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Border Contractors Smell Profits In Immigration Debate

September 12, 2013 | 5:30 am

Border Contractors Smell Profits In Immigration Debate

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Military, tech firms expect a windfall from increased demands for security along the U.S.-Mexico border.

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Turning Buses Into Showers for San Francisco’s Homeless

September 11, 2013 | 2:40 pm

Turning Buses Into Showers for San Francisco’s Homeless

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LavaMae.org aims to restore a measure of dignity by filling the simple need for a place to bathe.

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Prison Hunger Strike Ends After Lawmakers Plan Hearings

September 5, 2013 | 10:38 am

Prison Hunger Strike Ends After Lawmakers Plan Hearings

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State inmates end a two-month hunger strike after lawmakers agree to hold hearings over isolation units.

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Pres. Obama, Kerry on Chemical Attacks in Syria: ‘Limited’ Attack Possible (Video)

August 30, 2013 | 12:17 pm

Pres. Obama, Kerry on Chemical Attacks in Syria: ‘Limited’ Attack Possible (Video)

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The President and Secretary of State discuss the range of options the U.S. is considering.

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Celebrating Martin Luther King Jr.’s ‘Dream’ – and Why the Speech Is Hard to Find

August 23, 2013 | 3:05 pm

Celebrating Martin Luther King Jr.’s ‘Dream’ – and Why the Speech Is Hard to Find

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August 28 marks the 50th anniversary of the March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom, when more than 250,000 peaceful demonstrators gathered at the Lincoln Memorial to push for a federal civil rights bill. On that day in 1963, Martin Luther King Jr. delivered his “I have a dream” speech. Unfortunately, King’s speech is difficult […]

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Bay Area Egyptian-Americans Call For Halt to U.S. Military Aid

August 19, 2013 | 1:09 pm

Bay Area Egyptian-Americans Call For Halt to U.S. Military Aid

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by Alex Emslie A crowd of about 100 Egyptian-Americans from around the Bay Area gathered at San Francisco’s Civic Center Sunday calling for the U.S. to halt billions of dollars in aid to the Egyptian military until violence that skyrocketed last week is stopped. Clashes between military forces and Egyptians opposed to the army’s ouster […]

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Times Are Changing: Steve Young To Keynote Gay Mormon Conference

August 16, 2013 | 10:21 am

Times Are Changing: Steve Young To Keynote Gay Mormon Conference

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Steve Young, ex-49er quarterback, co-founder of Palo Alto private equity firm HGGC and all-around good guy, is speaking out on gay rights. He and his wife, Barbara, are the keynote speakers at next month’s convention of gay Mormons in Salt Lake City. Reporter Hank Plante, who covered LGBT issues (among other topics) for KPIX-TV in […]

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Calif. Prison Hunger Strike Leader Targeted in Federal Drug Trafficking Probe

August 7, 2013 | 2:33 pm

Calif. Prison Hunger Strike Leader Targeted in Federal Drug Trafficking Probe

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In the month since state inmates launched a hunger strike to protest conditions at California’s highest-security lockups, corrections officials have alleged the ringleaders are major players in violent prison gangs and that their motives are far from pure. “We’re talking about convicted murderers who are putting lives at risk to advance their own agenda of […]

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SoMa Billboard Put Up As Counterpoint to Anti-Islam Muni Ads

August 6, 2013 | 4:44 pm

SoMa Billboard Put Up As Counterpoint to Anti-Islam Muni Ads

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By Vinnee Tong Earlier this year, ten San Francisco Muni buses featured Islamophobic ads that upset a lot of people. Now a San Francisco resident has used a crowdfunding campaign to raise money to put up a billboard intended as a counterpoint to those ads. The billboard went up on Monday on 10th Street in the city’s South of Market neighborhood. It reads: “Hate Has No Place […]

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San Francisco Works to End Child Sex Trafficking

August 5, 2013 | 10:30 am

San Francisco Works to End Child Sex Trafficking

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By Isabel Angell Last week, the FBI rescued 105 children from sex-trafficking rings across the country, including 12 in San Francisco, the most of any city. The bureau says San Francisco is one of the major hubs of child trafficking in the United States. On Friday, at a conference put on by the San Francisco […]

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