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  • Petition to alter S.F. laws for Airbnb rentals gains speed

    04/19/2014 1:53:32 PM PDT · by thecodont · 12 replies
    San Francisco Chronicle / SFGate.com ^ | Updated 7:18 am, Saturday, April 19, 2014 | Carolyn Said
    An online petition calling on San Francisco to overhaul laws that allow landlords to evict tenants for hosting on Airbnb has amassed more than 26,000 signatures, fueled by social media and a hand from the giant hospitality website. "People should be made aware that current law is allowing this to happen," said Peter K., a retired educator who started the petition a week ago. Peter asked to withhold his last name because he rents to Airbnb visitors in his San Francisco home and wants to avoid any trouble with city authorities until the law is clarified. The petition was motivated...
  • Put the Sex Back in Sex Ed

    03/13/2014 8:17:33 PM PDT · by thecodont · 24 replies
    TIME ^ | March 13, 2014 7:02 AM ET | Camille Paglia
    Fertility is the missing chapter in sex education. Sobering facts about women’s declining fertility after their 20s are being withheld from ambitious young women, who are propelled along a career track devised for men. The refusal by public schools’ sex-education programs to acknowledge gender differences is betraying both boys and girls. The genders should be separated for sex counseling. It is absurd to avoid the harsh reality that boys have less to lose from casual serial sex than do girls, who risk pregnancy and whose future fertility can be compromised by disease. Boys need lessons in basic ethics and moral...
  • California almond farmers face tough choices

    02/23/2014 8:37:53 AM PST · by thecodont · 44 replies
    Associated Press via San Francisco Chronicle / SFGate.com ^ | Updated 8:13 am, Sunday, February 23, 2014 | By SCOTT SMITH, Associated Press
    FIREBAUGH, Calif. (AP) — With California's agricultural heartland entrenched in drought, almond farmers are letting orchards dry up and in some cases making the tough call to have their trees torn out of the ground, leaving behind empty fields.
  • Politics: Congresswoman sleeps in a homeless shelter

    02/06/2014 6:01:49 PM PST · by thecodont · 24 replies
    San Francisco Chronicle / SFGate.com ^ | Posted on February 6, 2014 | By kfagan@sfchronicle.com (Kevin Fagan)
    Democratic Rep. Jackie Speier is gearing up for what she hopes is the next big fight in Congress — balancing out the growing economic inequality that has ravaged the middle class for years — so she reckoned she’d do a bit of ground-level research first. And since you can’t get much more ground level than a homeless shelter, that’s where she went last Friday — to spend the night. The Maple Street Shelter in Redwood City was the destination. Speier had actually been there a week before to chat with the residents, and the fact that a well-off Hillsborough member...
  • The New Face of Food Stamps: Working-age Americans

    01/26/2014 9:13:17 AM PST · by thecodont · 20 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Jan 26, 2014 11:17 AM EST | By Hope Yen, Associated Press
    "Economists say having a job may no longer be enough for self-sufficiency in today's economy."
  • $0.60 for cake: Al-Qaida records every expense

    12/30/2013 6:52:17 PM PST · by thecodont · 16 replies
    Associated Press via San Francisco Chronicle / SFGate.com ^ | Updated 2:10 pm, Monday, December 30, 2013 | By RUKMINI CALLIMACHI, Associated Press
    [...] This transaction in northern Mali shows what might seem an unusual preoccupation for a terror group: Al-Qaida is obsessed with documenting the most minute expenses. [...]
  • Influential voices in food movement seek better worker wages

    12/25/2013 10:57:28 AM PST · by thecodont · 42 replies
    San Francisco Chronicle / SFGate.com ^ | Updated 10:01 pm, Tuesday, December 24, 2013 | Joe Garofoli
    Since he wrote "Fast Food Nation" more than a decade ago, muckraking author Eric Schlosser has noticed a sympathy gap in the food movement that he helped foster. Some foodies seem to care more about the treatment of the animals they eat than the workers who prepare and serve them. "It's not all foodies by any means," Schlosser said. "But the food movement can get sidetracked into wealthy, upper-middle-class people caring about food as status, caring about food as pleasure. I'm a huge supporter of animal welfare, but the compassion for the abuse of animals is so much more excessive,...
  • Naughty is nice as SantaCon invades S.F.

