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  • Woman Makes History With 30-Mile Swim to Golden Gate Bridge

    08/08/2015 9:34:26 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 10 replies
    NBC Bay Area ^ | 8/8 | Rhea Mahbubani
    Kimberley Chambers burst into tears as soon as she laid a hand on her crew's boat. The physical contact signaled the end of a record-breaking 30-mile swim from the Farallon Islands to the Golden Gate Bridge. Chambers, a New Zealander who calls San Francisco home, made history Saturday as the first woman to complete the swim. Chambers, 38, spent 17 hours and 12 minutes in a stretch of water notorious for its great white shark population -- but didn't encounter any. "I guess they don't like Kiwis," she quipped, adding that she "slipped off the boat" instead of jumping into...
  • 'I Jumped Off a Bridge to End My Life But Was Saved - by a Sea Lion'

    03/05/2015 8:39:40 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 31 replies
    Mirror ^ | 5 March 2015 | John Shammas
    Kevin Hines was battling mental illness when he tried to commit suicide, but believed the sea creature kept him afloat and saved his lifeA man who was suffering from mental illness and depression has revealed how a sea lion saved his life after he tried to kill himself. Kevin Hines jumped off San Francisco's Golden Gate Bridge in 2000, but against all the odds he managed to survive. Hines told how his depression had led him to see life through a "bit of tunnel vision," leading him to think he had to die. SNIP He told the Australian Broadcasting Corporation:...
  • Historic 'Ghost Ships' Discovered Near Golden Gate Bridge

    09/18/2014 9:22:35 AM PDT · by EveningStar · 24 replies
    LiveScience ^ | September 17, 2014 | Megan Gannon
    The waters just west of San Francisco's Golden Gate Bridge hide a graveyard of sunken ships. By some estimates, there are 300 wrecks in the Gulf of the Farallones National Marine Sanctuary and the Golden Gate National Recreation Area alone. But only a fraction of them have been seen by scientists. Marine archaeologists and researchers with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) have set out to document those lost vessels. Over the course of a five-day survey that just ended yesterday (Sept. 15), the team discovered the sites of at least four wrecks: the 1910 SS Selja shipwreck, the...
  • Deer on Golden Gate Bridge Bring Rush Hour Traffic to a Halt (Video)

    09/07/2014 12:37:41 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 26 replies
    NBC Bay Area ^ | Saturday, Sep 6, 2014
    Call it "Bambi" on the bridge. Reports of a pair of deer hanging out on the Golden Gate Bridge Friday evening sent social media abuzz in the Bay Area. California Highway Patrol officers were called to the bridge, but the deer were already gone by the time they got there. Twitter users reported that traffic stopped moving momentarily, but was soon flowing normally again. "It was Deer on the Golden Gate Bridge! Hope they are safe! Kind of awesome!" tweeted out Twitter user Rydalia with a picture, which has since gone viral. This video shot by NBC Bay Area viewer...
  • Golden Gate Bridge suicide barrier funding OK'd

    06/27/2014 9:38:16 PM PDT · by Rusty0604 · 30 replies
    Yahoo News ^ | 06/27/2014 | AP
    San Francisco's iconic Golden Gate Bridge moved a big step closer to getting an oft-debated suicide barrier after bridge officials on Friday approved a $76 million funding package for a net system that would prevent people from jumping to their deaths. The bridge district's board of directors voted unanimously in favor of the funding for a steel suicide net. The funding sources are $20 million in bridge toll revenue, $49 million in federal money and $7 million from the state. ... funding for the project remained a major obstacle. A significant hurdle was overcome two years ago when President Barack...
  • San Francisco, Haul Up Your Golden Drawbridge

    05/22/2014 8:29:14 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 53 replies ^ | May 22, 2014 | Debra J. Saunders
    "San Francisco, open your Golden Gate. You'll let nobody wait outside your door." Those are the lyrics of the city's signature song, but now somebody should call "rewrite." On Tuesday, the San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency voted to bar nonresidents' cars from the crooked part of Lombard Street on Saturday and Sunday afternoons between June 21 and July 13. Last year, the agency banned tour buses from driving by the iconic Painted Ladies on Alamo Square. Thanks to well-heeled city residents who can afford to live in these world-famous properties, San Francisco is hoisting a Golden Drawbridge. Kelly Edwards,...
  • Golden Gate Bridge hits milestone in 2013 with 46 suicides

