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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 »

Police Couldn't Get Suicidal Man Off Ledge. A Cat Did

Pet brought peaceful end to 3-hour SF standoff

(Newser) - When hostage negotiators couldn't talk a suicidal man down from a building ledge in San Francisco, they prepared for the worst—until his cat turned up. Police say the suspected car thief ran from a traffic stop on Wednesday and spent more than three hours hanging out of a... More »

SF's Pee-Repelling Walls Are Really Making a Splash

So much so that the city will cover more walls in Ultra-Ever Dry paint

(Newser) - San Francisco's experiment with pee-repelling paint is working out so well that the city says it will expand the trial in an attempt to prevent further public urination. Since treating nine of its walls with a liquid-repelling coating that causes urine to bounce back at anyone seeking relief, the... More »

Insurer Announces Major HIV Breakthrough

Daily pill prevented HIV infection for all patients in new study

(Newser) - Big news in the fight against HIV: Kaiser Permanente, San Francisco's biggest private insurer, says that over a 32-month period, not a single one of its clients taking Truvada contracted HIV. Truvada is the name of the daily pre-exposure prophylaxis, or PrEP, pill that the CDC recommended for use... More »

There's Only One 1906 SF Quake Survivor Left

Ruth Newman, who was 5 when massive temblor hit, has died at 113

(Newser) - Ruth Newman, thought to be one of two remaining survivors of the Great San Francisco Earthquake of 1906 that shook the city and the surrounding area, has died. She was 113. Newman was 5 years old when the quake struck, shaking her home in a Healdsburg ranch about 70 miles... More »

Expert Agrees With Suspect: SF Killing Was an Accident

Judge to decide if Juan Francisco Lopez-Sanchez will face a murder trial

(Newser) - A ballistics expert yesterday seemed to back up Juan Francisco Lopez-Sanchez's claim that he fatally shot Kate Steinle by accident at San Francisco's Pier 14 in broad daylight in July. During a preliminary hearing, the former chief of the San Francisco Police crime lab said the gun the... More »

Public Peeing Blamed for This Scary SF Scene

Rusted light pole fell on car; no one was injured

(Newser) - If your bladder is about to burst and there's no bathroom in sight, do your business on something stronger than a light pole. That's the message from San Francisco's Public Utilities Commission after one of the city's three-story lamp posts toppled onto a nearby car Monday.... More »

Gun in SF Pier Shooting Belonged to Federal Agent

Francisco Sanchez pleads not guilty

(Newser) - Another twist in the Francisco Sanchez case: The gun that the murder suspect claims he found wrapped in a T-shirt on a bench belonged to a federal agent and was stolen in a recent car break-in, sources tell the San Francisco Chronicle . The sources say the firearm wasn't the... More »

Suspect in SF Woman's Murder Deported 5 Times

Juan Francisco Lopez-Sanchez was almost kicked out a sixth time

(Newser) - The man accused of murdering a woman in San Francisco this week is an undocumented immigrant who's been deported five times—and nearly got kicked out again earlier this year, CNN reports. Juan Francisco Lopez-Sanchez, 45, is in jail and faces a murder charge for the shooting death of... More »

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