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Thursday, March 26, 2015

Sheriff Deputies Accused of Forcing Inmates to Fight Each Other

Posted By on Thu, Mar 26, 2015 at 4:14 PM

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Local law enforcement is outdoing the Catholic Church when it comes to bad press. Today, Public Defender Jeff Adachi accused San Francisco Sheriff’s deputies of staging fights between prisoners in county jail, and placing bets on who would win. 

Adachi decided to go public now with these allegations after getting word that another fight between prisoners was being planned for next week. 

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San Francisco Is Crawling With Termites

Posted By on Thu, Mar 26, 2015 at 3:39 PM

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This isn't some set up to slam on techies or hipsters. We're serious: The city is truly infested with bugs, according to a new study released this week by Terminix

The nation's largest pest-control company has released its 2015 rankings of the most infested cities in the nation, with San Francisco taking the No. 2 spot. Only Los Angeles has more bugs than us, according to the company. 

Oddly enough, the study revealed that most termites tend to live in warmer areas, hence Texas and parts of California topped the list. So then why would foggy San Francisco be a breeding ground for those creepy crawlers? 

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Mayor Ed Lee Forbids City Workers From Traveling to Homophobic Indiana

Posted By on Thu, Mar 26, 2015 at 3:14 PM

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Following the steps of local tech guru Marc Benioff, Mayor Ed Lee has decided to sever ties with Indiana, which today passed a new law basically saying it was perfectly fine for people to discriminate against gays. 

Several hours after Benioff, CEO of Salesforce, announced it would be doing a lot less business with Indiana, Mayor Lee issued a public statement forbidding city employees from using public funds to travel to the state of Indiana, unless of course there were some public health or safety issue. 

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Body Found Inside Burning Camper Van in San Francisco

Posted By on Thu, Mar 26, 2015 at 12:39 PM

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Authorities this morning pulled a body out of a camper van that was on fire in the city's Bayview neighborhood. 

According to police, the body was pulled from the van after fire crews extinguished the blaze at about 6:46 a.m. No word on how the fire started. 

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HER, a New App for Women Who Love Women, Isn't Just Grindr for Girls

Posted By on Thu, Mar 26, 2015 at 11:20 AM

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Just as gay bars tend to be heavily slanted towards men over women, the same unfair dynamic has played itself out online. Hook-up apps such as Grindr, Scruff, Planet Romeo and the like all skew pretty much exclusively male, and they do so by design. And even as those apps have entered public consciousness via late-night TV, there remains a sort of tumbleweed-strewn desert where an online community for women who love women ought to be.

Well, Mother Nature abhors and a vacuum, and so does Robyn Exton, the founder of HER. HER is not a brand-new app, but a re-launch of the pre-existing Dattch, and it’s just arrived in San Francisco.

“The way I would best describe it is as the complete opposite of Grindr,” Exton tells me by phone. “It’s a combination of Pinterest, Facebook Chat and Instagram, and it’s used for a variety of different relationships, to chat online, and to meet new friends,” as well as for hunting for that special someone, which was Dattch’s focus.

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Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Supervisor John Avalos Wants 16-Year-Old Kids to Vote So They Can Also Feel Screwed by Politics

Posted By on Wed, Mar 25, 2015 at 1:52 PM

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San Francisco City Supervisor John Avalos recently put forward a ballot measure giving 16-year-old kids the right to vote in city elections, stating that they should have the right to be just as disappointed in democracy as everyone else.

“I believe with all my heart that, if given the vote, teenagers will be every bit as satisfied with the American political system as African Americans, Hispanics, and women are,” Avalos said. “It’s their turn.”

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S.F. Sewer Department Releases Rap Video That Doesn't Really Flow

Posted By on Wed, Mar 25, 2015 at 11:45 AM

The San Francisco Sewer and Water people decided to have some fun at work and create a rap ditty about the city's sewage system. The goal of the video remains somewhat unclear, but we'd say it's about 30 percent entertaining.  

The very-low budget rap video, titled "You Can't Live a Day Without Me," gives a lyrical day-in-the-life of a sewer system, providing pointed information about how things uh, flow around town. 

It's actually really hard to find the words to describe this jingle, so we'll shut up and let you watch this for yourself:

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UC Researchers Discover a Pill That Makes You Want to Give Homeless People Money

Posted By on Wed, Mar 25, 2015 at 10:48 AM

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Of all the "happy" pills you pop everyday, here's one you probably could really use: A medication that makes you a hell of a lot nicer to other people, even the ones on BART. 

Fortunately, scientists are working on this. Some researchers over at UC Berkeley and UC San Francisco have discovered a new blend of meds that might make you compassionate enough to hand over your spare change to a homeless person without flinching. 

Imagine that kind of Utopia. 

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Escaped Jail Inmate Is (Allegedly) Serious, Well-Armed Meth Trafficker

Posted By on Wed, Mar 25, 2015 at 7:00 AM

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When Alexander Santiago-Gonzales was arrested for allegedly trafficking methamphetamine and heroin in Santa Cruz and San Mateo counties last year, authorities thought enough of the bust to call a press conference.

There, an impressive weapons cache — assault rifles, body armor, and a brace of high-powered handguns — as well as a half-kilo of meth and 1.5 ounces of heroin were shown to off news media, who were told that their suspect was a "major supplier" of drugs to local street dealers.

This is the same Alexander Santiago-Gonzales who escaped from the San Francisco County Jail while taking out the trash on Monday night. He remained at large as of late Tuesday. 

He is the second inmate to escape from jail in that fashion in under a year. But unlike last year's escapee — a drug offender scheduled to soon be released, located at a homeless shelter blocks from jail after two weeks of "freedom" — Santiago-Gonzales appears to be an uncommon criminal, a review of his court and criminal records shows.

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Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Have You Seen This Escaped Inmate, Clad In His Skivvies?

Posted By on Tue, Mar 24, 2015 at 10:47 AM

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The San Francisco County Jail is short an inmate today following yet another nighttime escape.

Authorities are scouring the city today for Alexander Santiago-Gonzales, who bolted from jail custody at about 8:45 p.m. Monday, according to a release from the Sheriff's Department.

Santiago-Gonzales, who has been in jail since last summer on a U.S. Marshal hold following a drug bust, was taking out the trash under the supervision of a sheriff's deputy when he took off running. He outran his jailer, the second jail inmate to beat out a deputy in a trash night footrace in less than a year.

The 26-year old was last seen running down Harriet Alley towards Harrison Street, but he may be easy to spot: he reportedly shed his orange jumpsuit and was last seen clad only in blue boxer shorts, broadcast news is reporting.

But what's another naked guy in South of Market anyway?

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