    12/15/2013 5:23:55 PM PST · by thecodont · 14 replies
    San Francisco Chronicle / SFGate.com ^ | Updated 11:15 am, Sunday, December 15, 2013 | Vivian Ho
    Santa Claus came early to San Francisco this year, but he forgot his long pants. As did quite a few of the hundreds of other Santas, and several of their helpers, who gathered by the Christmas tree in Union Square on Saturday. The Santas were kicking off the start of this year's SantaCon, a worldwide event that features a daylong bar crawl that sends many of its participants to the naughty list. The jingling bells, holiday-colored sequins, mistletoe and fake, cottony beards met in Union Square before heading off to the bars in various other neighborhoods throughout the city. Many...
  • Supreme Court birth control ruling could ripple widely

    12/07/2013 5:47:53 PM PST · by thecodont · 41 replies
    San Francisco Chronicle / SFGate.com ^ | Updated 10:31 pm, Friday, December 6, 2013 | Bob Egelko
    If a corporate employer can refuse on religious grounds to provide workplace insurance for contraception, what about employers with religious objections to blood transfusions or vaccinations? Or those who believe in healing by prayer? Those questions lurk below the surface of the challenge the U.S. Supreme Court has agreed to review to regulations in the new federal health care law requiring employers to make contraceptive coverage available to their employees. That mandate, two groups of corporate owners argue, violates their freedom of religion. If the court agrees, some legal analysts say, other employers would have an equal right to veto...
  • The Luckiest Generation

    10/25/2013 7:52:17 PM PDT · by thecodont · 8 replies
    National Review / www.nationalreview.com ^ | OCTOBER 24, 2013 4:00 AM | By Kevin D. Williamson
    One of the great American assumptions — that while individuals and families may rise and fall, each generation will end up on average better off than the one that preceded it — has been the subject of much scrutiny in the past decade. Democrats and their affiliated would-be wealth redistributors have argued that the large income gains enjoyed by the highest-paid workers threaten the American dream of ever-upward generational mobility, while others have worried that the housing meltdown and the Great Recession, which inflicted serious damage on the net worths of many American families, now stand in the way of...
  • The Culture's War on Women

    08/29/2013 9:32:52 PM PDT · by thecodont · 34 replies
    The American Spectator / spectator.org ^ | on 8.28.13 @ 6:08AM | By JANICE SHAW CROUSE
    Robert Frost’s poem “Mending Wall” describes two neighbors who meet every spring to walk the fence dividing their properties. After a hard winter, damage has to be assessed and repaired. Perhaps, after Miley Cyrus’ controversial and crass performance at the VMA awards, it is time to assess today’s culture and seriously consider how to repair the damage to the nation’s girls and women. The objectification and exploitation of women — as seen in all its crudity in Cyrus’s performance — is a wake-up call for us all. Is that what women really want? Is that what any of us really...
  • Blame in Oscar Grant BART death may shift

    08/17/2013 12:31:55 PM PDT · by thecodont · 22 replies
    San Francisco Chronicle / SFGate.com ^ | Updated 9:36 am, Wednesday, August 7, 2013 | Bob Egelko
    Until now, the courts and the public have placed the responsibility for Oscar Grant's death entirely on the BART police officer who shot the unarmed passenger on an Oakland train platform. But a federal appeals court ruling could shift some of the blame to the officer's supervisor and perhaps the transit system itself. Former Officer Johannes Mehserle, who fired the shot that killed Grant on Jan. 1, 2009, served 11 months in prison for involuntary manslaughter, and is also a defendant in the damage suit by Grant's father and four of his friends. While allowing claims against Mehserle to go...
  • South L.A. student finds a different world at UC Berkeley

    08/16/2013 6:52:53 PM PDT · by thecodont · 83 replies
    Los Angeles Times / latimes.com ^ | August 16, 2013 | By Kurt Streeter
    School had always been his safe harbor. Growing up in one of South Los Angeles' bleakest, most violent neighborhoods, he learned about the world by watching "Jeopardy" and willed himself to become a straight-A student. His teachers and his classmates at Jefferson High all rooted for the slight and hopeful African American teenager. He was named the prom king, the most likely to succeed, the senior class salutatorian. He was accepted to UC Berkeley, one of the nation's most renowned public universities. A semester later, Kashawn Campbell sat inside a cramped room on a dorm floor that Cal reserves for...
  • Farmer's cologne: A new field-tested, cow-calming scent for men

    08/08/2013 12:57:17 AM PDT · by thecodont · 18 replies
    Los Angeles Times / latimes.com ^ | Aug 05, 2013 | By Adam Tschorn
    Does your dairy herd get skittish every time you hit the milking parlor drenched in Drakkar Noir? Does a splash of Hugo by Hugo Boss have your flock of sheep heading for the hills? If so, the answer to your fragrance faux pas may well be Portland General Store's new Farmer's Cologne. When I first caught wind of the cologne -- made by the same Maine-based company that makes manly grooming products like tobacco-scented beard oil, whiskey-scented aftershave and a soap called "Hunting Camp" -- I was intrigued by the notion that the potion was formulated to be "aromatherapeutic and...
  • Suits can go forward in Oscar Grant case

