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2002 Stories by Matt Smith

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  • Off the Waterfront

    published June 5, 2002

    For the modern social anthropologist, there's no better place for fieldwork than the business convention. A researcher entering the George R.... More >>

  • Ross Stores Take Over San Francisco

    published May 29, 2002

    Ross Stores Take Over San Francisco The clothing chain Ross Dress for Less... More >>

  • Soft Firm

    published May 29, 2002

    As manager of a Tehama County home for people with Prader-Willi Syndrome, a gene flaw that renders patients terminally hungry, Caroline Cannon has... More >>

  • Miracle at the KK Cafe

    published May 8, 2002

    Its creators call it peanut milk. It tastes, unfortunately, exactly like its name. It is made from a secret recipe of just four ingredients:... More >>

  • Intended Consequences

    published April 24, 2002

    Despite a strenuous workout that involved eliminating the Redevelopment Agency, leasing out 118 light-rail cars, banning big-box stores,... More >>

  • The Ghost of Scandals Past

    published April 17, 2002

    I was sitting in a smallish, undecorated conference room with a city bureaucrat, discussing a plan to lease the city's fleet of light-rail cars to... More >>

  • Runaway Train

    published April 10, 2002

    It's April 2002, and the city budget is suffering the aftereffects of a half-decade of financial fakery that might be called the Internet-Enron... More >>

  • Now That's Amore

    published April 3, 2002

    When Lyndon Johnson ran for Congress, legend says, he wanted to spread the rumor that his opponent was a pig-fucker. Johnson's campaign manager... More >>

  • Staying Alive

    published March 27, 2002

    At 7:30 a.m. last Wednesday, a day after a roundtable about HIV among Native Americans, and a few hours before a discussion of spirituality and... More >>

  • No Parking Zone

    published March 20, 2002

    For years, denizens of the academic world -- planners, architects, and ecologists; physicians, engineers, and sociologists -- have disparaged... More >>

  • Truth Over Death

    published March 6, 2002

    In New York, 18 refrigerated trailers contain one of the more bizarre mathematical problems ever contrived. The human remains within the trailers... More >>

  • Mark of Effectiveness

    published February 27, 2002

    I think it's precious that George Deukmejian's legacy -- the one now being claimed by Republican gubernatorial candidates -- would, if it were... More >>

  • Bound and Gagged

    published February 20, 2002

    Gloretha Caldwell, 63, an employee of the California State Disability Insurance Office who lives not far from the Mervyn's on Geary Boulevard,... More >>

  • Attack of the Self-Serving Pol!

    published February 13, 2002

    Actor/producer/writer J. Stephen "Rock" Peace's 1978 film Attack of the Killer Tomatoes! set such a high standard of campiness that for two... More >>

  • Brownout at SFO

    published February 6, 2002

    At about 10 minutes past the mixed green salad, halfway through a plate of stuffed chicken, some 1,000 gourmands at the annual San Francisco... More >>

  • Legends in Our Own Minds

    published January 30, 2002

    Once upon a time -- a time that now seems long, long ago -- San Francisco was seduced by a legend. Dot-com yuppies were moving into the city by... More >>

  • Horse Senseless

    published January 23, 2002

    A horse in a reclining frame of mind will drop down onto its front knees, tuck one hind leg inward, and roll over on its side. "It's a sort of... More >>

  • Balkans by the Bay

    published January 16, 2002

    Jutting from the northern wall of the S.F. Maritime Museum's bottom floor are mementos of a more civilized era: bright chrome shower heads lined... More >>

  • Serfing the Web

    published January 9, 2002

    Sometime during the last two decades of the Technology Age -- perhaps it was after the publication of the 250th touchy-feely management best... More >>

  • Chump Changes

    published January 2, 2002

    Some people imagine writing for a living as a blessed existence. What fool, they surmise, couldn't chat with a few sources, type awhile, then... More >>

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