Former editor: “I knew the writing was on the wall.” San Francisco Magazine purportedly spends three times as much money to put out its publication than other titles in the vast Modern Luxury chain do — and management has told local staff that it aims to bring San Francisco’s expenses more in line with the rest of the chain’s products. Modern Luxury publishes scores of titles across the nation (including Silicon Valley and San Francisco magazines locally). You can peruse its myriad offerings here. And, in doing so, it quickly becomes clear why San Francisco Magazine outspends its sister publications. The chain’s other city magazines are not news-oriented operations; last month many — if not most of them — featured identical stories about doe-eyed Friday Night Lights heartthrob Kyle Chandler with different photos on the cover. Others featured identical stories about BlacKkKlansman heartthrob John David Washington, with different photos on the cover.San Francisco Magazine is the outlier. Its October coverboy is the not-quite-doe-eyed Gov. Jerry Brown, and its cover story is a deeply researched and painstakingly fact-checked valediction of Brown’s complex and contradictory legacy. This month’s edition also features deeply researched and painstakingly fact-checked stories about the internecine holy war at Glide Memorial Church; 98-year-old local dance pioneer Anna Halprin; and an analysis of San Francisco’s intricate District 6 supervisorial race. With no disrespect to Kyle Chandler or John David Washington, these are locally relevant, complicated stories about locally relevant, complicated subjects. Your humble narrator was, from 2015 to 2017, a senior editor at San Francisco Magazine and, I can assure you, the lengthy flowchart depicting the mag’s editorial process resembles the operations manual at a nuclear power plant. Deep research and painstaking fact-checking take time. And time is money. Phone calls to San Francisco Magazine publisher Paul Reulbach and Modern Luxury editorial director Stephanie Davis Smith — the media contact listed on a recent Modern Luxury press release — were not returned as of press time. But even without Modern Luxury management explicitly saying as much, it seems there’s an equation at play which will produce a desired result: Less freelance money + fewer in-house people on an already depleted editorial staff = more content of the Chandler/Washington variety. Under former editor Jon Steinberg, San Francisco Magazine won national acclaim — and multiple awards from the American Society of Magazine Editors. The magazine is big and glossy and beautiful and filled with cringe-worthy, high-end advertisements — but, for quite some time now, its news stories have been of the highest caliber, and nobody who deigned to follow San Francisco goings-on could ignore it. Just a few recent highlights: Katia Savchuk on a jailed immigrant’s yearslong incarceration; Walter Thompson’s minute-by-minute recounting of the 1966 Bayview uprising through the eyes and voices of first-hand sources; Gary Kamiya’s masterful reporting on San Francisco’s homeless crisis; and an entire special issue about this city’s injection-drug epidemic — a fantastically difficult and thorough in-house effort (that required the staff to actually procure Mexican black tar heroin. And led them to win a National Magazine Award for it.). The purpose of last Thursday’s meeting at San Francisco Magazine was to announce the hiring of Steinberg’s successor: Jason Sheeler. He was, until recently, the style director at Departures, “the luxury magazine published exclusively for American Express Platinum and Centurion cardholders,” as the aforementioned Modern Luxury press release describes it. Sheeler, the press release continues, “will infuse more of his keen eye for style and design into the publication.” With, again, no disrespect for Sheeler, the message being imparted here does not make it appear likely that future endeavors for San Francisco Magazine will include subjects like impoverished, jailed immigrants, deep dives into the lives of San Francisco’s oppressed communities of color, or thorough and serious examinations of rampant homelessness and drug use. Sheeler is slated to start Oct. 8. And best of luck to him. Because even if he desired to do all of the above, he’d have to do it with far less money than even a short while ago, and far fewer staffers. I was, full disclosure, laid off from the magazine in 2017 due to cost considerations; Kamiya was this year jettisoned, also for cost considerations. The current staff consists of about 10 full-time-equivalent employees. Any losses on a staff this small are significant — and the impending departures may be significant indeed.After six and a half years at San Francisco Magazine, former editor Steinberg left in August to take a creative director position at Epic Digital. Regarding the magazine, he said, “I knew the writing was on the wall in the first part of 2018 when I had to slash our editorial budget by one-third — and that included laying off our executive editor, Gary.” Steinberg claimed that Modern Luxury management repeatedly informed him that San Francisco Magazine was profitable — but not profitable enough. It was not clearing the margins the chain would have wished. “I hate to say it — and they can certainly prove me wrong — but I think the days of hard-charging, deeply reported, stylishly written, well-produced magazine journalism are dead in San Francisco,” Steinberg continued. Modern Luxury “doesn’t have a desire to support it. Even if it made them money for many years. And continues to.” Email Address Subscribe to Mission Local’s daily newsletter Over the past several years, San Francisco Magazine has, consistently, told some of the best-researched, best-written, and most compelling stories in this city. Sadly, its own story appears to be far less compelling — and more sadly typical of all things print media. Staffers were informed last Thursday that a number of them will soon be laid off. This comes on the heels of the magazine’s freelance budget, in the last year alone, dropping by more than one-third. It will likely soon drop further still.
