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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 »

Gavin Newsom's datebook

Just how is the Mayor spending his time?
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EDITORIAL Kirsten Gillibrand, a newly elected member of Congress from Hudson, NY, has made a simple promise that could have dramatic impacts — and that should serve as a model for public officials like Mayor Gavin Newsom. Gillibrand, according to the New York Times, has promised to post her work calendar — all of it, including the names of lobbyists she's met with — on the Web at the end of every day. It's hardly an onerous task — any competent staffer can do the work in a matter of minutes. Read more »

Pass Maxwell's housing bill

San Francisco doesn't need to build more housing that's totally out of sync with what residents and small businesses need.
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EDITORIAL Every city in California has to keep a general plan on its civic shelf, and every 10 years the plan — a detailed outline of future growth and development goals — has to be dusted off and updated. Read more »

Unseal the court files

The lawsuit that seeks to stop the monopolization of daily newspapers in the Bay Area isn't just a business dispute.
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The lawsuit that seeks to stop the monopolization of daily newspapers in the Bay Area isn't just a business dispute. Real estate investor Clint Reilly argues that he would be personally harmed by the deal (which gives him standing to sue), but in reality, this is about the future of mainstream news media in one of the nation's largest and most politically active markets. If the Hearst Corp. Read more »

Margaret Cho's Good Vibes XXX-Mas striptease

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