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Friday, November 21, 2014

Holiday Parcel Thieves Are Back. Watch This Guy Steal Packages From a Bernal Heights Home

Posted By on Fri, Nov 21, 2014 at 11:31 AM

There are plenty of ways to let your inner Grinch manifest itself this holiday season. Some choose to disapprove of Christmas music and shopping centers, while others are bugged by all the family time that goes with it.

And then there's these guys, who prefer to just steal Christmas, Dr. Seuss-style.

The Bernalwood Press tells all about a new parcel thief that struck the Bernal Heights neighborhood earlier this week, snatching packages from a doorstep in broad daylight.  Luckily the victim got some video for the world to see. Although we'd love to watch footage of his face when he opens the packages, because, as the victim notes in the blog, the contents are probably nothing that he had on his Christmas list:

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Window Washer Falls From High-Rise Building in Financial District, Lands on Moving Car

Posted By on Fri, Nov 21, 2014 at 11:18 AM

Update: Witnesses at the scene say the man was washing windows on the eight floor at 400 Montgomery Street when the rope on the scaffold snapped. The man, who didn't appear to be strapped in, fell eight stories and landed on a moving car. 

According to witnesses, the man was still alive when he was taken away by ambulance. 

Original Story: A man fell onto the roof of a car from a high-rise building in the Financial District this morning.

Police are on scene at California and Montgomery streets where witnesses saw the man, who is reportedly a window washer, fall.

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Sleeping Man Stabbed on Harrison Street

Posted By on Fri, Nov 21, 2014 at 8:58 AM

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An unidentified man was stabbed early this morning as he slept along Harrison Street. 

According to police reports, the 45-year-old man was slumbering away at about 1:58 a.m. when an unknown man approached him and began stabbing him with a knife. 

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City Attorney Sues Oakland Tax Company for Ripping Off Low-Income Residents

Posted By on Fri, Nov 21, 2014 at 8:00 AM

According to the city attorney, this man is going to hell
  • According to the city attorney, this man is going to hell
One man might soon prove to be the lowest of the low after the outcome of this civil case waged by the San Francisco city attorney.

Low-income taxpayers have been defrauded one time too many, at least for City Attorney Dennis Herrera, who’s after an Oakland-based tax service company for its alleged schemes against poor Bay Area residents.

"There may be a special place in Hell for those who rob low-income families,” said City Attorney Dennis Herrera in a press release. “But until then I'm grateful for tough consumer protection laws that allow us to aggressively pursue wrongdoers like Kebron Daniel for every dollar he's defrauded from taxpayers.”

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SFO Ranks Worst Airport When it Comes to Weather Delays

Posted By on Fri, Nov 21, 2014 at 7:12 AM

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  • Another foggy landing at the San Francisco International Airport.

If you haven't already booked your flights for the holidays, you still have time to follow this important advice: Avoid the San Francisco International Airport. Just book your flights out of Oakland, because the Weather Company says so.

That's because SFO is the worst weather-delayed airport in the U.S., according to The Weather Company.

“SFO clocked nearly 168,000 arrivals over the 12-month period (Aug 2013 to July 2014) and nearly 26,000 of those flights had weather-related delays,” said Katherine Wong of the Weather Company in an email. “That means more than half of SFO arrivals experience a weather-related delay.”

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Thursday, November 20, 2014

MyRedbook: Accused Manager of Escort Site Takes Plea Deal

Posted By on Thu, Nov 20, 2014 at 4:29 PM

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One of the alleged operators of the escort advertising website MyRedbook.com pleaded guilty in federal court today on charges of managing the website which facilitated prostitution. 

Annmarie Lanoce pleaded not guilty earlier this year, but changed her plea today, admitting that she was guilty of helping to operate MyRedbook. The site was shut down by the FBI earlier this year. Lanoce's attorney, Geoffrey Hansen, tells SF Weekly that his client will enter a diversion agreement with the U.S. Attorney's Office, which will allow her to avoid a felony sentence in exchange for a probationary period of good behavior. 

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RIP Marian Brown, Iconic San Francisco Twin

Posted By on Thu, Nov 20, 2014 at 3:48 PM

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Sad news: Marian Brown, the 87-year-old society dame  who was famous for roaming the streets of San Francisco in orthopedic sandals and leopard print coats alongside her twin sister, Vivian, has reportedly died.

The Brown twins were known for wearing stylish identical outfits and saucy bobbed haircuts, and for dining together at Uncle Vito's pizzeria in Nob Hill. Born in Kalamazoo, Michigan, they were valedictorians at Mattawan High School, where they played clarinet in the school band. Both went on to study business education at Western Michigan University and then work as secretaries at the Upjohn Company, according to the Kalamazoo Gazette.

The twins eventually cultivated their own brand identity, moving to San Francisco in 1970 and appearing in numerous commercials. In 1995 they were featured on a 40-foot Times Square billboard to promote Joe Boxer shorts.

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Johnathan Dean Arrested on Suspicion of Stabbing Man to Death

Posted By on Thu, Nov 20, 2014 at 1:45 PM

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San Francisco police have arrested 24-year-old Johnathan Dean on suspicion of stabbing to death of 20-year-old Malcolm Armstrong in the Haight District on Nov. 13.

Police say Dean approached Armstrong at about 4 a.m. on the 200 block of Haight Street and stabbed him once in the throat and chest. Armstrong was rushed to San Francisco General hospital where he later died from his injuries. 

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Seventh Grade Boy Chased by Strange Man Outside St. Philip The Apostle School

Posted By on Thu, Nov 20, 2014 at 12:12 PM

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Students at St. Philip school are shaken up today after a seventh grade boy was the target of what officials are calling an attempted abduction yesterday afternoon. 

The school principal Remy Everett tells us that the boy was walking past the school's church on Elizabeth Street at about 3:40 p.m. when he sensed someone behind him. He turned and saw an unknown man rushed toward him. The boy started running and screamed as the man chased after him. 

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Jim Stearns Shutters His Consulting Firm

Posted By on Thu, Nov 20, 2014 at 8:45 AM

Jim Stearns chooses "freedom."
  • Jim Stearns chooses "freedom."
Jim Stearns, the go-to political consultant for city progressive candidates and causes since at least 2000, is shutting down his firm and "transitioning into something that gives me a lot more freedom." 

In the immediate future, that'll be a vacation. After that "it remains to be seen." 

Stearns will shortly move out of the Van Ness Ave. office his firm has occupied for five years, his core staff will depart, and he'll "transition back to being a single person operating in the field." 

In the past decade, Stearns has successfully run campaigns for, among others, Tom Ammiano, Aaron Peskin, David Chiu, David Campos, Dennis Herrera, Kamala Harris, and Leland Yee

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