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    September 3, 2013

    Is This The Twilight of the Patent Trolls?

    The patent trolls might have flown too close to the sun. If only they weren't so greedy, they might have been able to continue gliding about at lower latitudes, threatening to sue technology companies for no good reason, and collecting their shakedown money. But then, if they weren't greedy, they wo ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 7, 2012

    San Francisco Cellphone Safety Law To Be Debated in Court This Week

    Cellphone users in the 21st century are just like cigarette smokers were in the 1950s -- addicted to the buzz. But, like cigarettes, do cellphones really need "warning labels" alerting us to the potential health dangers? Well, that's exactly what San Francisco is trying to find out.On Thursday, the ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 25, 2011

    California Leads The Nation in Imprisoning Criminal Immigrants

    10 percent of California's inmates are non-citizens.​It's not a winning spot to brag about, but the Golden State is No.1 when it comes to incarcerating criminal immigrants. In fact, California is the only state to break the 100,000 mark. What's worse -- the state is shouldering the majority of the ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 31, 2011

    BART Needs $2 Billion Worth of Repairs

    BART maintenance is a trainwreck. ​More than one-fifth of the equipment BART uses is in poor or shoddy condition -- and fixing it would cost taxpayers at least $2 billion, according to a January report by rthe U.S. Government Accountability Office.America's public transit facilities have -- for ye ... More >>

  • News

    September 1, 2010
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    September 30, 2009

    Stimulus Wreckage

    Despite having been accused of deceptive business practices by the attorney general, former students, and ex-employees, Corinthian Colleges are getting millions in federal stimulus dollars.

  • News

    November 26, 2008

    Border Crossers

    Long rap sheet? No problem. Transgender Latina hookers in S.F. are successfully fighting deportation by asking for asylum.

  • Music

    January 24, 2007

    A Twisted Tale

    A well-known erotic performer is now an international fugitive. A look into who’s getting caught up in the identity theft crackdown.

  • News

    May 18, 2005

    Student of Concern

    Will we be more secure -- or just less competitive -- if the government forces hundreds of thousands of international science students to get export licenses simply to look through a microscope?

  • News

    June 30, 2004

    Partners in Slime

    The California service employees' union and the nursing home industry join forces to increase corporate profit, grow union membership, and sell out abused nursing home patients

  • News

    September 17, 2003

    Blowing It

    How San Francisco elections officials dropped the ball on instant runoff voting

  • News

    June 26, 2002

    Sleeping With the Auditor

    Why San Francisco and its outside accountants are a little too close for comfort -- and how it could threaten the city's financial integrity

  • News

    May 16, 2001

    Out of Africa

    Some say Phyllis Kanki saved Senegal from AIDS. But can the controversial triage approach she's developing at Stanford protect the continent's western edge from the devastation suffered in the south?

  • Film

    January 3, 2001

    American High

    With Traffic, Steven Soderbergh takes on the unwinnable war

  • News

    October 6, 1999

    Dog Bites


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    July 7, 1999
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    June 9, 1999

    Diagnosis: Eviction

    An out-of-state company mismanaged its Mill Valley nursing home, then closed it down, casting dozens of elderly patients to the winds. Within months, 10 of them were dead.

  • News

    July 1, 1998

    From Russia With Diamonds

    In 1995, Golden ADA Inc., a San Francisco diamond-importing firm, collapsed, unveiling an international trail of theft and betrayal that embarrassed San Francisco luminaries involved with the company. Now, newly unsealed court files show that high-level m

  • News

    February 12, 1997

    Nickel-and-Diming Problem Kids

    In the name of fiscal prudence, Congress has ordered that a whole class of poor, troubled children be "redetermined"

  • News

    January 10, 1996

    Off-Base (Part I)

    The most vituperative battle ever fought over the Presidio pits a handful of activists (and a certain weekly newspaper) against a local coalition of environmentalists, business, and the majority of elected officials. Is the congressional compromise to es

  • News

    May 3, 1995

    Dollars Without Sense

    For 25 years, Harvey Ross has rooted out the waste and lies of politicians and bureaucrats. But some say he's too lost in the line items to see the big picture

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