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October 17, 2013 | By Joseph Serna and Lee Romney
A suspicious device found at Geary and Stockton streets that briefly shut down Union Square in San Francisco on Thursday was cleared and determined to be a false alarm, police said. Authorities received a call from near Market and Powell Streets, a short walk away from the popular Bay Area city landmark, about 11:50 a.m. Police later said the package was found in the intersection at Geary and Stockton streets. The entire area was shut down to traffic and pedestrians as the city's municipal railway service skipped a stop at the square, according to police.
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NEWS
April 4, 2014 | By Terry Gardner
Whether you long for great food, live music at Biscuits & Blues or a cable car ride, this deal for Hotel Carlton locates you near Union Square for a San Francisco visit and gives you room rates as low as $143 a night. The deal: Hotel Carlton's " Stay Two Nights, Save 20% " deal gives guests 20% off the best available rate with a minimum two-night stay at the historic 1927 Nob Hill hotel. Some dates require a minimum four-night stay for the promotion (see below). The promotion code is SAVE20, and the deal can be booked online only.
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ENTERTAINMENT
July 13, 2012 | By Gary Goldstein
The budget may have been low but the talent runs high - both behind and in front of the camera - in director Nancy Savoca's "Union Square," a sharp and kinetic look at the strange bonds of family. Propelled by a rangy, superbly colorful performance by Mira Sorvino, the film grabs hold of the viewer from the jump and snowballs toward a deftly moving and concise third act. Sorvino's Lucy is a mouthy Bronx tornado who descends upon her estranged, buttoned-up sister, Jenny (Tammy Blanchard, also fine)
NEWS
November 15, 2013 | By Amy Hubbard
As many as 12,000 people in San Francisco are helping to make superhero dreams come true Friday for Batkid, age 5. Miles has been fighting leukemia since he was 18 months old.  "He likes to be a superhero," his mom told the local NBC affiliate -- and he is one, having fought cancer, which is now in remission. According to the Associated Press, Miles lives in Tulelake in Northern California. He ended his cancer treatments in June. The thousands of volunteers in San Francisco and the Make-A-Wish Greater Bay Area Foundation are helping his family celebrate by creating a Gotham City experience for the kindergartner.
ENTERTAINMENT
September 25, 1997 | HOWARD ROSENBERG, TIMES TELEVISION CRITIC
Meanwhile, back at Ft. Knox. . . . NBC, which traditionally mints hits on Thursday nights, welcomes two new comedies to that golden arena tonight, with a cast of relative unknowns inhabiting the urban diner of edgy "Union Square" and Kirstie Alley ("Cheers") playing another insecure, self-effacing character as the Queen Mum of lingerie in the mildly amusing "Veronica's Closet."
TRAVEL
April 19, 1992 | KIM UPTON
Those who don't want to shell out a big chunk of their limited travel budget on a costly San Francisco hotel room might consider making reservations at the new low-cost, 175-bed American Youth Hostel, one block west of Union Square. This, San Francisco's second AYH hostel, was developed to accommodate overflow from the Ft. Mason facility near the marina, which books up early and often turns away potential guests during the peak summer travel season.
NEWS
September 16, 2001 | STEVE LOPEZ
On the fourth day, the park at Union Square in lower Manhattan became a sanctuary for those trying to move on and those who can't let go. Those who live in penthouse suites and those who sleep in the bushes. The peaceniks came, and the saber rattlers too. Buddhists prayed on the lawn, a street preacher shook a fist at the blue September sky, a Korean priest led a hymn. And the McCloskeys of Indiana came to light a candle for daughter and sister Katie Marie.
ENTERTAINMENT
June 25, 2004 | Manohla Dargis, Times Staff Writer
The most charitable take on Stephen J. Szklarski's "Union Square" is that the director had the best of intentions when he picked up a camera and started poking into real lives. Shot in digital video, this self-distributed documentary centers on seven heroin addicts whose everyday routines and debilitating habits revolve around the Manhattan park of the title.
TRAVEL
December 22, 1991 | ROBERT SCHEER, TIMES STAFF WRITER; Scheer is a national correspondent for The Times. and
Downtown San Francisco is for all seasons, but none so briskly exciting as the winter holidays, when Union Square lights up, suggesting a turn-of-the-century glow. That San Francisco is a terrific place to visit is not a major revelation, I realize, given a recent Conde Nast Traveler magazine poll where readers chose it as their favorite city in the entire world, outscoring London, Rome and Paris.
TRAVEL
July 13, 2013
For a bargain price at a central location in New York City, try Hotel 17, four blocks from Union Square. This hotel appeals to everyone from students to seniors. The inexpensive rooms all have shared coed bathrooms. In-room safes come with all accommodations, but in a "senior moment" I left mine open with all valuables on display. I returned to find them intact. Doubles, with shared bath, from $137.75 Hotel 17 , 225 E. l7th St.; (212) 475-2845 Ruth Kramer Ziony Los Feliz
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 17, 2013 | By Joseph Serna and Lee Romney
A suspicious device found at Geary and Stockton streets that briefly shut down Union Square in San Francisco on Thursday was cleared and determined to be a false alarm, police said. Authorities received a call from near Market and Powell Streets, a short walk away from the popular Bay Area city landmark, about 11:50 a.m. Police later said the package was found in the intersection at Geary and Stockton streets. The entire area was shut down to traffic and pedestrians as the city's municipal railway service skipped a stop at the square, according to police.
