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  • The Poindexter Effect

    published December 24, 2002

    Sure, wind and rain and hail have pummeled San Franciscans into sniffling, fender-bending, daytime-soap-opera-watching submission. And, sure, if... More >>

  • Showing Segway the Highway

    published December 18, 2002

    As any political consultant or pool player knows, it's the easiest-seeming shots that test a hustler's chops. Call it the... More >>

  • The International Poindextering of Poindexter

    published December 11, 2002

    Before people bought Segways on the Internet, there existed a mysterious land of infinite promise called the Frontier. It was a hazy sagebrush... More >>

  • Unnatural Gas

    published December 4, 2002

    The bus is for chumps. There: I've said it. I know, I know -- Transit First, livability, access, a better environment, safer streets,... More >>

  • Calling All Yahoos

    published November 27, 2002

    While the dawning of the New Amerika may be old news to the rest of you, up until last week I had no idea things had gotten so bad. I arrived... More >>

  • Life Is Change

    published November 6, 2002

    I've got to admit, it's been a good run; San Francisco's been kinder to me than I really deserved. But there comes a time when life's path must... More >>

  • Field of Liens

    published October 30, 2002

    Some fans never return after frustration as deep as last weekend's Giants travesty. But most of them will be back, those orange-and-black... More >>

  • Notes From the Edge

    published October 23, 2002

    As any far-flung news correspondent knows, the remote bureau has clear advantages over the home office. The poor main-newsroom hacks in New York... More >>

  • You Don't Own Me

    published October 16, 2002

    You want fabulous? I'll show you fabulous: It's spending a sunny Bay Area Friday in the top-down convertible of realtor-to-the-S.F.-stars Kean... More >>

  • Palookaville

    published October 9, 2002

    If San Francisco were a palooka and our economy a prizefight, the 2000 dot-com bust would be an early-round blow to the head. The 2001 telecom... More >>

  • The Horror

    published October 2, 2002

    Outside ChevronTexaco's regional offices in Malongo, Angola, "egrets strut in the grass among parked helicopters, and clusters of screeching bats... More >>

  • The Fire Next Time

    published September 25, 2002

    Of all the acts of ostentatious frippery accompanying Great Britain's bid to lay exclusive claim to Jan. 1, 2000, the Millennium Bridge over the... More >>

  • Rich Conspiracy

    published September 11, 2002

    By his own admission, David Hagberg is an "original computer nerd" who spends much of his time at home; it was never his ambition to become a CIA... More >>

  • A Dog-Eat-Dog World

    published September 4, 2002

    With a beautiful Labor Day weekend looming just beyond my Friday deadline, I thought I'd celebrate by dipping into the SF Weekly mailbag.... More >>

  • The Stealth Campaign

    published August 28, 2002

    Dressed in pressed gray slacks, brown short-nap suede shoes, a dark blazer, a pert black fedora, and lavender socks, shirt, and tie, Mayor Willie... More >>

  • Business as Usual

    published August 21, 2002

    There was once a lanky, bespectacled accountant who doted on his daughters, was fond of puns, and, by the mid-1940s, had become very uncomfortable... More >>

  • Image Is Everything

    published August 14, 2002

    Few fashionistas will forget the stunning season of fall 2000. Super-slim hip-huggers, tunics, and sharp-shouldered pantsuits were among the... More >>

  • This Is Your Sport, on Dope

    published August 7, 2002

    One evening 20 years ago, about two dozen 18-year-olds and I sat in a drab U.S. Olympic Training Center dormitory, listening to our back-slapping,... More >>

  • See Jerry Not Run

    published July 31, 2002

    There was once a man who suffered a debilitating psychological ailment that combined the symptoms of Tourette's syndrome, what is known as... More >>

  • The Nature of Politics

    published July 24, 2002

    Retired Golden Gate Park gardener Jake Sigg parks his decades-old Volkswagen Beetle at the end of a cul-de-sac halfway up Mount Davidson, steps... More >>

  • Political Relativity

    published July 17, 2002

    Just as X-rays can't pass through lead, time cannot penetrate a stasis field. And so it was on Tuesday, July 9, that City Hall departed from the... More >>

  • Urine a Bad Spot Because of Them

    published July 10, 2002

    Last Tuesday was a beautiful evening to be running through Buena Vista Park and its verdant web of trails on the north slope of Twin Peaks. It was... More >>

  • Unbusy Signal

    published July 3, 2002

    For every summertime delight, there's a downside. Flies always follow Popsicles, and if summer vacation brings joy to most students, it also lets... More >>

  • Blowing Smoke

    published June 26, 2002

    Within seconds of their first cigarette puff, smokers absorb nicotine through millions of alveoli, the tiny pouches that seep oxygen into the... More >>

  • Pinocchio and SFO

    published June 12, 2002

    Not being a devotee of equivocating editorials, unreported columns, and predictable letters, I don't often read the opinion pages of our local... More >>

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