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News, The Snitch Yesterday's Crimes: The Grave Robbers of Menlo Park

Yesterday's Crimes: The Grave Robbers of Menlo Park

Today, Menlo Park is known as the home of Facebook and tech workers who can't quite afford Atherton, but in 1944 this tree-lined suburb was the site of one of the most bizarre crimes in Bay Area history. Dolores…
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News, The Snitch Yesterday's Crimes: A Car Bomb, Al Capone, and a Dead Sportsman

Yesterday's Crimes: A Car Bomb, Al Capone, and a Dead Sportsman

Chicago-style gangland violence erupted in suburban San Mateo on the morning of Feb. 5, 1952 when Tom Keen started his brand new Cadillac. Once the engine turned over, the car exploded before Keen could even back out of his…
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Dining, SFoodie A Growing Culinary Village in San Mateo and Amazing Quiche From KitchenTown

A Growing Culinary Village in San Mateo and Amazing Quiche From KitchenTown

It sounds like a neighborhood that will open inside a Food Network amusement park in Orlando, but KitchenTown is actually on the San Mateo-Burlingame border near 101. It's a 10,000-square-foot warehouse instead of a village, but in that space is a burgeoning…
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Dining, Eat Saru Sushi: Neighborhood Favorite Quietly Excels

Saru Sushi: Neighborhood Favorite Quietly Excels

There's been a flurry of excellent Japanese spots opening in the city lately ­— Roka Akor's refined sushi and robata grill, Maruya's critically acclaimed omakase, the intriguing Japanese home-cooking at Berkeley's Isayare. The sound and fury of new openings in…
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Calendar, Night&Day The Save the Waves Film Festival

The Save the Waves Film Festival

The Save the Waves Film Festival is more than just a night at the movies — it's also a good cause. Proceeds from the festival benefit two different environmental nonprofits, the Save the Waves Coalition and World Surfing Reserves.…
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News, The Snitch Drone Time In San Mateo -- $70,000 Drone Buy Approved

Drone Time In San Mateo -- $70,000 Drone Buy Approved

Few words produce as many knee-jerk reactions these days as the term "drone." Unmanned surveillance and destruction vehicles set off the alarms of privacy advocates and big-government conspirators alike, and the American use of drones in assassination strikes is arguably…
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News, The Snitch Bay Area Trading Firm Falls Victim to Online Hijacking Scam, Costing Customers Millions

Bay Area Trading Firm Falls Victim to Online Hijacking Scam, Costing Customers Millions

A Lativan man is being accused of a massive online hijacking scheme where he manipulated stock prices, making more than $850,000 in illegal profits from trading firms, including one in San Mateo. The Securities and Exchange Commission filed a lawsuit…
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Dining, Eat Fresh Eats: Off the Grid: Fort Mason Event Goes Into Hibernation

Fresh Eats: Off the Grid: Fort Mason Event Goes Into Hibernation

After Friday, Nov. 18, Off the Grid will send its weekly Fort Mason food-truck gathering to hibernate away from the cold and wind for a few months. It has been a very successful second season for the Fort Mason gathering,…
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Dining, SFoodie Ramen Parlor Adds to San Mateo's Ramen Empire

Ramen Parlor Adds to San Mateo's Ramen Empire

While the city's ramen culture is just beginning to flourish, San Mateo's ramen scene is leaping ahead with a modern variant of ramen. One-month old Ramen Parlor is the latest ramen venture from chef-owner Kazunori Kobayashi, whose San Mateo ramen…
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News, The Snitch CafePress Pulls "Racist" Shirt From Online Store

CafePress Pulls "Racist" Shirt From Online Store

CafePress, the Bay Area-based online retailer, has officially removed from its store what some have deemed offensive t-shirts and stickers that advocated for immigrant hunting.The items for sale were designed to look like permits to allow people to hunt illegal…
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News, Sucka Free City San Francisco One of the Few California Towns with Room for Prisoners

San Francisco One of the Few California Towns with Room for Prisoners

With tony towns like Palo Alto and Woodside — where Meg Whitman and Mark Zuckerberg hang their hats — San Mateo County isn't exactly rife with urban problems. But like nearly everywhere else in California, San Mateo is dealing with…
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News, The Snitch San Franciscans Are Too Negative

San Franciscans Are Too Negative

How quickly we take for granted our city by the bay. Never mind the fact that we live with the beautiful backdrop of iconic places like the Golden Gate Bridge. Forget that we won the World Series last year, or…
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Dining, SFoodie Naked Chorizo, Filipino Food Truck, Offers its Pork Sausage Uncased

Naked Chorizo, Filipino Food Truck, Offers its Pork Sausage Uncased

Chef-owner Zenia Llamas was looking for a provocative name for her new Filipino food truck which debuted in April. Naked Chorizo is a literal translation of Chorizong Hubad, a seasoned uncased pork sausage. Llamas' version is marinated and then cured…
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News, The Snitch Kleptomaniac Cat Strikes Again (video)

Kleptomaniac Cat Strikes Again (video)

By day, sweet-looking cat Dusty is nothing more than an innocent house pet who likes to lounge in the yard of his San Mateo home. But when the sun goes down, this feline moonlights as a burglar -- a cat…
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Dining, Recent Openings

Recent Openers

A weekly listing of new restaurants around town. To recommend a spot, e-mail fresheats. Caffe Pascucci: 170 King (at Third St.), www.caffe-pascucci.com. SOMA. Italian coffee. Cha Cha Cha Cuba: 112 South B (at First Ave.), San Mateo, 650-347-2900. San Mateo.…
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Dining, Recent Openings

Recent Openers

A weekly listing of new restaurants around town. To recommend a spot, e-mail fresheats. Bistro SF Grill: 2819 California (at Divisadero), www.sf-grill.com. Pacific Heights. Gourmet burgers. Cha Cha Cha Cuba: 112 South B (at First Ave.), San Mateo, 650-347-2900. San…
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Dining, Recent Openings

Recent Openers

A weekly listing of new dining spots around town. To recommend a place, e-mail fresheats@sfweekly.com. Bistro SF Grill: 2819 California (at Divisadero), www.sf-grill.com. Pacific Heights. Gourmet burgers. Cha Cha Cha Cuba: 112 South B (at First Ave.), San Mateo, 650-347-2900.…
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Dining, Recent Openings

New Restaurants

A weekly listing of new restaurants around town. To recommend a spot, e-mail fresheats. Attic: 234 South B St. (at East Third Ave.), San Mateo, 650-342-4506, www.atticrestaurant.com. South Bay. Filipino/Pan-Asian. Brick and Bottle: 55 Tamal Vista (at Chickasaw), Corte Madera,…
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News, The Snitch Your Dream of Being Injured Playing Pro Football May Not Be Dead

Your Dream of Being Injured Playing Pro Football May Not Be Dead

San Francisco's participation in the fledgling United Football League was brief -- three home games and some surreal memories of a 90-percent empty AT&T Park populated by fans wearing highlighter-green uniforms. But that's no reason that San Francisco-area old farts…
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Dining, SFoodie Bay Area's First 'Stamina Ramen' to Debut at Soon-to-Launch Dojo

Bay Area's First 'Stamina Ramen' to Debut at Soon-to-Launch Dojo

Popular Santa Ramen in San Mateo is adding a second location expected to open April 8. Just as S.F.'s Green Chile Kitchen recently opened the spin-off Chile Pies (& Ice Cream) at its pre-expansion site, owners are launching offshoot Ramen…
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