No suprise, but still noteworthy

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By Tim Redmond

I'm impressed that Dr. Richard Carmona actually came out and said what everyone in Wsshington knew was going on -- that even doctors couldn't provide accurate and true information to the pubilc if it interfered with the Bush Administration's political agenda. The details are pretty stunning:

Carmona said he also ran afoul of politics on teen pregnancy prevention. Read more »

Harsh medicine

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By Tim Redmond

It hasn't gotten much press, but talk about harsh: China just executed the head of its food and drug agency for approving unsafe medicine. And over here, we can't even seem to put Scooter Libby in jail ....

It's a movie! It's a musical! It's a musical movie!

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Hairspray (2007) ain't even in theaters yet, but there's already another movie-to-musical-to-musical-movie boomerang making the Hollywood rounds. Read more »

How's the mayor's Hump Day going!? Oooooh, not so good

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By G.W. Schulz

> Homicides are up 20 percent this year over the same time last year, and much of it cannot be blamed on gang violence, according to the Chron, which suggests, like it or not, that City Attorney Dennis Herrera's gang injunctions can go only so far. Read more »

Missing persons find an advocate in local musician Saul Kaye

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East Bay's Saul Kaye has found his mission - each CD-release show he's doing for his latest, A Taste of Paradise (by the way, who came up with the subgenius idea of doing multiple CD-release shows - when does it all end!?) is going to be focused on raising awareness of missing people of the Bay Area. Read more »

I hate Alvin and the Chipmunks. I hate them!

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By Sean Manning

If the Pirates of the Caribbean trilogy teaches us anything (other than that the ironic love of pirate kitsch runs deep), it’s that childhood nostalgia is ripe for the coming-soon-to-a-multiplex-near-you rampage. And when it gets there, it’s not just bigger and louder and more special-effects laden (ahem, Transformers), it’s got edge. Take, for instance, upcoming yuletide turd Alvin and the Chipmunks. Read more »

Carolyn Knee is free! Finally, after five years, the poster girl for ethics reform has been freed by the Unethical Commission

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By Bruce B. Brugmann

Rick Knee flashed the word from City Hall about 6:35 p.m. Read more »

Bear Grylls, you da Man

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By Gazelle Emami

A man alone in the wilderness bends fearlessly over a precipice, planning his first move. “First,” he says, squinting into the sun, “I must find my bearings.” With a no river in sight, he bounds down the edge of the sheer drop and begins his search for nourishment. man vs. wild.jpg

Night falls and a storm rumbles overhead. Read more »

Mean and shallow

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By Steven T. Jones
Leave it to the poets to find just the right few words, which is what punk legend, performance artist, and former mayoral candidate Jello Biafra did in today's Chronicle. In an article on how Chicken John is running for mayor, Biafra distilled down the perfect pair of descriptors for Mayor Gavin Newsom: mean and shallow. Read more »

Ammiano tosses out an Ammianoliner for the All-Star game

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"San Francisco welcomes five day All-Star wank fest. Who's your Daddy? (On Ammiano's answering machine on Monday, July 9.) B3