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Homeless and Coding? This School Makes It Possible

Holberton School is among a growing group of non-traditional coding academies

(Newser) - An experimental two-year coding program in San Francisco has a student population that is 40% female and 53% minority. That's more diverse than the makeup of many tech companies that have traditionally drawn their talent from top universities like Stanford and MIT. (Google, for instance, has a technical work... More »

UPS Gunman Complained About Excessive Overtime

Jimmy Lam, 38, filed a grievance in March

(Newser) - Though motive has not been established, the UPS driver who opened fire during a meeting with co-workers had filed a grievance that he was working excessive overtime and appeared to specifically go after the three drivers he killed before fatally shooting himself. Jimmy Lam, 38, filed the grievance in March... More »

UPS Employee Kills 3, Self at San Francisco Facility

Shooting started during morning meeting for UPS drivers

(Newser) - A second shooting is making headlines Wednesday, this one across the country from the morning assault near DC. Police in San Francisco say multiple people have been shot and killed at a UPS facility in the city, reports ABC7 . Authorities say a UPS employee opened fire during a morning meeting... More »

This Mansion Is Expensive Even for Billionaires

Italian-style villa in San Francisco has 8 marble fireplaces

(Newser) - Everybody knows it's expensive to live in San Francisco, but the cost of real estate may finally be too high for even its wealthiest residents. Business Insider reports on a mansion in Cow Hollow, a posh neighborhood on the edge of "Billionaire's Row," that's been... More »

Golden Gate Bridge Boosts Security After Insane Stunts

Teens filmed themselves doing backflips atop bridge

(Newser) - The Golden Gate Bridge is beefing up security to prevent others following in the slippery footsteps of two teenagers who climbed the bridge and performed death-defying stunts. In video posted on YouTube, the two 18-year-olds from Wisconsin climb suspension cables before doing backflips and somersaults on a walkway, the San ... More »

'Mom Is 3rd Person to Die' for Her SF Apartment

Daughter describes Beatriz Allen's battle over eviction during her final days

(Newser) - A woman in San Francisco has died in the midst of an extended battle against eviction from her apartment. Beatriz Allen, who passed away in her sleep at the age of 81 on April 30, had lived in her Noe Valley home for nearly 40 years. But in 2014, healthcare... More »

Body Found Under Home Was Child Buried 140 Years Ago

Edith Howard Cook died just shy of her 3rd birthday

(Newser) - The 19th-century body of a girl found last year inside a small metal casket under a San Francisco home has been identified, researchers announced Tuesday. The child was 2-year-old Edith Howard Cook, who died on Oct. 13, 1876, six weeks short of her third birthday, the nonprofit Garden of Innocence... More »

A San Francisco Icon Sues Its Sinking Tower

Joe Montana, a resident of Millennium Tower, sues developer

(Newser) - Add Joe Montana to the list of people not too pleased that San Francisco's Millennium Tower is sinking. The former 49ers quarterback, one of the luxury tower's residents , is suing the developer, alleging in court documents that the company hid problems with the building—which it knew about... More »

100-Year-Old Woman Dies Month After Eviction

She was forced to leave home of more than 50 years

(Newser) - A sad end to the long life of Iris Canada: The 100-year-old San Francisco woman has died the month after she was evicted from the apartment that was her home for more than 50 years. A final eviction notice was delivered to her residence and the locks were changed on... More »

Tech Firm Offers Employees $10K to Move Away From SF

New hires can get 'de-location' package

(Newser) - Tech company Zapier says San Francisco is a fantastic city—and it would like to encourage its employees to move far away from it. In a blog post , CEO Wade Foster offers a $10,000 "de-location" package to new recruits who are struggling with the cost of living in... More »

Woman Dies After Drinking Toxic Tea in SF

Yu-Ping Xie had been hospitalized for weeks

(Newser) - A medicinal tea apparently had the opposite effect on a San Francisco woman, who died Saturday after weeks in critical condition. Yu-Ping Xie, 56, initially fell ill in February after consuming a medicinal tea blend she'd purchased from Sun Wing Wo Trading Co. in San Francisco's Chinatown. Within... More »

Happiest Cities Are Mostly in One State

8 of top 10 are in sunny California: WalletHub

(Newser) - Life in sunny California sure is sweet, according to WalletHub . Based on factors such as emotional and physical well-being and income and employment, the site has compiled a list of the happiest cities in the country—and ones in California dominate the upper ranks. The top 10, with "happiness... More »

Potentially Lethal Toxin Found in San Francisco Tea

At least two people have had to be resuscitated

(Newser) - Two people had to be resuscitated and are now seriously ill in the hospital after drinking toxic tea purchased in San Francisco's Chinatown, the San Francisco Chronicle reports. The tea, made from leaves purchased at the Sun Wing Wo Trading Co., was found to contain aconite, a plant-based toxin... More »

Dirt-Bike Gang Attacks Driver in Middle of Highway

Victim reportedly works as an Uber driver in SF

(Newser) - San Francisco police are searching for 10 to 15 suspects on dirt bikes and an ATV who were recorded Wednesday surrounding a vehicle and beating up its driver, who reportedly drives for Uber. The group was first seen performing stunts in the street shortly before driving onto Highway 101 and... More »

Serena Challenges 2 Guys to Tennis in SF Park

'Is this for real?'

(Newser) - Two guys at a San Francisco park were lucky enough to get a tennis lesson from one of the biggest names in the game: Serena Williams was walking in Mission Dolores Park with her fiance on Sunday night when she came across two men playing tennis and offered to join... More »

Janitor Making $270K Spends Lots of Time in a Closet: Probe

BART reps scrambling to explain how Liang Zhao Zhang pulled in so much in 2015

(Newser) - There's quite a difference between making $58,000 a year and $270,000, and that huge gap is why some are now poking around to see how a San Francisco janitor has been pulling in the latter . The San Francisco Chronicle reports on Liang Zhao Zhang, who cleans the... More »

Book Returned to Library 100 Years Late

Man's great-grandmother had checked out 'Forty Minutes Late' (no joke) in 1917

(Newser) - A book of short stories titled Forty Minutes Late has been returned to the San Francisco Public Library—100 years late, the AP reports. The San Francisco Chronicle reports that Bay Area resident Webb Johnson returned the book Friday. There was no fine. Johnson's great-grandmother had checked it out... More »

The Best, Worst Cities for Sticking to Resolutions

Salt Lake City is best, Detroit is worst: WalletHub

(Newser) - It takes only weeks for 80% of people to drop their New Year's resolutions, per US News , but whether you're among that group may depend on where you live. To determine the best and worst cities for residents to keep resolutions, WalletHub analyzed a host of data on... More »

Uber's Self-Driving Cars Hit SF, One Promptly Runs Red Light

But it says a driver was operating it at the time

(Newser) - Uber rolled out self-driving car service in San Francisco Wednesday and it did not go smoothly. Within hours, the California Department of Motor Vehicles ordered the company to halt the service, saying it was breaking the law because it didn't have the necessary testing permit to "operate its... More »

Your Best Bet for an 'Epic' New Year's Eve? Orlando

Here are the top 10 US cities in which to ring in the New Year

(Newser) - Looking to give 2016 a memorable sendoff? Consider booking a flight to one of the cities on WalletHub's list of best places to ring in the New Year. The site analyzed the 100 largest cities in America using "20 key indicators of an epic New Year's Eve.... More »

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