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Thursday, October 30, 2014

California Ranks No. 1 in Bike Deaths

Posted By on Thu, Oct 30, 2014 at 7:00 AM

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Turns out, California isn't a bike-friendly state after all. According to a new study released this week, California is leading the nation in bike-related deaths with a 23 percent increase between 2010 and 2012. 

The Governor's Highway Safety Association released a new study which shows that cyclists killed increased 16 percent across the nation; Between 2010 and 2012, 338 cyclists were killed in California, followed by 329 in Florida and 143 in Texas. 

Meanwhile, other motor vehicle fatalities increased by a mere one percent over the same time period. 

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World Series: Giants Win Again on the Impossibly Strong Back of Madison Bumgarner

Posted By on Thu, Oct 30, 2014 at 12:00 AM

The Man.
  • The Man.
The car horns won't stop. The raucous fans won't stop. We're in the heart of San Francisco, and the pandemonium continues. Long may they honk. And yell. And whatever they do that doesn't entail the destruction of municipal property. 

Because tonight's 3-2 Giants victory in Game 7 of the World Series was a spectacle of the sort we may never witness again. Madison Kyle Bumgarner, the Giants' 25-year-old ace, ambled out of the bullpen and ascended into the realm of lore. Or, as your humble narrator's Uncle Steve would put it, "Movie Shit." 

Bumgarner took the mound in the fifth inning of a game the Giants led by that identical 3-2 score in Kansas City — only two day after hurling a magisterial shutout in Game 5 — and spawned a civic maelstrom by spinning five scoreless innings. (And, to make it that much more dramatic, the Giants outfield surrendered an inexplicable two-base error to the penultimate batter, setting up a situation in which Bumgarner needed to retire Salvador Perez with the tying runner on third. You know what? He did this.). 

This was the Giants' third world championship in five years, if you're keeping score. But, for the first time, the team transcended the plane of the believable and ventured into the realm of — sorry to be repetitive — movie shit. 

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Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Person Shot During World Series Celebration in San Francisco (Update)

Posted By on Wed, Oct 29, 2014 at 9:36 PM

Fans rush the Civic Center after the Giants win the World Series ... again - STEVE DRUMWRIGHT/SF EXAMINER
Update: More people stabbed and shot. read below.

Minutes after the Giants won the World Series tonight, an unidentified person was shot and fires were started as fans began to celebrate in the streets of San Francisco. 

Police didn't have much information at this point, but said the victim was shot in the arm amid revelers in the Mission District. The victim was taken to San Francisco General Hospital and is expected to survive. 

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Berkeley Has America's Oldest Marijuana Dispensary

Posted By on Wed, Oct 29, 2014 at 2:33 PM

This is what success looks like. - BPG
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  • This is what success looks like.
The Bay Area is no doubt the birthplace of medical marijuana in the United States, though weed-related bragging rights have migrated east a bit.

San Francisco had the first cannabis club in the country — well before voters approved Prop. 215, the first medical marijuana law, in 1996. But Oakland now has, by reputation, the biggest. And Berkeley boasts the oldest.

Berkeley Patients Group is laying claim to the oldest continuously operating legal marijuana store in the land. The San Pablo Avenue dispensary turns 15 on Friday, which makes it at least five years older than any San Francisco pot club we can name.

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Rabid Bat Found in Richmond District: Happy Halloween

Posted By on Wed, Oct 29, 2014 at 11:16 AM

This is no Halloween trick. A real live rabid bat was discovered in a Richmond District driveway this week. 

ABC News detailed the spooky find this morning. According to the news station, 11-year-old Ian McNamara came across the bat, ears twitching and all, in his family's driveway along 15th Avenue, just outside of the Argonne Community Garden.

The boy's mother, Melisssa Shanley, snapped photos of the creepy creature as it made its way from the driveway to the sidewalk. 

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S.F. Cops Want to Buy Your Guns

Posted By on Wed, Oct 29, 2014 at 10:53 AM

No, this is not a set up.

