Set in a London psychiatric hospital, Blue/Orange is basically a 2½ hour debate between two psychiatrists over the diagnosis and fate of a patient who might be schizophrenic, might be the son of a ruthless African dictator, or, simply, might be having a hard time. The young doctor (Dan Clegg) is ea ... More >>
According to the San Francisco-based organization California Advocates for Nursing Home Reform (CANHR), more than 25,000 California nursing-home residents are being given anti-psychotic drugs. That's about a quarter of the state's nursing-home population, and according to CANHR and other elder-ri ... More >>
Prisoners across California -- and even other states -- went on a three-week hunger strike last month, protesting the prolonged solitary confinement for inmates, and a they resumed a second strike again last week. Reverend Richard Killmer, the executive director of the National Religious Campaign ... More >>
Yo, where's the Asian Healthy Penis? The San Francisco Department of Public Health is known for being particularly hip and inventive with its STD-prevention campaigns targeting gay men. Based on the progressive campaigning the DPH has conducted in the past, including the Healthy Penis campaign (h ... More >>
Coming soon to your dad's new car.Is it greed? Does he need the money? Or does Dr. Dre really not know that the world would much rather receive Detox -- the album he's been promising us since 2004 -- than his endorsement of the speakers in luxurious new Chrysler sedans?For those of you new to Dre ... More >>
Richard GardnerOne of the more controversial topics addressed in our recent coverage of problems in California's family courts is the legitimacy of 'Parental Alienation Syndrome.' Invented by the late Richard Gardner -- a psychiatrist who argued that society treated pedophiles too harshly before ... More >>
A study involving drunken, mutant mice and a DNA sequence researchers cleverly nicknamed "lightweight" may lead to a greater understanding of human alcoholism. According to a paper penned by U.C. San Francisco researchers appearing in the current edition of PLoS Genetics, the "lightweight" mutant ... More >>
Survey says...A massive, years-in-the making survey this week released by the UCLA Center for Health Policy Research reveals what many out-of-staters have snidely pontificated for years: We're having mental problems here. One out of every five adults in the Golden State -- nearly 5 million people ... More >>
At my desk where I never use my work computer to look at porn. Except when I do.The front page of the Datebook in Monday's Chronicle offered a photograph of a pair of hands bound by the cord of a computer mouse and the headline "Putting Lives on the Line for Porn." The story opens with what the w ... More >>
Joseph ByrnesMyriad delays and developments often make it seem as if the course of justice is measured in dog years. That's certainly been the case for Joseph Byrnes, a San Francisco musician last year charged with hacking his dog to death in a Bernal Heights Catholic church. Byrnes will be back ... More >>
J. BirdsallA blow-dryer for sodden spirits.Weds., Jan. 20, 2010 Nothing makes up for seasonal affective disorder or rain-destroyed Onitsuka Tigers quite like a fried egg, or lunch served up in a hot bowl. Combine both in Stone's bi bim bap: crusty-on-the-bottom rice, topped with vegetables, ... More >>
Linda Woo, who three years ago killed her preschool-age daughter in what a prosecutor said were hopes of drawing an erstwhile lover's attention, has joined Patty Hearst, Jeffrey Dahmer, Andrea Yates, and the Unabomber among people whose mad acts proved insufficient for a jury to deem them crazy.S ... More >>
Federal Art ProjectThe truth will set you free.Medical advice "City Bright" Doc Gurley published a column over at SFGate purporting to be the latest, bias-free, data-based information on marijuana. On the face of it, that's a great and laudable idea; we'll agree there is, indeed, a "desper ... More >>
Do you ever get tired of doing the same thing every week? Me too. So this week I decided to imagine how SF Gov InAction would look if it were written by five of this city's most ... um ... noteworthy ... pundits. You say "parody," I say "homage." Either way: Enjoy. Monday, June 29 11 a.m. ... More >>
Three years ago Linda Woo, then 40, woke her two children, wrapped them in blankets, and placed them inside a Subaru Outback owned by a man who had recently broken off a six-year-affair with her. Also in the car had been placed a lit barbecue grill -- which Woo had bought along with a carbon monoxid ... More >>
Food issues and a bad self-image led our columnist to undergo weight-loss surgery. She's still a mess, but a better-looking one.
Did firefighter Kevin Chavez get thrown in the nuthouse for being an asshole boss?
A young actress shines as a cokehead mom in the harrowing Down to the Bone
More a tip of the hat to City Hall than an ode to ardent and equal love
Ghetto Pop Life
Alanna Krause believes that much of her hellish childhood could have been avoided. Now she's suing her father, her therapist, and her lawyer in an effort to prove it. How did it come to this?
Lefty weeklies are always bitching about the mainstream press. Here're some rotten chestnuts we wish the alternative press would quit serving up.
San Francisco's poet laureate, devorah major, turns out an intelligent, provocative novel about African-American life in the Fillmore District
Two-plus months after police shot Idriss Stelley 20 times, they still won't release their reports on the death
Who says large women can't be ballerinas?
Bipolar Bear Gains Cult Following
Probe of youth's hanging suggests misconduct that could help mayor oust Juvenile Probation foes
Bustling and informal, Le Charm is a true French bistro
The enforcement of drug laws should be less hurtful than the dangers inherent indrug use itself, say the "harm reductionists" at Prevention Point, who practice what they preach by distributing 1.5 million needles to the city's drug users