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February 14, 2010

San Franciscans upset over 18-month park closure plans

Dolores Park users want S.F. to rethink closure The city plans to close Dolores park--the most popular and used park in town--for 18 months to do a huge overhaul on everything. Residents want them to do a phased plan, where the park is upgraded in stages (as other parks in town have been) but the city is worried a phased-fix plan will be too expensive.
But the park that sits between the Mission and the Castro and covers what amounts to two square blocks may be off-limits for at least 16 months starting late next year for a major renovation. The park is bordered by Church, Dolores, 18th and 20th streets. Packed on sunny days and far from empty in the rain or fog, Dolores Park, as it's commonly known, serves as a major gathering spot for residents in the densely populated neighborhoods that surround it. It also draws visitors from around the city and out of town for annual events, such as San Francisco Mime Troupe shows and the Dyke March. The prospect of losing access to one of the gems in the city's park system for so long has regulars dismayed, and eager to see whether the city can rethink the plan.

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February 12, 2010

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February 11, 2010

The Cartoon History of Hunter S. Thompson

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February 10, 2010

Inside the world of Japan's professional marriage destroyers

Japanese murder exposes world of hired marriage wreckers - Times Online
He was charming and single, she was bored and stuck in a sterile marriage, and their encounter in the aisles of a local supermarket seemed like a chance for them to change their lives for the better. But the affair ended in betrayal, recrimination and death after a sequence of events as lurid as the plot of a pulp novel. . . . Although Kuwabara inadvertently fell in love with Mrs Isohata, he had been paid to track her down and seduce her as a professional wakaresaseya — or “splitter upper” — hired by her husband to provide him with grounds for a divorce. The case is raising questions about the ethics and legality of “splitter uppers” — shady, but seemingly widespread operatives to whom a surprising number of Japanese turn. As Mrs Isohata’s father said during the trial: “I can never forgive a business that toys with the emotions of human beings.”

February 08, 2010

MUNI bus runs over hydrant with extended wheelchair lift

Muni Releases Statement After 22 Fillmore Hits Fire Hydrant With Wheelchair Lift: News: SFAppeal
At approximately 5:45 p.m., a customer exiting a 22 Fillmore electric trolley bus fell from the extended wheelchair lift of the vehicle, which was stopped (pointed southbound) on Fillmore Street at Haight Street (the northwest corner). The customer was transported to the hospital with unknown injuries. At approximately 6:05 p.m., the Muni bus moved forward and the wheelchair lift hit a fire hydrant and sheared it from the sidewalk. The cause of the bus's movement is under investigation. The fire hydrant reportedly struck a Muni Inspector who had responded to the incident. The Inspector was treated at the scene. Water from the hydrant reportedly caused flooding in at least one nearby building.
This is my old block. Holy crap.

February 07, 2010

Return of The Baffler

baffler.jpgThe Baffler is back, relevant as ever - chicagotribune.com
In the 1990s, the literary journal made its name as a fearless, equal opportunity deflator of conglomerate-orchestrated alternative rebellions, a muckraker that found its targets in the co-opting of cool and breathless hyping of killer apps. It swung to the left, but the piety of any ideology was never outside its crosshairs. Or as Frank put it, the real target was "the bubble of the moment." So, yeah, it's relevant. Indeed, the new Baffler looks a lot like the old Baffler, at least from the masthead up. ... Thomas Geoghegan, a Chicago lawyer and old friend of the editors' who ran last year for Rahm Emanuel's U.S. House of Representatives seat (but lost to Mike Quigley). He's now onboard as a "senior adviser," O'Neil said. Said Geoghegan: "It's a strange and interesting publication. Its take on the world was so non-American but defiantly Chicago at the same time. You got this sense its literary heroes were old-fashioned Chicago progressives like Studs Terkel. But it wasn't pushed in your face." ... In late 1992, The New York Times ran an item about grunge slang that Seattle scenesters supposedly used for everyday objects such as shoes and pants. The slang was entirely contrived by an employee of the Sub Pop record label, irritated with the carpetbagging media descending on her town. Word of the prank filtered down to Frank, and the Baffler ran an expose a few months later.