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August 21, 2012 | By Dennis McLellan, Los Angeles Times
Scott McKenzie, whose 1967 hit single "San Francisco (Be Sure to Wear Flowers in Your Hair)" captured the spirit of the '60s flower-power movement and became a generational touchstone, has died. He was 73. McKenzie died Saturday at his home in Silver Lake, said Matt Pook, a longtime friend and neighbor. A statement on McKenzie's website said he had been ill with Guillain Barre syndrome, a disease affecting the nervous system. "If you're going to San Francisco, be sure to wear some flowers in your hair," McKenzie gently sang in his biggest hit, written by his longtime friend, John Phillips of the Mamas & the Papas.
April 27, 2014 | By Emily Alpert Reyes
Two small planes collided Sunday afternoon over a northern area of the San Francisco Bay, sending one crashing into the water, according to the Coast Guard. The collision involved a Cessna 210 and a Hawker Sea Fury TMK 20, which collided over San Pablo Bay about 4:05 p.m., said Ian Gregor, public affairs manager for the Federal Aviation Administration. The Hawker landed safely at a Northern California airport and its pilot was reportedly not injured, Gregor said. The Cessna fell into the water, spurring the Coast Guard to launch four rescue boats and a helicopter to search the waters, said Coast Guard spokeswoman Loumania Stewart.
The security guards figured he was just another well-heeled lawyer. He wore a dark suit with suspenders, carried an attache case and towed a large leather bookcase strapped to a dolly. But when his elevator stopped on the 34th floor, Gian Luigi Ferri slung two guns over his shoulders, grabbed a satchel full of ammunition and headed straight for the conference room of the law firm of Pettit & Martin, where he shot four people he had never met, who happened to be there by a fluke.
April 24, 2014 | Elizabeth Hand
"People are trapped in history and history is trapped in them," wrote James Baldwin in "Notes of a Native Son. " Much of novelist Emma Donoghue's literary career has involved the liberation of historical figures, often women, from the constraints of the recorded past to the relative freedom of fiction, as in her novels "Slammerkin," "The Sealed Letter" and "Life Mask," all set in the 18th or 19th century. Her most recent work, the multiple-award-winning international bestseller "Room," took a more contemporary approach, loosely inspired by the experiences of women recently held captive by abusive men. In her new novel, "Frog Music," Donoghue returns to the more distant past to take on an unsolved San Francisco murder: that of young Jenny Bonnet, shot by an unknown killer lurking outside her railway hotel room.
September 25, 1999 | MARIA L. La GANGA, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Campaign season has just begun in the most electorally lopsided county in the state, where "two-party politics" means Democrat and, well, Democrat, and the Republican Central Committee recently met to make its big quadrennial decision: which Democrat to endorse for mayor. Hard on the heels of the Pledge of Allegiance, addressed to the kind of miniature flag that sticks out of graves on Memorial Day, the committee launched into fight No.
February 14, 2012
Lyrics to Tony Bennett's song The loveliness of Paris seems somehow sadly gay The glory that was Rome is of another day I've been terribly alone and forgotten in Manhattan I'm going home to my city by the Bay I left my heart in San Francisco High on a hill, it calls to me To be where little cable cars climb halfway to the stars The morning fog may chill the air, I don't care ...
January 31, 2010
WHERE TO STAY IN SAN DIEGO Old: The U.S. Grant Hotel, 326 Broadway; (619) 232-3121, Built in 1910, the 270-room Grant stands in the middle of downtown. It got a $60-million face-lift between 2004 and 2006. Its dignified public rooms befit a place that has hosted 14 presidents; lobby displays extol the heritage of the current owners, the casino-operating Sycuan Indians of San Diego County. Upscale features include the Grant Grill restaurant. However, if you want to swim, you have to use the Westin's pool across the street.
September 19, 2012 | By Catharine M. Hamm, Los Angeles Times Travel editor
You get a little culture and you save a little cash. And you can enjoy being in another country without leaving this one. San Francisco celebrates Korean Culture Day on Sunday with a free festival, courtesy of the Korea Foundation,  that celebrates chuseok , a harvest festival that the Korean tourism organization describes as the "biggest and most important holiday in Korea . " You may not think of South Korea as an agricultural nation...
October 15, 2012 | By Hector Tobar
SAN FRANCISCO - You've heard of a pub crawl. Well, in San Francisco, they do a “lit crawl.” The idea is to drag your tipsy self - drunk on either beer, or good metaphors, or both - from bar to bar, or café to café, listening to serious words from serious writers. Over the weekend I attended Lit Crawl in San Francisco, an event held in conjunction with the big, citywide Litquake literary festival. All the events in Lit Crawl were held in on near the city's Mission District.
September 26, 2012
Re "Choice of bishop is a Bay Area 'bombshell,'" Sept. 23 Salvatore Cordileone, archbishop-designate of San Francisco, brings his mega-voice for the Roman Catholic Church's teachings against gay marriage to a city whose liberal bent is famous. Yet by confining the concept of gay marriage to a particular box labeled "disordered sexuality," the new archbishop will preach to the choir but likely not to those beyond. To many, gay marriage is part of the vast wave on the sea of modernity that has slowly rolled ashore these centuries.
