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Yoda, a Two Pound Chihuahua, Crowned The World's Ugliest Dog

They say beauty's on the inside. That's never been more true than at the 23rd annual World's Ugliest Dog Contest, which took place last night at the Sonoma-Marin County Fair in Petaluma. 29 dogs, mostly from Northern California, competed for the distinction.

But the winner last night was Yoda, a two-pound Chinese crested-Chihuahua cross, whose owners originally thought she was a rat. Yoda won $1,000 and the 2011 crown as the World's Ugliest Dog. 

Check out photos of some of the other uglies above. 

The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo Collaborator Eva Gabrielsson at City Arts and Lectures

Eva Gabrielsson was Stieg Larsson’s longtime partner and his collaborator on the wildly popular and internationally bestselling series, The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo, The Girl Who Played with Fire, and The Girl Who Kicked the Hornets’ Nest. After Larsson's unexpected death in 2004, she learned that due to an obscure bit of Swedish inheritance law, their work was no longer under her control. Forced to rebuild her life during a protracted and ongoing legal battle, Gabrielsson wrote a memoir, There Are Things I Want You To Know about Stieg Larsson and Me. In anticipation of her conversation about the book with Roy Eisenhardt at Herbst Theater on Monday night, she stole time from her travel schedule to answer a few questions by email for 7x7.

American Gothic: A Modern-Day Farmers' Wedding

When Lynda Browning of suburban San Diego headed off to Stanford University, the last thing she expected to do was fall in love with a farmer and end up raising goats, chickens, and bushels of vegetables in Sonoma County. After all, she didn’t even like eating veggies that much. But that’s what happened.

To be honest, she probably didn’t realize Emmett Hopkins was a farmer when they met through friends, because at the time, he didn’t know it either. Like Lynda, Emmett was an Environmental Studies student at Stanford, and although he grew radishes in a window box outside his dorm room, he was planning to work for a nonprofit, as a consultant, or in a government agency, places where most of their classmates ended up.

Pisco Fever: A Pisco History Lesson Plus Pisco Portón Recipes

Pisco, the Peruvian (and sometimes Chilean) spirit best known for putting the zip in pisco sours, has a rich history in San Francisco. Pisco was immensely popular in San Francisco during the Gold Rush and into the pre-Prohibition 20th century (especially among the newly-rich gold diggers and sailors) because it was easier to ship pisco from Peru than it was to transport whiskey from the East Coast.

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