Compromising position

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By Steven T. Jones
With the Healthy Saturdays measure headed for an April 9 hearing by the Board of Supervisors' Land Use and Economic Development Committee, Mayor Gavin Newsom has decided to step in and try to broker a compromise. Mediating between the two sides will be his chief of staff and former labor negotiator Phil Ginsburg, who has asked Sup. Jake McGoldrick to delay the committee vote by a week to accommodate his planned vacation. McGoldrick agreed. Read more »

6 great sandwich shops

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The sandwich has both moral turpitude and spiritual strength in its legendary origins. It was named for John Montagu (1718-1792), the fourth Earl of Sandwich and member of the infamous cabal of whoring, hammered, pseudo-satanic noblemen known as “The Friars of Saint Francis of Wycombe,” but better known as “The Hellfire Club.” Montagu, who had a fondness of deflowering virgins, was also fond of eating cold roast beef between bread so he could continue gambling at cribbage without getting the cards greasy. Read more »

SPANKING THE PRESS: Matt Taibbi and turd-tossing apes at the New York Post

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By G.W. Schulz

The absolute best (and darkest) moments in Rolling Stone contributor Matt Taibbi’s book on the 2004 presidential election are not when he attacks the contemptible political antics of the candidates themselves, but when he savagely launches mortar shells at the national press corps trailing along on the campaign planes. Read more »

Josh is free! Join me at the press conference on the City Hall steps at 5 p.m. today

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See Sarah Phelan's story on the Guardian website at sfbg.com. Much more to come, B3

We see dead people: Traipsing through the valley of the Bay Area kings, all dead as coffin nails

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It's always a grand old, gruesome time visiting Mountain View Cemetery at the dead edges of Oakland. The Bay's most historic burial ground was designed by landscape architect Frederick Law Olmsted, who also had a hand in NYC's Central Park and Yosemite, and encompasses so many generations, grandiose sacrophagi, weird crypts, oddball mausoleums, and intriguing headstones that one's head begins to spin, imagining all the dead people roaming Gold Rush 'Fisco, bunkered down during WW II, forever dying young and leaving a beautiful monument. Read more »

Gimme danger, little stranger

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Guardian contributor and Battleship playa Gene Bae wants to sing the praises of the band Little Claw:

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Rock ’n' roll used to be dangerous. To engage in it at all was to be an outsider, a rebel unfit for genteel society. These days, however, rock ain't much more than nostalgia - and the biggest danger is possibly throwing one's back out lifting an amplifier. Read more »

Join the Josh Wolf vigil during mediation starting at 8 a.m. Monday at the federal building in San Francico

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By Bruce B. Brugmann

Josh's mother asks that people turn out this morning (Monday, April 2) from 8 to 9 a.m. when Josh Wolf will be brought from his federal prison cell in Dublin to another round of mediation between Josh's attorneys and the federal prosecutors from the U.S. attorney's office.

Liz Wolf-Spada writes to her growing email list of Josh supporters, "It would be a great show of support for Josh if we could turn out a big crowd tomorrow morning outside the federal building. Read more »

THE COCKS OF CORPORATE WOLVERINES: Punk's Not Dead. It's just rotting in Dede Wilsey's asshole.

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By G.W. Schulz

Poor 7x7 magazine. They try so hard to sound authoritative on all the subjects they cover. And to be sure, they’re quite good at publishing photo spreads of wealthy philanthropists forcing bleached-white terrified grins like hostages hearing a your momma joke from a bank robber. Read more »

O'Reilly blog

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SF Chronicle in Trouble?

By Tim O'Reilly

I hate to play Valleywag, but I'm hearing rumors that the San Francisco Chronicle is in big trouble. Apparently, Phil Bronstein, the editor-in-chief, told staff in a recent "emergency meeting" that the news business "is broken, and no one knows how to fix it." ("And if any other paper says they do, they're lying.") Reportedly, the paper plans to announce more layoffs before the year is out.

It's clear that the news business as we knew it is in trouble. Read more »

Bulgay-rian? Just hum along

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AZIS -- the Bulgarian Romani chalga singer is delightfully gender-neutral (gender bothful?) -- and recently was voted the 21st most important Bulgarian in history. YES. Read more »