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    Fox News

    On the same day in May that President Obama made bison the "National Mammal," a calf struggled across a frigid river in Yellowstone National Park's Lamar Valley. Seemingly abandoned, it stumbled to the warmth of a car's tailpipe, shivering. Taking…
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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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    SF Weekly Letters For August 11 - 17, 2016

    Gimme More: Before you write an article like this ("Why 30 North Korean Defectors Were in San Francisco," Kathleen Richards, 8/3/16), supporting the position of a woman who has routinely defended the atrocities of the most brutal regime on the…
    News, Chem Tales Chem Tales: Is Donald Trump Good on Cannabis?

    Chem Tales: Is Donald Trump Good on Cannabis?

    Recently in Denver, Donald Trump told a television station that states should decide for themselves whether or not to legalize marijuana. Trump has expressed contradictory views in the past, but this is one of his more believable campaign promises. If…
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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, Feature Outside Lands 2016

    Outside Lands 2016

    San Francisco's biggest music festival, this year's Outside Lands lineup does not disappoint. It's an eclectic mix of rappers, R&B crooners, electronic acts, and jazz impresarios, with headliners Lionel Richie, LCD Soundsystem, and Radiohead (who also performed at the festival's…
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    News, Feature With <i>Is the Is Are</i>, DIIV Frontman Zachary Cole Smith Finally Sees The Light at the End of the Tunnel

    With Is the Is Are, DIIV Frontman Zachary Cole Smith Finally Sees The Light at the End of the Tunnel

    Ever since Zachary Cole Smith catapulted onto the music scene in 2011 with his five-piece, guitar-driven rock band DIIV, he's been in the public eye. But not for his music. "It just kind of got glossed over," the 31-year-old says.…
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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, 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, 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, Feature UK Rockers Foals Look Forward to Taking a Much-Needed Break

    UK Rockers Foals Look Forward to Taking a Much-Needed Break

    "Sometimes it can be quite a shock when he decides to dive in," says Foals bassist Walter Gervers of lead singer Yannis Philippakis. It's right before the band performs on the main stage at Panorama Festival in New York in…
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    News, Feature Sufjan Stevens is a Master of Crafting Poignant Jams That Won't Bring You to Tears

    Sufjan Stevens is a Master of Crafting Poignant Jams That Won't Bring You to Tears

    Sufjan Stevens may not be an angel, but he knows how to channel the celestial. You'll hear it in his lo-fi folk-rock 2000 debut, A Sun Came; in Enjoy Your Rabbit, his 14-track electronic reimagining of the Chinese zodiac; and…
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    News, Chem Tales Chem Tales: High Summer

    Chem Tales: High Summer

    Summer is a fabulous time to drink your cannabis. Doing sporty things in the sun can bring up a strong thirst, and outdoor vacation activities — like purchasing an $18 inflatable raft called "The Gator" for a self-guided drift down…
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    News, Feature Beach House Makes Dream-Pop That is Perfect For Twilight

    Beach House Makes Dream-Pop That is Perfect For Twilight

    Though the sun may shine intermittently during the day at Outside Lands, by the evening, the fog drifts into Golden Gate Park and the wind kicks up, casting a mystical glow over the event. It may be less than ideal…
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    News, Feature Big Grams Gets the Formula Right

    Big Grams Gets the Formula Right

    Big Grams might not sound familiar, but surely the names of the individual artists who make up the eclectic hip-hop trio do. Consisting of rapper Big Boi (André 3000's other half in OutKast) and Josh Carter and Sarah Barthel of…
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    News, Feature Chicago Indie-Rockers Whitney Are Finding That it Pays to be Sincere

    Chicago Indie-Rockers Whitney Are Finding That it Pays to be Sincere

    For the last six months, the seven members of the Chicago band Whitney have been homeless — sort of. Though they've been living out of suitcases and backpacks, they haven't necessarily been sleeping on the streets. Instead, they've been touring…
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    News, Feature Rüfüs du Sol: The Aussie Trio Falls in Love With California

    Rüfüs du Sol: The Aussie Trio Falls in Love With California

    Tyrone Lindqvist described playing Coachella as a "giant life goal" and "everything we could hope for," but when it came time to go forth and conquer, he froze a little. "When we walked out on the stage, maybe Ice Cube…
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    News, Feature Duran Duran Wants You to Party

    Duran Duran Wants You to Party

    As a band with near-100 percent name recognition — but which very few Outside Lands attendees have likely ever seen live — Duran Duran is in a unusual position. Sacrificing a two-hour performance and "your own production" is difficult for…
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    News, Feature Kamasi Washington: How Collaboration With Other Genres is Changing Jazz For the Better

    Kamasi Washington: How Collaboration With Other Genres is Changing Jazz For the Better

    For decades, jazz's influence has been waning, and that style of music is tough to crack for those who weren't raised on it. But Kamasi Washington is trying to change that by bringing jazz to new genres. He's exposing people…
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    News, Feature Miike Snow's Swedish Pop Has a Cerebral Side

    Miike Snow's Swedish Pop Has a Cerebral Side

    The divergence between how much people are typically willing to pay for music and what they're willing to shell out for the full festival experience is never clearer than at Outside Lands, which seems to get fancier and fancier every…
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    News, Feature Don't Forget About Kyle Kinane or Outside Lands' Other Awesome Comedians!

    Don't Forget About Kyle Kinane or Outside Lands' Other Awesome Comedians!

    Standup comics are not immune to the the crunch of festival lineup conflicts. "I remember I did one festival, and Johnny Marr was on a stage where I could hear him playing Smiths songs," Kyle Kinane says. "I just stopped…
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    News, Feature SF Weekly Outside Lands Staff Picks

    SF Weekly Outside Lands Staff Picks

    Eric Pratt The Art Guy "I'm a music festival junkie — I've already been to Coachella, Lightning in a Bottle, and Northern Nights this year — so it's no surprise that this is my sixth consecutive year attending Outside Lands.…
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    News, Letters

    SF Weekly Letters For August 4 - 10, 2016

    Be Weary: Blind belief in science as the truth is just as dangerous as belief in god or anything else ("Third Eye Blind Designed a Politically-Charged T-Shirt And Will Donate The Proceeds To Hillary Clinton's Campaign," All Shook Down, Jessie…
    News, Feature Where the Heart Is: The Story Behind San Francisco's Official Ballad

    Where the Heart Is: The Story Behind San Francisco's Official Ballad

    On or about March 15, 1978, George Cory sat down at a typewriter in his Nob Hill apartment and banged out a four-page will. Full of strikeovers and white-outs, and peppered with theherebys,aforementioneds and hereuntos endemic to lawyerly boilerplate, the…
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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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    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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