April 23, 2014 | By Lee Romney
SAN FRANCISCO -- The passenger steamer was located once before in the murky depths. The year was 1890 and the City of Chester had gone down just two years prior after colliding with another ship in dense fog near the Golden Gate Bridge of today. On Wednesday, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration -- successor to the agency that made the initial find by dragging a wire across the ocean floor -- announced the wreck has been located again. NOAA officials said they will share the story of the City of Chester through a planned waterfront exhibit at the San Francisco headquarters of the Gulf of Farallones National Marine Sanctuary.
April 22, 2014 | By Charlie Beck and George Gascón
Do you own a smartphone? If so, you are a target for opportunistic thieves. Robberies and thefts involving smartphones are now the most common property crimes in America. The black market for these stolen devices has become so lucrative that even Colombian drug cartels now traffic in them. According to a survey by Consumer Reports, some 3.1 million Americans were victims of smartphone theft last year, nearly double the number in 2012. Los Angeles has experienced a more than a 30% increase in smartphone theft since 2011.
April 16, 2014 | By Dylan Hernandez
SAN FRANCISCO - In the aftermath of his team's second defeat in as many days, Hanley Ramirez was smiling. His left hand wasn't broken. Ramirez was hit with a 90-mph fastball Wednesday, forcing him to depart early from the Dodgers' 2-1 loss to the San Francisco Giants at AT&T Park. X-rays on Ramirez's hand were negative. "You guys know me," Ramirez said. "If it feels good, I'll be in there tomorrow. " Ramirez was struck on a full-count pitch by Ryan Vogelsong in the seventh inning that prompted him to remove his helmet with his right hand and slam it on the ground.
April 16, 2014 | By Martha Groves
The mountain lion known as P-22 looked majestic just a few months ago, in a trail-camera photo shot against the backdrop of the Hollywood sign. But when a remote camera in Griffith Park captured an image of the puma more recently, it showed a thinner and mangy animal. Scientists sedated him and drew blood samples. They found evidence of exposure to rat poisons. Now, researchers say they suspect a link between the poisons and the mange, a parasitic skin disease that causes crusting and skin lesions and has contributed to the deaths of scores of bobcats and coyotes.
April 13, 2014 | By Dylan Hernandez
PHOENIX - - Carl Crawford will be sidelined Sunday with tightness on the right side of his abdominal muscles as the Dodgers try to complete a three-game sweep of the Arizona Diamondbacks. Trevor Cahill, who gave up five runs in four innings to the Dodgers in Australia, will be pitching for the Diamondbacks. Dan Haren will start for the Dodgers. The Dodgers will have a day off Monday and resume play Tuesday in San Francisco. Josh Beckett, Paul Maholm and Hyun-Jin Ryu will start the three games against the Giants, Manager Don Mattingly announced.
April 11, 2014 | By Meg James
Los Angeles' largest advertising agency, TBWAChiatDay, has shaken up its top management, ousting its longtime president, Carisa Bianchi, and installing a new leader. Luis DeAnda, who joined the 500-person agency in January as general manager, was elevated to president, the company said in a statement Friday. DeAnda replaces Bianchi, who is leaving the agency. DeAnda previously was managing director of the TBWAMedia Arts Lab. Before that, he served as chief operating officer of the TBWAHakuhodo branch in Tokyo.
March 9, 2014 | By Kevin Baxter
San Francisco 3, Dodgers 2 AT THE PLATE: The Dodgers had more walks (eight) than hits (six), dropping their spring average to .228. Yasiel Puig, who had a hit and was robbed of another, is hitting only .200, which is still better than A.J. Ellis (.105), Scott Van Slyke (.167) and Chone Figgins (.143). ON THE MOUND: Clayton Kershaw, selected Sunday as the opening-day starter, had his best outing of the spring, giving up two runs and five hits in five innings. But reliever Red Patterson struggled in his two innings, giving up a run and two hits and walking four.
November 5, 2013 | By Lee Romney
SAN FRANCISCO -- A controversial luxury waterfront development project was soundly defeated Tuesday, an apparent victim of skyrocketing housing prices that have generated anxiety over just who gets to live in a city long identified with tolerance and diversity. The project that would have risen from a port-owned parking lot and the site of a private tennis and swimming club near the city's towering financial district -- across from the iconic Ferry Building -- had won approvals from the Planning Commission, Board of Supervisors and state entities that oversee waterfront development.
April 11, 2014 | By Chris O'Brien announced Friday that it will be the main tenant in a 61-story building under construction in San Francisco. When completed in 2017, "Salesforce Tower" will be the tallest office building west of the Mississippi River. However, the building will eventually be eclipsed in height by the 73-story Wilshire Grand in Los Angeles, which will be a mix of hotel, office and retail space.  VIDEO: Unboxing the Amazon Fire TV "It will fundamentally transform the skyline of San Francisco," said Burke Norton, chief legal officer for Salesforce.
April 10, 2014 | By Tony Perry
SAN DIEGO - A cruise ship from Los Angeles pulled into San Diego Thursday morning with several dozen passengers sick with flu-like symptoms. Most of the passengers on the Crown Princess will enjoy a day of shopping and sightseeing in San Diego. But a reported 83 passengers who are sick will remain on the ship, according to the cruise line. The illness could be Novovirus, which causes diarrhea and vomiting, is a highly contagious viral infection and, according to the San Diego County Health Department, is common to people living in close quarters, such as "nursing homes or cruise ships.
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