A.M. Splash: Neighbor Saves Disabled Oakland Man From Apt. Fire; UC Santa Cruz Scientists Discover ‘Super-Earth’; S.F.’s DJ Solomon Dies; NFL Approves $200 Million for 9ers Stadium;
A disabled man may have lost his life in an Oakland apartment fire Thursday, if it wasn’t for the heroic actions of a neighbor.
James Jackson, 41, a basketball coach for young children, said he was hanging out with friends near the corner of 82nd Avenue and International Boulevard when he heard his cousin screaming that a nearby apartment was on fire.
- ‘Super-Earth’ Planet Spurs Hope for Billions More (SF Chronicle)
Astronomers have detected a rocky “super-Earth” planet orbiting a nearby star in a region where life could possibly exist, a finding that led one of the team from UC Santa Cruz to predict there must be billions more of them in the Milky Way.
San Jose State University announced it’s research center was awarded $73 million, the largest federal award in university history, to help NASA Ames Research Center improve the safety and efficiency of air space and travel.
- Solomon Kahn, S.F. Disc Jockey, Dies (SF Chronicle)
Solomon Kahn, a disc jockey who was a fixture on the San Francisco nightclub scene and at Golden State Warriors home games, died Tuesday in a car accident in Bangkok. He was 34.
Two people were reportedly hospitalized after an early Friday morning accident on the Bay Bridge that flipped a car onto its side, according to a California Highway Patrol officer.
- Bay Area Groups React to Komen Decision to Pull Breast-Screening Funds (Oakland Tribune)
The nation’s largest and most widely recognized breast cancer advocacy organization faced a rolling avalanche of criticism and major revolt within its own ranks Thursday after a decision to eliminate all funding to Planned Parenthood.
- Martinez to Spend Up to $1 Million Dredging Marina (Contra Costa Times)
In what could prove to be the final bid to save the marina, city leaders plan to spend up to $1 million to clear away layers of mud clogging the entrance….
On Wednesday, the City Council approved a $225,000 contract for another round of permitting and design work for dredging the entrance and western side of the marina this fall.
- NFL Owners Approve $200 Million Loan for 49ers Stadium (Mercury News)
NFL owners used Super Bowl week to hand the 49ers the next best thing to a championship: $200 million in financial backing to help pay for the team’s stadium in Santa Clara.
- Best Super Bowl ads of all time — decade by decade (SF Chronicle)
Below are five of my favorite Super Bowl commercials, plus several honorable mentions. Instead of a standard Top 5 rankings, I decided to go back and pick the best commercial for each decade.