Is porn worse than shilling for developers?

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It’s taken us a little while to finally comment on today’s Matier & Ross scoop on four Planning Department employees being recommended for dismissal for surfing porn at work, mostly because we can’t stop laughing about it.Read more »

Another Brit pop princess goes rebel (kinda)

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Kate Nash’s song “Foundations” was what originally won me over to listen to the poppy British singer. In it, her sweet little girl’s voice and bright piano tunes trill over biting conversation of a relationship gone bummer.

“You said I must eat so many lemons/Cuz I am so bitter/I said I’d rather be with your friends mate/Cuz they’re much fitter.”

You write lyrics like that, I reasoned, it doesn’t matter how precious the sound of the songs are -- you had to have some bitch in you. So when I saw she was playing an already sold out show at Bottom of the Hill (Sat/8), I figured I give her new stuff a spin. Read more »

Oil spill secrecy: What's in the dispersal chemicals?

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One the major responses to the Gulf of Mexico oil spill has been the use of chemical dispersants, compounds that break up the oil before it gets to shore. But Propublica's raising an important issue:Read more »

Will Arizona trigger even worse federal immigration laws?

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During interviews with civil and immigrant rights advocates about the complicated dynamics around immigration, several expressed concern that Arizona won't be the ultimate game changer. Read more »

Supes continue AZ boycott resolution; Daly calls for boycott of AZ Diamondbacks

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The San Francisco Board of Supervisors was scheduled to vote yesterday, May 4, on a resolution introduced by Sup. David Campos for a municipal boycott of Arizona-based businesses as a response to Arizona’s anti-immigration measure, which we report on in this week’s issue. Read more »

Hot sexy events: May 5-11

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This week has us reaching back through the mists of time for our sex events -- you don't think you just evented that move from last week's date yourself, did you? Every moan, every thrust, has been brought to you in part by our ancestors (except for the extensive acronyms on Craig's List, most of those are today's originalities). So let's bring it back, shall we? This week you get the chance at SF Citadel's Sadie Hawkins to recall those butterflies produced by asking out that alpha dog to the high school dance, or for lovemaking even more steeped in antiquity, head to Good Vibes' lesbian tantra tell-all. Just don't expect these traditions to have gone un-improved throughout the years -- after all, the Kama Sutra's only got 64 positions on it's pages. I think San Francisco's got it beat by a couple dozen. Read more »

Street Threads: Look of the Day

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Today's Look: Domonique, 24th Street and Noe

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Luis Echegoyen's old school Mission cool

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Back when he was a television star in El Salvador, Luis Echegoyen could have little guessed that fifty year later he’d be performing in his own poetry reading in San Francisco of classic Spanish authors (Sat/8, Mission Cultural Center for Latino Arts). But it's not the least probable feat that legendary Spanish language Bay area news anchor Echegoyen has accomplished -- after all, poetry is his retirement project. Read more »

alt.sex.column: I deserve a buzz

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Dear Andrea:

How is it humanly possible that I, a 42 year old man, talented, accomplished, tall, and fit, cannot get laid to save his life? I have gone out on literally hundreds of dates, but nothing ever seems to go my way. I try not to act desperate, but women seem to smell it on me or something.

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The Daily Blurgh: Duck and cover, Radiation Baby

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Curiosities, quirks, oddites, and items (plus a lot about kitties) from around the Bay and beyond

Oakland residents may be able to Party, Karamu, Fiesta, forever starting this summer.

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Don't know what to cook for dinner tonight? Why not check out this fucking website?

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Secrecy and criminality in the SFPD

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Today’s Chronicle unveils more problems at the scandal-plagued San Francisco Police Department, as well as the District Attorney’s Office, raising new questions about their commitment to public accountability and protecting civil liberties at a time when the SFPD is seeking more authority and asking for the public’s trust.Read more »

Sounds and slides from May 1 immigration rally

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Thousands of people spilled out into the streets of San Francisco on Saturday, May 1, to march for federal immigration reform and to denounce Arizona's SB 1070, an anti-immigration measure widely perceived as a racist, ill-advised approach to addressing illegal U.S. border crossings. The law makes it a state-level crime to be in the U.S. illegally, and criminalizes failure to carry immigration papers at all times.

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Lydia Pense & Cold Blood shake the Biscuits and roll the Blues

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By Lilan Kane

After 41 years together, local blues-funk outfit Cold Blood still sounds exactly like I imagine they would have when they were fresh to the scene back in the Bill Graham days. I never had the chance to see them before, so the evening I finally caught them, on April 23, was a particular treat for me, an avid Lydia lover. Of course I'm talking about lead singer Lydia Pense. It is near unbelievable how such a big a voice comes out of her pint-sized frame. Time has not faded her soulfulness by any means -- she still holds it down like a female James Brown. Read more »

Interview: Author Paul Loeb and Soul of a Citizen

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Paul Loeb, author, speaker, thinker and the man behind the surprising best-seller Soul of a Citizen stopped by the Guardian April 30 to chat about the new edition of his book -- and about the state of community activism, the Obama administration, and the way people become engaged in politics. You can listen to the interview after the jump.

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PG&E gets spanked

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The California Public Utilities Commission, the state agency tasked with regulating investor-owned utilities, seldom holds Pacific Gas & Electric Co.'s feet to the fire -- even when advocacy groups are in an uproar over company practices. However, this may be changing. Read more »