The Central Valley Meat Company is in trouble. Again. On Friday, the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Food Safety and Inspection Services announced that 58,240 pounds of ground beef intended for the National School Lunch Program contained small pieces of plastic in some of the packages. Thank god ... More >>
It's that wonderful time of the year again. Super Bowl double week. Time to reflect upon Super Bowls past, basking in the NFL Films nostalgia of legendary performances and epic games. Remember Marcus Allen swerving around the Redskins defense before hitting light speed for 74 yards? Remember Montana ... More >>
At some point during this NFL season, it became clear that the league is changing, the limits of playing quarterback quickly expanding: young athletes equally threatening through the air and on the ground, improvising their steps, confounding defenses with fakes and jukes. Cam Newton had foreshadow ... More >>
Our cover feature this week is on Bassnectar, the dance music behemoth that hails from right here in the Bay Area. The man behind Bassnectar is Lorin Ashton, who said a lot of interesting things in interviews that we didn't manage to get into our story. Helpfully, we've collected a list of them here ... More >>
Scapegoats were readily available when California voters missed their chance to live in the first state in the Union to legalize marijuana for adults in 2010. While some blamed the medical marijuana supporters who opposed Proposition 19 -- which led some in some pre-election polls, at 52 percen ... More >>
Yes, America is the world's most incarcerating nation. But take solace in this: Fewer people are arrested in America every year, according to the FBI's annual Uniform Crime Reporting data. They just keep getting arrested for the same few things. Exactly 9,536,787 people made up the 12.4 million ... More >>
Cannabis advocates have been mad as hell for almost a year now. And as the first anniversary of the war waged on state-legal medical marijuana by President Barack Obama's Justice Department approaches, they'll have you -- and him -- know that they're not going to take it anymore.Across the country, ... More >>
Turns out the federal Justice Department's almost-yearlong crackdown on state-legal medical cannabis has nothing to do with hard-line drug warriors, forfeiture numbers, President Barack Obama's reelection effort -- or even marijuana itself.Shutting dispensaries in California, Colorado, Montana, and ... More >>
We pot more than we need politiciansCalifornia is the most populous state in the Union. It's where the nation's medical marijuana movement was birthed, and the Golden State is also where the rest of the country gets most of its illegal pot, judging by law enforcement statistics (lo siento, Britis ... More >>
Fox News probably doesn't think there is a difference between Osama and ObamaTwitter was abuzz after Fox News made the Freudian slip yesterday when announcing that Obama, not Osama, bin Laden is dead. Sure, the names are off by only one letter, but that one letter spells the difference between th ... More >>
It is with zero regret that we inform you of the existence of this: Miley Cyrus, Hannah of Montana, daughter of the "Achy Breaky Heart" dude, covering the Nirvana anthem/ gauntlet/ masterpiece "Smells Like Teen Spirit." Horrified? Witness:
The offending footage...Our cover story this week dissected how the San Francisco police department teamed up with truTV's "Bait Car" to film a car theft sting here in San Francisco. Some of the people caught in the sting told SF Weekly they're flirting with the idea of suing the police or the TV ... More >>
If only someone would tow this thing to Des MoinesBy Jan. 18, Vallejo must submit a plan for slithering out of bankruptcy. Former banker Merylin Wong, the head of a maritime enthusiast's group there, has a plan for keeping the city on firm financial footing henceforth: Pay millions of dollars yea ... More >>
Gordon EdgarKunik from Nettle Meadow: Goat, meet cow.Guest cheese blogger Gordon Edgar is the buyer for Rainbow Grocery and the author of Cheesemonger: A Life on the Wedge, published by Chelsea Green. He blogs at Gordonzola.net. It shows the strength and popularity of the growing world of Am ... More >>
Back when Gavin Newsom's failed gubernatorial campaign was in its infancy, they mayor was caught on tape in a Los Angeles strategy session. He was also caught parking his behemoth SUV in the red zone. Newsom's political weathervane has blown about -- currently, he's doing great -- but his penchan ... More >>
Alex HochmanSub Center's mystery Italian sausage with Provolone, $6.40.Monday, November 15, 2010 Alex HochmanOn a foggy Saturday afternoon in West Portal, Submarine Center is our idea of the ideal lunch spot. Sub Center, as locals call it, is packed with regulars, many sporting worn G ... More >>
This is the fellow telling you where to go on 511 -- Bob HesseHalfway through a phone interview with Bob Hesse, we just can't help it anymore. It's just too much of a trip. Here we are talking to the voice of 511 -- and he understands what we're saying. None of those "I didn't get that," or "I mi ... More >>
Recreation and Park Department Spokeswoman Lisa Seitz Gruwell will be leaving city government after just over a year on the job, department General Manager Phil Ginsburg announced today.The spokeswoman goes. The pagoda abidesSpeaking at this afternoon's Recreation and Park Commission meeting, Gin ... More >>
Maki: Can't resist mackerel.Morgan Maki's duck liver pâté changes lives. The in-house butcher for Bi-Rite Market has what fans consider epic charcuterie skills, plus an understanding of animal anatomy he shares with students in lamb-butchery classes at 18 Reasons, the Bi-Rite spinoff Maki h ... More >>
A dog with ketchup and mustard? Nothing wrong with that, but sometimes you crave a bit more refinement than the classic red hot provides. There's a whole of craving going on these days -- gourmet wieners are poised to become a national (even an international) phenom, and that's just fine with u ... More >>
Yours Truly, the Commuter (ANTI-)
This 'green' vehicle is missing only the turretAn irate citizen looking to invest in property a Vitalis bottle's toss from Mayor Gavin Newsom's Russian Hill penthouse dialed The Snitch in a huff over the mayor's much-ballyhooed hybrid Chevy Tahoe. Apart from the fact that a hybrid Tahoe is the trans ... More >>
The Ninth U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals recently ruled that, despite Theodore "The Unabomber" Kaczynski's legal objections, the serial bomber's possessions can be auctioned off on the Internet (oh, irony). The proceedings will be applied to a $15 million restitution order to his maimed and murdered ... More >>
Three different ways to fill the space between two pieces of bread.
An ex-mayor chooses between his hometown and poorest Africa. We lose.
Jimmy Buffett inexplicably leads a kid movie to the big screen
Basketball's big guy
Are you a 49ers apologist? Or a football fan?
The all-girl punk band Las Ultrsónicas is so unhinged it's banned in Mexico City
In the heart of the urban jungle, and angler's oasis
As Mad celebrates its 400th issue, its editors wonder how to stay funny in a world gone mad
(Touch and Go)
The wind-power entrepreneurs at Kenetech have spent millionsin vain tosolve this avian mystery: Why have hundredsof raptors, including golden eagles, died alongside the windmills of Altamont Pass?