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Those overpaid, underworked public employees

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Before you start griping about ovepaid Muni drivers and public employee unions, you might want to take a look at this neat-o map that shows who the highest-paid public employees are in every one of the 50 states. Hint: It's not a bus driver. Or even a cop or firefighter:Read more »

Coastal Commission to rule on Beach Chalet soccer project

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The California Coastal Commission will decide tomorrow (Thu/9) whether San Francisco and its Recreation and Parks Department violated the Coastal Act in approving a renovation of Golden Gate Park’s Beach Chalet soccer fields that uses artificial turf and stadium lights and seating. [UPDATE 3pm: The commission just approved the project. Full story coming soon.]Read more »

Skate or die

Improvisational pianist Jason Moran brings the skatepark to the jazz hall

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Rough, rough

Life in the semi-pros with the Nor Cal knights and the North Bay Rattlers

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They have cheerleaders at semi-pro football games. They have semi-pro cheerleaders. At halftime the five of them went out to the 50-yard line of the Rancho Cotate High School football field in Rohnert Park and put on a li'l halftime show.

I'm not a dog. Nevertheless, I really really felt like chasing Frisbees. The girls were good, but the halftime show could have used . . . something. Maybe a semi-pro Frisbee dog.Read more »

Ringside

Last week's United States Intercollegiate Boxing Association tournament at USF packed a punch

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By L.E. Leone

IN THE GAME Gio Camacho, captain of the West Point women's boxing team, sang the national anthem into the ring announcer's microphone, wearing boxing gloves. Then she climbed into the ring and beat the beans out of University of Maryland's Catherine Breslin, who looked a little bewildered.

This was the first fight on a 21-bout card the second night of the inaugural United States Intercollegiate Boxing Association tournament held at USF last weekend. Incredibly, it was the first collegiate tournament to crown women champions, as well as men.Read more »

Let it roll

The fight-free world of Dry Ice Arena

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It's between the airport and the ballpark in Oakland: the Dry Ice Arena, home of the immediate Bay Area's thrivingest inline roller hockey scene. There's a parking lot in back, and a store where you can get you your gear: skates, shirts, helmets. They rent these, too.

Against the windowless outside wall of the building, as you walk along looking for a door, you will find an occasional walk-in rat trap, badly parked cars, and a plastic bag full of crackers, which I wanted very badly to stomp on but didn't.Read more »

Food fight

On where to find gluten-free food at AT&T Park, and love

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SPORTS Did you see what Jed Lowrie (swoon) did last Wednesday, on the very day my column about him hit the streets? He propelled the A's to their first win of the regular season, going 3-3 with a walk, the game-winning 2-run double, and a home run. In fact he hit two doubles that game, then two more the next — also a win.

This means he loves me too. Although . . . it's hard to imagine he got a very good look from way down there on the field.Read more »

Food fight

Jed Lowrie loves me -- and his garlic fries are pretty good, too.

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le.chicken.farmer@yahoo.com

IN THE GAME Did you see what Jed Lowrie (swoon) did last Wednesday, on the very day my column about him hit the streets? He propelled the A's to their first win of the regular season, going 3-3 with a walk, the game-winning 2-run double, and a home run. In fact he hit two doubles that game, then two more the next — also a win.

This means he loves me too. Although . . . it's hard to imagine he got a very good look from way down there on the field.Read more »

Is NFL's gay day on the way?

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Well this would be really exciting. Buried in a kinda-bummer, kinda-not-that-relevan-to-our-situation Baltimore Sun article about Baltimore Ravens linebacker and loudmouth straight ally to the LGBT community Brendon Ayanbadejo getting cut from his team's roster were these amazingly cryptic paragraphs:Read more »

The other home team

Sports: Living for Lowrie, and weighing in on the A's

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IN THE GAME I still think it's easier to get to A's games than Giants ones. You get on BART, you get off BART. Tickets are relatively cheap, and really very all-around available.

What the Giants have on the A's is a prettier stadium with better concessions, including gluten-free hot dogs and gluten-free beer.

What the A's have on the Giants, besides tickets, is Jed Lowrie.Read more »