    08/01/2013 1:35:35 AM PDT · by thecodont · 6 replies
    San Francisco Chronicle / SFGate.com ^ | Updated 4:56 pm, Tuesday, July 30, 2013 | Demian Bulwa
    Lawsuits against BART police officers involved in the 2009 incident that left Oscar Grant shot to death will go forward after a federal appeals court declined Tuesday to grant the officers immunity as law enforcement agents. The ruling by a three-judge panel of the Ninth U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in San Francisco concerned suits brought by Grant's father, who is incarcerated, and by five of his friends, who were detained with Grant at Fruitvale Station in Oakland on Jan. 1, 2009. Grant had been in a fight on a train. After then-BART police Officer Johannes Mehserle shot him in...
  • Inside Scoop SF: A vintage menu from Alcatraz, 1946

    07/28/2013 7:59:00 PM PDT · by thecodont · 16 replies
    San Francisco Chronicle / SFGate.com ^ | 07/24/2013 at 11:50 am | Posted by Paolo Lucchesi
    As part of the traveling Alcatraz exhibit that is now on its premises, “Alcatraz: The Last Day” photo exhibition by Life Magazine photographer Leigh Wiener, the Embarcadero Center Hyatt is doing a a special Alcatraz themed dinner menu from August 8 through September 2. The actual three-course prix fixe menu ($28) includes dishes like clam chowder, meatloaf and “lettuce salad.” Plan accordingly everyone. That promotion is all well and good, but we thought we’d take the opportunity to run a very cool menu from Alcatraz. Pictured below is a copy of the weekly Alcatraz menu from September 2 to September...
  • Protesters set fires and tag Oakland businesses

    07/14/2013 12:38:37 AM PDT · by thecodont · 64 replies
    San Francisco Chronicle / SFGate.com ^ | Updated 12:27 am, Sunday, July 14, 2013 | Henry K. Lee and Vivian Ho
    <p>In San Francisco, demonstrators marched through the Mission District after gathering at the 24th Street Mission BART Station. Hundreds marched down Valencia Street, chanting "Justice for Trayvon Martin."</p> <p>The crowd dispersed peacefully, and officers will "maintain a presence in the Mission District for the time being," said San Francisco police Officer Gordon Shyy, a department spokesman. Another protest was scheduled for 4 p.m. Sunday at Powell and Market streets.</p>
  • The Big Event: There’s a “Fruitvale Station” movie poster at Fruitvale Station

    07/10/2013 8:51:51 PM PDT · by thecodont · 4 replies
    San Francisco Chronicle / SFGate.com ^ | Jul 10 2013 at 11:03 am | Posted By: Peter Hartlaub
    <p>I’m a 10-year regular at BART’s Fruitvale Station, and this morning noticed a movie poster for “Fruitvale Station” near the turnstiles inside the station — not far from the tragic events that inspired the film.</p> <p>“Fruitvale Station” was written and directed by Oakland’s Ryan Coogler, and covers the last day of Oscar Grant’s life before he was fatally shot by a BART police officer on New Year’s Day 2009. It won the Sundance Film Festival Grand Jury Prize and Audience Award, and is set for wide release this Friday.</p>
  • Politics Blog: Daily Kos founder... on the “young kids” at the changing Netroots Nation

    06/22/2013 5:11:02 PM PDT · by thecodont · 6 replies
    San Francisco Chronicle / SFGate.com ^ | SATURDAY, JUNE 22, 2013 | Posted By: Joe Garofoli
    Many of the liberal activists huddling at the Netroots Nation conference this weekend in San Jose howled when former President Bush created the Guantanamo Bay detention facility, where hundreds of people have been held without charges in the aftermath of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks. So why aren’t more upset that President Obama hasn’t closed it — as he promised when he ran for president in 2008? On Friday, Obama got pounded for his inaction, a contrast in the otherwise rah-rah atmoophere at this four-day confab that ends Sunday. They also ripped him for betraying the country’s values through his...
  • Duke Grad Student Secretly Lived In A Van To Escape Loan Debt

    06/09/2013 1:47:23 PM PDT · by thecodont · 65 replies
    San Francisco Chronicle / SFGate.com ^ | Published 12:53 pm, Friday, June 7, 2013 | Mandi Woodruff, provided by Business Insider
    By the time Ken Ilgunas was wrapping up his last year of undergraduate studies at the University of Buffalo in 2005, he had no idea what kind of debt hole he'd dug himself into. He had majored in the least marketable fields of study possible –– English and History –– and had zero job prospects after getting turned down for no fewer than 25 paid internships. "That was a wake-up call," he told Business Insider. "I had this huge $32,000 student debt and at the time I was pushing carts at Home Depot, making $8 an hour. I was just...
  • Matier & Ross: Airport’s garage now Muslim house of worship

