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U.S. President Obama lands in California for global tech confab

Mountain View - U.S. President Barack Obama arrived in Northern California on Thursday to attend an entrepreneurship summit at Stanford University and meet with many of the world's renowned technology innovators.

Twitter takes stake in music service it passed on last year

San Francisco - San Francisco-based micro-blogging giant Twitter confirmed Tuesday that it had taken a major stake in music streaming service SoundCloud Ltd.

San Francisco offers platform to replace clear view of 'Ladies'

San Francisco - San Francisco officials promise to open a viewing platform this week after being bombarded with complaints over a chain-link fence blocking views of the city's iconic "Postcard Row" of Victorian homes across Steiner Street from Alamo Square Park.

Op-Ed: Two San Franciscans seek to serve the City they love Special

San Francisco - As the sun breaks through the clouds on this election day, the wether is symbolic of what most hope for. That clarity and stability will prevail This is what two City Supervisor candidates, one younger the other older are aiming for.

Op-Ed: Should Golden Gate Park have 'locked in' funding? Special

San Francisco - Election time has put voters at a very difficult decision about a very popular and treasured landmark. The future funding of Golden Gate Park is set on the ballot.

Bay Area airline passengers get holiday surprise — No lines

Oakland - Security lines for passengers seeking to board airplanes at Bay Area airports have been surprisingly short over the holiday weekend despite an uptick in travelers.

Victim's family files lawsuit over shooting on San Francisco pier

San Francisco - Parents of a young woman shot to death on the San Francisco waterfront last year have filed a wrongful death lawsuit against the city and a former top official who enforced its controversial sanctuary policy.

Op-Ed: 'Thieving Forest' author reveals new mystery-crime novel Special

San Francisco - The author of "Thieving Forest," Martha Conway has now released a third novel, entitled "Sugarland: A Jazz Age Mystery.” It is her second mystery. But her work as a historical novelist is growing.

California agrees to spend another $150 million to fix Bay Bridge

San Francisco - The agency that oversaw construction of the new $6.4 billion eastern span of the San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge voted Thursday to spend another $150 million to help keep the structure safe in a major earthquake.

Fewer perks for employees could be new normal in Silicon Valley

San Francisco - Okay, the $100,000 chrome panda stays. But a lot of the lavish perks that made internet file-sharing startup Dropbox one of the most sought-after places to work are being cut or eliminated.

Suspect in Bay Area murders said to agree to guilty plea

San Rafael - One of three young drifters charged with killing a hiker in Marin County and a backpacker in Golden Gate Park last year has agreed to a plea deal to testify against the other two, officials said Monday.

Legal challenge to Yosemite Park dam gets thrown out of court

Sonora - A California state court has dismissed a lawsuit that sought to compel officials to tear down a nearly 100-year-old dam in Yosemite National Park that supplies power and water to millions in San Francisco and the Central Valley.

SF cop's racist texts released by public defender's office

San Francisco - On Tuesday, the San Francisco public defender released several racist and homophobic text messages allegedly sent by a San Francisco Police officer embroiled in a scandal that has shaken the San Francisco Police Department.

California book club settles race bias lawsuit against wine train

San Francisco - A group of mostly African American women kicked off a tourist train in the Napa Valley for being too loud have settled a race-discrimination lawsuit against the private railroad.

Op-Ed: Artist Cynthia Tom is a surrealist presence telling truths Special

San Francisco - The weather was gloriously summer-like this past Saturday April 16 as surrealist artist Cynthia Tom opened her 1890 Bryant Street studio to the public.

San Francisco cabbies win one — Rideshare drivers must register

San Francisco - Drivers for Lyft, Uber and other ridesharing services will need business licenses to operate legally in San Francisco, city officials said Friday.

San Francisco approves paid leave for parents of newborns

San Francisco - To all the benefits of being a new parent in a place like San Francisco, the city's Board of Supervisors just added another: fully paid time off.

Alaska Airlines could wrap up deal for Virgin America by Monday

Seattle - Alaska Airlines appears to be victorious in its bidding war with JetBlue to buy Virgin America, the low-cost cross-country airline founded by flamboyant British billionaire Richard Branson.

Bay Area man convicted of assault over reclining airline seat

Los Angeles - A San Francisco Bay Area man was convicted Wednesday of assaulting an airline passenger aboard a delayed flight from Los Angeles after he became enraged when the victim reclined the back of her seat.

San Francisco gets $5 million bill from police for Super Bowl 50

San Francisco - San Francisco taxpayers are on the hook for millions of dollars in police overtime incurred as the city hosted weeks of festivities before Super Bowl 50.

Op-Ed: Singing TV Theme Songs and loving every minute is Jason Brock Special

San Francisco - Jason Brock reached this reporter's radar screen about three years ago. Initially, I did take note. But as someone who had covered the cabaret scene in San Francisco while in Journalism School at SF City College, I know how difficult it can be.

Northern California crab season to open as toxic algae retreats

San Francisco - Northern California crabbers and crab lovers start eating it up at midnight when the long-delayed commercial crab season opens.

Op-Ed: Architect critic still has affinity for his old neighborhood Special

San Francisco - As housing continues to be an issue often forcing many to leave, there are some who still hold their cherished neighborhood to heart. Even if they moved away.

Jury: S.F. police justified in killing young man in park in 2014

San Francisco - San Francisco police did not use excessive force when they shot a young Hispanic man carrying a stun gun in a city park in 2014.

Four hurt when gunmen open fire on bus crossing S.F. Bay Bridge

The California Highway Patrol hunted Sunday for gunmen who fired at least a half-dozen shots at a leased party bus crossing San Francisco Bay toward Oakland, injuring four passengers.

Rainfall in San Francisco Bay Area prompts flooding concerns

Monterey - Rainfall in Northern California is expected to continue most of the day Saturday leading to a major rainstorm late in the day into early Sunday.

California sex offender sought new victims in Cambodia

San Francisco - Being a registered sex offender didn't stop a San Francisco-area man from flying to Cambodia to have sex with girls as young as eight and preferably weighing less than 70 pounds, according to the U.S. Justice Department.

Weekend rainstorms expected to keep Bay Area soaking on Monday

San Francisco - Frances Picazo of San Francisco couldn't sleep Saturday night, not with a new storm bearing down on the family home in the city's Mission District.

'Soul-reggae crossover sensation' Natty is back Special

London - Born in San Francisco, a UK resident since the age of one, Natty scored a Top 20 hit in 2008 with his debut LP 'Man Like I.' Digital Journal asked him all about the follow-up 'Release the Fear.'

Op-Ed: Neuro-Chiro doctor turns to new tech to aid growing MMA sport Special

San Francisco - Kezar Stadium, near Golden Gate Park was in a frenzy of Mixed Martial Arts action on Feb 6 as it was the spot of the Dragon House 22 fight series.
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MOVING OUT: The Golden State Warriors basketball team hopes to have more than one extra championship...
MOVING OUT: The Golden State Warriors basketball team hopes to have more than one extra championship banner to hang from the rafters of their new arena in 2018.
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Looking northeast from Alamo Square Park
Looking northeast from Alamo Square Park
Last year families were pleased that there were lots of games and activities just for kids; such as ...
Last year families were pleased that there were lots of games and activities just for kids; such as this horse round up ride provided by Radio Disney Road Crew.
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Steve Keyser was one among many who posted on Facebook on the passing of legendary guitarist and fou...
Steve Keyser was one among many who posted on Facebook on the passing of legendary guitarist and founding member of Big Brother and The Holding Company, Sam Andrew.
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Westside Observer publisher and editor Mitch Bull and the paper s former owner and founder Phyllis S...
Westside Observer publisher and editor Mitch Bull and the paper's former owner and founder Phyllis Sherman take a moment for the camera. Despite the increase of the Internet, neighborhood papers (or hyper-local publications as they are referred to by some) still endure and provide much needed local reporting on issues and concerns that often are overlooked by mainstream press.
Single millionaires by San Francisco neighborhood.
Single millionaires by San Francisco neighborhood.
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 Thieving Forest  is author Martha Conway s second novel. It was very well received on Nov. 11 at Bo...
"Thieving Forest" is author Martha Conway's second novel. It was very well received on Nov. 11 at Booksmith bookshop in San Francisco's Haight-Ashbury District.
Courtesy of Martha Conway
Many were fed at the Soup Kitchen rally held on Sept. 1  2011 at the New Federal Building in San Fra...
Many were fed at the Soup Kitchen rally held on Sept. 1, 2011 at the New Federal Building in San Francisco. National Nurses United wanted to call attention to the fact that this current economic recession has caused thousands to lose health insurance, their homes and are struggling each day to meet basic necessities like food.
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On a sunny day the view of the Golden Gate and the Pacific Ocean are breathtaking. Yet summer time i...
On a sunny day the view of the Golden Gate and the Pacific Ocean are breathtaking. Yet summer time in San Francisco is mostly fog. A sunny warm day in summer at the Legion of Honor is a treat for residents and visitors alike.
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Many people take materials to the Haight Ashbury Neighborhood recycling Center to be recycled. It is...
Many people take materials to the Haight Ashbury Neighborhood recycling Center to be recycled. It is a fine example of what neighborhoods and communities at the local level can do to help with recycling. Yet, Recreation and Parks Dept. of SF wants the facility closed.
Courtesy of Ed Dunn, Haight Ashbury Neighborhood Recycling Center, SF, CA
DIFFERENT VIEW: This line of Victorian homes near Alamo Square Park in San Francisco is known to loc...
DIFFERENT VIEW: This line of Victorian homes near Alamo Square Park in San Francisco is known to locals and an endless line of tourists as The Painted Ladies.
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The San Francisco Municipal Transport Authority is donating the proceeds of a hateful pro-Israel ad ...
The San Francisco Municipal Transport Authority is donating the proceeds of a hateful pro-Israel ad to the city's human rights commission.
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.
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SUSPECT: Ryan Chamberlain is seen in a photograph distributed by the FBI.
SUSPECT: Ryan Chamberlain is seen in a photograph distributed by the FBI.
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Original art by surrealist  Cynthia Tom  part of the  Circus Series  entitled   Leaving Too Soon.
Original art by surrealist, Cynthia Tom, part of the "Circus Series" entitled, "Leaving Too Soon."
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Chief Deputy City Attorney  Terry Stewart is one of the recipients of the American Bar Association s...
Chief Deputy City Attorney, Terry Stewart is one of the recipients of the American Bar Association's Margaret Brent Lawyers of Achievement Award for 2013.
Courtesy of the Office of the City Attorney of San Francisco