    02/25/2014 8:05:27 PM PST · by ConservativeStatement · 36 replies
    Chicago Tribune Reuters ^ | February 25, 2014 | Alex Dobuzinskis
    (Reuters) - San Francisco's Golden Gate Bridge marked a milestone in 2013 as 46 people leaped to their deaths in what appears to be the deadliest year for suicides at the California landmark, a watchdog group said on Tuesday.
  • Sgt. Kevin Briggs Stops Suicides on San Francisco's Golden Gate Bridge

    10/10/2013 2:01:30 PM PDT · by JerseyanExile · 46 replies
    People ^ | 10/03/2013 | CATHY FREE AND KEN LEE
    More than twice a month, on average, those who've lost all hope come to San Francisco's Golden Gate Bridge, climb over the railing and, tragically, plunge 220 feet into the Pacific Ocean to end their pain. That number would be higher, if not for California Highway Patrol Sgt. Kevin Briggs, nicknamed the "Guardian of the Golden Gate." Since 1994, through sheer compassion and expert listening skills, Sgt. Briggs has helped convince more than 200 people on the precipice of death not to take their lives (so far, he's only lost one). "People who come to jump don't necessarily want to...
  • NBC Gives the Golden Gate Bridge an Extra Tower

    09/17/2013 1:47:16 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 22 replies
    SF Weekly ^ | Tue., Sep. 17 2013 | Mollie McWilliams
    Something doesn't look quite right A Redditor with a good eye caught this still from NBC's Sunday night pregame show Football Night in America, where if you look closely, the Golden Gate Bridge has an extra tower. Also in this redesign of the bridge, the suspension cables just drift into space from the three towers (No need for those! They're just decoration!). We're not sure who is photo shopping like mad over at NBC, but one would hope that the person in charge would know the Golden Gate only has two towers. And if they didn't know, maybe they could...
  • Spain links Syrian cabal to Sept. 11 plot--Prosecutors follow the money trail

    10/19/2003 4:03:02 PM PDT · by SJackson · 22 replies · 228+ views
    Chicago Tribune ^ | October 19, 2003 | John Crewdson, Drew Crosby
    By John Crewdson, Tribune senior correspondent. Reporting and research assistance was provided by Drew Crosby in Madrid MADRID -- The most sweeping criminal indictment to arise thus far from the Sept. 11 attacks reflects a quiet but dramatic change in understanding by investigators here and across Europe of the terrorist organization known as Al Qaeda, and the international Islamic radical-terrorist network of which, they now agree, it is merely a part. As laid out in the indictment, the defendants' alleged activities--from arranging travel and providing introductions to procuring false documents and, especially, moving money--provide the first detailed look at one...
  • Hovering DeLorean spotted near Golden Gate Bridge

    01/18/2013 6:45:56 PM PST · by artichokegrower · 10 replies
    San Francisco’s present-day citizens got a recent visit from the “future” — a DeLorean hovercraft wowed onlookers by spinning out near the Golden Gate Bridge on Saturday.
  • Obama's Ironic Lie About an American Icon

    08/15/2012 4:53:46 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 16 replies ^ | August 15, 2012 | Terry Jeffrey
    To justify expanding the power of the federal government and increasing the burden of debt on federal taxpayers, President Barack Obama has repeatedly lied about a peerless icon of America's pioneering spirit -- the Golden Gate Bridge. "During the Great Depression, America built the Hoover Dam and the Golden Gate Bridge," Obama said in his January State of the Union Address. "After World War II, we connected our states with a system of highways. Democratic and Republican administrations invested in great projects that benefited everybody, from the workers who built them to the businesses that still use them today." Obama...
  • San Franfrazzled: Once-in-a-lifetime picture of lightning striking iconic bridge

    04/13/2012 7:10:18 PM PDT · by Lorianne · 68 replies
    Daily Mail (UK) ^ | 13 April 2012
    An incredible eight bolts struck the Bay Bridge in San Francisco last night which was captured in this incredible shot by photographer Phil McGrew, who took the photo through the rain-soaked window of his apartment.
  • Teen Survives Plunge Off Golden Gate Bridge

