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Corinthian, Heald technical colleges close abruptly

Santa Ana - More than two dozen for-profit technical colleges — most in the San Francisco Bay Area — closed abruptly on Monday, leaving thousands of students without classes or degrees but with thousands of dollars of debt.

Baseball's 'tainted' homer king cleared of lying to drug probe

San Francisco - Baseball star Barry Bonds was cleared Wednesday of criminally misleading his sport's 2003 drug probe when a federal appeals court ruled that a “rambling, nonresponsive answer” he gave to a grand jury was not obstruction of justice.

'Joke Tweet' gets cybersecurity expert barred from United flight

A prominent cybersecurity researcher ran afoul of United Airlines last week after he joked on Twitter that the airline's onboard computer systems could be hacked. The airline was not amused.

San Francisco board votes unanimously for circus animal ban

San Francisco - Lions and tigers and bears, oh my! But not if you live in or visit San Francisco, where lawmakers voted unanimously Tuesday to ban wild and exotic animal performances in circuses and shows.

Mummified body of woman dead 'for years' found in hoarder's house

San Francisco - A mummified body was found Saturday inside a house in San Francisco's Inner Richmond neighborhood. The home was so full of trash and garbage that firefighters trying to retrieve the remains had to wear oxygen masks.

Op-Ed: A community working with its civic leaders is aiming to thrive Special

San Francisco - For some, The Ingleside/Excelsior of San Francisco is just another area in the City that needs new development. Yet for those who live in the area and treasure it,

Official: S.F. jail inmates forced into 'gladiator-style' fights

San Francisco - San Francisco Sheriff's deputies allegedly forced inmates at a county jail to engage in "gladiator-style" fights, betting on the outcomes and threatening violence, including rape, as punishment for prisoners who refused to participate.

Op-Ed: From Dust Bowl to Nob Hill, a San Francisco socialite remembers Special

Beverly Hills - To read her book "Peeing on Hot Coals" is like reading something right out of John Steinbeck's "Grapes of Wrath." Pat Montandon, San Francisco's 'Golden Girl' and local TV celebrity has written her seventh book.

Alleged kidnapping in Northern California was hoax, police say

Vallejo - This week’s reported kidnapping for ransom of a Bay Area woman was a hoax, California and federal authorities said Wednesday.

San Francisco passes torch on Old Mint restoration

San Francisco - The city’s 1874 U.S. Mint may one day roar back to life as a museum or other featured attraction, but probably not the way a leading local nonprofit group has envisioned for more than 10 years.

San Francisco church removes sprinklers soaking homeless

San Francisco - Outdoor sprinklers installed outside a San Francisco cathedral to discourage homeless people from sleeping there have been removed, church officials said Wednesday.

Parched California set to impose more limits on water usage

San Francisco - Additional restrictions on water usage in California are expected to be imposed this week in the face of a continuing drought that has seen rivers, lakes and reservoirs drying up statewide.

Op-Ed: San Francisco comedian at a crossroads in his career Special

San Francisco - For almost a decade comedian Paco Romane has established a spot for himself in the City's home-grown comedy club circuit. Always eager to work if he was not able to find a gig, he created one; like his show "The Romane Event."

Op-Ed: Final injunction assures City College stays open despite threat Special

San Francisco - The City Attorney's Office was very pleased with the final injunction that Superior Court Judge Curtis Karnow delivered on Feb. 17. It ensures that City College will treated fairly in the re-accreditation process.

Op-Ed: California locals remember those times, of guitarist Sam Andrew Special

Sonoma - The death of guitarist Sam Andrew stirred not only Rolling Stone to publish a reflective and stirring obit, but Andrew's death got one local Northern California woman who met Andrew to reflect on those San Francisco days, when the Haight-Ashbury

Op-Ed: Author and Korean War vet honored by his congregational family Special

San Francisco - Rejoicing and giving thanks as it is mentioned in the Book of Deuteronomy, Chapter 16 holds a lot of meaning, especially as the season of spring draws near. It is the part of The Bible in which The Passover is mentioned.

