Last week, Supervisor Scott Wiener joined other across the nation in the National Gay Blood Drive, a petition demanding the feds end the decades-long ban on gays donating blood. his efforts didn't end there. Today, Wiener, who is openly gay, is calling on the Board of Supervisors to pass a resolut ... More >>
A thorny dispute over college athletes' right to make money could be resolved in Oakland court, where a federal judge will decide will decide whether the National College Athletic Association is a mercenary "cartel," or a well-intentioned training program. Lead plaintiff and former UCLA basketball ... More >>
Contrary to what anti-immigration folks might think, researchers at the UCLA Center for Health Policy Research have confirmed that undocumented immigrants in California use health services less than U.S. citizens who don't have insurance. That contradicts the thought that undocumented immigrants o ... More >>
A study that will, all but certainly, be at some point brandished by Supervisor Eric Mar in a forthcoming crusade against sugary beverages being slurped down by children was released at the stroke of midnight today. You can read the study, the product of the UCLA Center for Health Policy R ... More >>
What started as a college hobby for Daniel Kurzrock and Jordan Schwartz turned into a business. During their time studying Economics at UCLA, the two started brewing beer from home. Soon enough, the 20 pounds of grain used in each 5 gallon batch quickly piled up. "We wanted to find something creat ... More >>
Within minutes of Asiana Air Flight 214 crash that killed two people and left dozens critically injured Saturday, local hospitals faced another problem: language barriers. The first wave of crash victims arriving to San Francisco General Hospital all spoke Korean -- and presumably, so did many of ... More >>
Relieving yourself outside the comfort of your own bathroom will give even the overly confident some understandable anxiety. But for transgender people, it's more than just nerve-racking, it's dangerous, according to a survey released this week. The survey, published in the Journal of Public Manag ... More >>
If you were shocked to learn that Utah is gayer than us,then you will probably feel a little confused, anxious, let down, etc. to learn that the state of Mississippi has more same-sex couple raising kids than any other state in the nation. In other words, they are not fleeing to the states that allo ... More >>
Sparks, as a patient fan of the cult band once explained to us, is a musician's band. Held in high esteem by the likes of pretty much everyone cool ever -- they're credited with inspiring both Morrissey and Bjork to go into music, and count Joey Ramone, Kurt Cobain, and Paul McCartney as fans -- Spa ... More >>
Whenever a new medical marijuana dispensary applies for a San Francisco permit, a troop of naysayers is ready with a predictable script: dispensaries cause crime, harm children, and destroy neighborhoods. However, the city's Planning Commission tired of this long ago -- because it's simply not based ... More >>
This week Republican presidential cult favorite Ron Paul will campaign through California, with stops at well-known party school Chico State, as well as UCLA, and Berkeley. While the venues reflect Paul's solid and passionate base among college kids, a closer look at Paul's donor list shows that the ... More >>
Tobacco smoke and marijuana smoke have some things in common. For example, they are both "smoke." Yet it appears there are some significant differences between the two, according to a study conducted by University of California San Francisco researchers. For starters, one causes lung proble ... More >>
Come Jan. 1, California will manage to solve a problem no one has yet proven to exist -- the rampant scourge of underage boozers purchasing alcohol via the supermarket self-checkout lanes. Won't someone think of the children? Oh wait -- they did.Assemblywoman Fiona Ma's AB 183 will prevent the sa ... More >>
Quick! Pick your crime magnet: The stretch of central Market Street in front of Zuni, or the alleyway near cannabis dispensary Shambhala Healing Center in the Mission District?Neither blocks are exactly San Francisco's cleanest, but let's face it, SFPD's finest have more work to do in front of Zu ... More >>
Smile and the world smiles with you, TimWith college and professional football kicking off and baseball's pennant races rounding third, 'tis the season for sports junkies to never leave the couch. By the way, here are a few phone numbers for local divorce attorneys -- if, you know, this is a prob ... 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 >>
Super!The California State Senate passed a bill Monday urging Congress to greenlight legislation that would allow gay "permanent partners" to sponsor each other for visas. The only hurdle left is for the State Assembly (which already passed an earlier version of the bill 45-29) to approve the new ... More >>
norml.orgCancer cure, or cause?When the bureaucrats over at the California Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment (OEHHA) classified marijuana smoke as a carcinogen last Friday, it predictably made headlines worldwide. But how much does the classification really mean, and should medical us ... More >>
If altruism weren't a good enough reason for California voters to enable same-sex marriage -- and, let's be realistic, altruism isn't a good enough reason for state voters to do anything -- a recent article by Forbes magazine predicts that legalizing same sex marriage nationwide would pump nearly $1 ... More >>
Eddie Muller is in way too good a mood for a man who's known as the Czar of Noir. At every onstage introduction this year, he's been chortling with joy. But he's not alone: the Castro Theatre has been packed out at both of its evening performances of its opening weekend of Muller's Deadline: No ... More >>
Thursday, September 4, 2008 Recap by Meredith Brody Choosing the movies to see on the first day of screenings is a complicated process, since I’ve yet to narrow down the movies I want to see and I’m dealing with a complicated and inflexible schedule. At any one moment there are five or six or m ... More >>
A "lost" classic, 1961's The Exiles gets its long-overdue theatrical debut.
Three housekeepers and a day laborer take action against deadbeat employers who abuse immigrants
Sunday July 15th 2007 By Meredith Brody San Francisco is blessed with more interesting and compelling film festivals than any other city I have ever lived in -- and they weren’t tank towns: I’m talking New York, Paris, and, most perplexing of all, Los Angeles, which after the demise of Filmex s ... More >>
Where the indies rule
When bad things happen to good kids, their Luck always holds
Paranoia and conservatism -- yay! It's the '80s again with "Not in My Backyard"
Major anti-war groups change strategy, hoping to win over mainstream voters the Bush administration can't ignore
Deaf students wonder why officials at UC Berkeley and UC Davis won't hear their plea for equal access to education
The difference between "naff" and "wack"
What a 62-year-old man can teach shellshocked dot-commers as he sails from Osaka to San Francisco. Alone. Again.
Budd Boetticher; Film awards; Final Fantasy: The Spirits Within preview
Field of Dreams, Fear Strikes Out, Angels in the Outfield
After decades of being misunderstood, novelist and gay icon John Rechy is fighting back -- and making Hollywood take notice
At the end of the Gershwin centennial, his trust benefits from new copyright laws. But are they protecting artists or merely bank statements?