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Next week the Olympic torch makes its only stop in North America... On the streets of San Francisco. It's a symbolic trip along several miles of the city's waterfront, before the Olympic flame makes its way to Beijing for the 2008 Summer Games. Not surprisingly, the appearance of the Olympic symbol has caused a bit of a stir in the city. San Francisco is known for its often liberal politics, and for its Chinese-American population. So, in a year when Beijing faces criticism and protests over its human rights record, involvement in Sudan, and actions in Tibet, the city is split. Some welcome the torch relay, and plan to honor the visit. Others plan to protest. And there are those who don't want the torch in their city at all. We'll talk with San Francisco Mayor Gavin Newsom today, and let you have your say: Should the torch be welcomed in San Francisco? Should it be allowed at all? And, if so, what kinds of protests are appropriate?