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SF Bay Area home kitchen experts take shot at cooking immortality

San Francisco - Feeding the family isn't only about defrosting or drive-through windows — and certainly not for the dozens of amateur cooks who turned out Saturday to compete for a spot on Fox TV's "MasterChef."

Earthquake shakes up SF Bay Area but no, it wasn't the big one

Oakland - Monday's 4.0 earthquake that awakened hundreds of thousands of Bay Area residents at 6:49 a.m. was surprising and interesting, yes, but it was nothing like the massive shaker still overdue on the Hayward fault.

Family of SF plane crash victim run over by rescuers drops suit

San Francisco - The parents of the young girl accidentally killed by first-responders after she survived a plane crash at San Francisco International Airport have dropped their lawsuit against the city.

San Francisco has 'Instagram officer'

San Francisco - Late last month, an appeals court in California affirmed a firearms conviction that used Instagram photos as evidence. The court documents also revealed that the San Francisco Police Department has at least one officer dubbed an “Instagram officer.

Review: Sonoma has a man of intrigue, or at least in Avery Mann's books Special

Sonoma - Avery Mann, a nom de plume for international law attorney Bruce Janigian, may seem ordinary. But once you delve into his his two books “Angel Landing” and “Persona Non Grata” you are taken from the local to the global.

Op-Ed: Bay Area transit agency needs a timeout or something

San Francisco - Call us old-fashioned. Go ahead, we can take it. If you're still dishing by the time we're done telling you what we think, we might even listen.

Police confirm agent's lost gun was used to kill S.F. woman

San Francisco - San Francisco police have confirmed that a handgun stolen from a federal agent's parked car in June was the weapon that killed a San Francisco woman a few days later as she walked with her father on the waterfront.

U.S. BLM admits gun stolen from worker killed woman on S.F. pier

San Francisco - A gun allegedly used to kill a San Francisco woman on Pier 14 a week ago had been stolen from a federal agent just one week prior to the fatal shooting, a local newspaper reported Tuesday.

Sheriff: Feds could have demanded arrest of S.F. slaying suspect

San Francisco - San Francisco would have kept an illegal Mexican immigrant locked up and unable to attack a young woman he is suspected of killing if federal authorities had demanded it, a top official said this week.

Suspect in random SF slaying had previously been deported

San Francisco - The Mexican national accused of the random killing of a young San Francisco woman at a popular tourist attraction last Wednesday had been deported five times prior to the fatal shooting.

San Francisco homicide suspect was deported five times

San Francisco - The seemingly random killing of a woman at a popular tourist spot in San Francisco has raised a number of troubling questions. The suspect in the shooting death of Kathryn Steinle was an illegal immigrant from Mexico who had been deported five times.

Op-Ed: New start up company reaches out to the Babyboom generation Special

San Francisco - The baby boomers, who once impacted the nation with their youth and ushered in the era of civil rights and the hippie movement, will now have an immense impact on healthcare and housing with their advancing years.

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.
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Ornate details  including purple lions guarding the entranceway  enhance this Scott Street home.
Ornate details, including purple lions guarding the entranceway, enhance this Scott Street home.
1708 Irving Street is now an empty shop where Alvin s Scrumptious Coffee  used to be  near 19th Ave ...
1708 Irving Street is now an empty shop where Alvin's Scrumptious Coffee used to be near 19th Ave in San Francisco. Graffiti defaces the canvas awning that once greeted customers. Despite the many changes to the neighborhood over the years, Alvin Azadkhanian and his wife Helen, faithful served customers with the highest quality fresh roasted coffee rivaling that of Starbucks which was literally right across the street on the opposite corner along 19th Ave.
It s not just houses-- there are also plenty of eye-pleasing apartment buildings in the neighborhood...
It's not just houses-- there are also plenty of eye-pleasing apartment buildings in the neighborhood, like the Royal Court Apartments on Hayes Street.
On the sixth floor of Macy s San Francisco at Union Square  the settings for the  Painted Garden  th...
On the sixth floor of Macy's San Francisco at Union Square, the settings for the "Painted Garden" theme of the annual Flower Show seemed like a wedding or special occasion were to take place with garlands and many elements that sparkled, more than the usual pastel colors displayed at spring time events.
CPA and President of Berkeley Investment Advisors  Ray Meadows and Managing Director of BIA  Herb Me...
CPA and President of Berkeley Investment Advisors, Ray Meadows and Managing Director of BIA, Herb Meiberger are now teaching at Hult International Business School, San Francisco campus on Sansome Street.
Soup Kitchen Rally held on Sept. 1  2011 at San Francisco s New Federal Building was part of a natio...
Soup Kitchen Rally held on Sept. 1, 2011 at San Francisco's New Federal Building was part of a nationwide effort held in other cities across the nation sponsored by the National Nurses United labor union.
Courtesy of National Nurses United
San Francisco film and theater critic and journalist Tom Mayer in younger days back in the 1980s.
San Francisco film and theater critic and journalist Tom Mayer in younger days back in the 1980s.
Tom Mayer
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
Chef Ramni Levy and crew have found a commercial kitchen location  thanks to Victoria Bakery in San ...
Chef Ramni Levy and crew have found a commercial kitchen location, thanks to Victoria Bakery in San Francisco's Mission District.
Courtesy of Chef Ramni Levy
Exec. Director of Alpha Pregnancy Center at the press conference at the City Attorney s office speak...
Exec. Director of Alpha Pregnancy Center at the press conference at the City Attorney's office speaking to reporters from Univision 14 TV in San Francisco.
All four towers of San Francisco s Bay Bridge being struck with lightning... at the same time
All four towers of San Francisco's Bay Bridge being struck with lightning... at the same time
Phil McGrew / Gizmodo
DISCOVERY: Drakes Bay and Drakes Estero are thought to be where English explorer Sir Francis Drake l...
DISCOVERY: Drakes Bay and Drakes Estero are thought to be where English explorer Sir Francis Drake landed in 1579.
Decumanus/Wikimedia Commons
Decaying outer building on Alcatraz Island. Weathering and decay have affected structures on the isl...
Decaying outer building on Alcatraz Island. Weathering and decay have affected structures on the island
This is the plaque that O Brien mentions. It gives witness to California s earliest days.
This is the plaque that O'Brien mentions. It gives witness to California's earliest days.
Liam O'Brien, Nature in The City
Kezar Pavilion has been home to the Dragon House MMA events for over a decade. Zhong Luo  the Dragon...
Kezar Pavilion has been home to the Dragon House MMA events for over a decade. Zhong Luo, the Dragon House founder believes that in martial arts important principles and strengths are taught.
The historic F-line trolley crosses 24th Street at Church in Noe Valley on its way to The Castro Dis...
The historic F-line trolley crosses 24th Street at Church in Noe Valley on its way to The Castro District.
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.
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
Serving crew Mike Barbeau was busy keeping the knish flowing as one plate after another was consumed...
Serving crew Mike Barbeau was busy keeping the knish flowing as one plate after another was consumed. He mentioned that chef Ramni has been very busy keeping up with the demands for King Knish. "We were at the Batch Festival on Sunday," said Barbeau. And, so far chef Ramni and his crew are scheduled for food fairs and events well into the new year..."until Sept. 2014," said Ramni.
File photo: Protesters in Santa Clara  CA  rally for labor equality
File photo: Protesters in Santa Clara, CA, rally for labor equality
Julia Wong

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