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Castro Courier Change of Ownership
Mitch Bull, publisher of the Westside Observer, has agreed to purchase the paper from publisher Andy Sywak.

Big Splash:Team Tsunami swimmers, who represent Team SF aquatics, train for Cologne. San Francisco is the birthplace of the Gay Games, and Team SF is announced first during the opening ceremonies.
(photo: Ted Andersen)

Team SF Aims High at Eighth Gay Games
The Olympics of the LGBT community have propelled San Francisco gay and lesbian athletics into action this summer. The quadrennial Gay Games, the world’s largest sporting and cultural event organized by and specifically for LGBT athletes, will take place from July 31 to August 7 in Cologne, Germany

Plans for Cannabis Club Nearby Castro Up In Smoke
Recent permit rejection on Divisadero Street raises safety questions, local ire
Marijuana drama has been playing out for months over the hill on Divisadero Street, leaving a would-be cannabis club for the Castro bummed out.

Market & Noe Center Slow to Make Change
Struck on one side by the death of a prominent small business owner and a corporate impasse between Radio Shack and Trader Joe’s on the other, the half-shuttered Market & Noe Center will likely need time to fill its vacant space.

Beck’s Motor Lodge Chooses Family Touches in Heart of Neighborhood
Beck’s Motor Lodge, long a Castro fixture, has come back into the family fold.
Designed and built by Will Beck in 1958, it was originally used mostly by folks visiting the predominantly working-class Irish neighborhood of the day. One of the only motels in the area, it has always been a convenient amenity in Upper Market for tourists and locals alike