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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."
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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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If You Have Enough Food for the Holidays, Then Share It

Posted By on Thu, Nov 20, 2014 at 8:43 AM

It's that time of the year, when rain is possible and eggnog is plentiful. 

And you eat too much. 

Thanksgiving is here and instead of stuffing your face with stuffing, how about you cut back on the overeating and donate a little food to people who really need it. 

The SF-Marin Food Bank is asking you to help make sure no one goes hungry in San Francisco and Marin this holiday season.

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UC Berkeley Students Occupy Wheeler Hall, Refuse to Leave Until Tuition Vote Is Reversed

Posted By on Thu, Nov 20, 2014 at 7:41 AM


Students held a sleepover at UC Berkeley's Wheeler Hall, occupy-style to protest the recent vote to increase tuition by 25 percent for the next five years. 

A UC Regents committee yesterday passed a highly controversial measure to increase tuition for students at roughly 5 percent annually for the next five years.  Meanwhile, chancellors have been getting raising. 

Students started their protesting early yesterday morning before the vote in San Francisco; they blocked doors, broke glass and one kid was arrested. And while today is a new day, the anger students feel toward the university isn't going anywhere. 

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Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Uber Investigating Executive for Tracking Buzzfeed Reporter's Ride (Update)

Posted By on Wed, Nov 19, 2014 at 5:53 PM

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Update, Thursday, 9:02 a.m.: Uber issued a statement this morning, saying that it has hired data privacy expert Harriet Pearson to conduct an in-depth review of its privacy program and recommend changes. The company will respond to Senator Franken's questions in the coming weeks.

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Uber senior executive Emil Michael might get off scot-free after suggesting, over dinner with a Buzzfeed reporter and other media bigwigs, that the company might do well by hiring teams of opposition researchers to dig up dirt on critics in the media.

The incident provoked a veritable tempest on the internet, followed by a tweetstorm from Uber CEO Travis Kalanick, who apologized for his colleague's behavior but showed no intention of investigating, much less punishing Michael.

Another Uber higher-up, Josh Mohrer, might no be so lucky.

After reports surfaced that Mohrer had used the Uber "God View" app to track a BuzzFeed reporter's movements earlier this month, the company relented, and said it would investigate the alleged privacy violation.

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San Francisco Has Its Own Human Poop Map

Posted By on Wed, Nov 19, 2014 at 4:16 PM

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The dirtiest alley in San Francisco lies at the periphery of North Beach and the Financial District, flanked by upscale cigar bars, a paella restaurant, a cosmetology school and the Academy of Art college — an incongruous display of wealth right next to the most fetid elements of the city.

St. George Alley can harbor up to 30 piles of poop per week, Department of Public Works employee Steve Mahoney told SFist. That's exceptional. But it also illustrates a seemingly intractable problem in a city with limited public restrooms, constricted homeless services, and a line of filthy JCDecaux bunker toilets that often sit unused. 

Many San Francisco residents might be left wondering how to avoid the ominous piles that are left unattended. Now, thanks to a wonderful bit of service journalism from civil engineer and front-end web developer Jennifer Wong, there's a data map for that.

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Watch This House Cat Get Spooked by Palo Alto Burglars (VIDEO)

Posted By on Wed, Nov 19, 2014 at 3:47 PM

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We really can't think of any downsides to being a spoiled house cat, especially one living in a townhouse in Palo Alto. 

However, it that lack of street smarts can be problematic when said cat is confronted by two burglars in the night — the kind of burglars that only an alley cat could handle. 

This unfortunate feline aptly demonstrated what it means to be a true scardey cat — and it was caught on tape for all to see:

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