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Op-Ed: San Francisco singer reaches out to fans for help to fund CD Special

San Francisco - Even with years of experience performing and an appearance on TV, San Francisco Bay Area-based singer/entertainer Tim Hockenberry is utilizing the latest in 21st-century media to help him produce his latest CD.

Cafe interruptus: Starbucks to shut down La Boulange shops

Seattle - Starbucks plans to shut down nearly two dozen La Boulange cafes it bought in 2012 but to continue to sell La Boulange baked goods in its stores nationwide, the world's largest coffee seller said Monday.

Lawsuit: Slain California transit officer sought better training

San Francisco - A California transit cop killed by friendly fire during a search last year had urged his wife to sue his department for failing to provide better training for his fellow officers, a lawsuit filed Friday has alleged.

Op-Ed: San Francisco writer keeps journal of Giants at the World Series Special

San Francisco - Only baseball fans would understand. Local writer Joseph Sutton has just published his third memoir of the Giants at the World Series, entitled, San Francisco GIANTS: A Fan's Journal 2010, 2012, 2014.

Op-Ed: SF Conservatory composer finds universal theme in The Mass Special

San Francisco - Within the tradition of concert and orchestra music, there has always been a sense of the sacred, whether it is Handel's "Messiah" or Beethoven's "Ode to Joy," regardless of being religious or not this link still exists.

Crowded SF tour bus burns on Haight Street

San Francisco - Dozens of tourists visiting San Francisco’s iconic Haight-Ashbury neighborhood got considerably more excitement than they expected May 3 when their tour bus caught fire and burned on Haight Street.

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.
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 San Francisco  a lithograph 15  x 23  part of the  Urban Series  by artist Xavier Castellanos  on d...
"San Francisco" a lithograph 15" x 23" part of the 'Urban Series' by artist Xavier Castellanos, on display at the Alliance Francaise of San Francisco from Oct. 3 to Nov. 30, 2011.
Courtesy of artist Xavier Castellanos
Stage of Koret Auditorium at the Main branch of the SF Public Library where the 10-member panel held...
Stage of Koret Auditorium at the Main branch of the SF Public Library where the 10-member panel held a discussion about the New Media and its impact upon news and media for the future.
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San Francisco, California.
View of Lake Merced from the top floor of the new club house that was built in Harding Park that is ...
View of Lake Merced from the top floor of the new club house that was built in Harding Park that is part of the lake's recreational area for the public use.
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.
St. John Missionary Baptist Church serves the Bayview District of San Francisco.
St. John Missionary Baptist Church serves the Bayview District of San Francisco.
Courtesy of Google maps
Aurolyn Rush  a phone operator at the Grand Hyatt who has worked there for 16 years  was among the w...
Aurolyn Rush, a phone operator at the Grand Hyatt who has worked there for 16 years, was among the workers that rallied outside the hotel at San Francisco's Union Square on Dec. 13.
Photo by Julia Wong, courtesy of Unite Here labor union, Local 2
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San Francisco
Golden Gate Bridge  San Francisco  California  January 2011
Golden Gate Bridge, San Francisco, California, January 2011
Back in 2004  author and researcher Lauren Steinhauer wrote his first novel based upon the Sherlock ...
Back in 2004, author and researcher Lauren Steinhauer wrote his first novel based upon the Sherlock Holmes character. Now in the final chapters, Steinhauer has written a new novel set amid the moral chaos of World War II. "I am looking for a respected and capable publisher," he says.
John Oppenheimer, courtesy of The Sunset Beacon Newspaper, SF, CA
Rev. Israel Alvaran  spoke at the rally on Aug. 2. He also talked to this reporter about how many wo...
Rev. Israel Alvaran, spoke at the rally on Aug. 2. He also talked to this reporter about how many workers especially those in the immigrant and migrant worker community are impacted by loss of wages due to lack of pay or less than minimum wage.
For more than 60 years Macy s has hosted its annual spring flower show. Each year at store locations...
For more than 60 years Macy's has hosted its annual spring flower show. Each year at store locations like San Francisco, shoppers are delighted with floral and plant arrangements to celebrate the season.
Kinish creation by chef Ramni Levy of San Francisco. He sees the old world snack as having great pot...
Kinish creation by chef Ramni Levy of San Francisco. He sees the old world snack as having great potential in today's "foodie" minded market.
Some of the participants and devotees at this year s celebration in Golden Gate Park.
Some of the participants and devotees at this year's celebration in Golden Gate Park.
Courtesy of Gadadhara Das, of Berkeley, CA
Donna Levitt of the San Francisco Office of Labor Standards Enforcement helped the City Attorney s o...
Donna Levitt of the San Francisco Office of Labor Standards Enforcement helped the City Attorney's office and La Raza Centro Legal bring the civil law suit to court seeking to recover over $3 million in unpaid wages.
 There are times when issues and needs come together  said David Heller  and there are times when th...
"There are times when issues and needs come together, said David Heller, and there are times when they collide. Each group or community has to understand how to work together." Heller has been a driving force in his community in San Francisco's Richmond District. Yet his willingness to go the distance has earned him the respect of many people, including those in high places.
Two afternoon tea settings will be provided  one at 12 Noon the other at 3 PM for Dec. 4  2013.
Two afternoon tea settings will be provided, one at 12 Noon the other at 3 PM for Dec. 4, 2013.
by Faith Echtermeyer, courtesy of SF Museum and Historical Society
Latin Jazz musician Hector Infanzon  will be performing with the award winning instrumental group Ta...
Latin Jazz musician Hector Infanzon, will be performing with the award winning instrumental group Tambuco.
Courtesy of "Mex I AM" festival
 Pepper is one of our cats   said Trevor Robertson. Fredericksen s Hardware on Fillmore Street is as...
"Pepper is one of our cats," said Trevor Robertson. Fredericksen's Hardware on Fillmore Street is as much a landmark spot as it is an anchor in the neighborhood. The century's old store has everything a home or local business would need. And, with friendly staff like Robertson, customers, like Pepper the cat are always well-taken care of.
Dr. Thomas Neylan  MD is the director of the Stress at Health Research Program at San Francisco VA M...
Dr. Thomas Neylan, MD is the director of the Stress at Health Research Program at San Francisco VA Medical Center at Fort Miley. He was among the speakers at the fifth annual "Brain at War" conference at the Marines Memorial Club and Hotel in San Francisco, CA.