Free ice cream

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By Tim Redmond

Sasha at leftinsf has the right line on the mayor's sudden move to put a nonbinding wifi measure on the ballot: The guy never approved of nonbinding resolutions before (he's ignored Question Time), but now he wants one of his own. And it's going to be so simple: Free wifi for all. Who can be against that? (As long as you don't look at the details.)

Today's Ammianoliner

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"Ed Jew submits ballot measure for free Wifi and tapioca." (On the answering machine of Sup. Tom Ammiano, Aug. 6, 2007) b3

Can Migden spend her money?

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By Tim Redmond

The Fair Political Practices Commission is investigating whether state Sen. Carole Migden violated campaign finance laws. Read more »

Baby abuse is funny

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By Gazelle Emami

Remember stoichiometry? It tells us the relationship between certain reactants and products. Like two parts hydrogen plus one part oxygen equals water. Diet coke plus Mentos equals explosion. And a baby eating a lemon equals hilarious.

Lee Hazlewood: July 9, 1929- August 4, 2007

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In honor of the late Lee Hazlewood, here is Edward E. Crouse's unfiltered conversation with the great singer-songwriter, from the Guardian in 1998:

Love Lee
A duet over the phone with Mr. Hazlewood.

By Edward E. Crouse

LEE HAZLEWOOD writes, produces, and sings ambrosial pop songs. Ambrosial in both senses: the Greek (what the gods ingest) and the American (that picnic mystery made of canned fruits in heavy syrup and whipped cream). Read more »

Spy on me, Alberto!

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Greatest career path, ever. Mental note: little flag pins.

By Marke B.

I love it. Really! Congress has just voted in a basic legal carte blanche for the Administration to spy on Americans' emails and phone convos without any court review. Read more »

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Your grandson:

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Starting line pull out:

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Takes the lead:

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Reggae on the River: “We tried”

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By Molly Freedenberg

Remember way back when a group of disillusioned Burners decided to challenge the status quo by forming their own version of the Burning Man Organization (BORG)? They called it BORG2, and they planned to unseat BORG 1 – or at least inspire a change in its art funding policies – through their “anything you can do, I can do better” approach. Read more »

Slowly derailing high speed rail

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By Steven T. Jones
Our political leaders in Sacramento apparently still can't muster the courage to create a high-speed rail system for California, which is perhaps the single most important public works project for addressing climate change and the hopelessly congested freeways and airports we'll otherwise see in coming decades. Read more »

Lennar, asbestos, ATSDR, El Dorado, BVHP

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By Sarah Phelan

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ATSDR's Region 9 office covers a lot of ground, including San Francisco's Hunters Point Shipyard.

Susan Muza works at the Region 9 office of the Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry. Read more »