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Candidates for judge: Linda Colfax

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We're interviewing all the candidates for Superior Court judge in San Francisco. Here's Linda Colfax:

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Verdict leaves SEIU-NUHW fight unresolved

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By Christopher D. Cook

In a mixed ruling this morning (April 9), a nine-member U.S. District Court jury awarded $1.5 million to the Service Employees International Union in its ongoing campaign to stymie a rival union created by former SEIU staffers, in a mixed ruling that's unlikely to resolve the unions' protracted battle over members and leadership in the labor movement.  Read more »

Calvin Trillin: A guide to discussing the news for responsible citizens

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Calvin Trillin: Deadline Poet

A guide to discussing the news for responsible and serious-minded citizens

Our healthcare's finally getting well

But houses still are hard to sell.

Employment programs still won't gel.

And ice caps melt away pell-mell.

One shouldn't dwell upon Rielle.

But, still...

The Nation 4/12/2010

The Daily Blurgh: Bros before trolls

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

For the love of God, iPad, or printed matter, please read former Guardian culture editor, and current lead editor of science and sci-fi wonderblog io9, Annalee Newitz's eye-opening summary of the 5 ways the Google Book settlement will change the future of reading (one plus: "pulp science fiction will make a comeback in ways you might not expect").

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Park it here: an alterna-Dolores six pack

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The other day, sharing the scrap of blanket space I was able to hustle between 1,000 of my Vitamin D deprived brethren, I spotted:

1. A green parrot. On a man’s shoulder.

2. A green python. Ditto, shoulders.

3. An LED light filled, fixed gear frame.

All in a ten foot radius. Freaky! Unique! Not very relaxing! Conclusion: I need a break from Dolo. 

Luckily, I made a serendipitous discovery: there are other parks in San Francisco! Many, in fact. Here are some green spaces that are sunny, green, and relatively free of studied self imagery: Read more »

Candidates for judge: Harry Dorfman

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We've been interviewing candidates for the two contested judicial races in San Francisco, and posting the sound files. The most recent candidate is Harry Dorfman; you can listen to his comments here

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SF smokers kicked to curb, by the cars

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By Adam Lesser

San Francisco smokers will be hit with the latest in a long lines of restrictions starting April 25, when they’ll be kicked to the curb, out by the cars whose tailpipes are at least as dangerous as secondhand smoke.

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The problem with Park Merced

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It's no secret that Park Merced, the sorta-suburban mega-housing complex in the southwest corner of the city, wants to expand. New mid-rise towers would house some 7,000 apartments, with space for maybe 12,000 new residents -- which is fine if you like the idea of more rental housing in the city (although much of it not affordable). But it also means a huge amount of new traffic in the area, particularly on 19th Avenue, which is pretty crowded as it is.Read more »

Street Threads: Look of the Day

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Today's Look: Annie, Van Ness and Jackson

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Holy smokes, could it be... the biggest SF mural ever?

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The answer is yes, yes it will be. And how did the madness begin? “I was in the neighborhood and I saw this wall. And me being me, I got really excited and wanted to paint it.” And so it started, Brian Barneclo’s latest SOMA mural project, whose launch will be celebrated alongside "Systematics," his solo (indoor art) show at fabric8 on Sat/10. Read more »

No time for a trade war

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By Joseph E. Stiglitz

Here is our monthly installment of Joseph E. Stiglitz's Unconventional Economic Wisdom column from the Project Syndicate news series. Stiglitz is University Professor at Columbia University, the winner of the 2001 Nobel Prize in economics and has a recently published book, Freefall .

NEW YORK – The battle with the United States over China’s exchange rate continues. When the Great Recession began, many worried that protectionism would rear its ugly head. True, G-20 leaders promised that they had learned the lessons of the Great Depression. But 17 of the G-20’s members introduced protectionist measures just months after the first summit in November 2008. The “Buy America” provision in the United States’ stimulus bill got the most attention. Still, protectionism was contained, partly due to the World Trade Organization.

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The Daily Blurgh: Stick a Bjork in it

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

So what if the Fader posted this last week? Vallejo royalty E-40's new Bjork-sampling track, the Droop-E produced, "Spend the Night" is too fabulous not to share (and it looks like the NY Times likes it too). The icing on the cake is that Bjork cleared the samples, taken from "Oceanea" off of her, IMHO severely underrated, acapella album Medulla. And as Fader commenter bollocks noted, this isn't the first time Queen B has appeared on a local hip-hop track. The timpani-heavy riff from "Human Behavior" was used back in 2003, "by Bay Area legends Hieroglyphics, for 'Let It Roll,' off their classic album Full Circle." Thanks for the knowledge.

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Uproot: Notes from the underground food scene

Does anyone in the movement have an overarching theory about the recent surge of popular interest?

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Recently Kitchen Table Talks, a monthly series of discussions on the US food system, invited a panel of SF entrepreneurs from the emerging underground food scene for a QA, hoping to answer big questions like what’s driving the trend and whether or not it has a future. Read more »

Avoiding sharks and difficult questions with Toro y Moi

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When you come out of the womb and your mama names you Chaz, life is going to be pretty cool. Mr. Chazwick Bundick is a child of the south, who from the sound of his uber laid-back synth melodies, must have grown up poolside, full pitcher of sweet tea attached at the hip.  The electro-musician goes by the moniker Toro y Moi-- playing Mon/12 at Bottom of the Hill-- and fully embodies the chillwave scene at its core, with layer upon layer of ambient wonder. And of course, Chaz is way chill. Read more »

Kick the pixels outta 'em

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Director Patrick Jean's pixellated destruction of NYC may be a bit "too soon" for some folks -- but for us primitive video game addicts it takes us back to quarter-dropping bliss on a Transformers scale. (The more San Franciscan version of this, of course, has been done before)