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    News, Sucka Free City Crime Doesn't Pay, Even for Shrimp Boy

    Crime Doesn't Pay, Even for Shrimp Boy

    Alicia Lo was hit with two blows last week. First, her boyfriend, Raymond "Shrimp Boy" Chow, was sentenced to life in prison for ordering the murder of a rival and for running an organized crime outfit out of a fraternal…
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    News, Sucka Free City District 9 Candidates Split Over BART Plans

    District 9 Candidates Split Over BART Plans

    Latina community leader Gladys Soto thinks nobody cares about where she lives, in a Mission Street corridor that snakes south of Cesar Chavez Street but not quite in the Outer Mission. "I want a real solution for the neighborhood," Soto…
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    News, Sucka Free City Smoking Weed Is Smartest Thing Aldon Smith Has Ever Done

    Smoking Weed Is Smartest Thing Aldon Smith Has Ever Done

    Aldon Smith has made some bad decisions. In 2015, the NFL suspended the current Raider and former 49er for a calendar year for violating the league's substance abuse policy. Smith has largely been an afterthought during that time, someone throwing…
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    News, Sucka Free City The Furor Over Remembering Mario Woods

    The Furor Over Remembering Mario Woods

    In February, San Francisco's police union published a curious cartoon. Its illustrators drew a judge looking down at a lawyer swearing in the witness: a cellphone. "So you swear to show the truth, the whole truth, and nothing but the…
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    News, Sucka Free City Pokemon in the Age of Distraction

    Pokemon in the Age of Distraction

    Last week some strange things happened in San Francisco. Some were bad, like the appearance of legitimate recruitment fliers for the KKK. Others were worse, even if they did not directly involve white supremacists. Pokemon Go took over the town.…
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    News, Sucka Free City Lowriders: From Low to Love

    Lowriders: From Low to Love

    Glittering. Gliding. Bouncing. Hundreds of lowriders with lowered chassis and jumping hydraulics drove through the Mission District on Sunday on their way to the second year of the "King of the Streets" competition. The contest's aim is simple: Measure which…
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    News, Sucka Free City An Exorcism of Queerness

    An Exorcism of Queerness

    Like a construction stud supports a wall, The Stud bar has supported queer San Francisco for 50 years. But bad news hit the bar just days after the glittering club hosted its golden anniversary bash. A letter arrived informing bar…
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    News, Sucka Free City Is Scott Wiener a Giraffe

    Is Scott Wiener a Giraffe

    The June election had no shortage of drama, from Bernie's last stand in the California primary to the emergence of progressive control of the usually obscure Democratic County Central Committee. But despite the flood of campaign fliers clogging mailboxes around…
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    News, Sucka Free City

    Jail Inmates in Crisis

    With 35 to 40 percent of inmates needing treatment, the County Jail system is San Francisco's largest mental health facility. And while the inmate population has decreased by up to 8 percent annually since 2008 through alternatives to incarceration and…
    News, Sucka Free City SFPD Hangs Onto The Sleeperhold

    SFPD Hangs Onto The Sleeperhold

    It's the 21st century and the age of innovation, yet the bag of tricks San Francisco police have to deploy on wrongdoers is fairly old school — and it's shrinking. SFPD's use-of-force policies have been under scrutiny since the Dec.…
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    News, Sucka Free City The Real Reason S.F. Wants To Ban Tent Encampments

    The Real Reason S.F. Wants To Ban Tent Encampments

    Camping is illegal on San Francisco's streets and sidewalks, but that didn't stop the space under the Highway 101 overpass at 13th Street from becoming a de-facto campground for homeless people seeking shelter from El Niño this past winter. A…
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    News, Sucka Free City S.F. Jail's Trans Inmate Problem

    S.F. Jail's Trans Inmate Problem

    Last September, former Sheriff Ross Mirkarimi announced a novel innovation for San Francisco County Jail: Incarcerated transgender women would be housed with women, rather than housed alone. While there are never more than a handful of trans people in jail…
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    News, Sucka Free City S.F. Giants Play Lowball Hardball

