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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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Monday, December 8, 2014

Police Brace for More Protests Tonight in Berkeley

Posted By on Mon, Dec 8, 2014 at 9:33 AM

The police line Saturday night at UC Berkeley. - KENDRA K. LEVINE
  • Kendra K. Levine
  • The police line Saturday night at UC Berkeley.
After a weekend of tear gas, riot squads, broken windows, and road blockage, police and clean-up crews are bracing for yet another night of protests in Berkeley.

According to ABC News, hundreds plan to demonstrate tonight over a grand jury's refusal to indict the New York police officer who killed unarmed black man Eric Garner. That incident is one in a spate of unpunished killings that inspired the national Black Lives Matter campaign, an ad hoc social movement launched after the shooting of Trayvon Martin in Florida.

In recent weeks protests have flared up throughout the country, and they've become a nightly spectacle in Bay Area cities that already have an entrenched history of political organizing. In Berkeley, Oakland, and San Francisco these events hew to a predictable pattern: Marches that start off peacefully eventually devolve into chaos, and into a cat-and-mouse game between protesters and police. 

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Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Protesters Light Fires, Loot Downtown Shops After Ferguson Verdict Announced

Posted By on Tue, Nov 25, 2014 at 10:34 AM

  • Michael Barba

Oakland police arrested protesters by the dozens last night after demonstrators tagged patrol cars and burned garbage bins, smashed windows of storefronts and looted the city upon hearing news that a Missouri grand jury would not indict Ferguson officer Darren Wilson for the shooting death of Michael Brown.

By 6 p.m., hundreds of people gathered at the Frank Ogawa Plaza (the Oscar Grant Plaza) where they awaited a decision on the controversial case. After the verdict was announced, crowds poured onto Broadway Street — and the chaos began.

“It’s intolerable, the decision not to indict Darren Wilson,” said Joey Johnson, a protest organizer from the Bay Area. “I mean we’re talking about execution. It doesn’t matter what happened in the car.”

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Wednesday, October 8, 2014

San Francisco Cops Kill Suspected Car Burglar (Update)

Posted By on Wed, Oct 8, 2014 at 6:48 AM

Update: Medical Authorites have identified the deceased suspect as 26-year-old O'Shaine Evans, an Oakland resident. 

San Francisco police shot and killed a suspected car thief dead after he reportedly pointed a gun at officers outside AT&T Park last night. 

Officer Gordon Shyy says the incident happened at about 9 p.m. when officers who were assigned to conduct "crime suppression" near the ballpark spotted a suspicious vehicle casing other cars. 

Officers watched the vehicle and observed it park in the area of Jack London Alley and Bryant Street. The occupants got out of the car and broke into a Mercedes SUV parked on Jack London Alley. When they got back into their car, officers approached them and spotted a handgun in the driver's possession. 

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Wednesday, March 6, 2013

Police Shoot Teen After He Allegedly Hit a Cop With His Car

Posted By on Wed, Mar 6, 2013 at 9:15 AM

Note to self: you'll never win when you're surrounded by cops in a cul-de-sac
  • Note to self: you'll never win when you're surrounded by cops in a cul-de-sac

Last night four San Francisco cops shot an 18-year-old man who was wanted in connected with an armed carjacking after the suspect allegedly reversed his car into an officer during a car chase.

Sgt. Michael Andraychak says at about 6:49 p.m., four cops were patrolling the housing projects in the Bayview near Ingalls and Kiska streets when they spotted a silver BMW sedan that was wanted in connection with an armed carjacking in which the suspect used a long barreled gun (could have been a rifle or a shotgun, police said).

The officers attempted to pull over the driver, who decided to press on and try to dodge the cops.

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Tuesday, March 5, 2013

Cops Find Assault Rifle That Was Stolen From Police Car

Posted By on Tue, Mar 5, 2013 at 7:40 AM

  • Motohide Miwa via Wikimedia
  • That's a big gun

You can come out from under the bed now. San Francisco police announced they have located and recovered the AR-15 that was taken from an unmarked police car over the weekend.

