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Thursday, February 26, 2015

This Rap Song Sums Up the Net Neutrality Debate

Posted By on Thu, Feb 26, 2015 at 4:42 PM


The Federal Communications Commission voted today to adopt net neutrality rules that would prevent your internet service provider from screwing with your virtual life. Essentially internet service providers will be treated like any other public utility with rules and regulations aimed to help users, not hurt them. 

Needless to say, tech companies and consumer groups are thrilled right about now, after winning an uphill battle against very deep pockets. 

If you're still not totally clear on what the big deal is, here's a short ditty (free on YouTube!) that might help:

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Another Person With the Measles Rode BART

Posted By on Thu, Feb 26, 2015 at 1:43 PM

Health officials are warning BART riders that another passenger exposed to measles rode the train from Millbrae to San Francisco last week, possibly exposing other riders on board.

According to San Mateo Department of Public Health, the infected passenger boarded a Richmond-bound train from the Millbrae station at about 4:30 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 20. The passenger got off the train at the Civic Center in San Francisco. Authorities are trying to piece together other places he or she visited that day.

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Video Shows S.F. Cop Beating Homeless Man

Posted By on Thu, Feb 26, 2015 at 11:00 AM


San Francisco police are in trouble again. A new video surfaced today showing Officer Raymond Chu beating a homeless man with his baton and then blasting him with a shot of pepper spray. 

Here's what happened, according to Public Defender Jeff Adachi:

On Feb. 11, at about 11 p.m., the 5-Fulton bus reached the end of the line at Cabrillo and La Playa streets at Ocean Beach. In the back of the bus, was 36-year-old Bernard Warren, a homeless man who had been sleeping when the coach came to a stop. The Muni driver, unable to wake Warren from his slumber, contacted SFPD who sent Chu to the scene. 

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Italian Relics Dating Back to 300-460 B.C. Found in San Francisco

Posted By on Thu, Feb 26, 2015 at 10:29 AM


This week some very, very old books that had been stolen Italy’s Historical National Library of Agriculture were found in the Bay Area and are being returned to their rightful owner. 

According to the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s Homeland Security Investigations, the books are among 19 stolen cultural treasures that were located in the Bay Area after being illegally imported to the United States. The two volumes, "Stirpium Historiae” and “Rariorm Plantarum Historia Anno 1601,” were stolen from Italy’s Historical National Library of Agriculture and sold to a U.S. buyer in the San Francisco area. Homeland Security special agents met with the book buyer who graciously turned over the volumes.

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19th Century San Francisco Was Not Very Nice to Cross-Dressers

Posted By on Thu, Feb 26, 2015 at 9:21 AM


The San Francisco of the 19th Century exerts a romantic tug on the present day, a sepia-toned metropolis that sprang up out of nothing to attract robber barons, writers, and eccentrics only to be destroyed by an earthquake and fire. But among the Leland Stanfords and Jack Londons and Emperor Nortons of that “instant city” was a municipal government grappling with a radically new social norms, a huge Chinese community, and a massive gender imbalance.

SFSU sociologist Clare Sears has documented that bygone era through the lens of a particular type of social outcast: the cross-dresser. Arresting Dress: Cross-Dressing, Law, and Fascination in Nineteenth-Century San Francisco (Duke University Press), is a slim yet comprehensive look at how an 1863 law against appearing in public dressed as a different sex invited a regime of surveillance upon “problem bodies.”

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Wednesday, February 25, 2015

San Francisco Is Very Dangerous But Not Deadly for Cyclists, Report Says

Posted By on Wed, Feb 25, 2015 at 4:34 PM

It happens. Often.
  • It happens. Often.
San Francisco is the most dangerous city in California for cyclists. But there's good news in that troubling tidbit, according to  a city report: San Francisco is not the most deadly city in California for cyclists.

The injury rate for bike riders in San Francisco — over 75 per 100,000 residents — is almost double that of any other California county between 2009 and 2012, according to the "Population Health" report released by the city Controller earlier this month. In Alameda County, where plenty of people ride bicycles, the accident rate was barely 40 for every 100,000 residents. 

But our riders are bruised and not broken. "Paradoxically... San Franciscans were the most likely to be injured but the least likely to be killed," the report found.

Do we just have stellar helmets or damn good luck?

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It's Official: The Lexington Club to Close April 30

Posted By on Wed, Feb 25, 2015 at 2:15 PM

That gives you a little extra time to process the horrible news about the Lexington Club closing down — over a few cans of PBR, of course.

Yes, the city's most beloved lesbian bar is closing down and yes, it's happening soon, we're sorry to report. The Lex's owner Lila Lexington posted up the latest "BIG UPDATE" on her Facebook page about the impending doom in the lesbian community:

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KitTea: San Francisco's First Cat Cafe Is Opening

Posted By on Wed, Feb 25, 2015 at 12:43 PM

  • Courtesy of Give Me Shelter

Sparky nibbles on my finger as I chat with Lisa Quattrini of Give Me Shelter, the rescue organization that will provide cats to KitTea, the highly anticipated cat cafe due to open in April.

"We have quite a few here that we think would be star performers," she says. Sparky, a black-and-white former stray once scheduled for euthanasia, is one of them. Though I've never owned a cat, I'm already falling hard for his big eyes and sandpaper tongue. Put some tea in my hand and I might even sign the adoption papers. 

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Mysterious Family Photos Found on SOMA Street

Posted By on Wed, Feb 25, 2015 at 11:41 AM

If there's one thing families are never short on, it's ridiculous drama. It appears some local clan's internal dispute went semi-public yesterday when a framed strip of family photos was spotted dumped along 12th and Howard streets. 

The unidentified images reveal happier times (?) with siblings who appeared to like one another (or at least acted as much for the camera). 

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Taco Bell Patrons Scared by Guy With Fake Gun

Posted By on Wed, Feb 25, 2015 at 9:53 AM

Eaters of fake Mexican food scared by fake gun
  • Eaters of fake Mexican food scared by fake gun
Police are looking for a wannabe robber who barged into a Financial District Taco Bell last night, hoping to rip off patrons. 

But the only thing that ripped was his fake gun. 

At about 8:15 p.m., the "armed" robber walked into the Taco Bell at Drumm and California streets and pointed his gun at a customer in line, telling him to get on the ground. 

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