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Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Inferno in the Lower Haight: Slideshow

Posted By on Wed, Sep 28, 2011 at 8:20 AM

Smoke billowed from the attic of a three-story apartment complex yesterday afternoon for more than 90 minutes as firefighters worked to extinguish the four-alarm blaze along Haight and Fillmore streets. No people or pets were injured that we know of, but the damage is extensive.

Check out the scene:

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Wednesday, September 14, 2011

Fight Night: Boxing in the Bar

Posted By on Wed, Sep 14, 2011 at 12:10 PM

Don't take it outside, boys... - DENIZEN415, USED WITH PERMISSION

The definitions of both "sports bar" and "bar fight" are malleable, it would seem. In a good way.

Last night marked another edition of Tuesday Night Fights put on by the San Francisco Boxing Union. Patrons of Roccapulco Supper Club ate, drank, and made merry -- this is normal -- while watching amateur fighters unload on one another an arm's length away -- not normal.

Perhaps the ultimate compliment to the night's entertainment was paid by an enthusiastic viewer upon leaving the establishment: "There weren't no goddamn dogshit fights of the bunch!" And this is true. Grammar aside, there weren't no goddamn dogshit fights of the bunch.

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Tuesday, August 16, 2011

BART Protest Snarls Evening Commute (Slideshow)

Posted By on Tue, Aug 16, 2011 at 8:45 AM

San Francisco commuters survived another nightmarish evening on BART. Last night, passengers were booted from BART stations amid protesters' chaos that interrupted service for more than an hour.

Civic Center, Powell, and Montgomery Street stations were all closed after protesters stormed them. We gave you the blow-by-blow with SF Weekly reporter Caroline Chen at the scene last night. But for those of you who were informed enough to plan for alternative routes home, here is what you missed.

  • Michael Short

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Wednesday, July 27, 2011

Fight Night: San Francisco's Amateur Boxing Championships

Posted By on Wed, Jul 27, 2011 at 11:59 AM

Down goes Lopez! - JOSEPH SCHELL
  • Joseph Schell
  • Down goes Lopez!

Sporting crowds make lots of different noises: cheers, boos -- in Europe they sing. But, every once in a while, a crowd makes that most distinctive of sounds -- the collective reaction of people who've witnessed something that impressed them but they wish they hadn't seen. The "OHHHHHHHHHHHHHH!" 

Several hundred fervent onlookers at Roccapulco Supper Club had just that reaction when local golden boy Michael Fernandez walked into an overhand right, forever after answering the question "what would it look like if someone had a Dumpster lid slammed on his head?" 

The 21-year-old City College grad hit the canvas, dropping to his hands and knees and gasping for breath. Those in the know pegged Fernandez as one of the best fighters in the bar -- at least wearing gloves -- and a man to watch as an aspiring future pro. But it just takes one well-placed punch to ruin your evening for boxers and non-boxers alike. This wasn't Fernandez' night. 

Last night was the first "San Francisco Amateur Boxing Championship," a night of fisticuffs San Francisco's Boxing Union hopes to grow into a monthly event. The standing room crowd took in nine bouts; the night's fighters were accompanied into the canvas by no fewer than four men banging rhythmically on conga drums. 

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Tuesday, July 5, 2011

Fourth of July in San Francisco: Hot and Fiery

Posted By on Tue, Jul 5, 2011 at 12:30 PM

We warned readers on Friday that San Francisco wasn't allowed to light fireworks -- or blow anything up for that matter. And there's good reason for that. we saw what happened over in the East Bay where fireworks were responsible for a house fire and an accident where one man severed his finger off while having a little too much fun on the Fourth.

But San Francisco managed to celebrate America's Independence without blowing off any limbs-- that we know of.

Here is a quick glance at what we saw on on the Fourth of July.

  • Joseph Schell

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Thursday, June 23, 2011

Barry Bonds Demands a Quick Retrial

Posted By on Thu, Jun 23, 2011 at 9:33 AM

Playing hardball
  • Playing hardball

Barry Bonds is making an appearance in San Francisco court today to request that if prosecutors plan to retry him, they do it quickly.

The former Giants superstar was found guilty of obstruction of justice in April, yet the jury was deadlocked on three perjury counts, which led Judge Susan Illston to declare a mistrial.

Bonds' lawyers say that the U.S. Speedy Trial Act means Bonds has the right to know today whether he will be retried on the three perjury counts.

"If the government is to retry Mr. Bonds, it must do

so within the  time provided by the act," defense attorney Dennis

Riordan wrote.

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Monday, June 14, 2010

Cops Think Oakland Stabbing Victim Was at SF Nightclub Fight

Posted By on Mon, Jun 14, 2010 at 11:48 AM

Unsafe with any (amount of)speed
  • Unsafe with any (amount of)speed

San Francisco police think a brawl outside a SoMa nightclub early Sunday might be the reason why a stabbing victim staggered into an Oakland hospital shortly thereafter.

