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Tech Companies Agree to Disclose Mobile App Privacy Policies

February 22, 2012 | 5:40 pm

Tech Companies Agree to Disclose Mobile App Privacy Policies

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Smartphone owners who download mobile applications could soon be able to easily access the app’s privacy policy. A deal between State Attorney General Kamala Harris and six technology companies — Apple, Google, Microsoft, Amazon, Hewlett-Packard, and Research In Motion — requires that mobile app developers inform users of their privacy policies before users download mobile […]

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‘Secure Communities’ Program Draws Ire of Church

January 27, 2012 | 5:58 pm

‘Secure Communities’ Program Draws Ire of Church

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The Roman Catholic archdiocese of San Francisco is sponsoring an event Saturday, to express opposition to the federal Secure Communities immigration program. During the event at St. Mary’s Cathedral, Assemblyman Tom Ammiano is expected to share a new version of his Secure Communities opt-out bill (AB 1081). The earlier version was based on an implementation […]

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Homicide Rate Among Calif. African-Americans Significantly Higher Than National Average

January 25, 2012 | 5:09 pm

Homicide Rate Among Calif. African-Americans Significantly Higher Than National Average

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California ranks ninth in the country for homicides of African-Americans. That’s according to a study released today by the Violence Policy Center which shows the state’s black homicide rate is four times higher than the national average. Most of the victims were shot to death. “California, though it has comprehensive gun control laws, is at […]

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January 24, 2012 | 5:30 pm

SF Supes Consider Local Oversight of FBI Terrorism Investigations

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San Francisco supervisors are considering legislation that will require local control and civilian oversight of terrorism investigations the San Francisco Police Department undertakes with the Federal Bureau of Investigations. Calling it ‘The Portland Solution’ because it mirrors a similar ordinance enacted in Oregon, Supervisor Jane Kim said Tuesday her legislation does nothing more than restore […]

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Occupy Santa Rosa, Immigration Groups, Rally Against Wells Fargo

January 6, 2012 | 6:29 pm

Occupy Santa Rosa, Immigration Groups, Rally Against Wells Fargo

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On the cracked, asphalt parking lot of a former Albertsons grocery store in Santa Rosa, live theater and an Aztec dance performance revved up the crowd as they began their march to the city’s Old Courthouse Square. Their target: Wells Fargo. Protesters say the financial institution invests in companies that operate for-profit immigration detention centers. […]

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Deportation Stayed For Same-Sex Partner

January 6, 2012 | 1:42 pm

Deportation Stayed For Same-Sex Partner

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A reprieve for a San Francisco man caring for his ill same-sex partner is giving hope to other gay, binational couples. The couple is legally married, but since the federal government doesn’t recognize same-sex unions, the Australian man was denied a spousal visa. “I love America and I love Americans,” said Bradford Wells, after learning […]

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Bay Area Koreans React With Concern, Hope at Kim Jong Il’s Death

December 19, 2011 | 6:32 pm

Bay Area Koreans React With Concern, Hope at Kim Jong Il’s Death

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At a busy Korean grocery story in Oakland, shoppers said they were shocked when they learned of the North Korean leader’s death. Yul Huh, a general contractor, said the first thing he did on Sunday was call family members in South Korea. “Everybody’s scared of the situation,” said Huh. “Everybody say it’s more difficult after […]

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Medical Pot Industry Faces Big Tax Bill

October 4, 2011 | 5:51 pm

Medical Pot Industry Faces Big Tax Bill

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The Bay Area’s budding medical pot industry is facing a big tax bill. The IRS has ruled Oakland’s largest dispensary can not deduct business expenses. In a letter last week, the IRS told Harborside Health Center that it can not deduct standard expenses like rent, payroll and health insurance … because it traffics drugs. Harborside’s […]

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North Bay Wine Makers Rush to Get Crops In

October 3, 2011 | 3:36 pm

North Bay Wine Makers Rush to Get Crops In

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The first autumn rains hit the Bay Area Monday, leaving some North Bay winemakers scrambling to get their grapes in as the first drops fell. Under a sky thick with dark clouds, winemaker James Hall of Patz & Hall wine company in Sonoma, is all smiles. “With this pinot noir vineyard,” Hall said. “I am […]

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September 30, 2011 | 2:47 pm

S.F’s Mock Disaster Drill Has Real-Life Impact on Newlyweds

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More than 1,500 people streamed out of Civic Center buildings as emergency vehicles descended on the plaza Friday morning. A multi-agency work group aimed at disaster preparedness held its second joint evacuation exercise today, called “Civic Response 2011.” Alarms sounded at 10:30 this morning in several local and state buildings, including San Francisco’s Department of […]

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