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Also: The body found inside a duffle bag near Outside Lands has been identified.


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Since relaunching as a nonprofit, The Bold Italic began blocking readers — and even past contributors — at a dizzying speed.

The ongoing contention around GrowSF’s acquisition of The Bold Italic (TBI) continues to orbit our pooled consciousness. When the nearly 15-year-old publication was given (for free) to the aforenoted political organization, which has both historically supported moderate candidates and allegedly spewed false information to report its “outcomes over ideologies,” a communal wailing was heard across the city. 
 

People bemoaned the decision, saying that it represented a part of the dangerous, alarming trend of political influence and dollars spewing into the regional media space. Others mourned the inevitable loss of the publication’s celebrated vitality and irreverence. Some celebrated the decision… a cohort largely made up of people in the tech industry and those in favor of the past SF DA and school board recalls.

It was also around this time in December of 2022 when readers of TBI began noticing they were blocked from engaging with the publication’s social media accounts. Former editors and writers for the online magazine were among those blocked. But the past week has shown the number of people barred from seeing TBI’s social media content grow exponentially.

As some have noted, it’s their “new favorite club,” perhaps worthy of an exclusive bar lounge. And the individual bestowing these invites (read: blocks) is none other than TBI’s new editor-in-chief, Saul Sugarman, according to a series of now-deleted posts on X.


The body found Sunday evening inside a duffle bag near Outside Lands has been identified 🚨📛

According to an initial report from The San Francisco Standard, a dog walker discovered a female body inside a duffle bag near Golden Gate Park Sunday evening; this was the last day of the Outside Lands (OSL) music festival, where an entrance to the festival could be found at 30th Avenue and Fulton Street; the three-day music festival ended Sunday evening at 9:35 p.m. with Odesza at the OSL’s main stage.

The body inside the duffel bag has been identified as 37-year-old Kelly Koike, a San Francisco resident, who was pronounced dead at the scene; there have been no arrests made in Koike’s death as of publishing.


ICYMI: SF's dahlia garden is in full bloom 🌼💯

One of Golden Gate Park's more slept-on treasures is its *gorgeous* dahlia garden, situated right next to the conservatory of flowers. And the garden, which houses SF's official City flower — an honor given in 1926 — is blossoming in Power Ranger Mode, as we speak (type?). Because of SF's favorable weather, peak blooms of these eye-catching flowers will be visible from now until mid-September.

Re: finding the "Dahlia Dell": It's between two walking paths on the east end of the Conservatory of Flowers.

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