Sgt. Michael Andraychak sent out a quick e-mail letting the public now that all is well: "As the theft of this rifle was a concern to public safety, Chief Suhr wanted the recovery of this weapon to be announced immediately."

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Wednesday, February 27, 2013

Inner Parkside Residents Awoken by Gross Water Flooding the Neighborhood

Posted By on Wed, Feb 27, 2013 at 1:05 PM

  • screen-grab of CBS News
  • That sucks

Update 3:30 p.m.:The Public Utilities Commission says that crews have finished cleaning the mud and debris in the neighborhood, yet repairs on the broken water line won't be repaired until later tonight.

Six residences were "yellow tagged" and building inspectors will assess whether they're structurally safe. Meanwhile, Wawona Street and 15th Avenue will remained closed through tomorrow while crews work to fix the sinkhole in the street.

City staff is still investigating what caused the water transmission line to break; the pipe transports water from Sutro Reservoir to the Excelsior District.

The good news is that no residents were booted from their house because of this incident. Residents who wish to file a claim with the City should contact the City Claims Department at 415-554-3900.

Update 1 p.m.: : The latest reports indicate that 23 homes and about 12 cars were damaged from the early-morning flooding, and one building was "yellow-tagged."

Original story 8:25 a.m.: City officials are cleaning up homes and cars over in the Inner Parkside neighborhood after a 16-inch water main broke sometime early this morning, releasing a flood of nasty water and dirt.

The underground distribution line broke at about 3 a.m. around 15th Avenue and Wawona Street, damaging cars and homes in the area. Streets were closed down while crews worked through the night to clean up that mess.

The good news in this is that it didn't affect residential water service, so everyone can still shower this morning for work.

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Monday, November 26, 2012

Mysterious Carbon Monoxide Incident Sends 14 to Hospital

Posted By on Mon, Nov 26, 2012 at 7:29 AM

Guess what, Bernal Heights ...
  • Guess what, Bernal Heights ...

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 last night.

The strange incident occurred about 7 p.m. on 1223 Cortland St. when the dozen-plus residents were taken to the hospital for possible carbon monoxide poisoning. The patients indeed had traces of the toxic gas in their bloodstream, yet PG&E officials still have no clue where it came from, according to press reports.

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Tuesday, June 26, 2012

Drunk Man Might Have Fallen in the Bay After Giants Game

Posted By on Tue, Jun 26, 2012 at 7:55 AM

Man missing after Giants game could be in the Bay
  • Man missing after Giants game could be in the Bay

The Coast Guard spent the night above the bay, looking for a man that may or may not have fallen into the water after drinking too much at the Giants game last night.

According to ABC News, the man's friend said they had parked their car at Pier 32 near AT&T Park. After watching the Giants play, the two intoxicated men went back to the pier and stood at the end, near the water.

The man's friend said he looked away for a few seconds, and when he looked back, his buddy was gone.

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Monday, March 5, 2012

Cops Respond to Phantom "Bar Riot" in Mission District

Posted By on Mon, Mar 5, 2012 at 12:30 PM

Not today
  • Not today

The oh-so-rad Misson's got everything, even pop-up bar "riots" that disappear as quickly as they're reported.

Police responded to the corner of 16th and Albion streets -- hello, Kilowatt -- at 2 a.m. Sunday morning after callers reported a massive bar fight, Bay City News reported yesterday. The wire service even used the word "riot," perhaps mistaking the situation for what will happen when Mission Street Food runs out of confit.

Two callers to 911 reported a giant fracas, with one caller reporting "80 people," and another reporting "200," according to SFPD Officer Albie Esparza, a department spokesman. The calls came in at 1:59 a.m., a few minutes past closing time (if you're on bar-time and not real-time). By the time police arrived five minutes later at 2:04 a.m., there was nothing, Esparza told The Snitch on Monday morning.

If only high-waisted pants would fall from favor so quickly.

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