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Preparing for scary

Event planners say city officials needn't fear Halloween in the Castro
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sarah@sfbg.com
Nine people were shot during this year's big Halloween celebration in the Castro, prompting city officials to announce the convening of a task force that will examine the event and its future in San Francisco. Supporters and event planners say such early attention is crucial for a gathering of this magnitude — and that the lack of proper planning contributed to this year's problems.
Concerns that the event has gotten out of control prompted some Castro residents and Sup. Bevan Dufty to announce in July that they wanted the event cancelled, moved, or drastically scaled back. Read more »

Bollywood dreams

Former Oracle employee and San Francisco resident moves to India to pursue a career in the world's largest film industry
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It was the proverbial phone call every aspiring actor waits for. An agent for a TV producer rang Raj Vasudeva in 2003 to say he would be perfect for a role in a new show that needed a dynamic lead.
Vasudeva, 33, eagerly invited the agent over to view his modeling portfolio and acting tapes. The agent flipped through a book that featured shots of the former Mr. India California crawling through the surf seductively with a dress shirt fluttering open. The agent said he was impressed. Read more »

GOLDIES 2006

Goldies 2006: The Guardian Outstanding Local Discovery Awards -- our kudos to the Bay's best arts
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The Guardian turned 40 this year, and the Goldies — our annual arts awards — are now 18. Which makes them a bit like the paper's child, a many–gendered and splendored one that reaches the US's idea of adulthood this year. Read more »

Pelosi's perplexing pledge

Democrats must pursue impeachment if they want the moral authority they'll need to fix the nation's biggest problems
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When my friend Salli Martyniak heard that Nancy Pelosi would be featured on the CBS news program 60 Minutes, she got excited. Like a lot of professional women who have been turned into political activists by six years of Bush-Cheney-ism, Martyniak's doing everything she can to end Republican control of the House of Representatives. She's got the right campaign signs in her yard, she's writing checks and hosting fundraising events, and she's knocking on doors and making calls in a politically competitive precinct of the battleground state Wisconsin. Read more »

TV is history

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annalee@techsploitation.com
TECHSPLOITATION The most interesting social experiments are often the least flashy. A researcher at UC Berkeley's School of Information Management, Jeff Ubois, proved that last week with the release of his meticulous study on an odd topic: why researchers can't research TV.
Ubois found that studying one simple event in recent TV history was impossible. Read more »

At your cervix

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andrea@altsexcolumn.com
Dear Andrea:
As long as I can remember, I've had a fascination with gyno play and playing doctor. I had never acted upon it until meeting my current boyfriend. We've begun experimenting with speculums, various insertable objects, vibrators, etc. We are always very careful to be sterile and safe.
I've grown more and more interested in the idea of cervical dilation and cervical insertions but have been unable to find any literature on the subject. Apparently, I am the only human alive with such a fascination. Read more »

Winning in 2006 — and beyond

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EDITORIAL There are plenty of Democrats running for the House and Senate this fall who don't exactly qualify as liberals. Howard Dean, the (somewhat) grassroots-oriented, progressive party chair, has been largely aced out of a meaningful role in the fall campaigns, which are being run by Rep. Rahm Emanuel (D-Ill.) and Sen. Charles Schumer (D-NY), who have said repeatedly that they're willing to eschew a coherent program or ideology because what they want to do is win. In fact, there isn't much of a clear Democratic Party platform at all.
But in a way, that doesn't matter. The Nov. Read more »

Prosecute election theft

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EDITORIAL There's no doubt at all that a group of downtown businesses operating through a series of supposedly independent political committees organized in part by attorney Jim Sutton have used every tool at their disposal to influence the outcome of the District 6 supervisorial election. Read more »

EDITOR'S NOTES

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tredmond@sfbg.com
There's a certain brilliance to the Proposition 90 campaign, perhaps more than the right-wing ideologues who conjured this up even realize. Read more »