    03/10/2011 7:52:55 PM PST · by BenLurkin · 33 replies
    ap ^ | March 10, 2011 7:28 PM
    A California high school student visiting the Golden Gate Bridge on a field trip climbed over a railing, jumped — possibly on a dare by fellow classmates — and somehow survived the 220-foot plunge into San Francisco Bay that kills dozens of people each year.
  • Calif. teen survives plunge off Golden Gate Bridge

    03/10/2011 8:30:05 PM PST · by quantim · 31 replies · 3+ views
    AP/WorldMag ^ | Mar 10, 11:13 PM EST
    SAN FRANCISCO (AP) -- A California high school student visiting the Golden Gate Bridge on a Thursday morning field trip climbed over a railing, jumped - possibly on a dare by fellow classmates - and somehow survived the 220-foot plunge into San Francisco Bay that kills dozens of people each year. Most jumpers die a grisly death, with massive internal injuries, broken bones and skull fractures. Some die from internal bleeding, while others drown. But the 17-year-old lived, suffering just a broken tailbone and torn lung. He was rescued by a surfer who paddled over and took him ashore, California...
  • Electronic Toll on Golden Gate Bridge Can Cost Tourists Hundreds

    02/02/2011 6:18:42 AM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 40 replies
    Aol Travel ^ | February 1, 2011 | Jason Cochran
    The authorities that run San Francisco's iconic Golden Gate Bridge announced that next year, they will remove the crossing's human toll takers and replace them with electronic sensors. The switch has been sold as a triumph for efficiency and traffic flow but is potential budget disaster for tourists who now risk stumbling into fines or having to pay more money for e-pass equipment. Cities and states across the world have been moving to sensor-based tolling systems, from TxTag in Texas to E-ZPass in 14 states, without regard to the burden it places on tourists who either don't understand the system,...
  • Golden Gate Bridge officials vote for suicide net

    10/10/2008 9:06:21 PM PDT · by CounterCounterCulture · 42 replies · 1,045+ views
    Golden Gate Bridge officials vote for suicide net SAN FRANCISCO — Golden Gate Bridge officials have voted to hang a stainless steel net below the iconic span to stop suicides. The Golden Gate Transportation District's board of directors voted 14-1...
  • Golden Gate Bridge Toll Goes Up Tuesday ($6)

    09/01/2008 9:30:04 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 13 replies · 113+ views
    KCBS ^ | Sep 1, 2008
    Tolls go up on the Golden Gate Bridge Tuesday with bridge directors hoping to chip away at a huge projected deficit: KCBS reporter Tim Ryan explains the toll will bring an additional $18 million a year in revenue. The bridge district is facing a $91 million dollar, five year deficit and every time you roll across the span you'll help just a little bit:. "The Fastrak toll will go from four-dollars to five dollars and the cash toll will go from five dollars to six dollars," said Marcy Curry, a spokesperson for the district. She recommends people get a Fastrak....
  • Suicide barrier for Golden Gate Bridge? Public debate promises to be emotional

    07/21/2008 7:50:20 AM PDT · by SmithL · 78 replies · 134+ views
    Sacramento Bee ^ | 7/21/8 | Marjie Lundstrom
    SAN FRANCISCO – Olivia Crowther left her London flat last month to become a statistic in San Francisco.The 23-year-old college graduate surfed suicide Web sites, bought a plane ticket for California and, at 9:24 a.m. on June 25, leapt to her death off the Golden Gate Bridge, at light pole No. 105.Her body was retrieved from the water nine minutes later – one of the latest among at least 1,300 suicides at the majestic span since it opened in 1937. The debate over what to do about the deaths goes back nearly as far, though the pace is quickening this...
  • Fatal jumps from bridge rise sharply {Golden Gate }

    01/18/2007 7:59:42 AM PST · by SmithL · 36 replies · 989+ views
    San Francisco Chronicle ^ | 1/18/7 | Marisa Lagos
    At least 34 people leapt to their deaths from the Golden Gate Bridge in 2006, a sharp increase from the average of 19 people who commit suicide from the majestic span each year, authorities said Wednesday. Another 70 people tried to jump last year but were stopped by police or bridge officials, an increase of 20 from the annual average, said Mary Currie, spokeswoman for the Golden Gate Bridge, Highway and Transportation District. Marin County Coroner Ken Holmes released the number of 2006 bridge deaths on Wednesday, a little more than a week after a 16-year-old Mill Valley boy jumped...
  • Terror suspects plotted against Brooklyn Bridge, other landmarks, officials say

