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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 12, 2014 | By Ruben Vives
San Francisco firefighters continued mop-up operations Wednesday after a massive fire tore through a $227-million apartment complex under construction in the Mission Bay area. Gusty winds in the area kept firefighters busy as they try to prevent hot spots from breaking out, according to KGO-AM (810) radio. About a dozen people evacuated from nearby homes were unable to return, the station said, and the Red Cross was assisting them. PHOTOS: San Francisco high rise fire The blaze broke out shortly after 5 p.m. Tuesday at 4th Street between China Basin and Mission Rock near AT&T Park.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 29, 2013 | By Chris Megerian
Thousands of people converged on Dolores Park in San Francisco on Saturday, celebrating the first day of gay pride weekend. The park was a sea of color, including tight glittery shorts, neon tutus, purple parasols and a dog with rainbow-dyed fur. A giant pink triangle was displayed nearby on the side of Twin Peaks. Partiers sipped beer, ate ice cream and danced to throbbing music under a pristine blue sky. Some people thought it was too hot for much clothing, opting for bathing suits or the smallest of Speedos.
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.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 16, 2013 | By Samantha Schaefer
Hearts across the Bay Area melted as spectators watched a little boy's dream come true - vanquishing enemies in a San Francisco transformed into Batman's Gotham City. Nearly 12,000 volunteers and adoring fans holding signs lined the streets Friday for Miles, who has been battling lymphoblastic leukemia since he was 20 months old and wanted to spend the day as Batman.  More than 230,000 tweets with the hashtag #SFBatkid were sent out by the time Batkid's adventures had finished, according to the Twitter analytics site Topsy.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 25, 2009 | Jon Thurber
Benjamen Chinn, one of the few Chinese American photographers to live and artfully document street scenes in San Francisco's Chinatown, has died. He was 87. Chinn died April 25 at Kaiser Permanente San Francisco Medical Center, according to Newton Don, his nephew who is the executor of his estate. He was being treated for an infection and died of cardiac arrest.
TRAVEL
November 10, 2013 | By Amy Strong
San Francisco's artisan coffee shops have become a destination for the caffeinated crowd. Young guys work like highly trained chemists behind gleaming counters, intent on concocting the perfect brew. And the baristas don't just rely on $10,000 espresso machines to do the work. These coffee shops put on a show with glowing heat lamps, bubbling beakers and beautifully artistic cappuccinos. They also serve a memorable breakfast and lunch using local, organic ingredients from places such as Acme Bread, INNA Jam and K&J Orchards.
NATIONAL
March 1, 2009 | JAMES RAINEY
When a newspaper goes belly up, journalists tend to talk about the loss of a government watchdog, declining civic engagement and the threat to our democracy. So when those sober words came flowing out of Denver last week over the collapse of the Rocky Mountain News, the sentiments didn't strike me as surprising, or wrong. Just inadequate.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 23, 2009 | By Maria L. La Ganga
San Francisco officials are debating whether to make this famously liberal city the first in the nation to require retailers to prominently post the amount of radiation emitted by cellphones. Although there is no scientific consensus that the ubiquitous devices cause health problems, Mayor Gavin Newsom plans to call for an ordinance next month that would require the conspicuous display of radiation levels wherever the phones are sold. Some hail the proposal as evidence of San Francisco's long tradition of environmental activism; this was the first city in America to ban plastic bags and prohibit a class of chemicals called phthalates from use in children's products.
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