    S.F. Giants Play Lowball Hardball

    AT&T Park is one of the finest places in America to watch baseball. Sportswriters even in Los Angeles can't deny it, recently voting the San Francisco Giants' home ballpark the league's finest. But according to the Giants, AT&T Park is…
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    Cops Endorse the Death Penalty

    Police don't want to kill anybody. Cops will tell you this. Fatally shooting somebody takes the officer off the street, away from his or her usual job, and into a ream of paperwork and lengthy interviews. Simply put, it's too…
    News, Sucka Free City The Gun Lobby's Rainbow Coalition

    The Gun Lobby's Rainbow Coalition

    When Nicki Stallard moved to Fresno from San Jose, she brought her pistol with her. Not that Stallard, an out trans woman, was packing because she's worried about trans- or homophobia in the Central Valley — "I haven't had an…
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    News, Sucka Free City

    Money Can't Buy You Votes

    A funny thing happened on the way to the ballot box last week. Ungodly, record-breaking sums of money were raised to buoy candidates for an obscure-yet-influential office — and on Election Day, that money promptly got its ass kicked. Ninety-five…
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    News, Sucka Free City Fear of a Frisco Planet

    Fear of a Frisco Planet

    To strike fear into the heart of the Portlander, you need only utter two words: "San Francisco." The Bay Area and its marquee city are the model for everything that's gone wrong with urbanism in America today — lack of…
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    News, Sucka Free City Closing Time For a Homeless Shelter

    Closing Time For a Homeless Shelter

    It's closing time for San Francisco's emergency homeless shelter at Pier 80, where many denizens of the former "Tent City" went when their shantytown was demolished following the Super Bowl. But city officials say the shelter is closing on a…
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    News, Sucka Free City The End of Crab Season

    The End of Crab Season

    Even with the neurotoxin-shortened season, 2016 has been a good year to be a commercial crab fisherman. "It's better than it's ever been," says Fisherman's Wharf-based crabber John Mellor, who has been gathering Dungeness crab from the waters outside the…
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    News, Sucka Free City Bloomberg Invests in S.F. Soda Tax

    Bloomberg Invests in S.F. Soda Tax

    If San Franciscans ever vote to tax soda and other sugary beverages, we will have Michael Bloomberg to thank. The billionaire media mogul and former New York City mayor gave $150,000 on April 15 to support a campaign dubbed "San…
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    News, Sucka Free City Ed Lee Recall Effort Starts Slowly

    Ed Lee Recall Effort Starts Slowly

    Though it feels like ages ago, it was only January when protesters interrupted Mayor Ed Lee's inauguration for a second term with screams for him to fire then-police Chief Greg Suhr. Now that Suhr is gone, some of the same…
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    News, Sucka Free City Is Tech a Political Liability?

    Is Tech a Political Liability?

    With experience working for former Mayor Willie Brown, current California Attorney General Kamala Harris, and District Attorney George Gascón, Rebecca Prozan has a political resume to envy (her third-place finish in a 2010 supervisorial race aside). The Castro District attorney…
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    News, Sucka Free City The People's Cop

    The People's Cop

    Make no mistake: Being San Francisco police chief is a political job. But though public outcry cost former San Francisco police Chief Greg Suhr his post, San Francisco's citizens have little say in directly selecting who leads the department, because…
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    News, Sucka Free City Hands Off My Grass

    Hands Off My Grass

    A near-crisis emerged on Monday after SFist discovered that the Recreation and Park Department was charging Dolores Park–goers up to a few hundred dollars to "reserve" spaces on the grass. Rightly fearful of another Dropbox debacle — in which soccer…
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    News, Sucka Free City Paying for Freedom

    Paying for Freedom

    There's no surer way to perpetuate the cycle of poverty than by nickel-and-diming poor people who are already down on their luck. In our society, that includes most people in jail. But from pricey jailhouse phone calls to unpayable levels…
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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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