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It's been almost a week, and we've moved on
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It's been almost a week. The Guardian has moved on — to our annual sex issue.

And now Gavin Newsom is seeking "treatment" (which sounds like a lot more than it apparently is) for alcohol abuse, and he wants everything to go back to normal. But as we report in "More Than the Affair," this page, normal at Newsom's City Hall isn't much to be proud of. And in the meantime, a lot of damage is done — and not just (or even primarily) to the mayor's career.

When it comes to the sex scandal, Newsom made his own bed. Read more »

Brown must fight the media monopoly

Now that this is all out in public, will California's new attorney general, Jerry Brown, put a stop to it?
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EDITORIAL The evidence is now clear and compelling: the two biggest newspaper chains in the Bay Area have been plotting for years to eliminate local competition. The details that have come out of the Clint Reilly lawsuit point to almost textbook antitrust violations, the exact sort of behavior that state and federal laws prohibit. (See "What We Know Now," page 13.)

The public had no knowledge of how MediaNews Group and the Hearst Corp. were conspiring to join ad sales and distribution deals. Read more »

More than the affair

We wish Newsom well in his battle with alcoholism. But for the good of the city (and the causes he claims to care about), he'd be better off announcing he isn't going to run for reelection now.
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EDITORIAL OK: let's put this all in perspective.

Gavin Newsom did something almost unbelievably, incalculably stupid. Read more »

The Guardian Iraq War casualty report

135 Iraqi civilians killed Saturday. 74 Iraqi civilians found dead across Iraq yesterday.
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Click here for yesterday's report

Casualties in Iraq

Iraqi civilians:

74 Iraqi civilians were killed or found dead across Iraq today as a result of isolated incidents, according to the San Francisco Chronicle.

Source: http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/n/a/2007/02/05/internationa...

135 Iraqi Civilians were killed and more than 300 wounded when a central Baghdad market was bombed Saturday, according to th Read more »

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

Intel report paints grim picture for future violence in Iraq. 2 U.S. soldiers killed.
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Click here for the last casualty report.

America’s intelligence agencies released an assessment of the war in Iraq, painting a grim picture of a worsening situation in need of action. The report argues that a rapid pullout of the U.S. military would lead to more violence, according to the New York Times. Read more »

More than the affair

Editorial: Newsom's a mess - but the sex scandal isn't the real problem
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OK: Let's all stop and take a deep breath.

Gavin Newsom did something almost unbelievably, incalculably stupid. He's in a lot of political and possibly legal trouble. But in the end, it was just an affair - yes, an affair with a subordinate, which is a real problem, but nobody's dead, he hasn't started a war, the city isn't about to collapse and the world will keep turning. Read more »

The Guardian Iraq War casualty report (2/2/07): 58 Iraqi civilians killed.

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Casualties in Iraq

Iraqi civilians:
58 Iraqi civilians were killed today in a double suicide bombing at a busy market in Hilla, according to BBC news.

Source: http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/middle_east/6320495.stm

98,000: Killed since 3/03

Source: www.thelancet.com

55,373 – 61,060: 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 »

Newer skin

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andrea@altsexcolumn.com

Dear Readers:

Who would have thought that the column with the letter from the guy who was contemputf8g gluing his dick shut to spare his wife contact with his precome would have garnered so much attention?

Mainly, I got suggestions for changing the flavor of semen (nobody but me seemed to notice that it was not semen but Cowper's gland fluid that was bugging them), most involving pineapple juice. Read more »

Bias on eBay

Falsely infutf8g reputations -- and the Indian divide
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annalee@techsploitation.com

TECHSPLOITATION Complain about eBay all you like — and I'm sure you have — but the gigantic online auction site has done a few things right. The company has proven that you can create a community where strangers exchange large sums of money and most of the time nobody gets burned. It's all because of eBay's reputation system, the software that allows sellers and buyers to give each other feedback ratings. Read more »

Where's the beef on LGBT issues?

After same-sex marriage, Gavin's buns are empty
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OPINION Common wisdom says that Mayor Gavin Newsom has forever endeared himself to the LGBT community by issuing marriage licenses to queer couples shortly after coming into office in 2004. Even though a state court later declared those licenses invalid (the city is appealing), Newsom's popularity among queers doesn't appear to have diminished. Read more »