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OPINION On March 24, 2006, the Board of Supervisors voted unanimously to pass a resolution opposing the message that a group called Battle Cry for a Generation was set to deliver the following Friday on the front steps of City Hall. The appearance of Ron Luce's teen program at the site had nothing to do with the group's apparent reason for being in the city, which was to promote Christianity amid smoke machines and rock bands at SBC Park. Read more »

The condo war continues

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EDITORIAL The San Francisco Planning Department is having a little trouble dealing with the fact that for the moment no more condo developers can build high-priced units in the eastern neighborhoods. Read more »

Make Wal-Mart pay

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EDITORIAL According to the University of California's Labor Center, the state spent $86 million last year paying for heath care and social services for the families of people who work at Wal-Mart. That's right: Wal-Mart pay is so low, and so few of its workers have decent health insurance, that a lot of employees wind up using public health clinics and the taxpayers foot the bill.Read more »

San Francisco needs better candidates

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The last time we had a major Democratic primary race for state assembly in San Francisco, you didn't see a lot of head-shaking. In 2002 you were for Mark Leno or you were for Harry Britt, and either way you had very few doubts. Two strong candidates, two people who were eminently qualified to represent San Francisco in Sacramento, two people who had the credentials to be Democratic party leaders.Read more »

Family business

The taxpayers bailed out Frank Lembi's S&L, but he emerged to build a huge real estate empire
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Frank Edward Lembi has spent nearly six decades turning San Francisco's hot housing market into his version of the American dream, in the process creating nightmares for many struggling renters.

The aging patriarch still resides at the top of the Lembi family's colossal accumulation of capital, Skyline Realty, also known widely as CitiApartments, the second-largest owner of rental units in San Francisco, as the company describes itself. Read more »

Trannyshack east

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Apparently all drag queens work for tips. Read more »

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Dear Andrea:

My boyfriend has not been coming during vaginal sex. I finally asked him if we hadn't given him enough recovery time between go-rounds and he said yes. Thing is, it happens when we haven't had sex in a day or so. I want to let him be the expert on his own penis, but I also worry that he's not telling me about a problem. Read more »

Feeling everybody up

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One of the things I love about that place known fondly as "the Interwebs" is the way it allows researchers to graph things that should never be graphed. For example, have you ever wondered exactly how excited people really were about the release of the most recent Harry Potter book? Thanks to MoodGrapher, an application created by three Dutch information theorists, you'll discover that reported feelings of excitement were up 130 percent on the day millions of copies of Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince flooded into stores. Read more »

The lessons of East Timor

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Chega, the 2,500-page, recently completed final report of East Timor's Commission for Reception, Truth, and Reconciliation, will probably attract little notice in the United States, and it's not clear whether it's the Timorese or the Americans who will be the worse off for that.

If Americans were to take the document seriously, the benefit for East Timor would be obvious: The tiny, half-island nation off the north coast of Australia might hope to receive justice for what it has suffered, rather than just the charity of wealthier nations on which it now depends. Read more »

A selective guide to political events

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WEDNESDAY, MARCH 29

Pro-choice films Read more »