    07/09/2006 6:42:53 AM PDT · by Lonesome in Massachussets · 5 replies · 362+ views
    Newsday ^ | July 9, 2006 | MOHAMAD BAZZI
    BEIRUT, Lebanon -- Before Assem Hammoud and his associates decided to try to bomb New York's PATH trains, they had considered several other targets: the Brooklyn Bridge, the Golden Gate Bridge and the forests of California, where they would set a huge fire, Lebanese security officials told Newsday.
  • Golden Gate Bridge toll collectors get body armor

    11/23/2005 4:43:03 AM PST · by Abathar · 11 replies · 576+ views ^ | 11/22/05 | AP
    Toll collectors at San Francisco's landmark Golden Gate Bridge have been issued body armor to guard against armed bandits. "We did a review of safety procedures and added this tool to the toll box for collectors," bridge authority spokeswoman Mary Currie said Tuesday. "This is really the right thing to do." The "bullet resistant" protective vests have been bought for all 42 toll collectors at a total cost of 21,000 dollars, Currie said. Wearing vests is optional, but about half of the collectors have chosen to be protected while on duty. The vests are reportedly most popular with those working...
  • Golden Gate Bridge Toll Takers Get Bulletproof Vests

    11/23/2005 6:00:41 AM PST · by Cagey · 8 replies · 404+ views
    WKMG TV NEWS ^ | 11-22-2005
    SAN FRANCISCO -- Toll collectors on the Golden Gate Bridge have been given bulletproof vests to wear while on duty. Bridge officials say the vests were issued to 42 employees last week in response to the shooting and robbery of a toll worker in April. Bridge district spokeswoman Mary Currie says about half of the toll takers are now wearing the $500 vests, mostly night shift workers. She says the vests "give the toll takers a psychological edge." An armed guard was posted at the toll plaza immediately after the shooting, while bridge officials discussed ways to protect workers. Officials...
  • Suicide Barrier May Go Up on Golden Gate

    02/24/2005 8:54:55 PM PST · by SmithL · 36 replies · 680+ views
    AP ^ | 2/24/5 | TERENCE CHEA
    San Francisco (AP) -- Golden Gate Bridge officials Thursday moved closer to building a barrier to prevent people from jumping off the famous suspension bridge, where about 1,300 people have killed themselves since the landmark opened in 1937. Officials voted to develop a plan and explore funding for the suicide barrier after hearing emotional testimony from friends and family of people who jumped off the iconic bridge connecting San Francisco and Marin County. The decision by a committee of the Golden Gate Bridge, Highway and Transportation District still must be approved by the district's board of directors when it meets...
  • Golden Gate Bridge May Raise Toll to $6

    02/09/2005 5:03:03 PM PST · by Citizen James · 67 replies · 1,044+ views
    kron4 ^ | 2/9/05
    SAN FRANCISCO (AP) -- Users of the Golden Gate Bridge could see yet another toll increase under a plan by the Golden Gate Bridge District to help the agency climb out of debt. The district already has cut its deficit -- which once was $454 million -- in part by raising cash tolls from $3 to $5 in 2002. Officials now say the toll hike wasn't enough, and have proposed raising it to $6 in July 2006. Bicyclists and pedestrians also might face tolls under the new plan. "We are looking at a combination of things, but we will probably...

    02/05/2005 7:09:14 PM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 59 replies · 1,553+ views
    Second Amendment Foundation ^ | February 4, 2005 | Second Amendment Foundation
    BELLEVUE, WA – The Second Amendment Foundation (SAF) today called upon the San Francisco Board of Supervisors to “take an important step for public safety” and close the Golden Gate Bridge, which has been a popular suicide platform for more than 65 years. “Several city supervisors want to ban handguns in San Francisco on the mere presumption that such a law would prevent crimes, accidents and suicides,” said SAF Founder Alan M. Gottlieb. “Well, it is an absolute certainty that closing the bridge would prevent suicides, and perhaps many accidents, as well. And just for the sake of argument, one...
  • Film captures suicides on Golden Gate Bridge