Tickets for this year's Burning Man festival go on sale Wednesday

Gerlach - Individual tickets for this year’s Burning Man event, an annual counterculture art festival that attracts tens of thousands to a temporary city in the Nevada desert, are scheduled to go on sale beginning Wednesday.

Memory Care Cafe seeks to support caregivers of Alzheimers Special

San Francisco - According to the Alzheimer's Association, in 2014 an estimated 5.2 million Americans were diagnosed with Alzheimer's disease.

Facebook founder Zuckerberg, wife give $75 million to SF hospital

San Francisco - Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg and his physician wife have donated $75 million to pay for equipment at San Francisco's largest public hospital, which is being rebuilt.

First in series of winter rainstorms reach parched SF Bay Area

San Francisco - Rain is falling Friday in San Francisco, welcome relief to the city and to an entire region that has been beset by drought.

Op-Ed: Angela Lansbury gets standing ovation in San Francisco 'Blithe' Special

San Francisco - To say that the legendary Angela Lansbury shined in her performance on stage at the Golden Gate Theater on Jan 30th is an understatement.

Op-Ed: One man's journey West to change his life and defy the past Special

San Francisco - As commemorations of Martin Luther King, Jr. day were being planned and celebrated, one man, Ardist Cooper, Jr. who lived through those times before the Civil Rights Movement, shared his recollections.

San Francisco fire kills one, leaves 40 homeless

San Francisco - Dozens of residents rescued Wednesday from a burning San Francisco building may have been further imperiled by blocked fire escapes and a malfunctioning alarm system, officials said.

Small quake shakes up California's Salinas Valley

King City - No damage has been reported so far from a 4.4-magnitude earthquake that struck early Tuesday morning southeast of Monterey Bay in California.

San Francisco to offer free transit to seniors, disabled

San Francisco - Free transit passes will be offered to senior and disabled San Francisco residents starting in March, city officials decided Tuesday.

San Francisco burglars give new meaning to 'U-Haul'

San Francisco - Two daring San Francisco burglars gave new meaning to the term "U-Haul" early Monday morning on the north side of the city near Fisherman's Wharf.

Bay Area county urges unvaccinated residents to get flu shots

Fairfield - Increasing flu activity in the San Francisco Bay Area has prompted health officials in Solano County to remind residents that there's still time to get vaccinated against current strains of the virus.

Op-Ed: City College San Francisco gets another chance at accreditation Special

San Francisco - Judge Curtis E.A. Karnow of the Superior Court of California for San Francisco proposed an injunction on January 16, which requires the accrediting board to reconsider its termination of City College's accreditation status forcing it to close.

Police seek killers of four near S.F. City Hall

San Francisco - San Francisco police fanned out across the city Saturday as they worked to find out who killed four men found dead in a stolen car in the city's Hayes Valley neighborhood.

