Sarah Phelan

Newsom's torch plays SF for fools

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First the route for the Beijing Olympic Torch relay was changed, following a brief opening ceremony.
Then, the closing ceremony was shifted to an undisclosed location.

These last minute changes left all the thousands of people who came to support, protest or simply witness the torch's historic relay thwarted.

And they meant that China has got some relatively upbeat television footage to show back home, featuring an unencumbered torch being run through the protest-free streets of San Francisco! Read more »

John Edwards: 60,645 hurt in war

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Thank you, former presidential candidate and former senator from North Carolina John Edwards for a great letter called "Broken Soldiers, and a Broken System" in the New York Times today.

In it, Edwards notes that the frequently reported number of the wounded in action (29,320 in March 1) does not include everyone who's been hurt.

"The complete number of nonfatal casualties in Iraq is 60,645. Most assume the wounded number includes all, but it does not. Read more »

Barack Obama-sistible

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Another crazy day in the presidential election.
Another crazy Obama video.

Stop-Loss notes

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There were only 20 people, including myself, watching Stop-Loss when it opened in Oakland on Friday night. Two of those people were my family members. Read more »

OMG, the naked Yoga Guy is back...

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...only this time, he'll be carrying a torch.

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"A once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to make an indelible statement for human rights" -- naked!

"We are inviting you and your nude friends to join us," says the invite, sent to us by former mayoral candidate George Davis, who points out that the "original Olympic Athletes participated nude."

He also points out that the original Olympic athletes covered themselves with olive oil, and that he "will bring Baby Oil for those who wish the look."Read more »

Torched?

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How is Mayor Gavin Newsom going to maneuver his way through the controversial Beijing Olympic Torch relay in San Francisco on Wednesday?

Before he read the political writing on the wall, (or listened to the protesters that gathered beneath his window at City Hall each day to chant “Mayor Newsom don’t accept China’s Bloody Torch,) Newsom tried to get Sup. Carmen Chu, his most recent appointee on the Board, to squash Sup. Read more »

Newsom's Sunshineless Solar

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Mayor Gavin Newsom wants to be known as the Green Mayor. But he could go down in history as the mayor who secretly diverted public money from large municipally owned solar installations to subsidize privately owned solar panels.

Since January, Newsom has tried to kick start two questionably financed solar programs.

The first plan involved raiding $50 million from a seismic safety loan fund. Read more »

To China, with (tough) love.

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"If there is not alarm, if there is not protest, that too would be news, that would be San Francisco complicit," said Sup. Read more »

City sees (stars and) tiger stripes

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Kulbir and Amritpal Dhaliwal-- the brothers attacked Christmas Day at the San Francisco Zoo by Tatiana the Siberian tiger--have sued San Francisco.
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Readers may recall that following the attack, the City accused the Dhaliwal brothers, who saw Tatiana fatally maul their friend Carlos Souza Jr, of taunting the tiger, lying to the authorities and being under the influence.

But now the attorneys for the Dhaliwal Read more »