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Once a joke, SFPD is actually solving murders these days

On the night of Aug. 5, inspectors at San Francisco's homicide detail got a call about a Pontiac Aztek abandoned on Terry Francois Boulevard, a two-lane street that runs along the edge of what used to be the city's industrial…
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Culture, Summer Guide Beer Is Good Food

Beer Is Good Food

The art of matching food to beer hasn't quite attained the snob appeal of pairing the perfect wine to that juicy slab of porterhouse, but we're getting there. Now that microbrews are as much a part of the modern-day dining…
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News, Sucka Free City

Dancing on the Culture Bus' ashes

It seems the ill-conceived, bright-yellow Muni 74X CultureBus — created to shuttle tourists to various San Francisco cultural icons and backed by Mayor Gavin Newsom — has lost more than half a million dollars in less than a year. Given…
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News, Sucka Free City

Long Shot

After striking the ball past Chinese goalkeeper Gao Hong, Brandi Chastain whipped off her shirt in what was likely the world's most-watched striptease until Janet Jackson's "wardrobe malfunction" five years later. The United States' victory in the 1999 Women's World…
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SF Weekly Letters

If by "Nonconformist" You Mean "Pervert" ... These boots were not made for running: Lauren Smiley's "Misunderstood Artist," Omer Travers, is a menace ! He is called Bum Jovi and he chases young women down the…
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Culture, Summer Guide

Park It for the Summer

Attending open-air summer music events has universal hazards, from scorching sun and drunken lunkheads to the abject horror of overflowing Porta Pottis. San Francisco also offers the oddly nonsummer twist of absurdly broad temperature variables, as well as the possibility…
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Culture, Summer Guide

Taking a Shot for the Team!

Let's face it: Watching this season's Giants is a painful experience for all involved, especially now that the team owns the third-worst record in the National League. To take the edge off, we offer a handy drinking game to get…
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Culture, Summer Guide

Music for Swingers

Individualism is a trait not often encouraged in team sports. Players wear identical uniforms, fight for a common goal, and are inculcated early on with the lesson that there's no "i" in "team." In baseball, it's especially difficult to get…
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News, Matt Smith

Let the Sun Shine, You Hypocrites

During the summer of 1999, trucks containing almost 15,000 tons of contaminated dirt made their way from the Altamont Landfill near Livermore to a faraway facility reinforced against the possible leakage of toxic waste. That's 600 semi-truckloads; arranged in a…
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News, Sucka Free City

Cop Shortage Makes Newsom's Police Promise Look Unlikely

Gavin Newsom has promised to hire 250 new police officers this year. Oakland Mayor Ron Dellums says he'll add at least 70. Richmond is trying to hire 45 more officers. Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger's budget calls for 120 more California Highway…
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Calendar, Resolution Guide The Year of Living in High Resolution

The Year of Living in High Resolution

In the year that saw its mortal coil unwind on Dec. 31, a 900-foot-long ship ploughed into the Bay Bridge, baseball presented Barry Bonds with its home-run crown (of thorns — or, more fittingly, needles), and a scant 20 percent…
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News, Matt Smith Attention SF Giants, DiFi - Matt Smith's New Year's Resolutions Others Ought to Follow

Attention SF Giants, DiFi - Matt Smith's New Year's Resolutions Others Ought to Follow

Now that I've completed the heavy lifting of my own New Year's resolutions, I'm moving on to lighter fare: drafting 2008 self-improvement pledges for other people. In my first list of New Year's Resolutions Others Ought to Follow, SF Weekly…
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News, Letters

Barry Bonds Steroids Satire Prompts Acclaim, Criticism of Elk Semen Drinking

Editor's Note: We've received a number of comments regarding last week's feature. The piece was a work of satire. Here's a sampling of comments we received via e-mail: Fun with anagrams: It took me half way through the article ["Steroids…
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Music, Bouncer

Mark Twain would never have settled for the suburbs

For a guy who wrote a lot about Midwestern riverboats, injuns, and whitewashin' fences on hot Missouri afternoons, Mark Twain actually spent much of his life in Northern California. Being a brilliant, hilarious writer transplanted from the Midwest to the…
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News, The Apologist

End of an Era

All good things, as they say, must come to an end. And this week marks the final installment of The Apologist, the satirical current events quiz in SF Weekly that poked sardonic fun at San Francisco's issues and newsmakers. For…
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Letters to the Editor

Beyond Clang Just short of assault: Thanks so much for printing the story about the campaign to stop the Muni noise alarm . This seems like one of the more minor problems in the city, but I…
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News, The Apologist

Deal or No Deal

Brian Sabean has been the general manager of the San Francisco Giants since 1997, responsible for building teams that have had winning records in eight of his 10 seasons. Sabean was named Executive of the Year by The Sporting News…
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News, Matt Smith

Rotting on the Dock of the Bay

The Port of San Francisco is preparing for a city land fire sale. Port officials are attempting to lay the groundwork for the sale of a half-dozen lots of post-industrial warehouse land in the Potrero and Bayview neighborhoods in southeast…
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News, The Apologist

If You're Goin' to San Francisco ...

It's summer in the city, and that means one thing: tourist season. The steady trickle throughout the spring has turned into a flood in July and August, and our streets are once again awash in out-of-towners. Tourists contribute billions of…
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Summer Guide, Summer

School's Out for Summer

Remember summer vacation? Take a minute to recall the formless freedom, the sense of possibility, the Slip 'n' Slide. That was nice, huh? Now you're a boring grown-up and you have to work all year round. Social Security will soon…
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