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  • What's the deal with all those religious billboards around the Bay Area?

    09/14/2017 9:16:16 PM PDT · by thecodont · 28 replies
    San Francisco Chronicle / ^ | Updated 4:00 am, Thursday, September 14, 2017 | By Annie Vainshtein
    If you're like me, you might have noticed religious billboard ads seem to have proliferated around the Bay Area. I've seen them all over my morning commute and encountered one on a recent trip to Sacramento that made me especially curious. "After you die," it professed in large block letters, "you WILL meet God." The ads have been spotted in several locations around Oakland and San Francisco, so my first assumption was that the billboards were being put on by a local or California-based mega-church. But I figured my questions were better answered through a call to the toll-free number...
  • Rise in Bay Area Wild Mushroom Poisonings May Be Linked to Wet Winter: Poison Control

    06/08/2017 11:35:04 AM PDT · by nickcarraway · 46 replies
    NBC Bay Area ^ | Jun 7, 2017
    A rise in the number of wild mushroom poisonings in the Bay Area may be linked to our wet winter, state officials said. The California Poison Control System says 14 cases were reported in five counties in December. Three of the victims required liver transplants. The youngest victim was just 18 months old. Poison control says it usually sees just a few cases of so-called "death cap" mushroom poisonings each year. Experts say the abundance of rain likely caused more of the wild mushrooms to sprout. Doctors say symptoms don't appear for many hours, and by then the toxicity is...
  • One-third of Bay Area residents hope to leave soon, poll finds

    04/27/2017 10:20:52 AM PDT · by Swordmaker · 50 replies
    San Jose Mercury News ^ | May 1, 2016 at 7:10 am | By GEORGE AVALOS
    More than one-third of Bay Area residents say they are ready to leave in the next few years, citing high housing costs and traffic as the region’s biggest problems, according to a poll released Monday. Of the 1,000 people polled by the Bay Area Council, 34 percent said they are considering leaving. Those who have lived here five years or less are the most likely to want to leave. “This is our canary in a coal mine,” said Jim Wunderman, president of the Bay Area Council. “Residents are screaming for solutions.”
  • The Bacon-Wrapped Economy

    03/23/2013 1:15:07 AM PDT · by thecodont · 15 replies
    East Bay Express / ^ | 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...
  • Bay Fair BART Station shut after slaying

    01/20/2013 10:56:51 AM PST · by thecodont · 5 replies
    San Francisco Chronicle / ^ | 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...
  • Bay Area homicide rate rises in 2012

    01/13/2013 12:18:51 PM PST · by thecodont · 13 replies
    San Francisco Chronicle / ^ | 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...
  • S.F., Oakland gun buyback nets hundreds

    12/16/2012 9:32:00 AM PST · by thecodont · 31 replies
    San Francisco Chronicle / ^ | 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...
  • A streak, a boom, and now meteor debris?

    10/18/2012 9:11:15 PM PDT · by thecodont · 18 replies
    San Francisco Chronicle / ^ | Updated 4:20 p.m., Thursday, October 18, 2012 | Ellen Huet
    (10-18) 15:07 PDT SAN FRANCISCO -- A bright flash across the sky and a shaking boom awed Bay Area onlookers Wednesday evening, and one scientist says souvenirs of the phenomenon might be strewn in the hills around Martinez. A meteor, perhaps the size of a small car when it hit the Earth's atmosphere, put on a spectacular lightshow at 7:45 p.m. that was visible throughout the Bay Area and elsewhere in Northern and Central California. The accompanying noise was the meteor's sonic boom as it traveled faster than the speed of sound, said Jonathan Braidman, an astronomy instructor at Oakland's...
  • Romney collects funds in Hillsborough

    09/22/2012 9:31:26 AM PDT · by thecodont · 4 replies
    San Francisco Chronicle / ^ | Updated 11:10 p.m., Friday, September 21, 2012 | Carla Marinucci
    Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney has had a trying week, what with the surfacing of a video in which he appears to dismiss 47 percent of Americans as government freeloaders. So he was probably looking forward to being among friends at a high-dollar fundraiser in Hillsborough Friday evening. But in the solidly Democratic Bay Area that meant he first had to experience an enthusiastic greeting from about two dozen protesters as his motorcade drove through the wealthy neighborhood where the event was held. Some of those protesters carried signs reminding him of the video, in which Romney appears to denigrate...
  • Mammoth tooth found at Transbay dig

    09/13/2012 1:22:15 AM PDT · by thecodont · 11 replies
    San Francisco Chronicle / ^ | Updated 10:55 p.m., Wednesday, September 12, 2012 | Michael Cabanatuan
    A seemingly ordinary day at the Transbay Transit Center construction site became a mammoth day of discovery Monday when a mild-mannered crane operator reached deep into the earth and pulled out a tooth. This was no ordinary tooth. The 10-inch-long brown, black and beige chomper, broken in two and missing a chunk, once belonged to a woolly mammoth, an elephantine creature that roamed the grassy valley that's now San Francisco Bay 10 million to 15 million years ago in the Pleistocene epoch. Other woolly mammoth fossils have been found in the Bay Area, including in San Francisco about 2 miles...
  • Obama to be in Bay Area on Oct. 8

    09/09/2012 12:17:57 PM PDT · by thecodont · 10 replies
    San Francisco Chronicle / ^ | Updated 6:55 p.m., Saturday, September 8, 2012 | Phillip Matier and Andrew Ross, Chronicle Columnists
    If you didn't get enough of President Obama this past week at the Democratic National Convention, he'll be in the neighborhood Oct. 8 for one more fundraising pitch before the election. While details have yet to be worked out, we're told the fundraiser - Obama's eighth money-raising trip to the Bay Area since April 2011 - will be similar to an appearance he made at the Nob Hill Masonic Center in February. That event drew hundreds of small and high-end donors, and was part of a three-day California fundraising blitz that took in $8 million. Read more:
  • World War II reshaped the Bay Area and its people

