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Thursday, August 28, 2014

BART's New Crime App Turns Passengers Into Snitches

Posted By on Thu, Aug 28, 2014 at 3:20 PM

Everyone sees you, but nobody cares - BART
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  • Everyone sees you, but nobody cares
BART has launched a new app that'll let riders immediately report crimes in real-time and even upload photos of miscreants throughout the transit agency. 

BART says it's responding to demands from riders for a silent and discreet way to report crimes to BART police while they're on a train or in a station. So here it is, by popular demand: BART Watch.

“The BART Watch app will be free for BART riders to download from our website or they can go directly to the Apple App Store or Google Play,” said BART Police Chief Kenton Rainey. “This new technology will allow us to partner with our riders so they can 'See Something, Say Something,' and help us keep the system safer and more secure."

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New HIV Case Prompts Porn Moratorium

Posted By on Thu, Aug 28, 2014 at 2:51 PM

The Free Speech Coalition has called for an industry-wide moratorium on adult film production after a performer received a positive test for HIV. 

"There was a positive test at one of our testing centers," said FSC CEO Diane Duke. "Confirmatory tests are not yet back but we are taking every precaution to protect performers and to determine if there's been any threat to the performer pool." 

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Alvin Andrew: Worker Killed by City Truck

Posted By on Thu, Aug 28, 2014 at 12:14 PM

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Update 4:27 p.m: The Mayor's Office identified the worker who was klilled as Alvin Andrew. "On behalf of the City and County of San Francisco, I extend my deepest condolences to the family of Alvin Andrews who tragically died in an accident this morning while working for our Department of Public Works. The safety of our workforce is our highest priority, and this incident will be thoroughly investigated. Our thoughts and prayers remain with Alvin’s family and friends during this time of mourning.”

Update 1:42 p.m.
: Rachel Gordon, spokeswoman with the Department of Public Works, released the following statement:

San Francisco Public Works is deeply saddened and shaken by this tragic accident involving one of our trucks, and our heartfelt condolences go out to the victim’s family, loved ones and friends. The San Francisco Police Department is conducting an investigation into what occurred, and we are cooperating fully as investigators work to determine exactly what happened.
The accident, which occurred a little after 9 a.m., involved one of our truckers driving a packer (garbage) truck on Quint near Jerrold. The victim was a member of a city crew working with the driver to remove illegally dumped materials in the Bayview.

Original Story: An unidentified city worker was killed this morning while on the job cleaning streets in the Bayview, city leaders said. 

Mindy Talmadge, spokeswoman with the Fire Department, said they were called out to Newcomb Avenue and Quint Street at about 9:06 a.m. after a Department of Public Works employee had been hit by a city truck.

"They were doing some cleanup in the streets and there were a couple of workers alongside the vehicle and one of them was struck," she told us. 

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San Francisco Residents Getting Ripped Off After Returning Scammers' Phone Calls

Posted By on Thu, Aug 28, 2014 at 11:54 AM

A new scam has hit San Francisco where criminals are randomly duping unsuspecting residents into paying for long distance phone calls they didn't know they were making. 

The news came from Captain Simon Silverman over at the Richmond District station who said that the scam starts only when the victim returns the suspect's phone call. As hard-to-believe as it might sound, this is happening. 

Here's how the Captain explained it:

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This Man Is Accused of Beating an Elderly Woman. Have You Seen Him?

Posted By on Thu, Aug 28, 2014 at 9:04 AM

San Francisco police need your help locating this man to your right who is accused of attacking and robbing an 87-year-old woman in the Tenderloin earlier this month. 

According to Sgt. Danielle Newman, the victim was on the 500 block of Leavenworth at about 9 p.m. on Aug. 8 when a man approached her, knocked her to the ground, and dragged her down the street. 

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San Francisco Loses 20,000 Gallons of Water After Pipe Breaks in Noe Valley

Posted By on Thu, Aug 28, 2014 at 8:37 AM

That water pipe that busted open in Noe Valley two days ago not only left residents without H20 for seven hours, but it spilled roughly 20,000 gallons of precious water during California's mega drought. 