    06/09/2013 11:03:05 AM PDT · by thecodont · 16 replies
    San Francisco Chronicle / SFGate.com ^ | Jun 09 2013 at 4:02 am | Matier and Ross
    Here’s a sign of the changing times — Muslim cabbies now have their very own place at San Francisco International Airport to wash their hands and feet before they pray. Under Islamic law, Muslims are required to pray five times a day — a ritual that also calls for a ceremonial cleansing. For many cab drivers, that’s meant either lugging bottled water around or using one of the bathrooms inside the terminal to wash — a practice not always welcomed by airport passengers. So Royal Cab driver Hasan Khan, 52, a Pakistani immigrant, collected some 300 signatures from fellow cabbies,...
  • 'Hairdo archaeologist' solves ancient fashion mystery

    05/27/2013 4:03:43 PM PDT · by thecodont · 19 replies
    BBC via Drudge Report / www.drudgereport.com ^ | 26 May 2013 Last updated at 18:51 ET | Produced by the BBC's Peter Murtaugh
    [Janet] Stephens is a hairstyle archaeologist who specialises in recreating how women in ancient Rome and Greece wore their hair. She spoke to the BBC about a museum visit that marked the start of a long journey of discovery on which she solved a historical mystery and had her work published in an academic journal.
  • Polanski blames the Pill for 'masculinising' women

    05/25/2013 8:25:37 PM PDT · by thecodont · 58 replies
    AFP - Oscar-winning director Roman Polanski on Saturday blamed birth control pills for "masculinising" women, as he premiered what he called a satire on sexism. Polanski unveiled "Venus in Fur" starring his wife Emmanuelle Seigner, which was the last movie in competition to be screened at the Cannes Film Festival. Asked by a reporter how his views of women had changed over time, the filmmaker said he thought feminism and advances in contraception had blurred the distinctions between the sexes. "I think that now offering flowers to a lady becomes indecent, that's how I feel about it," he told a...
  • Matier & Ross: Court’s police takeover costing Oakand millions

    05/19/2013 12:44:05 PM PDT · by thecodont · 5 replies
    San Francisco Chronicle / sfgate.com ^ | May 19 , 2013 at 4:00 am | Matier and Ross
    [typo is in the original article title, should read "Oakland"] No matter what the outcome, the federal court takeover of the Oakland Police Department is going to cost taxpayers millions — starting with the $270,000-plus-a-year salary for the new compliance director. That’s $13,000 more than what former Police Chief Howard Jordan was making before he jumped — or was pushed — into medical retirement this month. In addition to the $270,000 salary, compliance director Thomas Frazier will receive benefits equal to those paid to the city administrator and the police chief, including any unused vacation, sick or executive leave that...
  • Berkeley protesters challenge attorney general

    05/11/2013 3:22:06 PM PDT · by thecodont · 15 replies
    San Francisco Chronicle / sfgate.com ^ | Published 2:17 pm, Saturday, May 11, 2013 | John Coté
    (05-11) 14:15 PDT Berkeley -- With protesters outside demanding closure of the Guantanamo Bay detention center, U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder Saturday gave an unambiguous endorsement of the civilian court system to try suspected terrorists, telling UC Berkeley Law School graduates that failing to do so "would weaken our ability ... to punish those who target our people." "Let me be clear," Holder told the 2013 class of Boalt Hall graduates at their commencement. "Those who claim that our federal courts are incapable of handling terrorism cases are not registering a dissenting opinion. They are simply wrong." Read more: http://www.sfgate.com/bayarea/article/Berkeley-protesters-challenge-attorney-general-4508354.php#ixzz2T1dNEZE5
  • Boston priest named bishop of Oakland

    05/04/2013 2:35:35 AM PDT · by thecodont · 2 replies
    San Francisco Chronicle / sfgate.com ^ | Updated 9:51 pm, Friday, May 3, 2013 | Matthai Kuruvila
    Pope Francis named a Boston priest with longtime ties to the Bay Area as the bishop of Oakland, where the future bishop emphasized that he would lead a path more pastoral than political. Until now, Rev. Michael Barber had been the director of spiritual formation at a Boston seminary. In his first comments to diocesan staff in Oakland on Friday, Barber spoke of spending time in soup kitchens serving food, washing dishes, visiting jails and otherwise "getting my hands dirty." Barber, 58, is the first Jesuit bishop named by Francis, the first Jesuit pope. Oakland's bishop-elect said it was Francis'...
  • In a first, black voter turnout rate passes whites

