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Tuesday, December 1, 2015

Librarians Stop Stabbing, Kick Ass in General

Posted By on Tue, Dec 1, 2015 at 1:21 PM

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If there's one thing we've learned this fall, it's that you don't fuck with librarians. (Just ask Airbnb how that went for them.) 

So it should come as no surprise that the staff of the San Francisco Public Library, in between helping people access all the knowledge in the universe and setting up cool programs and stuff, are legitimate action heroes. 

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Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Jeffrey Gottshall: S.F. Homeless Man Reconnects With Family in Pennsylvania Via YouTube

Posted By on Tue, Jan 27, 2015 at 8:25 AM


As far as Jeffrey Gottshall's family knew, he'd been missing for more than 20 years. 

He left his home in Montoursville, Penn. when he was 20 and has been documented as a missing person by authorities in Pennsylvania. But 2,747 miles away in the bustling town of San Francisco, Gottshall is seen everyday. 

The 44-year-old man is one of the thousands of  homeless people who populate Market Street in San Francisco. Gottshall is a fixture in a community that struggles to confront the growing homeless community. 

But, as one local media company has discovered, there is a way to help homeless people get off the streets — and not just for a night or two. All it takes is a smartphone, a Facebook account, and a few minutes out of your day.

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Monday, January 12, 2015

Monday, November 3, 2014

Soda Tax Supporters Scatter Fake Severed Legs and Toes at Dolores Park

Posted By on Mon, Nov 3, 2014 at 1:01 PM

  • Joe Fitzgerald Rodriguez
Tomorrow is Election Day, and the supporters of San Francisco's Sugary Beverage Tax have a message: A vote against the soda tax is a vote for amputations. 

The argument goes as follows: Soda consumption leads to too much sugar consumption, sugar leads to diabetes, diabetes can lead to amputations. 

The Center for Disease Control and Prevention reported more than 250 amputations in the United States per day for diabetic sufferers. The disease makes circulation difficult to the legs and extremities, which means a single cut or nick can compromise the body's limbs.

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Thursday, September 4, 2014

Watch These Thieves Snatch a Bait Bike in San Francisco (VIDEO)

Posted By on Thu, Sep 4, 2014 at 8:03 AM

Bait bikes are all the rage right now, much to the chagrin of bike thieves. Among the many benefits of this new technology (you might your bike back and thieves will definitely get jail time), are videos like the one below which shows the thievery in action. 

Just to show everyone how fast these crooks work in San Francisco, NBC national investigative correspondent Jeff Rossen and his team locked a bike to a tree in San Francisco and not only captured its theft on camera, but tracked it down to a random house and retrieved his ride.


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Monday, August 25, 2014

EPA Employees Smearing Feces on the Walls, Engaging in "Beyond Gross" Behavior

Posted By on Mon, Aug 25, 2014 at 12:45 PM

Meanwhile, in Denver...
  • Meanwhile, in Denver...
Earlier this summer we shared with you the astounding tale of Environmental Protection Agency employees behaving in a manner ill-befitting anyone working for an agency with "Environmental" in its title. Interoffice emails obtained by Government Executive magazine revealed a bizarre office situation in which Denver-area EPA workers were menaced by colleagues "placing feces in the hallway."

The EPA went so far as to consult a workplace violence specialist named John Nicoletti. He, reassuringly, confirmed that defecating on the office floor is "very dangerous" and a health hazard.

In San Francisco, we're often on shaky ground when lambasting the hygiene of others. But, Government Executive, bless them, has plumbed the depths of this EPA inappropriate feces situation. And mounds of human excrement in the hallway was just the tip of the iceberg. 

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Thursday, August 7, 2014

Jeremy Meeks: NorCal's Hottest Felon Gets His Own Action Figure

Posted By on Thu, Aug 7, 2014 at 12:54 PM

Battery included - THAT'SMYFACE
  • That'sMyFace
  • Battery included
Jeremy Meeks, the alleged gangster who has stolen the hearts of women worldwide ain't playin': He now has his own action figure. 

The doll measures just 12 inches tall, but has a "fully articulated body with 34 points of articulation." It comes with black boots and an orange jumpsuit; however, the Stockton man's tattoos are absent. 

Custom action figure company, That'sMyFace, is responsible for bringing the lifelike felon toy into existence; they've also contacted Meeks's agent in order to try and garner permission to sell the dolls to the hot felon's ever-growing fanbase. 

Besides the doll, Meeks, 30, also landed a $30,000 modeling contract with talent agent, Gina Rodriguez last month, after gained international fame when the Stockon Police Department posted his mugshot, which has since gone viral. But let's not forget, he was arrested on suspicion of felony gun possession. 

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Wednesday, August 6, 2014

Marilyn Hartman: Woman Finally Sneaks Through Airport Security and Makes A Flight to L.A.

Posted By on Wed, Aug 6, 2014 at 11:01 AM

Marilyn Hartman
  • Marilyn Hartman
One local San Francisco woman has gained notoriety for her attempts of trying to board airplanes at San Francisco International Airport; she is also known for violating a court order barring her from these continued attempts, which she did again and again.

But now, Marilyn Hartman, 62, finally managed to get past security at San Jose International Airport yesterday, and even after having her face plastered all over the news, boarded a plane without a ticket and flew to Southern California.

“She was able to get through the TSA staff, who checked the documents. She was screened along with everyone else," said Cheryl Marcell, a San Jose Airport spokesperson. "When she went to the gate, the person there did not notice she did not have a ticket.”

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Thursday, July 24, 2014

Local Teen's Long-Time Wish Comes True: To Ride A BART Train

Posted By on Thu, Jul 24, 2014 at 1:01 PM

  • Courtesy of BART
  • Austin James
Your biggest nightmare is this one kid's greatest dream: to ride BART.

So before you start your daily whining and complaining about your BART trip to work (and all the smelly things you saw) try and take a page from this heart-warming vignette.

Austin James, a wheelchair-using 13-year-old with cerebral palsy, has long been mesmerized by trains, specifically BART trains, longing to ride one at some point in his life. The San Pablo teen had never been on a train until July 17 when The Make-A-Wish Foundation arranged for James to board an out-of-service BART train from the Richmond station and ride to El Cerrito and back. 

"This is his joy,' said Virginia D. Thomas, who assists Austin at school. "When it's time for P.E. and we go on the basketball court he watches the BART trains go by and he counts the numbers of cars on the trains. He loves trains."

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Friday, July 11, 2014

Robber Can't Get His Gun to Work During Heist, So Victim Runs Away

Posted By on Fri, Jul 11, 2014 at 1:40 PM

A gun that doesn't work is a good thing
  • A gun that doesn't work is a good thing

A 31-year-old man escaped injury -- and possibly death -- last night after a robber held him up at gunpoint, but then failed to get the firearm to work properly when he attempted to shoot the man.

Officer Gordon Shyy says that the victim was outside his residence on the unit block of Rutland at about 10 p.m. yesterday when an unknown man walked up to him, pulled out a firearm, and demanded cash.

Before the victim could respond, the robber reportedly pointed the gun at the victim and pulled the trigger. Fortunately, the robber experienced technical difficulties, giving the victim a chance to run.

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