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SPECIAL: Great bad ideas for Halloween costumes

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Strapped for a costume on the most unhallowed of unholy days? Envious of those oh-so-topical and on-point costumes of yesteryear — remember that post-9/11 walking bag of anthrax and those Royal Tenenbaums? — but eager to put the Governator drag to bed? Here are some quick, easy, bad-taste costumes that will make you the hit of the Halloween street parade — or have ghosts and goblins racing away from you in utter fear. (Cheryl Eddy and Kimberly Chun)
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Crikey! It doesn't get much tackier than this Steve Irwin ’n' stingray combo. Read more »

GooTube is dead

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annalee@techsploitation.com
TECHSPLOITATION By the time you read this, the meme "GooTube" will already be dead. Everyone will have stopped talking about the freakishly large amount of money Google paid for video-sharing Web site YouTube. Read more »

Clean freak

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andrea@altsexcolumn.com
Dear Andrea:
I'm 40 and experiencing a sexual renaissance. I've turned into a squirter, which I'm coming to terms with. Guys seem to like it: I haven't met one yet who complained about being wet all the way down to his toes.
The problem is that occasionally when I'm really having a good time I also lose a little bit of stool. Sometimes it's just a smearing on the sheets, sometimes it's a little more significant. This happens with regular vaginal intercourse, even without any anal. Read more »

A tough pill to swallow

How a drug-data publisher owned by media giant Hearst inflated the cost of medicine
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The furor over escautf8g prescription drug prices has inspired dozens of state investigations and civil lawsuits in recent years across the United States, most of them targeting manufacturers.
But another factor in the increases quietly surfaced Oct. 6 in a Boston federal courthouse. Read more »

The first 40

40th Anniversary special: How we made it against all odds — and why we'll be here for the duration
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Geowanking

Selling polygons with Urban Mapping
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annalee@techsploitation.com
TECHSPLOITATION About 18 people were gathered in the San Francisco offices of Urban Mapping, a company whose mild-mannered founder, Ian White, described their business model to me as "selling polygons." Instantly, I felt at home. I was among the geowankers, a group of high-tech map enthusiasts whose areas of expertise range from making customizable Web maps (often built out of polygons) and geolocation software to map-based online storytelling and handheld devices that provide information about your environment as you walk through it. Read more »

Dizzy spell

Is infatuation really such a bad thing?
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andrea@altsexcolumn.com
Dear Andrea:
You've written occasionally about infatuation, but is it really such a bad thing? I mean, is it meaningless? When it wears off, what happens next?
I know it when I feel it. It has driven even logical, structure-loving me to be romantic and well, loopy. But isn't it based on genuine attraction? Is it something to be wary of?
The object of my desire lives far away, and infrequent visits keep the natural relationship progression at bay. Read more »

Pumped!

Fast-growing Berkeley biodiesel dispensary seeks new space
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deborah@sfbg.com
There's something about the infectious confidence of do-it-yourselfers that makes me feel like I can learn to build my own space rocket in the blink of an eye.
That's definitely the vibe I got when I pedaled up to the BioFuel Oasis in West Berkeley's light industrial district and met with three of the six women who run the worker-owned cooperative, which is doing so well it's in the market for new digs.
After pulling off the blue coveralls she wore for a Guardian photo shoot and quickly returning to a project she had going on the computer, Melissa Hardy tells me, "It's not t Read more »

Defeating Pombo

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EDITORIAL One of the half-dozen worst members of the United States Congress represents a district less than 50 miles from San Francisco. Republican Richard Pombo of Tracy chairs the House Resources Committee and has used that post to attempt to eliminate the Endangered Species Act and gut a long list of environmental regulations. He's been an ally of Tom DeLay and Jack Abramoff. He's rabidly antichoice. Read more »