While there are plenty ills in Oakland that could be explained away thanks to San Francisco nightlife violence, police probably have a good reason to think the 30-person brawl outside of 1015 Folsom at 3:30 a.m. has something to do with the as-yet unidentified 26-year old who underwent surgery at Highland Hospital in the East Bay city, according to Bay City News.

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Wednesday, October 28, 2009

Ain't No Party Like a Green Party

Posted By on Wed, Oct 28, 2009 at 8:30 AM

Green Party state co-chair Barry Hermanson brought his own beer -- literally - JOE ESKENAZI
  • Joe Eskenazi
  • Green Party state co-chair Barry Hermanson brought his own beer -- literally
Members of San Francisco's Green Party refused to exude the blues last night in the farewell bash for the party headquarters they can no longer afford to keep, dousing the place in one last coating of spilled soda, beer, and plenty of top-notch hard stuff. State Party co-chair Barry Hermanson even wandered the room with large bottles of his home-brewed ale and a pocketful of sample cups he foisted upon one and all. Here, at last, was a politician who truly served the people.

As anticipated, the mood was bittersweet. It's certainly not a thrilling realization that a matter of a $1,200 monthly office is an untenable drain on party coffers: "It'd be nice if we needed a bigger space because so many people were active in politics," admitted Paul Platt, a member of the party's county council. But, on the other hand, nobody was crying into their absinthe one room over as a DJ gyrated to the beats.

As the music temporarily faded, Supervisor Ross Mirkarimi -- the party's most prominent local member -- urged his contemporaries to keep on keepin' on.  

Lots of nice folks with dreadlocks for a political event, yes - JOE ESKENAZI
  • Joe Eskenazi
  • Lots of nice folks with dreadlocks for a political event, yes

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Tuesday, October 27, 2009

Terrifying Revelations About Hauntings in City Hall

Posted By on Tue, Oct 27, 2009 at 11:30 AM

Feature: Arson

Our guide in the spookiest room in City Hall--  the Board of Supervisors main chamber!
  • Our guide in the spookiest room in City Hall-- the Board of Supervisors main chamber!
City Hall is haunted. Not just by measures that have died within its chambers, but by actual spooks -- or so claimed our robed tour guide last night. The guy with the Snuggie shepherded a large group of gawkers on a "ghost walk" of the building as part of the City Guides Walking Tour series. The fount of knowledge was decked out druid-style, and armed with a binder that read "Book of the Dead" on one side and "Kabbalah for Dummies" on the other. Perhaps the latter was left over from a previous walking tour (or maybe even a previous incarnation)?

 Attendees knew they were in for a hair-raising time when they were handed a scrap of paper with a long list of illnesses that might be exacerbated by the walk. Listed alongside maladies like angina and colic were pre- and post- menstrual syndrome. "But aren't all women either pre- or post-menstrual?" My friend shrewdly pointed out. We decided to take the risk.

City Hall, it turns out, is built on the site of an old cemetery. During its construction, the bones were disinterred and transported to Colma. All of this was done somewhat unceremoniously, according to our guide, as bones are unearthed whenever new construction projects are initiated in the area. In addition to the owners of the shafted bones, it was speculated that the ghosts of persons killed within the building also roamed the marble corridors.

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Monday, October 19, 2009

Few Show For California Redwoods' Football Opener -- But Fans Still Manage to Have Fun (Legally and Illegally)

Posted By on Mon, Oct 19, 2009 at 12:01 AM

There is grandeur in this view of life... - JIM HERD
  • Jim Herd
  • There is grandeur in this view of life...
Text by Joe Eskenazi. Gorgeous photos by Jim Herd.

In the many months between when we first reported the inception of the San Francisco-based United Football League up to the moment we wandered into a largely abandoned AT&T Park for the Saturday night home debut of the California Redwoods, we never did figure out the league's "mission statement." The UFL, it reads, "was developed to fulfill the unmet needs of football fans in major markets currently underserved by professional football."

Within a speedy 15-minute drive of AT&T Park sits not one but two professional football stadiums -- and large portions of Saturday's crowd came outfitted in the gear of both professional squads. And yet, you can't shrug off the unforeseen benefits of locating a team in San Francisco. Within moments of the Redwoods' historic opening kickoff, a pair of breathtakingly gorgeous young women loudly and abruptly ended their romantic relationship an arm's length from your humble narrator; one lithely sprinted up the aisle to parts unknown, her mascara running awkwardly down her cheeks. The other gritted her teeth, sunk low into her green plastic chair, and forlornly began to bang out text messages.

Show me another football venue in the nation that can provide that.

We're going to go fairly lightly on the game details of Saturday's contest in this article: If you cared to know, you'd have probably been there. God knows there was room for you, and this was not a hard ticket to obtain. Half an hour prior to the game scalpers were offering us the best seats in the house for 15 bucks -- 10 dollars below face value.

Down in front! - JIM HERD
  • Jim Herd
  • Down in front!

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