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Evo presidente!

The election of a radical indigenous leader in Bolivia signals a major political shift - for now
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MEXICO CITY – Latin America's estimated 60 million indigenous peoples are on the move, from Tijuana to Tierra del Fuego – but in dramatically distinct directions.

While Mexico's profoundly Mayan Zapatista Army of National Liberation launches a vehement anti-electoral campaign, disusing the political class, eschewing power, and seeking to build autonomous alliances down below, Eva Morales, a 46-year-old acculturated Quechua Indian farm leader, will take power from the top when he is sworn in as the first Indian president of majority-Indian Bolivia. Read more »

True grits

The Gossip's Beth Ditto is cooking with meat - and mixing riot grrrl gospel with punk rock panache
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Punk doesn't get much more soulful – or outta hand – than Beth Ditto. After watching her tear up the stage at Bottom of the Hill, pulling her enraptured audience members up to dance and taking on "I Wanna Be Your Dog," I shouldn't have been surprised to find myself chasing the Gossip vocalist down for a phone interview over the course of days, hooking up at the absolute last second. I, like all her other fans, wanna be led around on a leash by the baby-faced diva from Searcy, Ark. Read more »

Didja hear?

Get to know the Gossip
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"Our mission is to make you dance & if yr not gonna dance, just stay at home," the Gossip once posted on the K Records Web site. But even if the best introduction to the Portland, Ore., blues punks is through their notoriously sweat-inducing live shows, two left feet needn't deter anyone from checking out the trio. With three albums, two EPs, one live record, and a handful of singles, split releases, and compilation tracks to the band's name, there are plenty of ways for wallflowers to enjoy the Gossip in the privacy of their own homes. Read more »

Third time's a charm

The Gossip raise the roof with their breakthrough album, Standing in the Way of Control
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It says so right there in the bio: A rock album that all others will be judged against this year was recorded in the same spot where Lionel Ritchie created "Dancing on the Ceiling."

Bear Creek Studios no longer has so much to answer for. To others, that name may conjure visions of an ex-Commodore tripping the light Astaire-style on some drywall. To me, it's now known as the birthplace of Standing in the Way of Control (Kill Rock Stars).Read more »

Does Mills make sense?

Peskin measure gives supervisors an early say over a controversial waterfront development
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It wasn't supposed to go like this.

 When Virginia-based mall developer Mills Corp. used political pressure by then-mayor Willie Brown and a partnership with the YMCA to narrowly win Port of San Francisco approval, in 2001, for the exclusive right to build a shopping center and office park at Piers 27-31, the project was supposed to slide right through. Read more »

Monkey business

How Stephen Lisberger became the poster boy for UCSF's animal welfare problems.
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 STEPHEN LISBERGER IS a scientific star. His decades-long research into how the brain registers and responds to visual stimuli is considered groundbreaking. His colleagues are effusive in their praise. William Newsome, a Stanford University neuroscientist who investigates similar terrain, told the Bay Guardian that "it could take decades, or even centuries" to assemble a complete, working map of the brain's essential functions. "And Steve is one of the few people in the world who's making progress on this." Read more »

Animal instincts

As the struggle between animal rights activists and scientists rages on, what's really happening inside UCSF's animal labs?
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Animal instincts

As the struggle between animal rights activists and scientists rages on, what's really happening inside UCSF's animal labs? Read more »

Hidden at home

Out-of-towners dig into big SF scandal
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It took a landscape architecture professor from Columbus, Ohio, an historian from Dallas, Texas, and a filmmaker from Modesto, Calif., to tell the story of the biggest scandal in San Francisco history.

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In the past few months, two academic researchers