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2001 Stories by Matt Smith

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  • The Perfect Crime

    published December 26, 2001

    The final chapter of the perfect crime needn't be dramatic, brilliant, or the result of careful planning; it can also be a matter of banal luck.... More >>

  • Gift of the Magus

    published December 19, 2001

    This November and December promise to constitute San Francisco's Merriest Holiday Season Ever. At the very least, it will be merrier than either... More >>

  • Death and Access

    published December 12, 2001

    There was once an excitable man I'll call John who very much wanted a blender. John went to the Mervyn's department store at Geary and Masonic... More >>

  • Visionary Thinking

    published December 5, 2001

    In my mind's eye I have spied the coming war. I have witnessed battles along Geary Boulevard and Van Ness Avenue. In North Beach and on Market... More >>

  • The Unlikely Environmentalists

    published November 28, 2001

    Banking northward past the hacked-apart forests of El Ajusco Peak before descending across the sewerless slums of Ciudad Nezahuacoyotl, airplane... More >>

  • Dog Bites

    published November 21, 2001

    What's $100 Million When You're Homeless? On Sunday, Nov. 4, the San Francisco Chronicle headlined a series of articles on... More >>

  • On the Homeless Front

    published November 14, 2001

    Sexagenarian pamphleteer Bruce B. Brugmann is around 6 1/2 feet tall and carries the weight of a generous side of beef. His fists are only... More >>

  • Call to Patriotism

    published November 7, 2001

    Mayor Willie Brown recently christened the week starting this Sunday as "San Francisco: Open For Business Week." By displaying "America: Open For... More >>

  • Dirty Money

    published October 31, 2001

    In times past it was possible to prop up a flimsy, ill-conceived, or downright disingenuous idea by adding the appellation "dot-com." Now the... More >>

  • Left in the Lurch

    published October 24, 2001

    As I stepped into the night fog on the way to work last week I felt nervous -- very, extremely, dreadfully nervous -- but certainly not insane. I... More >>

  • Osama Was Here

    published October 17, 2001

    As if things weren't bad enough -- what with the war, the economic recession, and the new era of terror -- America's columnists now have to deal... More >>

  • Cleaning House

    published October 10, 2001

    Elizabeth Shwiff, principal of the accounting firm Shwiff, Levy & Polo, is a real go-getter. She started her business in 1989 by knocking on... More >>

  • Dog Bites

    published October 3, 2001

    Finally Returning to Normal? Not So Fast. Three dozen members of OMI (Ocean View-Merced Heights-Ingleside) Neighbors in Action... More >>

  • Digital Wage

    published October 3, 2001

    The wages of sin is death.-- Romans 6:23 If television images and security measures haven't fully illustrated how connected... More >>

  • Dawn of a New Day

    published September 26, 2001

    America will never be the same. Never. Quote of the Day for Sept. 17, 2001, from the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette,... More >>

  • Too Close for Comfort

    published September 19, 2001

    "Hagberg is famous for predicting in his novels tomorrow's headlines, but where did he learn so much about Osama bin Laden?" --... More >>

  • Flight Capital

    published September 12, 2001

    Jorge Arturo Pineda, a laconic, ruddy-faced investigator with Honduras' federal Attorney General's Office, sits in front of Docucentro, a... More >>

  • Dog Bites

    published September 5, 2001

    The Law of Unintended Consequences So, Supervisor Jake McGoldrick has introduced an ordinance making it illegal for candidates to... More >>

  • Bang, Bang, Bang, Bang, Bang, Bang, Bang, Bang, Bang, Bang, Bang, Bang, Bang, Bang, Bang, Bang, Bang, Bang, Bang, Bang -- You're Dead

    published August 29, 2001

    During the first weeks of May 1968, police roamed Parisian streets into the wee hours of the morning, hunting for student protesters. They... More >>

  • A Brand of Justice

    published August 22, 2001

    Postcard San Francisco is all bulgy-windowed Victorians and fog-enveloped trolley cars. Real-life San Francisco is a glinting sea of shopping... More >>

  • Dog Bites

    published August 15, 2001

    The San Francisco Chronicle recently ran a series of prominent news stories about Chelsea Piers' failed bid to develop a huge recreational... More >>

  • Reading the Fed

    published August 8, 2001

    Forget last week's Commerce Department figures announcing declining U.S. income and economic output. Brush aside June's dramatic drop in factory... More >>

  • A Touching Story

    published July 18, 2001

    It is a warm, sparkling Thursday morning at United Nations Plaza, where a small group of volunteers from the Care Through Touch Institute has come... More >>

  • Common Cause

    published July 11, 2001

    Darryl Cox will always remember the date he signed his life away: Dec. 22, 1986. Darryl was hanging out with two friends, David and Sue, at Sue's... More >>

  • Love in Times of Choler

    published July 4, 2001

    Squinting one's eyes halfway closed last Thursday evening at the Arc, a SOMA center for the disabled, one might have perceived two shadowy sumo... More >>

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