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Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Tenderloin Residents Say Eddy Street Parking Encourages Drug Deals

Posted By on Tue, Mar 31, 2015 at 3:04 PM

Removing parking spaces anywhere in San Francisco isn't a popular position — unless of course it's for a good cause. 

Tenderloin residents and community members started a petition this week to remove parking on one block of Eddy Street, which they say provides cover for drug dealing. The block in question is the stretch between Taylor and Mason streets. In addition to alleged drug deals, it also hosts the Exit Theatre and Pandora Kareoke and Bar, according to the petition.  

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Thursday, February 12, 2015

Vigil Held Tonight for S.F. Doctor's Family Shot to Death in Chapel Hill

Posted By on Thu, Feb 12, 2015 at 3:13 PM

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A candlelight vigil will be held in San Francisco this evening to honor the three victims gunned down during an argument in Chapel Hill earlier this week.

Deah Shaddy Barakat, 23, his wife, Yusor Mohammad, 21, and her sister, Razan Mohammad Abu-Salha, 19, were shot to death Tuesday during an argument that might have stemmed over parking issues.  According to press reports, 46-year-old Craig Stephen Hicks, who lived in the same apartment complex as the family, has been charged with three counts of first-degree murder. 

Suzanne Barakat, a physician at San Francisco General Hospital, believes her family was targeted because they are Muslims. 

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Tuesday, February 10, 2015

Transgender Community Stages Die-In to Protest Recent Wave of Violence

Posted By on Tue, Feb 10, 2015 at 5:23 PM

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More than 100 people from the Bay Area transgender community and allies gathered in front of San Francisco City Hall today to take a stand against the rising epidemic of violence against transgender women, in particular the violence against trans women of color. The rally was triggered by the recent murder of 36-year-old Taja DeJesus who was found stabbed to death in a Bayview stairway

Oddly enough, the protesters were forbidden from gathering on the steps of City Hall, and were instead forced to hold their rally on the sidewalk in front of City Hall. Standing where protesters were not allowed,City Supervisor David Campos said that he was ashamed that the community was not being allowed to express their grief on the steps of City Hall, a fixture for rallies and public actions. 

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Thursday, November 13, 2014

Ted Gullicksen: You're Invited to "Renter Hero's" Memorial On Sunday

Posted By on Thu, Nov 13, 2014 at 1:56 PM

Ted Gullicksen and Falcor.
  • Ted Gullicksen and Falcor.

This weekend, the city of San Francisco is invited to pay its final respects to Ted Gullicksen, the man best known in San Francisco for saving hard-working renters from eviction. He died last month at the age of 61.

In a city where nearly two-thirds of residents rent, many thousands of San Franciscans owe a big thank you to Gullicksen, the city's most popular renter-rights rabble rouser. As the Executive Director of the Tenants Union since 1988, he pushed many of the rental protections the city enjoys today. 

On Sunday, community members are invited to pay respects to Gullicksen at a memorial service open to all. Mission High School will host the memorial Sunday, Nov. 16 at 2 p.m.

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Friday, August 15, 2014

Save Marty's Place: AIDS Residential Home Hopes to Reopen With Your Help

Posted By on Fri, Aug 15, 2014 at 2:47 PM

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Marty's Place, a residential home for people with AIDS, has launched a fundraising drive, hoping to reopen as a co-op — and you and your checkbook are invited to the open house Monday.

Marty's Place was founded by Richard Purcell, a Franciscan friar, who came to San Francisco in 1989 to care for his brother Marty, who was dying of AIDS. Marty died eight weeks after his brother's arrival. Purcell, who passed away in 2011, decided to stay in San Francisco to care for people with AIDS.

In 1993, he acquired a Victorian mansion in the Mission. Naming the home after his late brother, Purcell opened Marty's Place, which served as a resource for AIDS victims for 18 years.

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Tuesday, February 26, 2013

Dust Off Your Converse, Dodgeball Season Begins in S.F.

Posted By on Tue, Feb 26, 2013 at 2:48 PM

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  • Life is a never-ending dodgeball game

If you were the child loser who either 1. was the last standing when dodgeball teams were selected, or 2. the one everyone tried to peg with the ball (even your own teammates), then here's your chance for clean revenge.

Now's the time to slip on your Mission hipster Converse and make them count. The World Dodgeball Society is bringing the nostalgic social sport back to San Francisco, with its first game of the 10-week season tomorrow night at the Mission Recreation Center.

"Everyone has memories of playing dodgeball as a kid, either fond or not-so-fond," said Michael 'Handsome' Costanza, founder of the World Dodgeball Society. "We want to remind people of a simpler time -- before careers and college -- when the only thing you had to worry about was whether to wear your Air Jordans or Converse with your legwarmers."

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Wednesday, January 2, 2013

Top 10 Most Unforgettable Stories of 2012

Posted By on Wed, Jan 2, 2013 at 7:10 AM

Looking forward to 2013
  • Looking forward to 2013

As journalists, we're a bit sad to say fare thee well to 2012, a year chock-full of news that's certainly bolstered our livelihood. From cock ring wars and another World Series win, to local law enforcers robbing banks and bruising their wives, it's been one hell of a news year for San Francisco.

And as much as some of the main characters would like to forget their unsavory stories, there's just some tales that are much too indelibly set in our minds. So here you go, our top 10 picks of unforgettable news stories -- in order:

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Thursday, December 27, 2012

Local Santas Make Muni Seem Welcoming and Not So Dangerous for a Change

Posted By on Thu, Dec 27, 2012 at 7:14 AM

Christmas has come and gone, so hopefully you remembered to document your drunk relatives making everyone feel a new kind of uncomfortable.

And while you were indoors feverishly unwrapping gifts and being gluttonous, these fine Santas were doling out happiness to the homeless. Staged inside what appears to be a historic Muni Cable Car in downtown, a group of Santas passed out clothes and other donated items to our local residents who weren't as lucky as you were on Christmas Day.


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Friday, December 21, 2012

A Bunch of Apple iMacs Stolen From Telegraph Hill Neighborhood Center

Posted By on Fri, Dec 21, 2012 at 4:26 PM

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  • Looks like he'll be asking Santa for jail time

Some Grinch stole more than Christmas from the youth in Telegraph Hill -- he stole seven brand-new computers.

SF Weekly got wind of a Nov. 9 burglary at the Telegraph Hill Neighborhood Center, where the brand-new Apple iMac computers were stolen from the computer lab. According to the center, the crooks(s) damaged the exterior windows as well as wiring and other equipment inside the lab.

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Thursday, December 20, 2012

SFPD Becomes the Fashion Police, Buys Mission District School Kids New Sweatshirts

Posted By on Thu, Dec 20, 2012 at 4:31 PM

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Unfortunately, the students at St. Peter's School in the city's Mission District couldn't enjoy their new class sweatshirts for long. The blue hoodies had the number "13" printed on the back, representing the Class of 2013.

But the color blue and the number 13 also represent another less ambitious group of youngsters: Sureños.

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