Even the mother of the girl he almost killed could wish Max Wade a better end. "It's a shame he didn't put all that effort into something more positive," said Cindy Dedier yesterday when Wade -- the teenage crook from Marin who at 16 stole a celebrity chef's Lamborghini from a car lot in San Franci ... More >>
As a rebuttal of a rebuttal of a rebuttal is always a dicey proposition, I'll start off by echoing the words of Farhad Manjoo. I respect him and his work, and I'm flattered that he took the time to tear apart one of my pieces. Still, Manjoo's rebuttal of my rebuttal of his current San Francisco Mag ... More >>
The San Francisco burlesque community is grieving today after losing "a gem" of a person and performer. Sarah Klein, 36, better known as Sparkly Devil, died Sunday morning in a car collision hours after performing a show in San Francisco. According to press reports, Klein, who co-produced The Hubb ... More >>
San Francisco police have arrested two men who allegedly committed two back-to-back armed robberies in less than an hour on Saturday.Officer Albie Esparza tells us that about 9 p.m. the two robbers walked into a store on the 200 block of Noe Street -- one was armed with a shotgun, and both men had t ... More >>
Prosecutors introduced some disturbing testimony today, claiming that Giselle Esteban, the woman accused of murdering Michelle Le last year, had conducted a comprehensive search on Le as well as tactics to harm someone just before the nursing student went missing. According to KTVU, FBI compute ... More >>
Lower Haight neighbors are bit shaken after hearing of this scary home-invasion robbery where armed men forced their way into a home and attacked the residents. The crime happened just before 4 a.m. on Wednesday; the suspects surprised the sleeping residents, one of whom was punched repeatedly, acco ... More >>
Medical authorities identified the motorcyclist who died in a solo crash on Monday night as 26-year-old Fernando Sanchez-Sanchez. Police told reporters that officers attempted to stop Sanchez-Sanchez who was allegedly speeding on Highway 101 near Candlestick Park at about 8:10 p.m. CHP officers chas ... More >>
What: Free Pancakes! Where: IHOP When: Tues., February 28, 7 a.m.-10 p.m. Cost: Free (duh) The rundown: Bet you didn't know that it's National Pancake Day. It's probably also the day for blind babies and little people with dyslexia but the only one we care about is delicious pancakes. Not caus ... More >>
From this week's Bouncer column: I just made the mistake of reading all of the comments that followed a Yahoo News article on the legalization of gay marriage in New York state -- thousands of hateful people being viciously mean, woefully ignorant, or both. It reminds me of road rage, those ... More >>
Most people who have been paying any attention to San Francisco's questionable ethics policies probably weren't surprised when the Grand Jury issued a scathing report calling San Francisco's Whistleblower Program a colossal failure. We know Doctor Derek Kerr wasn't.The report only strengthened th ... More >>
The fact is ... Le is still missingA San Diego television station added a new twist to the mysterious case of Michelle Le, the 26-year-old nursing student who went missing last month. The station reported yesterday that two phone calls were made from Le's cell phone shortly after she went missing ... More >>
officer shootingPolice shot and wounded a man near Ellis and Gough streets just before 8 a.m. Wednesday, according to media reports. The man, whom police had reportedly been searching for over the last three days, was taken to the hospital. SF Weekly called police, who have not yet responded beca ... More >>
Oh, sure, you may think that the fantasies of municipal infrastructure bureaucrats are boring. But allow us to shatter your misconceptions with just five words: Two-Stage Turn Queue Boxes. National Association of City Transportation Officials is a sort of national clearinghouse for transportat ... More >>
Blood foundLast week, police ruled the Michelle Le case a homicide, without revealing any evidence of why. But now police are saying that they found blood evidence in the parking garage at Kaiser where the missing nursing student was last seen on May 26. According to media outlets, police believe ... More >>
Michelle Le was set to graduate from nursing school next yearUPDATE: Police are now telling reporters that all signs point to homicide in the case of Michelle Le, the missing nursing student. Police released as statement, saying after extensive interviews and forensic investigations of her abando ... More >>
Michelle LeFamily and friends of Michelle Le, the nursing student who went missing a week ago, will gather tonight for a vigil at the site where her abandoned car was found last Friday.The vigil will be held at Ponderosa Court in Hayward, about a half-mile from Kaiser Hospital, where Le, 26, was ... More >>
Michelle Le has been missing since Friday Over the last five days, police have interviewed some 20 people -- even arresting one briefly. They've issued search warrants and tracked down a few "persons of interest," only to remained stumped as to what happened to Michelle Le, the 26-year-old nursin ... More >>
1. The critics take on Modernist Cuisine. As SFoodie mentioned yesterday, Nathan Myhrvold's 2,438-page Modernist Cuisine is now out, and most of the big papers are running reviews today. Legendary cookbook author Michael Ruhlman, writing in the New York Times, and Washington Post contributor Andr ... More >>
Man of interestSan Francisco police provided a composite sketch of a man they want to question about last week's stabbing of 16-year-old Victor Zheng.Zheng, a Balboa High School student, died at San Francisco General Hospital after he was punched and then stabbed in the chest as he walked with a ... More >>
Joseph SchellRobyn at the Warfield last night.Robyn Maluca November 23, 2010 @ The Warfield Better than: Dancing on your own. So we know that Robyn is obsessed with robots, but it might be time to consider the possibility that she actually is one. Last night at the Warfield, the Swedish lass d ... More >>
A kidnapping victim watched his case linger needlessly in court for years. In S.F., he has company.
