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Tuesday, April 30, 2013

Here Are the New Security Measures for Bay to Breakers

Posted By on Tue, Apr 30, 2013 at 8:14 AM

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After the Boston Marathon bombing, communities across the nation are rethinking how to deal with events that draw massive crowds, such as San Francisco's Bay to Breakers race scheduled next month.

As the Examiner notes this morning, San Francisco police and race organizers are already rolling out a new set of rules, including no more backpacks.

We know what you're thinking -- where are you going to surreptitiously stow your beers now?

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Thursday, March 7, 2013

Here's How Cuddling Can Save Your Life

Posted By on Thu, Mar 7, 2013 at 9:06 AM

Two tigers lowering their blood pressure - JLHOPGOOD VIA FLICKR
  • Jlhopgood via Flickr
  • Two tigers lowering their blood pressure

Screw exercise, researchers have found a lazy way to improve your health: Cuddling.

That's right, nestling up next to someone -- anyone -- will not only make you feel loved, but will lower your blood pressure, your heart rate, and generally do away with all that yucky stress, according to researchers at the Metropolitan University in England.

Sadly, those same nuzzle scientists reportedly found a third of the population receive no hugs on a daily basis, yet 75 percent would like fill their week with more caressing and cradling.

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Thursday, February 14, 2013

BART to Let Bikes on Trains All Day for a Whole Week Next Month

Posted By on Thu, Feb 14, 2013 at 4:22 PM

Bikes (1), BART passengers who hate bikes (0)
  • Bikes (1), BART passengers who hate bikes (0)

Good News cyclists, BART is letting you back on board, bikes and all.

Don't get too excited, though; your hassle-free ride will only last a week.

The BART bike blackout is entering the second phase of the "bikes on board" pilot program that BART is using to test the waters (more like the tracks) to see whether cyclists, their bikes, and non-cyclists can travel in harmony during the heaviest commute hours.

The next phase starts March 18 and will last the entire week. During that time, BART will observe and examine whether things run smoothly enough to maybe make this all-bikes, all-the-time policy permanent.

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Wednesday, December 19, 2012

"Meat Without Drugs" Advocates to Take on Trader Joe's

Posted By on Wed, Dec 19, 2012 at 7:24 AM

This is what a pig on drugs looks like
  • This is what a pig on drugs looks like

Is there a better way to get shoppers' attention than to have Joe the Pig singing holiday carols "with a special twist" outside Trader Joe's today?

If this is something you'd like to see for yourself, then head down to the Nob Hill Trader Joe's at 10 a.m. where Consumers Union -- the policy and advocacy arm of Consumer Reports -- and fans of anti-animal-antibiotic mascot Joe the Pig will host a press conference to talk about meat on drugs.

More specifically, the group will be asking the very popular grocery store chain to stop selling meat and poultry that was raised on antibiotics.

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Tuesday, October 30, 2012

City Attorney to Sue "World Series Hooligans" Who Trashed S.F.

Posted By on Tue, Oct 30, 2012 at 4:38 PM

Dennis Herrera will get you for this - GIL RIEGO JR
  • Gil Riego Jr
  • Dennis Herrera will get you for this

For those of you who are miffed, pissed, hurt, or whatever adjective aptly describes how you feel about the destruction that descended on San Francisco after the Giants won the World Series on Sunday, well, you are about to get some relief.

Financial relief, that is.

The City Attorney has said he will work aggressively to sue the "hooligans" who trashed San Francisco, including the person who torched a $700,000 Muni bus, totaling the newly rehabilitated coach.

See also: Here's What You Need to Know About the Giants Parade

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Thursday, September 20, 2012

Surprise, Surprise, San Francisco Is Among the Dirtiest Cities in America

Posted By on Thu, Sep 20, 2012 at 8:33 AM

Seagulls ... the real culprits
  • Seagulls ... the real culprits

Yesterday, we enlightened readers with the unsavory news that Californians (that includes you health-conscious San Franciscans) are getting fatter by the minute. Don't believe us? Look no further than the empty food container next to you.

Along with getting fat, we're also getting filthy.