Subscribe to Mission Local’s daily newsletter Pre-Game: Road WarriorsIn their fifth straight Finals, “your” Golden State Warriors open their quest for a fourth championship on the road for the first time. Most teams play better at home, for obvious reasons.But, over these past five years, the team has gone from Homeboys to Road Warriors.Not that their record is so much better on the road than at home. It’s not, but over the past two years, especially this past regular season, the Dubs tend to play a hungrier, more aggressive style when they are in a “hostile” environment. Might tipping off in Toronto portend good things to come? Yes and no.Being on the road, three time zones ahead of one’s circadian clock, can wreak mind-body havoc.Time in a basketball game at the professional level goes beyond the shot clock or the game clock. And the kind of game the Dubs play, like a full ballet, requires the blending of an intricate range of timing involving multiple players.First Quarter: Skylark BarAgreed. The Skylark is a weird place to watch Game One of the NBA Finals.Outside, an old guy in a battered fedora, who looks Canadian, asks a couple of guys if the game is on tonight. “No,” says one. “Yes,” says the other, and they go off chattering to each other. Inside, the Dubs are playing against a bright red wall adorned with sea serpents and a green-and-blue octopus seducing a mermaid.On TV, the Dubs look as out of sync as they do out of place in this bar. Daliesque you might say. The Raptors, like sea serpents, are quicker, smoother, deadlier. Two elements of the Dubs’ strategy don’t seem to be working.First, they are sending two guys to trap Raptor superstar Kawhi Leonard to make him pass the pass to the ball to someone else. This worked well against the Rockets and the Blazers. But if Leonard makes the good pass, at the right time, the Raptors have a four to three advantage. Time and again, Leonard makes the good pass.The main guy he’s passing to is center Marc Gasol, who the Raptors picked up in February. Dubs coach Steve Kerr started sophomore center Jordan Bell, whose athleticism, in theory, would drive Gasol nuts. Wrong. Gasol holds his own on defense and sinks two wide-open threes.The Dubs give up wide-open shots to the Raptors, who make a fair number. Meanwhile, all the offense the Dubs can muster is named Steph Curry. He hits three three-point shots.Otherwise, the team is laying bricks, scoring just 21 points in the quarter, and the crowd at the Skylark is shaking its collective head and ordering another drink.At Skylark. Photo by Ricky Rodas.Second Quarter: Skylark BarIf you watched the Dubs-Blazers series, you know the Dubs frequently play a tentative first half and fall behind early. So breathe easy, go outside for a smoke.DeMarcus Cousins shows up to begin the second quarter. An All-Star who has been working his way through difficult injuries, Cousins has missed the past six weeks. He looks it. Slow, awkward – but not terrible. He slips a great pass to Klay Thompson for a dunk that gets the Skylark roaring.Who has the longer arms — Dubs or Raptors? The Raptors look like that octopus on the wall, strangling, not seducing, the Dubs’ offense. Steph only gets off two shots; both miss.Yet with four minutes left to play in the half, the Raptors are only up by one. Over the next 60 seconds, Pascal Siakam hits three shots for seven points. And with Marc Gasol dominating at center, the Raptors go up by 10 at halftime.