In an announcement made moments ago, a phalanx of BART union and management personnel declared an end to the four-day-old strike, while flanked by a handful of local politicians who could be summoned to stand around and look official. That statement, like the ongoing BART saga writ large, was ... More >>
Richard Ramirez, one of the most infamous convicted murderers in California history whose serial crimes were described as both abominable and cruel, died this morning while on death row. He was 53. Ramirez, better known as the "Night Stalker," stirred up an air of fear across Southern California du ... More >>
Today, the San Francisco Chronicle's website characterized premature rapture specialist Harold Camping's admission that the world still exists as "breaking news." Fittingly, today's Chron A-1 was a story noting that San Francisco is growing whiter and less diverse as families with children ... More >>
Shannon Dean, BASE jumperIn 2006, Bob Ash witnessed his fiance Shannon Dean fall to her death off the Perrine Bridge in Twin Falls, Idaho, one of the only legal places to jump in the country. The two had lived together in San Mateo; Dean was 35 years old, Ash 42. The Chronicle covered Dean's deat ... More >>
Nicolas HidiroglouKuti: Eyes on the prize.Olafela Olafemi Anikulapo Kuti (Femi for short) is the son of a legend, a position of great magnitude that can tend to overshadow his own significant achievements as a musician and political activist. He's the spitting image of his late father, Afrobe ... More >>
San Francisco Chronicle columnist C.W. Nevius -- excoriated as a "conservative suburban twit" by the San Francisco Bay Guardian for having the temerity to expose Supervisor Chris Daly's purchasing of homes in suburban Fairfield after the supe sat on the news for months -- made a surprise announce ... More >>
When will I be a real rail line?Today, Muni's staff will try to sell the agency's board on a handful of eye-opening measures meant to make up the latest budget shortfall. Among other controversial measures, Muni proposes to jack the price of a ride on an F-Market line up to $5. Deprived of state ... More >>
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Does Gavin Newsom turn into Stalin when the moon is full? By Benjamin Wachs (This is State of the Citysode III: The Environment. Click here for Part II: Education, and Part 1: Health Care) 00:00 - Gavin begins philosophically. "I like to say that the world's consumption is the sum of all loc ... More >>
If Haight Street is wall-to-wall people, it must be tourist season. How do you really feel about all those outsiders who swell the city's population?
With a new owner opening a mega-mall down the street, the future of the Metreon is uncertain. Will you miss it? Find out where you stand!
The city's way of contracting out public works construction is broken so much so that companies are not bidding on important municipal projects and that could cost us billions
A British playwright's violent, unsparing look at the aftermath of divorce
Fathers hide your intellectual property: The Bay Area's original culture jammers are back
The Beauty Bar thinks it's cool, which is exactly why it isn't
We read "Grape," the Chron's "serial saga," so you don't have to and uncover the world champion of pizza acrobatics
There are some benefits of big-city gentrification. Jesse Malin's brilliant new record is one of them.
Half a century ago, ex-heroin dealer Alfredo Santos created an epic work of art inside San Quentin. Now, he's coming back to be honored for it.
What to do, all summer long
All Things Piratical
Worried about what John Poindexter's up to as federal information czar? Call his home number and ask.
The gloriously unambitious world of John Patrick McKenzie, who doesn't care that he's a rising star in the visual arts. And who, as it happens, is autistic.
Dress for Less plans a mammoth store on a Las Vegas site that was to have been an S.F.-themed casino
Revolution Not in Progress
Visiting the world headquarters of the Ancient Mystical Order Rosae Crucis
Tammy Faye Bakker's back, but don't be afraid this time
The Eyes of Tammy Faye teaches us that garish televangelists have feelings too
As they prepare for their next album and U.S. tour, the Donnas prove they may be growing up but they remain the perfect antidote to Britney and Christina
As they prepare for their next album and U.S. tour, the Donnas prove they may be growing up but they remain the perfect antidote to Britney and Christina.
The stones of a 13th-century Spanish monastery lie crumbling in Golden Gate Park, a forgotten legacy of William Randolph Hearst. Trappist monks now hope to resurrect part of what Hearst tore asunder.
Is that forced Safeway smile a customer service, or an annoying attempt to control?
Girls Against Boys proves that everything new is old again
Itzhak Volansky insists he isn't much interested in books, or the bookstore he owns. That disinterest is one reason McDonald's Books has become an enormous, wonderful, disordered phantasmagoria that attracts a wonderfully eccentric clientele. And who real
Lewis Lapham's last lap