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July 14 Videos of The Day – HOW COULD THEY KNOW JUST WHAT THIS MESSAGE MEANS, THE COMPANY WAS GAY and HELLO SISTERS with HELLO SISTERS OUTTAKE – July 14 babies will not tolerate insincereity in others – Live radar and weather forecast

July 14 Videos of The Day
HOW COULD THEY KNOW JUST WHAT THIS MESSAGE MEANS, THE COMPANY WAS GAY

HELLO SISTERS

HELLO SISTERS OUTTAKE

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JULY 14 BIRTHDAY LORE
With your sincerity and straightforwardness, you can not tolerate or understand anything different in others. You are optimistic, generous, confiding, and idealistic, and would suffer terribly if an ideal were shattered. Your love is pure, and to be happy you must have the understanding of your mate.

ADVICE FOR JULY 14
Heat wave tip: Drink plenty of fluids and minimize your intake of protein-rich foods.

JULY 14 WORD OF THE DAY
Daly. Defintion: Vanish.

JULY 14 IN HISTORY
Enclosed tape measure that holds its place patented, 1868. Orogrande, New Mexico, had a high temperature of 116 degrees F, 1934.

REALTIME SAN FRANCISCO WEATHER
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Saturday: Patchy fog before 11am. Otherwise, cloudy, then gradually becoming partly sunny, with a high near 67. West southwest wind between 6 and 13 mph.

Saturday Night: Patchy fog after 11pm. Otherwise, increasing clouds, with a low around 56. West wind between 6 and 13 mph.

Sunday: Patchy fog before 11am. Otherwise, cloudy, then gradually becoming partly sunny, with a high near 67. West wind between 6 and 13 mph.

Sunday Night: Patchy fog after 11pm. Otherwise, mostly cloudy, with a low around 58. West wind between 8 and 13 mph.

Monday: Patchy fog before 11am. Otherwise, mostly cloudy, with a high near 67.

Monday Night: Patchy fog after 11pm. Otherwise, mostly cloudy, with a low around 55.

Tuesday: Patchy fog before 11am. Otherwise, mostly cloudy, with a high near 65.

Tuesday Night: Mostly cloudy, with a low around 52.

Wednesday: Partly cloudy, with a high near 64.

Wednesday Night: Patchy fog after 11pm. Otherwise, mostly cloudy, with a low around 54.

Thursday: Patchy fog before 11am. Otherwise, partly cloudy, with a high near 66.

Thursday Night: Patchy fog after 11pm. Otherwise, mostly cloudy, with a low around 55.

Friday: Patchy fog before 11am. Otherwise, partly cloudy, with a high near 68.

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INTERSECTION FOR THE ARTS PRESENTS Art Walk Through The Mission July 14 to August 4

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Show Curator Susanne Moisan and artist Rebecca Miller carry in the painting to be hung at Hideo Wakamatsu at 563 Valencia Street.
PHOTO BY DAVID TOERGE
Sentinel Photography Editor
Copyright © 2007 San Francisco Sentinel

From July 14 to August 4, 2007, art lovers will be able to stroll through a small section of the Mission District and discover exciting new work from local artists in unexpected places.

As a highlight of the Intersection Institute’s workshop on art show curation led by visual artist, educator and curator Julio Morales, the workshop participants will curate their own art show in the form of an Art Walk across several blocks of the Mission District. Morales’ workshop included discussions about how to put together a grant proposal, find funding, plan, curate, hang and promote an art show in public and in gallery settings.

The students were asked to pair a local artist with an ideal venue for the artist’s work and to put together a joint art show. Unlike a gallery show, the artwork for this Art Walk will be spread out among several businesses, restaurants and public spaces. A map with locations and addresses will be available at Hideo Wakamatsu beginning July 14th.

A reception will be held at Hideo Wakamatsu, 563 Valencia Street (between 16th and 17th Street) on July 14 from Noon to 3 p.m.

Artists and Addresses include:

Rebecca Miller
Hideo Wakamatsu, 563 Valencia Street, (17th Street)

Bill Jenkins
Corner of 17th Street and Mission (in front of Thrift Town)

Marialuisa Ruiz & Eileen Schwappach
Buffalo Wings Restaurant, 663 Valencia Street (18th Street)

Marion Coleman
Regalito, 3481 18th Street (Valencia)

Mike Arcega

Farmacia Remedios, 2400 Mission (20th Street)

The Intersection Institute provides opportunities for people to engage in an interactive exploration of the process of creating new art. The unique curriculum includes master classes, artist talks, tours, films, lectures, workshops, special events, and opportunities to perform, present and interact with the ongoing array of multidisciplinary arts programming Intersection supports. Intersection’s Education Program cultivates artistic and informative environments where personal and collective ideas and projects generate larger, more inclusive worldviews and broader aesthetic, social, political, and cultural perspectives.

Our educational programs are suitable for all ages and are available to educators, students, community groups, artists and non-artists with all levels of skill and experience.

Intersection for the Arts (est. 1965) Is San Francisco’s oldest alternative art space and provides a place where provocative ideas, diverse art forms, artists and audiences can intersect one another. At Intersection, experimentation and risk are possible, debate and critical inquiry are embraced, community is essential, resources and experience are democratized, and today’s issues are thrashed about in the heat and immediacy of live art.

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DAVID TOERGE
Sentinel Photography Editor
When David Toerge left a career in photojournalism that had spanned over twelve years and started in a new direction of commercial photography he blended the editorial style with a more corporate look. David led the way in that new style garnering many awards for his work. Communications Arts has honored him over six times. Based in San Francisco, David shoots projects on location all over the US for various corporations and a multitude of magazines and always brings back great images. He has a keen sense of light, color, and composition and delivers to his clients assignments done with passion. He has climbed bridges hundreds of feet in the air, shot in caves hundreds of feet below, dived with sharks and driven the track with Indy drivers. He has shot earthquakes and firestorms but loves walking the streets with his camera just photographing the everyday life of his city.

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FRANCE SPECIAL AFFINITY FOR SAN FRANCISCO recalled by Frédéric Desagneaux on eve of Bastille Day

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As French Consul General Frédéric Desagneaux and San Francisco Mayor Gavin Newsom unfurl the Flag of France a crowd of City Hall wedding celebrants gathered below for a special moment of newlywed embrace under the world symbol of young lovers.
PHOTOS BY ALAN BARTLETT

BY PAT MURPHY
Sentinel Editor & Publisher
Copyright © 2007 San Francisco Sentinel

On the eve of Fête de la Fédération, French Consul General Frédéric Desagneaux recalled the special affinity France has had for with San Francisco since this City was born, acknowledging San Francisco as America’s most beautiful city.

“Oh yes, because our relationship is a longstanding one,” Desagneaux told the Sentinel following French flag raising ceremonies over San Francisco City Hall.

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“The French presence here in the City goes back to the early days of San Francisco.

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French Consul General Frédéric Desagneaux, left, with San Francisco Mayor Gavin Newsom.

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Charlotte Schultz, Chief of Protocol for the State of California and the City and County of San Francisco, hosts dignitary reception.

“There were a group of French pioneers who came in the mid-1900s. They were followed by several waves of French immigrants.

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“Working in all areas of life and areas of activities, expecially the technology sector.

“Where in San Francisco so many people live with the diversity of the City and for the opportunities it offers. They are very pleased to live here and to contribute.

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“San Francisco is, in my opinion, the finest, the most beautiful city in the United States. It has some European flavor as well and it has this cache, this authenticity that we appreciate in Europe and especially in Paris.

“And it is the Sister City of Paris so this partnership is very fruitful and very, very enjoyable.

AUX ARMES ET CAETERA

WITH THANKS TO SERGE

“Also the French community is growing every year in numbers in the Bay Area.

“Now in the Bay Area we are about about 14,000 French men and women,” reported Desagneaux.

Fête de la Fédération, known in English as Bastille Day, commemorates the storming of a medieval fortress and prison known as Bastille on July 14, 1789.

LA MARSEILLAISE SUNG 100 YEARS AGO

THE BIG ONE

HEAD WEAR

ALL HEARTS LEAD TO SAN FRANCISCO

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PAT MURPHY
Sentinel Editor & Publisher
In his youth, Pat Murphy worked as a General Assignment reporter for the Richmond Independent, the Berkeley Daily Gazette, and the San Francisco Chronicle. He served as Managing Editor of the St. Albans (Vermont) Daily Messenger at age 21. Murphy also launched ValPak couponing in San Francisco, as the company’s first San Francisco franchise owner. He walked the bricks, developing ad strategy for a broad range of restaurants and merchants. Pat knows what works and what doesn’t work. His writing skill has been employed by marketing agencies, including Don Solem & Associates. He has covered San Francisco governance for the past ten years. Pat scribes an offbeat view of the human family through Believe It or What.

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US NEWS & WORLD REPORT names UCSF Medical Center 7th among top 10 American best hospitals

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For the seventh consecutive year, UCSF Medical Center ranks among the nation’s top 10 premier hospitals, according to the new 2007 “America’s Best Hospitals” survey by “US News & World Report.” This year the survey ranked the Medical Center number 7.

