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News, The Snitch VIDEO: Burning Bus Captures Attention of City, Twitter

VIDEO: Burning Bus Captures Attention of City, Twitter

"Ninth and Howard" trended on local Twitter on Monday afternoon, courtesy of a bus that caught fire at the Chevron gas station at (you guessed it) Ninth and Howard streets. The bus — more of a 25-person "van," really,…
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News, The Snitch As Structure Fires Drop Citywide, Mission District Blazes Steadily

As Structure Fires Drop Citywide, Mission District Blazes Steadily

The San Francisco Fire Department has discovered a dismaying trend: While fires in San Francisco have been on a gradual decline in the previous decade, the Mission District — home of some of the most in-demand real estate in the…
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News, The Snitch One Killed in Ingleside Heights Fire (Update)

One Killed in Ingleside Heights Fire (Update)

Update 1:15 p.m.: Medical authorities have identified the woman who was killed in last night's fire as 61-year-old Deane Wernet. Original story 6:59 a.m.: Firefighters fought a blaze last night at a home in the city's Ingleside Heights neighborhood that…
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News, The Snitch Donate Your Ethnic Doll and Make a Kid in Need Happy for the Holidays

Donate Your Ethnic Doll and Make a Kid in Need Happy for the Holidays

Gone are the days of kids pining away for a blonde Barbie. The San Francisco Fire Foundation is collecting ethnic dolls to give away to ethnic children in need this holiday season. So if you have the time and money…
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News, The Snitch Mysterious Carbon Monoxide Incident Sends 14 to Hospital

Mysterious Carbon Monoxide Incident Sends 14 to Hospital

More than a dozen people were rushed to the hospital last night -- and it wasn't because of rotten Thanksgiving leftovers. The San Francisco Fire Department reports 14 people were somehow exposed to carbon monoxide at a Bernal Heights home…
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News, The Snitch Faux Firefighters Are Scamming the Good People of San Francisco

Faux Firefighters Are Scamming the Good People of San Francisco

Remember, your local firefighters are here to help you, not harm you ... The San Francisco Fire Department is warning local residents of a callous scam that's started up again. According to department, one too many residents and businesses have…
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News, The Snitch Seven Injured in Shuttle Bus Collision

Seven Injured in Shuttle Bus Collision

A vehicle crashed into a shuttle bus carrying 14 elderly passengers Thursday night near Parkmerced, injuring seven and leaving one in critical condition. Around 9:16 p.m., the shuttle stalled on Junipero Serra Boulevard near Brotherhood Way and was rear-ended by…
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News, The Snitch Fire Raging in Lower Haight

Fire Raging in Lower Haight

Update: Fire now out. See bottom of piece for details. We just got word about a blaze burning in the Lower Haight. We called the Fire Department to get details on the fire which is on the corner of Fillmore…
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News, The Snitch Vincent Perez, Anthony Valerio, S.F. Firefighters Killed in Blaze, to be Honored Friday at Funeral

Vincent Perez, Anthony Valerio, S.F. Firefighters Killed in Blaze, to be Honored Friday at Funeral

San Francisco Fire Department staffers will gather on Friday to honor two of their own, who were killed while battling a blaze at a Diamond Heights home last week. Lieutenant Vincent Perez, 48, died Thursday after the fire, and Anthony…
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News, The Snitch Anthony Valerio, S.F. Firefighter Burned in Blaze, Struggles to Survive

Anthony Valerio, S.F. Firefighter Burned in Blaze, Struggles to Survive

Family members and friends of Anthony Valerio are standing by his hospital bedside, praying that the 53-year-old firefighter who was badly burned in a home blaze yesterday morning will pull through. Fire officials told SF Weekly that Valerio remains in…
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News, The Snitch Fire Department Doesn't Favor White Officers, City Says

Fire Department Doesn't Favor White Officers, City Says

The Civil Service Commission has rejected accusations that the San Francisco Fire Department purged itself of African-American supervisors by helping white officers cheat on an advancement test. Now, Chief Joanne Hayes-White is free to appoint new, high-scoring assistant chiefs, all…
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News, The Snitch No Evidence White Firefighters Cheated on Test -- Report

No Evidence White Firefighters Cheated on Test -- Report

City investigators say white officers in the San Francisco Fire Department did not give their caucasian subordinates an unfair leg up on a promotion exam, as had been alleged in an earlier complaint.On Feb. 16, I wrote about how the…
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News, The Snitch San Francisco Wants Homeless People to Shower and Groom

San Francisco Wants Homeless People to Shower and Groom

Most people who live on the streets or in Portland, Ore., don't take showers -- and it's unsavory. But how can anyone expect a homeless person to find a job that pays them enough to live in an apartment if…
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News, The Snitch Where Do San Francisco's Firefighters Live?

Where Do San Francisco's Firefighters Live?

Coeur D'Alene? Really?Not long ago, SF Weekly played with a data application the Bay Citizen created regarding where the city's employees live. It turns out, a number of city workers -- including more than a few firefighters -- live in…
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News, The Snitch Dozens of San Francisco City Employees Live in Southern California. Huh?

Dozens of San Francisco City Employees Live in Southern California. Huh?

The Bay Citizen published a nifty online database over the weekend that shows the pay and partial mailing addresses of San Francisco city employees. The accompanying article parsed the data, and debunked the idea that city employees -- who are…
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News, The Snitch 'Mildly Retarded' Man, Whose Repeated Calls Led to Fire Department Crash, Exonerated

'Mildly Retarded' Man, Whose Repeated Calls Led to Fire Department Crash, Exonerated

A San Francisco man was acquitted last week of 21 misdemeanor counts of falsely reporting an emergency -- an investigation kicked off after a firefighter crashed a department pickup truck while responding to one of the bogus calls.…
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News, Sucka Free City Growing pot in S.F. poses more than just legal risks

Growing pot in S.F. poses more than just legal risks

Earlier this month, as the San Francisco Fire Department worked to put out a fire at a house on the 200 block of Ortega Street in the Inner Sunset, the battalion chief approached a police officer on the scene and…
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News, The Snitch Heads of Police, Fire Departments Frown On Proposed Budget Cuts

Heads of Police, Fire Departments Frown On Proposed Budget Cuts

Last night, the Board of Supervisors proposed cuts of about $82 million to the budgets of San Francisco police, fire and sheriff's departments. Today, those departments got together and called a press conference. Police Chief Heather Fong, Fire Chief Joanne Hayes-White, Police…
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News, The Snitch Are Firefighters Being Poisoned By Their Pants (Held Up With Red Suspenders)?

Are Firefighters Being Poisoned By Their Pants (Held Up With Red Suspenders)?

The joke referenced in the headline is most definitely not funny. But you know what's even less funny? Heavy metal poisoning. Firefighters in Boca Raton have persuaded the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to launch an investigation to determine…
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News, Where There's Smoke

Where There's Smoke

At the Bayview office of the Black Firefighter's Association, history hangs on the walls. There are news clippings about significant legal victories and portraits of proud African-American officers, reminders of the decades the group spent battling to give minorities their…
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