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California governor Jerry Brown intervenes to delay threatened BART strike

By Ronnie Cohen SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) – California’s Democratic governor intervened on Sunday to avert a San Francisco area rail strike that threatened to cripple the morning rush-hour commute, effectively prohibiting a walkout for seven days after the sides failed to reach a contract agreement. Federal and state mediators had…

Asiana pilot told passengers to stay in seats after San Francisco crash

The pilot of the Asiana Boeing 777 which crashed in San Francisco told attendants not to begin evacuating passengers in the chaotic immediate aftermath of the accident, air safety officials said Wednesday. The pilot has also reported being blinded by a flash of light upon approach as the plane came…

BREAKING: Burning plane ‘literally broke apart’ in crash at San Francisco airport

A plane is burning on the runway at San Francisco International Airport while emergency personnel attempt to evacuate survivors. According to Heavy.com, the plane is a Boeing 777 Asiana flight that was coming in from Seoul, South Korea. Witnesses are saying that the plane’s tail touched the runway as it…

BART service resumes in San Francisco with 30-day stopgap agreement

By Jim Christie Commuter rail service in the San Francisco area resumed on Friday after striking employees of the Bay Area Rapid Transit system agreed to extend current contracts by 30 days. The strike, the first since 1997 by BART’s workers, began on Monday after talks broke down just hours…

San Francisco BART system shuts down as workers go on strike

SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) – Union workers at the San Francisco Bay Area’s BART commuter rail system went on strike early Monday morning, setting the stage for transport chaos across much of the region. The strike by 2,400 BART workers came after acrimonious negotiations centered on wage and benefit issues broke…

San Francisco bacon restaurant forced to close over smell

Who complains about the smell of bacon? People in San Francisco, apparently. The owner of Bacon Bacon, an eatery that specialized in all things porcine, was forced to shut down this…  …

The white mantis

I see another beautiful, old tree is suddenly gone from my street. The caprice, perhaps, of a building management company or landlord may be responsible. Whatever the reason, it’s gone, for good. And although here in San Francisco so many do pride themselves on what they conceive as their respect…

Unsanctioned midnight sidewalk urban poetry howl

There are many forms of entertainment here in San Francisco. And those shows, those theaters sanctioned by officialdom, are not the end of the story. Much goes on here, in fact, below any level of official recognition. There are, of course, the above-ground entertainments which the city allows and endorses.…

Suspect barricaded inside San Francisco pot dispensary after attempted heist

At least one person was barricaded inside a San Francisco medical marijuana dispensary after an attempted heist early Wednesday morning that went wrong, leading to a tense SWAT standoff in the city’s Bayview District. Police said two suspects were in custody and at least one more remained inside the building…

AR-15 assault rifle stolen from unmarked San Francisco police car

Authorities in San Francisco are working to recover an AR-15 military-style rifle that was stolen from an unmarked police car over the weekend. Police spokesperson Sgt. Michael Andraychak on Monday said that the semiautomatic assault rifle was stolen from the parked car while officers were conducting an investigation at a…

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