• Issue of  
  • Thursday,
    Oct 1, 2009
Digital Edition


  • Education
  • S.F. school district losing millions on meals

    Parents and students who fail to fill out a two-page meal application form for the San Francisco Unified School District are costing the district millions of dollars.

    The tri-lingual application, which consists of nine sections, is used to determine whether a student qualifies for free or reduced-price lunches.

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  • Government & Politics
  • King statue unlikely to find home at City Hall

    Supervisors Bevan Dufty and Sophie Maxwell had asked the Arts Commission and the City hall Preservation Advisory Commission to figure out if it were possible to “provide a home to the statue of Thomas Starr King” -- which is slated to be lose its home at the U.S. Capitol in 2010 – at City Hall.

    It doesn’t sound too possible.

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  • Government & Politics
  • MTA’s route changes will be discussed on Monday

    Muni’s oft-debated efforts to reroute bus lines in the wake of the department’s $129 million budget deficit will be discussed in detail at a community forum on Monday.

    As a way to save money and make the lines more efficient, Muni has combined, cut, or extended the service on several of its transit routes, with the changes going into effect sometime next month.

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  • Transportation
  • Stimulus to keep rail plan moving

    In a bid to keep the high-speed rail project in California on track, Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger will submit paperwork today for more than $4.5 billion in federal stimulus funds.

    Construction of the rail line, which is projected to whisk passengers from downtown San Francisco to Los Angeles in 2 hours 40 minutes,

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  • Other News
  • Sanitizer coming to public areas

    Fears about the spread of swine flu have led to the purchase of hand sanitizer for hundreds of recreation centers around San Francisco and several swimming pools.

    The cash-strapped Recreation and Park Department ordered more than 200 dispensers to be put near the entrances to its six clubhouses, 20 recreation centers and
    several pools.

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  • Other News
  • Old cottage may become modern eatery

    Nestled in the southwest corner of Golden Gate Park, a 100-year-old cottage that sits next to a windmill will soon start a new chapter in its life.

    Sitting off Martin Luther King Jr. Drive near Lincoln Way, the vacant Millwrights Cottage could soon be transformed into a destination spot where people go to eat sustainable foods.

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  • Other News
  • Newsom Tracker: Welcome to San Francisco, Nektar

    Mayor Gavin Newsom is set to make an announcement this afternoon that a company is moving its headquarters to Mission Bay.

    According to the San Francisco Business Times, which the mayor’s office said had an exclusive, the company has 150 employees and is making a short move from San Carlos to Mission Bay.

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  • Other News
  • SF green efforts not a waste

    Oscar the Grouch would just love all the extra room in San Francisco’s garbage cans these days.

    The City sent 560,330 tons of trash to landfills last year, nearly 10 percent less than 2007 and “the lowest amount on record,” Jared Blumenfeld, director of the Department of Environment, said in a recent report.

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  • Other News
  • Number of homeless families skyrocketing

    In 2007, Alice Mabry was raising her son, confident that with her ambition and education, things would only get brighter.

    But in a matter of months she lost her job, and it all crumbled. The pair landed in a San Francisco homeless shelter.

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  • Other News
  • Calif. river restoration begins amid debate

    When Darrell Imperatrice was a boy, California's San Joaquin River teemed with so many king salmon his father could catch 40-pound fish using only a pitchfork.

    Then the salmon vanished from the icy river for nearly 60 years, after a colossal federal dam built to nurture the croplands below dried up their habitat.

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  • Ken Garcia
  • Gap founder a joker at heart

    In the days since his death, Gap Inc. co-founder Don Fisher is finally receiving his due for being a civic giant in San Francisco. And it’s heartening to know that The City will remain home to he and his wife’s priceless art collection — a gift that his critics appeared willing to sacrifice.

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  • Other Arts
  • 'Whip It' a fun ride

    “Whip It,” Drew Barrymore’s 111-minute rush of roller-derby gusto, is a Hollywood formula picture that benefits immensely from the positive spirit that actor-turned-director Barrymore infuses into every swerve, tumble and beer session experienced by her fun-loving fishnet-clad protagonists.

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  • Other Arts
  • Get ready for ‘Toy Story 3’

    Added 3-D effects are one good reason to see the new re-released double feature of “Toy Story” and “Toy Story 2,” in theaters today for a two-week engagement.

    Getting prepped for the 2010 release of “Toy Story 3” is another reason. Pixar and Disney know a thing or two about marketing family entertainment.

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  • Editorials
  • Letters: Patrol Special officers provide quality service

    I was amused by your Sept. 28 editorial making much ado about one cell phone paid for by some private merchants for the SFPD foot patrol officer serving Bernal Heights. One contributing Bernal merchant called it a “brilliant idea,” and in general, I concur.

  • Guest Columns
  • No applause as Hollywood debuts Polanski defense

    Roman Polanski raped a 13-year old girl. After plying her with Quaaludes and Champagne wasn’t enough to make her succumb to his charms, he ignored her protests and did what he wanted.

    This was not a consensual affair, or a misunderstood romance. It was a wealthy, powerful man, doing what he wanted to a powerless young girl.

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Nation & World

  • Nation
  • Hunts for Indian relics date to 19th century

    The "pot-hunting" culture of the Southwest dates back to the 1800s, when a Colorado ranching family began exploring and excavating the ruined cliff dwellings of the Anasazi, an ancient civilization that flourished centuries ago.

  • Nation
  • Obama reveals timidity when handling new missiles of October

    In 1962, presented with U2 spy plane photos of Soviet missile sites in Cuba, President John F. Kennedy ordered his Ambassador to the United Nations, Adlai Stevenson, to directly confront the Soviets. At a tense emergency meeting of the Security Council, Stevenson exposed the Soviets’ denials as lies by showing the world the U2 photos.

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  • Nation
  • IBM undercuts Google with discount e-mail service

    IBM Corp. is trying to stymie Google Inc.'s expansion into the business software market.

    The weapon: a bare-bones e-mail service that IBM is selling to companies for $36 annually per worker, undercutting a more comprehensive package of software applications that Google sells for $50 per user annually.

  • Nation
  • Time for Obama to get behind the consensus on Afghanistan

    Gen. Stanley McChrystal, President Barack Obama’s choice to lead U.S. and coalition forces in Afghanistan, has made a request for between 30,000 and 40,000 additional troops. He asserts that without this troop infusion, we run a very real risk of failing to meet our military objectives in Afghanistan.

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  • Nation
  • Carbon regulation threat from EPA doesn't stir Congress

    A move by the Obama administration to begin regulating greenhouse gas emissions was intended to get Congress moving on global warming legislation, but the message was largely lost on lawmakers mired in the health care debate.

    Their response to Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Lisa Jackson: Climate change will take a back seat to health care.

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