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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 »

Between the sheets

Are the Bay Area's two big newspaper barons planning to carve up the region and end competition? We're about to find out.
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gwschulz@sfbg.com

The changes are already well on their way. Dozens of layoffs have occurred. Offices are being consolidated. Read more »

Burning Man goes green

Local gearheads turned reluctant environmentalists?
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Burning Man founder Larry Harvey chooses the theme for each year's event — such as 2002's the Floating World and last year's Hope and Fear — but it usually doesn't have much impact on the basic character of the event. Read more »

Investigate the Presidio's money

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EDITORIAL National parks are places where wildlife is preserved, saved, encouraged. The trend in parks these days is to expand the ecological mix; the National Park Service is actually trying to reintroduce wolves to Yellowstone. But as Amanda Witherell reported Jan. 17 ("Where Are the Chicks?"), that's not the case in San Francisco's Presidio National Park. At the Presidio a native species that was thriving not long ago — the California quail — is almost entirely gone. Read more »

Advancing public power

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EDITORIAL A few months ago Pacific Gas and Electric Co. spent more than $10 million trying to keep the public Sacramento Municipal Utility District from annexing a part of Yolo County, which would have cost PG&E 77,000 customers. Read more »

Editor's Notes

The owls of Bernal Hill
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tredmond@sfbg.com

I complain a lot too. I understand: The buses don't run on time. Everything costs too much, particularly a place to live, if you can even find one. Traffic is terrible, and there's no place to park. Developers keep destroying good stuff and putting up ugly stuff.

And then there are moments like last Sunday afternoon, when my kids and I spent a couple hours communing with the pair of great horned owls that decided to take up residence in a tree on Bernal Hill.

The owls showed up a couple weeks ago. Read more »

The mystery of La Contessa

A galleon destroyed by fire. A priceless missing statue. Welcome to one of the great mysteries of the San Francisco underground.
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steve@sfbg.com

La Contessa was a Spanish galleon, amazingly authentic and true to 16th-century design standards in all but a couple respects. It was half the size of the ships that carried colonizers to this continent and pirates through the Caribbean. And it was built around a school bus, designed to trawl the Burning Man festival and the Black Rock Desert environs, where it became perhaps the most iconic and surreal art piece in the event's history.

The landcraft — perhaps like the sailing ships of yore — wasn't exactly easy to navigate. Read more »

Flowers unempowered

Local florist on receiving end of hate-tinged vandalism
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It’s been quite a year for local florist Guy Clark. His dad passed away about a year ago, and Clark suffered a heart attack shortly afterward. Two weeks later, the building at 15th and Noe where he rents garage space to sell flowers caught on fire. The good news was that his space was not damaged. Read more »