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Robin Williams' Ashes Scattered in San Francisco Bay

He was cremated the day after his death

(Newser) - Robin Williams' ashes were scattered in San Francisco Bay on August 12, the day after his death, Radar reports. The information was listed on his official death certificate, TMZ reports, noting that the certificate doesn't list cause of death yet; it simply says "pending investigation." The coroner... More »

Matchmaker Hunting for Millionaire's Soul Mate

Women in California's Bay Area, he's looking at you

(Newser) - Attention, short, white, Jewish or Buddhist women in the Bay Area of California: Your Prince Charming is calling. Or not calling so much as hiring a national matchmaker to find his soul mate, reports SFist.com . The anonymous gent—early 50s, "generously philanthropic, well educated, a wine lover ..."... More »

Nude Candidate Makes His Case at Times Square

Though George Davis is actually running for office in San Francisco

(Newser) - San Francisco Board of Supervisors candidate George Davis stripped buck naked in Times Square today to campaign for the right to be nude in public. Davis spoke out against a 2013 San Francisco public nudity ban introduced by his opponent, Scott Wiener. His basic argument: Nudity is a form of... More »

San Francisco's Median Home Price: $1M

It's the first time homes in any Bay Area county have hit this milestone

(Newser) - If you’re wondering why you can't afford a home in the City by the Bay, blame the "Google kids": Tech workers with cash to burn are part of the reason that the median price paid for a home in San Francisco just reached $1 million, reports the... More »

Hip SF Guy Gives Panhandlers New Signs

Anthony Bustos tries to help homeless with better signage

(Newser) - Would you give change to a homeless guy carrying the shabby sign, "Poor, hungry"? San Francisco social entrepreneur Anthony Bustos saw such a man and "had no inclination to give alms" to him, he says—but realized he might feel differently if he'd seen a better... More »

George Lucas Plans $1B Museum for Chicago

Will house art collection, film posters, and more

(Newser) - Chicago will soon be home George Lucas' collection of art, film memorabilia, animation, and more—though the city wasn't necessarily Lucas' first choice for his private museum. The filmmaker proposed a $700 million plan earlier this year to build the museum in San Francisco, but his chosen bayside location... More »

Grandson of SF Suicide Net Advocate Jumps to Death

'It's not the bridge's fault,' says former transit director

(Newser) - Heartbreak for the transit official who spearheaded efforts to install a suicide barrier at the Golden Gate Bridge: His own grandson has become the latest person to leap to his death from the bridge. John Moylan, 86, was the director of the Golden Gate Bridge Transit District when the prevention... More »

Boy, 2, Dies in Freak Accident at Fisherman's Wharf

He was crushed by falling dolphin statue

(Newser) - A Utah family's visit to San Francisco ended in horror when their 2-year-old son died after a freak accident outside a Fisherman's Wharf antique store. Police say Kayson Shelton climbed up on a large, heavy dolphin statue, causing it to tip over on him, reports the San Francisco ... More »

Gold Rush Barons Give Away Last of Their Land

300 acres donated to San Francisco park authorities

(Newser) - A single family has controlled large swaths of Bay Area land since the Gold Rush, but that era ended this week, the San Francisco Chronicle reports: The Pattersons have donated the last of their land—almost 300 acres—to the East Bay Regional Park District. The $10 million donation is... More »

FBI Captures SF Explosives Suspect

PR consultant posted apparent suicide note

(Newser) - After a nationwide manhunt, the FBI says the San Francisco social media expert and political consultant suspected of stockpiling explosives was captured within sight of the Golden Gate Bridge. When agents arrested Ryan Kelly Chamberlain II at a cafe, he "looked pretty surprised and frantic," a witness tells... More »

FBI: PR Man Now Armed, Dangerous Fugitive

Explosives found at home of SF political consultant

(Newser) - A well-known public relations consultant in San Francisco is now the target of a nationwide manhunt after police found explosives in his apartment. The agency says Ryan Kelly Chamberlain II, 42, should be considered armed and dangerous and may be in possession of more explosives, USA Today reports. He was... More »

Rat Hoarder Stumps San Francisco Officials

Erica J. breeds hundreds of the animals

(Newser) - San Francisco authorities just don't know what to do about the 43-year-old woman dubbed "Rat Girl." She keeps breeding rats—we're talking hundreds of them—and some escape or are set free. The result: A thousand rats were wandering around the neighborhood of the residential hotel... More »

The Fittest US City Is...

Washington, DC; Memphis comes in last

(Newser) - The fittest city in the US also happens to be the capital. So says this year's American Fitness Index , the work of the American College of Sports Medicine. The report scores cities based on a range of factors, including chronic health problems like diabetes; healthy and not-so-healthy behaviors, like... More »

Zuckerberg Throws $120M Into Local Schools

Priscilla Chan says it's an 'incredibly personal issue'

(Newser) - As debate rages over Silicon Valley's gentrification of the Bay Area, Mark Zuckerberg yesterday gave parents there a reason to applaud their wealthy neighbors. The Facebook founder and his wife, Priscilla Chan, announced that they're sinking $120 million into San Francisco-area schools over the next five years, the... More »

Envelopes of Cash Being Hidden Around SF

Real estate millionaire says LA is next

(Newser) - Someone who has made a lot of money in the San Francisco real estate market is giving some of it back—in $20 and $100 bills stuffed in envelopes hidden around the city. All that's known about the anonymous millionaire, who uses the Twitter handle @HiddenCash : He's between... More »

Bay Area's Next 'Big One' Might Not Be One

It's more likely to be a cluster of earthquakes: researchers

(Newser) - If you're a Californian living in fear of the inevitable next "Big One" to hit the San Francisco Bay Area, well, we're not sure if you'll find this comforting or not: A new study from USGS scientists finds that the next "Big One" is more... More »

Google Buses Hurt the Environment

Gentrification makes the poor into reluctant drivers: Susie Cagle

(Newser) - Google touts the much-maligned buses that transport its San Francisco worker force as a sign of its green bona fides—after all, they keep employees' cars off the road. But in a high-profile lawsuit, activists are making the opposite argument: that the buses actually harm the environment because they foster... More »

1888 Shipwreck Found in SF Bay

Collision stirred anti-Chinese sentiment

(Newser) - The wreck of a passenger steamer that went down in 1888 with the loss of 16 lives has been found sitting upright on the bed of San Francisco Bay not far from the Golden Gate Bridge. In one of the city's worst maritime disasters, a steamer named the City... More »

Surfer Saves Boy Caught by Rogue Wave

Boy's uncle also saved, but man's son still missing

(Newser) - The Coast Guard is searching the waters off the coast of San Francisco for signs of a 14-year-old boy swept out to sea by a rouge wave that almost claimed his cousin, too. Marco Cornejo and his cousin were playing in the waters of Ocean Beach when a wave swept... More »

Vandals Go on Smart-Car Flipping Spree

San Francisco residents spot gang flipping eco-friendly cars

(Newser) - You didn't park a Smart car in San Francisco this weekend ... right? Well, four were flipped over between last night and this morning, apparently by a small group wearing hooded sweatshirts, NBC Bay Area reports. "They looked like they were up to no good," said an eyewitness... More »

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