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News, Matt Smith

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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News, Sucka Free City Street food fail: Ed Jew's tapioca prison bus

Street food fail: Ed Jew's tapioca prison bus

The Crème Brûlée Cart, Bike Basket Pies, Amuse Bouche, the Magic Curry Kart, the Sexy Soup Lady, the Tamale Lady — it seems like you can sell anything outdoors in San Francisco. These are some of the few vendors who…
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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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Music, CD ripping services put record collections in the 21st century

CD ripping services put record collections in the 21st century

It seems the only numbers rising at independent record stores these days are in the amounts of CDs being sold back to retailers who deal in used merchandise. Buy counters across the country are inundated with customers trying to unload…
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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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News, Letters

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 Let the Games Beijing

Let the Games Beijing

It's 2008, and it's summer. That means one thing: Olympics in Beijing! Yes, despite some setbacks for host country China, such as multiple protests against human-rights violations and the catastrophic earthquake, the Summer Olympic Games are slated to begin on…
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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

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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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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News, Sucka Free City Bleacher Report and other sports blogs fight for respect - and access

Bleacher Report and other sports blogs fight for respect - and access

On the sidelines of professional sports events around the nation, there's a less-discussed competition that can get more heated than the games themselves: the epic battle for press credentials. Over the past year, sports bloggers have been prying open the…
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News, Sucka Free City Comcast ads anger taqueria owners

Comcast ads anger taqueria owners

While it may not rise to the level of Fajitagate, a series of local advertisements have some San Francisco taqueria owners crying Burritogate. You may have noticed the ubiquitous newsrack, bus shelter, and billboard ads for Comcast SportsNet Bay Area…
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News, Sucka Free City Most Maddening

Most Maddening

There was a big upset in the Final Four in the contest to be named San Francisco's Most Maddening person or entity: For some reason, our online readers hate Danielle Steel a lot more than they hate Barry Bonds. Steel…
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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 ILWU to Shut Down West Coast Ports on Socialist Holiday

ILWU to Shut Down West Coast Ports on Socialist Holiday

Arriving in the Port of Oakland at 6 a.m. last Thursday, the grey-blue colossus auto carrier Century Highway No. 3 carries enough cars to fill all the parking lots surrounding the Giants stadium — a mere fraction of the average…
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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, Sucka Free City Barry Bonds' new lawyer Allen Ruby was a wrestler

Barry Bonds' new lawyer Allen Ruby was a wrestler

Amid countless cameras and sign-waving fans with nowhere better to be on a working day, a woman wearing only a leaf of lettuce over her tomatoes handed out Vegan sandwiches at Barry Bonds’ San Francisco court appearance last week. Clearly…
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