Today's Ammianoliner

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Gonzalez steps down. His last act is to ban same sex cock fighting.

(On the voicemail of Sup. Tom Ammiano). B3

What's in a name? Answer: $26,000

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A few weeks ago, we told you the story of Kevin Scott Noah, a carpenter who fell to his death while working on the Golden Gate Bridge in 2002. Read more »

Now recycling is the problem

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By Tim Redmond

The latest installment in the San Francisco Chronicle's war on the homeless is pretty insane. According to C.W. Nevius, the Haight Ashbury Neighborhood Council's recycling station is part of the problem and perhaps ought to be shut down.

Think about this for a second: Homeless people have had their general assistance and SSI benefits cut repeatedly. G.A., thanks to Care not Cash, is down to almost nothing. Read more »

Bling in the police union’s new contract

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Some might suggest that reading reports from the city’s budget analyst over tumblers of well bourbon at Mission Bar is a little pathetic. They’re right, but the damn things are so often full of such great little stories, we can’t help it. And they're not available on the city’s Web site; you have to request and obtain them from the board clerk’s office, leading us to wonder how many people actually read them.

San Francisco's longtime Budget Analyst Harvey Rose reviewed more than two-dozen union contracts for city workers passed this year by the Board of Supervisors. Read more »

Bye-bye, bandshell

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Luckily or unluckily, many people who may be really bummed out about this news are on their way to Burning Man. Parks and Rec has decided not to extend the Panhandle Bandshell's permit, and the much-feted piece of public sculpture/architecture will be dismantled in September. Read more »

Classic! Ching Chang's other fall opera and classical music picks

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From upon high: Tallis Scholars.

As summer melts into fall, symphonies, singers, and fine classical music purveyors shift into high gear. Contributor Ching Chang delved into a few Philip Glass performances, and offered an array of classical and opera picks in his fall arts preview - here are a few more selections. Read more »

Castro: Muerto?

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By Stephen Torres

UPDATE: 8/27 -- Castro still not officially dead. Sorry, Perez!

The poison pen of notorious blogger Perez Hilton has apparently sealed the end of Cuban dictator Fidel Castro. Read more »

The Human Be-In permit caper. How Attorney Mel Belli got a Be-In permit by claiming he was holding a birthday party in Golden Gate Park

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By Bruce B. Brugmann

Literally, as I was polishing up my blog for tonight's Human Be-In,
I got a call from Michael Bowen, a key organizer with Allen Cohen of the original Human Be-In on January 14, l967.
He is now living in a house ten minutes out of Stockholm, Sweden.

Bowen had lots to say about the Be-In and the era but he noted there was one key piece of information that has not been published and remains unknown: the issue of how the hippie group got a permit to put on the event in Golden Gate Park. Read more »

Poems Under the Half Dome!

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Yahoo! Free poems! Outside! Under a half dome of car hoods! Local hero Diamond Dave Whitaker is hosting a poetry open-mic this evening at the Panhandle Bandshell. It starts at 5 pm and should go until about 8. If you've never seen Whitaker or any of his associates perform poems, you really should. It's iconic.

Tonight: The Human Be-In 2007

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The original Human Be-In on Jan. 14, l967, was not just a giant hippy party. It had an important political purpose and political consequences and helped mobilize the youth movement against the war in Vietnam

By Bruce B. Brugmann

As a participant in Friday night's Human Be-In, the pre-40th Anniversary "Summer of Love" event on Sept. 2,
I plan to provide a bit of revolutionary poetry/journalism (my phrase) from my old friend and journalism colleague, the late Allen Cohen. Read more »