“It’s not been my day since 5:30 this morning,” grumps the guy down the bar for all to hear and all commiserate.Third Quarter: The 500 ClubLast year against Houston, the Dubs were down by double figures at halftime in Games 6 and 7. When Mission Local went to The 500 Club, those leads quickly evaporated. The club, under new management, is packed with old-timers, new timers and some timers.And yes, the Dubs come out the second half with sharper defense, and when Curry hits a couple of three-point shots, the noise from The 500 Club is loud and knowing. The Dubs are roaring back!But hold on. Every time the Dubs hit a few shots and look to be going on a run, the Raptors respond. Specifically, Pascal Siakam responds.Who is Pascal Siakam? A third-year player from Cameroon, Siakam is a six-foot-nine-inch guy with very long arms, very fast feet, and a very promising future. Right now, he’s killing the Dubs when the Raptors start running. When not running, he’s beating Draymond Green one-on-one. What a quarter!!! He scores 14 points and almost single-handedly prevents the Dubs from grabbing the lead.For the Warriors, Steph comes back, scoring 13 in the quarter. Other players begin to break down the Raptors defense, and with under a minute to play, Dubs’ center Kevon Looney tips in a shot, cutting the Raptors’ lead to four.But once again, the Dubs are too slow on defense and former Warrior Pat McCaw makes them pay. Amid groans and sighs, the quarter ends with the Raptors up seven.Fourth Quarter: Giordano’sAs Ricky walks into Giordano’s, the overflow crowd is chanting, “Defense! DEEEFENSE!” I acknowledge their cheers and squeeze into a corner.The teams trade foul shots as the tension escalates. With under 11 minutes left, Dubs’ benchman Jonas Jerebko nails a three to cut the lead to four points. Unfortunately, the Dubs won’t score another field goal over the next four minutes and, by the time they do, the Raptors have built a 12-point lead. Thompson comes alive, and although the crowd at Giordano’s is exploding, it’s too little, too late. The Dubs will make it close a couple more times, but the Raptors defense holds like it has all game while their role players sink critical shots.Raptors end it, 118-109.Post-Game: I feel you.“It’s only the first game! We got this thing,” a woman shouts as fans spill out onto 16th Street.She’s right. Partially. The first game of a seven-game series is usually a game for teams to get a feel for each other. Especially, when, like this time, they don’t really know each other.Overall, the Dubs looked like they didn’t expect Raptors’ speed and their disruptively long arms.The Dubs turned the ball over 17 times, most resulting in Raptors fast breaks. The Dubs dared any Raptors not named Kawhi to beat them. The “others” obliged — an impressive team effort.What have the Dubs learned, and can they turn their lessons into a win? The Dubs’ goal this trip was to win one. They’ve got another chance on Sunday at 5. Email Address
The Warriors set up a Grand Final with Leeds after a pulsating clash.Faye Gaskin kicked Saints to a 2-0 lead early in the first half but tries from Alison Burrows and Rachel Thompson put Wigan in charge.Saints kept on coming though and set up a dramatic end when Katie May crossed with four minutes remaining.But it wasn’t enough as the Warriors held on.Match Summary:Wigan: Tries: Burrows, Thompson Goals: Davis (1 from 2)Saints: Tries: Williams, K. Goals: Gaskin (1 from 2)HT: 10-2 FT: 10-6Teams:Wigan: Rebecca Greenfield; Alison Burrows, Rachel Thompson, Georgia Wilson, Michelle Davis; Gemma Walsh, Sarah Harrison; Hannah Goodburn, Claire Hall, Chloe Hammond, Amanda Sibbald, Vanessa Temple, Joanie Aspin. Subs: Holly Speakman, Charlotte Foley, Lucy Baggeley, Gemma Hennessey.Saints: Rebecca Rotheram; Naomi Williams, Roxy Mura, Katie-May Williams, Leah Burke; Zoe Harris, Faye Gaskin; Vicky Whitfield, Tara Jones, Sarah Lovejoy, Jade Ward, Emily Rudge, Lizzie Gladman, Subs: Pip Birchall, Isabelle Rudge, Claire Mullaney, Bex Wilson.
