Language frames discourse. Which is why liberals say "global warming" and "estate tax," and conservatives say "climate change" and "death tax." This sort of dichotomy has been most apparent in ongoing immigration debate, which has birthed a wide range of synonyms: "undocumented immigrant," "illegals ... More >>
Bay Area bands move to Brooklyn. It's just a thing that happens. You've got your Morning Benders (ahem, POP ETCs), your Royal Baths, and now S.F. gloom-gaze outfit Weekend trading Oakland (formerly S.F.) for the hallowed grounds of Williamsburg or Bushwick or Greenpoint or wherever. But why? Why do ... More >>
While he never raced against Jim Thorpe in the decathlon and never competed against the color barrier, American swimmer Michael Phelps can nonetheless lay claim to the title of greatest Olympian. His 22 medals won over three separate Games allow him this.Judo practitioner Nicholas Delpopolo is no Mi ... More >>
If you're one of those music fans who actually buys recordings -- instead of, you know, downloading your entire library out of ignorance, stupidity, and/or laziness -- chances are you remember Tower Records, the iconic, Sacramento-based chain whose abandoned locations still haunt certain San Francis ... More >>
This weekend, the New York Times' food-policy opinionator and recipe columnist Mark Bittman, a longtime opponent of processed foods, came out in favor of faux chicken. He's found a chicken substitute so, uh, lifelike in its texture that it fooled him in several taste tests. Ever since his 2009 b ... More >>
We all know that flying is a painful experience -- the security lines and baggage fees, capped off by the overall unpleasantness of your fellow travelers. To make matters worse, we're tossing free money at the airports to help fund our utterly miserable experiences. USA Today found that in 2010, ... More >>
Schapiro Group data wasn't questioned by mainstream media.
In Store spotlights San Francisco's quirkiest, most beloved, weirdest, and/or otherwise-most-interesting record stores. Our city's unmistakable friskiness and cultural capital emanate from those dusty, creaky, hard-to-find, money-losing, insanely huge, hilariously small, and often-crowded (at lea ... More >>
Since the paper is called the Examiner, shouldn't it take a closer look at what's going up on its Web site, and pay for it?
Can pro basketball's second-winningest coach put the Warriors back on the warpath? Don't count him out too quick.
He can defend and fly with the best of them. But can the rookie straight out of high school stick in the NBA?
Looking into the endearing obsession known as Antiwar.com
Is shorter ever better? Yes, when it's on the front page of the Contra Costa Times.
Major anti-war groups change strategy, hoping to win over mainstream voters the Bush administration can't ignore
San Francisco's Providian Financial was once the most despised company in the credit card industry. Now, after a humbling fall, it just wants to be loved.
At Robert Mondavi's new $55 million foodie mecca, you'll find seminars on goat cheese and mustard; surrealist movies; a SPAM exhibit; wine tastings; figurines of pooping Catholics -- everything, in fact, but the answer to that question.
You don't have to be embarrassed to read romance novels anymore. With modern themes and better writing, Bay Area authors are helping to make the genre almost (gasp!) respectable.
Ignore the trumped-up complaining; it is time to throw the bums out of the Housing Authority
A close look at Kibu.com, the teen Web site -- backed by Silicon Valley's elite -- that vaporized $15 million in a matter of months
Sex and the City author Candace Bushnell isn't Carrie Bradshaw. Like, really.
Ethan Hawke stars in Hamlet
Decades after he left the stage to teach math in Santa Cruz, the voice of legendary satirist Tom Lehrer still echoes
One of California's best Cajun chefs goes on the lam after a Bay Area con game is busted
How LatinoNet -- the poster child for Washington's attempt to empower the poor with technology -- wasted money and networked almost no one
How do people play with blood in public? Jack Boulware counts ze vays.
Discovered by brain researchers in the early '60s and resurrected by bodybuilders in the late '80s, the semi-illicit compound GHB is now marketed on the club and smart-drug circuits as a sexy wonder drug. But beware GHB's knockout punch.
Building a Better Body at the 28th Annual Session of the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery