We read some really disturbing news this morning on NBC about a group of teenagers who badly beat David Lamont, a 51-year-old Pleasanton father, knocking him into a coma after he exercised his parental authority. According to the news station, the high school kids were outside Lamont's house on th ... More >>
The only two things you really need to maintain a steady job are a constant flow of coffee and reliable BART service. Unfortunately, the price just keeps going up for both. And for some East Bay folks, presumably bound for San Francisco, the trip across the bay is about to get a little bit pricier ... More >>
Alameda County Sheriff's deputies say they arrested a Castro Valley man earlier this week after they discovered two alarming things: 1. 34 pounds of marijuana, and 2. a five-foot long alligator guarding the stash. Curious sheriff deputies dropped by 32-year-old Assif Mayar on Mount Jasper Dr. aroun ... More >>
A time traveler from, say, the Renaissance era or the Hellenistic period, would immediately find two things strange about our beloved present. First (in no particular order): Michele Bachmann. Second: "Wait, people are paying money to run in place and lift heavy things?"Everything else would sort of ... More >>
Yes, trains are running a bit behind, but this time you can't say it has to do with freedom of speech or lack thereof.BART is reporting up to eight-minute delays for some East Bay bound commuters due to a car crash on Interstate 580 this afternoon. It all started at about 2:37 p.m. when a car and ... More >>
Ray Chavez/Oakland Tribune, 2000Otaez owner Jesus "Chuy" Campos, fatally shot this morning in Oakland.The Oakland Tribune is reporting that Jesus Campos, owner of Oakland's Otaez Mexicatessen, was shot and killed this morning in what authorities believe was an attempted robbery. From the Trib ... More >>
The San Francisco Medical Examiner's office has identified the two men killed in an Ingleside car crash this morning as Hayward resident Benjamin Powell and Castro Valley resident Jonathan Johnson. Both were 18 years old.The car carrying Powell and Johnson apparently crashed into a utility pole o ... More >>
If you read Alex Hochman's review of last week's annual Greek food festival in San Francisco, and realize that you missed all the other Bay Area Greek festivals (Oakland, San Jose, Concord, Belmont, Vallejo), don't despair: There's still one more. Launching today is the 39th Annual Greek Festival ... More >>
It's back! In February, we reported on the sad plight of Mark Benz, who suffered something of a real estate crisis. The massive, painstakingly detailed San Francisco landmarks he'd crafted out of Legos were stolen out of his truck, parked in the driveway of his Fremont home. Today Benz -- an engi ... More >>
An investor finds that he has been swindled, and that the schemer was aided by a mortgage industry lacking oversight.
Tony's Pizza NapoletanaA pizza oven in Naples.The pizza gods were smiling over North Beach this weekend. On Saturday, Bay Area favorite pizza guy Tony Gemignani opened Tony's Pizza Napoletana (1570 Stockton at Union). Die-hard fans know Gemignani and his pie-making skills from his Pyzano's outpost i ... More >>
This Summer the American Association for Nude Recreation (Yes, there is one, and no, that link is so not safe for work -- but if pictures of naked people riding novelty bikes is your jam, click away. ) will be coordinating something called the World's Largest Skinny Dip. It's exactly what it s ... More >>
Mary LaddDough boy: Twirl master Tony Gemignani.Hey, mambo! World pizza-tossing champion Tony Gemignani rocked the dough in his self-described "truly Italian" fashion at Sunday's North Beach Festival. Beer-swilling fans called out, danced, and jumped up and down as Gemignani performed. His crowd-ple ... More >>
The Guild is up against a cost-cutting mogul and declining revenues, but the union continues to seek converts
Week of 2-7-07
We read "Grape," the Chron's "serial saga," so you don't have to and uncover the world champion of pizza acrobatics
The blisteringly harsh world of the Bay Area's competitive karaoke scene is no match for my version of "Three Times a Lady."
Tony goods, thrifty prices
An audition for America's Most Talented Kid turns up some prodigies, and some very young has-beens.
The garage rock career of Russell Quan has been one long train wreck
Engineer Bill Gerrey builds devices to help other sightless people navigate the world. He's not looking for miracles, just a few small victories.
Fleshies have what it takes -- nudity, pissed-off lyrics, blazing noise -- to be Oakland's next great punk band
Punks, Putting, and the Police
Will Europhiles wring the barf out of Bay Area cyclocross racing?
There's a new and nasty labor-management war. Health care is the battlefield. San Francisco is the front line.
Located just blocks from downtown, the San Francisco Recreational Vehicle Park is home to tales of wonder and redemption. It will close in the fall.
Politicos, prudes, and the paranoid protest the programming heard on Bay Area radio stations to the highest authority in the land -- the Federal Communications Commission
Why do San Francisco emergency workers live so far away?