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The ethics of flacks

Deception by former Newsom press secretary prompts legislation creating a code of conduct for the city's public information officers

They go by many names: public relations professionals, spokespeople, public information officers, press secretaries, liaisons, public affairs practitioners, press agents, or — the widely used slang — flacks. Read more »

Sunshine battles on three fronts

It's been a terrible year for open government

EDITORIAL It's been, to put it mildly, a terrible year for open government. The climate of secrecy in Washington, DC, has only increased: from clandestine spying on antiwar protesters to secretive immigration raids to a huge growth in document classification, the nation's capital has shifted squarely into the dark ages. As G.W. Read more »

The latest Presidio disgrace

Pelosi has created the worst of both worlds

EDITORIAL Here's yet another reason why the Presidio national park is a national disgrace:

Way back in 1995, when Rep. Nancy Pelosi was in the process of turning the Presidio over to private interests, we and some other critics asked what the rush was. Read more »

Editor's Notes

Leno vs. Migden: finally, maybe, a choice

I don't think anyone has seriously challenged an incumbent San Francisco Democrat for a seat in the state legislature while I've lived here, and that's going on 25 years. So we all know that the race between Mark Leno, the challenger, and Carole Migden, the state senator, marks a change in local politics.

For one thing, it's a major race, for a key political position — and there's no official establishment candidate. Read more »

The Guardian Iraq War casualty report (3/5/07)

20 Iraqi civilians killed

20 Iraqi civilians killed when a car bomb exploded in a historical book market in Baghdad today, according to the New York Times.

98,000: Killed since 3/03


57,805 – 63,573: Killed since 1/03

For a week by week assessment of significant incidents and trends in Iraqi civilian casualties, go to A Week in Iraq by Lily Hamourtziadou. Read more »

The Guardian Iraq War casualty report (2/27/07)

8 Iraqi civilians killed today. Reports of the death 18 young boys refuted by U.S. military

Casualties in Iraq

Iraqi civilians:

8 Iraqi civilians killed today in the bombing of a commercial street. Iraq’s Interior Ministry reported 18 young boys killed in the car bombing of a soccer field today despite contradictory reports from the U.S. military, according to CNN. Read more »

Sour milk


Dear Andrea:

I'm still breast-feeding my third baby, and my libido is completely gone. I don't even think about sex. My ob-gyn seemed to think it's related to breast-feeding. That was months ago, and I still feel the same. I feel bad for my husband. I know he is starting to take it personally.


Shut-Down Mom

Dear Mom:

I have to admit I've been letting your question sit here in my "good question!" file for months. Read more »

Men are not men

Avatars, in fact, don't reflect social norms at all.

TECHSPLOITATION A couple weeks ago I gave a presentation at the annual meeting of the American Association for the Advancement of Science about how journalists often misreport the results of gender research because they have a lot of preconceived notions about men and women. Most of these notions come from popular culture, and since journalists are in the pop culture biz, none of this should be a big surprise.

Still, sometimes a story is so egregiously reported — and based on such flimsy research — that it takes my breath away. Read more »

Sorta, maybe an alcoholic

Is the well-connected Delancey Street merely helping Gavin fine-tune his future?

To read about Delancey's finances, click here.

What exactly is Gavin Newsom doing at Delancey Street?

It's not counseling, we're told. It's not rehab. It's not detox. It's not a typical course of treatment at the storied $20 million nonprofit. So what is it beyond a reprieve from the otherwise ugly headlines?

Newsom isn't talking much about his program. Read more »

The Wild, Wild West

Pelosi's legacy: private business at the Presidio may be exempt from all state and local labor laws

As a production assistant for a visual effects studio, Robert Seeley had a job at the Orphanage that was nuts and bolts for the movie industry — handling paperwork, overseeing schedules, arranging deliveries, and making sure folks were fed, clients were happy, and many of the million little logistics for a film project were coordinated.

His days began with an hour-long commute from Pleasant Hill to the Presidio, where the Orphanage is based. Mornings started around 9, and the typical workday ran about 10 hours. Read more »