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coverLife and death at SF General as everyone's hospital moves into an uncertain period, BART's new policy of rousing vagrants, MEX I AM's latin sounds hit Yerba Bunea Center, and Wolrd War I Films blow up the screen at PFA. Articles Online | Digital Edition

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GOP debate sets up Brown for gov campaign

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I don't know how many people were watching a Sunday afternoon Republican gubernatorial debate, but it hardly matters: All that Steve Poizner and Meg Whitman did was help the Democrats.Read more »

Monster rock: Gama-Go explodes into its second year

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Greg Long stands behind his guitar-shaped spatula. “We want to make things people have joy and humor in, but aren’t embarrassed to have lying around the house,” says the co-founder of Gama-Go, a homegrown clothing and houseware store which, judging by its one year victory lap/anniversary party going down Sat/8, seems to have struck a cord with those looking for a little hip whimsy in their potholders and change purses. Read more »

Street Threads: Look of the Day

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Today's Look: Elyssia, 25th Street and Church

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SFBG radio: Johnny Angel and Tim Redmond on Whitman and SF's mayor

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Johnny Angel Wendell and Tim Redmond talk about Meg Whitman's oil-spill and immigration policy problems, why Jerry Brown isn't getting on the stick and why San Franciscans have trouble electing a progressive mayor.

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The Daily Blurgh: But do they eat Meow Macs?

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Curiosities, quirks, oddites, and items from around the Bay and beyond

The Internet has always been made of cats!

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Opinion: Immigration policy, in Arizona and at home

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Editors note: This is an opinion piece the horrible immigration bill in Arizona -- and its connections here in SF.

By Angela Chan

Mayor Gavin Newsom and City Attorney Dennis Herrera have publicly opposed the anti-immigrant bill, SB 1070 in Arizona.  A diverse coalition of civil rights organizations – including the Arab Resource & Organizing Center, Asian Law Caucus, Bernal Heights Neighborhood Center, Central American Resource Center, Community United Against Violence, Equal Justice Society, La Raza Centro Legal, National Lawyers Guild San Francisco Bay Area Chapter, POWER, and Pride at Work SF -- applauds both city officials for taking a strong stand against the Arizona bill.  At the same time, we urge Newsom and Herrera to firmly and unequivocally support the implementation of a local policy that protects the due process rights of immigrant youth in San Francisco. Read more »

Celebrating Queen's Day with some bitchin' SF Royalty

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Today is Queen's Day in the Netherlands, meaning millions of people all across that cute little country are partying in the streets, wearing orange, and getting trashed in the name of Royalty. America at large has yet to pick up on the awesomeness of this Dutch holiday, but thank the gay gods San Francisco cherishes her Queens year-round. So while Amsterdam is going wild for Queen Beatrix, now is a good time to honor some of our city's own brand of prime royalty. It's time to bow to the Queen... Read more »

Friday electronic triple dip: Lemonade, Active Child and Solid Gold

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TGIF, right? Tonight's (Fri/30) dance-dance lineup at the Rickshaw is hotter than Topanga in a crop top. Ambient synth, sharp electronics, disguised sadness, choral talents and acid-friendly bangers promise to make the evening wet and wild-- but only if that's your drug of choice. Read more »

The dubious high-speed rail report

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The Chron’s blast at the state’s high-speed rail system is a big headline, but the report it’s based on is pretty dubious.


As the always-insightful Robert Cruikshank at Calitics points out, the state auditor is trying to blame the High Speed Rail Authority for the fact that federal funding for the project isn’t yet in place. But there’s no reason to believe that situation will remain forever; both Congress and the Obama administration have been friendly toward high-speed rail, and California is in line to get a significant amount of it.

 

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MLBPA opposes Arizona immigration bill

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The Major League Baseball Players Association Executive Director Michael Weiner sent out a letter this afternoon stating that the MLBPA opposes the immigration law recently passed by the state of Arizona. Read more »

Reupholstering "Defenestration"

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 all photos by Erik Anderson

“Can you wait about fifteen minutes?” Brian Goggin asks as he climbs into the harness that will lift him up to the fourth floor of the abandoned building on Sixth and Howard. Out of respect for this remarkable artist (and rapt awe his elevation has on the observer), we wait, standing to the side on the pavement below. Goggin’s restoration of his iconic piece of public art, “Defenestration,” bears witnessing. Read more »

Fun with political ads

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Wowee wow, the political ads are getting strange.Read more »

Local superhero vs. evil plastic bag

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One unintended, positive side-effect of San Francisco's plastic bag ban: Fewer opportunities for free-floating bags to lodge themselves into cylcists' derailleurs, as happened to me this morning on my way to work. It's still two weeks before the official Bike to Work Day, but I thought I'd share today's bike-commute anecdote, which belongs in the Restoring Faith in Humanity department. Read more »

Take me out to the ball game (just not in Arizona)

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City Attorney Dennis Herrera and Supervisor David Campos are asking Major League Baseball Commissioner Bud Selig to seek an alternative to Phoenix, Arizona to host the 2011 All-Star Game, unless that state's controversial immigration law is repealed. Read more »

Welcome to Elm Street: The Remake

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I’ll say this about the remake of A Nightmare on Elm Street: it could have been worse. Yes, it’s pointless and unimaginative and producer Michael Bay should still be ashamed, but I didn’t hate every minute of it. I can’t say the same for Rob Zombie’s dreadful take on Halloween (2007) or the unholy mess that is 2009’s Friday the 13th. Read more »