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    News, Hi Haters, We See You.

    Hi Haters, We See You.

    San Francisco has long been a sanctuary for outsiders. Hippies, hobos, queers, and kinksters of all colors have called it home, and it is tempting to believe that hateful extremists could never gain a foothold here. Yet they already have.…
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    News, Why 30 North Korean Defectors Were in San Francisco

    Why 30 North Korean Defectors Were in San Francisco

    On the evening of July 20, about 200 people packed inside Full Gospel San Francisco English Ministry church in the Western Addition to hear 30 North Korean defectors share what a press release promised would be "stories of persecution, death,…
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    News, Dump Dianne: Revisiting the 1983 Mayoral Recall

    Dump Dianne: Revisiting the 1983 Mayoral Recall

    Recall elections are serious business. Beyond being a bully tactic brandished by opponents, they are costly and time-consuming without any guarantee of success. And despite many mayors at least hearing recall whispers during their tenures, it's rare to actually qualify…
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    Tale from the Crypt: A Walk Through the Morgue

    In the early hours of Saturday, May 21, staff at Zuckerberg San Francisco General Hospital began the process of moving more than 150 patients into its newest facility — a state-of-the-art building recently constructed in the heart of the campus.…
    News, Rescuing 911

    Rescuing 911

    During two recent mass shootings in the U.S., some people caught up in the mayhem took to their cellphones to reach out for help — not through calls but instead through text messages. They did not do this out of…
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    News, Can Toney Chaplin Change the Culture of SF Police?

    Can Toney Chaplin Change the Culture of SF Police?

    On a weeknight in early March, the safest place in San Francisco was the United Irish Cultural Center, a country barn of a banquet hall (with requisite subterranean bar) out by the zoo in the windswept Outer Sunset. There, on…
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    News, Cops Blame Gangs for S.F.'s Property Crime Wave

    Cops Blame Gangs for S.F.'s Property Crime Wave

    In January, San Francisco police Capt. Joseph McFadden — commanding officer of Ingleside Station, which polices the Excelsior, Ingleside and the Outer Mission — sent his superiors at SFPD command staff a special request. In an official operations order, the…
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    News, The Last Ride of the Jitney

    The Last Ride of the Jitney

    After 44 years of regular service, San Francisco's last jitney has sat idly on a SoMa street corner for weeks. Every day since the Nixon Administration, Jess Losa drove from the Caltrain station on Fourth Street to downtown in the…
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    News, The "Other" Black and Brown Crisis

    The "Other" Black and Brown Crisis

    On a sunny morning in early February, Jessie Tello sat in his wheelchair in the front room of his modest home on Newcomb Avenue in the Bayview District, located within sight — but today, thanks to a favorable breeze, not…
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    News, The Tent City the Super Bowl Created

    The Tent City the Super Bowl Created

    Imagine you're having a party. Your friends are there, and your co-workers, and your boss. You're all chummy, but there's tension in the air — you're eager to impress, after all. When the doorbell rings, you realize you've left out…
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    News, After the Mario Woods Shooting, Chief Greg Suhr Pledges to Reform the SFPD

    After the Mario Woods Shooting, Chief Greg Suhr Pledges to Reform the SFPD

    San Francisco police havetrouble with racial bias. Police need to better handle encounters with the mentally-ill and with suspects armed only with knives — and above all, the police need to never have another encounter like the Dec. 2 shooting…
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    News, Fillmore Tenants go on Strike to Protest Rising Rents

    Fillmore Tenants go on Strike to Protest Rising Rents

    The Midtown Park Apartments, a block of unremarkable buildings in the Fillmore District, were built in 1964 atop land cleared during San Francisco's "Urban Renewal" projects. Transformations of Edwardian and Victorian neighborhoods into concrete blocks were hailed by anti-"blight" groups.…
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    News, Public Assistance, for a Mission Condo Project

    Public Assistance, for a Mission Condo Project

    At night, the heart of the "Mission Miracle Mile" between 21st and 22nd streets is awash in green light. The marquee of the New Mission Theater, rechristened as a location of national brew-and-movie chain Alamo Drafthouse, which reopened on Dec.…
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    News, The Many Scandals of Police Chief Greg Suhr

    The Many Scandals of Police Chief Greg Suhr

    The amount of shit that has rolled off San Francisco Police Chief Greg Suhr's back would have buried many a less well-connected and less politically savvy top cop long ago. Suhr's tenure as a police leader has been as scandal-ridden…
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    News, SF's Short-Lived Experiment with Gang Injunctions has Permanent Consequences

