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Blast rocks Marrakech tourist restaurant: live report

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Chaos here on the giant, tourist-packed Djemaa El Fna square in Marrakech, Morocco as an explosion has just rocked the Argana terrace restaurant two stories above the square at around noon local time.

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And the next chief is...yes, Suhr!

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Mayor Ed Lee appointed a deeply emotional Captain Greg Suhr as Chief of the San Francisco Police Department during a swearing-in ceremony where the majority of folks were either elected officials, running for election, running each other’s electoral campaigns—or wearing SFPD uniforms.

And in the end it seemed that the choice may have been influenced by pressure from the powerful San Francisco Police Officers Association, judging from the comment Lee jokingly directed at SFPOA leader Gary Delagnes, saying, “Gary, it’s time to get quiet and go to work.” Read more »

SFBG Radio: Why are gas prices really so high?

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What's the real reason gas prices are so high? Our distinguished guests discuss after the jump.Read more »

Vote today for the next mayor

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If elections were held today, who would be your top choice? Weigh in here at the Bay Guardian's poll for the mayor's race.

Hot sexy events: April 27-May 3

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Hey there sexy, how's life on the other side of the Intertubes? I wanna get real with some real questions in this week's sexy events column. Don't worry, it's about you. Namely, we here at the SF of BG would like to know just what you feel is missing from sex coverage in this age of Aquarius (ha!) in which we live. Are you feeling like you have pressing sex ed questions that need answering? Are you wishing that there was more event coverage of the parties and perv-a-thons in our fair Sodom By the Bay? Read more »

Who's your candidate for mayor? Vote today

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If the mayor's race were held today, who would be your top choice?

 

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Muni strike vote stems from "gigantic mistrust" of the MTA

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At a time when public employee unions are being demonized, downsized, and degraded by conservatives and much of the general public, it was a bold gesture for Muni drivers to recently authorize their Transportation Workers Union Local 250A to defy city law and go on strike anyway. But following through on that threat and shutting down Muni may only turn the public even more strongly against that union.Read more »

A new brand of fixie competition ramps up for Saturday

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“We're just trying to make it look pretty.” N8 Van Dyke, an SF illustrator, is posted up in the Marine Westar Services Bayview warehouse, unrolling wheatpaste designs on the concrete floor. In other corners of the building, burly men hustle about towing heavy boxes, performing mysterious, industrial functions. But we're (I didn't do any of the work, per se, but having watched the process for the better part of a half hour I feel entitled) involved in a different sort of badassery – creating ramps for what might be the biggest fixed gear competition like, ever: Saturday's Red Bull Ride + Style. Read more »

Snap Sounds: PJ Harvey

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PJ HARVEY
Let England Shake
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It’s not really a subtle couplet, “Weighted down with silent dead/ I fear our blood won’t rise again,” but with it the title track for PJ Harvey’s newest offering Let England Shake sets the stage for the songs to come. A surprisingly melodic exploration of the still reverberating effects of World War I on England’s shores and English mores, Let England Shake is both a call to arms and a plea to lay them down again. And despite its deliberate focus on atrocities past, the album can’t help but to implicate all current and future wars within its narrow rifle scope. Read more »

Earth Day in City Hall ... on Wells Fargo's dime

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Who was lucky enough to get treated to Mayor Ed Lee's Earth Day Breakfast in City Hall, with the city's top politicos and a smattering of high-profile San Franciscans? After noticing that the Board of Supervisors had approved a grant of $12,000 from Wells Fargo a few weeks ago to sponsor the event, the Guardian contacted the Mayor's Office to ask for the guest list. The response came from the city's Department of the Environment, which accepted the donation and organized the affair. Read more »

Tweet-happy Newsom gets a social media book deal

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Last week's announcement by Penguin Press that Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom will be writing a book on the intersection of social media and government was greeted with such yawns and disinterest that Newsom re-announced it with an email blast this morning, this time spicing things up with some revolutionary rhetoric.Read more »

In the gutter with King Baldwin: Bowling with Alexander Eccles and Gabe Turow

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"It's $40 for one game with shoes. Or, $38 for one hour and shoes," says the Serra Bowl cashier with mild frustration while he Lysols a pair of freshly-worn bowling shoes at the counter. Gabe Turow, percussion, keys, and back-up vocals for the chamber pop-turned-funk duo King Baldwin, turns to me, perplexed. Which is the better deal? Off to the side, Alexander Eccles, lead vocalist of the San Francisco-based duo, sits comfortably in a plastic chair, wearing his brown "bowling hat" slightly askew. Turow and I deliberate. We opt for the hourly rate. Read more »

Appetite: Island bites, part three

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After a dreamy week in Hawaii, I have a slew of recommendations to share with you in a multi-part series. In part one, I covered farmers market street food in Oahu. In part two, Honolulu's cocktail scene. Now we dine in Honolulu, on the hunt for the best. (Next up, Kauai.)

 

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Sushi Sasabune:Read more »

Editorial: Reject the Treasure Island plan

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After a long, long hearing April 21, as the San Francisco Planning Commission prepared to vote on an ambitious development plan for Treasure Island, Commissioner Gwyneth Borden acknowledged that the plan wasn't perfect. But, she said, on balance it ought to be approved: "Twenty five percent affordable housing is better than zero percent."

That's not necessarily true. Read more »

Deadlock over Ma’s trash bill

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A State Assembly committee deadlocked Monday over Assemblymember Fiona Ma’s AB 1178, which opponents say would make it easier for Recology to send San Francisco trash by train to Yuba County.Read more »