US News reviewed 5,462 hospitals to produce a list of 173 “best” hospitals. The survey identifies medical centers that take on and “excel at treating a variety of demanding illnesses and procedures,” according to the magazine. Hospitals that make the list follow — and often pioneer — new treatment guidelines, conduct bench-to-bedside research and exploit the latest advances in imaging, surgical devices and other technologies.

“UCSF’s mission is advancing health worldwide, and this ranking reaffirms that our medical center is meeting the needs of the most medically complex patients,” said UCSF Medical Center CEO Mark Laret. “We are now working to build a new hospital, located at Mission Bay that will allow us to double our capacity to treat patients from our region and around the world.”

US News evaluated 16 specialties in this year’s report. In seven specialties, UCSF placed among the top 10 medical centers. These specialties are endocrinology, gynecology, neurology and neurosurgery, ophthalmology, respiratory disorders, rheumatology and urology. US News did not include pediatrics in the current report but plans to release information on this specialty in the fall.

The survey methodology is based on a series of factors, including hard data, reputation (physician surveys), death rate and care-related factors such as nursing and availability of advanced and technological services.
UCSF Medical Center is recognized throughout the world as a leading academic medical center that provides innovative treatments, uses advanced technology, and fosters collaboration among clinicians and scientists.

“UCSF is proud of this ranking and remains dedicated to clinical excellence and putting patients first,” added Laret.

Results of the US News 18th annual survey appear in the upcoming July 23 issue of the magazine.

US News & World Report’s top honor roll:

1. Johns Hopkins Hospital, Baltimore
2. Mayo Clinic, Rochester, Minn.
3. UCLA Medical Center, Los Angeles
4. Cleveland Clinic
5. Massachusetts General Hospital, Boston
6. New York-Presbyterian University Hospital of Columbia and Cornell
7. University of California, San Francisco Medical Center
7. Duke University Medical Center, Durham. N.C.
9. Barnes-Jewish Hospital/Washington University, St. Louis
10. Brigham and Women’s Hospital, Boston
11. University of Washington Medical Center, Seattle
12. Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia
13. University of Pittsburgh Medical Center
14. University of Michigan Hospitals and Health Centers, Ann Arbor
15. Stanford Hospital and Clinics
15. Yale-New Haven Hospital, New Haven, Conn.
17. Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, Los Angeles
17. University of Chicago Medical Center

UCSF Medical Center’s top 10 medical specialties ranking:

Endocrinology: 4
Gynecology: 6
Neurology & Neurosurgery: 5
Respiratory Disorders: 9
Urology: 8
Ophthalmology: 9
Rheumatology: 9

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July 13 Video of The Day – THOSE SILLY CHICKEN WEENIES – Babies born today will be omnivorous readers – Live radar and weather forecast

July 12 Video of The Day
THOSE SILLY CHICKEN WEENIES

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JULY 13 BIRTHDAY LORE
You are a clear thinker. You make decisions quickly and act impulsively. You are energetic and aggressive, an omnivorous reader, and ambitious for intellectual betterment. You like to travel and will do so. You are demonstrative and constant in your love.

ADVICE FOR JULY 13
If you can’t be a good example, then you’ll just have to be a horrible warning.

JULY 13 WORD OF THE DAY
Ember Days. Defintion: The Almanac traditionally marks the four periods formerly observed by the Roman Catholic and Anglican churches for prayer, fasting, and the ordination of clergy. These Ember Days are the Wednesdays, Fridays, and Saturdays that follow in succession after (1) the First Sunday in Lent; (2) Whitsunday–Pentecost; (3) the Feast of the Holy Cross, September 14; and (4) the Feast of St. Lucia, December 13. The word ember is perhaps a corruption of the Latin quatuor tempora, “four times.” Folklore has it that the weather on each of the three days foretells the weather for three successive months; that is, for September’s Ember Days, Wednesday forecasts weather for October, Friday for November, and Saturday for December.

JULY 13 IN HISTORY
Born: Frank Ramsey (basketball player), 1931. A lightning strike on a power line in Westchester County in New York triggered a 24-hour power blackout in New York City, 1977.

REALTIME SAN FRANCISCO WEATHER
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Friday: Mostly cloudy, with a high near 71. West southwest wind between 5 and 11 mph.

Friday Night: Mostly cloudy, with a low around 56. West wind between 7 and 9 mph.

Saturday: Mostly cloudy, with a high near 71. West wind between 7 and 13 mph.

Saturday Night: Patchy fog after 11pm. Otherwise, mostly cloudy, with a low around 57. West wind between 8 and 11 mph.

Sunday: Patchy fog before 11am. Otherwise, partly cloudy, with a high near 71.

Sunday Night: Patchy fog after 11pm. Otherwise, partly cloudy, with a low around 57.

Monday: Patchy fog before 11am. Otherwise, mostly sunny, with a high near 70.

Monday Night: Patchy fog after 11pm. Otherwise, mostly cloudy, with a low around 54.

Tuesday: Patchy fog before 11am. Otherwise, partly cloudy, with a high near 67.

Tuesday Night: Patchy fog after 11pm. Otherwise, mostly cloudy, with a low around 53.

Wednesday: Patchy fog before 11am. Otherwise, mostly cloudy, with a high near 67.

Wednesday Night: Patchy fog after 11pm. Otherwise, mostly cloudy, with a low around 54.

Thursday: Patchy fog before 11am. Otherwise, partly cloudy, with a high near 68.

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BILL WILSON remembers Lady Bird Johnson

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Mrs Lyndon “Lady Bird” Johnson
PHOTOS BY BILL WILSON
Sentinel Photographer
Copyright © 2007 San Francisco Sentinel

BY BILL WILSON

I had the opportunity to meet Mrs. Johnson several times during the various campaigns her son in law, Chuck Robb, ran for positions in the state of Virginia – Lieutenant Governor, Governor and United States Senator. She was always gracious and went out of her way to put people at ease.

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Mrs. Johnson campaigns for her son in law, Chuck Robb.

Having lived for 27 years in Washington, DC, there wasn’t spring that went by that I didn’t say a silent thank you to Mrs. Johnson for the corner plot of tulips, the colors of flowers planted along the sidewalks and the trees. It was through Mrs. Johnson’s efforts that garden clubs were organized to do plantings that beautified the city and eventually the entire nation. She was urging people to be good environmental stewards long before Earth Day and environmentalism became fashionable.

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But some of my memories bring a smile to my face. There was the time she mistook me for Lynda. I had volunteered to pick up flowers from the Robb house and take them to another private home that was going to be the site of a fundraising reception honoring Mrs. Johnson. I got to the house and knocked on the front door.

I was told that the flowers are in the pool house. So I walked down to the pool house. Lynda was there and she showed me these huge cement urns full of carnations. They weighed a ton. She told me that I should go get my car and drive it down to the side door. So as I am walking back to the front door Mrs. Johnson starts down the stairs from the second floor. She calls out, “Lynda it is time for us to go. This is one reception I don’t want to be late for. We have to be there exactly at six so that gives us five minutes to get there.” As she got to the bottom step she turns, faces me and with a startled look realizes I’m not Lynda. So I said, “Lynda is at the pool house. I’m on my way there I’ll tell her what you said.”

That reception always epitomizes what I believe politics, particularly on the national level should be. One of the people who attended was the wife of Senator Frank Church. Senator Church had opposed President Johnson on the war. In most administrations and particularly the one that followed Johnson, that would be reason enough to be put on the enemy list. Instead there were no harbored grudges or misplaced anger. There was genuine affection as people who worked on various projects with Lady Bird had the chance to share memories and reminisces of good times.

There seems to be cruel irony to the fact that the First Lady who did the most to beautify our nation would become blind in her final years. In a March 12 email to me her daughter, Lynda, wrote, “Right now all I do is travel to Texas to take care of my Mother every month. I stay 2 weeks or so and read to her and try to make her laugh. Her mind is fine but her 94 year old body is winding down.”

There has to be some solace in a life lived so fully, that touched so many others and literally made the world a better place to be.

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BILL WILSON
Sentinel Photographer
Bill Wilson is a veteran freelance photographer whose work is published by San Francisco and Bay Area media. Bill embraced photography at the age of eight. In recent years, his photos capture historic record of the San Francisco LGBT community in the Bay Area Reporter (BAR). Bill has contributed to the Sentinel for the past three years.

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WILLIE MAYS breaks ground on multi-million dollar renovation of the Hunters Point Boys and Girls Club – Now named Willie Mays Boys and Girls Club

San Francisco Giants legend Willie Mays today helped break ground on a multi-million dollar renovation of the Hunters Point Boys and Girls Club, now named, Willie Mays Boys and Girls Club.

Mays joined Mayor Gavin Newsom and Major League Baseball Commissioner Bud Selig in the groundbreaking at 195 Kiska Rd.

In 2004, the site was turned over to the Boys and Girls Club in response to escalating violence in the area, Major League Baseball said in a statement today.

Once completed, the club will serve more than 200 children every day and will feature a new learning and multi-media technology center, an art studio, a teen center, and a full size gymnasium, among other amenities, MLB officials said.

The site will also feature a San Francisco Police Department community policing office.

