February 28, 1997 |
The nation's tobacco companies claimed a major victory Thursday when a federal judge dismissed most of San Francisco's massive lawsuit against them. Judge D. Lowell Jensen said San Francisco's attorney could amend the complaint, but industry lawyers contended that it would be very difficult for the plaintiffs to leap the hurdles now in front of them. Lawyers for San Francisco, however, sharply disagreed with that interpretation of Jensen's 32-page ruling.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 14, 2001 |
San Francisco gasoline prices were the nation's highest last month, averaging a record $2.17 a gallon, and officials expect prices to continue rising through July. Gas prices in the Bay Area jumped 4 cents in May to $2.06 a gallon, according to figures released Tuesday by the California State Automobile Assn. The high prices aren't keeping people off the road, though. About 4.2 million Californians traveled Memorial Day weekend, and 88% did so by car.
April 21, 1998
Microsoft Corp. said it will open its first retail outlet in Sony Corp.'s San Francisco entertainment complex, scheduled to open in 1999. Sony said the 8,500-square-foot store will showcase the software giant's products, as well as computer equipment, toys and other merchandise. Consumer electronic giant Sony said the store would demonstrate how Sony and Microsoft's products can work together.
May 31, 1990 |
The excitement surrounding Soviet President Mikhail S. Gorbachev's upcoming visit here was tempered Wednesday with the release of his wife's itinerary and news that the Gorbachevs hope to visit the Golden Gate Bridge--at rush hour. To ensure security, Golden Gate Bridge officials and the California Highway Patrol plan to slow traffic on the heavily traveled bridge while the Gorbachevs and their 30-car motorcade make their way across, sometime between 4 p.m. and 7 p.m. Monday.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 1, 2001 |
His right hand moving in a blur of improvisation, gripman Stephen Dickson bangs the cable car bell with the syncopated clang of a street-cool jazz percussionist. "I call this riff my 'Get out of the way 'cuz I'm coming through the intersection--in B-flat,' " he says. "I'm playing my vintage 1873 bell, so I hope they're listening."
February 10, 1989 |
Data from the 1985 Mexico City earthquake indicates tougher building codes are required to deal with an unusually viscous clay ringing San Francisco Bay and supporting the city's dense, high-rise financial district, a UC Berkeley professor told the state Seismic Safety Commission on Thursday. Civil engineering professor H. Bolton Seed said the clay, known misleadingly as "Bay mud," is similar to soil beneath the section of Mexico City most damaged by the Magnitude 8.
May 15, 1990 |
Soviet President Mikhail S. Gorbachev will visit San Francisco next month after his summit with President Bush, White House officials said Monday. Soviet planners have given the White House only sketchy information on Gorbachev's itinerary so far but officials said they expect the Soviet leader to arrive in California the evening of Sunday, June 3. He will stay overnight, then tour the Bay Area on June 4, visiting the Stanford University campus.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 29, 1996 |
With the dark waters of the Pacific Northwest licking its steel skin, the battleship Missouri drifts in silence in a corner of Puget Sound Naval Shipyard like a patient captain waiting out a squall. Harry Truman once called it "the finest ship afloat," but today the Mighty Mo--the site of Japan's World War II surrender to the United States in 1945--is in mothballs at the shipyard in Bremerton, Wash.
April 16, 1987 |
In this most self-conscious of cities, one definition of a true San Franciscan is the ability to decipher the wicked, esoteric ramblings in the gossip column next to the Macy's ad in the morning Chronicle. Six days a week, for an affectionate, irreverent and decadent 50 years, Herbert Eugene Caen has defined what this city is and what it means to be a part of it. He has been the arbiter of what to dislike and whom to envy, and is one of the last truly powerful local columnists left in America.
September 5, 2000 |
New York may always have Broadway and Times Square, but it can no longer claim to have the nation's most expensive office rents: San Francisco landlords have won that dubious honor for their city. Office tenants in San Francisco are paying more than $100 a square foot in annual rent in some downtown buildings, and one lease for $180 a square foot was reported in the suburbs.