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A billion for your thoughts

Why billionaire Ron Burkle's interests should interest you

Ron Burkle
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By Daniela Kirshenbaum and Kepa Askenasy, Fog City Journal I-Team

December 1, 2006

Preamble: A billionaire's biggest problem is that a billion dollars aren't enough. In a natural quest for ever-greater sums of money, Billionaire Ron Burkle intends to bankroll Treasure Island development - and maybe gain some hefty media control, too.

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With h brown

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Court Jester looks at Green Party uncivil war


By h. brown


December 1, 2006

"What do you mean, Cat and Nicole and Chuck didn't invite you?"

(Eileen chastizes Keefer)

What will people forgive in their leaders? Just about anything. Priests molest young boys and go free. Mildly retarded presidents start wars for oil and tell their supporters 'hang in there'. A family member murders a cop and the family fills the courtroom at his trial and blames the cop. The local Green Party icon shows his sexist ass to all and his worshipers blame his victim. What the fuck's going on here?

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Chief Fong disciplines 35 in SFPD 'Videogate' scandal

San Francisco Police Chief Heather Fong.
Photo(s) by Luke Thomas

By Brent Begin, Bay City News Service

December 1, 2006

SAN FRANCISCO (BCN) - San Francisco police Chief Heather Fong announced yesterday that 35 officers face disciplinary charges in connection to a series of controversial videos that caused outcry among city leaders.

The announcement culminates an almost yearlong investigation in which 20 Bayview station officers were immediately suspended and then reinstated to administrative positions because of videos that Mayor Gavin Newsom called "outrageous, deplorable and demeaning to the good people that do this (police) work every day."

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Business leaders concerned about transportation funding split

By Erica Holt and Jeff Shuttleworth, Bay City News Service

December 1, 2006

As Bay Area counties fight for a piece of the billions in bottleneck-breaking proposition 1B money now up for grabs for corridor congestion relief projects, many local transportation leaders are worried the state agency charged with appropriating the funds could stiff the traffic-crammed nine-county region out of its share.

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Prosecution rests in Lashuan Harris triple-murder trial

By Brent Begin, Bay City News Service

December 1, 2006

SAN FRANCISCO (BCN) - The prosecution rested its case yesterday morning in the guilt phase of the Lashuan Harris triple-murder trial in San Francisco Superior Court after calling five witnesses and showing hours of an interview with homicide inspectors.

Testimony took less than three days as Assistant District Attorney Linda Allen laid out a scenario in which Harris took her three children from Oakland to the San Francisco waterfront, treated them to a nice day, took them to the end of Pier 7 and, one by one, undressed them and threw them into the water.

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Free San Francisco journalist Josh Wolf

Photo(s) by Luke Thomas

What: Free Josh Wolf Event

When: Thursday, December 7th 2006, 7:30 p.m.

Where: Balazo Gallery, 2183 Mission Street @18th, 415-255-7227

On December 7th journalists, activists, and local leaders will convene to call upon the United States Government to free Josh Wolf from "coercive custody." Josh is a San Francisco free-lance journalist being held for his refusal, based on journalistic principles, to turn over to a federal grand jury his news footage from a July 2005 protest. Free press advocates from around the world have called his incarceration unjust and a grave violation of the freedom of the press.

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