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    March 12, 2014

    Mission Bay Fire: Welding Equipment Likely Cause of Five-Alarm Blaze

    Time lapse video via Jake Durrett/YouTube Hot welding equipment, left to smolder in yesterday's hot sun, is the most-likely culprit behind the massive five-alarm fire yesterday which consumed a Mission Bay apartment complex under construction. Fire crews were still dumping water on the (formerly) ... More >>

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    August 20, 2013

    Openly Gay Mayor Evan Low Starts Petition Urging FDA to Let Gay Men Donate Blood

    Here's some 30 year-old news that's apparently -- shockingly -- still relevant today. In 1983, in the wake of massive HIV/AIDS paranoia, the Food and Drug Administration banned gay men from donating blood. Or rather, they refused blood donations from any man who'd had sex with a man after 1977, and ... More >>

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    February 22, 2013

    Study: 3.5 Million People Will Die From Earthquakes This Century

    Here in San Francisco, we live under the constant threat of a catastrophic earthquake. It's a subconscious worry, perhaps only creeping to the front of our minds as we drive over the Bay Bridge or step out of the shower (would you grab a pair of shorts before bolting for the nearest doorway?). We ... More >>

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    December 20, 2012

    Dozens Displaced by Early-Morning Apartment Fire

    Firefighters evacuated 25 people after a fire broke out early this morning at an apartment building in the city's Oceanview neighborhood. According to press reports, the fire started at about 5:31 a.m. at a three-story building located at 119 Broad St., between Capitol and Plymouth avenues.Firefigh ... More >>

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    December 12, 2012
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    November 9, 2012

    Help Sandy Victims by Eating Cupcakes

    If buying delicious salsa to support Sandy relief efforts isn't your thing, maybe you'll like this sweet deal: Now through Sunday the 11th, local favorite Kara's Cupcakes is selling a Red Cross Tuxedo cupcake ($3.75) -- chocolate cake with bourbon-vanilla frosting -- and donating proceeds to the Red ... More >>

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    November 7, 2012

    Google's First Exec. Chef Raising Money for the Red Cross

    If you happen to find yourself down in Palo Alto over the next few days, you can contribute to the Hurricane Sandy relief efforts by eating pastries. It's true! Google's first executive chef, Charlie Ayer, is holding a bake sale at his restaurant Calafia now through this Friday from 11:30 a.m.-1:30 ... More >>

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    November 6, 2012

    Buy Salsa, Support Hurricane Sandy Relief Efforts

    Sounds like a win-win situation to us: On November 11 (Sunday), Papalote will donate 50% of the sales of its famous Roasted Tomato Salsa to raise money for Hurricane Sandy victims. Owners Miguel and Victor Escobedo and Jodi Hernandez all feel a strong connection to the East Coast, and have decided t ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 6, 2012

    Fire Rips Through Mission District Apartment Complex

    A two-alarm fire broke out early this morning  displacing 26 residents from their three-story building at 22nd and Dolores streets.Firefighters arrived at the scene at 1:06 a.m., and had the fire controlled by 1:54 a.m., according to press reports.Though there have been no reports of injuries s ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 13, 2012

    Bay Area Blood Supplies Are Dangerously Low

    Those faithful San Franciscans who routinely give blood should expect to get a phone call from the  American Red Cross, because it's desperate for your red fluids. The first-aid organization says it has been suffering from an unprecedented shortage of blood, noting that blood supplies have dwin ... More >>

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    April 2, 2012

    Red Cross Calls for Drug Decriminalization

    It turns out it's not just the Castro or rural America: The entire world has a meth problem. ​Worldwide demand for methamphetamine "appears to be expanding significantly," according to the 55 countries which comprise the United Nations' Office on Drugs and Crime's Commission on Narcotic Drugs. Met ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 22, 2011

    Fire Blazes in Western Addition: 3 Firefighters Injured, Buildings Partially Collapse

    ABC 7 News ​(Update 4:20 p.m.) Media outlets are reporting that the fire is finally under control. Also, scratch the information below about heading to the Red Cross in the Western Addition later tonight to help victims. If you want to help, just go to the downtown San Francisco Red Cross at ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 31, 2011