That's this first thing cops want you to know about this whole gun buyback event they're hosting this weekend at a local golf course. 

No questions will be asked, and money will be paid for each gun you're willing to part with. 

So what better way to kick off a new month (Nov. 1 is Saturday) than to unload yourself of all those weapons stashed around your house?

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Police Use Puking Pumpkin to Warn Drivers About Drinking and Driving on Halloween

Posted By on Wed, Oct 29, 2014 at 10:06 AM

We really couldn't think of a better way to illustrate a life-altering hangover than this pumpkin puking out its insides. 

Cops are tweeting (and retweeting) images of these adorable, yet totally screwed pumpkins in attempt to convince all of you planning to party on Halloween not to drink your body weight in alcohol. More importantly, if you do drink too much, as in over the legal limit, don't drive. 

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Mark Leno Already Beating Mayor Ed Lee — On Facebook

Posted By on Wed, Oct 29, 2014 at 7:59 AM

The pro-Leno crew did an admirable job of juxtaposing a good shot of their man, and an awkward one of Mayor Ed Lee.
  • The pro-Leno crew did an admirable job of juxtaposing a good shot of their man, and an awkward one of Mayor Ed Lee.
The word around town ended up being the printed word this week: A poll shows Sen. Mark Leno edging Mayor Ed Lee in a head-to-head matchup, Leno knows this, other people know this, and Leno is entertaining the offers of those other people to pull this matter out of hypothetical terms.

Growing discontent with the city's ostensible new mantra of "What's good for tech is good for San Francisco" — and Lee's close ties to billionaire venture capitalist Ron Conway and other tech barons — has rendered Leno an attractive candidate for some. Again, Leno knows this: He's slammed the city ordinance validating Airbnb the mayor recently signed, echoing the same reservations publicly aired by Sen. Dianne Feinstein

The mayoral election is slightly over a year off. To put it mildly, a lot can happen in a year. But there is one place where Leno is already outpolling Lee: The Internet. 

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Could A Judge In Sacramento Undo Feds' War on Marijuana?

Posted By on Wed, Oct 29, 2014 at 7:39 AM

Could it end here? - US DISTRICT COURT
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  • Could it end here?
When democracy fails, turn to the courtroom.

Wingnuts love to decry "activist judges" making progress from the bench, but let's look at the scorecard: In the courtroom, gay marriage bans can be overturned, as can race-based segregation.

The same might be happening with the war on marijuana at this very moment.

Yesterday was the third day of testimony in a hearing wherein a federal judge in Sacramento is listening to arguments as to whether the federal government's classification of cannabis as a Schedule I controlled substance — the list of the most dangerous, least useful drugs known to science — is constitutional.

Determining whether declaring cannabis highly addictive and medically useless violates the Constitution is a thorny question. It's obvious to anyone who bothers to read the data that it's scientifically unsound. 

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World Series: Game 7 Beckons

Posted By on Wed, Oct 29, 2014 at 12:01 AM

You knew it was coming.
  • You knew it was coming.
The Germans, who won some and lost some, put it best: All skill is in vain when an angel pees in the touchhole of your musket.

There are some days when it would have been better to never have gotten out of the bed. For the San Francisco Giants, that was Tuesday. A seven-run Kansas City eruption put the game out of reach in the second inning; innings three through nine took on the "How did  you enjoy the rest of the play, Mrs. Lincoln?" patina.

Yesterday's outing grew superfluous and perfunctory, and right quick. For the record, the Giants lost, 10-0. But, you know what? Who really cares about that score? All eyes turned toward Game 7 before the last out had been recorded in that nightmarish second inning.  

Well, why not? If you're a disinterested party, what could be better? A winner-take-all scenario arises Wednesday, with the specter of Madison Bumgarner being summoned from the purgatory of short rest to win this thing for San Francisco. Single-handedly. 

A left-handed ace coming back on two days rest to power his team to victory: There is a precedent for this. But it breaches the sport's poignant and ethereal reaches; that strange baseball realm which reduces grown men into children. 

Because we are entering The Koufax Zone

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