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January 15, 2014 |
Three teenage boys have admitted that they sexually assaulted a 15-year-old Northern California girl who later hanged herself after she discovered that cellphone photos had been taken of her after the incident, according to reports Wednesday by two news organizations. Audrie Pott was assaulted after she had been drinking at a Labor Day weekend party in 2012 at a friend's house in Saratoga, an upscale Silicon Valley suburb about 50 miles south of San Francisco. Two of the boys, both 16, also admitted in the Santa Clara County Juvenile Court proceeding to possessing photos of Pott, the San Francisco Chronicle reported . The other boy, 17, admitted to additional charges of having photos of other girls.
December 20, 2013 |
SAN FRANCISCO -- Tensions flared Friday as activists in San Francisco and Oakland blocked buses ferrying tech workers to their jobs in Silicon Valley. One bus was vandalized. This was the second wave of protests this month targeting the buses. San Francisco is split between young tech workers and those who say they are being pushed out of a city they can no longer afford. Apple, Facebook, Google and other major Silicon Valley companies deploy shiny fleets of unmarked coaches equipped with air conditioning, plush seats and wireless Internet access to ease the commutes of their workers.
December 3, 2013 |
One question only: What side is Santa on? What does gingerbread mean to him - to you? A spicy, spongy cake? A spicy, slightly crispy cookie that dunks perfectly in eggnog? A piece of cardboard coated in decorative frosting? That's what San Francisco is fighting over right now: Can you call it “gingerbread” if you can't eat it? YEAR IN REVIEW: Ted Rall's five best cartoons of 2013 Is gingerbread a food, a building material or a metaphor? How did the evil facade of a fairy tale, a dream turned to homicide, the Wicked Witch's honey trap for Hansel and Gretel, the come-on maison de gingerbread, turn into a happy holidays symbol?
December 2, 2013 |
Exactly what Google wants to do with the barges being built on both coasts are becoming a bit clearer. According to a new report, there will actually be three barges and they will be used as floating retail stores for Google's new Glass eyewear. They will cost a total of $35 million, according to the San Francisco Chronicle , which attributed the information to a budget report by Turner Construction Co., which is building the barges. The barges will be stationed in San Francisco, Los Angeles and New York, the Chronicle says.
November 22, 2013 |
George Lucas wants to build his new art museum featuring works from his personal collection at the Presidio in San Francisco. But officials at the famous site are pushing back, having asked the "Star Wars" creator and other competing projects to rethink their designs before a decision is made. On Thursday, the board of directors of the Presidio Trust met to decide on proposals for developing an eight-acre site across from Crissy Field. Among the proposals vying for physical space is Lucas' art museum as well as a proposed science-themed center and a mixed-use complex from the Golden Gate National Parks Conservancy. "In the interest of having the best project possible for the Presidio, we want to provide one more opportunity for teams to adjust their proposals before we make a selection," said the board in an announcement released on Thursday.
November 20, 2013 |
The cost of saving a city? For San Francisco, the tab for Batkid's heroic day is coming in at $105,000. Nearly 14,500 volunteers and adoring fans with signs turned out for 5-year-old Miles Scott, who has been battling lymphoblastic leukemia since he was 20 months old and wanted to spend the day as Batman. The Make-A-Wish Foundation , which planned the festivities, expected a few hundred volunteers to show up. But when thousands more arrived, Mayor Ed Lee's presentation of a chocolate key to the city was amped up with professional staging and big-screen TVs, bumping the cost to more than $105,000, the San Francisco Chronicle reported.