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Woman Paralyzed After Branch Falls on Her at City Park

Donations are being collected for the family

(Newser) - Cui Ying Zhou was at a San Francisco park watching her little girls play on Aug. 12 when her life changed forever. A 100-pound branch fell 50 feet from a tree and hit her on the head, snapping her spine and leaving her paralyzed, the San Francisco Chronicle reports. Now,... More »

Nursing Mom Brashly Takes On Uncooperative Hotel

Lynda Nguyen only wanted a place to pump

(Newser) - When Lynda Nguyen asked employees at Embassy Suites in San Francisco for a place to pump breast milk while attending a work conference, she says she was offered a public bathroom. "I told them they don't eat lunch in the bathroom, so it's gross to expect me... More »

5 Best US Cities for Foodies

You'll want to wear your stretchy pants in New Orleans

(Newser) - Who's up for a foodie road trip? Travel and Leisure knows just where you should stop for gumbo and crawfish: New Orleans is the ultimate destination, according to the magazine's ranking of the 10 best US cities for food, based on readers' votes. The top five: More »

College Student Shot Dead Playing Pokemon Go

Family friend says someone was watching him

(Newser) - A 20-year-old college baseball player was shot dead while playing Pokemon Go in San Francisco on Saturday in a crime a police officer says "makes no sense." Authorities say Calvin Riley of San Mateo was shot at the bustling Aquatic Park in the Fisherman's Wharf area, frequented... More »

Police Union's 'Black Labs Matter' Photo Is 'Inflammatory'

San Francisco police are already being reviewed for racism

(Newser) - In an effort to "tone down the rhetoric" surrounding fatal police shootings, the San Francisco police union published a photo that, in the eyes of mayor Ed Lee, does the exact opposite, KRON reports. The photo published in the August edition of the San Francisco Police Officers Association Journal... More »

The Leaning Tower of … San Francisco?

Luxury Millennium Tower said to be sinking and tilting

(Newser) - San Francisco’s ultimate symbol of decadence and luxury is sinking, horrifying well-heeled tenants and laying the foundation for a costly legal battle. With bold-name residents such as Joe Montana and SF Giants outfielder Hunter Pence, Millennium Tower was hailed as one of the world’s top 10 residential buildings... More »

Top 10 Big US Cities to Live In

San Francisco is king

(Newser) - San Francisco might be pricey , but it's also a great place to live—the best, in fact, according to a new WalletHub ranking. The site compared the "livability," education, health, taxes, and local economy of all 62 US cities with at least 300,000 residents to come... More »

The 10 Worst US Cities for Drivers

Washington, Detroit top the list

(Newser) - Be sure to take the bus when visiting the nation's capital. That's the takeaway from WalletHub's ranking of the worst US cities for drivers, based on gas prices, hours spent in traffic, crash deaths, car thefts, parking fees, and more in the country's 100 biggest cities.... More »

Airbnb Sues Its Hometown

Company says San Francisco rental registration ordinance is confusing, unconstitutional

(Newser) - Airbnb has filed a lawsuit alleging its First Amendment rights have been violated and that rules surrounding a new city ordinance flout federal protection for internet companies, and its target is its own hometown, the Los Angeles Times reports. The ordinance in question was passed unanimously earlier this month by... More »

SF Man's Rent Leaps From $1.8K to $8K

He might be evicted amid battle over 344% hike

(Newser) - The Rent Is Too Damn High party may have a new voter: Neil Hutchinson, a San Francisco man whose rent has just gone from $1,800 a month to $8,000. Hutchinson tells ABC7 that the 344% increase went into effect this month and he is appealing it to the... More »

9-Year-Old Completes Record-Breaking Swim

He swam from SF to Alcatraz Island and back

(Newser) - Nine-year-old James Savage may have a new Guinness World Record under his belt. The California boy swam from the shore of San Francisco to Alcatraz Island and back on Tuesday, becoming the youngest swimmer to complete the two-mile trip, per NBC News . A 10-year-old boy previously held the record after... More »

Cops: Woman Gets in Police Chase in Stolen Ambulance

And it ends in a fiery crash

(Newser) - Paramedics leaving a San Francisco apartment building with their patient Tuesday morning were shocked to find their ambulance missing, the San Francisco Chronicle reports. They had left it running when they went inside. Police used a tracking device inside the ambulance to catch up with it a short time later.... More »

Baby Ditched at SF State in 1984 Just Graduated From There

Jillian Sobol, now 31, was found in a box

(Newser) - A newborn abandoned in a box in a San Francisco State University dorm in 1984 just came full circle—by graduating from the same school. The San Francisco Chronicle relays the story of Jillian Sobol, now 31, whose biological mom, a student at SFSU, gave birth and left the infant... More »

Murdered Woman's Family Sues 'Sanctuary City'

They blame feds, San Francisco for killing

(Newser) - The family of a woman shot dead as she walked along a San Francisco pier last year, allegedly by a Mexican man who had been deported five times before , is suing the city and the government agencies whose failings they say led to her death. Kate Steinle's family filed... More »

Have a Glass of San Francisco Fog, On the Rocks

Now being offered in the form of vodka

(Newser) - An "extraordinarily crisp" vodka with "elegant hints of pear, citrus, and honeysuckle" is now available from a California distillery—and it's made with the finest fog San Francisco has to offer, Time reports. Hangar 1's high-end Fog Point (a bottle goes for $125) is crafted from... More »

SF Police Chief Resigns After Woman Shot Dead

It's time to 'heal the city,' mayor says

(Newser) - The fatal police shooting of an unarmed black woman Thursday was the final straw for San Francisco Mayor Ed Lee, who asked for and received the resignation of police Chief Greg Suhr within hours. Lee, who appointed Suhr in 2011, had stood by the chief through previous controversies, including other... More »

Entrepreneur Pitches Live-In Vans to Techies

'Eat Google food, use their gym, and sleep in the van'

(Newser) - "Rent is too high even if you could find a place. So be adventurous and think about it." So writes Robert Allen in an ad posted to Craigslist last week. The San Francisco Chronicle reports Allen is hoping young tech workers fed up with ballooning rents in the... More »

Amazon Brings Restaurant Delivery to San Francisco

Where it hopes it can cross its countless startup competitors

(Newser) - As step 496 in its 10,000-step plan to rule the world, Amazon unveiled its restaurant delivery service this week in San Francisco, Wired reports. Already available in a handful of other cities, Amazon's Prime Now is taking the battle to the home turf of its dozens of food-delivery... More »

New Woes for San Fran PD: Offensive Texts To, From Ex-Cop

CNN has docs showing racist, homophobic texts to and from James Lai

(Newser) - An ex-San Francisco cop described by his attorney as "well loved on his beat" is at the center of a text-messaging scandal over offensive texts sent to and from his personal phone, per documents obtained by CNN . The texts, exchanged in 2014 and 2015 between Jason Lai and friends... More »

4.5B-Year-Old Meteorite Launches Bizarre Legal Fight

"This isn't a typical theft"

(Newser) - The question of who owns a particular chunk of a famed meteorite is heading to federal court with the filing of a lawsuit and countersuit, SF Gate reports. It all started billions of years ago with the Fukang meteorite slammed into China's Gobi Desert. Fast-forward to the year 2000:... More »

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