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September 10, 2012 | 8:57 am

A.M. Splash: Jump-starting California Executions; Mirkarimi Fights to Keep Job; New App to Help Muni

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Two prosecutors try to jump-start California executions (San Jose Mercury News) With California voters readying to consider whether to retain the death penalty, two prominent district attorneys, including San Mateo County’s, are mounting a rebel legal campaign to kick-start executions in San Quentin’s long-dormant death chamber. Ross Mirkarimi stepping up efforts to to keep job […]

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San Bruno Blast: Two Years Later, Stories of Lawsuits and Forgiveness

September 7, 2012 | 4:18 pm

San Bruno Blast: Two Years Later, Stories of Lawsuits and Forgiveness

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September 9 marks the two-year anniversary of the San Bruno natural gas pipeline explosion and fire that killed eight people and destroyed 38 homes. Last year, we talked to five different families who’d been affected, a year after the disaster. For the second anniversary, we spoke to a few of those families to see how […]

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President Obama’s Speech Sets New Twitter Record

September 7, 2012 | 11:20 am

President Obama’s Speech Sets New Twitter Record

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President Barack Obama’s speech last night at the Democratic National Convention set a new record for political moments on Twitter, according to the company. Right after the speech, 52,756 tweets per minute came in referencing @BarackObama and #DNC2012. According to Twitter’s blog: @barackobama delivered a great collection of tweetable lines this evening, and Twitter responded […]

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September 7, 2012 | 8:54 am

A.M. Splash: Insufficient Oil Refinery Checks; Hantavirus Deaths; Firm Not Charged in Lee Donations

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Too few state oil refinery safety checks (SF Chronicle) California regulators have not been conducting the intensive workplace-safety inspections of Chevron’s Richmond plant and the state’s 14 other oil refineries that federal standards call for, a Chronicle investigation shows. Third hantavirus death linked to Yosemite National Park (Bay Area News Group) West Virginia resident is the […]

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African Americans in SF Arrested at High Rates, Analysis Finds

August 21, 2012 | 9:52 am

African Americans in SF Arrested at High Rates, Analysis Finds

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by Shoshana Walter, The Bay Citizen Although African Americans constitute 6 percent of San Francisco’s population, they are about seven times more likely to be arrested than whites, who represent 41.8 percent of the city’s population, according to an analysis of recently released statistics from the California Department of Justice. The gap between the arrest […]

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August 21, 2012 | 8:51 am

A.M. Splash: Oakland Police Radios; San Martin Mosque; GOP Women on Rape Remark

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Oakland police radio culprit: cell towers (SF Chronicle) Oakland officials say they and federal investigators have discovered a major source of disruption to the city’s police radio communications system: interference from cell phone towers. Plan for building a mosque in conservative San Martin divides community (SJ Mercury News) …an angry debate erupted that lumped religious, environmental […]

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Little League World Series: Petaluma Beats Parsippany on Walk-Off Homer

August 20, 2012 | 3:30 pm

Little League World Series: Petaluma Beats Parsippany on Walk-Off Homer

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Update 3:39 p.m. Petaluma wins on walk-off home run 5-4! Update 3:25 p.m. It’s still tied in extra innings: 4-4, bottom of the seventh (they usually play six innings). Petaluma’s at bat. Update 2:55 p.m. It’s the bottom of the sixth and the score’s tied 4-4. Petaluma at bat. Update 2:30 p.m. Petaluma pulls ahead […]

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Muni Puts Up Counter Ads to Controversial Pro-Israel Messages; Activist Says ‘Manifestation of Sharia’

August 20, 2012 | 12:39 pm

Muni Puts Up Counter Ads to Controversial Pro-Israel Messages; Activist Says ‘Manifestation of Sharia’

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Muni has placed a counter-ad on 10 of its buses right alongside the controversial pro-Israel message that an activist bought. Muni’s ads read: SFMTA policy prohibits discrimination based on national origin, religion, and other characteristics, and condemns statements that describe any group as “savages.” Muni’s ad has an arrow pointing downward to the original ad, […]

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August 20, 2012 | 11:50 am

Video: Pete Wilson, Antonio Villaraigosa on ‘This Week in Northern California’

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KQED’s Belva Davis and San Francisco Chronicle political reporter Carla Marinucci talked to former California Governor Pete Wilson in advance of next week’s Republican National Convention in Tampa, Fla. Wilson is heading up the state’s Republican delegation to the GOP convention. Marinucci quizzed Wilson–a moderate, pro-choice Republican–about conservatism in the Republican party and in California. […]

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August 20, 2012 | 8:59 am

A.M. Splash: Cabrera Plot Thickens; Air Tests Questioned; ‘Hostages’ in Oakland

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Melky Cabrera testosterone plot thickens (SF Chronicle) The Melky Cabrera drug saga took a bizarre turn Sunday when it was reported that he tried to trick Major League Baseball in a plot that backfired and prompted another federal investigation into the sport’s link to performance-enhancing drugs. Refinery smoke blew past air monitors (SF Chronicle) Smoke and […]

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