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2008 Stories by Lauren Smiley

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  • BART Wants Spies

    published Dec 31, 2008

    By Lauren SmileyYou thought you had gotten away with it, and maybe you have until now. You, fellow BART rider, with your coffee thermos when you know beverages aren't allowed. You, with your bicycle r... More >>

  • 11th Hour Decision: Let there be BINGO! (At least for 90 days)

    published Dec 31, 2008

    By Lauren SmileyWaiting for "Bingo!" at Army Street Bingo has been suspenseful for more than dauber-wielding grannies in the last couple months. The eight non-profits who hold games there to fund-rais... More >>

  • All Bingo Hall Wants for X-mas: P-E-R-M-I-T-S

    published Dec 24, 2008

    By Lauren Smiley   So much for $20 tucked in a greeting card from Grandma. Army Street Bingo is hoping Santa (well, at least a jolly Superior Court judge) will deliver a surprise worth hu... More >>

  • B Zero

    published December 24, 2008

    Most nights and weekends for the last 15 years, steady crowds of retirees and working folks have uncapped their daubers in a nondescript office... More >>

  • Good Samaritans Who Should Be Stopped

    published Dec 19, 2008

    By Lauren Smiley     The California Supreme Court ruled this week that the state's Good Samaritan Law only protects do-gooder actions that go oh-so-wrong if they are giving emergency... More >>

  • SFPD Moving to Help Crime Victims in the Country Illegally Get a Visa

    published Dec 19, 2008

    By Lauren SmileyThe San Francisco Police Department has stalled for the better part of 2008 in signing U-visa applications for immigrants in the country illegally who have become the victims of crime.... More >>

  • No Sanctuary

    published December 17, 2008

    Is the SFPD worried about stirring up its own sanctuary city scandal? Community activists say the cops are dragging their feet on approving... More >>

  • Note to the Privately Insured: St. Luke's Wants You!

    published Dec 15, 2008

    By Lauren Smiley Billboards have popped up around the city this month in a new ad campaign from California Pacific Medical Center reading, "Rediscover St. Luke's....the SoMa gateway to Californi... More >>

  • California Cities and Same-Sex Couples Join SF's Prop. 8 Challenge

    published Dec 11, 2008

    By Lauren SmileyThe San Francisco city attorney filed an amended petition (note: PDF file) challenging the constitutionality of Prop. 8 in the state Supreme Court Wednesday, adding seven same-sex marr... More >>

  • Is Emily the Strange a Copycat?

    published Dec 09, 2008

    By Lauren Smiley What if Emily the Strange -- the sullen girl-power icon from Berkeley-based company Comic Debris who claims her own clothing line, comic book series, and soon, a motion picture -- is... More >>

  • SF Weekly Challenges Guardian Op-Ed on "Border Crossers"

    published Dec 04, 2008

    By Lauren Smiley Usually SF Weekly lets its stories speak for themselves, yet the op-ed in the Guardian attacking my "Border Crossers" cover story last week -- comparing me to Jerry Springer and the ... More >>

  • It's the economy, a$$hole

    published December 3, 2008

    On Monday, staffers at Clift, a luxury Union Square hotel that bills itself as a "wonderland for the jetset" with suites costing up to $1,600 a... More >>

  • Border Crossers

    published November 26, 2008

    On any given night on the shadowy stretch of Post Street near Polk where the lavender Divas sign glows, a parade of Latina ladies beckons to... More >>

  • Food on the Run

    published November 12, 2008

    Eddy Marquez had been in business for two hours on the corner of 23rd and Mission, and the wad of worn bills in his pocket was growing at a... More >>

  • Avoiding Judgment

    published October 22, 2008

    A San Francisco sex-worker advocate who has been pimping a city ballot measure decriminalizing prostitution may have to turn a few tricks to... More >>

  • Bouncers Gone Wild

    published September 24, 2008

    The bouncer industry has become a bit more regulated since the days of the Barbary Coast, where legend has it that unwitting patrons who... More >>

  • Bougie Nights

    published September 24, 2008

    At the previously troubled corner of 11th and Folsom streets on a recent Sunday night, Baki Lepolo, patriarch of San Francisco nightclub... More >>

  • Unhealthy S.F.

    published September 3, 2008

    A shop for the polite and etiquette-conscious, the Crane and Co. stationery boutique in the Financial District is now the first company to face... More >>

  • "Conservative" Arizona couple gets judge to gag gay SF blogger

    published August 20, 2008

    While Violet Blue couldn't get restraining orders against her online foes (see main Sucka Free story), a couple have persuaded a judge in... More >>

  • Anonymous 101

    published August 13, 2008

    The day after Valentine's Day, a white-masked figure dressed all in black dropped a box at the door of San Francisco Church of Scientology with... More >>

  • Scientology's Antagonists

    published August 13, 2008

    Maybe it's his badass black outfit with blood-red letters screaming "Scientology Kills." Or possibly it's his crew cut, or his nose slammed 45... More >>

  • Latest plastic surgery trend among Asian-American women

    published July 16, 2008

    As plastic surgery becomes something of a national pastime, Asian-Americans are proportionally represented among the ranks willing to plop down... More >>

  • Nonconformity Still Reigns!

    published July 2, 2008

    In the beginning of our city's love affair with odd ducks, there was Emperor Norton. A businessman in Gold Rush San Francisco who lost his... More >>

  • VideoGate cop injured on duty at his desk job

    published May 28, 2008

    In a report released earlier this month, a police consulting firm suggested San Francisco's finest should slash the number of precinct stations... More >>

  • Score!!!

    published May 14, 2008

    On a recent Saturday morning, a crew of aging former professional soccer players from Latin America huddled around Salvador Lopez, who drilled... More >>

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