CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 23, 1994 |
A volunteer rings a bell and invites shoppers to help themselves to coins in a pot. An "activist" rallies to save "free-range" cranberries. A Bob Dylan Holiday Choir brays nasal Christmas carols. Mystified? Perhaps you're a little too uptight for the Cacophony Society. Amused? You may already be a member. "To be involved you just do it," said Cacophony Society member Jason Rackerby, known in underground circles as Yahoon Doorstop. "There's no membership fees or officers."
February 8, 1997 |
Herb Caen spent almost six decades writing a love song to his adopted city, praising its beauty, style and unique place in the world. On Friday, the city returned that love, its residents gathering to remember the man whose Pulitzer Prize-winning column was a must-read for generations. "Today, San Francisco stands as one," William Swing, Episcopal bishop of California, said as he opened a memorial service before more than 3,000 people in the vast splendor of Grace Cathedral.
June 17, 1986 |
Grand Metropolitan PLC, based in London, on Monday rejected a nearly $900-million offer by Trafalgar Holdings for its Inter-Continental hotel chain and other hotel operations. Grand Met, with far-flung operations in health care, brewing and tobacco as well as hotels, said it considered the hotel operations a core part of its business and is not interested in selling. The British concern received Trafalgar's bid on June 6.
April 30, 2000 |
Dave Kindred in the Sporting News, writing on how Bobby Beathard, the retired general manager of the San Diego Chargers, had to sell himself to owner Jack Kent Cooke to get that position with the Washington Redskins: "Talk about a cultural difference. Here was Cooke, a fastidious multimillionaire as pompous as he was brilliant, a man who made a fetish of calling people by their proper name, refusing to use the diminutive.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 3, 2001 |
Bill Kimpton, head of the innovative San Francisco-based boutique hotel and restaurant chain known as the Kimpton Group, has died of leukemia at 65. Kimpton, who lived on a houseboat in Sausalito, Calif., and maintained a weekend home in Napa, died Friday at the M.D. Anderson Cancer Center in Houston, company officials announced. His 20-year-old chain owns or manages 35 hotels and 29 restaurants and employs about 5,000 people, mainly in San Francisco, Portland, Ore.
June 10, 2012 |
Although airfare and hotel rates are up this summer, deals are out there - if you know where to look. Here are some options based on input from Travel-Ticker.com , Priceline.com , Orbitz.com and FlipKey.com . San Francisco When L.A. heats up, the City by the Bay usually keeps its cool, and experts at all four websites recommend San Francisco for a summer getaway. "With its mild temperature and gearing up for the America's Cup in 2013, there will be lots of races all summer," said L. Jasmine Kim, general manager of Travel-Ticker.com.