Nick Coleman of the Minneapolis Star Tribune is mad as hell and won't take it any more. He writes, McClatchy's profit-and-loss statement: They profit, we lose

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By Bruce B. Brugmann

For months now, as the Knight-Ridder/McClatchy/Hearst/Singleton/Gannett/Stephens debacle has unfolded, I have been looking in vain to see if a staff member on any of the papers of the nation's biggest chains (reporter, columnist, editorial writer, editor, union spokesperson, ad salesman, letter writer, blogger, anybody) would beallowed to blast away at this deal of ultimate toxicity in their papers, on their websites, or in their blogs. Read more »

Alexis Tioseco's Favorite SEA Films of 2006

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Alexis A. Tioseco, editor-in-chief of the superb site Criticine, contributed a manifesto/essay to the Guardian's 2006 film issue. He's also compiled an annotated list of favorite films from Southeast Asia, which cites a number of emerging filmmakers, including the intriguing Edwin. Read more »

More reporters facing jail

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Josh Wolf may soon have company: Two more reporters have been ordered to testifyin a court hearing, and neither one of them seems about to give in

Sarah Olson, an Oakland freelancer who writes for Truthout, and Dahr Jamail, who has done some a Read more »

Computers for nothing

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By Steven T. Jones
Scott Beale from Laughing Squid was one of many bloggers given a free laptop by Microsoft as part of a PR stunt to promote its new Vista operating system. And it came in a Ferrari computer, no less. Well, after the blogosphere lit up with controversy and introspection, Beale (ever the standup guy, in my humble estimation) has decided to sell his machine on E-Bay and to donate the proceeds to the Electronic Freedom Foundation. Atta boy!

Guillermo Del Toro on eggs, ghost sightings, lucid dreaming, Catholicism, the "supranatural," uterine imagery and more

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Now is the time to see Pan's Labyrinth -- and to read Sara Schieron's interview with the man behind the movie, Guillermo Del Toro.

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Guillermo Del Toro

Gleamy-eyed as Santa Claus and every bit as generous, Guillermo del Toro recently visited SF to discuss his latest film, Pan’s Labyrinth. Already seen by droves of festivalgoers, Pan’s Labyrinth is worthy of profound praise. Read more »

DVD-Arrr! Jason Shamai's Mexico City Pirate Diary...Uncut!

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One highlight of this week's 2006 Film opus is Jason Shamai's tale of DVD buying and watching in Mexico City. Read more »

Scent as identity: A conversation with Perfume director Tom Tykwer

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Tom Tykwer's film version of the cult novel Perfume: The Story of a Murderer hits screens this week. Sara Schieron recently talked with the director:

Peter Süskind’s 1985 novel Perfume: The Story of a Murderer has inspired a lot of musical adaptations. German band Rammstein and Portugese band Moonspell have both called the book an influence, and Kurt Cobain, who named the book as his favorite, wrote the song "Scentless Apprentice" in reaction to it. Read more »

No reprieve

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By G.W. Schulz

The most recent newsletter from the Tenderloin police station shows yet again what has been one of California’s worst criminal-justice problems – recidivism.

California has one of the highest recidivism rates in the country, an ongoing crisis that has remained a vexing political issue for the governator. We love putting people behind bars over and over again, and nowhere in San Francisco is that more startlingly clear than in the Tenderloin, which alone boasted 4,200 arrests last year, the highest in the city. Read more »

NOISE: James Brown is dead - long live James Brown

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Whoa, I go crazy - James Brown in his casket. Who would have thought it could happen? To the hardest working of us all?

Newsday reports that a gold casket carrying the Godfather of Soul's body, drawn by two white horses, arrived at the Apollo Theater today as thousands of fans lining the street erupted in chants.

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Died on Christmas day. Courtesy of AFP

McClatchy sells the Minneapolis Star-Tribune to a New York venture capital firm with no newspaper experience. It's sad for the staff, for the state of Minnesota, and for the newspaper business

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Bu Bruce B. Brugmann

It's yet another WLSB, another wimpy little story in the business section of the Hearst/Singleton papers, except this time it was not even in the business section of the San Francisco Chronicle/Hearst.
And it was just a couple of paragraphs boiled out of an Associated Press story in the business digest of the Oakland Tribune, Contra Costa Times, and the San Jose Mercury News (all Singleton papers).

Why? Read more »