    04/28/2013 7:01:40 PM PDT · by thecodont · 43 replies
    Associated Press via San Francisco Chronicle / SFGate.com ^ | Updated 6:06 pm, Sunday, April 28, 2013 | By HOPE YEN, Associated Press
    WASHINGTON (AP) — America's blacks voted at a higher rate than other minority groups in 2012 and by most measures surpassed the white turnout for the first time, reflecting a deeply polarized presidential election in which blacks strongly supported Barack Obama while many whites stayed home. Had people voted last November at the same rates they did in 2004, when black turnout was below its current historic levels, Republican Mitt Romney would have won narrowly, according to an analysis conducted for The Associated Press. Read more: http://www.sfgate.com/news/politics/article/In-a-first-black-voter-turnout-rate-passes-whites-4470090.php#ixzz2RoVrhiJ5
  • Mormon bishop with Samurai sword runs off attacker

    04/24/2013 12:29:21 AM PDT · by thecodont · 18 replies
    Associated Press via San Francisco Chronicle / SFGate.com ^ | Updated 6:59 pm, Tuesday, April 23, 2013 | By BRADY McCOMBS, Associated Press
    SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — A Samurai sword-wielding Mormon bishop helped a neighbor woman escape a Tuesday morning attack by a man who had been stalking her. Kent Hendrix woke up Tuesday to his teenage son pounding on his bedroom door and telling him somebody was being mugged in front of their house. The 47-year-old father of six rushed out the door and grabbed the weapon closest to him — a 29-inch high carbon steel Samurai sword.Read more: http://www.sfgate.com/news/us/article/Mormon-bishop-with-Samurai-sword-runs-off-attacker-4457636.php#ixzz2RMbixCXZ
  • 3 teens arrested for assault after girl's suicide

    04/12/2013 1:29:49 AM PDT · by thecodont · 17 replies
    Associated Press via San Francisco Chronicle / SFGate.com ^ | Updated 9:31 pm, Thursday, April 11, 2013 | By MARTHA MENDOZA, AP National Writer
    SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) — Eight days after allegedly being sexually battered while passed out at a party, and then humiliated by online photos of the assault, 15-year-old Audrie Pott posted on Facebook that her life was ruined, "worst day ever," and hanged herself. Read more: http://www.sfgate.com/news/crime/article/3-teens-arrested-for-assault-after-girl-s-suicide-4428419.php#ixzz2QEgRMUfH
  • CDC: 110,197,000 Venereal Infections in U.S. [title shortened to fit]

    03/27/2013 6:16:55 PM PDT · by thecodont · 45 replies
    CNS News via The Drudge Report / drudgereport.com ^ | March 27, 2013 | By Terence P. Jeffrey
    (CNSNews.com) - According to new data released by the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, there were 19.7 million new venereal infections in the United States in 2008, bringing the total number of existing sexually transmitted infections (STIs) in the U.S. at that time to 110,197,000. The 19.7 million new STIs in 2008 vastly outpaced the new jobs and college graduates created in the United States that year or any other year on record, according to government data. The competition was not close. The STI study referenced by the CDC estimated that 50 percent of the new infections in...
  • The Bacon-Wrapped Economy

    03/23/2013 1:15:07 AM PDT · by thecodont · 15 replies
    East Bay Express / EastBayExpress.com ^ | March 20, 2013 | By Ellen Cushing
    Last July, Google threw an office party. But this being Google — the third largest company in the world as of January — it wasn't really a standard ice-cream-cake-and-canned-beer office party. The event was luau-themed, so the company hired staff to dig big holes in its Mountain View campus' lawn and fit spits inside for the purposes of roasting pigs, according to people who were there. There were tables full of food and drinks scattered around. Also on offer: a sophisticated wave machine so employees could try their hands at surfing — miles away from the ocean. In the tech...
  • The case of the phantom ballots: an electoral whodunit

    02/24/2013 7:43:18 PM PST · by thecodont · 11 replies
    The Miami Herald via The Drudge Report / www.miamiherald.com ^ | Posted on Sat, Feb. 23, 2013 | By Patricia Mazzei
    The first phantom absentee ballot request hit the Miami-Dade elections website at 9:11 p.m. Saturday, July 7. The next one came at 9:14. Then 9:17. 9:22. 9:24. 9:25. Within 2½ weeks, 2,552 online requests arrived from voters who had not applied for absentee ballots. They streamed in much too quickly for real people to be filling them out. They originated from only a handful of Internet Protocol addresses. And they were not random. It had all the appearances of a political dirty trick, a high-tech effort by an unknown hacker to sway three key Aug. 14 primary elections, a Miami...
  • On a hunch, fishermen find crash site, 2 sisters

