9:04pm

Thu February 7, 2013
Sports

Lawsuit, Investigation Loom Over Lance Armstrong

Originally published on Fri February 8, 2013 4:41 am

Talk show host Oprah Winfrey interviews Lance Armstrong on Jan. 14. Armstrong confessed to using performance-enhancing drugs to win the Tour de France, reversing more than a decade of denial.
George Burns/ Harpo Studios AP

There are more troubles for disgraced cyclist Lance Armstrong.

A Texas-based promotions company sued the former cycling champion Thursday for more than $12 million, which was paid to Armstrong for several of his record seven Tour de France wins. Armstrong publicly admitted last month that those herculean victories were aided by doping.

The lawsuit is part of a flurry of activity: Armstrong still is in talks with the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency, and there is now word that he is under federal investigation, a year after another federal criminal inquiry ended abruptly.

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5:18pm

Thu February 7, 2013
Crosscurrents

Crosscurrents: February 7, 2013

San Francisco taxi driver training, commuting by kayak, a San Francisco drum store is closing, the Audiograph answer: Cow Palace Dog Show, and local musicians Freedom Enterprise.

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5:06pm

Thu February 7, 2013
Transportation

Taxi drivers learn to make way for bikes

Under CC license from Flickr user Demetrios Lyras

San Francisco is the second densest big city in the United States. And its roads are crowded – with bikes. Every day, upwards of 8,000 cyclists share the road with nearly half a million cars, trucks, motorcycles, buses, and taxis.

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5:00pm

Thu February 7, 2013
Out in the Bay - 2/7 at 7pm

Meet the man behind drag producer extraordinaire Heklina

If behind every great man is a great woman, then behind every great drag queen is a fierce and fabulous man! On this week's Out in the Bay, meet Stefan Grygelko, who's known on stage as Heklina. Heklina is co-creator of San Francisco cult-hit live-on-stage drag versions of The Golden Girls, Sex & The City and other classic TV sitcoms and the creator, producer and hostess of alternative drag show Trannyshack, now in its 17th year.  

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4:10pm

Thu February 7, 2013
Arts & Culture

Hear Here: Sam Adato’s Drum Shop, an institution for drummers

From left to right: Vince Lateano, Adam Willis, Sam Adato, and Brandon Etzler
Laura Flynn

The phone is ringing and a constant stream of people are coming through the gated door. Sam Adato, a long-haired rocker and owner of the drum shop, buzzes them in from behind the counter.

The intimate shop is a maze of colorful stacks upon stacks of vintage drums. The walls are covered with posters – custom made by Adato – of drummers, rock and roll records, drum equipment and other trinkets he’s collected over the last 20 years from customers and friends. Everyone who comes through the door seems to know each other, it was a familiar place, a place for drummers.

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3:48pm

Thu February 7, 2013
Arts & Culture

Young poets to stage Richmond-set ‘Romeo and Juliet’

Richmond Artists With Talent will perform Saturday a one-night-only urbanized version of Romeo and Juliet, swapping William Shakespeare’s iambic pentameter verse for street slang and slam poetry in a familiar tale of two star-crossed lovers — this time from the wrong sides of the tracks.

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3:43pm

Thu February 7, 2013
Transportation

The best commute ever

Stephen Linaweaver paddles out from the South Beach Marina in SF after work.
Dan Suyeyasu of Oakland

If you met Stephen Linaweaver after 7am, you probably wouldn’t think he’s much different from any other Bay Area professional. He’s 38 years old. He works for a company that does sustainability consulting for corporations. He’s kind of outdoorsy. Whatever.

But if you met him before 7am, you’d definitely think he was unusual. For starters, you’d have to do what I did, which is drive down to the Port of Oakland before dawn and talk with him while he’s getting ready to launch his kayak into the Bay.

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3:20pm

Thu February 7, 2013
The Two-Way

Study Finds Vast Majority Of Americans Felt Great Recession Personally

Originally published on Thu February 7, 2013 3:26 pm

The Great Recession touched a vast majority of Americans personally, a new study from Rutgers' Heldrich Center finds.

The most stunning number in the study: "Some 73 percent [of Americans] either lost a job themselves, or had a member of their household, a close relative, or a friend lose a job at some point in the past four years."

The report is pretty depressing. A few more findings:

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3:07pm

Thu February 7, 2013
The Salt

Fried Chicken And Sweet Tea: Recipe For A Stroke

Originally published on Mon March 4, 2013 12:04 pm

Delicious, yes. But it's really not health food.
Todd Patterson iStockphoto.com

Fried chicken washed down with sweet tea — it's a classic Southern lunch. That fat/sweet nexus is also a recipe for a stroke, according to a recent study.

Researchers at the University of Alabama, Birmingham, have been trying to nail down how diet relates to stroke, particularly in the "Stroke Belt" — the Southeastern states that have the dubious distinction of hosting the nation's highest stroke rates.

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2:34pm

Thu February 7, 2013
Arts & Culture

Arts/Culture/Weekend: Gutai, Bluegrass, and Cartoon Jazz

Untitled (Green Circle on Red, 1968)
Jiro Yoshihara

You may just want to stay home this weekend, after last Sunday’s Super Bowl party. But in case you change your mind, here are some ideas that don’t cost much (if anything), and will keep you informed musically, physically, philanthropically, artistically, and historically. 

Here's your Arts/Culture/Weekend:

THURSDAY

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