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Hot Issues and vegan treats

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By Sam Stander

Down a little side street branching off the Piedmont Ave. shopping area in northern Oakland, two locals have combined the fine art of the well-stocked newsstand with the high-class vibe of an artsy boutique. Just past its third birthday, Issues offers and expansive selection of magazines and periodicals, as well as an array of t-shirts, buttons, books, and music, all couched in a warm, welcoming atmosphere. Events held at the store often incorporate other local businesses, and on Sat/26 they'll play host to the East Bay Vegan Bakesale, with sure to be yummy goods on offer from various local purveryors, to benefit Walk Oakland Bike Oakland and the recently fire-ravaged Berkeley East Bay Humane Society. Details after the jump.

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Push it real good: Push Dance Company's Great Integration unites hip-hop, martial arts, and epic storytelling

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By Katie Gaydos

On opening night (June 18 at ODC Dance Commons) of Push Dance Company's Great Integration: A Chamber Hip-Hop Opera, I wondered whether the show would live up to its hefty title. But once MC Kirby Dominant began narrating the the story of apostles and swordsmen, it became clear that the collaboration between choreographer Raissa Simpson and JooWan Kim's eclectic music ensemble Mik Nawooj would be nothing less than epic. Read more »

Raise Your Vote

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Organizing for America , the successor organization to Obama for America, has aunched a new website called Raise Your Vote, which they hope will be the centerpiece of a huge voter registration effort. And more. Read more »

Was Meg Whitman verbally or physically abusive?

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Either way, the question spells trouble for the Whitman campaign.

Navy's destruction of Buck's Beach begins

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The Navy has begun its promised destruction of Buck's Beach, a sandy sheltered beach along the India Basin shoreline that's technically part of Parcel B of the Hunters Point Shipyard. Navy excavators are currently removing all the sand, which will soon be replaced with rocks. 

Local residents who fought this plan are also upset by the installation of what they believe is an ugly anti-Kayak boom thrust out into the Bay, offshore of the beach.  Read more »

Benefits: June 23-June 29

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Ways to have fun while giving back this week

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Quick Lit: June 23-June 29

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Literary readings, book tours, and talks this week

The Cheesemonger, William Dalrymple, Tim Wise, skating on the margin of error, the Golden Age of Chinese nightclubs, and more.

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Gotta be smarter than the Internet: Commonwealth Club hosts a techie throwdown

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All photos by Erik Anderson

This morning, I wrote this blog post about last night's Commonwealth Club double feature on the authors of the book The Facebook Effect and the Atlantic Monthy article “Is Google Making Us Stupid." I Googled the Commonwealth Club, Peter Norvig, and authors David Kirkpatrick and Nicholas Carr. I Googled “Is Google Making Us Stupid,” (which I felt weird about) in which Carr got some of today's genuises to admit that they can no longer sit and read an entire book. Every once in awhile, my inbox tab would inform me that I had a new email waiting for me, and compelled by a small spur of urgency, I'd spend around 15 seconds reading about the upcoming pie bake-off or exhortation from my editor. Or, you know, Facebook would draw me in like that mean popular girl whose requests you can't quite ignore. Oh yay, Allen posted the photos from Harmony Festival! My ex-boyfriend has changed his relationship status to “married”? What an idiot... and so on, until the irony of the fact I was writing about what social networking and search engines are doing to our brains threatened to explode my cerebellum in a glorious rocket blast of irony. Read more »

Did McChrystal speak out to get out?

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Of all the theories  about why McChrystal let his hair down in front of a reporter no less, the idea that he did it to get the hell out of "Chaos-istan" may be the most credible. On the other hand, McChrystal sounds like the kind of guy who wouldn't want to see his men (and women) put in harm's way, if he wasn't around to support them. Read more »

A tough choice for C.W. Nevius

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It's no surprise the C.W. Nevius thinks the city has too many public services and that "some have to go." Nonprofits that get city funds are an easy target. Some of them aren't too good at paperwork, and have a hard time providing tangible evidence of results. (If you run a violence-prevention program for kids, and some of them still get in trouble, can you"prove" that the others didn't because of your help? Read more »

SFBG Radio: Johnny and Tim on Meg, McChrystal and the Messiah

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 In totday's installment, Johnny and Tim talk about whether McChrystal is the fall guy for a failed war, Meg's foolish fight with the nurses -- and a very strange Pew poll on the return of Jesus Christ. You can listen after the jump. Read more »

Fundraiser this weekend for cyclist injured in SUV rampage

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A fundraiser is planned for this weekend at The Old Clamhouse to help Alan Casajeros, one of four cyclists injured on June 2 when a motorist intentionally plowed into them with a sport utility vehicle.Read more »

Here's your big gay homo-cone with sprinkles, sugar: a lickable listicle

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Alas, we have no year-round Big Gay Ice Cream Truck like they do in the Big Apple. But, as SFist alerted us today (via Haighteration), our own beloved zany-zygote Three Twins Creamery has gone all light in its scoopers for Pride weekend, Fri-Sun offering such lavender lickers as "Rainbow/Gay Sherbet, Pink Triangle ('a fruity chocolate base with pink chocolate triangles'), Pride Vanilla, Hot Cookie ('with cookies from the Castro’s favorite cookie shop'), Don’t Ask Don’t Tell ('vanilla ice cream with blueberry dessert from military rations mixed in'), Rice Milk Harvey Milk and Cookies, and Salted Nuts." Plus, well, lavender.

Sounds delish. And we have some more ideas.

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Anti-war groups disappointed with Obama's speech

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By Kristen Peters

Bay Area-based anti-war organizations were disappointed that President Barack Obama reaffirmed his support for war in Afghanistan while ousting the commanding general there, saying the doomed and dangerous military intervention is a bigger problem than the generals involved in executing it. Read more »