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July 11 Photos of The Day – BARRY BONDS ARRIVES FOR ALL STAR GAME LIKE CONQUERING HERO – CINCINNATI REDS’ KEN GRIFFY, JR. – BARRY ZITO – WILLIE MAYS

July 11 Photos of The Day
A WINK FROM BARRY BONDS TO ALL STAR PARADE FANS
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Barry Bonds, who poled his 751 homerun for the San Francisco Giants and is only five homeruns away from beating Hank Aaron’s all time record, throws a wink to fans at AT&T Ballpark Tuesday. Bonds and his family arrived via red carpet receiving a conquering hero’s welcome.
PHOTOS BY DAVID TOERGE
Sentinel Photography Editor
Copyright © 2007 San Francisco Sentinel

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Ken Griffey, Jr.from the Cincinatti Reds was among the the most revered All Stars.

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San Francisco Mayor’s Office staffer Jason Chan, left, with Barry Zito.
Sentinel Photographer
Photos by Bill Wilson
Copyright © 2007 San Francisco Sentinel

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Baseball legend Willie Mays was feted with a libation from both branches of San Francisco governance Saturday evening at the ballpark. Sarah Ballard enjoyed relaxed prelude to today’s All Star Game with husband Nathan Ballard. Sarah serves as legislative aide to San Francisco Supervisor Michela Alioto-Pier while Nathan directs the Mayor’s Office of Communications for San Francisco Mayor Gavin Newsom.
Photo Special to The Sentinel

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JULY 11 BIRTHDAY LORE
Yours is a sunny, radiant disposition, and your charming personality wins you many true and loyal friendships. You have good judgment and self-control. You like pleasant surroundings and create a pleasant atmosphere in the most unpromising environment. You will have a sincere love, and your home will be ideal.

ADVICE FOR JULY 11
To polish and brighten tarnished silverware, soak it in sour milk for half an hour. Remove and wash in soapy water.

JULY 11 WORD OF THE DAY
Sun Fast/Slow. Defintion: When a sundial reading is behind (slow) or ahead of (fast) clock time.

JULY 11 IN HISTORY
U.S. space station Skylab, in orbit since 1973, returned to Earth and disintegrated over the Indian Ocean, 1979. Strong winds and a thunderstorm collapsed a circus tent injuring 44 people, Howard, Wisconsin, 1987.

REALTIME SAN FRANCISCO WEATHER
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Wednesday: Cloudy, then gradually becoming partly sunny, with a high near 65. West southwest wind between 7 and 11 mph.

Wednesday Night: Patchy fog after 11pm. Otherwise, increasing clouds, with a low around 57. West southwest wind between 5 and 11 mph.

Thursday: Patchy fog before 11am. Otherwise, mostly cloudy, with a high near 68. West southwest wind between 5 and 10 mph.

Thursday Night: Patchy fog after 11pm. Otherwise, mostly cloudy, with a low around 55. West wind between 6 and 10 mph.

Friday: Patchy fog before 11am. Otherwise, partly cloudy, with a high near 70.

Friday Night: Patchy fog after 11pm. Otherwise, mostly cloudy, with a low around 55.

Saturday: Patchy fog before 11am. Otherwise, partly cloudy, with a high near 75.

Saturday Night: Patchy fog after 11pm. Otherwise, mostly cloudy, with a low around 54.

Sunday: Patchy fog before 11am. Otherwise, partly cloudy, with a high near 71.

Sunday Night: Patchy fog after 11pm. Otherwise, mostly cloudy, with a low around 55.

Monday: Patchy fog before 11am. Otherwise, partly cloudy, with a high near 70.

Monday Night: Patchy fog after 11pm. Otherwise, mostly cloudy, with a low around 54.

Tuesday: Patchy fog before 11am. Otherwise, mostly cloudy, with a high near 68.

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DAVID TOERGE
Sentinel Photography Editor
When David Toerge left a career in photojournalism that had spanned over twelve years and started in a new direction of commercial photography he blended the editorial style with a more corporate look. David led the way in that new style garnering many awards for his work. Communications Arts has honored him over six times. Based in San Francisco, David shoots projects on location all over the US for various corporations and a multitude of magazines and always brings back great images. He has a keen sense of light, color, and composition and delivers to his clients assignments done with passion. He has climbed bridges hundreds of feet in the air, shot in caves hundreds of feet below, dived with sharks and driven the track with Indy drivers. He has shot earthquakes and firestorms but loves walking the streets with his camera just photographing the everyday life of his city.

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BILL WILSON
Sentinel Photographer
Bill Wilson is a veteran freelance photographer whose work is published by San Francisco and Bay Area media. Bill embraced photography at the age of eight. In recent years, his photos capture historic record of the San Francisco LGBT community in the Bay Area Reporter (BAR). Bill has contributed to the Sentinel for the past three years.

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JOE ALIOTO VERONESE cites grassroots success in raising $101,000 for California Senate campaign

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San Francisco Police Commissioner Joe Alioto Veronese at the Reverend Jesse Jackson’s side Saturday during a Western Addition rally aimed at ending the killing of children by gunfire. Some 30,000 Americans are killed by gunfire every year compared to US soldier Iraqi War deaths totaling 3,600 in four years.
PHOTOS BY BILL WILSON
Sentinel Photographer
Copyright © 2007 San Francisco Sentinel

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Photo Special to The Sentinel

BY PAT MURPHY
Sentinel Editor & Publisher
Copyright © 2007 San Francisco Sentinel
San Francisco Police Commissioner Joe Alioto Veronese announced this week his campaign for California Senate District 3 has raised $101,000 in campaign donations.

Alioto Veronese, who began fundraising June 13, raised current tally from 191 individuals, Veronese told the Sentinel.

Most contributions came from the Democratic Party Fundraising website at ActBlue.com, he reported.

The police commissioner cited his campaign as a grassroots effort.

“This campaign is about making room for the people and not just the special interests,” stated Alioto Veronese.

“Our results are proof that this message is resonating.

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Julie Alioto Veronese with husband Joe at Saturday Jesse Jackson rally.

“I’m taking power away from the politicians and giving power back to families.

“My campaign is a grassroots movement to bring much needed change to Sacramento and people are responding.”

The fundraising effort shows Alioto Veronese will be able to compete financially with both Mark Leno and Carol Migden in the Democratic Primary next June.

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Alioto Veronese’s campaign includes a personal commitment of $32,000 loaned to the campaign.

In addition to serving as a police commissioner, Alioto Veronese is Member of the California Criminal Justice Commission, Civil Rights, Attorney in the Law Office of Mayor Joseph Alioto and Angela Alioto, and small business owner in the wine industry in Sonoma County.

California Senate District 3 includes San Francisco, Marin, and Sonoma Counties.

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PAT MURPHY

Sentinel Editor & Publisher
In his youth, Pat Murphy worked as a General Assignment reporter for the Richmond Independent, the Berkeley Daily Gazette, and the San Francisco Chronicle. He served as Managing Editor of the St. Albans (Vermont) Daily Messenger at age 21. Murphy also launched ValPak couponing in San Francisco, as the company’s first San Francisco franchise owner. He walked the bricks, developing ad strategy for a broad range of restaurants and merchants. Pat knows what works and what doesn’t work. His writing skill has been employed by marketing agencies, including Don Solem & Associates. He has covered San Francisco governance for the past ten years. Pat scribes an offbeat view of the human family through Believe It or What.

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BILL WILSON
Sentinel Photographer
Bill Wilson is a veteran freelance photographer whose work is published by San Francisco and Bay Area media. Bill embraced photography at the age of eight. In recent years, his photos capture historic record of the San Francisco LGBT community in the Bay Area Reporter (BAR). Bill has contributed to the Sentinel for the past three years.

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STREET VIOLENCE: Three more shootings – One Dead – One life threatening injury – No arrests

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A man was sent to the hospital with injuries from a gunshot wound Monday night, a San Francisco police dispatcher said this morning, just hours after Mayor Gavin Newsom’s decree of progress in San Francisco’s gun control legislation.

An older man was shot in the 900 block of Filbert Street around 11 p.m., according to a dispatcher. The wounded individual was the victim of an attempted robbery, and he was taken to San Francisco General Hospital to be treated for his injuries.

Two other shootings took place earlier in the day during which one person was killed and two others suffered life-threatening injuries, according to police.

The first shooting was reported at around 3:15 p.m. at the intersection of Third Street and LaSalle Avenue in Bayview, San Francisco police Sgt. Steve Mannina said.

Two victims were shot while inside a blue sedan. The driver of the blue sedan, a 19-year-old from San Francisco, was killed, Mannina said. The second victim, a 15-year-old from Richmond, was transported to San Francisco General Hospital with life threatening injuries.

The shots apparently came from one or two men in a white sedan, which sped away after multiple rounds were fired.

The victim’s vehicle continued eastbound on LaSalle and collided with another vehicle, whose driver was not involved in the shooting, according to Mannina. The driver suffered injuries that were not life threatening, he said.

A second shooting was reported just before 6 p.m. at Thrift Street and Plymouth Avenue.

A victim was chased down on foot and shot after a gunfight that apparently began in a car, Mannina said. The victim was brought to San Francisco General with life threatening injuries, hesaid.

No suspects have been arrested in either shooting, Mannina said.

The shootings occurred on the same day Newsom’s proposed gun control measures had passed through the San Francisco Board of Supervisors’ Public Safety Committee.

According to statistics provided by the mayor’s office, the number of patients admitted to San Francisco General Trauma Center for gunshot injuries rose from 81 in 2001 to 228 in 2006.

