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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.

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.
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Returning to a time of civility  the Edwardian Ball is a place to see and be seen.
Returning to a time of civility, the Edwardian Ball is a place to see and be seen.
photo by Marco Sanchez, courtesy of the Edwardian Ball
At an estimated cost of $20 to 48 million  the plans to renovated the soccer fields in Golden Gate P...
At an estimated cost of $20 to 48 million, the plans to renovated the soccer fields in Golden Gate Park would cover over seven acres of grass and open space with artificial turf.
Courtesy of The Sierra Club San Francisco Bay Chapter
Heloisa Castro of Melanio’s Bistro  at the Second Sunday event in March  with Supervisor Norman Ye...
Heloisa Castro of Melanio’s Bistro, at the Second Sunday event in March, with Supervisor Norman Yee and artist PixelstudTM (a.k.a Jayson McCauliff).
Courtesy of Richard Kurylo
the  Greenway Project  is one of eight projects City-wide in San Francisco that is being envisioned ...
the "Greenway Project" is one of eight projects City-wide in San Francisco that is being envisioned and built to upgrade and completely renovate the storm water and sewage system of the City that for decades has been long over due.
Lily Madjus, Media Dept. of SF Water/SF Public Utilities Commission
The classic potato is the basic knish that most people know. Yet chef Ramni and his crew want to cha...
The classic potato is the basic knish that most people know. Yet chef Ramni and his crew want to change that.
Courtesy of Chef Ramni Levy
Cable car on relatively flat area before making its way uphill on California Street  San Francisco  ...
Cable car on relatively flat area before making its way uphill on California Street, San Francisco, California.
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Astronaut and engineer Jose Hernandez will be one of the science lecturers at the  Mex I AM  festiva...
Astronaut and engineer Jose Hernandez will be one of the science lecturers at the "Mex I AM" festival.
Courtesy of "Mex I AM" festival event
Tales of the City  by Armistead Maupin are on DVD  production first appeared on PBS as a mini-series...
Tales of the City, by Armistead Maupin are on DVD, production first appeared on PBS as a mini-series in 1993.
COMING SOON: The new main building at San Francisco General Hospital is scheduled to open next year.
COMING SOON: The new main building at San Francisco General Hospital is scheduled to open next year.
Jim Heaphy/Wikimedia Commons
On November 5  2013 dozens gathered outside the 9th Court of Appeals to raise awareness about the po...
On November 5, 2013 dozens gathered outside the 9th Court of Appeals to raise awareness about the policy local San Francisco postmaster has enacted since 2008. For more than five years, Single Residency Occupancy Hotel residents have not had reliable US Postal Service. Their mail is often "dumped" in one spot allowing it to be stolen by thieves, mishandled or lost.
by Jen Drake, Public Outreach Director for the SF City Attorney's Office
Murphy s Windmill in 2000  long before restoration crews were even able to gather. Windmill restorat...
Murphy's Windmill in 2000, long before restoration crews were even able to gather. Windmill restoration designer Lukas Verbij noted that the windmill was in sad shape. This photo from 2000 shows how much the old windmill had deteriorated over the years.
Walk First SF is a city-wide project that aims to make San Francisco more pedestrian friendly and sa...
Walk First SF is a city-wide project that aims to make San Francisco more pedestrian friendly and safe.
Courtesy of SF StreetsBlog.org
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.
The City Club in the Pacific Stock Exchange building on Samsome Street in San Francisco s Financial ...
The City Club in the Pacific Stock Exchange building on Samsome Street in San Francisco's Financial District was the setting for a presentation about America's Cup events sponsored by the Luxury Marketing Council on March 21, 2012. Over 80 people attended.
Party-goers a plenty as a full house turn out is anticipated for the second annual New Bohemia New Y...
Party-goers a plenty as a full house turn out is anticipated for the second annual New Bohemia New Year's Eve event at The Armory in San Francisco's Mission District.
Courtesy of New Bohemia, NYE promotions
This installation is by a woman artist Rita Ponce-de Leon  from Peru. Marimar Suarez Penalva who wor...
This installation is by a woman artist Rita Ponce-de Leon, from Peru. Marimar Suarez Penalva who works for the Consulate General de Mexico said that finding the right space for each art piece was difficult, because some of the space was part of the consulate's offices and art had to be set in such a way that it would not interfere with daily business routines.
Some of the cast of the Great Dickens Christmas Fair will be the carolers at the Afternoon Tea at th...
Some of the cast of the Great Dickens Christmas Fair will be the carolers at the Afternoon Tea at the Old Mint on Dec. 4. Both events share a common theme, the Victorian Era at holiday time.
Faith Echtermeyer
Along the 1400 block of McAllister Street.
Along the 1400 block of McAllister Street.
Judith Sender reads to the Odd Mondays group which now will gather at Haystack Pizza regularly. She ...
Judith Sender reads to the Odd Mondays group which now will gather at Haystack Pizza regularly. She and husband Ramon, founded the group more than a decade ago. The group gathers every other odd-number Monday of each month.