The saddest headline in the history of the Wall Street Journal and Dow Jones

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By Bruce B. Brugmann

And so in the end Rupert Murdoch wanted the Wall Street Journal and Dow Jones more than did the Bancroft family that owned them for more than 100 years.

Yet another sad day for the newspaper business as these crown jewels of journalism slipped into the Maw of Murdoch and the slime of the New York Post, Fox News, the O.J. Simpson autobiography, and Murdoch's sellout ventures in China.

For me, the saddest headline in WSJ history was the top head on the front page of the Aug. Read more »

The Eclipse: One Day, Two Giants of Art Cinema Gone

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By Max Goldberg

It’s enough to make you wonder. Not twenty-four hours after headlines announcing Ingmar Bergman’s death at 89 news arrived of Michelangelo Antonioni’s end at 94. Both died this past Monday. They seemed on parallel tracks throughout their careers—producing strings of self-consciously intellectual films bent on existential meaning—making their alignment in death all too temptingly neat of a frame for the heavy eulogizing to come. Still, maybe they would have appreciated the coincidence: a flash of suggested meaning, the intimation of magical thinking. Read more »

Will Lennar ever be fined for dropping the dust ball?

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By Sarah Phelan
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But will the Air Quality District ever levy any asbestos-related fines from Lennar?

If you got the impression from yesterday's Board hearing that Lennar won’t get fined for screwing up asbestos dust mitigation at Parcel A of the Hunters Point Shipyard, think again. Or, at least, hold that thought for now. Read more »

Jew to stand trial

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By Steven T. Jones
After a preliminary hearing, Judge Harold Khan has ruled there is sufficient evidence to put Sup. Ed Jew on trial for perjury and other charges related to the allegations that he doesn't really live in San Francisco and is therefore unqualified to hold off. No big surprise here, but it does raise the question of what Mayor Gavin Newsom is waiting for. Part of his job is to initiate official misconduct proceedings against supervisors were elected fraudulently, or who shake down their constituents for $40,000 cash bribes. Mr. Read more »

Ballot measure threat!

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by Amanda Witherell

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photo courtesy of Green Guerrillas, www.letsgreenwashthiscity.org

Some of the city's PG&E watchdogs are sweating over what the mayor's been up to lately and are worried he may sneak a pro-PG&E/anti-public power measure on the ballot by Friday's deadline. Take a look at their concerns here and give ole Gav a ring to let him know what you think.

Photo of the week

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Isn't this special? Joe Veronese, police commission member and state Senate candidate, and Julie Veronese, pose with Warren Hinckle, who is in his usual sartorial splendor. (Thanks to Luke Thomas and Fog City Journal)

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McGoldrick lets us down

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By Tim Redmond

Jake McGoldrick was the swing vote on the wrong side on the 3400 Cesar Chavez project. Some interesting comments and debate here.

I don't think McGoldrick is corrupt (as one commenter says at leftinsf), and I'm not going to support the attempt to recall him (as another proposes), but I'm deeply disappointed. Read more »

Grinderman at Slim's: a top three on Tuesday

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My top three performer-audience mano-y-mano, mi-show-tu-show moments at the Grinderman performance at Slim's on July 27:

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3) A toss-up between the umpteenth time this dude in front of me yelled, "STAGGER LEE!" causing his long-suffering female companion to gently pat him on the shoulder and say, "Yeah. OK. We all know now," and the moment Nick Cave inadvertently insulted another rabid fan bellowing for old Bad Seeds songs by calling him short and bald. Read more »

Ode to Michelangelo Antonioni, 1912-2007

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Matt Sussman pays tribute to the director:

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Monica Vitti in L'Eclisse was a revelation to me as a college freshman. I had a serious crush on her, perhaps more than any other film actress up to that point (certainly, as a gay man, more than any other woman up to that point). Her leonine blond mane and Roman cheekbones framed eyes that could dish out giddy flirtation and unexpected hurt in equal measure. Read more »