Today's Ammianoliner

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Sweeney Todd, spokesperson for the Golden Gate Restaurant Association, said, "We can't afford health care. It costs an arm and a leg." mmmmmmmmand a chomping sound.

(From the answering machine of Sup. Tom Ammiano on Friday, Dec. 28, 2007.) B3

The secret zoo

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The late Tatiana. Read more »

Sonic Reducer Overage: Saigon, Hiss Golden Messenger, Chris Brown

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All the shows that didn't make print - but should have!

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The Brooklyn rapper makes his SF debut, after doing seven hard years behind bars. Read more »

Iowa report: Is Obama really leading?

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Here's the latest report Friday afternoon (Dec. 28, 2007) from our citizen reporter Carolyn Schmidt in Cedar Rapids, Iowa.

By Carolyn Schmidt

Cedar Rapids, Iowa-- Seems that in small towns like Indianola, two campaign staffs may be working out of the same building, since there are more requests for office space than there are available buildings in some of these towns. The Clinton and Edwards campaigns are both working out of the same building in Indianola, according to the Des Moines Register. Read more »

Woo! Wu-Tang Clan sized up

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Wu-Tang Clan's Method Man mounted a stack of speakers. All photos by Ben Hopfer.

By Ben Hopfer

What do you do when the cold weather kicks in and all your friends are out of town? If you’re like me you go see the Wu-Tang Clan. Braving the cold and rain, I arrived at Ruby Skye on Dec. 27 to check out the Wu, out on their "8 Diagrams" tour. Read more »

SPORTS: Where are the black coaches?

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Tony Dungy and Lovie Smith battled for the Super Bowl at Dolphin Stadium, but black coaches are still very much in the minority

By A.J. Read more »

Iowa report: Iowans want a winner

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I asked Carolyn Schmidt, our citizen reporter in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, if Iowans this time around would be trying to make up for the fact that they chose Kerry over Dean four years ago and thus did not pick a presidential winner. Here is her response and report on Friday (Dec. 28):

By Carolyn Schmidt

Cedar Rapids, Iowa-- Iowans do want to make a winnable choice this time, although frankly it wasn't the Iowans who took Dean out of contention last time. It was the media feeding frenzy over Dean's rallying of his supporters after the caucus results were announced. Read more »

Lush, lashed life: Madonna makeup artist and shu uemura artistic director Gina Brooke on a NYE look

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Musing on a new look for the new year? Where else to find one than at the divine shu uemura boutique: the company's artistic director Gina Brooke knows beauty, and on Friday, Dec. Read more »

Kucinich no-shows, ditto media

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Well, Dennis Kucinich had a good excuse for missing the kick-off of his “Peace Train” presidential campaign in San Francisco – the untimely death of his brother, Perry.

The media, however, didn't have an excused absence. Read more »

A report from Cedar Rapids, Iowa

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Here is a report from Carolyn Schmidt, a grassroots observer in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. She filed this report late Wednesday, Dec. 26, 2007.

Cedar Rapids, Iowa--We don't know a whole lot since the candidates had no public appearances on Christmas Eve or Christmas Day, but they've kept their faces in front of us. Chris Dodd, of course, as you may know moved his whole family to Iowa for the caucus campaigning, so he and the family were pictured in the CR Gazette wrapping gifts for Iowa soldiers overseas. Hillary cleverly showed herself putting tags on gifts to go under the tree. Read more »