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8 Washington and the Warriors

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I won't be a bit surprised if the Warriors start putting money behind Simon Snellgrove's efforts to win ballot approval for his 8 Washington condo project. And it won't be just because of general developer solidarity. And I don't think the basketball team owners are counting on a lot of fans living just down the Embarcadero -- odds are a lot of the people who buy Snellgrove's ultra-luxury condos won't live in San Francisco much of the time anyway.Read more »

Icelandic MP Birgitta Jónsdóttir talks asylum options for NSA whistleblower

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Birgitta Jónsdóttir is waiting for Edward Snowden to drop her a line.

The Icelandic Member of Parliament and Wikileaks supporter happens to be in San Francisco at the moment, working to raise awareness about the trial of Wikileaks whistleblower Bradley Manning, and preparing for a speaking engagement this evening where she’ll appear alongside Daniel Ellsberg, who leaked the Pentagon Papers in 1971.Read more »

Supervisors pose tough but important questions to Mayor Lee

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There’s a full agenda at the San Francisco Board of Supervisors meeting today, from the condo conversion lottery bypass legislation to approval of the term sheet from the massive development project at Pier 70, but some of the most interesting and potentially newsworthy items are at the very beginning of the agenda, when Mayor Ed Lee will answer questions posed by the supervisors.Read more »

Heads Up: 7 must-see concerts this week

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Dear 2 Chainz: we’d like to formally apologize on behalf of our city, if you were indeed robbed at gunpoint (details are a bit murky at this point). Terrible things happen in every city, and San Francisco is no exception. But we must trundle forward, as a city of sonic fiends who love this place called home, always exploding with new bands, and welcoming traveling acts from around the world.

This week, we celebrate a particularly beloved member of own pack: Sonny and the Sunsets has a new record, and it’s a leap in yet another direction for the singer-songwriter and his crew. There’s also a Date Palms album release, a visit from New Zealand rockers the Bats (locals the Mantles open), the return of Cold Cave, some existential slop-punk from the Trashies, and a tribute to “rock‘n’roll specialist” Buddy Holly. Music lives on, despite despair.

Here are your must-see Bay Area concerts this week/end: Read more »

Drama queens (and kings), start your engines: SF Opera's summer season is here

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The annual SF Opera summer season is always a treat -- the programmers get a little wild, and the risks, like last year's extraordinary Nixon in China, always pay off in adventurous spirit. (Ticket prices, starting at $22, aren't bad, either).

Honestly, I have no idea how they manage to squeeze all the creativity of three whole productions onstage in the space of one month, but that's opera for you. Kinda magic, kinda crazy, all pretty fascinating.

Oh, and music. Incredible music.

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There's gonna be a morning after (pill)

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The Obama adminstration has decided not to block the over the counter availability of "morning after contraceptives". Simply put, any woman or girl (or man, assuming he's either motivated or very confused) can buy a medication that prevents pregnancy up to 72 hours after sexual intercourse.Read more »

Stop meddling

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The mega flap over the National Security Administration's electronic surveillance rages on this week. Read more »

Poor Scott Walker--the sun ain't gonna shine anymore

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Anyone that believes that merit and achievement in governing mean anything at all should stay away from Wisconsin.

The Badger state, cheesehead central, home to the Packers, Brewers, Bucks and Violent Femmes. Also home to perhaps the most dismal head of state in the US, Scott Walker.

(To any music fan, the image conjured up by "Scott Walker" is that of the legendarily reclusive, Jaques Brel-like vocalist. But I digress).Read more »

A tale of two signings: Kluwe and Tebow

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Two very disparate signings in pro football in the last month. First, punter and outspoken gay rights advocate Chris Kluwe has signed with the Raiders (after being let go by the Vikings). The former UCLA star has been a pro ball player eight years, the Raiders are his third team. Read more »

Tonight: Watch Amy Goodman discuss NSA leaks on MSNBC's Chris Hayes show at 5:40 p.m.

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Monday, June 10, 2013

Watch Democracy Now! host Amy Goodman tonight at 5:40pm  on MSNBC's All In With Chris Hayes. She will discuss the NSA leak and Edward Snowden.Read more »

In the meantime, see all of Democracy Now!'s coverage of the National Security Agency including interviews with NSA whistleblowers William Binney, Thomas Drake and Russell Tice, as well as reporter Glenn Greenwald, who exposed the secret PRISM spy operation, among other revelations.

NSA whistleblower supporters to speak on civil liberties

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Famed whistleblower Daniel Ellsberg leaked the Pentagon Papers in 1971 and plans to march in the upcoming San Francisco Pride Parade to honor Bradley Manning. Read more »

The myth of a pro-tenant city

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There are always bad tenants. Always will be. Human interactions are imperfect, and renting out a room in your flat or a flat under your apartment to a stranger is always a bit of a gamble. I've lived with housemates, and it's always been great, but not everyone has that experience -- one old friend of mine lived with a guy who threatened to kill him by writing demonic messages in blood on the bathroom wall and then smashed his car to bits with a street sign.Read more »

San Onofre, RIP (no more nukes)

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"No news is good news" went right out the window last Friday. San Onofre's nuclear power plant has announced it will close permanently.

After failed and costly equipment swaps and steam generator failures, So Cal Edison threw in the towel. A half billion in unpaid bills is its legacy.Read more »

A map of SF's wealth -- and poverty

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There's a cool interactive map that gives you a visual picture of wealth and poverty in San Francisco. Check it out here. Just type in "San Francisco, CA" and click "income."Read more »

Save the white lion: Author on a quest to re-wild rare kitties

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WE DO NOT EAT THE KITTIES. I mean, some people do/would be excited to do so, given the meat-lust stirred up by the recent appearance of lion meat skewers on the menu at a Burlingame restaurant. But not us, not meow, not ever. 

Let's instead focus on the arrival in the Bay Area of a woman famed for her work rescuing the technically-extinct white lion. Linda Tucker, take the bad taste out of our bewhiskered mouths, will you? Read more »