Newsom’s proposal would prohibit the possession and sale of firearms on county property, require that handguns in homes are stored in locked containers, and increase regulatory requirements on gun dealers, the mayor’s office said.

“It’s all about keeping guns out of the wrong hands: away from children, out of schools and parks, off the black market, and out of the hands of criminals,” Newsom said.

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SAN FRANCISCO CLOSER to having nation’s toughest gun laws

From the Mayor’s Office of Communications

Firearms legislation proposed by Mayor Gavin Newsom and District Attorney Kamala Harris – co-sponsored by Supervisors Ross Mirkarimi and Sophie Maxwell – that would limit the proliferation of handguns in San Francisco, passed through the City’s Public Safety Committee Monday. The bill next goes to the full Board of Supervisors for a final vote.

The legislative proposals include:

• Prohibiting possession and sale of firearms on County property. This law disallows guns in local parks, community centers, schools, and government buildings, and restricts gun shows or gun sales from City and County property.

• Requiring handguns kept in homes to be stored in locked containers. This regulation will deter accidental shootings by children and teenagers, and prevent tragic deaths such as the recent accidental shooting of a 14-year-old girl in the Western Addition. This law change will also decrease the possibility of stolen weapons.

• Increasing regulatory requirements on gun dealers, to minimize inappropriate sales of handguns that make their way to the black market.

“The members of the Public Safety Committee moved us a step forward today in our efforts to limit guns on our streets,” said Mayor Newsom.

“I’m hopeful that the full Board will echo their sentiments – and the sentiments of the community – and approve this much-needed package of firearms legislation.”

“It’s all about keeping guns out of the wrong hands: away from children, out of schools and parks, off the black market, and out of the hands of criminals,” said District Attorney Harris.
Today’s passage comes on the heels of several public records requests aimed at Mayor Newsom by law firms linked to the National Rifle Association (NRA). The NRA has voiced its opposition to Mayors Against Illegal Guns, an organization that includes Mayor Michael Bloomberg and Mayor Newsom.

Local crime statistics:

• The San Francisco Police Department seized 1, 158 guns in 2005 and 1,104 guns in 2006.

• While in 2001, 81 patients were admitted to SF General Trauma Center for serious injuries resulting from gunshots. The number of patients admitted for serious injuries rose to 228 by 2006.

• Similarly, the total number of shootings that resulted in nonfatal injuries documented by SFPD was 269 in 2005, 303 in 2006.

• Gun crimes in and around schools and on buses carrying students to and from school have become increasingly common.

• In 2003 and 2004, 52% of the City’s gun violence victims were under the age of 25.

• Homicides committed with handguns are the leading cause of firearms related injuries and death in California.

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UGLIEST BUILDING in San Francisco formally opens

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Photos by Bill Wilson
Sentinel Photographer
Copyright © 2007 San Francisco Sentinel

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi today called San Francisco’s newest federal building “a model for the rest of the country” at a ribbon-cutting ceremony for the $144 million edifice.

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House Speaker Nancy Pelosi officiates opening today of new Federal Building located at 7th and Mission Streets.

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Congresswoman Pelosi, D-San Francisco, spoke along with federal and local officials including Mayor Gavin Newsom at the official dedication of the 18-story building at 90 Seventh St. between Mission and Market streets.

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The building houses about 1,500 workers in regional offices of agencies including the U.S. departments of labor, agricultural and health and human services and the Social Security Administration.

Pelosi, who said she had been working on getting the building built during her entire 20 years in Congress, said the building is a “triumph of social responsibility” because it saves energy by using natural light and natural ventilation as much as possible.

The energy use is 50 percent below the target for new federal buildings, Pelosi said.

The building is also aimed at promoting workers’ health. Among other techniques, it has skip-stop elevators that stop only on every third floor, so that employees have to climb stairs.

Thom Mayne, the building’s architect, said during the dedication that federal officials figured out that the stair-walking exercise should extend the average user’s life span by seven days and six hours.

Employees who don’t want to walk up stairs can use disability-accessible elevators that stop on every floor.

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The slender building is 240 feet tall but only 65 feet wide, enabling workers on each floor to see city views to both the north and the south. Most employees work in low-walled cubicles along the windows, while managers have offices in so-called “cabins” in the center of each floor.

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The building project was run by the U.S. General Services Administration, which manages federal facilities and property.

GSA spokeswoman Gene Gibson said that workers began moving in April and that almost all of the 1,500 occupants are now in place.

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The tenant agencies previously occupied leased space in various locations in the city.

The new building, known for the time being as the San Francisco Federal Building, is one of two large U.S. office buildings in the city. The other is the 20-story Philip Burton Federal Building, named after the late Democratic congressman, at 450 Golden Gate Ave., which houses federal trial courts and several other U.S. agencies.

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Gibson said the new building could eventually be named after a person, but that will be up to Congress and the presidential administration.

The dedication took place on the building’s large open plaza.

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BILL WILSON
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Bill Wilson is a veteran freelance photographer whose work is published by San Francisco and East Bay media. Bill embraced photography at the age of eight. In recent years, his photos capture historic record of the San Francisco LGBT community in the Bay Area Reporter (BAR). Bill has contributed to the Sentinel for the past two years.

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SAN FRANCISCO SILENT FILM FESTIVAL – Begins Friday, July 13th at the Castro Theater

THE SOUNDS OF SILENTS

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RAMÓN NOVARRO & NORMA SHEARER

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By Seán Martinfield
Sentinel Fine Arts Critic
Copyright © 2007 San Francisco Sentinel

Opening at the majestic CASTRO THEATRE Friday night, July 13th is the 1927 silent classic THE STUDENT PRINCE IN OLD HEIDELBERG. Starring the “Queen of the Lot” at M.G.M. Studios, the young and vibrant NORMA SHEARER is teamed with the sweetest of Hollywood’s gay latin lovers, Ramón Novarro. Mr. Novarro gained international success in 1925 in the title role of BEN–HUR. Thirty years later, upon arrivng in Hollywood, Lucy Ricardo’s mother (Kathryn Card as “Mrs. McGillicudy”) hoped to run into the effervescent matinee idol and his muscle-bound co-star, Francis X. Bushman.

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FRANCIS X. BUSHMAN snares RAMÓN NOVARRO – in BEN–HUR, 1925

Norma Shearer’s film career continued until 1942 when she gladly retired into the arms of her second husband – the extremely handsome ski instructor Martin Arrougé, 20 years her junior. Directed by the great Ernst Lubitsch, THE STUDENT PRINCE capitalizes on the fantastic success of the Broadway musical by Sigmund Romberg. Based on the 1903 play by Wilhelm Meyer-Förster, the still-popular operetta opened at Jolson’s 59th Street Theatre in December 1924, ran more than 600 performances and closed mid-May 1926. MGM picked up the rights and under the watchful eyes of “Boy Wonder” producer Irving Thalberg, the film was released September 21st , 1927. Eight days later Thalberg married the leading lady – the continuously evergreen cult heroine of MARIE ANTOINETTE (1938) and THE WOMEN (1939) – Hollywood’s then most sophisticated catalyst to women’s emerging sexual freedoms.

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NORMA SHEARER as Marie Antoinette — a favorite portrait.

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THE EXPERTS AGREE – Norma Shearer’s voice is perfect for talking films

Synchronizing music with emotion is the ultimate task of those who accompany silent films. This past season at SAN FRANCISCO SYMPHONY, conductor David Robertson led the orchestra through three performances of Charlie Chaplin’s CITY LIGHTS. Given the luxuries of world class musicians and the dramatic environment of Louise M. Davies Symphony Hall, “the little tramp” proved himself a worthy and sensitive composer – cleverly informing the dramatic flow, probing and piquing the intentions of his characters, and throwing in a sufficient supply of special-effect bells and whistles to create the perfect link between reality and magic. This weekend at the CASTRO THEATRE, the musicians who have been invited to accompany the cinematic gems of the 12TH SAN FRANCISCO SILENT FILM FESTIVAL are likewise celebrated for their histrionic skills, glittering charisma, interpretive genius, and relentlessly real/to/reel high-octane endurance quotient.

For further information about the festival, the artists, guests, sponsors and tickets:

FRIDAY – July 13th at 7:00 PM
THE STUDENT PRINCE IN OLD HEIDELBERG, 1927, Directed by Ernst Lubitsch. Starring Norma Shearer, Ramon Novarro, Jean Hersholt, Gustav von Seyffertitz, and Philipe de Lacy.
With short 28MM to 35MM – BEAUTY SPOTS IN AMERICA: CASTLE HOT SPRINGS, ARIZONA (1916). Co-Presented by GOETHE-INSTITUT SAN FRANCISCO.
Live accompaniment on the Mighty Wurlitzer by Dennis James.

