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The 448's war

Nation's only gay American Legion post, after fighting for its right to exist, pushes to end "don't ask, don't tell"
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The Green Room of the San Francisco Veterans Building has been taken over for the night by the Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence, a charity organization that mashes Catholic imagery and drag, perhaps San Francisco's most iconic gay group. But among the drag queens and leather daddies are military veterans in garrison caps and vests decorated with medals.

This is the Sister's bingo night, an event to raise money for the various nonprofit organizations the order supports. Read more »

Police seize DJs' laptops

New police chief apparently condones policy that critics call illegal and punitive
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San Francisco Police Department officers have added a controversial tactic to their aggressive raids on house parties (see "Fun under siege," 4/22/09): they're seizing laptop computers from DJs at the events.

While SFPD officials deny the laptop seizures is a new policy, they admit it has been condoned by Police Chief George Gascón, who took over in August and last month told the Guardian's editorial board he wants to make the SFPD more transparent and accountable to the public (see "New coach, new approach," 10/14/09).

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Police and prosecutor payback?

Prominent investigator arrested for alleged witness tampering
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When officers of the San Francisco Police Department's Gang Task Force put prominent private investigator Steve Vender in handcuffs the evening of Nov. Read more »

‘Tis the season to be Jewy

Holiday Guide: Resources for Yids who aren’t feeling the yuletide
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December’s not an easy time to be Jewish. Semites are surrounded by cultural references that have nothing to do with them. Gentiles assume that anyone of Jewish heritage cares to celebrate Hanukkah (many don’t) and that it’s as important a holiday to Jews as Christmas is to Christians (it’s not). Half-pint Heebs must watch their peers get heaped with expensive gifts or swept away to elaborate family gatherings during school vacations while they sit at home with eight days worth of chocolate coins and nothing to do. Read more »

Holiday Hops

Holiday Guide: Seasonal brews to chase away those cold weather blues
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We alter our schedules, our menus, and even our cocktail choices during the winter months. Why not our beers too? In fact, old world monasteries (which functioned as both breweries and spiritual centers) have been making commemorative holiday beers since monotheism was invented (and pagan producers long before that). Read more »

Presents of mind

Holiday Guide: Gifts that give back
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Gang, put away those Halloween costumes 'cause it's that time of year again: gift list time. And oh lordy, do we Americans love us some holiday season! It's gotten to the point that the annual orgy of consumerism, though somewhat abated this year (the National Retail Federation says projected per-person spending will fall to a piddling $682.74), has become an important crutch for our gimpy economy. Basically your ducats make a difference. With that in mind, the question becomes: what kind of difference are they making? Read more »

Good work

Holiday Guide: Ways to give when all you've got is time
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The phrase "less fortunate" takes on new meaning in times like these, when everyone's bank accounts and job opportunities seem more bleak than they used to. But according to the clichéd-yet-still-beneficent spirit of almost every holiday story ever told, this is the perfect time of year to contemplate those who truly are less fortunate than we are. (Cupboards full of ramen? Sucks. But having cupboards in which to put ramen? Rocks.) Why not get some perspective by giving your time and energy to those whose straits are even more dire than yours? Read more »

Drunk on holiday spirit

Holiday Guide: Events, performances, and places that'll get you in the mood
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I have to admit it. I love Christmas. I don't mean the day, or even the presents, though those both have their charm. But I love the whole damn holiday season and everything that comes with it. Little white lights wrapped around trees downtown, fake icicles dangling from apartment windows, plastic nativity scenes in storefronts and Muzak versions of "The Little Drummer Boy" playing in elevators. I like spray snow and real snow and cheap batting that's meant to look like snow. Read more »

Merry mayhem

Holiday Guide: Gifts for gamers
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Though gamers will have plenty to choose from, 2009's holiday shopping season is defined in part by the titles that won't make it to store shelves in time. Read more »

That's a wrap

Holiday Guide: Wrap it up! Gifts for movie geeks
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Everyone's got one — that movie-freak friend or relative who's able to hold court on everything from His Girl Friday (1940) to Next Friday (2000); dazzle the dinner table with obscure trivia and dead-on quotes; and is possessed of a memory that's never met an unconquerable round of "Six Degrees of Kevin Bacon." What to do when this human Internet Movie Database pops up on your holiday shopping list? Read more »