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A Town Where the Dead Outnumber the Living 1,000 to One

Colma, Calif., got all of San Francisco's overflow in the early 20th century

(Newser) - A tiny California town that the New York Times calls "more necropolis than metropolis" isn't far from where the Super Bowl will be played in the San Francisco Bay Area on Sunday. But any traffic in Colma (aka "the City of Souls") over the weekend is... More »

11 Least Religious Cities in the US

Yup, Sin City makes the list

(Newser) - Haven't yet found God and don't plan to? You might feel right at home in Portland, San Francisco, or Seattle. Those are the least religious cities in the country, according to a new survey from the Public Religion Research Institute picked up by MarketWatch . Here are the 11... More »

San Francisco's New Weapon on Public Urination: Open-Air Urinal

City will try almost anything

(Newser) - San Francisco's iconic Dolores Park is now home to the city's first open-air urinal, the latest move to combat public urination in the city. The concrete circular urinal is out in the open, though plants and a screen offer some privacy. The park once had just three toilets,... More »

Last Survivor of 1906 SF Earthquake Dies

Bill Del Monte was 3 months old when disaster struck

(Newser) - The last survivor of the devastating San Francisco earthquake and fire of 1906 has died, a relative confirmed Monday. William A. "Bill" Del Monte died at a retirement home in nearby Marin County on Monday. He was 11 days shy of his 110th birthday. His niece, Janette Barroca of... More »

Determined Seal Snarls Highway Traffic

Elephant seal kept trying to cross Calif. Highway 37

(Newser) - Wildlife experts and law enforcement officials worked Monday to keep a determined elephant seal off a Northern California highway that it has repeatedly tried to cross, snarling traffic in the area. California Highway Patrol spokesman Officer Andrew Barclay says callers first reported the 500-pound mammal was trying to climb the... More »

Archaeologists Find Pieces of SF Before the Quake

Sewing machine parts are the newest find

(Newser) - Subway construction workers in San Francisco are becoming accustomed to working alongside archaeologists as they dig up layers of the city's past to make way for the $1.6 billion light rail line set to connect Chinatown with South of Market by 2019. And now those teams have unearthed... More »

Journey Guitarist Wins $290K in Wedding Lawsuit

He never stopped believin'

(Newser) - The San Francisco Board of Supervisors on Tuesday approved a $290,000 payout to settle a lawsuit by the guitarist of rock band Journey that claimed the city unfairly jacked up fees to use a city landmark for his lavish wedding. The full board voted unanimously to approve the settlement... More »

SF's 'Hot Cop' Arrested in Hit-and-Run

Heavily photographed officer charged with hitting 2 men early Sunday

(Newser) - A police officer dubbed the "Hot Cop of the Castro" is in pretty deep trouble after a hit-and-run Sunday, the San Francisco Chronicle reports. Christopher Kohrs, a 38-year-old who gained social media fame for his chiseled good looks, faces two felony charges stemming from an early morning accident that... More »

Cops Find Spiked Bats Throughout San Francisco

Nearly 30 have been found around the city since Thanksgiving

(Newser) - San Francisco police are asking for help leading to those chaining up spiked baseball bats to poles throughout the city. Sgt. Michael Andraychak says officers first received reports of wooden or metal baseball bats appearing on poles and parking meters in the city on Thanksgiving morning. Andraychak says 27 bats... More »

'Extremely Disturbing' Police Beating Caught on Camera

SF footage likened to Rodney King video

(Newser) - Two Alameda County sheriff's deputies who chased a suspect to San Francisco—and allegedly beat him to a pulp once they caught up with him—have been suspended while the incident is investigated. In video released by the San Francisco public defender’s office, which calls the video "... More »

19 Injured in Double-Decker Tour Bus Crash

The open-air bus lost control before crashing into a construction site

(Newser) - At least 19 people are injured—five critically—after a double-decker tour bus lost control and crashed into a construction site in San Francisco's popular Union Square on Friday, KTVU reports. It's unknown what caused the open-air bus to lose control, but it traveled several blocks afterward, hitting... More »

Cops Kill Shooter Aiming at SF Hospital

'We have no idea why he did what he did,' says chief

(Newser) - Police fatally shot a man climbed to the sixth floor of a construction site and aimed a gun at a hospital in San Francisco on Wednesday, authorities say, reports KRON . The man first robbed a nearby sporting goods store in San Bruno with a handgun, making off with a rifle... More »

'Legendary Stripper' Dead at 78

Carol Doda helped introduce topless entertainment to San Francisco

(Newser) - Legendary San Francisco stripper Carol Doda, whose splashy act helped introduce topless entertainment to the city more than 50 years ago, has died at age 78. Doda died Monday in the city from complications of kidney failure, friend Ron Minolla disclosed Wednesday. Doda first went topless in 1964 at the... More »

San Francisco Vote Looms Large Over Airbnb's Future

Prop F would limit short-term rentals to 75 days per year

(Newser) - San Francisco residents are heading to the polls Tuesday to vote on a number of propositions, but the one getting the most attention is Proposition F—essentially a referendum on hometown tech company Airbnb. If passed, Proposition F would limit short-term rentals through Airbnb and other rental sites like HomeAway,... More »

SF's Rent Just Got Even More Ridiculous

Median price for a 1-bedroom unit reaches $3,620 per month

(Newser) - You think rent prices are bad in your area? You really shouldn't complain, unless you live in San Francisco. There, a one-bedroom apartment rents for a median price of $3,620 per month—up 13% since last year and $90 since last month—making San Francisco the most US... More »

Engineer: I Dodged SF Rent, Live in Spider-Filled Van

Rents too damn high, send female software engineer to live in camper

(Newser) - Katharine Patterson has to be very quiet when she's typing at night. Not because she's afraid of disturbing a sleeping spouse or baby, but because she doesn't want anyone in her San Francisco Bay neighborhood to hear sounds coming from inside the van where she lives. In... More »

Cyclists Fighting Stop Signs in San Francisco

'It feels like the Wild West'

(Newser) - How would you feel about being able to legally roll through a stop sign while riding a bike? Your answer to that question probably depends on whether you're a cyclist or a driver. The New York Times reports San Francisco is considering a controversial ordinance that would allow bicycles... More »

Squatter Allegedly Helps Himself to Mansion's Art

Cops say he stole and sold more than $300K worth of paintings

(Newser) - A 39-year-old man was arrested Sunday for allegedly squatting in the guest house of a historic San Francisco mansion while stealing and selling nearly a dozen paintings off its walls. Police were called to the vacant mansion—put on the market in 2012 for $25 million—for reports of a... More »

Guy Sues After Skull Crushed by Giant Falling Pine Cone

Man was napping in park when 16-pound seed pod crushed his head

(Newser) - Sean Mace—on vacation after losing his job in Washington—was napping under some trees in a San Francisco park while waiting to watch the Blue Angels perform when his skull was crushed by a falling 16-pound pine cone, the San Francisco Chronicle reports. The accident happened in October 2014,... More »

The Last Gun Store in SF Is Closing

Manager Steven Alcairo says he won't comply with proposed laws

(Newser) - San Francisco's last gun shop says the city has won the war after years of legislative battles, each one bringing new restrictions on how the shop does business. Around since the 1950s, High Bridge Arms will close its doors next month, reports KGO-TV . Manager Steven Alcairo says past regulations... More »

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