Guardian lawsuit: Opening statements

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The Guardian v. SF Weekly trial swung into high gear today with both sides presenting opening statements and the first Guardian witnesses taking the stand. The early presentations gave a clear sense of where the trial will go.

Ralph Alldredge, representing the Guardian, laid out the essence of the case:

Over the past 11 years, the SF Weekly, later joined by the East Bay Express, have systematically sold ads below cost. Read more »

Ammiano: On the state of the union

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Due to writer's strike Homer Simpson writes George Bush's State of the Union: "Iraq - check, economy - check, mmmmmm - stimulus package."

(From the home answering machine of Sup. Tom Ammiano on Jan. 29, 2008) B3

Car Feebates! Brilliant!

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The California State Assembly is expected to vote this week on a plan to give rebates to people who buy little, awesome, eco-happy cars and tax the folks with Napoleon complexes. Read more »

Tale of two transportation agencies

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While the San Francisco Metropolitan Transportation Agency's politically intimidated leaders have allowed public transit funds to be used as Mayor Gavin Newsom Read more »

Obama rising

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Barack Obama still trails Hillary Clinton in polling from delegate-rich California, but Obama seems to have enough momentum on his side to perhaps win it. After decisively winning South Carolina and taking a principled stand in favor of letting illegal immigrants obtain driver's licenses (which is both good policy and good politics in courting the state's Latino vote), Obama will surely get a bump from Sen. Ted Kennedy not only endorsing him, but naming him the inheritor of JFK's legacy. "It's time for a new generation of leadership. Read more »

Video Mutants: Mike Kelley on chopping, screwing, and playing with Superman

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We're not quite done with artist Mike Kelley, profiled this week in Sonic Reducer. Read more »

A shout out to Pants Yell!

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By Alex Felsinger

Until now, indie-pop band Pants Yell! seemed as if they were doing everything in their power to stay under the radar. First, they named their group Pants Yell! - seriously, what the hell? - and then in 2003 they released their first album on cassette through an obscure German imprint. This was followed closely by their home-country debut on Asaurus - a small-run, handmade CD-R label. Read more »

Today's Ammianoliner

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Today's Ammianoliner:

City's crime cameras? I am not ready for my closeup.

(From the home answering machine of Sup. Tom Ammiano on Jan. 28, 2008) B3

Video Mutants: Problem solving with Jacob Ciocci of Paper Rad

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I knew I’d reached some level of pixel heaven a few minutes after putting Paper Rad’s Trash Talking (Load) into the DVD player. Or was it into the hard drive? Either way, that pixel portal to humor epiphanies opened when an animated character stopped jive walking and started telling me – in an ornery fashion – that the disc I was watching had no menu. Read more »

SPORTS: The return of C-Web is a bad idea

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By A.J. Hayes

Thomas Wolfe may have been exaggerating when he wrote "You Can't Go Home Again." But in the case of basketball player Chris Webber that phrase should be taken as gospel.

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Chris Webber, earlier

Especially when it comes to a possible return to the Warriors, Webber's initial NBA club. When Webber forced his way off the Warriors in the fall of 1994, he just didn't leave the franchise and team's dedicated fan base in the lurch. Read more »