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DENNIS JAMES, Organist

Count on the very popular DENNIS JAMES to provide just the right kicker for the Students’ rollicking tavern scene and a rich wafting smoothness to the longing and nostalgia of unrequited love. For Last season’s SHOW PEOPLE (1928) Mr. James provided glimmering insight to the comic antics and tender exchanges between the very powerful Marion Davies and the very-out William Haines. Thus, with one eye toward the society of MGM and the other on director Lubitsch’s romantic satin touches (observe his obsession with doors!) Dennis James will deliver a score that will echo deep in your heart. Festival organizers hope you will attend the Opening Night Party on Friday, July 13, following THE STUDENT PRINCE IN OLD HEIDELBERG. Celebrate in true beer garden spirit with tasty German food and drink. Rub elbows with special guests in 2/4–time to the lively beat of BIG LOU’S POLKA CASSEROLE. PLEASE NOTE: The Opening Night presentation of THE STUDENT PRINCE IN OLD HEIDELBERG requires separate admission. Platinum Pass, Gold Pass, Festival Pass and VIP tickets not valid for Opening Night. The Student Prince In Old Heidelberg tickets cannot be purchased as part of a 4-Ticket Deal.

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BIG LOU’S POLKA CASSEROLE

SATURDAY, July 14th at 10:30 AM
HAL ROACH: KING OF COMEDY
FAST COMPANY (1924) Directed by Robert F. McGowan with Our Gang
JUST A GOOD GUY (1924) Directed by Hampton Del Ruth with Arthur Stone
THE BOY FRIEND (1928) Directed by Fred Guiol with Max Davidson
MOVIE NIGHT (1929) Directed by Lewis R. Foster with Charley Chase
Special guests: Rob Stone of the UCLA FILM & TELEVISION ARCHIVE and Leonard Maltin.
Live piano accompaniment by Donald Sosin. An acclaimed silent film accompanist for more than 30 years, DONALD SOSIN has performed at many prestigious venues and festivals around the world, in addition to composing and recording numerous scores for DVD releases.

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DONALD SOSIN, Pianist

SATURDAY, July 14th at 1:15 PM
THE VALLEY OF THE GIANTS, 1927. Directed by Charles Brabin. Starring Milton Sills, Doris Kenyon, Arthur Stone, George Fawcett, Paul Hurst, and Phil Brady.
With short 28MM to 35MM – HOW THE COWBOY MAKES HS LARIAT, 1917.
Sponsored by Wells Fargo. Live piano accompaniment by Stephen Horne.

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STEPHEN HORNE, Pianist

SATURDAY, July 14th at 3:30 PM
MACISTE, 1915. Directed by Luigi Romano Borgnetto. Starring Bartolomeo Pagano, Ada Marangoni, Arline Costello, Louise Farnsworth, and Robert Ormand. Featuring Italian title cards and with live reading of English translation by Olivia Sears and Frank Buxton. With short 28MM to 35MM – HIS WIFE’S HERO, 1917. Co-Presented by CENTER FOR THE ART OF TRANSLATION. With the generous assistance of ISTITUTO ITALIANO DI CULTURA.
Live piano accompaniment by Donald Sosin.

SATURDAY, July 14th at 5:45 PM
Special Tribute to Turner Classic Movies!
CAMILLE, 1921. Directed by Ray C. Smallwood. Starring Alla Nazimova, Rudolph Valentino, Patsy Ruth Miller, Rex Cherryman, Arthur Hoyt, and Consuelo Flowerton.
Special guests: Charles Tabesh and Robert Osborn of Turner Classic Movies. With short 28MM to 35MM – HER OBSESSION, 1917 . Sponsored by MCROSKEY MATTRESS COMPANY.
Live accompaniment on the Mighty Wurlitzer by Clark Wilson. Past Festival appearances by Mr. Clark include SEVENTH HEAVEN and PANDORA’S BOX (2006); and THE SCARLET LETTER (2005).


CLARK WILSON, Organist

SATURDAY, July 14th at 8:45 PM
BEGGARS OF LIFE, 1928. Directed by William A. Wellman. Starring Wallace Beery, Richard Arlen, Louise Brooks, and Edgar ‘Blue’ Washington. Special guests: Patrick Loughney of George Eastman House and William Wellman, Jr. With short 28MM to 35MM – HOODWINKING THE POLICE, 1917.
Live accompaniment by. Mont Alto Motion Picture Orchestra. Since 1994, MONT ALTO MOTION PICTURE ORCHESTRA, a quintet based in Colorado, has revived the sound of the original silent film orchestra. They have compiled and performed scores for 50 silent films and made recordings for 20 DVD releases.

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MONT ALTO MOTION PICTURE ORCHESTRA

SUNDAY, July 15th at 10:30 AM – FREE!
MORE AMAZING TALES FROM THE ARCHIVES
Back by popular demand: our behind-the-scenes look at the utterly fascinating – and urgently necessary – world of silent film preservation. This year the focus is on two types of rarities: films on the outer edges of the silent-era movie-going experience, and films consigned to obsolete formats. Rob Stone of UCLA Film & Television Archive will examine the dilemma that archivists face the world over: how to ensure the preservation of “peripheral” films – trailers, newsreels, shorts and fragments. Patrick Loughney of George Eastman House will introduce us to such long-abandoned formats as 28mm, which was originally sold to homes and schools. Several one-of-a-kind 28mm films, now restored to 35mm, will screen at select programs throughout the festival weekend.
Live piano accompaniment by Donald Sosin.

SUNDAY, July 15th at 12:45 PM
RETOUR DE FLAMME (Saved from the Flames)
French rarities by George Méliès, Gaston Velle, Ferdinand Zecca and more from 1900-1928 presented by Serge Bromberg. Co-Presented by ALLIANCE FRANÇAISE. With the generous assistance of CONSULATE GENERAL OF FRANCE in San Francisco.
Live piano accompaniment by Serge Bromberg. Renowned founder of LOBSTER FILMS, Mr. Bromberg actively searches the world to save cinematic rarities from oblivion. His RETOUR DE FLAMME shows, featuring his own piano accompaniment, are a cherished biannual event in Paris.

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SERGE BROMBERG, Pianist

SUNDAY, July 15th at 3:35 PM
MISS LULU BETT, 1921. Directed by William DeMille. Starring Lois Wilson, Milton Sills, Theodore Roberts, Helen Ferguson, and Clarence Burton.
Introduced by Mike Mashon of the LIBRARY OF CONGRESS. With short 28MM to 35MM – IN THE SHADOW OF THE PYRAMIDS, 1915.
Live accompaniment by MONT ALTO MOTION PICTURE ORCHESTRA.

SUNDAY, July 15th at 6:00 PM
A COTTAGE ON DARTMOOR, 1929. Directed by Anthony Asquith. Scarring Uno Henning, Norah Baring, Hans Schlettow, Judd Green, and Anthony Asquith.
Introduced by Eddie Muller of the FILM NOIR FOUNDATION . With short 28MM to 35MM – LONESOME LUKE’S LIVELY LIFE (1917). Co-Presented by FILM NOIR FOUNDATION.
Live piano accompaniment by Stephen Horne

SUNDAY, July 15th at 8:45 PM
THE GODLESS GIRL, 1929. Directed by Cecil B. DeMille. Starring Lina Basquette, Marie Prevost, James Duryea, Noah Beery, and Eddie Quillan.
Introduced by Scott Simmon of the NATIONAL FILM PRESERVATION FOUNDATION. With short 28MM to 35MM –MUSHROOM GROWING, 1915.
Live accompaniment on the Mighty Wurlitzer by Dennis James.

See Seán’s recent articles:
NEIL SEDAKA and PATTI LUPONE – Summer in The City at Symphony Hall
IPHIGÉNIE EN TAURIDE –Everything old is new again at SF Opera
NAN KEMPNER –de Young Museum Presents Couture Collection
JERSEY BOYS – Earth Angels invade Curran Theatre! Cast #2: Their Eyes Adore You!
DAVID GOCKLEY’S “DON GIOVANNI” – Semper Fi!
HIROSHI SUGIMOTO – Retrospective of photographer’s work at the de Young Museum, July 7th – September 23rd
JEANETTE MacDONALD – First Lady of “San Francisco”
DER ROSENKAVALIER – A Viennese Bon-Bon At San Francisco Opera
SPIDER-MAN 3, An All-American Cinematic Marvel
SAMSON vs DELILAH at AT&T Park – Can Stadium Survive Biblical Shearing?

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San Francisco Sentinel’s Fine Arts Critic Seán Martinfield is a native San Franciscan. He is a Theatre Arts Graduate from San Francisco State University, a professional singer, and well-known private vocal coach to Bay Area actors and singers of all ages and persuasions. His clients have appeared in Broadway National Tours including Wicked, Aïda, Miss Saigon, Rent, Bye Bye Birdie, in theatres and cabarets throughout the Bay Area, and are regularly featured in major City events including Diva Fest, Gay Pride, and Halloween In The Castro. As an Internet consultant in vocal development and audition preparation he has published thousands of responses to those seeking his advice concerning singing techniques, professional and academic auditions, and careers in the Performing Arts. Ask him a question on AllExperts.com . If you would like to build up your vocal performance chops and participate in the Bay Area’s rich theatrical scene, e-mail him at: seanmartinfield@att.net.

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STREET VIOLENCE: Two take a bullet in The Tenderloin – No Arrests, No Suspects

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Two people shot Saturday night in San Francisco’s Tenderloin neighborhood in a suspected gang-related attack are both expected to survive, an operations officer said today.

The shooting was reported in the 1100 block of O’Farrell Street shortly before 10 p.m., the officer said.

The female victim, who was reportedly struck once, suffered only minor injuries, according to the officer.

The male victim was struck twice, according to police, and listed in critical condition.

