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    It's a Conspiracy, I Tell You - And Stanford's Dr. Peter Sturrock wants something done about it

    A vacationing couple pick up their just-developed holiday snapshots only to find a flea-sized disc hovering motionless above a mountain peak. Air Force pilots flying over the Canadian Rockies spot a brilliant orb flickering just above the clouds...

    by Matt Smith on September 30, 1998
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    Dog Bites

    Carroll to Dog Bites: Go Away A whole week has passed and the silence from the Jon Carroll camp grows ever more deafening. We thought of sending a scout over the hill to see what could be brewing, but none of the Dog Bites staff would volunteer f...

    by Laurel Wellman on September 30, 1998
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    Letters

    Would I Lie to You? I'm surprised that after spending "several weeks in Ekman's lying world," journalist Matt Smith, in "The Face of Lying" (Sept. 16), walks away referring to the field of face reading as the "Psychology of Deception." Its proper...

    on September 30, 1998
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    Fecal Matters - When it comes to sewers, San Francisco just can't get its shit together

    The lunch rush is about to begin at Onnie's Cafe on Third and Kirkwood streets in the Bayview, and the proprietor is revved up. Onyx "Onnie" Walker is whirling around behind the counter, arguing about something about lettuce on the phone, even as he ...

    by Helen Gao on September 23, 1998
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    Letters

    Billy to George: I Am Not an Ignorant Ass! Though I didn't know her, I was deeply upset by the death of the bicyclist at 24th and Valencia, near where I work ("The Politics of Arrogance," Cothran, Sept. 9). When I went to the vigil, along with ca...

    on September 23, 1998
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    Dog Bites

    Coppola, Hinckle: Together Again? Imagine for a moment that you're planning to start a publication to compete with San Francisco magazine. Would you -- just for instance -- hire an editor who had already cost you millions and millions of dol...

    by Laurel Wellman on September 23, 1998
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    Multimedia Zilch - The computer revolution still hasn't come to San Francisco government

    On the second floor of the Hall of Justice, a palpable sense of frustration wanders the room where citizens look up records from the municipal criminal court. Peering through little pigeonholes cut in nearly ceiling-high frosted windows, impatient do...

    by Joel P. Engardio on September 23, 1998
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    The Face of Lying - UCSF's Paul Ekman, a national expert on the science of lying, helps police (and journalists) determine whether perps (or presidents) are practiced prevaricators

    "I hope," said the lady, "that you have not come to cross-examine me again?" "No," Holmes answered, in his gentlest voice, "I will not cause you any unnecessary trouble, Lady Brackenstall, and my whole desire is to make things easy for you, for I...

    by Matt Smith on September 16, 1998
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    Midway to Nowhere - The residents of Daly City's Midway Village wonder if their environmental concerns will ever be addressed

    Everything was nice and calm when LaDonna Williams put her 4-year-old baby girl, Tanesha, to bed. A couple of hours later, she went to make a routine check on the girl. Bending down to kiss the baby's head, she noticed something on Tanesha's face. It...

    by Helen Gao on September 16, 1998
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    Dog Bites

    Dog Bites a la Francaise! One of Dog Bites' disgruntled readers called to inform us that we had made a grammatical error. "You like to pick on other writers and catch them out," he said. "Well, I just thought you'd like to know that I caught you ...

    by Laurel Wellman on September 16, 1998
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    Letters

    Twisted, Compassion-Imparied ... Yeah, That Sounds About Right I found your article "How to Stalk, Kill, and Cook a California Wild Pig" (Sept. 2) completely disgusting, and inappropriate as well. Since statistics show that only about 7 percent o...

    on September 16, 1998
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    Retouching Evil - Using detailed instructions from Orson Welles, film editor and sound designer Walter Murch has remade "the best B-movie ever" -- Welles' Touch of Evil

    A pungent, ardent yearning permeated the big theater at George Lucas' Skywalker Ranch one balmy evening in July. It felt like artistic homesickness. Walter Murch -- the renowned film editor and sound designer -- was making an audacious presentation t...

    by Michael Sragow on September 9, 1998
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    Dog Bites

    Nob Shill For several years now, Dog Bites has devoted long hours to studying the Nob Hill Gazette, hoping to find tips on cozying up to San Francisco society types like OJ Shansby, Daru Kawalkowski, and Kimberly Bakker. After all, it's a safe be...

    by Laurel Wellman on September 9, 1998
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    Letters

    Unused Body Part Lying Around I was dismayed by your cover story "How to Stalk, Kill, and Cook a California Wild Pig" (Sept. 2). First, the article says, "You can use any size bow and arrow, rifle, or pistol." In fact, using too small caliber of ...

    on September 9, 1998
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    How to Stalk, Kill, and Cook a California Wild Pig

    I decided that unless I become a vegetarian, I'll get my meat by hunting for it. ... I've seen slaughterhouses, and anyway, as Sitting Bull said, when the buffalo are gone we will hunt mice, for we are hunters and we want our freedom. -- Thomas ...

    by Jack Boulware on September 2, 1998
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    Dog Bites

    Behind the Waterfront Dog Bites, occasionally given to wandering open-mouthed around the city, has been wondering what, exactly, is going on with the Waterfront Restaurant. The place has been looking as though it's set to open any minute now for ...

    by Laurel Wellman on September 2, 1998
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    Letters

    Unusual Feng Shui Your cover article by Laurel Wellman ("In the Money Corner," Aug. 26) was an unfair slam against Lin Yun. I have been fortunate to study Chinese medicine, philosophy, history, literature, astrology, and feng shui with Professor ...

    on September 2, 1998
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    In the Money Corner - How a Berkeley-based religious sect sold feng shui to the country

    In 1986, Thomas Lin Yun founded his own religion. Of course, in California, that's not particularly unusual. But Lin Yun has achieved an unusual degree of success. Lin Yun's religion is Black Sect Tantric Buddhism -- a maverick American sect...

    by Laurel Wellman on August 26, 1998
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    Dog Bites

    Reflecting on Fashion Fashion is having one of its bohemian moments this fall, and Dog Bites would like to offer one year's free subscription to SF Weekly to the first reader to spot either of these headlines on a fashion story: "The Velvet Under...

    by Laurel Wellman on August 26, 1998
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    Letters

    Privatize Housing Authority I hope everyone in San Francisco reads "Crime and Patronage" (Aug. 19). You are beginning to put the problems of the San Francisco Housing Authority into perspective, tying together all the recent articles in the vario...

    on August 26, 1998
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