TRAGIC COUNT/COMMITTEE TO PROTECT JOURNALISTS REPORT

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*Novye Izvestia*
No 17
February 5, 2008

*TRAGIC COUNT*

Author: Yevgenia Zubchenko

*COMMITTEE TO PROTECT JOURNALISTS IS CRITICAL OF THE STATE OF AFFAIRS WITH FREEDOM OF EXPRESSION IN RUSSIA*

Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) presented its latest report titled Attacks On The Media (2007). At least 65 journalists were murdered worldwide in the line of duty, almost half of them in Iraq. Read more »

Clubs: Love hurts - so Die, Die, why don't you?

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Bloody hell happens in Lower Haight - just in time for Valentine's Day! Photo by Joshua Rotter.

By Joshua Rotter

Love was the furthest thing from my mind on February’s first Friday, when I attended the “My Bloody Valentine” edition of monthly death-rock club Die, Die My Darling at Underground SF.

No, actually, it was all in my mind. Cross my heart. Read more »

Chip off the ole hard rock: Black Mountain cometh

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By Todd Lavoie

Does heavy make you happy? Then cancel any plans you might have for this coming Monday, Feb. 4 - that's when Vancouver time-travelers Black Mountain besiege the Independent for a round or two of seriously sludgy soothsaying, in support of their just-released mindwarper In The Future (Jagjaguwar). Read more »

Munch: "Teeth" director Mitchell Lichtenstein coughs up tidbits on vagina dentata flick

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Spoiler alert: I was a wee bit disappointed in Teeth - sure, the dismembered penis count outdid, well, In the Realm of the Senses's, but the actual execution struck me as slightly gummy, somewhat misguided, and more than a little, er, unrealistic. And trust me, I wanted to believe! Hey, admit it, we're all secretly a little fascinated by the myth of fanged poonannie. Read more »

Lacey: I'll bury the Guardian

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Mike Lacey, waving, is flanked by attorneys Ivo Labar and H. Sinclair Kerr, left, and Don Moon (who actually IS wearing a puffy coat) right, after hearing testimony about how Lacey told SF Weekly staffers that he wanted to put the Guardian out of business. Photo By Luke Thomas, fogcityjournal.

Three witnesses have testified in the Guardian v. Read more »

WTF is up with CNY?

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Intern Candice Chan demystifies the holiday that confounded her as a kid.

While I was growing up on the Peninsula, Chinese New Year (CNY) was a time when I couldn’t have felt more out of place. Filial piety, family unity, serving others instead of yourself; all that fun cultural heritage comes together on this holiday meant for starting anew and being with the people that you love. Read more »

MBV top -- Kevin Shields and Zidane: A 21st Century Portrait

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Kevin Shields is credited as "noise consultant" for Douglas Gordon and Philippe Parreno's Zidane: A 21st Century Portrait. That title might seem slightly absurd, but in fact, Shields's contribution to Zidane is anything but inconsequential. Read more »

Guardian v. SF Weekly update

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I wasn’t in court today in the Guardian’s lawsuit against the SF Weekly and its corporate parent – the lawyers for Weekly wanted me to stay out of the courtroom because they might call me back as their own witness later (I look forward to it, guys). Read more »

Ammiano: Super Bowl at City Hall

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Today's Ammianoliner:

Super Bowl at City Hall. The mayor fumbles, illegal use of hands on Muni funds.

Peskin stumbles, phone it in.

(From the home answering machine of Sup. Tom Ammiano on Jan. 31, 2008). B3

Personal note to Tom: Watch your enunciation. You are going to back to your old bad habits.

Sandoval picks his target

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You read it here first that Sup. Gerardo Sandoval has decided to run for judge in June, and now we can report that he has picked a target: Judge Thomas A. Mellon Jr. This seems like a fine choice given that Sandoval has made his run about challenging a "bench that does not reflect San Francisco in any meaningful way." Mellon was appointed to the slot by former Gov. Read more »