Op-Ed: Transit ride has only slight delay as Golden Gate is closed Special

San Francisco - The work to install a Moveable Median Barrier is now underway along the Golden Gate Bridge. So far the work has been carried out smoothly and while the bridge is closed to vehicle traffic, buses can go across.
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Tea any time is a relaxing way to ease the stress of the day.
Tea any time is a relaxing way to ease the stress of the day.
Kayaking under Golden Gate Bridge
Kayaking under Golden Gate Bridge
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SF resident Tim Vigil places his menu order with Amanda behind the counter. Customers order what the...
SF resident Tim Vigil places his menu order with Amanda behind the counter. Customers order what they want from the counter and then it is served to them at table. Vigil ordered three Pupusas, small tortillas filled with various fillings, such as beans and cheese or peppers and rice, etc.
Sarah Stocking s extensive collection of antique posters fit perfectly into the show s theme of  art...
Sarah Stocking's extensive collection of antique posters fit perfectly into the show's theme of "art deco." "I have many from that period of time, they are works of art, unto themselves," she said.
The Veterans Hospital in San Francisco serves hundreds of military veterans and has done so for deca...
The Veterans Hospital in San Francisco serves hundreds of military veterans and has done so for decades.
A T Third Street line light rail vehicle of the San Francisco Municipal Railway crossing over the Is...
A T Third Street line light rail vehicle of the San Francisco Municipal Railway crossing over the Islais Creek Channel heading southbound in San Francisco.
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SCENE: The Patagonia store in San Francisco burglarized early Monday by two men in a U-Haul truck is...
SCENE: The Patagonia store in San Francisco burglarized early Monday by two men in a U-Haul truck is just a few blocks from iconic Fisherman's Wharf.
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Chinese lanterns along Grant Street  San Francisco  CA.
Chinese lanterns along Grant Street, San Francisco, CA.
St. John Missionary Baptist Church serves the Bayview District of San Francisco.
St. John Missionary Baptist Church serves the Bayview District of San Francisco.
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Kathy Howard of Golden Gate Park Preservation Alliance hopes that Recreation & Parks Dept. will reco...
Kathy Howard of Golden Gate Park Preservation Alliance hopes that Recreation & Parks Dept. will reconsider the proposal to install a soccer complex with 60 feet lighting. Such plans if carried out will change the natural setting of the park.
While the dinning room in back is spacious  their are several small tables which make Myconos Greek ...
While the dinning room in back is spacious, their are several small tables which make Myconos Greek Restaurant cozy and ideal for a dinner for two.
One of the many pieces Aimee Golant has made.
One of the many pieces Aimee Golant has made.
Courtesy of metal artist Aimee Golant
Arata Fine Art Gallery closed its doors on Oct 6  2012 in San Francisco s North Beach neighborhood. ...
Arata Fine Art Gallery closed its doors on Oct 6, 2012 in San Francisco's North Beach neighborhood. Yet owner Geraldine Arata said that she and husband John Pruett will continue to conduct business at their other galleries and via the Internet.
Tom Stienstra  The SF Chronicle nature and outdoors reporter and columnist  was the Keynote Speaker ...
Tom Stienstra, The SF Chronicle nature and outdoors reporter and columnist was the Keynote Speaker at the event on Oct. 4, 2012 for the Tuloumne River Trust. Celebrating the acquisition of the Dos Rios acreage for conservation and river water flow restoration.
Rick Avant, courtesy of Tuolumne River Trust, San Francisco
Marimar Suarez Penalva was the coordinator of the event and help the curators with finding space in ...
Marimar Suarez Penalva was the coordinator of the event and help the curators with finding space in the Consulate de Mexico offices for the various displays of art work. They varied from visual art, making use of video technology to paintings, photographs, abstract and conceptual art like that of Vera Costa.
Ocean Avenue from view of the Ingleside District of San Francisco.
Ocean Avenue from view of the Ingleside District of San Francisco.
Courtesy of Ocean Avenue Association, SF, CA
Food vendors of many sorts were in attendance along with the traditional Japanese food items at the ...
Food vendors of many sorts were in attendance along with the traditional Japanese food items at the Nihonmachi Street Fair in San Francisco, Aug. 3 and 4, 2013.
Courtesy of Nihonmachi Street Fair Committee
Contestants in the  Jeannie-look-a-like  competition on stage before Barbara Eden arrived at 8 PM.
Contestants in the "Jeannie-look-a-like" competition on stage before Barbara Eden arrived at 8 PM.
Founded in 1907  Ingleside Presbyterian on Ocean Ave has been building community and reaching out to...
Founded in 1907, Ingleside Presbyterian on Ocean Ave has been building community and reaching out to those in need for over 100 years.
Men in suits Bill McCormack  and Bob Hillman got an opportunity to dress the way men did more than 5...
Men in suits Bill McCormack, and Bob Hillman got an opportunity to dress the way men did more than 50 years ago. While the mood is always easy-going, Noir City attendees like to take the opportunity to dress in 1940s-50's attire.