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Phil Frank & PG&E scandals

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By Bruce B. Brugmann

Savannah Blackwell, our reporter who covered the PG&E/CityHall/Raker Act scandal from l996-2004, asked the SF Public Utilities Commission back in l997 for a map of the Hetch Hetchy water and power system.
She was thrilled (her words) to get a colorful, user-friendly, poster-sized cartoon version drawn by Phil Frank.

She took it back to the Guardian offices, then at 520 Hampshire Street, and taped it to the newsroom wall.
Executive Editor Tim Redmond pointed out to her where Frank had included--some ways downstream from the Hetch Hetchy dam--the home of former Rep. Read more »

Today's Ammianoliner

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Bush misses resignation deadline. (On the answering machine of Sup.Tom Ammiano.) B3

Phil Frank's memorial today. Come to John's Grill for an informal memorial ceremony from 4 to 6 p.m. today (Thursday)

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By Bruce B. Brugmann

A big chunk of San Francisco soul died today when two of his old friends flashed the word that Phil Frank, a great cartoonist, died Wednesday.

Lee Housekeeper, the worthy keeper of the flame who organizes these memorials on deadline, gave us a call this morning at the Guardian and then put out a news flash on his hotline:

IN MEMORY OF PHIL FRANK

Please join the Boy's Night Out friends of Phil Frank today at John's Grill, 63 Ellis Street, under our brother's smiling picture, between 4 and 6 p.m. Read more »

Today's Ammianoliner: Gen. Betray Us sings "Viva Viagra!"

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General Betray-us sings "Viva Viagra!" If an erection or surge is painful or lasts more than four hours, call Senator Feinstein."

Please note: See the stories by Peter Byrne on Diane Feinstein's conflict of interest in Iraq featured in Amanda Witherell's story The Byrne ultimatum, which was a runner up this year on the Project Censored list.

Twice censored...the Santa Rosa Press Democrat runs one censored story but then censors another...

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By Bruce B. Brugmann

Well, the Santa Rosa Press Democrat today published a story on Project Censored at Sonoma State University, the first time in 3l years that the local daily has taken serious notice of the local project.

But, notes Peter Byrne, a Censored winner for his investigation of Sen. Dianne Feinstein's military contract conflicts, the PD censored out (a) any mention of his winnlng story and (b) any mention of the underlying story of the conflicts that led to Feinstein's resignation from the Senate Armed Services Committee. Read more »

Today's Ammianoliner...

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Nuns challenge San Francisco firefighters to a no-touch football game. Win by a hail Mary pass! (From the voicemail of Sup. Tom Ammiano) B3

Bowen on Summer of Love

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See the full Bowen account after the jump below.

"My son just got shipped to Iraq..."

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By Bruce B. Brugmann

The following note just popped up on my computer screen from a Guardian mother whose son, 20, is
in the army and two weeks out of basic training.

"My son just got shipped to Kuwait on his way to Iraq. Please help stop the madness."

She was reacting to the eloquent advocacy appeal she had just gotten from John Bruhns, an army infantry sergeant for the first year of the war, writing in support of a bring-the-troops-home-immediately petition from MoveOn.org. Read more »

Censoring the Censored Project: Will the NY Times, Santa Rosa Press Democrat, and the mainstream media censor this year's Project Censored story?

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By Bruce B. Brugmann

And so the 31st annual Project Censored story will run once again as the lead story in the Guardian and in many alternative papers around the country.

The highly regarded Project, researched and disseminated by Peter Phillips and Project Censored at Sonoma State University, makes its case about censored and under-reported stories in a most dramatic way:
the mainstream press, including the nearby Press Democrat/NY Times and the NY Times itself, censors the story. Read more »