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Cardinal Angelo Scola.

Time for a Reform-Minded Pope to Reform a Church in Tatters

March 12, 2013 | 4 Comments

With the surprise announcement of Pope Benedict’s resignation and the present selection of a new pope, it is equally surprising that the mainstream media has not included a discussion of the widespread allegations of sexual child abuse by Catholic clergy or the coverup by church officials.

Posted in Opinion, Religion

In a tribute to Jimi Hendrix ahead of the 50th anniversary of The Summer of Love, a new mural of legendJimi Hendrix, painted by Bay Area artists Ernest Doty, Max Ehrman, and Sean Griffin, adorns the wall of The Red House in San Francisco's Haight District.  Photos by Manic Streets.

Fitting Tribute to Hendrix Ahead of Summer of Love Anniversary

March 12, 2013 | 15 Comments

In 2017, San Francisco will be celebrating the 50th anniversary of The Summer of Love, and with it the artistic renaissance of the hippie movement that began in summer of 1967. The Haight-Ashbury district was the center of it all, alive with music, psychedelic drugs, marijuana, sexual experimentation, political extremism, beatniks and hippies. It is a neighborhood that defines the culture of our city and where many people are still drawn to, longing for a glimpse of a memorable moment in San Francisco history.

Andrew "Ellard" Resignato. Photo by Larry Strong.

The Invasion of Iraq Ten Years Later: A Mistake That Should Not Be Forgotten

March 04, 2013 | 4 Comments

I can remember it like yesterday. I was in Chicago at a Centers for Disease Control conference for work and it was going to happen – we were going to war in Iraq, a war based on lies

Posted in Opinion, War

A rally was held on the steps of City Hall, 2/22/12, in an effort to drum up support for the honorific renaming of San Francisco International Airport after Harvey Milk.  Photos by Luke Thomas.

Supporters Rally to Rename SFO After Gay Civil Rights Leader

February 23, 2013 | 7 Comments

As many as two-hundred supporters representing a growing coalition of organizations convened Friday on the steps of City Hall to rally support for the renaming of San Francisco International Airport in honor of Harvey Milk, the slain civil rights leader and LGBT icon.

Posted in News, Politics

Laura L. Wilcox, March 5, 1981 – January 10, 2001 was murdered by a mentally-ill  patient. Laura's death was the impetus for AB 1421 known as Laura's Law.

Time to Implement Laura’s Law

February 23, 2013 | 15 Comments

AB 1569 was recently signed into law, which means authority in the Laura’s Law statute for a county to operate, establish or continue a program of Assisted Outpatient Treatment (AOT), has been extended until December 31, 2017.

San Francisco Public Defender Jeff Adachi. File photo by Luke Thomas.

Man Acquitted of Battery in Case Public Defender Cites as “Tremendous Waste of Resources”

February 22, 2013 | 3 Comments

A man whose night of revelry in North Beach ended in an altercation and arrest was acquitted of misdemeanor domestic violence, San Francisco Public Defender Jeff Adachi announced today.

Posted in Law, News

Eliana Lopez

Sheriff Mirkarimi, Lopez Shine During One Billion Rising Campaign Event

February 16, 2013 | 12 Comments

San Francisco Sheriff Ross Mirkarimi, his wife, Eliana Lopez, and their four-year-old son, Theo, shone Thursday during a Valentine’s Day celebration of “One Billion Rising,” a global awareness campaign demanding an end to violence against women and girls.

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It’s Show Time! And Violence is Golden

February 13, 2013 | No Comments

It’s doubtful anyone can prove a direct link between “movie violence” and the abhorrent level of murder by guns in the US. But it is certainly part of the reinvigorated and broader debate on gun control following the horrifying mass murders at the Newtown Elementary School – an issue caught in the “cultural violence” element of the debate that also includes video games, television and the like.

Use of unmanned drone vehicles has increased eight-fold under the Obama administration drawing worldwide condemnation.

Obama: End CIA-Directed Drone Strikes Now

February 12, 2013 | 5 Comments

Drone strikes have dramatically increased under the Obama administration. As of September 2012, Obama has authorized 238 drone strikes in Pakistan, six times more than during President George W. Bush’s eight years in office, resulting in between 1,494 and 2,618 estimated deaths with only about 13 percent of them of a militant leader.

Justin Giarla.

Diamond in the Rough: Justin Giarla Brightens Up the Tenderloin

February 04, 2013 | 7 Comments

Artist Justin Giarla made a bold choice to open a gallery in the Tenderloin district back in 2002 when he opened The Shooting Gallery. Other than the occasional drunks that may stumble in, Justin has had a great response from the neighborhood.

Posted in Arts/Entertainment

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Osama, Where Art Thou?

February 04, 2013 | 5 Comments

Osama bin Laden was assassinated by US military forces in May 2011, but the Obama administration’s refusal to release photographic evidence of the deceased bin Laden is fueling conspiracy theories that espouse the notion bin Laden may still be alive.

Posted in Opinion, Politics, Religion, War

You Are Not a Loan

Event: You Are Not A Loan, a Benefit for Strike Debt Bay Area

January 26, 2013 | 2 Comments

Occupy Wall Street has moved out of the streets and into the spreadsheets by launching a “Bailout of the People by the People” campaign, a campaign aimed at buying and forgiving consumer debt.

SF Weekly

Axe Falls on SF Weekly Editor

January 19, 2013 | 3 Comments

SF Weekly editor Tom Walsh was terminated with immediate effect Thursday, confirmed Todd Vogt, co-owner of the San Francisco Newspaper Company, the parent company that previously added the SF Examiner daily in 2011 and the SF Bay Guardian weekly in 2012 to its ever-expanding acquisitions portfolio.

Posted in Business, Media, News

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Academy Members Shouldn’t Shun Zero Dark Thirty

January 15, 2013 | 2 Comments

Actor David Clennon, a member of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, claims the movie Zero Dark Thirty “promotes the acceptance of the crime of torture, as a legitimate weapon in America’s so-called War on Terror.”

Artiste Silvia Poloto's latest work is on display at The McLoughlin Gallery, 49 Geary.

Joan McLoughlin’s “Eterno” Exhibit, Truly Endless

January 15, 2013 | 9 Comments

Joan McLoughlin, owner of The McLoughlin Gallery at 49 Geary, is making her mark in the San Francisco Art community. In just a couple of years Joan has managed to become one of the top gallery owners in San Francisco, in one of the most prominent gallery districts