ENTERTAINMENT
August 6, 2013 | By Lee Romney
SAN FRANCISCO -- Ruth Asawa, a San Francisco sculptor recognized as a major post-WWII American modernist for her intricate hanging wire creations, died early Tuesday, her daughter Addie Lanier said. She was 87. Asawa, who as a Japanese American woman navigated decades of discrimination as well as internment during the war, had a lasting effect on the arts in San Francisco, where she moved in 1949 to join her husband, architect Albert Lanier. In addition to breaking the barriers of craft with her crocheted wire sculptures, Asawa dedicated herself to fostering the arts for local youth and adults.
NATIONAL
July 15, 2013 | By Alana Semuels
NEW YORK -- It could have been his son: That's why Troy Reed joined hundreds of protesters in New York City to speak out against what he considered an injustice. But as they marched from Union Square to Times Square, briefly stopping traffic, and then up the quiet East Side, Reed and some of the others were arrested. “That could have been my son; I had to march,” Reed yelled as officers cuffed his hands behind his back and guided him into a van with a handful of other protesters.
NATIONAL
July 14, 2013 | By Matt Pearce
Demonstrators protesting Trayvon Martin's death amassed in New York City's Times Square on Sunday night after marching about two miles from an earlier rally at Union Square. As tourists looked on, the protesters chanted: “What do we want?” “Justice!” “When do we want it?” “Now!” The demonstration was one of many in major U.S. cities Sunday after George Zimmerman was acquitted Saturday night of murdering Trayvon Martin in Florida. After a protest Saturday night in Oakland turned violent, Sunday's protests were peaceful.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 14, 2013 | By Andrew Blankstein
The Los Angeles Police Department has called a citywide tactical alert after demonstrators protesting the not guilty verdict in the George Zimmerman case blocked traffic on the 10 Freeway in the Mid-City area Sunday evening. The California Highway Patrol said "police activity" around the 10 Freeway and Crenshaw Boulevard has jammed traffic. Motorists are urged to avoid the area. No arrests have been made, and no one was hurt. LAPD sources said a splinter group of a larger protest walked down an onramp to the 10 Freeway and stood mostly in the eastbound lanes.
TRAVEL
July 13, 2013
For a bargain price at a central location in New York City, try Hotel 17, four blocks from Union Square. This hotel appeals to everyone from students to seniors. The inexpensive rooms all have shared coed bathrooms. In-room safes come with all accommodations, but in a "senior moment" I left mine open with all valuables on display. I returned to find them intact. Doubles, with shared bath, from $137.75 Hotel 17 , 225 E. l7th St.; (212) 475-2845 Ruth Kramer Ziony Los Feliz
BUSINESS
October 7, 1988
Louis Meunier, manager of the Macy's store on Union Square in San Francisco, will become the new marketing chief for the company's 25 stores in California and Nevada, a position that will represent his first marketing job. Meunier, 41, was named to replace Senior Vice President Stew Widdess, who is leaving Macy's California to take a similar position at Dayton-Hudson Department Stores in Minneapolis. Meunier's replacement at the Union Square store has not been announced.
TRAVEL
February 8, 1998
I read with disbelief Christopher Reynolds' article, "San Francisco Low Season Is On, but Prices Are Up" (Nov. 9). How can an average room rate of $132.70 be low season anywhere? But this should not stop people from enjoying San Francisco. Last June, I stayed for five nights at the upscale Hotel Nikko at Union Square during a conference. While the conference paid for my room, I discovered I was on my own my final night. The desk clerk informed me that I could stay at the hotel for the "special conference rate" of $150.
TRAVEL
February 24, 2013 | Christopher Reynolds; Chris Erskine; Catharine Hamm; Anne Harnagel; Rosemary McClure and Jessica Gelt
You've been to San Francisco. You know not to call it "Frisco," not to expect ample parking, not to forget your sweater. You know the Powell Street cable cars run through Union Square and where to find the Golden Gate Bridge. You know that most days, the Oakland Airport works as well as SFO, sometimes better. But for a small city (about 7 miles by 7 miles), San Francisco changes fast, especially the restaurants. If your itinerary is dominated by reassuring old favorites (Union Square, again!
TRAVEL
February 24, 2013 | By Los Angeles Times staff
Your choices in San Francisco hotels are overwhelming. The prices can be too. So during our staff visit to the City by the Bay, we looked for reasonably priced hotels that had charm, location or both. We came back with 14 ideas on places to bed down. It's not a complete list, but it is eclectic, like the city itself. Mystic Hotel. This property, which opened in April, stands on a tunnel-adjacent block of Stockton Street that you'll never see on a picture postcard, yet it has style, as do the Burritt Tavern bar and restaurant downstairs.
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