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  • For Sale, Not Cheap

    published December 27, 2006

    Can a concept be too tacky for the ad biz? Advertising Age suggests so in a recent item surveying Bay Area ad-company honchos about the... More >>

  • Year of the Blockhead

    published December 27, 2006

    As I look back happily on 2006, the year Bay Area residents were taken for fools, I notice changes that sort of crept up on me. Early last... More >>

  • They Put Up a Parking Lot

    published December 20, 2006

    During a recent interview with local newscaster Barbara Taylor, a thinner, softer-voiced, more nattily besuited Supervisor Chris Daly than I'm... More >>

  • Been There, Done That

    published December 13, 2006

    As San Francisco's Board of Education chooses a headhunting firm to find a replacement for acting Schools Superintendent Gwen Chan, its members... More >>

  • Allegation 101

    published December 13, 2006

    A sedan emerges from the tiny parking lot off Valencia between 18th and 19th streets and turns into traffic. A 36-year-old man hangs his torso out... More >>

  • Murderers at Large

    published December 6, 2006

    A day or so before Halloween 2003, Victor Bach, 71, the handsome, soft-spoken owner of Western Plumbing & Heating Co., confronted his much-younger... More >>

  • Boycott Feinstein

    published November 29, 2006

    Thank goodness the Dems took Congress. Now we can expect no more clamping down on civil liberties in the name of fighting terrorism, no more... More >>

  • Let Us Now Praise Tough Cookies

    published September 20, 2006

    Pat McGinnis, founder of the SOMA nonprofit California Advocates for Nursing Home Reform (CANHR), is in my view of a kind in spirit to Gov. Ann... More >>

  • Two Cents Too Much

    published November 22, 2006

    As starving artists' paintings are to Motel 6 rooms, "man-on-the-street" features are to newspapers — that is, their cliched way of punching... More >>

  • Recount Needed

    published November 8, 2006

    Wasn't Tuesday's voting experience satisfying? We inked-in neat, black arrows beside our favorite and next-favorite candidates, watched the ES&S... More >>

  • Patriot Act

    published November 1, 2006

    In 18 years of doing his thing, anti-gay hate-monger Fred Phelps' biggest accomplishment may have been to turn military funerals into motorcycle... More >>

  • Vulgar Posing

    published November 1, 2006

    District 6 Supervisor candidate Rob Black's dress, demeanor, life-trajectory, political ideology, even mode of transport combine to send a... More >>

  • The Double Life of John Leary

    published October 25, 2006

    "I sometimes think that if the time ever comes when I lose all sexual desire, I'll probably be nothing but a blob or stone. I will have lost my... More >>

  • Dirty Laundry

    published October 18, 2006

    Livia Barrueto, an 11-year Sunset District resident who runs a child-care business out of the bottom floor of a faded 20th Avenue plywood triplex,... More >>

  • Hot Air

    published October 11, 2006

    In the trickle-up theory of journalism, bloggers enliven the news business by pushing ignored stories mainstream. So it was a few weeks ago... More >>

  • Troublesome Pastimes

    published September 27, 2006

    Fremont warehouse worker and aspiring author Thomas Loudamy, 27, has the most killer hobby. Or, rather, his hobby involves the most killers.... More >>

  • Dopey Bid

    published September 13, 2006

    It's fair to say our mayor has taken up with sleazy types in the past. Secretive moneybags behind favored development deals, and behind campaign... More >>

  • Systematically Disabled

    published September 6, 2006

    Brandy Rigsby, a Sonoma County 26-year-old who used to bounce from job to job caring for the elderly and disabled, has lost the easy ebullience... More >>

  • Rotting on the Dock of the Bay

    published August 30, 2006

    The Port of San Francisco is preparing for a city land fire sale. Port officials are attempting to lay the groundwork for the sale of a... More >>

  • Mexico Burning? Don't believe it.

    published August 23, 2006

    Global Exchange is a San Francisco nonprofit known for pressing leftist causes by crashing sessions of Congress, stalking Hillary Clinton,... More >>

  • The Darthies

    published August 16, 2006

    Noble villains and incorrigible heroes, such as The Incredibles' morally conflicted "Syndrome," or the X-Men's... More >>

  • Western Confusion

    published August 9, 2006

    On the first weekend in November functionaries from the Guatemalan Consulate on Market Street will head to Renton, Wash., set up folding tables in... More >>

  • This Is Your Sport Off Drugs

    published July 19, 2006

    Imagine that George Mitchell's conflict of interest-ridden whitewash-in-the-making of a baseball steroids investigation somehow turned into an... More >>

  • I Wish I'd Written That

    published July 12, 2006

    A week ago last Monday, I rode down the elevator with a thin, short-haired reporter who wore a long-sleeved T-shirt, cotton pants, and a battered... More >>

  • Hard to Be Really Green

    published July 5, 2006

    Now that S.F. media impresario Al Gore has burned a tanker's load of jet fuel toting his PowerPoint presentation around the globe, and compelled a... More >>

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