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2006 Stories by Matt Palmquist

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  • Global Warning

    published December 20, 2006

    Last Thursday, more than 5,000 scientists packed two ballrooms of the San Francisco Marriott Hotel to hear former Vice President Al Gore's keynote... More >>

  • This Old Mall

    published December 6, 2006

    You can keep one wall and a dome you move somewhere else and call it preservation. You just can't do it with a straight face. More >>

  • Sports Flight

    published November 22, 2006

    The Bay Area sports landscape could look far different in just a few years. This month, both the 49ers and the A's announced major moves out of... More >>

  • Gomorrah by the Bay

    published November 8, 2006

    In the run-up to yesterday's midterm elections, Republicans nationwide found themselves with a common last-second rallying cry. It started with... More >>

  • This Ain't Your Children's YouTube ...

    published October 25, 2006

    Last week, Google Inc., the Mountain View-based company that revolutionized the way people scour the Web and collect information, announced it was... More >>

  • Blue Angels, Broken Eardrums

    published October 11, 2006

    We know what you did last weekend: You grabbed the kids, threw a picnic basket in the back seat, and headed on down to the waterfront for... More >>

  • The Chron Behind Bars

    published September 27, 2006

    A federal judge last week ordered two San Francisco Chronicle reporters to prison for as long as 18 months, pending their appeal, with the... More >>

  • I Spy a Scandal

    published September 13, 2006

    California Attorney General Bill Lockyer last week opened an investigation into Hewlett-Packard, charging that its inquiry into press leaks of... More >>

  • Quattrone 2.0

    published August 30, 2006

    Last week, Frank Quattrone, the infamous Silicon Valley investment banker whose rapid ascension and precipitous fall mirrored the boom-and-bust... More >>

  • Spinning Our Wheels

    published August 16, 2006

    Among major American cities, San Francisco ranks second in traffic congestion, trailing only Los Angeles. Studies estimate that 75 percent of the... More >>

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

    published July 26, 2006

    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... More >>

  • Malleable

    published July 5, 2006

    Changes are afoot at the Metreon, the much-maligned shopping center at Mission and Fourth streets opened by Sony in 1999. Envisioned as a... More >>

  • Fire Away!

    published June 21, 2006

    Last week, a state judge struck down a ban on handguns in San Francisco passed by city voters, arguing that the measure conflicted with state laws... More >>

  • No Administrator Left Behind

    published June 7, 2006

    Over the past six months, the University of California system has been rocked by a salary and compensation scandal that has provoked audits, the... More >>

  • Grabbing for the Ring

    published May 24, 2006

    Last week, San Francisco officials welcomed a visit from members of the U.S. Olympic Committee, in town to explore the city's interest in a bid... More >>

  • Immigrant Song

    published May 10, 2006

    In December, the United States House of Representatives passed a bill calling for a crackdown on illegal immigrants and anyone who hires or... More >>

  • Ready to Rumble

    published April 26, 2006

    Have you heard? The great San Francisco earthquake hit at 5:12 a.m. on Wednesday, April 18, 1906, and the past several weeks have seen the city... More >>

  • Rain, Rain, Go Away

    published April 12, 2006

    It was the rainiest March in memory for San Francisco, and meteorologists say the Bay Area's unceasing wetness will continue for the next couple... More >>

  • Oh, Shit

    published March 29, 2006

    Last week, the San Francisco Public Utilities Commission launched a public awareness campaign to announce a three-decade plan for fixing the... More >>

  • Giant Fake

    published March 15, 2006

    Last week, while spring training got under way and many of Major League Baseball's biggest stars were taking part in the inaugural World Baseball... More >>

  • A Load of Crap

    published March 1, 2006

    Last week, city officials announced a groundbreaking program to turn dog doo into energy -- enough to power an electricity-generating turbine, a... More >>

  • Extra Credit

    published February 15, 2006

    Arlene Ackerman, who became superintendent of the San Francisco Unified School District in 2000, announced last fall that she would be leaving her... More >>

  • Disney, Reanimated

    published February 1, 2006

    After months of negotiation and years of speculation, Walt Disney Co. announced last week it would purchase the Emeryville-based Pixar for $6.3... More >>

  • The Ruins of California

    published January 25, 2006

    By Martha Sherrill Penguin Press (January), $24.95 Not to fear -- the "ruins" in the title of Martha Sherrill's third... More >>

  • A Perch With a View

    published January 18, 2006

    Over the past few years, people the world over have been introduced to the story of the Wild Parrots of Telegraph Hill: the group of redheaded... More >>

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