier this…
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News, The Snitch Ross Mirkarimi May Have Scuttled Own Plea Deal with Comments to Press

Ross Mirkarimi May Have Scuttled Own Plea Deal with Comments to Press

San Francisco District Attorney George Gascón raised the possibility that his office might back out of a plea deal in the domestic-violence case against Sheriff Ross Mirkarimi today, citing indications from Mirkarimi and his friends that the sheriff does not…
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News, The Snitch Does San Diego Discriminate Against Thong-Wearing Gay Men?

Does San Diego Discriminate Against Thong-Wearing Gay Men?

One might think that men clad in briefs, or scantier apparel, have become an accepted part of the public square since the much-noted antics of disgraced former Congressman Anthony Weiner. Not so, according to a federal civil-rights lawsuit filed against…
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News, The Snitch Kim Ferguson, Owner of Slain Poodle, Wants Canine Assailant Put Down

Kim Ferguson, Owner of Slain Poodle, Wants Canine Assailant Put Down

Angst over San Francisco's poorly enforced dog-leash laws was revived last week when a poodle was allegedly killed by an out-of-control mastiff in Huntington Park. Police continue to search for the owner of the dog that was running off-leash when…
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News, The Snitch Ross Mirkarimi Update: Eliana Lopez Video Admissible, Appeals Panel Rules

Ross Mirkarimi Update: Eliana Lopez Video Admissible, Appeals Panel Rules

In the latest of a string of pre-trial successes for prosecutors, a San Francisco Superior Court appellate panel ruled today that a video of Sheriff Ross Mirkarimi's wife describing how he physically abused her can be admitted as evidence in…
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News, The Snitch Santorum Gaining Ground Among California GOP Voters

Santorum Gaining Ground Among California GOP Voters

Mitt Romney, the leading contender for the GOP presidential nomination, has to watch his back among voters in California's Republican primary, according to a new poll.The poll from the Public Policy Institute of California shows that U.S. Sen. Rick Santorum…
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News, Feature Hate Mail: A Mailman's Revenge Shows Workers Still "Go Postal"

Hate Mail: A Mailman's Revenge Shows Workers Still "Go Postal"

Illustration by Taylor Callery On the morning of May 1, 2010, Tian Yu Lu awoke before dawn. Taking care not to disturb his wife, Lu left his home in San Francisco's Parkside district and climbed into a Ford pickup…
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News, The Snitch Joe Arpaio's 'Cold Case Posse' Concludes Obama's Birth Certificate is Fake

Joe Arpaio's 'Cold Case Posse' Concludes Obama's Birth Certificate is Fake

We last heard from Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio back in December, when a panel of judges from the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit, based in San Francisco, grilled his lawyer on the sheriff's alleged violation of…
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The Craziest Anti-Planned Parenthood Ads

Planned Parenthood doesn't shy away from provocative gimmicks in its efforts to promote sex education and reproductive health; earlier this week, we brought you the news that the nonprofit has launched a new campaign encouraging people to "check in" to a…
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News, The Snitch Peter Thiel Is Nation's Fourth-Biggest Super PAC Funder

Peter Thiel Is Nation's Fourth-Biggest Super PAC Funder

The nonprofit investigative-reporting outfit ProPublica has published a handy guide to the country's top 10 super PAC funders -- individuals with enough dough on hand to bankroll, to the tune of millions, independent political committees supporting presidential candidates. Such unfettered…
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News, The Snitch Planned Parenthood Wants You to 'Check In' When You Have Sex

Planned Parenthood Wants You to 'Check In' When You Have Sex

The nonprofit family-planning and sexual-health group Planned Parenthood has frequently appeared in the headlines over the past month. After a scandal over a potential loss of foundation funding, PP was hit with the bizarre accusations of a conservative Indiana state…
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News, The Snitch Twitter User Who Wants to Sodomize Michele Bachmann Can't Remain Anonymous

Twitter User Who Wants to Sodomize Michele Bachmann Can't Remain Anonymous

A man who proclaimed on Twitter his desire to sodomize conservative Minnesota Congresswoman Michele Bachmann with a machete will have his identity revealed to federal investigators, a U.S. District Court judge in Washington, D.C., has ruled.The man -- who for…
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News, The Snitch Appeals Court: Police Can Collect DNA from Arrested Suspects

Appeals Court: Police Can Collect DNA from Arrested Suspects

Police officers have the authority to forcibly collect DNA from those they arrest, even if the suspects have not been charged with or convicted of a crime, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit ruled yesterday.The court upheld…
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News, The Snitch Hawaii Governor Refuses to Defend Gay Marriage Ban in Court

Hawaii Governor Refuses to Defend Gay Marriage Ban in Court

As the battle over the constitutionality of California's ban on gay marriage wends its way through the federal courts, the challenge to a similar law in Hawaii has taken a surprising turn.Neil Abercrombie, Hawaii's Democratic governor, said this week he…
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News, The Snitch Apple Settles 'Death Grip' Lawsuit over iPhone Service

Apple Settles 'Death Grip' Lawsuit over iPhone Service

Apple has settled multiple class-action lawsuits alleging that holding the iPhone 4 in a certain way cut off service to the popular smartphone -- what plaintiffs in the case called a "death grip" causing the loss of the phone's signal.As…
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