WRIGHTSVILLE BEACH, NC (WWAY) — Wrightsville Beach Ocean Rescue is teaming up with Wrightsville Beach Lifeguards to bring retired, current, and junior guards together. But they need your help finding those who served.The old school reunion is happening this Saturday at the Wrightsville Beach Museum of History. They will also dedicate a guard stand honoring fellow lifeguards who have passed away.- Advertisement – “So we replaced all the lifeguard stands last year and this is one of the older stands that was refurbished for the dedication,” Wrightsville Beach Ocean Rescue Captain, Jeremy Owens said. “And what we’re trying to do is put the names of lifeguards, you know, that have passed away on this stand so it’ll be kind of a remembrance of those past lifeguards.”All lifeguards past and present along with community members are asked to attend. Organizers hope this will be the largest gathering of guards since their last reunion in 2009.“So it’s just going to be real special to get together, share stories, share rescues, and you know, just kind of talk about ocean rescue at Wrightsville Beach spanning back for you know nearly half a decade,” Owens said.Related Article: Friends of Wrightsville Beach to host fundraiser celebrating its pastIf you or someone you know was a Wrightsville Beach Lifeguard, click here to message organizers to participate.
It took more than a hundred blood transfusions to keep Kate Bauer alive when she was diagnosed with Myelodysplastic Syndrome. And Bauer says that without The Red Cross she would not have survived.“I probably wouldn’t be here. I wouldn’t have gotten married, I wouldn’t have seen those grandbabies, I wouldn’t have been able to travel, I wouldn’t have been able to spend time with my sisters and family,” Bauer said.But without the help from blood donors around the world, other patients may not be as lucky.Related Article: Cypress Grove family displaced, thankful for efforts that saved dogNew Hanover Regional Medical Center is the only trauma center in southeastern North Carolina. Emergency Services Administrator James Bryant says the hospital gives at least one transfusion in just this room every day.“So when you come in, having the availability to give you two, three, four units, immediately, within seconds of your arrival, can make a lot of difference,” James Bryant, The New Hanover Regional Medical Center Emergency Services Administrator, said.“And not having that blood available can cost somebody their life,” Bryant said.“Making that donation truly is the gift of life, it will be used,” Bryant said.It’s a gift that can be given quickly, but it can last a lifetime.“It is such a lifeline, I can’t say it enough, to people who will not survive without it,” Bauer said. NEW HANOVER COUNTY (WWAY) — The American Red Cross has issued an emergency appeal for blood donations due to their exponentially low levels. Every five seconds, a blood transfusion comes from the Red Cross.“Without those transfusions it wouldn’t have even been a question, I would’ve been gone, Kate Bauer said.- Advertisement –
Tuesday, they passed the first reading to allow short-term rentals in several areas of the city. The business is already allowed in commercial districts according to city leaders.City leaders had before them an ordinance change to the land development code to ban or allow, with regulations, short-term rentals (STR) such as AIRBNB’s with no homeowner present in the residence.Council members like Kevin O’Grady remain outspoken for the ban. He spoke specifically on how allowing the business in residential, historic, or multi family neighborhoods would endanger ares of the city such as the north end.Related Article: The woes of the current Wilmington noise ordinance for one local breweryThe debate lengthened as several changes to the amendments were laid out by council members.Essentially there was a change of the code to ban all absent homeowner STR’s before council and a change to the code to allow them under regulations of distance between units and amount per area of corporate limits.The council approved Councilman Neil Anderson’s substitute motion for the allowance. In it 2% of all residentially-zoned areas inside the 1945 corporate limites can be rented out short-term. The same amount goes for homes outside of the 1945 corporate limits and totals around 200-300 homes.The initial allowance regulated rentals to not be closer than 250 feet within the corporate limits. However, Anderson changed that to be 400 feet city-wide.Homeowners must be within 25 miles of the rental and be accessible for 24 hours as well as have guaranteed parking per one bedroom.That was enough to edge the amendment for allowance to pass with a 4-3 vote. The vote for a second reading was not enough to pass the new changes. The city council will have to return to the issue at a later meeting. New Hanover Co. Airbnb hosts rake in millions (Photo: Kirsten Gutierrez/WWAY) WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — Tuesday night was the night many believed city leaders would make a critical decision on short-term vacation rentals across the city.Wilmington city leaders began this debate more than two years ago. Over the summer, they approved for short-term rentals in neighborhoods where the owner of the home is present, homestays.