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Tuesday, March 22, 2016

Plague of Rainbows Descends on San Francisco; Citizens Rejoice

Posted By on Tue, Mar 22, 2016 at 11:51 AM

It’s not often an entire city can come together over the same cause, even if that city is governed by only one political party. But Monday, March 21, 2016 was a wholly different story.

It was the second day of spring. The Bay Area was enjoying yet another wet and chilly day when, in the evening twilight, with no prior warning, all of a sudden, out of nowhere, like a signal from the heavens, there it was: A gigantic rainbow towering over this cool, gray city of love.

This rainbow was so spectacular that you could see it from Hawaii. Maybe. 

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Wednesday, March 2, 2016

S.F. Supervisors Raise Tobacco-Buying Age to 21; Will it Stick?

Posted By on Wed, Mar 2, 2016 at 10:27 AM

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San Francisco on Tuesday joined a growing movement to increase the minimum age to purchase tobacco products and e-cigarettes to 21 — for those keeping score at home, 18-year-olds will still be able to buy medical cannabis — yet it’s unclear if the city's new tough-on-smokes stance will survive lawsuits.  

Dozens of cities nationwide have approved new minimum age requirements for buying cigarettes, chewing tobacco, and electronic cigarettes, which vaporize liquid containing nicotine. San Francisco becomes the second largest, behind New York.

Hawaii is so far the only state to increase the age requirement, but a California 21-and-up cigarette law, Senate Bill 151, was introduced in the state Legislature last year. San Francisco’s own state Sen. Mark Leno is a co-sponsor.

The local law, unanimously approved by the Board of Supervisors on Tuesday, would take effect July 1 — as long as it’s not challenged or delayed. And it will be challenged. 

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Sunday, February 7, 2016

"Justice 4 Mario Woods" at the Super Bowl: Beyonce Dancers, Alicia Keys, Adrian Peterson

Posted By on Sun, Feb 7, 2016 at 8:28 PM

Supporters of Mario Woods, the 26-year-old black man shot to death by San Francisco police after an alleged stabbing Dec. 2, managed to display their message at the San Francisco Bay Area Super Bowl, but not before television cameras broadcasting to a world wide audience.

After Black Lives Matter-affiliated activists shut down the Bay Bridge on Dr. Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, there was concern that Super Bowl 50 or one of the many events over the NFL's weeklong taxpayer subsidized party would be similarly upset.

But aside from a demonstration of Uber drivers upset over pay cuts and a rally against homelessness on Wednesday outside Super Bowl City at the Embarcadero, Super Bowl 50 came and went without disruption from a major protest.

Instead, dancers in Beyonce's Michael Jackson/Black Panthers-themed halftime show posed for a photo while holding a small handwritten sign saying, "Justice for Mario Woods."
And at Super Bowl City's headlining free concert, singer Alicia Keys mentioned Woods by name during a brief plea for social justice.

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Monday, November 16, 2015

VIDEO: Saturday Night Sideshow on Geneva, with Dirtbikes

Posted By on Mon, Nov 16, 2015 at 12:57 PM

There's nothing like the whizzing buzz of a 2-stroke motor like the one in a dirtbike — except the whizzing and buzzing of about 40 dirtbikes and all-terrain vehicles buzzing in unison.

A collection of off-road vehicles converged on the Arco station on Geneva Avenue on Saturday night. Wheelies were popped, donuts were spun — and one person was arrested after attempting to flee from the lone responding police vehicle (which was from Daly City).

Check it out — plus a foot chase between officers and one ATV driver who dumps his ride — after the jump.

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Tuesday, July 21, 2015

4.0 Quake and 12 Aftershocks Rattle Fremont This Morning

Posted By on Tue, Jul 21, 2015 at 9:36 AM

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The 4.0 magnitude earthquake that rattled Fremont early this morning was the first activity along the Hayward Fault since 1868, according to the US Geological Survey. The quake, which lasted about five seconds, was felt in more than 250 zip codes, including places as far south as Santa Cruz. Twelve aftershocks were also felt (with more possible). Luckily, no injuries or damage have been reported.

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Monday, July 20, 2015

Watch: Harry Potter Raps "The Real Slim Shady" at Karaoke

Posted By on Mon, Jul 20, 2015 at 6:05 PM


Daniel Radcliffe, who will forever be known as that actor who played Harry Potter, dropped by karaoke night at Cameron's Pub in Half Moon Bay, and his cover of Eminem's seminal 2000 hit "The Real Slim Shady" was, as the British say, spot-on. 

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Wednesday, January 14, 2015

Local Photographer Frames Sutro Tower With Celestial Awesomeness

Posted By on Wed, Jan 14, 2015 at 7:16 AM

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Yes, San Francisco landmarks can get more beautiful. Just look at this image, shot by Instagram user punkpoint, who says he/she was attempting to catch some one-of-a-kind photos of the comet Lovejoy with the very cool Sutro Tower up close.

Per the photographer:

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Wednesday, January 7, 2015

Strong Geomagnetic Storm Trips Power Systems and False Alarms This Morning

Posted By on Wed, Jan 7, 2015 at 11:33 AM

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You probably didn't feel it, but maybe your GPS took you on the wrong turn this morning. A fairly large geomagnetic storm hit the Earth today, causing some Twilight Zone-like effects across the Northern Hemisphere.

According to the Space Weather Prediction Center, the storm was categorized as a G3 which is considered "strong" but not severe.

So what does that mean for you?  

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Monday, October 27, 2014

Broke Giants Fan Will Buy You Dinner and A Beer in Exchange for a World Series Ticket

Posted By on Mon, Oct 27, 2014 at 2:06 PM

Even if we're not sports fans over here, doesn't mean we can't be entertained by the World Series.

Specifically, the hilariously desperate ads posted on Craigslist from fans who would seemingly do anything to get a chance to watch the Giants win the World Series — live.

Last week, it was the person who was ready to trade of his/her $8,000 engagement ring for tickets, and today it's this "solid chill guy" who will buy you a beer or two if you give him a free ticket to the game.

Here's his pitch:

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Tuesday, September 23, 2014

3 Mules Do Some Sightseeing in San Francisco

Posted By on Tue, Sep 23, 2014 at 8:08 AM

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And they hit all the usual tourist spots, including the Bay Bridge, Ferry Building and Pier 39. 

Over the weekend, residents spotted the famous 3 mules in San Francisco, doing what they do best — walking and taking in the scenery. 

According to, activist John Sears and his pack of mules took a little detour from the usual tourist traps and spent some time grazing in the Richmond District on Sunday. "Normally he travels with 3 mules (Little Girl, Lady and Pepper), but this time he had just two. One is currently lame and unable to travel. They were seen grazing on the 14th Avenue side of the Park Presidio greenbelt," the blog notes. 

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