According to Travel + Leisure magazine, San Francisco was ranked No. 11 on the list of America's dirtiest cities. We're squeezed right there between Houston, which came in at No. 10, and Washington, D.C. Here's the silver lining: We aren't as big of a cesspool as Los Angeles, which ranked No. 4 on the list.

See Also: 5 Reasons Californians Are Getting Fatter

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Monday, September 17, 2012

PETA Tries to Turn San Francisco Grubbers Off Fish by Wearing Topless Mermaid Outfits

Posted By on Mon, Sep 17, 2012 at 11:45 AM

Pass the tarter sauce please
  • Pass the tarter sauce please

Call us horny, but aren't people supposed to be turned on by topless women? Leave it to PETA to make even that experience unpleasurable.

People for Ethical Treatment of Animals is at it again, dreaming up the foolish and unfathomable in hopes that it can get people to stop being people. However, this time, the animal activist group might have outdone themselves, at least in San Francisco. Three PETA members have vowed to strip off their clothing, slip into a mermaid outfit, and walk around Fisherman's Wharf topless tomorrow afternoon.

The logic is obvious: These sexy sea creatures want you to stop eating fish.

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Friday, September 14, 2012

Supervisor Scott Wiener Says Drawing Attention to Your Cock in Public Is Obnoxious

Posted By on Fri, Sep 14, 2012 at 2:37 PM

Says public erections are not really political
  • Says public erections are not really political

Last week, SF Weekly told readers about how nudists in the Castro were starting to feel singled out because of their cock rings. They accused police of conducting "cock ring patrols" threatening to arrest nudists who were caught wearing the sex paraphernalia in public.

Cops deny they've been on penis patrol, though if they haven't been inspecting naked penises, they might be soon. Supervisor Scott Wiener, who has already explained his discomfort with naked people, told the Bay Area Reporter that he's considering legislation that would ban all public nudity.

The District 8 supervisor, who represents the penis-flapping Castro, says people aren't just uncomfortable with this lewd look, they're "absolutely repulsed by it." Or at least people who run in Wiener's circle.

He astutely noted that the whole purpose of a cock ring is to 1. maintain an erection, or 2. draw attention to the cock -- both of which are "obnoxious" and  "irresponsible," as long as you are in public.

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Monday, September 10, 2012

Morning People Are Less Depressed Than Night Owls

Posted By on Mon, Sep 10, 2012 at 4:50 PM

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  • Not a morning person

In the morning, do you ever look curiously at those obnoxiously energetic people who are running (as in exercising) by the Ferry Building while you muster just enough energy to sip your coffee? Do you ever wonder if they those early-morning risers are happier than you?

Well, they are.

Despite how much joy partying the night away -- long past the last BART train -- brings you, a new study has found that those folks who are already in bed, ready to rise for the morning are without a doubt happier than you are -- even if you aren't hungover.

While this study, conducted by researchers at the University of Toronto, confirmed that early birds are more chipper all around, that's not to say you lazy dogs out there are doomed to a life of gloom. And researchers aren't here only to deliver the bad news. Rise-N-Shine, LLC, a New Jersey-based supplement company, has come up with these tips to help you get your ass out of bed in the mornings.

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Thursday, August 16, 2012

S.F. 's Most Lovable Twins Are in Good Hands Now

Posted By on Thu, Aug 16, 2012 at 5:15 PM

Double your donation
  • Double your donation

There's so many ways to spend your hard-earned cash, and for those of you who live in San Francisco, most of that money goes toward rent, burritos, and coffee.

But today it seems San Franciscans opted for the regular burrito instead of the super so they could help out the city's celebrity twins, 85-year-old Marian and Vivian Brown.

As CBS News reports, donations have been pouring in through the day since the Browns' sad story made headlines earlier. The twins, who have been inseparable most of their lives and can be seen always wearing matching outfits, have been split apart after Vivian, who has Alzheimer's, fell. Doctors say she now needs round-the-clock care, which means the twins won't be able to live together in their rent-controlled apartment on Bush Street anymore.

Marian wants the two to move to a assisted-living facility so they can stay together until they die. But money has been the only thing in their way -- until now.

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