- Advertisement –
Advertisement “The net effect is that the spammers lose customers and see a decrease in revenue.”Spam warningImageShack’s system is capable of swapping thousands of the spammers’ images for warnings within an hour of them being reported. – Advertisement – The company works with anti-spam groups to identify any files that have been uploaded to its servers and are being used in junk emails, he said.It then scours its web logs to uncover other images that have been uploaded from the same web address.This allows it to identify images “not previously reported to the anti-spam communities”, Mr Levin added.The move was welcomed by Paul Wood, senior analyst at security firm Symantec.cloud.However, he warned that if image hosting sites are serious about tackling spam, they should consider their registration processes.“Users often don’t need to register to use these sites – making them highly disposable and open to abuse,” he said.According to security firm McAfee, the global volume of spam is at its lowest level since 2006.That follows one of the largest group of spammers, known as Spamit, deciding to cease its activities last August.Even so, spam accounts for nearly 80 per cent of all email traffic, McAfee reported. Source: BBC
Advertisement Excited Manchester United fans who wanted to congratulate hat-trick hero Robin van Persie have bombarded a 52-year-old IT consultant, Ravi Visvesvaraya Sharada Prasad in India with Twitter messages. It’s a classic case of mistaken identity.Robin van Persie’s correct Twitter handle – @Persie_Official – may have the word “Official” in the title, but the 52-year-old software and communications consultant’s handle – @rvp – has the 29-year-old football star’s initials. Fans often refer to the Dutchman as “rvp”.A look at his Twitter handle over the last 24 hours shows he has become a celebrity on Twitter. – Advertisement – “Congrats @rvp!!” is one tweet. “@rvp You really made the difference for us this season, well done,” is another.“Great scenes as @RVP celebrates winning his first title at United… Well done mate” and “@rvp hey Robin, that was a fantastic hat trick…can you send me a shirt please,” are others.And then there’s this one which really made my day:Hey @rvp , Even Fergie loves you. twitter.com/InbuiltSinner/…— InbuiltGooner(@InbuiltSinner) April 24, 2013Credit: BBC
Advertisement The African Union has launched the the African Online Library on Law and Governance that will provide an online database that offers legal text and secondary literature on the continents law and governance as well as comparisons to other legal systems and judgement.The project by the African Innovation Foundation and implemented by Globethics.net will be available for access free of charge as the library aims on making the systems of law existing in various African countries: visible, accessible and consolidated.Speaking during the launch founder and initiator of the African law library Jean-Claude Bastos de Morais said the help in promoting good governance and thus make reality the vision of a continent without war, famine or poverty and ensure all countries have equal footing in the global economy.“The African Law Library will contribute to this effort by promoting good governance practices, while building a bridge between modern law and customary law to overcome colonial law,” he said. – Advertisement – The AU says it believes the library which was initiated in 2012 and will bring lawyers, the business sector, educators and government together to develop ownership in Africa through multidisciplinary research and interaction on comparative law. The library will also play a part in helping to strengthen predictability for business in Africa and enable African entrepreneurs, start-ups and investors the ability to make quick and informed decisions, driving Africa towards sustainable development.Credit: allAfrica
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