    SF's Short-Lived Experiment with Gang Injunctions has Permanent Consequences

    In the Section 8-subsidized housing on Oakdale Avenue in the heart of Hunters Point, a stone's throw from the Grace Tabernacle Church, there's a wall. On the wall, in green graffiti-style paint, are the words, "HAPPY BIRTHDAY CHEAP CHARLIE." Below,…
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    News, After the Police Killing of Mario Woods, SF is "That Kind of Town"

    After the Police Killing of Mario Woods, SF is "That Kind of Town"

    In the video, the man shuffles and lurches uncertainly against a nondescript garage door. Bystanders scream. A group of police officers — at least ten — surround the man, weapons raised, in an arrangement that at least one elected official…
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    News, Trans Suicide Hotline Founder Heeds the Call

    Trans Suicide Hotline Founder Heeds the Call

    It is uncommon for someone to wake up for work each morning and immediately set about looking for ways to terminate her own employment. But that is exactly what Greta Gustava Martela does — every day — passionately. Martela, 46,…
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    News, The Dangers of "Downloading While Asian"

    The Dangers of "Downloading While Asian"

    In the early morning of May 21, Xiaoxing Xi, his wife, and their two daughters were awakened when a dozen FBI agents stormed their house in Penn Valley, Pa., a suburb 10 miles north of Philadelphia. The agents, dressed in…
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    News, Cryotherapy is Coming to SF. Does it Really Work?

    Cryotherapy is Coming to SF. Does it Really Work?

    In the future, everyone will freeze for three minutes. And pay good money for the pleasure. That, anyway, is the ambition of Glacé Cryotherapy, a Carmel-based company that's marketing itself as America's premiere retailer of boutique cryotherapy. Cryotherapy, in which…
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    News, As Crime Goes Up And Arrests Down, Police Blame the DA

    As Crime Goes Up And Arrests Down, Police Blame the DA

    San Francisco police are the best-paid cops in California. An entry-level officer in San Francisco earns a minimum of $6,782 a month — $1,100 more than the statewide average and $1,500 more than a rookie cop in L.A. (though San…
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    News, Faulty Towers: Theft, Lies, and Public Housing in San Francisco

    Faulty Towers: Theft, Lies, and Public Housing in San Francisco

    The Clementina Towers — two Cold War-era high-rises of reinforced concrete at the end of a South of Market cul-de-sac — aren't much to look at. Fifteen stories of beehive-like balconies jut from the buildings' twin faces, the pattern interrupted…
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    News, Hotel Workers are Fighting Airbnb. Why aren't Hotels?

    Hotel Workers are Fighting Airbnb. Why aren't Hotels?

    When Patrick Hannan delivers a line, he states it twice. Slowly. "This is an arrow from New York hotels into the heart of San Francisco's middle class," he said by phone on Monday. "This is an arrow from New York…
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    News, The Last Empress: Chinatown Takes a Stand Against Tech

    The Last Empress: Chinatown Takes a Stand Against Tech

    Chong Imports is having a going out of business sale. Banners in the two-story emporium of Chinese jewelry, art, tchotchkes, and souvenirs promise 75 percent discounts. A computer-printed sign posted next to framed Chinese silk needlework warns, "Last Chance For…
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    News, Equipto Doubles Down on Ed Lee's Disgrace

    Equipto Doubles Down on Ed Lee's Disgrace

    Ilyich Sato's introduction to politics was through his parents, trade union members and activists who raised him in a San Francisco home with posters of Che Guevara and Lenin on the walls. Sato, known in the Bay Area hip-hop scene…
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    News, Buying Favor (and Votes) in Chinatown

    Buying Favor (and Votes) in Chinatown

    You don't know her, but chances are you saw someone like "Ying" the last time you were in Chinatown. She is 66 years old, speaks only Cantonese, and has shared a tiny, cramped, and possibly code-violating SRO hotel room in…
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    Sub Pop recording artists 'clipping.' brought their brand of noise-driven experimental hip hop to the closing night of 2016's San Francisco Electronic Music Fest this past Sunday. The packed Brava Theater hosted an initially seated crowd that ended the night jumping and dancing against the front of the stage. The trio performed a set focused on their recently released Sci-Fi Horror concept album, 'Splendor & Misery', then delved into their dancier and more aggressive back catalogue, and recent single 'Wriggle'. Opening performances included local experimental electronic duo 'Tujurikkuja' and computer music artist 'Madalyn Merkey.'"

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