Tough times at Stately Wayne Manor? Holy Hamburgers, Batman! Say it ain't so! A man outfitted in the not-memorable-at-all disguise of a Batman mask and false vampire teeth entered a McDonald's in nearby Belmont at around 9 p.m. last night. It's unclear what device man pulled from his utility belt ... More >>
Two weekends ago, throngs descended on Folsom Street for the world's biggest and most famous leather festival. No, not a trunk show of fine riding boots or Italian aviator jackets. As any true San Franciscan knows, "leather" refers to bondage, S&M, fetish gear and the people who get off on it ... More >>
Stoltz recording in his studio, from the new Yours Truly videoHave no choice but to share this cozy little clip of local dude Kelley Stoltz doing his music/kumquat thing, because 1) you will get to hear some of the songs coming out on Stoltz's excessively pleasant new album, To Dreamers (drops on ... More >>
Blue Bottle Coffee Co.Rendering of Blue Bottle's proposed coffee trailer and its site in Dolores Park.Organizers of tonight's community meeting at Dolores Park Church to discuss Rec and Park's vendor plans for Dolores Park are finalizing the final agenda. And while representatives of would-be ... More >>
Stealer's remorse? The San Francisco Police Department is seeking a contrite thief who asked nicely for a woman's phone, then demanded it at gunpoint -- and then apologized and handed it back to her. The bizarre turn of events took place on Samoset Street near Bernal Heights Park.
At 9 p.m. on Monday night, long after the white-collar workers that make the Financial District hum had gone home, the janitors started to trickle out of the skyscrapers into the dark plaza in front of 101 California.It was like sighting a secret society, a gathering of workers whose job lends on ... More >>
Image | Audrey FukumanSupervisor Mar! Both ways! Look both ways! For some legislators, Twitter is a useful means for letting people know that you've passed a bill. This weekend for Supervisor Eric Mar, however, it was a means for letting folks know that he'd almost passed into the great beyon ... More >>
Schools are trying to contain their truancy epidemic. How're they doing? Just ask the students smoking pot less than a block from campus.
Two rebels take on America's most beloved computer company.
Neiman MarcusTwenty-five large will buy you a Honda, Mazda, or cupcake.If you're already struggling with your Christmas wish list, here's a sweet suggestion from Neiman Marcus via its annual Christmas Book: Your own customized cupcake car designed by Lisa Pongrace of East Bay design firm Pomegran ... More >>
www.lcpstc.orgWait! This time there was a logical reason for a car to be found on fire.San Francisco cops arriving at the scene of a blazing automobile must now ask themselves a modified version of the most famous of Passover queries: "How is this burning vehicle different from all other burning ... More >>
On the heels of both the Chronicle and KRON-TV noting that the July string of 13 car arsons abruptly ceased with the arrest of a homeless woman in her 60s named Fafa Chan -- that's no longer the case. Firefighters doused a flaming Honda not long after 3 a.m. this morning at 21st and Balboa, not f ... More >>
Boom! There goes another $335K.The state of California will pay out a $335,000 settlement in the matter of a former senator's case of DWM -- Driving While Migden. The San Franciscan's much-publicized 2007 highway incident left a 30-mile trail of terrified 911 callers and ended with the veteran ... More >>
The excitement stops here. I know ... I know ... that today's the day Gubernatorial Candidate Gavin Newsom releases his budget for San Francisco (a California city he occasionally resides in for campaign purposes). And I know that, when he does, we're all going to die a little. I know. But ... More >>
A jury considers whether a store clerk in the Bayview acted in cold blood or in self-defense when he shot a woman he accused of shoplifting.
If you're reading this blog post on a brand new laptop screen because your last one was jacked, read on.Five times between March 31st and April 8th, the crime went down like this: A Latin male suspect would stride into a coffee shop, grab an unsuspecting java drinker's laptop, and run out to an awai ... More >>
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