Friday, July 12, 2013

KTVU Reports Asiana Pilots Named "Sum Ting Wong," "Ho Lee Fuk"

Posted By on Fri, Jul 12, 2013 at 12:54 PM

Today, KTVU News announced the names of the pilots on Asiana Flight 214, provided to them, apparently, by a 12 year-old boy, and vetted by nobody.

KTVU announces pilots names
  • KTVU announces pilots' names

Yeah—we didn't think "Sum Ting Wong," "Wi Tu Lo," "Ho Lee Fuk" and "Bang Ding Ow" were real names either.

For your cringeworthy moment of the day, here's video footage of KTVU's reporter reading the names out loud on live television.

It didn't take too long for KTVU to issue a correction and apologize.

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July 20: Battle of the Grill Takes Over Six Westside Wineries

Posted By on Fri, Jul 12, 2013 at 12:15 PM

What’s better than a grill loaded with meats and vegetables lathered up in a tangy, spicy BBQ sauce? How about six grills matched up with six chefs, who’ve set about to create the most delicious food and wine pairing that they can possibly imagine? The 1st Annual Battle of the Grill competition has created a grill scavenger hunt of sorts, sending event goers from one Westside Road winery to another, for a sampling of grill and wine pairings from each location. Chef and winery pairings include Alderbrook Winery and Healdsburg Bar and Grill; Mill Creek Winery and Michael Mazzanti; VML Winery and BBQ Smokehouse Catering; Gary Farrell Winery and Grapevine Catering; HKG Estate Wines and Kenwood Inn & Spa, and Thomas George Estates and Canetti Italian Roadhouse.

In the style of high-stakes cooking shows like Masterchef, minus the insufferable Gordon Ramsey factor, votes will be tallied at the end of the day and the winning winery and chef gets a Battle of the Grill Trophy and bragging rights for the entire year, until the next battle, that is. No tickets sold at the door. Ticket sales end on Wednesday, July 17. Battle of the Grill turns up the heat on Saturday, July 20 at an assigned Westside Road winery. 11am-4pm. $70-$40.

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The Forgotten Waldos: It All Started in San Rafael

Posted By on Fri, Jul 12, 2013 at 12:09 PM

They weren't trying to get famous. They weren't looking for attention. They were, however, in existence, and they mattered. They were the Waldos, a group of San Rafael high school students, and they were reppin' Marin County like nobody's business. In fact, it was nobody's business, especially if you were the fuzz out to bust them for what they were up to. "Smokin'," "blazin'," "weed," "marijuana." Didn't matter what you called it, the Waldos just wanted to have a good time, and 4:20 pm seemed like a suitable time to do so. So they did.

Now, Sweetwater Brewing Company has an issue with this so-called "420" label, but the Waldos are too hardcore to take up a complaint with, so Sweetwater decided to accuse Lagunitas Brewing Company of ripping off its trademark label.

Wait, huh?


Yesterday, Lagunitas announced its dropping of any future use of the term "420" in its labeling after the Atlanta brewery claimed a trademark on the term. Sweetwater has a long-standing pale ale known as “420” and founder Freddy Bensch was angered when he learned of Lagunitas' use of the term, such as in its seasonal beer known as “The Waldos' Special Ale."

How could a shout-out to the Waldos, the widely-attributed "420" founders, be taken as stealing a trademark that wasn't the company's to begin with?

In a series of Tweets, shown below, following a letter received by Bensch, Lagunitas founder Tony Magee pokes fun at the idea of "stealing" the marijuana-term.

Magee shows off his witty humor and even asks if his company's change will let Sweetwater win, because, who really wins in this dispute? Certainly not the Waldos, who weren't even asked how they felt about the situation. No big deal though. Competing companies will always have something new to argue about.

The infamous stoners will simply go mellow out somewhere at 4:20 pm, knowing the truth, and blow more smoke into the haze of ignorance.

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Thursday, July 11, 2013

Boudin Gives Away the Dough

Posted By on Thu, Jul 11, 2013 at 11:45 AM

Tent City in Montgomery Village
  • Tent City in Montgomery Village

I went to sleep last night with yeasty dreams full of sourdough skies, piloting a yellow submarine through a claymation sea of clam chowder in a giant bread bowl. I admit, I wanted free bread. I thought I could have it by waking up early enough and driving to Boudin, where they were giving away free bread for a year to each of the first 100 people in line to celebrate their grand opening of the Santa Rosa restaurant. Just as I was getting the hang of the submarine’s controls, after I had nailed Ringo with a really good zinger about ratamacues, my alarm goes off. I awake in darkness and pick up my phone angrily. My sassy finger swipe to turn it off says, “Bitch, please, there ain’t even light outside.” But I get up anyway, throw on clothes and a sweatshirt, grab my camera and head out the door.

