NOISE: Sonic on Sonic - Vice Cooler's best 24th B-day ever and Sonic Youth Kim and Thurston's drop-by

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Whoa, did Vice Cooler of XBXRX, KIT, and Hawnay Troof have an awesome birthday or what at 21 Grand in Oakland July 15? Read more »

Bike battles continue

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By Steven T. Jones
It was two months ago this Saturday that Mayor Gavin Newsom vetoed Healthy Saturdays, which would have extended the Sunday Golden Gate Park road closures through the weekend. At the time, he did the political thing and said he was looking for a compromise. But since then, he's done nothing to follow up or even agree to meet to bike advocates. Read more »

Lawsuit over newspaper merger

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By Steven T. Jones
Big but buried news from today's Examiner: Clint Reilly (with help from attorney Joseph Alioto) is suing to block the big newspaper merger that put most Bay Areas rags under the tight-fisted control of MediaNews (and the unsettling business partnership role in the Hearst Corp., owner of the Chronicle, in the deal). Read more »

What Can Brown Do For You?

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By Sarah Phelan

Someone needs to take the UPS Poster that says "What Can Brown Do For You" and seriously adbust it, in the light of all the crazy posturing around "illegal" immigration.

Not that I'm inciting anyone, but speaking as a "legal" immigrant, it's hard to stay silent as Americans build a fence to keep out the people who they underpay to prop up the American "white picket fence" dream.

Good luck with that surreality...

Lawsuit over newspaper merger

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By Steven T. Jones
Big but buried news from today's Examiner: Clint Reilly (with help from attorney Joseph Alioto) is suing to block the big newspaper merger that put most Bay Areas rags under the tight-fisted control of MediaNews (and the unsettling business partnership role in the Hearst Corp., owner of the Chronicle, in the deal). Read more »

Bazillion $$ idea of the day

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To have a bicycle-like contraption under your desk that you have to pedal to keep your monitor/screen lit. It could have different gears for challenge and variety. It could be called a Screen Master or a Moniped or something. This handy device would keep your blood flowing and allow you to burn some googling calories. It could even store up energy in a battery for later use. Plus: all the folks who obsessively cruise online dating sites and Myspace would get better bodies. Maybe we wouldn't want this at work tho.... somebody call Ron Popeil!

"Oympic Dreams"

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By Sarah Phelan

Gotta love that unfortunate "Oympic" typo on the front page of the Chronicle's article about Mayor Gavin Newsom and the Olympics.

Especially since "oympic" is an anagram for "Myopic".

Oymp, oymp.

Jason Leopold inspires yet another correction

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By G.W. Schulz

When the controversial journalist Jason Leopold botched a story last May for lefty media purveyors Truthout.org, the Columbia Journalism Review took him out to the woodshed. Read more »

Carry on!

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Praised be to the gods of fashion and addictive reality television ... season three of Project Runway is here.

First challenge: create a look using only materials found in the designers' apartments (think IKEA ... lots of IKEA). Alas, San Francisco's own Stacy Estrella was OUT. Blame her creation, an ill-fitting shower-curtain gown, or blame her personality, which didn't seem quite hysterical enough to generate train-wreck television (for that, turn to C.C. Read more »

NOISE: Come in Debasement

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Radical queers? Radical sluts? Radical. It's time to get out for Debasement, "a Radical Queer Social and Slut Dance" and benefit for Arab Queer groups ASWAT and Helem, on Friday, July 14.

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Your friendly waitstaff.

They sayeth:

"It’s time to debase Israeli Terror (and maybe even each other) at a radical queer dance party and sultry soiree. DEBASEMENT will happen at De Basement, a dark and sleazy subterranean speakeasy below the Baker’s
Dozen. Read more »