    02/21/2013 8:20:13 PM PST · by thecodont · 5 replies
    San Francisco Chronicle / SFGate.com ^ | Updated 4:32 pm, Thursday, February 21, 2013 | By STEVEN DUBOIS, Associated Press
    PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — As their mother lay dead in the middle of the night, a 4-year-old Oregon girl dragged her seriously injured younger sister from a crashed car and the two huddled under a blanket — and waited. [...] The girls finally got help after two commercial fishermen spotted what appeared from a distance to be a basketball-sized gash in an alder tree along State Highway 401 between Astoria, Ore., and Naselle, Wash. Read more: http://www.sfgate.com/news/crime/article/On-a-hunch-fishermen-find-crash-site-2-sisters-4298227.php#ixzz2Lay8rQ3U
  • Allegiance to more than the flag

    02/09/2013 12:26:56 AM PST · by thecodont · 16 replies
    San Francisco Chronicle / SFGate.com ^ | Updated 3:01 am, Friday, February 8, 2013 | Chip Johnson, Chronicle Columnist
    The Pledge of Allegiance has taken it on the chin over the years. Everything from the clause "one nation under God" to its recitation in public schools and public meetings has been challenged. This week, El Cerrito City Councilman Mark Friedman proposed eliminating the custom from the start of each council meeting. "I've always had problems with the Pledge of Allegiance," said Friedman, whose politics were shaped in the fiery days of the 1968 Democratic National Convention in his hometown, Chicago. In his argument to end the custom, Friedman said that in a world without "liberty and justice for all,"...
  • Bay Fair BART Station shut after slaying

    01/20/2013 10:56:51 AM PST · by thecodont · 5 replies
    San Francisco Chronicle / SFGate.com ^ | Updated 10:42 pm, Saturday, January 19, 2013 | Matthai Kuruvila
    The Bay Fair BART Station in San Leandro was shut down for more than five hours Saturday after a midday shooting killed a man and wounded a woman, authorities said. The deceased victim, described only as a 40-year-old black man, died at the scene of the 12:20 p.m. shooting at the bus stop outside the station, BART officials said. The station was shut down at 12:50 p.m. while authorities collected evidence and searched for suspects. The station did not completely reopen until after 7 p.m. The second shooting victim was rushed to a nearby hospital. Her injuries are not believed...
  • Biden: 'I'm Proud To Be President'

    01/20/2013 10:37:56 AM PST · by thecodont · 19 replies
    Newsbusters/Newsbusters.org ^ | January 20, 2013 | 10:20 | By Noel Sheppard
    Joe Biden the gaffe machine was at it again Saturday. Speaking at the Iowa State Society inauguration ball, the Vice President said, "I'm proud to be President of the United States" (video follows with transcribed highlights and commentary): After some laughter and a nudge from someone on stage, Biden corrected himself. "I'm proud to be Vice President of the United States," he said, "and I'm prouder to be Barack Obama, President Barack Obama's Vice President." "Well, there goes that," Biden joked. "Look, on a serious note, I guess I'm lucky to get back to a serious note." Read more: http://newsbusters.org/blogs/noel-sheppard/2013/01/20/biden-im-proud-be-president#ixzz2IXey3mwg
  • Bay Area homicide rate rises in 2012

    01/13/2013 12:18:51 PM PST · by thecodont · 13 replies
    San Francisco Chronicle / SFGate.com ^ | Updated 11:28 pm, Saturday, January 12, 2013 | Demian Bulwa and Justin Berton
    It's no surprise to LaTanya Lozano that homicides are up in the Bay Area's biggest cities. She moved to Hayward in late 2011 to try to protect her four sons, only to see two of them shot dead last year back where she used to live, Oakland. First her 15-year-old, Shonte Daniels Jr., was shot by a 14-year-old friend in a park, apparently after teasing him. Six months later, in October, 21-year-old Rashad Meredith was caught in the middle of a gunfight between rival groups outside his aunt's apartment. "This tore down my whole life," said Lozano, who was hospitalized...
  • With almonds' rising revenues, land values soar

    01/13/2013 12:00:50 PM PST · by thecodont · 26 replies
    Associated Press via San Francisco Chronicle / SFGate.com ^ | Updated 12:42 pm, Saturday, January 12, 2013 | By GOSIA WOZNIACKA, Associated Press
    FRESNO, Calif. (AP) — Bill Enns, a central California real estate agent specializing in farmland, fields dozens of calls every week from potential buyers. Many want almond, pistachio or walnut orchards — or any land suitable for growing nut trees. [...] California's almond industry, which grows about 80 percent of the global almond supply and 100 percent of the domestic supply, saw the most dramatic growth — powered by strong demand from new money-spending middle classes in India and China. The growth has prompted a rush for almond-growing land and pushed almond land values through the roof. Read more: http://www.sfgate.com/news/us/article/With-almonds-rising-revenues-land-values-soar-4189081.php#ixzz2Ht4HqjiG...
  • Mexico dog mutilated by drug traffickers recovers

