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  • Blogs

    August 14, 2012

    SFPD's Murky Arrest Stats Are Reminiscent of its Gang Stats

    Today, the Bay Citizen reported that the San Francisco Police Department has been misclassifying arrest rates for Hispanic and Asians because of an outdated computer database -- installed in 1972 -- that lists only three racial categories: blacks, whites, and other. (Which seems primitive even for 1 ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 15, 2012

    Kamala Harris Busts "Skimmer Operation" That Stole From Hundreds of Chase Bank Customers

    Attorney General Kamala Harris used her newly created eCrime Unit to break up two high-tech bank scam operations that ripped off hundreds of Chase customers over the last three years. In both "skimmer operations," the defendants, organized as "crews," replaced the card readers at Chase Bank ATM ves ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 30, 2012

    Brazilian Blowout Hair-Products Company Hit with $600,000 Settlement by AG's Office

    ​The office of California Attorney General Kamala Harris announced today that a popular manufacturer of hair products, Brazilian Blowout, has agreed to pay $600,000 in fees, penalties, and costs because some of its merchandise allegedly emits formaldehyde gas.The website for Brazilian Blowout ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 13, 2011

    Immigration Judge Delays Deportation for Alex Benshimol, S.F. Gay Man Married to American

    Alex Benshimol, left, can stay in the country with his husband Alex Gentry.​In another victory for same-sex couples, a San Francisco immigration judge ignored the Defense of Marriage Act today when she delayed the deportation proceedings against a gay Venezuelan man who is married to an American c ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 18, 2011

    San Francisco Hacker Charged with Stealing E-mail Addresses from iPad Owners

    iHack​San Francisco is home to some of the smartest and most tech-savvy inventors -- and hackers. Federal authorities arrested Daniel Spitler, a San Francisco resident, on suspicion of stealing and distributing the e-mail addresses of more than 120,000 iPad owners. Spitler, 26, and Andrew Auernhei ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 9, 2010

    'Marijuana Legalization Measure' Won't Legalize Marijuana

    Say what? ​Should it be approved by voters in November, the Tax, Regulate and Control Cannabis Act of 2010 - also known as Proposition 19 - would do many things. It would allow adults 21 and over to possess small amounts of cannabis, it would allow law enforcement to pursue new penalties again ... More >>

  • Articles

    May 5, 2010
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    May 5, 2010

    Amongst Us

    Sheriff Joe Arpaio's reign of terror becomes Arizona policy, thanks to state Senator Russell Pearce and Governor Jan Brewer

  • Blogs

    November 2, 2009

    Jerry Brown Spokesman Resigns Over Interview-Taping Flap

    Scott Gerber, director of communications for California Attorney General Jerry Brown, has resigned after admitting last week that he had secretly recorded conversations with journalists, including a recent telephone conference call with a San Francisco Chronicle reporter.​Brown's office has releas ... More >>

  • News

    May 9, 2007

    All-in or Nothing

    Rene Medinas Colma casino brought life to a city of cemeteries. It also brought federal agents looking for corruption.

  • News

    August 3, 2005

    Letters to the Editor

    Week of Wednesday, August 3, 2005

  • News

    July 27, 2005

    Onward, Christian Lawyers

    Why lawsuits filed by anti-abortion activists may be a blessing in disguise for the California stem cell institute

  • News

    September 10, 2003

    Son of Super Swindler

    The unsettling link between a group of firms that sell financial planning services to elderly Californians and one of the most notorious con men in U.S. history

  • News

    August 20, 2003

    Unintended Consequences

    Right-wingers cooked up the Gray Davis recall only to see it hijacked by a political moderate named Arnold

  • News

    September 12, 2001

    Flight Capital

    How SFO officials used city employees and money -- in apparent violation of state and federal law -- in a very odd attempt to privatize the airports of Honduras

  • News

    March 14, 2001

    Q: What's the Opposite of a Miracle?

    A: What the state does to the families of people who die while poor

  • News

    February 14, 2001

    Smoke and Smearers

    Potheads distort the record -- and endanger the justice system -- as they try to recall the Marin DA

  • News

    May 31, 2000


    From Russia With Sleaze

  • News

    April 5, 2000

    Ca$h for Genes

    After billionaire pedophile Larry Hillblom died, illegitimate children began stepping forward to demand part of his estate. It took cutting-edge genetic sleuths to prove that they were, indeed, to the mogul born.

  • News

    August 11, 1999

    Inside the Big Floop

    Threatening Mount Zion means curtains for the clowns who have mismanaged the UCSF-Stanford hospital merger

  • Calendar

    June 16, 1999
  • News

    March 24, 1999

    Eat This Logo, Sucker

    ValueStar wants businesses to pay for the privilege of sporting its seal of approval. Is it a public service, or a shakedown?

  • News

    February 3, 1999

    Dead Man Not Praying

    The state wants to deny religious counsel immediately before executions. But why?

  • News

    August 12, 1998

    Is This Any Way to Run A Railroad?

    Union Pacific's tenacious fight to gut safety laws passed when a derailment sterilized 40 miles of the upper Sacramento River

  • News

    August 5, 1998

    The Fairfield Wives

    Dr. John Parkinson, a civic and religious leader in the perfectly suburban town of Fairfield, told women they needed pelvic exams. Long exams. Several times a week. For years. And they believed him.

  • News

    February 11, 1998

    Snatching Saroyan

    How Stanford University aced out UC Berkeley and acquired the million-dollar archives of San Francisco's most prolific author, William Saroyan -- without paying a dime

  • News

    January 21, 1998

    Sutter's Giant Sucking Sound

    Sutter Health, which owns one of California's largest hospital empires, is a nonprofit, tax-exempt charity. Critics wonder why Sutter dispenses so little charity, and vacuums so much profit, from the hospitals it acquires.

  • News

    November 26, 1997


    Dr. Howard Thornton bragged that his state-of-the-art computer system let him take on 1,000 patients a month, scattered across Northern California. But do his patients get anything like quality medical help?

  • News

    February 26, 1997
  • News

    January 29, 1997

    Pinstriped Medicine

    How the UCSF-Stanford hospital merger foreshadows the new -- and sometimes frightening -- world of health care

  • News

    January 22, 1997

    Would You Buy a Used Car From This Rabbi?

    Ben Tzion Pil has alienated colleagues, intrigued prosecutors, and sold one heck of a lot of cars

  • Calendar

    December 4, 1996
  • Calendar

    August 14, 1996
  • News

    May 15, 1996

    Dead Heat

    Despite the deaths of Aaron Williams and Mark Garcia, the SFPD continues to use pepper spray on suspects who stand a good chance of dying in custody.

  • News

    April 3, 1996
  • News

    March 27, 1996

    Randy Shaw's Power Plays

    Sixteen years ago, Randy Shaw started a housing clinic with $50 and a good idea: educating tenants. Now he's got more than $900,000 a year to spend -- and clout to match.

  • News

    October 11, 1995

    Candy From Babies

    The hard- and soft-peddling of Youth in Action

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