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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

Life is a never-ending dodgeball game
  • 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

Looks like he'll be asking Santa for jail time
  • 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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Wednesday, December 19, 2012

Local Company Collecting Old Cellphones for American Troops

Posted By on Wed, Dec 19, 2012 at 3:43 PM

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Members of the U.S. armed forces put their lives on the line every day. Though some may not all make it home for the holidays, one San Francisco company is making sure they'll at least be able to talk to their loved ones during the holidays.

San Francisco-based Lookout is partnering with Cell Phones for Soldiers to collect old unwanted cellphones, recycle them, and buy calling cards for our troops.

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Tuesday, December 18, 2012

Don't Be Cold-Hearted, Give Your Warm Jacket to a Homeless Person

Posted By on Tue, Dec 18, 2012 at 1:33 PM

This jacket wouldn't look good on you anyhow
  • This jacket wouldn't look good on you anyhow

We're guessing you've noticed that the weather in San Francisco has turned from pleasant to kinda cold. In other words, your second-hand hoodie won't suffice.

But if you think you're cold sitting in your cubicle, try sleeping on the streets tonight. Which brings us to our point: Homeless folks really need your warm blankets and jackets as winter reveals itself this week.

So here's how you can stop being so cold, figuratively speaking.

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This Christmas Mushroom Should Cheer You Up

Posted By on Tue, Dec 18, 2012 at 8:50 AM

There's been way too much horrible news as of late -- and especially around the holidays, when everything is supposed to feel good.

Lucky for our readers, David Cruz, San Francisco's ubiquitous nature photog, snapped these cool photos of Amanita Muscaria, aka "Fly Agaric," aka the "Christmas Mushroom."

This should get you in the Christmas Spirit - DAVID CRUZ VIA NATURES LATERN
  • David Cruz via Natures Latern
  • This should get you in the Christmas Spirit

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Friday, December 14, 2012

Dog That Attacked Police Officer to Be Euthanized

Posted By on Fri, Dec 14, 2012 at 2:04 PM

Not the dog in question.
  • Not the dog in question.

The American staffordshire terrier that attacked a mounted officer earlier this summer in the city's Presidio neighborhood will be put to sleep.

The Vicious and Dangerous Animal Unit said the dog displayed "human-directed aggression" and a high prey drive during the mile-and-a-half chase in which it bit the police officer's horse 13 times.

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