    01/12/2013 7:20:33 PM PST · by thecodont · 9 replies
    Associated Press via San Francisco Chronicle / SFGate.com ^ | Updated 9:13 am, Saturday, January 12, 2013 | Associated Press Staff
    MEXICO CITY (AP) — A dog reportedly mutilated by Mexican drug traffickers is recovering at a sanctuary for abused and abandoned dogs. Sanctuary owner Patricia Ruiz says Pay de Limon, or Lemon Pie, was fitted with prosthetic front legs last year. The Belgian shepherd mix now walks, jumps and runs. Read more: http://www.sfgate.com/news/crime/article/Mexico-dog-mutilated-by-drug-traffickers-recovers-4188866.php#ixzz2Hp0KVWJK
  • A look at the pros and cons of car sharing

    01/05/2013 10:42:22 PM PST · by thecodont · 20 replies
    Associated Press via San Francisco Chronicle / SFGate.com ^ | Updated 2:37 pm, Friday, January 4, 2013 | By SAMANTHA BOMKAMP, AP Travel Industry Writer
    NEW YORK (AP) — The ability to access a car quickly and give it back after a few hours is exploding in popularity among both college students and city dwellers. Zipcar created the car-sharing concept in 2000. By the end of the decade car-sharing had caught the attention of the two largest U.S. car rental companies as Enterprise and Hertz started competing services. And this week, Avis, the nation's No. 3 car rental company, jumped into by offering nearly $500 million to buy Zipcar. Read more: http://www.sfgate.com/news/article/A-look-at-the-pros-and-cons-of-car-sharing-4168037.php#ixzz2HAtWjxOx
  • Cold case love triangle headed for court

    01/04/2013 11:30:30 PM PST · by thecodont · 8 replies
    San Francisco Chronicle / SFGate.com ^ | Updated 10:45 pm, Thursday, January 3, 2013 | Demian Bulwa
    Even in the messy world of love triangles, the predicament that Raymond Edward Wong faced in November 1999 was a tight spot. Girlfriend No. 1, who lived with the computer systems expert in Pinole, had announced she was four months pregnant with the couple's second child. But in a Sacramento maternity ward lay a newborn girl, Wong's first child with Girlfriend No. 2. And she was itching to settle down as well. According to authorities preparing to prosecute the 41-year-old Wong for murder, he fixed his dilemma by uniting the two women - each of whom knew of the other...
  • 'Django' an unsettling experience for many blacks

    12/28/2012 7:03:36 PM PST · by thecodont · 68 replies
    Los Angeles Times / latimes.com ^ | December 28, 2012 | By Erin Aubry Kaplan, Special to the Los Angeles Times
    Tracey White's initial impression of "Django Unchained," Quentin Tarantino's new slave-era shoot-'em-up extravaganza, could be summed up in three words: smart, funny and ugly. Sitting through a recent screening in Beverly Hills, the L.A. costume designer was mostly absorbed and found herself laughing aloud at particularly outrageous moments. But White, who is black, said her feelings evolved significantly. Two days after reflecting on the matter of slavery and Tarantino's treatment, she pronounced the movie mostly ugly. "He [Tarantino] gets a good product out of it in terms of wit and a visual look," said White. "But when it was over...
  • Ben Stein's Diary: God Help Us

    12/17/2012 7:30:41 PM PST · by thecodont · 17 replies
    The American Spectator / Spectator.org ^ | on 12.17.12 @ 6:10AM | By BEN STEIN
    Sunday I learned about the massacre at Sandy Hook elementary school while we were setting up at Fox News to tape Cavuto on Business. The news was so horrible that we all felt as if we had lost our legs and could no longer stand. It was such horrible news that it simply turned the world upside down. It still is that kind of news, and it’s incredibly depressing about the nature of humanity. And my wife and I pray all day for the souls of those dear children and for the peace, if there ever will be peace, of...
  • Slope Dope: “Whumph!” — The sound of avalanche danger and how to avoid it

    12/16/2012 9:58:23 AM PST · by thecodont · 2 replies
    San Francisco Chronicle / SFGate.com ^ | Dec 16 2012 at 8:53 am | Posted By: Tom Stienstra
    “Whumph!” It sounds like somebody just dropped a sack of potatoes from 50 feet high into 3 feet of powder snow. On instinct, you will turn to see where it came from. There are no indicators: A moonscape of fresh snow extends as far as you can see up the steep mountain slopes. If you’re not scared by now, then you don’t realize the risk: The daunting power of nature may be about to unleash its ultimate winter force, an avalanche. The “whumph” noise is a warning sound that an avalanche may be imminent. It occurs when a deep layer...
  • S.F., Oakland gun buyback nets hundreds