    Ferry Building's Latest Find: Takoyanen's Grilled Octopus Balls

    Luis Chung(Ta)koyanen's Tent.​Last Thursday, May 26, SFoodie visited the latest addition to the Ferry Plaza Farmers' Market, Takoyanen, a takoyaki food stand from the owners of Delica. The takoyaki street food aspect means it's fun to watch the fast chefs in action, quickly turning the batter ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 5, 2011

    SOMA Fire: Bourbon-on-BBQ Origin 'Just a Rumor'

    Jake SwearingenBarbecue to go?​Rumors are swirling on the Internet that yesterday's blaze at the Park Hotel in SOMA was sparked by the moronic one-two punch of barbecuing indoors -- and pouring bourbon onto the coals. That may be, but the San Francisco Fire Department has yet to find any material ... More >>

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    April 27, 2011
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    March 25, 2011

    Drinking Japanese at Beretta

    daisuke iida/Flickr​Cocktails for Japan Where: Beretta, 1199 Valencia (at 23rd St.), 695-1199 When: Now through Fri., April 15 Cost: $11-$15 per drink The rundown: Beretta bar manager Ryan Fitzgerald is featuring three drinks that pack a humanitarian buzz along with the regular kind. Proce ... More >>

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    March 22, 2011

    Chronicle Books Bake Sale Raises Over $7,800 for Japan

    ​Yesterday's Chronicle Books Bakesale to Help Japan? Some three dozen bakers ended up donating treats (staff, spouses, and neighbors, as well as Poco Dolce, Sweet Constructions, and Angel Cakes), says CB's David Hawk, netting just over $2,300. Chronicle Books doubled that figure for its donati ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 16, 2011

    Japan Meets Ireland in a Cocktail Shaker for Quake Relief

    ​Land of the Rising Shamrock Where: Burritt Room, 417 Stockton (at Sutter), inside the Crescent Hotel When: Thu., Mar. 17, 8 p.m.-midnight Cost: Voluntary Red Cross donation at the door The rundown: What happens when you combine a national U.S. Bartenders' Guild conference in town, one of ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 15, 2011

    Chronicle Books Organizing Bake Sale for Japan Quake Relief

    Chronicle Books​As reported earlier today, Samin Nosrat is planning an epic series of simultaneous bake sales April 2 to raise funds for Japan disaster relief. In the meantime, Chronicle Books is stepping up with a sale of its own this Monday, Mar. 21, in its lobby at 680 Second Street in SOMA ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 14, 2011

    This Week: JapaCurry Donating 10 Percent to Japan Quake Relief

    Ten percent of JapaCurry's proceeds this week are slated for the Japanese Red Cross.​Ebisu and Hotei aren't the only S.F. eateries ponying up 10 percent of the week's proceeds for Japanese quake relief. JapaCurry owner Jay Hamada is donating 10 percent of sales this week to the Japanese Red Cr ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 11, 2011

    ICHI Donating Part of Tonight's Proceeds to Japanese Earthquake Relief

    CNNGrounded ship in the port of Hitachinaka in Japan's Ibaraki Prefecture.​The 8.9-magnitude earthquake that rocked northern Japan late last night has been felt here, too ― in Bernal Heights. ICHI Sushi's Erin Archuleta tells SFoodie the restaurant is accepting Red Cross donations tonight, p ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 3, 2010

    Do Online Causes and Philanthropy Do Any Good?

