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Cold Day in August

Hap Jitters, of the SF Gate Staff
Friday, August 23, 2002

Need another unseasonable chill, San Franciscans? Here's one, apropos nada. If you eat your veggies and don't cancel cable you may live to hear this: "Hi, I'm your host, Harry Smith. Tonight on 'Biography,' the man, the music, the legend -- Moby."

Smoke Plume Santana Row Fire Aerial View Fire Witnesses
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Cut to: apocalyptic scenes of flame and destruction. Considering how many additional fires were sparked by the Santana Row blaze Monday afternoon, it's a mystery the house across Winchester avoided destruction.

Sandia Lab Sandia Lab
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If you were asked to guess which photos got the most traffic on the Gate Monday and Tuesday you might suggest one of the many San Jose fire spectaculars. That seems logical so, naturally, it's wrong. In fact these photos of counter-terrorist planners at Sandia Labs got so many more hits than any of the fire pix that the wireheads in the Gate's engine room wondered if al Qaeda had those pages bookmarked. Turned out to be nothing so sinister. In fact, much of the traffic came via a guy writing in a thread at slashdot.org who posted a direct link to one of the pictures. Put down your slingshots, Webmasters. But remain vigilant.


CNN Tapes CNN Tapes CNN Tape
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Now, about those al Qaeda training tapes CNN obtained in Afghanistan and broadcast all week. Fox News spent a bundle on newsprint ads that questioned how much money CNN paid (and to whom) for their exclusive.

Golly, Fox, how public-spirited of you to investigate questionable practices by your dear friends at CNN. Maybe if you spent some of that effort, y'know, in the field, you could get your own scoop, too.

Regardless how the tapes were acquired, they're a powerful reminder that the "War on Terrorism," no matter how adeptly or ineptly you believe it's being prosecuted, is a necessary defensive response to an evidently well-planned "War on Civilization" this army of terrorists has been fighting for years.


Yao Ming Yao Ming

Yao sir! Thursday, hoops fans in Oakland got a glimpse of Nike's (oops, we're supposed to refer to that company as "the NBA," aren't we?) next big franchise player, and we do Ming "big."


Bird Pets Bird Pets Bird Pets
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Would you have guessed that parrot behavior consultants charge $100 for a personal session? For that matter, would you have guessed that there were parrot behavior consultants?


Delahaye Roadster Delahaye Roadster Delahaye Roadster
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Hey, them guys at Maaco sure do a great job!


Craig Harmon Craig Harmon
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Can you explain why the Chronicle didn't count Kelly St. John's heartwarming story about Craig Harmon (who followed the Lincoln Highway across America carrying a lock of Abraham Lincoln's hair while driving a vintage fire truck) among the installments of their "American Portrait" series? Ah, it seems other papers along the way had previously reported that story.

Main Drag, Ely Shadow Wall
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As for news that Ely, Nevada is a long way from a big city and may not be much of a terrorism target -- Page One!


Sailboat, Ferry Sailboat, Ferry Ferry
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We're all for an expanded ferry fleet, the more routes the merrier. Can we also perhaps request more frequent departures on each of those routes?


Judo Kids
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Like a scene from a "Simpsons" episode, a bad guy tries to carjack a minivan in L.A. and -- whoops! -- it's carrying the Florida International University judo team. Ha! It was a story news disseminators loved so much they've been reporting it day after day. By week's end, even the producers of NPR's "Morning Edition" had heard about it.

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