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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.
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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.
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.
BUSINESS
July 26, 2012 | By Ricardo Lopez and Tiffany Hsu
First Boston. Then Chicago. The next city to tell Chick-fil-A to keep out? San Francisco. Edwin M. Lee , mayor of the progressive city, tweeted Thursday night: "Very disappointed #ChickFilA doesn't share San Francisco's values & strong commitment to equality for everyone. "  He also added a warning to his subsequent tweet: "Clos est #ChickFilA to San Francisco is 40 miles away & I strongly recommend that they not try to come any closer. " Until Thursday, San Francisco had stayed mum on the debate, which began when Chick-fil-A's president, Dan Cathy, went on the record as saying his Atlanta-based chicken chain operated on biblical values and opposed same-sex marriage.
TRAVEL
July 28, 2013
The marvelous spread on San Francisco nearly brought tears to my eyes, with reflections of my "return" to that marvelous city in October 1958 ["San Francisco at Iconic Speed," by Christopher Reynolds, July 21]. A native Californian, I had concluded a six-year tour of duty as an officer in the U.S. Public Health Service, stationed mainly in East Coast locations. Newly single, I had accepted a position with an organization whose headquarters was at 518 Sutter St., a block from Union Square.
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.
NEWS
December 12, 2012 | By S. Irene Virbila, Restaurant Critic
First the burger joints wanted to get in on the L.A. action. Now, it's grilled cheese concepts. We already have the home-grown Heywood, a Grilled Cheese Shoppe , in Silver Lake. Huckleberry , Joan's on Third and Grub all turn out credible versions. We've got the Grilled Cheese Truck roaming the streets. Clementine celebrates National Grilled Cheese Month in April with a grilled cheese menu that changes every day. Now comes the Melt , a Bay Area grilled cheese chain from Jonathan Kaplan, who was behind the little hand-held Flip video camera.
NEWS
July 11, 2013 | By Mary Forgione, Daily Deal and Travel Blogger
Three North America river otters have turned up in San Francisco, but not in the bay. Shasta, Tubbs and Wildcat swim and slide through a new exhibit called "Otters: Watershed Ambassadors" that opened last month at the Aquarium of the Bay on Pier 39. The otters, smaller and sleeker than their ocean counterparts, are named for Bay Area watersheds. Why? Because the aquarium wants visitors smitten with the adorable otters and their playful demeanor to care about their habitat too. “The protection and conservation of the watershed is crucial, and this new exhibit gives us the perfect opportunity to engage our guests and share this message with them,” said John Frawley, president and chief executive of Aquarium of the Bay and The Bay Institute . The $1.3-million expansion that opened June 28 includes habitat with dry land and freshwater pools filled with minnows and crayfish.
NEWS
March 22, 2013 | By Mary Forgione, Los Angeles Times Daily Travel & Deal blogger
Tours of the Golden Gate Bridge inaugurated during its 75th anniversary in 2012 are back for a second season starting April 1. Fans and even locals give this tour high marks on Yelp for the engaging back-story about the bridge's Art Deco style, the dangers during construction and why civil engineers selected it as one of the Seven Wonders of the Modern World . Tours last 45 minutes and are offered six times daily through Oct. 6 on...
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