    05/28/2012 9:20:24 PM PDT · by thecodont · 16 replies
    San Francisco Chronicle / ^ | Monday, May 28, 2012 | Carl Nolte
    Memorial Day is an occasion to remember the men and women who went off to war and never returned. But it is also fitting on this day to recall the soldiers, sailors and Marines who served in World War II and came back. Those men and women and their families set off a huge postwar boom that completely changed the Bay Area - and produced the region that today's residents have inherited. World War II had a huge impact on the Bay Area. It resulted in major changes in the area's racial makeup, its economy, even its physical appearance. The...
  • STD home tests avoid embarrassment

    04/28/2012 8:52:59 AM PDT · by thecodont · 23 replies
    San Francisco Chronicle/ ^ | Saturday, April 28, 2012 | Erin Allday
    Young women in four Bay Area counties can now test themselves at home for sexually transmitted infections, and then get the results and any needed prescriptions without ever visiting a doctor's office or clinic. The home tests are part of a pilot project designed to give women who have had unprotected sex, or are just curious about their health status, a convenient, cost-effective and potentially less embarrassing way to get screened for STDs, public health officials said. The women will be able to test themselves for chlamydia, gonorrhea and trichomoniasis, which are among the most common STDs. Those infections often...
  • Occupy joins Tea Party to oppose phony ABAG-MTC One Bay Area planning process

    02/16/2012 6:13:25 PM PST · by SmithL · 12 replies
    Halfway to Concord ^ | 2/16/12 | ebtp *
    Occupy Redwood City has announced they are working with the Tea Party to shine the light on the One Bay Area process. Occupy Redwood City has to date never spoken with anyone from this tea party group about this issue. We want to point out that the Tea Party adamantly opposes the ONE BAY AREA plan as entirely unconstitutional. We agree with OWS that the public input process and the regional bodies pushing it have been less than transparent and there is no accountability to the tax payers. However, we do not think having more rigged workshops is the answer....
  • Occupy Cal time-travels back to the ’60s [another great Zombie photo-essay]

    11/16/2011 6:27:24 PM PST · by MeNeFrego · 7 replies
    Pajamas Media ^ | 11/16/11 | Zombie
    The privileged Occupy kiddies of U.C. Berkeley were back in action again yesterday, play-acting at revolution to entertain their professors. The purported thesis of this particular Occupation is “more money for secondary education,” but that’s just a veneer (a very very thin veneer, as the above photo shows) for a more radical agenda....
  • Elite Berkeley Students Upset They’re in the 1%, Throw Occupy Tantrum [ZOMBIETIME post]

    11/10/2011 4:01:23 PM PST · by MeNeFrego · 12 replies
    Pajamas Media ^ | 11/10/2011 | Zombie
    A clique of privileged U.C. Berkeley students, upset that they’re the top 1% of elite students in the state and thus disqualified from participating in the Occupy movement, could no longer contain their frustration on Wednesday and threw an Occutantrum, attempting to “occupy” a few square yards of the 1,200-acre campus. The police dutifully played their roles in the street theater performance, showing up in riot gear and looking scary so the privileged students could shout at them and feel properly revolutionary, as instructed by their professors. Following the script, the police repeatedly removed the handful of occupation tents so...
  • The Birth of BART: Photos from the 1960s and 70s : The Poop

    05/19/2011 3:16:41 PM PDT · by thecodont · 5 replies
    San Francisco Chronicle / ^ | May 19 2011 at 06:13 AM | Peter Hartlaub
    Since we started the Let's Go to the Morgue! series, the most frequent request has been BART photos. I've received separate suggestions to search the archives for Transbay Tube assembly images, photos of construction on Market Street and confirmation of the legend that Richard Nixon once rode on BART during a campaign stop. You can see all of the above in this week's special Let's Go to the Morgue! extended BART edition -- the perfect way to kill 19 minutes while you wait for the next Dublin/Pleasanton train! Thanks to Chronicle photo editor Rick Romagosa for cleaning up the photos...
  • BART...and you're there (Online ad for SF Bay area rapid transit...picture at link)

    11/08/2009 9:49:08 PM PST · by wac3rd · 18 replies · 890+ views ^ | 11-08-09 | wac3rd
    BART...and you're there. Whether you're headed to work or meeting friends, catching a flight or catching a game, BART brings the Bay Area together.
  • Remains found behind Oakland school identified as former student

    12/27/2008 5:18:29 PM PST · by CE2949BB · 7 replies · 622+ views
    Bay Area News Group ^ | 12/26/2008 | Harry Harris
    OAKLAND — Skeletal remains found Nov. 7 behind Skyline High School have been identified as an 18-year-old woman who was a former student at the school, authorities and relatives said Friday. But how Johnikka Jackson died has not yet been determined and homicide Sgt. Lou Cruz said police are still "trying to determine if foul play was an element of her death." Her remains were found in a canyon behind the school by some students who took some of the bones to the principal's office before police were called. The bones were found near a crude shelter made of wood...
  • Tempers Flare At Port Of Oakland [+ Video]

    12/27/2008 5:04:38 PM PST · by CE2949BB · 13 replies · 926+ views
    KTVU ^ | December 26, 2008
    OAKLAND -- Bay area longshoremen were up in arms Friday night when they were denied work at one of Oakland's cargo terminals. The cargo ship, the Zhen Hua 19, pulled into Oakland's Pier Seven and on board was tons of steel slated to be used for the new Bay Bridge. Caltrans decided not to hire the ILWU Local 10 longshoremen to unload the vessel, a decision that angered some local union members.