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Friday, January 23, 2015

No, That's Not the Art of Leland Yee Gracing the San Francisco Library

Posted By on Fri, Jan 23, 2015 at 3:30 PM

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When San Francisco's state Sen. Leland Yee was popped for his alleged role in orchestrating a gun-running ring to Filipino jihadis, all constraints were done away with. 

Was the jihadi group called the "MILF"? Yes. Yes it was. Did the vast federal web also sweep up a gangster named Shrimp Boy and the manager of a champion boxer who apparently aspired  to moonlight as an assassin? Indeed. Was the former president of San Francisco's school board also tied to a murder-for-hire plot? Verily.  

There really isn't much crazy enough with regards to this ongoing case to dismiss out of hand. So if someone were to tell you that the art of Leland Yee is now gracing the San Francisco Public Library's main branch you'd have to believe them, right? 

Maybe not. Because the artist whose work is adorning the Main isn't Leland Yee. It's Leland Lee

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SF Cops To Go After Drunks Tonight

Posted By on Fri, Jan 23, 2015 at 2:21 PM

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It's almost Friday night, and you know what that means: You can finally get wasted. 

But you can't drive. 

San Francisco police are planning a DUI checkpoint later this evening at an undisclosed location in the city. From 7 p.m. to 3 a.m., cops will be stopping drivers, checking IDs, and sniffing around to make sure nobody behind the wheel has had too much to drink.

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Here's How You Can Be a Real Bike Advocate in the Bay Area

Posted By on Fri, Jan 23, 2015 at 12:57 PM

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A couple weeks ago, I wrote about a that unpaid, but very fun gig for underemployed adventure cyclists, this week I’d like to point out that there are actually quite a few real paying jobs, or at least real internships, at local Bay Area bike advocacy groups.

If you’re looking to promote cycling as a transportation option in the Bay Area but you still need to make a living, then you’ll want to talk to the local bike coalitions.

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Video: Watch This Muni Driver Run a Red Light, Almost Cause Accident

Posted By on Fri, Jan 23, 2015 at 11:53 AM

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Update: Paul Rose, spokesman for Muni, responds to this incident. Read belwo.

Muni drivers run red lights all the time — and now we have a dashcam video to prove it. 

YouTube user boris4ka posted this video he/she shot with a handy dashboard camera which shows a Muni bus blowing a red light at 19th Ave / Park Presidio and Cross Over Drive on Jan. 20. According to boris4ka, "Muni bus runs a solid red light that was red for a few seconds already, causing another car to slam on the brakes to avoid an accident."

Watch:

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California's Marijuana Farmers Average $100K Annually

Posted By on Fri, Jan 23, 2015 at 8:14 AM

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Litigious agribusiness giants, extreme poverty, drought: Farming is tough work. And the reward farmers reap isn't exactly worth such risk. Mean annual wages for farm workers in America is about $30,000 a year, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics.

In California, it's a bit higher: $16 an hour, and $35,060 a year for farm workers, provided, of course, that the work is there and that the crop comes in and is purchased at a fair price. And in Northern California, it's even higher. The average farmer in certain parts of Mendocino and Humboldt counties is netting $100,000 a year, according to a recent survey.

Because, of course, those triple-figure farmers are growing marijuana.

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Cops Trying to Negotiate With Barricaded Man

Posted By on Fri, Jan 23, 2015 at 7:26 AM

Update:  Police realized the suspect wasn't actually inside the home where they had been for the last 12 hours. So they went over to where he was located (Ellis Street) at 8:57 a.m. and took him into custody.

Police have spent the night trying to talk a barricaded man from out of a house over in the city's Ingleside neighborhood. 

The incident started last night at about 6 p.m. when the cops were called to Grafton and Ashton avenues on reports of a family argument. Things escalated and the subject holed himself inside the home. Police have not been able to talk the man out of the house for more than 12 hours, says Officer Grace Gatpandan. 

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Thursday, January 22, 2015

Man Stabbed During Tenderloin Fracas

Posted By on Thu, Jan 22, 2015 at 4:16 PM

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A 38-year-old man is clinging to life today after he was stabbed in the chest during a fight in the city's Tenderloin neighborhood last night. 

According to police, two men were fighting at the corner of Ellis and Hyde streets at about 7:44 p.m. when one of the men pulled out a knife and stabbed the victim. The attacker ran from the scene. 

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Bear Force One: Adorably Named Helicopter Joins UCSF Medical Center

Posted By on Thu, Jan 22, 2015 at 2:41 PM

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Say what you will about the other ventures of tech titans-turned-philanthropists Marc Benioff and Ron Conway, but the UCSF Benioff Children's Hospital in Mission Bay will be an undeniable beacon of hope in some people's lives. So, once we've dispensed with the politics, here's a new added bonus: Bay Area moms and newborns will soon be watched over by the hospital's adorably named "Bear Force One."

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Man Jailed for Accidentally Choking and Burning Lover Now Accused of Torching Castro Business

Posted By on Thu, Jan 22, 2015 at 11:37 AM

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David Munoz Diaz is being accused of playing with fire again. Police say the 25-year-old man was arrested last night on suspicion of setting ablaze a business in the Castro District last week.

He is not accused of the string of car fires set throughout the Castro neighborhood over the last few weeks, says Officer Grace Gatpandan.

Diaz is however the same man who was convicted back in 2011 of involuntary manslaughter after he burning the body of his sexual partner. Initially, he was charged with murder after fire crews spotted the body of Freddy Canul-Arguello, who had been strangled and burned in Buena Vista Park in June 2011.

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Man Robbed of Pit Bull on Muni Train

Posted By on Thu, Jan 22, 2015 at 10:32 AM

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Police are searching for another pilfered pup who was taken from a man's backpack while riding Muni this morning. 

According to police reports, the 18-year-man was on a Muni bus at about 2:38 a.m. along Sixth and Mission Streets with his pit bull puppy in tow. Another man walked up to the Muni passenger, punched him out, and snatched the pup from his backpack, police said.

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