Clearly, newspapers are good for something other than lining your bird's cage. Just ask Marvin Boykins, the stalwart San Francisco chess player whose broad smile graced the doorsteps of thousands of residents three weeks ago, when he was featured in a San Francisco Chronicle article about the recent ... More >>
Staff and students over at Sunnyside Elementary School are struggling with the loss of 60-year-old Becky Lee, a popular custodian who was known as "Ms. Becky" to the kids at school. Lee was walking in a crosswalk when she was hit by a pickup truck last Wednesday at the intersection of Judson Avenu ... More >>
After losing a dear friend over the weekend, students at Lowell High School have started a petition, asking city supervisors to install a stop sign or traffic yield sign at the intersection where 17-year-old Hanren Chang was struck by an alleged drunk driver. Per the petition, which is directed to ... More >>
Melissa Lee works the camerasCongress failed again last month to corral the needed votes to put the DREAM Act back on the table -- and the fallout looks something like this: Eighteen-year-old Elizabeth Lee was on a successful trajectory; she had graduated from Lowell High School - the city's mos ... More >>
Public Enemy No. 1? San Francisco has been abuzz about Supervisor Eric Mar's proposed legislation that would take the toy out of the Happy Meal. Some say it would improve the health of children. Others say it's like, totally socialist. Our online news editor, Joe Eskenazi, found it a little distu ... More >>
The kids are not all right...Members of the San Francisco Youth Commission will speak out today at the Board of Supervisors meeting against the proposed fare increases for kids -- and point out what they claim is a double standard: Poor adults qualify for reduced-price Fast Passes, while poor chi ... More >>
The gauche band of lunatics known as the Westboro Baptist Church say they'll be gracing our fair city with a visit next week, making the rounds to several prominent centers of Jewish culture to spread their anti-gay, anti-Semitic, and often anti-grammatical gospel to anyone with ears to hear.We find ... More >>
Tom TracySteve Mahoney has Niners fandom in his blood (as well as ink)With hopes high that the San Francisco 49ers can, once again, provide as much or more entertainment as the Piccolo Pete's sandwich and clandestine booze fans smuggle into Candlestick Park, the jury is out on who will be the tea ... More >>
JROTC students may have gone home whooping about the 4-3 school board vote last night that reinstated the program, but today the JROTC instructors are doing anything but. That's because although the program will go forward next year, the board also voted to lay off its instructors. District official ... More >>
Lawrence ThangUPDATE, Wednesday April 1: Police report that Thang has been located. He is safe and in the care of a relative. The San Francisco Police Department is hoping you can help locate Lawrence Thang, a 19-year-old autistic man last seen Monday -- after threatening suicide. He is 5-foot-5 and ... More >>
Three years ago, San Francisco launched an experiment with a new kind of school. It worked. So why isn't the district pursuing it?
The San Francisco art collective Rebar wants to redefine where we live, one gonzo project at a time
From revolutionary rapper to stockbroker to rapper again -- the long, strange trip of Paris, aka Oscar Jackson Jr.
New school superintendent Arlene Ackerman has fostered educational excellence -- and ignited political firestorms. Her first major initiative? A significant shift in funding, from wealthier to poorer schools, being planned behind closed doors.
Gerald Nicosia has spent a decade challenging the disposition of Jack Kerouac's $20 million literary estate. Along the way, he's annoyed most of what remains of the beat generation.
Teachers' union grand dame Joan Marie Shelley is forced into the campaign of her career by a formerly loyal lieutenant
The Chans were set to build a nice, simple home on their own property. Then Chronicle honcho Jerry Roberts and his relentless wife moved next door. Suddenly, everything became very complicated and very nasty.
Why San Francisco's Byzantine school desegregation program systematically fails the children it was designed to help
The Fang family rides tabloid journalism and hardball politics to the winner's circle
The Lowell girls' varsity has made it to the city championship game 10 times in the last 13 years. Credit Coach Jim Thomas and the temerity of his tiny but talented teams.