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August 15, 2012 | 12:48 pm

Money From Pro-Israel Ad Goes to Human Rights Group

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The San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency says it will donate proceeds from a controversial pro-Israel ad to the San Francisco Human Rights Commission. In a statement released yesterday, the agency condemned the ad, but said it would not remove it: The recent ad has no value in facilitating constructive dialogue or advancing the cause of […]

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August 15, 2012 | 8:43 am

A.M. Splash: Idle Rig Sparks Chevron Fire?; Steve Jobs’ Burglar; Lake County Fires

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Chevron fire ignited by idle rig? (SF Chronicle) The Richmond refinery fire that sent more than 9,000 people to emergency rooms could have been touched off when a cloud of flammable vapor reached an idling and abandoned Chevron fire truck, investigators said Tuesday. Steve Jobs’ burglar stole wallet, driver’s license, special computers with house keys (Bay […]

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Gun Control Debate in Wake of Colorado Tragedy

July 23, 2012 | 10:00 pm

Gun Control Debate in Wake of Colorado Tragedy

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Gun Control advocates say last week’s mass shooting in a crowded Colorado movie theater proves the United States needs strict new gun laws. But the gun rights community counters that if someone in the theater had been armed, the shooter may have been stopped. “The fact is, if there were a concealed-carry holder in that […]

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Sally Ride, First American Woman In Space, Is Dead

July 23, 2012 | 3:02 pm

Sally Ride, First American Woman In Space, Is Dead

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Source: Npr In 1983, Sally Ride became the first American woman in space. She blasted off aboard Challenger, culminating a long journey that started in 1977 when the Ph.D candidate answered an ad seeking astronauts for NASA missions. Ride died today in La Jolla, Calif. after a 17-month battle with pancreatic cancer, her company said […]

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German Conglomerate to Buy Peet’s for Almost $1 Billion

July 23, 2012 | 12:00 pm

German Conglomerate to Buy Peet’s for Almost $1 Billion

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Emeryville-based Peet’s Coffee & Tea Inc. announced today it’s going private. German conglomerate Joh. A. Benckiser is buying Peet’s for $73.50 per share in cash, or a total of approximately $1 billion, according to Peet’s website. Last year, we reported on rumors that Seattle-based Starbucks might buy Peet’s, much to the dismay of some loyal […]

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‘Green’ homes sell for 9 percent more, study says

July 23, 2012 | 9:18 am

‘Green’ homes sell for 9 percent more, study says

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by Anika Anand, California Watch California homes that meet environmental standards, such as energy efficiency and proximity to public transportation, are selling at higher prices than homes that don’t, according to a new report. The study, conducted by researchers at UC Berkeley and UCLA, looked at homes that were labeled green by LEED, GreenPoint Rated and Energy Star – rating […]

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July 23, 2012 | 8:54 am

A.M. Splash: Obama in Oakland; Alameda County to Vote on Drug Disposal; Facebook Earnings

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Oakland prepares for Obama, protesters (Oakland Tribune) Patrol cars and news vans were parked outside the Fox Theater at 6 a.m. Monday morning in anticipation of the afternoon arrival of both President Obama and hundreds of protesters… The president is scheduled to appear at a 4:30 p.m. fundraiser inside the theater, which is located in […]

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Oakland, SF Police Increase Patrols Around Movie Theaters After Colorado Shooting

July 20, 2012 | 3:49 pm

Oakland, SF Police Increase Patrols Around Movie Theaters After Colorado Shooting

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In Oakland and San Francisco, police officials say they’ll add patrols around movie theaters playing ‘The Dark Knight Rises” today, in the wake of a deadly shooting in a Colorado movie theater. SFPD spokesman Albie Esparza said officers will enter theater lobbies and talk to employees randomly throughout the day. “Even though the Colorado shooting […]

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Stockton City Council Writes Open Letter to Community

July 20, 2012 | 2:24 pm

Stockton City Council Writes Open Letter to Community

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The Stockton City Council is assuring residents they won’t see a significant difference in services as a result of of the bankruptcy filing. In a joint open letter to the community, the council and mayor write, “in order to protect our City and our modest level of services, this council had no other choice but […]

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Oakland Church School Solicitation Prompts Likely BART Policy Change

July 20, 2012 | 10:04 am

Oakland Church School Solicitation Prompts Likely BART Policy Change

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by Shoshanna Walter, The Bay Citizen Update, July 20, 2012: This story updates with information about when the new BART policy changes would take effect. BART leaders have decided to alter the transit agency’s free speech-related policy after discovering that a private school and church in West Oakland used unaccompanied children, some as young as […]

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