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SPORTS
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.
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BUSINESS
March 29, 2013 | Michael Hiltzik
Stop me if you've heard this one: Billionaire comes to City Hall. Says that if the city will get behind him, he'll bring a major sports enterprise to town and might even renovate some decrepit municipal infrastructure as part of the bargain. Huge economic boost foreseen. Won't cost taxpayers a dime. Sounds like Phil Anschutz, the NFL and the Los Angeles Convention Center, doesn't it? But it's not: We're talking about software billionaire Larry Ellison, the America's Cup sailing race and a few rotting bayside piers in San Francisco.
ENTERTAINMENT
November 15, 2013 | By Patrick Kevin Day
The odyssey of 5-year-old Miles, known across the Internet as the SF Batkid today, just took an even more surreal turn when President Barack Obama got in on the action Friday. The president sent the kid a congratulatory message via Vine. "Way to go, Miles. Way to save Gotham," Obama said in a message recorded from the White House. Miles, who has leukemia that is currently in remission, had requested a day as Batman from the San Francisco chapter of the Make-A-Wish Foundation.
TRAVEL
March 8, 2009 | Christopher Reynolds
Stocks have crashed, industry is shuddering and banks are failing. The restless unemployed will soon fill the streets. Yet in San Francisco, some crazed optimist in the Pacific Stock Exchange Tower has hired Diego Rivera to decorate a private club for stockbrokers. Could this be the most doomed, stupid idea of all 1930? Here is Rivera, an intermittent communist who'd met with Stalin in Russia only two years before, perched on the scaffolding above the financial titans of Sansome Street.
BUSINESS
January 21, 2014 | By Jessica Guynn
SAN FRANCISCO -- City transportation officials gave the green light to a new pilot program that will regulate private shuttles operated by Google and other tech giants and charge fees for the buses to use city bus stops. The pilot program, slated to take effect in July, would charge the companies a $1 fee for each stop made by the shuttles. A transportation official estimated that medium-sized tech companies would pay about $80,000 a year and larger companies would pay more than $100,000.
NEWS
February 7, 2013 | By S. Irene Virbila
Jon Darsky, who was the original pizzaiolo at the San Francisco restaurant flour + water , has been working for months to re-purpose a 20-by-8-foot transatlantic shipping container into a wood-burning pizza truck. A wall of glass doors exposes the interior - and the Italian-made wood-fired oven. That baby weighs in at 5,000 pounds. The downside of most food trucks is that they're bulky and downright ugly. This one is an ingenious beauty. Check out Del Popolo's site for more photos and a link to where the truck will be on any given day. They're open for lunch Tuesday to Friday, with occasional appearances around S.F. in the evenings.
TRAVEL
January 4, 2014 | Los Angeles Times
We were looking for a restaurant within walking distance of the Fairmont Hotel in San Francisco and found a great spot that even our local friends didn't know about. We all raved about its empanadas, roasted chicken and sangria. Its ceviche was the best I have had outside of Peru. The servers made us all feel like regulars. Call for reservations if more than two, because there are only a few large tables and a few seats at the lovely bar. La Fusion, 475 Pine St., (415) 781-0894, http://www.lafusion-sf.com D. Kay Renick Ventura
NEWS
July 9, 2013 | By Karin Klein
Why wasn't there more chatter in the cockpit of the Asiana Airlines plane shortly before its low and ultimately disastrous landing in San Francisco? Investigators are focusing on why the airliner's approach to the runway was so low; included in that are questions about why the copilot, who reportedly had far more experience flying this type of jet than the pilot, didn't say more about it a lot earlier. We don't need a terribly long memory to be reminded of the serious safety issues that plagued Korean Air for years, and the theory that this was in part caused by cultural-deference issues - in other words, copilots who felt constrained from challenging the pilots because of traditional respect for hierarchy and authority.
BUSINESS
December 11, 2013 | By Jessica Guynn
SAN FRANCISCO - Technology entrepreneur Greg Gopman has inflamed already tense relations between San Francisco and its growing population of upwardly mobile techies with a full-throttle takedown of the city's homeless population. In a Facebook post Tuesday, Gopman said San Francisco had been overrun by "crazy, homeless, drug dealers ... and trash... " "There is nothing positive gained from having them so close to us," Gopman wrote. Gopman deleted the post and on Wednesday he apologized for it, but not before being engulfed by controversy for his elitist comments and fanning the flames of the class war in San Francisco.
BUSINESS
January 24, 2014 | By Jessica Guynn and Chris O'Brien
SAN FRANCISCO - It's the kind of backlash that Marc Benioff could never have imagined when he started the city's largest technology company 15 years ago in a Telegraph Hill apartment, some 30 miles north of Silicon Valley. By starting a business software firm that would create jobs in the city and donate 1% of its profit to charity, Benioff believed he was building a company that reflected San Francisco's progressive ideals. And he says he's proud to have been a catalyst for the city's tech economy that has since grown to 2,000 companies.
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