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2006 Stories by Matt Smith

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  • Mean People's Court

    published June 28, 2006

    If bumper stickers had subheads — newspaper jargon for the teaser sentences that dangle below headlines — then "Mean People Suck" would... More >>

  • Filling the Civic Gap

    published June 21, 2006

    It's three hours into the last day of school at KIPP Bayview Academy, a nonprofit, 160-student, fifth-and-sixth-grade charter school run out of a... More >>

  • Believe It or Not!

    published June 7, 2006

    First, a pop quiz. (A) Could it possibly be true that Dudley Perkins Harley-Davidson, a San Francisco institution since 1913 and the world's... More >>

  • A Bridge Too Costly

    published May 31, 2006

    The nearly re-constructed Fourth St. Bridge — a piece of Dr. Frankensteinlike patchwork engineering whose design revolves around... More >>

  • Back to the Future

    published May 24, 2006

    In a future San Francisco, workers disembark at Downtown factories at space-age, rooftop zeppelin moorings, then assemble high-tech clipper-ship... More >>

  • Powerful Advice

    published May 10, 2006

    Does the sensation of omnipotence that comes from stomping on the gas pedal and surging uphill, with time, addle the brain? Might the miracle... More >>

  • Doublespeak With Forked Tongue

    published May 3, 2006

    Rarely does testimony at official City Hall gatherings meet high literary standards of eloquence and pith. But then few forums want so badly... More >>

  • Methodist Acting

    published April 26, 2006

    When gay families from San Francisco and elsewhere lined up outside the White House lawn last week to participate in the president's annual Easter... More >>

  • Bank of Indifference

    published April 26, 2006

    Kathy Brown, 63, a legally blind, wheelchair-borne former Richmond District shopkeeper, is not ordinarily one to complain. "Talk to me,... More >>

  • Artistic Deception

    published April 19, 2006

    At only $70 per year, membership in The Corporation of the Fine Arts Museums, referred to in promotional materials as a "de Young membership," is... More >>

  • Olive Woo Murphy 1/08/03 3/29/06

    published April 12, 2006

    Despite the depth of the tragedy, there was a sense of relief associated with the aftermath to the recent asphyxiation death of three-year-old... More >>

  • Technology Disassembled

    published April 5, 2006

    New York Times online tech columnist and CBS News contributor David Pogue is a real card in the geek world. He writes funny computer... More >>

  • Beat Back

    published March 22, 2006

    One-third of a century ago, painter Arthur Monroe and his longtime patron, Reidar Wennesland, gathered up what then may have been the largest... More >>

  • The Free Press

    published March 15, 2006

    I was working on my laptop last week when it suddenly appeared: the dreaded spinning pinwheel of death. It's a multicolored rotating ball that... More >>

  • Missed Connection

    published March 8, 2006

    To hear AC Transit President Greg Harper tell it, Mayor Gavin Newsom and his underlings are cooking up a conspiracy to commit chicanery on the... More >>

  • The Free Press

    published March 8, 2006

    I was working on my laptop last week when it suddenly appeared: the dreaded spinning pinwheel of death. It's a multicolored rotating ball that... More >>

  • Doping Scandal

    published February 22, 2006

    San Francisco physician Prentice Steffen has a radical-fringe medical philosophy that has made him persona non grata in his chosen... More >>

  • Greening the Left

    published February 15, 2006

    I'm standing in an upscale Mexican-themed San Mateo fern bar, drinking red wine with three dozen or so earnest and articulate young people,... More >>

  • Clang, Clang, Clang Went the New Subway

    published February 1, 2006

    Smoke screen alert! When our mayor churns hoopla, you can bet he's obscuring a problem. In early 2004, when deep-pocket opponents crushed the... More >>

  • Pouring Money Down a Hole

    published January 25, 2006

    The official guidebook to San Francisco politics goes like this: On one side of the political isle are "progressives," including many of the... More >>

  • Unintended Evictions

    published January 18, 2006

    The law of unintended consequences is more than a popular turn of phrase. It's a fundament of economics describing a situation in which government... More >>

  • Please, In Our Backyard

    published January 11, 2006

    For San Franciscans, 2005 was a year of intellectual enrichment, and the combined lessons just might add up to a way to improve life for some of... More >>

  • Tilting at Political Windmills

    published January 4, 2006

    There are attorneys who, after impoverishing and humiliating a prominent client, aggrandizing a sworn enemy, and spending $19,000 out of their own... More >>

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