No censure for DiFi

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Well, the move to censure Dianne Feinstein was shot down by the Democratic Party, but not before party Chair Art Torres was forced to give a painful, embarassing speech about it.

Non grata in Venezuela

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By Bruce B. Brugmann

Well, I'm non grata in the Venezuela of Hugo Chavez and so are hundreds of other members of the InterAmerican Press Association (IAPA), a hemispheric free press organization based in Miami.

I'm off early tomorrow morning, Nov.17, as a member of an IAPA delegation visiting Venezuela to try to put some pressure on Chavez and his accelerating crackdown on press freedom.

Earl Maucker, IAPA's president and editor and senior vice president of the South Florida Sun-Sentinel in Ft. Read more »

Ammiano on Bonds

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The indictment is in: the bases were loaded and so was Barry.

(From the answering machine of Sup. Tom Ammiano on Friday, Nov. l6, 2007.) B3

Goodbye, Jim Rivaldo

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The City Hall rotunda was packed last night for the Jim Rivaldo memorial. I knew him as a political guy, a campaign consultant and activist with a strange and wonderful sense of humor and a big heart. But many of the people who spoke, including Judge Ellen Chaitin, her husband, defense lawyer V. Read more »

Hot for krautrock? New club Sauerkraut premieres this weekend

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All us krautrock lovers have been hurting for far too long - no more: this weekend will see the launch of a new krautrock and cold wave club, Sauerkraut, at Retox Lounge. Expect Erase Errata's Jenny Hoyston - a creative powerhouse if there ever was one - to take the stage as Paradise Island and Weed Wolf on Sunday, Nov. 18. Read more »

Hearing on corporate welfare for airlines

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A disingenuous ploy (reported by us but mostly ignored by the other media outlets in town) by the Hotel Council and Sup. Michela Alioto-Pier to have San Francisco taxpayers give millions of dollars in corporate welfare payments to the national airlines will be heard Monday at 11 a.m. by the Board of Supervisors Government Audit and Oversight Committee. Read more »

Robert Wyatt - love, sadness, love!

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By Todd Lavoie

The saddest music in the world? I still haven't finished watching the 2003 Guy Maddin film of the same name - wherein legless beer-company baroness Lady Helen Port-Huntley (Isabella Rossellini) hosts a contest to find the single most sob-inducing melody in the world - but if such a match were to be held, I'd reckon Robert Wyatt would leave his competition sweating. Read more »

Barry Bonds: Is this justice?

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By Bruce B. Brugmann

And so the U.S. Justice Department of George W. Read more »

Giving you the Big Business

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By Ben Richardson

The spotlight will be on Isis this Sunday, Nov. 18, at Slim’s, and deservedly so - surviving as a band for a decade is quite an accomplishment. Read more »

All Barry, all the time

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Yes, this is news. The guy who broke the all-time home run record has been indicted. It even belongs on page one of the local paper. But is it the most important thing happening in the world right now, worth two-thrids of the entire Chronicle front page, the top six or seven minutes of the evening newscasts and all the talk shows?

No, it's not. Read more »