The pipe erupted sometime around 3:30 p.m. on Tuesday and spilled water along 28th Street between Castro and Diamond. Crews spent the next four hours working to locate the faulty pipe, shut off the water, and dig up the road to fix the damages. 

By 9 p.m., the city had lost an estimated 20,000 gallons of water, says Tyrone Jue, spokesman for the PUC. To put that into context, the average American family uses about 400 gallons of water per day. The water waste occurred just two weeks after the PUC enforced a mandatory water restriction of 10 percent for those residents irrigating ornamental landscapes or turf with potable water.

"We know every drop counts," he says, "A top priority for any main break is always to stop the flow of water as quickly as possible to minimize water loss and property damage."

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Woman Dies at Burning Man

Posted By on Thu, Aug 28, 2014 at 7:48 AM

Update 1 p.m.: Burning Man staff identified the woman killed this morning as 29-year-old Alicia Louise Cipicchio of Jackson, Wyoming.

Original Story 7:48 a.m.: Authorities are reporting that a 21-year-old woman died at Burning Man early Thursday morning after she fell underneath a bus that was carrying passengers. 

Event officials wrote on the Burning Man blog this morning that organizers are working with law enforcement investigators from the Pershing County Sheriff’s Office to release information as it becomes available. "The Pershing County Sheriff will release information after the conclusion of family notification and investigation."

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Wednesday, August 27, 2014

49ers, Giants' Catering CEO Filmed Abusing Puppy (Video)

Posted By on Wed, Aug 27, 2014 at 3:45 PM

It's actually that bad...
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Catering giant Centerplate, the folks serving up your fare at both Giants and Niners home games, are familiar with tweaking the third rail of San Francisco politics. This is a union town, but Centerplate engaged in a contentious labor battle for four years

Fans kept eating those garlic fries, though — even when it involved crossing a picket line. 

This however — this is bad. It's one thing to tangle with unions in San Francisco. It's wholly other to tangle with dogs. And Centerplate CEO Desmond Hague was caught on a Vancouver, B.C. elevator surveillance video kicking and dragging a Doberman puppy

A puppy. This is not good PR. 

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Paul McCartney Fans Stuck in Traffic Start Petition to Get Refund for Missed Show

Posted By on Wed, Aug 27, 2014 at 3:33 PM

Paul McCartney fans who missed the last concert at Candlestick Park earlier this month due to a parking fiasco that created a two-hour traffic jam are now demanding a refund from whoever is responsible for wasting their time and money.

Thousands of ticket holders missed the Aug. 14 concert, which many are attributing to poor parking plans on behalf of the event promoter. Afterward, those fans asked for refunds to which Another Planet Entertainment has politely said "no."

But the irate fans aren't letting this one go: They've launched a petition demanding they get every penny back that they shelled out for the high-priced tickets. The petition is addressed to Mayor Ed Lee, Gregg Perloff, Another Planet Entertainment, and Ed Reiskin, SFMTA, Director of Transportation:

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If You Like Marijuana, You Should Boycott the NFL

Posted By on Wed, Aug 27, 2014 at 2:51 PM

Josh Gordon is no angel. The Cleveland Browns wide receiver, who was suspended for the entirety of the 2014 NFL season on Wednesday for marijuana use, is a person, a thinking and sentient human being.

Presumably, he is also one of the 75 percent of NFL players who know that marijuana is more benign than alcohol. Gordon may also be one of the league's marijuana users who recognize that in addition to helping with the myriad aches and pains one must play through in order keep their job in professional football, cannabis may help stave off the "reward" players "enjoy" after a long career: CTE, or chronic traumatic encephalopathy, the disintegration of one's brain thanks to concussions.

The NFL's drug policy calls for a season-long suspension for a repeat drug "offender." This is no secret or surprise; this is the deal to which the NFL's employees agreed and the rules under which they work. The league has a few defenders today, who point out that Gordon knew what he was doing and knew what he risked by using cannabis.

We offer a different point. Anyone who supports marijuana legalization ought to boycott pro football this year. 

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