Both victims were transported to San Francisco General Hospital and are expected to survive, the officer said.

No suspects have been identified or arrested in connection with the shooting, but police were investigating it as a possible gang-related incident, the officer said.

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FOX SPORTS Goes Green for All Star Week

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Fox Sports goes green for All Star Week. FOX SPORTS ‘GOES GREEN’ FOR MLB ALL-STAR GAME 2007 BROADCAST. “FOX Sports employees will drive EV Rental Cars hybrid vehicles including the Ford Escape, Toyota Highlander, Toyota Prius and Honda Civic Hybrid models,” said Jerry Steinberg, SVP of Field & Technical Operations, FOX Sports. Business Wire Photo

As environmental protection and conservation initiatives build steam across the United States, two leading green-minded companies – FOX Sports® and EV Rental Cars – have formed a unique business alliance which supports each company’s environmentally-friendly corporate goals.

FOX Sports, who will serve as the national televising entity broadcasting the 78th MLB All-Star Game on July 10, has called upon hybrid rental car company, EV Rental Cars, to help implement a company-wide initiative to “go green” this year. Through the forward-thinking agreement, EV Rental Cars will make approximately 30 environmental vehicles available to FOX Sports broadcast and technical professionals visiting the Bay Area for the highly-anticipated game.

The groundbreaking partnership speaks to both companies’ progressive stances on preserving natural resources, protecting the environment and preventing unnecessary pollution.

EV Rental Cars Provides a Vehicle for Change

“It has long been part of EV Rental Cars’ mission to educate the public and raise awareness for the benefits of driving clean-fuel cars,” said EV Rental Cars Chairman Jeff Pink.

“Our newly-established alliance with FOX Sports and debut venture supporting their national television broadcast of the MLB 2007 All-Star Game will pave the way toward greater public understanding of hybrid vehicles and their vital benefits to our environment.”

FOX Sports Drives Trend

FOX Sports employees will drive EV Rental Car hybrid vehicles including the Ford Escape, Toyota Highlander, Toyota Prius and Honda Civic Hybrid models. The half-electric and half-gasoline powered vehicles are each equipped with integrated charging systems, precluding them from having to be recharged from an outside source.

The Toyota Prius has the ability to drive nearly 50 miles on a single gallon of gasoline and has a range of about 600 miles per tank; and in California, the hybrid Honda Civic and Toyota Prius both qualify for travel in the carpool lane, even when the driver is the only occupant.

“EV Rental Cars was a natural partner for FOX Sports,” said Jerry Steinberg, SVP of Field & Technical Operations, FOX Sports. “Driving hybrid vehicles falls in line with our company’s environmental initiatives, and we wholeheartedly support EV Rental Cars in their efforts to share the experience of driving ‘green’ with those renting vehicles across the U.S.”

ABOUT FOX SPORTS

As America’s top-rated network for sports for the 10th-straight year (1997-2006), FOX Sports boasts rights agreements with each of the nation’s highest-rated sports. FOX Sports is the exclusive national over-the-air television rights holder of Major League Baseball, including the All-Star Game, alternating League Championship Series and World Series (2007-2013); the National Football League’s NFC package, including the NFC Championship Game and Super Bowls XLII and XLV (2006-2011); NASCAR’s NEXTEL Cup racing from February through May, including the Daytona 500 (2007-2014); the Bowl Championship Series, featuring the Tostitos Fiesta Bowl, FedEx Orange Bowl, Allstate Sugar Bowl from 2007 through 2010 and the new BCS National Championship Game from 2007 through 2009; and the AT&T Cotton Bowl Classic. Since its inception in 1994, FOX Sports has earned 71 Emmy Awards for production excellence. David Hill and Ed Goren are the Executive Producers of FOX Sports.

ABOUT EV RENTAL CARS

EV Rental Cars opened its doors in December 1998 as the first rental company in the United States to rent only environmentally-friendly vehicles to the public. Since then, the company’s fleet has grown to more than 350 cars at seven locations throughout the country. Airport locations include California sites in Los Angeles, Orange County, San Diego, San Francisco, Oakland, San Jose; in addition to a site in Phoenix, Ariz. The company has prevented more than 105 tons of air pollution and passed on to its customers more than $1 million in fuel cost savings. EV Rental Cars is an affiliate of Fox Rent-A-Car. For more information about EV Rental Cars, click here .

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STREET VIOLENCE: Drive-by shooting wings one in the Mission District

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A man took gunshot wounds to his arms in an attack in San Francisco’s Mission district tonight, and was expected to survive, a police officer said.

Police first responded to General Hospital, where one male gunshot victim was found, a San Francisco Police Department operations officer said.

No one connected to the victim was around when officers showed up at the hospital.

Investigators later determined the shooting occurred around 8 p.m. at 21st and Florida streets and was considered a drive-by shooting.

There were no arrests.

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ALL STAR WEEK FANFEST SINGING CONTEST – Saturday Afternoon – ‘Take Me Out To The Ball Game’ – Do You Sing It Best?

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Giants fans, mighty pee wee sluggers, and tigress baseball moms canvass all three floors of Moscone Center West Friday for home-based Italian eats squat proud between the peanuts and crackerjacks, Giants clothing from toddler tiny to mega-manly, souvenir range challenging the imagination, and photo ops with star quality Giants heroes.
PHOTOS BY DAVID TOERGE
Sentinel Photography Editor
Copyright © 2007 San Francisco Sentinel

SUMMER IN THE CITY

BY PAT MURPHY
Sentinel Editor & Publisher
Copyright © 2007 San Francisco Sentinel
As the San Francisco Bay Area fills with strains of ‘Take Me Out To The Ballgame,’ any exacting soul who thinks they sing it best can have their spotlight Saturday afternoon.

Vocal lineup begins at 1:30 p.m. in Moscone Center West, 4th and Howard Streets, turned completely since Friday into a monument to the American Sport crowned with devotion to The Home Team — The San Francisco Giants.

Songsters will face competition from around the globe to best belt-out that American Song mastered even trans-species.

Or spectate the American Way.

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The Poofeit men demonstrate time tested warm-up for the Big Game to begin, energizing themselves Friday at Moscone Center West. Veteran fans from left, Anthony, five-years-old; Anthony, eight-years-old; Nickolas, seven-years-old; and dad John Poofeit.

Moscone FanFest doors are open from 9:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. with Saturday attractions including:

All day: Free appraisals of sports memorabilia.

10:00 a.m.: Mascot Home Run Derby

11:30 a.m.: “Rules of the Game” umpiring clinic

1:00 p.m.: Artist Stanley Silver paints a Willie Mays mural

1:00 p.m.: Beep Ball, baseball for the visually impaired

1:30 p.m.: “Take Me Out to the Ballgame” singing contest

3:00 p.m.: Wheelchair softball exhibition

5:00 p.m.: “Art of playing catch” throwing clinic

5:30 p.m.: Appearance by former players of the All-American Girls Professional Baseball League

Major League Baseball legends signing autographs Friday included Jeffrey Leonard, Vida Blue, Bill Laskey, Dave Kingman, Mike McCormick, Rollie Fingers, Bob Feller, and Tito Fuentes.

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John Kanuit displays a 1923 World Series Bat used and signed by Babe Ruth to Joe and Marty Pedlowe. The bat is estimated to be worth between $150,000 and $200,000. It will be auctioned by Hunt Auctions Inc. on Tuesday at 10:00 a.m. Also up for auction is a 1955 Ted Williams Jersey, a 1921 Ty Cobb Bat, 1958 Willie Mayes jersey and a bat fused by Ted Williams during his last season. More descriptions and photos can be seen at www.huntauctions.com

Young fans learned Friday how empires are trained and strutted pee wee prowess.

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Jimmy Dolan, five-years-old, tries to make a catch but was distracted at the last second by an inconsiderate Sentinel photographer.

FanFest attractions run through the Tuesday All Star Game set for player introductions at 5:13 p.m. and gates opening at 2:00 p.m.

The week done in American Comfort.

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JK Mills and his friend Dionne Rivers catching up on a little Play Station while relaxing in style.

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PAT MURPHY
Sentinel Editor & Publisher
In his youth, Pat Murphy worked as a General Assignment reporter for the Richmond Independent, the Berkeley Daily Gazette, and the San Francisco Chronicle. He served as Managing Editor of the St. Albans (Vermont) Daily Messenger at age 21. Murphy also launched ValPak couponing in San Francisco, as the company’s first San Francisco franchise owner. He walked the bricks, developing ad strategy for a broad range of restaurants and merchants. Pat knows what works and what doesn’t work. His writing skill has been employed by marketing agencies, including Don Solem & Associates. He has covered San Francisco governance for the past ten years. Pat scribes an offbeat view of the human family through Believe It or What.

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DAVID TOERGE
Sentinel Photography Editor
When David Toerge left a career in photojournalism that had spanned over twelve years and started in a new direction of commercial photography he blended the editorial style with a more corporate look. David led the way in that new style garnering many awards for his work. Communications Arts has honored him over six times. Based in San Francisco, David shoots projects on location all over the US for various corporations and a multitude of magazines and always brings back great images. He has a keen sense of light, color, and composition and delivers to his clients assignments done with passion. He has climbed bridges hundreds of feet in the air, shot in caves hundreds of feet below, dived with sharks and driven the track with Indy drivers. He has shot earthquakes and firestorms but loves walking the streets with his camera just photographing the everyday life of his city.

