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Stop the Iraq escalation

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EDITORIAL The more the evidence shows the war in Iraq is a failure that's only getting worse, the deeper the denial seems to be at the White House. Earlier this month President George Bush made clear that he wouldn't follow the Iraq Study Group's recommendations for a withdrawal deadline. Now he's going a huge step in the opposite direction: he's suggesting the United States send as many as 30,000 more troops to Iraq. Read more »

Editor's Notes

The year in politics
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tredmond@sfbg.com

It's been quite a political year in San Francisco. Read more »

Troubled ferry

Ferry changeover still causing labor pains
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For more than three months, captains, deckhands, and union sympathizers have been protesting on the Embarcadero in front of Alcatraz Cruises' new operations at Pier 33.

But a few blocks away on Market Street, the battling companies have been wrangling inside the offices of the National Labor Relations Board. Read more »

Get Crafty!

Save your season with holiday handicrafts
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culture@sfbg.com
Each holiday the populace drones out to the local malls in search of appropriate gifts. Not that there's anything wrong with the holiday institutions of bad parking, blasphemy, and Black Friday — they are, after all, our modern manifestations of the holiday spirit — but in the event you like the idea of giving charming gifts handmade with affection and idiosyncrasy, you have an array of clever and affordable online options at your fingertips. Read more »

Judge blocks newspaper monopoly

Judge blocks newspaper monopoly: Hearst, Singleton barred from joint business deals
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Pee on a stick

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andrea@altsexcolumn.com

Dear Andrea:
We use a fertility monitor for birth control — my partner pees on a stick and inserts the stick in the monitor, and it tells her when she's fertile. This device is designed to tell you when you are likely to get pregnant — we are using it to abstain on the fertile days. This would seem to be more accurate than the rhythm method. Do you think this might be a valid (and less invasive) method of birth control?
Love,
Sticks Not Pills

Dear Stick:
Sure, of course it is. Read more »

Wikipedia vs. women

The dawn of the Wikichix
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annalee@techsploitation.com

TECHSPLOITATION Two years ago tech entrepreneur Joi Ito was spending a lot of time with the managers and editors of the collaborative encyclopedia Wikipedia, and he noticed that there were far more women wikipedians than women bloggers. In late 2004, Ito wrote in his blog:
Wikipedia seems much more gender balanced than the blogging community.... I wonder what causes this difference in gender distribution? Is it that the power law aspect of blogs is inherently more competitive and appeals to the way men are "trained" in society? Read more »

City College's latest abomination

Our very own City College is now proposing a 17-story, 238-foot glass monstrosity at the corner of Kearny and Washington streets.
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OPINION Battles to preserve the unique character of San Francisco's neighborhoods are nothing new. Read more »

The next big fight

Supervisors seek to prioritize affordable housing in the eastern neighborhoods
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steve@sfbg.com
San Francisco's eastern neighborhoods — the Mission District, Potrero Hill, Showplace Square, Dogpatch, the Central Waterfront, and SoMa — are shaping up to be a prime battleground in the fight over who will determine the city's future.
Can city officials, working with community groups, set development standards that will create adequate housing for all income groups, protect the job-generating businesses that use light-industrial property, and include enough open space and other community benefits? Read more »

Editor's Notes

The City's 250K economic development plan may be coming close to missing the point
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San Francisco is spending $250,000 to create an economic development plan, and that's probably a good thing. The city's economy is changing; development pressure is threatening small businesses and light industry; local people can't find jobs; and more and more residents are working out of town — it's exactly the sort of situation that calls for some intelligent planning.
The current project, sponsored by the Mayor's Office, is the result of a ballot measure approved two years ago that requires the city to measure the economic impact of policy decisions. Read more »