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Tears and Happyness

Homeless reality and Hollywood's bootstrap myth
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OPINION I'm not sure why the new movie The Pursuit of Happyness, starring Will Smith and his son, Jaden Smith, based on the life of previously homeless Chris Gardner's rise to millionaire, is so hard to write about. I am rarely at a loss for words, especially about poverty, homelessness, and racism. Perhaps it's because this movie made me so sad that even as I try for the 40th time to write this, my eyes well up with broken tears. Read more »

Free wi-fi for everyone

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EDITORIAL Basic municipal infrastructure — roads, water and sewer pipes, train tracks, airports, that sort of thing — has traditionally been owned and operated by the public sector, and for good reason: private experiments with toll roads, profit-motivated water companies, and even city rail companies have typically been disasters. Read more »

Toward a sustainable San Francisco

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EDITORIAL When you decide to buy your vegetables at a local grocery store, not at Safeway, or when you buy your books at the neighborhood bookstore instead of Barnes and Noble, or when you buy hardware from a store down the street, not from Home Depot, you're actually doing something profoundly radical. Read more »

Editor's Notes

Why Comcast sucks
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tredmond@sfbg.com

Every time I have a problem with my cable TV service, I'm reminded how much I hate Comcast and why the city ought to be running its own municipal cable system.

The latest saga: a couple days ago, late in the afternoon, I was hanging out with my kids, and I noticed that we'd lost the signal on the TV. Yes, I am a terrible parent — the kids don't need to watch TV at all, certainly not in the afternoon on a weekday. Read more »

The P-U-litzer prizes

Presenting the stinkiest news coverage of 2006
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Competition has been fierce for the fifteenth annual P.U.-litzer Prizes. Many can plausibly lay claim to stinky media performances, but only a few can win a P.U.-litzer. As the judges for this un-coveted award, Jeff Cohen and I have deliberated with due care. Read more »

Don't mess with it

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andrea@altsexcolumn.com

Dear Andrea:

In last week's response to "Pill or No Pill," I'm glad that you mentioned that playing around with endocrine systems can be harmful. When I was diagnosed with anorexia, the doctors told me that if I kept missing periods, I would be at risk for things like low bone density and osteoporosis. It seems suspect that doctors and pharmaceutical companies are now advocating pills that limit a woman's period to four times a year. Read more »

A geek's new year

More Halo killin', videomining, and Andre Gide
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TECHSPLOITATION I'm going to spend New Year's Eve in Berlin with a large group of hackers gathered by the venerable Chaos Computer Club. Something about the idea of going to a foreign country to celebrate the new year has made me want to do the traditional thing and make a list of resolutions. Read more »

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 »