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JESSE JACKSON leads San Francisco Western Addition rally Sunday against street war zone

STREET VIOLENCE: SAN FRANCISCO LEADERSHIP METTLE

See Related: Street Violence

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The Reverend Jesse Jackson visits the San Francisco Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial June 28 with San Francisco District Attorney and San Francisco Third Baptist Church Pastor Amos Brown.
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Sentinel Photographer
Copyright © 2007 San Francisco Sentinel

The Bay Area has become a war zone, according to a local community group, and something has to be done about it.

That’s the reason concerned San Francisco residents will join Reverend Jesse Jackson at a community rally on Sunday in San Francisco’s Western Addition.

Jackson plans to attend a call for peace at Ella Hill Hutch Community Center at 1050 McAllister St. at 2 p.m.

His planned visit is a response to the violence that claimed more than a dozen lives in the Bay Area last weekend.

The recent spike in violence has some locals saying enough is enough.

“There were more people killed in the Bay Area this weekend than U.S. soldiers in Iraq,” said Kevin Bard, a San Francisco State University political science student and intern of the CLAER Project, a community group that helps families of violence victims and promotes peace on San Francisco streets.

“We’ve seen more coverage of Paris Hilton’s criminal activity than on the war on our streets,” Bard added.

Two early homicides in Oakland kick-started a weekend of violence that included four killings each in San Francisco and Oakland and more in Richmond and unincorporated North Richmond.

Some blame the rise in homicides on hot, agitating weather and on more youths on the streets during the summer school break. Others are citing lack of legislation geared at stopping violence as the reason for increased bloodshed.

“We as a society had a fleeting moment of attention on this contributing gun violence as a result of the Virginia Tech incident,” said Sharen Hewitt, The CLAER Project’s executive director.

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Sharen Hewitt

“This incident vanished from the headlines and in the continued silence, weapons of mass destruction continue to proliferate inner-city neighborhoods while the NRA (National Rifle Association) goes unchallenged, and our youth are now more likely to have access to a gun than to a one-day pass to an amusement park.”

Some legislation that will be on topic in the call for peace this Sunday: A redirection of federal war spending and the adoption of a comprehensive urban agenda; increased emphasis on gun control at the state level, including annual gun registration; and the development of a comprehensive five-year plan to address violence in San Francisco, and a commitment in the City’s budget to prioritize violence beyond the police.

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JESSE JACKSON reflects at San Francisco Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial on King Assassination and American children lost every year to gun violence

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BILL WILSON
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Bill Wilson is a veteran freelance photographer whose work is published by San Francisco and East Bay media. Bill embraced photography at the age of eight. In recent years, his photos capture historic record of the San Francisco LGBT community in the Bay Area Reporter (BAR). Bill has contributed to the Sentinel for the past two years.

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VIDEOGATE OFFICER should not have been removed from work, Appellate Court rules

A San Francisco police officer who created a controversial video parody three years ago should not have been temporarily suspended from his job, a state appeals court ruled today.

The Court of Appeal ordered the city to reimburse Officer Andrew Cohen for the four days of pay he lost during his suspension from Dec. 8 to 16, 2005.

The court said Police Chief Heather Fong didn’t follow the Police Department’s own rules when she suspended Cohen because those rules allow temporary suspensions without a hearing only in “exigent” or emergency situations.

A three-judge panel of the appeals court said the video did not create an exigent situation endangering the Police Department’s ability to protect the public.

Justice Sandra Margulies wrote, “In our view, temporary suspensions may not be used a shortcut method of taking punitive action against an officer or as a tool for conducting public relations damage control.”

The video showed skits of uniformed officers responding to mock police calls, including one scene that supposedly showed a homeless black woman who had been hit by a patrol car and another that depicted officers retreating into a massage parlor after avoiding a burglary call.

Cohen described the video as a “comedic parody of Police Department life” that was intended to boost morale, while critics called it sexist, racist and anti-gay.

The officer placed excerpts on a Web site and planned to show the video at a Christmas party for officers at the city’s Bayview-Hunters Point station.

At a news conference on Dec. 7, 2005, the day after they became aware of the video, Fong called the tape “egregious, shameful and despicable” and Mayor Gavin Newsom labeled it “sexist, racist and homophobic.”

Fong temporarily suspended Cohen without pay until a Dec. 14 administrative hearing to determine whether he should remain suspended until the Police Commission ruled on charges that Cohn brought discredit upon the department.

As a result of the administrative hearing, Cohen was returned to his job while awaiting a commission hearing, which has not yet taken place.

Twenty-three other officers who also allegedly participated in the video were also reinstated in their jobs.

Harry Stern, a lawyer for Cohen, called the ruling “fantastic.” He said in addition to getting back his four days of pay, Cohen will ask a Superior Court judge to require the city to pay his attorney’s fees.

Matt Dorsey, a spokesman for City Attorney Dennis Herrera, said the ruling is “not a blockbuster” and said Herrera doesn’t plan to appeal to the California Supreme Court.

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CITY SUPERVISORS AND LABOR COUNCIL skeptical of Peskin Muni ballot proposal

By Pat Murphy
Sentinel Editor & Publisher
Copyright © 2007 San Francisco Sentinel

A ballot measure promising broad reform of Muni ran into opposition Thursday from the San Francisco Labor Council.

The Charter Amendment consolidating power of the Municipal Transportation Authority (MTA) which operates Muni also met serious skepticism from two members of the three-person Rules Committee hearing the proposal.

Supervisor Aaron Peskin authored the proposed City Charter Amendment geared toward voter approval in the November election.

Peskin described the measure as a “broad and sweeping Charter Amendment” while noting he is willing to negotiate several provisions.

The measure “consolidates power and authority within that agency,” reported Peskin.

“It also increases accountability for managers as well as line staff.

“It is a comprehensive, broad sweeping Charter Amendment that, in addition to establishing carbon emission reduction goals, works to increase money to the MTA.

“It also increases accountability for managers by requiring pay to be linked to performance.

“It removes the salary cap for operators to give management leverage at the bargaining table in conjunction with our transit operators.

“It has a series of provisions including but not limited to two-year budgeting, giving the MTA the ability to float their own revenue bonds, and I’m happy to go through it line-by-line,” stated Peskin.

A Labor Council spokesman quickly scored the measure in four areas.

“The total amount of power that is going to be taken out of the hands of the Board of Supervisors and put in the hands of the MTA, which is an appointed body as opposed to an elected body, concerns us,” objected San Francisco Labor Council Executive Director Tim Paulson.

“The proposition… about the 10% of people who would not be working under a collective bargaining agreement is extremely worrisome to us.

“Anything you can think of around (Muni supervisor) favoratism and supervisors picking who they want to get into these types of jobs are at the core of some the trade union values that we all have here.

“The whole idea of all of a sudden… to have that kind of money taken out of the General Fund and just sliced right back into Muni does not seem to be the approach that needs to be taken because, whether it’s $25 million or $30 million or whatever the estimates are, what other programs are going to be suffering based on that type of set-aside,” said Paulson.

Rules Committee Chair Tom Ammiano expressed doubt the measure would make Muni run better. Supervisors Sean Elsbernd and Jake McGoldrick sit as committee members.

“I’m of the mind now that these are a lot of bells and whistles,” observed Committee Chair Tom Ammiano.

“I’m not quite sure how they’re going to land in terms of efficacy or really going to make Muni run better even though I know the intent is there.

“As it exists now the amendment would increase at-will employees from 1.5% to 10%, about 500 people at-will?” Ammiano asked Peskin, concerned with the increase of employees who could be terminated without cause.

Peskin is willing to negotiate the number downward, he responded.

“In discussions with various units of labor I indicated that was the outside of the envelope and and subject to continued discussions — certainly willing to revise that downward.”

Ammiano also expressed concern over ballot proposal removal of the San Francisco Civil Service Commission from oversight of Muni.

“The authority would be transferred to a MTA Commission but I would respectfully say the following which is you look at personal service contracts — I defy anybody to tell me that the Civil Service Commission does not approve 99.9% of them so I don’t know what the difference is — this not a deal killer for me.

“I don’t know that there is any practical difference but I am open to change.”

But, “The Board of Supervisors would lose oversight over Prop J (previous consolidation of Muni oversight)?,” noted Ammiano.

“That would be transferred to the MTA but the Board would retain its powers under Section 9.118 of the Charter and would still be charged with approving any contract in excess of $10 million in cost in ten years in duration or $1 million in revenue,” Peskin answered.

“Well, I could drop the bread crumbs on that one,” retorted the chairman.

Some $25 million in the City’s General Fund would be transferred to the MTA under the proposal as currently written, raising the specter diminished funding for other City services, drawing Ammiano focus.

“I know some senior folks rely on that option (for City service funding),” Ammiano continued.

“It’s definitely a policy call,” stated Peskin, “it’s a policy call about moving additional funds from the General Fund to Muni.

“The current division of money, 40% goes to MTA, 20% goes to aging adult services, 40% to the General Fund — this would transfer that 40% that goes to the General Fund to the Muni where it would be to the benefit of individuals who use our Municipal Railway and they come from every economic strata in San Francisco.

“In the future as revenues grew from the parking fines in time, all of the up-side would inure to the benefit of the agency.