    01/19/2005 9:46:47 AM PST · by TenaciousZ · 83 replies · 3,995+ views
    San Francisco Chronicle ^ | 01/19/2005 | Philip Matier and Andrew Ross
    Golden Gate Bridge officials are seething that a moviemaker who told them he was working on a "day in the life" project about the landmark was, in fact, capturing people on film as they jumped to their deaths. Eric Steel initially told officials he planned to spend a year filming the "powerful and spectacular interaction between the monument and nature" and that his work was to be the first in a series of documentaries about national monuments such as the St. Louis Arch and the Statue of Liberty. That's how he got the Golden Gate National Recreation Area's permission to...
  • Golden Gate seeks handout

    06/23/2003 10:13:21 PM PDT · by freebilly · 4 replies · 208+ views
    Santa Rosa Press Democrat ^ | 6/22/03 | JEREMY HAY
    World-famous bridge anticipates crippling deficit Chained between a pedestrian walkway and a garbage can is a sign of hard times at one of San Francisco's most enduring sights: A chest-high metal box with a slot for donations and a sign that reads, "Help Preserve the Golden Gate Bridge." What would the span's architect, Joseph Strauss, immortalized in a nearby statue, think? If he was like many visitors interviewed Saturday, he might not be aware, even from his perch a few feet away, that the solicitation was being made. "Didn't ever see it," said John Rochex, 37, a visitor from Seattle,...
  • San Francisco worker surrenders to feds; made threats to blow up landmarks

    04/02/2003 4:02:25 PM PST · by CounterCounterCulture · 9 replies · 192+ views
    SAN FRANCISCO - The San Francisco construction worker accused of making false threats to blow up the Golden Gate Bridge, the Ferry Building and an Amtrak station has surrendered to federal officials. Timothy S. Sullivan used his cell phone to call 911 four times on March 10, saying that bombs would explode in the specified locations. "My nail bomb at the Ferry Building will take care of the police," Sullivan allegedly told the operator. The Ferry Building was evacuated because of the threats. A complaint filed in federal court in San Francisco charges that ferries were delayed and rerouted, though...
  • Anti-war protestor committed suicide in Golden Gate Bridge fall

    03/20/2003 12:07:38 PM PST · by Tamar1973 · 48 replies · 855+ views
    Marin Independent Journal ^ | March 20, 2003 | Gary Klien
    A 44-year-old man died after plunging off the Golden Gate Bridge yesterday in what authorities said was a suicidal war protest. It was not the first time the man - identified as Paul Aladdin Alarab of Kensington - had staged a dramatic protest on the bridge. In 1988, while protesting treatment of the elderly and handicapped in America, he tried to lower himself into a 33-gallon garbage can hanging from a 60-foot rope, according to news reports. Alarab lost his grip, fell 220 feet and was sucked out to sea, but survived with broken ribs and two collapsed lungs. In...
  • Mother sues GG Bridge district over girl's suicide

    12/17/2002 10:54:26 PM PST · by CounterCounterCulture · 23 replies · 243+ views
    San Jose Mercury News ^ | 17 December 2002
    <p>SAN FRANCISCO (BCN) - The mother of a 14-year-old Santa Rosa girl who killed herself by jumping off the Golden Gate Bridge a year ago has filed a wrongful death lawsuit in federal court against the Golden Gate Bridge, Highway and Transportation District.</p>
  • They're Heeeere -- Higher Tolls For The Golden Gate Bridge

    09/01/2002 9:38:27 AM PDT · by American Preservative · 13 replies · 303+ views ^ | Saturday, August 31, 2001 | Bay City News
    <p>SAN FRANCISCO -- Anyone heading into San Francisco starting at midnight tonight will realize that the highly debated $5 toll to cross the Golden Gate Bridge has finally became reality.</p> <p>Motorists traveling south from Marin County into the city will pay $5 while those with a FasTrak pass will pay $4.</p>
  • Threat Prompts Security Boost On Golden Gate Bridge

    08/11/2002 10:42:24 PM PDT · by American Preservative · 14 replies · 250+ views ^ | Sunday, August 11, 2002
    <p>Various state and federal law enforcement officials increased patrols on and around the Golden Gate Bridge on Sunday after bridge district officials learned of a potential terrorist threat 11 months after attacks on New York and Washington.</p> <p>The bridge was placed on a "super-heightened" state of alert after information was shared through an interagency coalition Friday, said Mary Currie, spokeswoman for the Golden Gate Bridge Highway & Transportation District.</p>