    12/16/2012 9:32:00 AM PST · by thecodont · 31 replies
    San Francisco Chronicle / SFGate.com ^ | Updated 10:48 pm, Saturday, December 15, 2012 | Justin Berton
    Arturo Hurtado of Richmond was still stricken with grief over the mass shooting in Newtown, Conn., that left 20 schoolchildren dead when he awoke Saturday morning. So he decided to get rid of his gun - "that darn thing," he called it - and purged it from his home. "I've got kids, man," said Hurtado, who works at Waste Management in Oakland and has children ages 14, 10, 6 and 1. "Kids are curious. Kids don't know any better. I had it locked in a toolbox, so I don't know. ... I just know it had to go." Hurtado was...
  • Code for America unites techies, government

    12/12/2012 1:19:08 AM PST · by thecodont · 4 replies
    San Francisco Chronicle / SFGate.com ^ | Updated 8:29 p.m., Tuesday, December 11, 2012 | Ellen Lee
    A little more than a year ago, Prashant Singh was an engineer at Microsoft's Mountain View campus working on projects including Internet-connected televisions and the Xbox. But for the past year, his career has taken a civil service turn. The 31-year-old engineer spent 2012 designing a public transit tool and other technology for the city of Detroit. Through the San Francisco nonprofit Code for America, Singh took a sabbatical of sorts. As fellows of the effort nicknamed the "Peace Corps for geeks," Singh and 25 other techies fanned out for a year across the United States to help municipalities develop...
  • Students failing algebra rarely recover

    12/01/2012 2:31:36 PM PST · by thecodont · 160 replies
    San Francisco Chronicle / SFGate.com ^ | Published 10:22 p.m., Friday, November 30, 2012 | Jill Tucker
    California students who fail algebra and repeat the course are pretty much doomed to fail again, a vicious cycle that wastes limited resources and precious learning time, according to a report released Friday. Just over a third of students in the 24 school districts studied had to repeat Algebra I either in ninth or 10th grade, yet even after a second year of study, relatively few were proficient in the subject. Of those who took the class in eighth grade and repeated it as freshmen, just 1 in 5 scored at a proficient level on standardized tests. And of those...
  • Officials probe how secret confetti rained on Macy's parade

    11/26/2012 6:27:46 PM PST · by thecodont · 6 replies
    Los Angeles Times / LATimes.com ^ | November 26, 2012, 11:40 a.m. | By Michael Muskal
    When Thanksgiving Day parade-goers in Manhattan looked into the confetti-filled sky last week, they may have seen more than they bargained for. Nassau County police announced that they are investigating how some of their confidential records including social security numbers and even details about a motorcade for Mitt Romney, then the GOP presidential candidate, ended up as joyous scraps raining from buildings on the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day parade. “I'm just completely in shock. How could someone have this kind of information, and how could it be distributed at the Thanksgiving Day Parade?” Inspector Kenneth Lack, from the Nassau County Police...
  • Solar power plants burden the counties that host them

    11/25/2012 8:38:44 AM PST · by thecodont · 21 replies
    Los Angeles Times / LATimes.com ^ | November 25, 2012 | By Julie Cart, Los Angeles Times
    When it comes to attracting business to California's eastern deserts, Inyo County is none too choosy. Since the 19th century the sparsely populated county has worked to attract industries shunned by others, including gold, tungsten and salt mining. The message: Your business may be messy, but if you plan to hire our residents, the welcome mat is out. So the county grew giddy last year as it began to consider hosting a huge, clean industry. BrightSource Energy, developer of the proposed $2.7-billion Hidden Hills solar power plant 230 miles northeast of Los Angeles, promised a bounty of jobs and a...
  • Commentary: President Obama 'allegedly' born in U.S., so the story says

    11/21/2012 6:58:46 PM PST · by thecodont · 27 replies
    Los Angeles Times / LATimes.com ^ | November 21, 2012, 6:25 a.m. | By James Rainey
    News that a small Montana newspaper inserted the word “allegedly” in the midst of an AP news story -- so that it read “Obama was allegedly born in Hawaii” -- caused a small furor Tuesday. But how should we read this latest commentary on the president’s birthright? A) Proof that racism runs rampant in American society. B) Evidence that "birthers" have infiltrated the ranks of the mainstream media. C) An instance of precision from journalists, most of whom have been too willing to accept flimsy proof of President Obama’s birthplace. D) As a window into how bored journalists amuse themselves...