“So that in 2008-2009 you would see a reduction of General Fund revenue in approximately the amount of $26 million.”

“And Muni gets the unilateral authority for parking fines?” inqured Ammiano.

“That is correct,” said Peskin.

“Not only parking fines,” interjected Supervisor Jake McGoldrick,”but indeed parking rates, parking fees — all of that would then be taken away from the Board of Supervisors — is that correct, MTA would take control of all of that?”

“That is the proposal,” Peskin responded.

McGoldrick questioned giving power to appointed officials over elected officials.

“I think the electorate for the elected officials to be able to weigh in as opposed to appointed officials that are appointed through the executive office, that being the Mayor’s Office whether it’s this mayor or any other mayor.

The proposal gives “incredible powers of authorization… to appointed officials who are basically unknown figures to the general public and I think that’s a very, very important matter that’s put before us.”

“My retort to that,” noted Peskin,” through the chair to Supervisor McGoldrick is that this would be a policy position which the voters could elect to adopt or not.

“It certainly bestows great powers on the MTA Commission.”

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PAT MURPHY
Sentinel Editor & Publisher
In his youth, Pat Murphy worked as a General Assignment reporter for the Richmond Independent, the Berkeley Daily Gazette, and the San Francisco Chronicle. He served as Managing Editor of the St. Albans (Vermont) Daily Messenger at age 21. Murphy also launched ValPak couponing in San Francisco, as the company’s first San Francisco franchise owner. He walked the bricks, developing ad strategy for a broad range of restaurants and merchants. Pat knows what works and what doesn’t work. His writing skill has been employed by marketing agencies, including Don Solem & Associates. He has covered San Francisco governance for the past ten years. Pat scribes an offbeat view of the human family through Believe It or What.

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STREET VIOLENCE: Man shot six times in front of Ferry Building

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A man in his mid-20s who was shot six times in front of the Ferry Building on Wednesday night sustained non-life threatening injuries, police said today.

Two other victims, who were attacked after seven suspects allegedly initiated a physical brawl with the victims, also suffered non-life threatening injuries, according to police.

The three victims were sitting and drinking when the seven suspects approached them, according to a police report.

The second victim was allegedly whipped with a pistol, and a bullet allegedly grazed the third victim’s back, according to police.

No arrests have been made and police continue to search for the suspects.

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INSIGNIFICANT OTHERS – Opens at The Zeum Theater July 14th

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By Seán Martinfield
Sentinel Fine Arts Critic
Copyright © 2007 San Francisco Sentinel

INSIGNIFICANT OTHERS is an original musical by San Francisco composer and lyricist, L. Jay Kuo. This romantic comedy follows the stories of five friends—Margaret, Jeannine, Kristen, Jordan and Luke—who move to San Francisco from the Midwest. Through hilarity and heartbreak, the friends rediscover the bonds they have to one another.

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INSIGNIFICANT OTHERS – at the Zeum Theater

INSIGNIFICANT OTHERS began as a staged reading in May of 2005 in San Francisco. Following that reading, ISO received an AIRspace (Artist in Residence) award from the Jon Sims Center for the Arts, where it underwent its second workshop. In October of 2005, ISO received a prestigious Theatre Bay Area CA$H grant and staged four workshop performances at the Jon Sims Center in January of 2006.

The workshops caught the attention of San Francisco’s New Conservatory Theatre Center, and in July of 2006, it played to sold-out houses for five straight weekends during the summer of 2006 as part of NCTC’s in-concert series, under the direction of George Quick. ISO was awarded Best Original Musical Script by the Bay Area Theatre Critics Circle for 2006.

On July 14, 2007, ISO returns to the stage at Yerba Buena’s Zeum Theatre, in the heart of San Francisco’s Arts District. The show roars back with an expanded cast, live band, and full commercial production. Get behind the scenes at their blog at: “The Making of a San Francisco Musical”.

To order tickets on-line: INSIGNIFICANT OTHERS
Check out the show: Songs & Videos, “Insignificant Others”
Meet the Artists: Cast & Crew: Cast & Crew, “Insignificant Others”

See Seán’s recent articles:
NORMA SHEARER – Headlines the 12th San Francisco International Silent Film Festival
NEIL SEDAKA and PATTI LUPONE – Summer in The City at Symphony Hall
IPHIGÉNIE EN TAURIDE –Everything old is new again at SF Opera
NAN KEMPNER –de Young Museum Presents Couture Collection
JERSEY BOYS – Earth Angels invade Curran Theatre! Cast #2: Their Eyes Adore You!
JEANETTE MacDONALD – First Lady of “San Francisco”
DER ROSENKAVALIER – A Viennese Bon-Bon At San Francisco Opera
DAVID GOCKLEY’S “DON GIOVANNI” – Semper Fi!
HIROSHI SUGIMOTO – Retrospective of photographer’s work at the de Young Museum, July 7th – September 23rd
SPIDER-MAN 3, An All-American Cinematic Marvel
SAMSON vs DELILAH at AT&T Park – Can Stadium Survive Biblical Shearing?
LA VIE EN ROSE (La Môme) – Biography of Edith Piaf – A Sensation at the 50th San Francisco International Film Festival
An Interview with PASCAL MOLAT – Principal Soloist, San Francisco Ballet

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San Francisco Sentinel’s Fine Arts Critic Seán Martinfield is a native San Franciscan. He is a Theatre Arts Graduate from San Francisco State University, a professional singer, and well-known private vocal coach to Bay Area actors and singers of all ages and persuasions. His clients have appeared in Broadway National Tours including Wicked, Aïda, Miss Saigon, Rent, Bye Bye Birdie, in theatres and cabarets throughout the Bay Area, and are regularly featured in major City events including Diva Fest, Gay Pride, and Halloween In The Castro. As an Internet consultant in vocal development and audition preparation he has published thousands of responses to those seeking his advice concerning singing techniques, professional and academic auditions, and careers in the Performing Arts. Ask him a question on AllExperts.com . If you would like to build up your vocal performance chops and participate in the Bay Area’s rich theatrical scene, e-mail him at: seanmartinfield@att.net.

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GREEN BUILDING EXCHANGE opens Redwood City office

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REDWOOD CITY, Calif.– Green Building Exchange, a year-round center dedicated to vendors who adhere to environmentally friendly building practices, is celebrating its Grand Opening on Saturday, July 28, from 10 a.m. through 3 p.m. at 305 Main Street in Redwood City.

The public is invited to tour the 55,000 square foot marketplace facility and check out vendors who have already become part of this timely and ambitious enterprise. In addition to learning first-hand about everything from solar panels to bamboo flooring, energy-saving coil bulbs, and water-saving irrigation systems, Green Building Exchange will also feature organic wine, nibbles and informative presentations by experts in the green building industry.

Green Seed Radio, hosted by Ginnie Waters and heard every Saturday, 2-3 p.m. on 960AM “The Quake,” is broadcasting live from the event. Green Seed Radio, produced by Green Building Exchange, is the first commercial radio show dedicated to green building and the environment. For more information, or to participate in this program, call Green Building Exchange at 650-369-4900 email info@greenbuildingexchange.com.

“We feel the time is right for this kind of marketplace, providing the information on every aspect of the current wave of interest in sustainable communities,” said Michael Schaeffer, President and CEO of Green Building Exchange.

“As someone associated with the construction business, I was quick to realize that there was a tremendous interest in environmental friendly construction, but there was no single source that could provide information on all aspects of the industry. Hopefully, we’ll fill that need here with the opening of Green Building Exchange.”

SPEAKERS

Eric Corey Freed, founder of organicARCHITECT, recognized for the tradition of Organic Architecture first developed by Frank Lloyd Wright, will share his approaches to organic and ecological design; visionary architect Sym Van Der Ryn will address ways that design, project planning, education and public access to ecological principles make green building a viable solution to our global challenges; Sustainable Spaces founder, Matt Golden, who was highlighted on NBC’s “The Ellen DeGeneres Show,” addresses a holistic system of identifying improvements in comfort, air quality and energy efficiency in the home; Green Builders of Marin founder, John Shurtz, will discuss healthy approaches to renovation, reuse of materials in building, and structurally sound building practices; and Scott Fossel, from Green Century Institute, will look at the vision of a whole system approach to ecological and economical urban development. GCI is a founding sponsor of the upcoming 2008 Eco City World Summit in San Francisco.

About Green Building Exchange

Green Building Exchange acts locally to impact the green movement nationally.

Created in the spirit of social entrepreneurship, Green Building Exchange is a one-stop marketplace for businesses and individuals committed to and working in sustainable buildings. Because of the enormous energy behind the ecological movement in communities, homes and commercial enterprise, Green Building Exchange is committed to educating the public and supporting building and design professionals to increase their expertise in greening their products, trade and approach to building.

GBE welcomes and encourages all green industry professionals to showcase their products and services. Acting on the synergy of its exhibitors, educators, building professionals and the public, GBE acts as a networking hub, a year-round tradeshow, and a platform for education, conferences and the expansion of local and commercial commerce in the sustainable building market.

About Green Seed Radio

Hosted by Ginnie Waters, this informative and entertaining show is the first program of its kind to broadcast on commercial radio, exploring the green building industry and providing homeowners and business professionals with insight and information on building and living green.

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