Thursday, July 24, 2014

Man Opens Front Door, Stabbed by Unexpected House Guest

Posted By on Thu, Jul 24, 2014 at 9:27 AM

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Never open the door to strangers. And definitely don't open the door to acquaintances armed with knives. 

A 43-year-old man was stabbed all over by an unexpected house guest who was at his front door. The bizarre crime happened at about 10:40 Wednesday morning when the victim heard someone knocking at his apartment door, located on the 200 block of Sixth Street. 

When he opened the door, he was greeted by his armed acquaintance who stabbed him multiple times in his upper body. 

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Will Cornyn: San Francisco Hiker Found Dead in Wyoming National Park

Posted By on Thu, Jul 24, 2014 at 8:48 AM

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More sad news this week. Media outlets are reporting that 36-year-old Will Cornyn of San Francisco was found dead at a Wyoming National Park this week. 

According to CBS News, the hiker died after he fell from a cliff in Grand Teton National Park in Wyoming. His body was reportedly found near the mouth of Cascade Canyon below a steep cliff. He was pronounced dead at the scene. 

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Two Arrested for Murder of San Francisco Teen

Posted By on Thu, Jul 24, 2014 at 7:38 AM

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Police arrested two San Francisco men on suspicion of murdering  a teen in the lobby of a hotel building in SoMa earlier this week.

Darius York, 34, and Joseph Young, 33, both of San Francisco, were arrested this week in Fremont by SFPD and charged with murder and conspiracy.

On Tuesday,  at about  5:11 a.m., officers responded to a call that someone was hurt near Sixth Street and Minna Alley. Officers were unable to locate a victim at the scene. 

Shortly after, Daniel Beltran, 19, arrived San Francisco General Hospital with gunshot wounds. He died that day. 

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Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Now You Can Get Your Own Incredibly Ugly 49ers Sweater

Posted By on Wed, Jul 23, 2014 at 6:50 PM

Here's an outfit that'll go with (or cover up) that gaudy red-and-gold tattoo you got last drunken football season.

Only in San Francisco could fashionistas market sweaters in the summertime — and actually make money. Needless to say, it doesn't really matter that it's neither football season nor winter right now, ugly sweaters are hot, hot, hot all year round.

The 49ers released this special event getup this week, calling on fans to show their support for the San Francisco team by slipping into these unsightly pullovers now.

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George Schnakenberg Killed on Skateboard in S.F.

Posted By on Wed, Jul 23, 2014 at 9:04 AM

Medical authorities say it was 38-year-old George Schnakenberg III who was killed yesterday morning while riding his motorized skateboard through San Francisco. 

Police say Schnakenberg, an Oakland resident, was cruising in the bike lane along the 600 block of Eighth Street at about 9 a.m. on Tuesday when he crashed into a parked car.

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Confessions of a San Francisco Marijuana Addict

Posted By on Wed, Jul 23, 2014 at 9:01 AM

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Among the nurses in the AIDS ward at San Francisco General Hospital during the epidemic's nadir in the denial days of the 1980s, Steve K. stood out. "People always asked me how I stayed so calm, why nothing bothered me," he said Tuesday. The answer: he was stoned the whole time during his 35-year-long daily marijuana habit.

Being around dead and dying people — some of whom were also stoned after being gifted cannabis brownies by Mary Jane Rathbun, who was forced to volunteer at Ward 5 and Ward 86 as part of her probation for selling the same brownies in the Castro — wasn't what powered Steve's $500-a-month cannabis addiction, he now says. But it was his mother's death about eight years ago that turned him onto harder stuff, and eventually led him to San Francisco's sparsely attended meetings of Marijuana Anonymous.

For whatever reason — he's not sure, and neither are doctors —  Steve K., now 62 (who declined to give his full name or be photographed) is one of the roughly 10 percent of people who is addicted to cannabis. He's been sober about seven years, but pot blew up his life, and he wants to make sure people know it can blow up theirs, too.

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Man Shot to Death in SoMa

Posted By on Wed, Jul 23, 2014 at 8:07 AM

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An unidentified man was gunned down late last night in the city's SoMa neighborhood — the fourth homicide this week. 

Sgt. Danielle Newman says that a witness who heard gunfire flagged down a patrol unit in the area of Sixth and Mission streets at about 11:07 p.m. A second police unit arrived and found a man with gunshot wounds on the 100 block of Mission Street.

He was rushed to San Francisco General Hospital where he later died.

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Tuesday, July 22, 2014

James Garner Smoked Marijuana For 50 Years

Posted By on Tue, Jul 22, 2014 at 2:43 PM

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Actor James Garner, who died over the weekend, is a model of versatility.

Best-known for his turn on "The Rockford Files," we remember him fondly as the man who made a Nazi POW camp seem fun -- and the ideal place to run an illicit moonshine still, with help from Steve McQueen -- and thanks to Celebstoner, we are reminded of Garner's secret to enjoyable longevity: marijuana.

Like McQueen, Garner was a regular marijuana smoker. And unlike the shorter-lived McQueen, Garner smoked cannabis for 50 years, and credited marijuana with improving his health and well-being immensely. He also called for legalization in 2011 in his autobiography. What's not to like?

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Man Sleeping in Heap of Garbage Dumped Into Recycling Truck

Posted By on Tue, Jul 22, 2014 at 1:47 PM

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  • If your alarm doesn't wake you, Recology will!

A 58-year-old man was taken to the hospital after he was inadvertently tossed into a recycling truck early this morning.

At about 6:30 a.m., the man was slumbering inside a recycling dumpster when a Recology truck driver dumped the bin which was filled with cardboard -- and the sleeping man -- into the garbage truck.

Mindy Talmadge, spokeswoman for the San Francisco Fire Department, says the driver heard the man banging in the back of the truck; he stopped the truck, exchanged a few words with the man before he immediately drove him to the nearest fire station where he was carted away in an ambulance.

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Sailor and Mermaid Go Missing in San Francisco

Posted By on Tue, Jul 22, 2014 at 11:30 AM

Only a tiny portion of Henri Marie-Rose's Sailor and Mermaid remains...
  • Only a tiny portion of Henri Marie-Rose's Sailor and Mermaid remains...

In his finest bit of playacting outside the Oval Office, Ronald Reagan in Kings Row portrayed a double amputee who awoke, post-operation, and exclaimed "Where's the rest of me?

If Henri Marie-Rose's 1970 sculpture Sailor and Mermaid were a sentient being, it would do the same. 

For 30-odd years, Cindy Casey and her now-deceased husband, Michael, renovated ornate elements of city buildings and works of art here in San Francisco. Now she documents public art here -- or lack thereof

Sailor and Mermaid is, ostensibly, mounted in front of a city health center at 1351 24th Avenue. But, Casey recently discovered, only a tiny fraction of the sculpture remains standing there. 

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