    ​Does professing your support for a cause online do any good? Or does it just make you feel like you accomplished something and keep you from actually doing anything in the analog world to realize the change you profess to want?~PhilanthropuhleezWell, Macolm Sadwell, aren't we glass-half-empty tod ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 23, 2010

    Now there's an 'iPhone of Nightclubs' T-Shirt (Pic)

    You may have seen the funny-ass 'iPhone of Nightclubs' slogan that went up on the marquis of the Red Devil Lounge. Well now, you can buy the slogan on a club T-shirt:​

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    June 21, 2010

    Shit to Shore: Treasure Island hangar new digs for displaced ex-cons burned out of TL

    www.lesjeunesguns.blogspot.comComfy​Last week's fire at a transitional housing complex displaced 160 recently-released inmates of the penal system, who had been living in semi-freedom close to temptation at Turk and Taylor streets in the Tenderloin.Some went home, others were shuttled to a city-ow ... More >>

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    June 21, 2010

    Shit to Shore: Treasure Island hangar new digs for displaced ex-cons burned out of TL

    www.lesjeunesguns.blogspot.comComfy​Last week's fire at a transitional housing complex displaced 160 recently-released inmates of the penal system, who had been living in semi-freedom close to temptation at Turk and Taylor streets in the Tenderloin.Some went home, others were shuttled to a city-ow ... More >>

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    June 18, 2010

    Tenderloin Fire Started on Roof of Transitional Housing

    ​Yesterday's three-alarm blaze at the Taylor Street Center -- transitional housing for just-released prison inmates 111 Taylor Street in the Tenderloin -- started on the roof, where a construction crew had been working, Bay City News is reporting today.

  • Blogs

    January 26, 2010

    Haiti Benefit Roundup Pt. 3: Afro-beat, Shoegaze, Dubstep, & Punk Unite

    Kalbass Kreyol​It's heartening to see that neither the media attention nor the outpouring of musician support for Haiti fundraising has dropped off in the weeks since the earthquake hit. Here's the latest batch of shows with proceeds going to non-profits working to rebuild Haiti.The Red Devil Loun ... More >>

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    January 21, 2010

    Sneaky's Postpones Haiti Relief Offer

    Hold your horses.​Lazy barbecue fanatics hoping to help Haiti this week should hold their horses. Sneaky's BBQ smoker-in-chief Pat Wachter badly cut a finger and received surgery this morning. There will be no deliveries this week after all, but next week, all profits will go, as planned, to t ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 20, 2010

    Top Local DJs Throwing Giant Haiti Benefit

    Jeffrey Paradise​At a time when Haiti is suffering from both looting and aftershocks, San Franciscans are coming together for a second week of fundraising benefits. These special shows are two-fold: chances to donate money to a country that will need aid for years to come, and opportunities to exp ... More >>

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    January 18, 2010

    Tomorrow Night: Bar Crawl for Haiti Relief

    ToastyKen/FlickrSetting 'em up at Rickhouse.​Three drinking establishments are sponsoring a progressive bar crawl tomorrow night to beneift Haiti's earthquake victims. Rickhouse (246 Kearney at Bush), Cantina (580 Sutter at Mason) and Rye (688 Geary at Leavenworth), are each mixing up a specia ... More >>

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    October 14, 2009
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    October 2, 2009

    Weekend Pick #1: Word Up

    DJ Shortkut​ If you've been following the news at all, you know that the typhoon which struck the Philippines has caused untold devastation. This is a grievous concern for many Bay Area folks who have friends and family over there. This Saturday, "Word Up" at Azul will be donating 100% of the ... More >>

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    February 24, 2009

    SF Wine Events, Feb. 20-March 1

    All proceeds from the 2/20 Victorian wine tasting and 2/24 dinner will go to the Australian Red Cross's bushfire relief efforts.

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    February 25, 2008
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    October 18, 2006


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    March 22, 2006

    Puff Piece

    Thank You for Smoking's satire falls short of incendiary

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    November 2, 2005

    Robert's Rocket?

    Fine art, low brow

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    October 19, 2005

    S.F. Hosing Authority

    City government promised Katrina victims a haven, then it gave some of them the shaft

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    October 5, 2005

    Art Printz

    Wide-ranging modern dance

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    October 5, 2005
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    September 28, 2005

    You Know What It Means

    To miss New Orleans -- so feast on authentic N.O. turtle soup, crawfish étouffée, and jambalaya right here in North Beach

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    September 14, 2005
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    February 26, 2003

    Art History

    Capp Street and installation art -- still crazy after all these years

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