There are people sleeping in tents, sleeping bags and under blankets as I pull up to the well-lit parking lot of the new store. “I’ve got a shot, there aren’t too many people here,” I think as I walk up to what looks like the end of a short line. A man wearing a large beard and a laminated badge with the number 53 on it smiles at me as I ask, “Is this the end of the bread line?” He replies in the negative, informing me that all the spots were filled last night by 10pm. There was no line, but everyone had to stay in the parking lot. Several other people came and asked the same question to any waking souls around this time, but I stuck around to chat with a few lucky carb-o-loaders.

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Friday, July 5, 2013

The EU Doesn't Like it Either

Posted By on Fri, Jul 5, 2013 at 12:04 PM

It wasn't insignificant that it was the Fourth of July when European Union Parliment convened and voted to suspend two agreements entered into after September 11, one that allows the U.S. Governement access to financial data including wire transfers, and another allowing access to travel data, not just flights booked but who is searching for what and to where.

And as it turns out it isn't just the EU citizens that they are worried about. France is peeved that the U.S. is looking at diplomats as well, and called for an all-out suspension of American and EU trade talks until things are sorted out a bit.

The clincher for the U.S., though, seems to be the movement Restore the Fourth, where people are saying no to the government's watch.

Happy Independence Day, America.

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Wednesday, July 3, 2013

Photos: SF Pride 2013

Photo gallery from San Francisco's Pride celebration

Posted By on Wed, Jul 3, 2013 at 3:06 PM

The 2013 Pride celebration in San Francisco exuded an especially joyous air, as the Supreme Court had effectively killed Prop. 8 and DOMA just days before. Our photographer Nadav Soroker was on hand to document the jubilance, triumph and relief at the Civic Center and along Market Street. See slideshow for full photo gallery!

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Monday, July 1, 2013

Remember When it was Illegal to Marry Someone Because They Didn't Look Like You? Yeah, Me Neither.

Posted By on Mon, Jul 1, 2013 at 3:03 PM


All those photos of people getting married at the Sonoma County Clerk’s Office on July 1—a few short days after the Supreme Court’s historic ruling in favor of gay marriage—are a joy to behold. Ecstatic couples, many with decades of relationship behind them, smile through tears, kissing and holding up the rings that make it official. The excitement brings to mind my own wedding day in 2008, when my husband and I said “I do” on a bluff in Salt Point overlooking the Pacific Ocean, surrounded by our family and friends. It stands as one of the best days of my life. At the time, because ours is a heterosexual marriage, we had no trouble heading down to the clerk’s office to get our marriage certificate. I still remember the rush of excitement as we signed the official documents, making our marriage “legit.”

A mere fifty years ago, my marriage would not have been recognized as legal in 17 states solely because I loved someone of a different race; our five-month old daughter would have had parents that could not marry because certain people—I’m looking at you, Harry Truman—deemed marriage between races to be wrong. Seems ridiculous right? But it wasn’t until 1967 that the U.S. Supreme Court deemed anti-miscegenation laws unconstitutional, making interracial marriage legal across the entire country. Now, people don’t even bat an eye, at least in the Bay Area, at mixed race couples, but it wasn’t always that way.

The argument against gay marriage goes along the lines of “Marriage is between a man and a woman” but in the not-too-distant past it was “Marriage is between a white man and a white woman,” or “Marriage is between a black man and black woman,” and on and on. Fortunately, last week, we saw a moment of sanity and grace in American history with the dismantling of DOMA. I look forward to a time, fifty years from now, when we look back and say, “Remember when same-sex marriage was illegal? How crazy was that?” But today, I raise a glass of bubbly to everyone out there making it legal! Mazel tov!

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Petaluma's Newest National Champs

Posted By on Mon, Jul 1, 2013 at 10:56 AM

Freddie Myles, center, with his 2013 youth weighlifting teams at the national championships in Missouri
  • Freddie Myles, center, with his 2013 youth weighlifting teams at the national championships in Missouri

As the Bohemian reported this year, Olympic weightlifting isn’t just for musclehead gym rats anymore. To further this point, Freddie Myles of Myles Ahead Weightlifting in Petaluma emailed us with some news: his girls team won the Youth Weightlifting National Championship, held this weekend in Missouri, and two of them took home individual titles.

Chloe Tacata, 13, of Rohnert Park and Julia McKairnes, 12, of Santa Rosa are now national champions. They each threw more weight over their heads than anyone in their weight class, and three others on the team finished a close second in their weight class. The boys’ team did well, too, and everyone placed in the competition. About 400 lifters competed, which Myles says is more than the past couple years. What’s more, his team, the only one from California, bested some stiff competition. “Two of the teams we beat are two powerhouses in the country,” he says, referring to teams from Georgia and Missouri. Seems like baseball isn't the only sport in Petaluma where kids are kicking butt.

And since they were just outside Kansas City, Myles says he made sure to grab some great barbecue. “There was one place with a lot of trophies from barbecue competitions all over the place,” he says. “It was really good.”

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