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Planned Fix for Sinking Tower Hits Big Snag

Roadblock to $100M effort to reverse tilt of San Francisco's Millennium Tower: underground wall

(Newser) - San Francisco has been struggling for years with its Millennium Tower , an architectural fiasco that has seen the building slowly leaning and sinking into the ground below it. Now, the expensive plan to fix it may be in jeopardy, with reports that an underground shoring wall is now a wrench...

San Francisco Apartment Has a Steep Requirement

Renters must make at least $432K a year

(Newser) - It's not just expensive to own a home in San Francisco, it's expensive to rent. As in, it's the most expensive city in the nation to do so, as the San Francisco Chronicle has reported. The average monthly price for a one-bedroom place clocked in at $2,...

This Is the Healthiest City in America

San Francisco tops WalletHub's list; Brownsville, Texas, brings up the rear

(Newser) - The pandemic made many reassess the importance of staying fit, so WalletHub looked at more than 180 of the most populated US cities to see which are helping residents live their best wellness lives in four main categories: health care (including such factors as cost of basic medicine, quality of...

Smashed Storefronts, Car Windows Still Plague San Fran

The district attorney faces recall as business owners, residents continue to sweep up glass

(Newser) - Who can forget the mass smash-and-grab at a San Francisco Louis Vuitton in November? As CNN and others reported, it was just one example of a property crime rampage in several major cities. Nationally, the reported property crime rate has actually dropped steadily since the 1990s, per Statista , and SFist...

Here Are the Most, Least Affordable Cities in America

San Diego pushes San Francisco out as the most expensive market

(Newser) - Move over, San Francisco—you can no longer claim the most expensive housing market in the nation. The San Francisco Chronicle reports the city has been "dethroned," by one a little further south, according to a recent report from real estate firm OJO Labs . The new most unaffordable...

Want a Perpetual Smile on Your Face? Move Here

WalletHub ranks the happiest cities in the US, with 6 out of the top 10 falling in one state

(Newser) - Bobby McFerrin can only offer so many insinuations that being happy is just a state of mind. After all, there are real, measurable factors that can help boost one's happiness level, and in some parts of the US, those factors can be found in spades. WalletHub looked at more...

Rape Kit Comes Back to Haunt Victim in SF
Rape Kit Comes Back
to Haunt Victim in SF
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Rape Kit Comes Back to Haunt Victim in SF

But the practice has now been formally ended

(Newser) - Update: San Francisco officials announced Wednesday that the city's police department will no longer use DNA from survivors of sexual assaults and other crimes to investigate other, unrelated crimes. The practice ended as soon as the DA's office last week submitted a complaint, and it was formally put...

This Time, San Francisco May Be Political 'Bellwether'
Results in San Francisco
Seen as a 'Bellwether'
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Results in San Francisco Seen as a 'Bellwether'

Ouster of 3 liberal school board members viewed as part of a national trend

(Newser) - The recall of three liberal members of the city school board in San Francisco continues to reverberate, and a common theme in analyses is that the vote might be seen as a warning for Democrats nationwide. The shorthand view: Voters, even entrenched Democrats, are pushing back against policies they see...

San Francisco's Special Election Delivers 'Clear Message'

3 school board members ousted in city's first recall since 1983

(Newser) - San Francisco residents recalled three members of the city's school board on Tuesday for what critics called misplaced priorities and putting progressive politics over the needs of children during the pandemic. Voters overwhelmingly approved the recall in a special election, according to tallies by the San Francisco Department of...

6th Victim Added to Tally of 1970s 'Doodler' Serial Killer

Police in San Francisco say they are close to an arrest decades after the slayings of gay men

(Newser) - The Doodler is still out there, but police in San Francisco say they are closer than ever to catching the 1970s serial killer who targeted gay men. On Thursday, the SFPD confirmed a sixth victim—52-year-old attorney Warren Andrews, reports SFGate . Warren was savagely beaten in the city's...

This 90-Year-Old Fish Likes Belly Rubs

Australian lungfish Methuselah is believed to be world's oldest aquarium fish

(Newser) - Meet Methuselah, the fish that likes to eat fresh figs, get belly rubs, and is believed to be the oldest living aquarium fish in the world. In the Bible, Methuselah was Noah's grandfather and was said to have lived to be 969 years old. Methuselah the fish isn't...

Home With No Bedrooms Sells for $2M in San Francisco
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Decrepit Zero-Bedroom Home Sells for 'Head-Scratcher' Price

Someone decided this rundown San Francisco residence was worth $2M

(Newser) - If paying a $6,600-a-month mortgage on a rundown home that doesn't have a single bedroom seems steep to you, at least one person doesn't agree. Per Insider , someone has scooped up such a property in San Francisco's Noe Valley neighborhood, paying $1.97 million for the...

San Francisco's Millennium Tower Now Tilting 26 Inches

City is still trying to settle on the best fix

(Newser) - Update: San Francisco's Millennium Tower is now 26 inches off center, with 10 inches of that tilt occurring last year while work on a supposed fix was underway, according to the project's chief engineer. A retrofit was halted in the summer after the building sank further into soft...

This Is the City With the Most Active Lifestyle

San Francisco tops WalletHub's ranking, while North Las Vegas brings up the rear

(Newser) - Juggling work, family, and one's own health and fitness can be a daunting task, and the latter often takes a back seat to all other responsibilities. The pandemic has caused even more people to stay away from gyms and other indoor activities. But there are some cities where residents...

Gig Driver Who Missed Car Rental Payments Mauled by K9

Ali Badr is suing city of San Ramon, Calif., for excessive force after being pulled over by cops

(Newser) - A gig driver badly mauled by a police dog is suing a San Francisco area suburb, alleging use of excessive force and violation of civil rights when police stopped him in December 2020 after he'd missed car rental payments, reports the AP . Dashboard and body-camera videos obtained by the...

Looking for a Job? Check Out These Cities

Columbia, Md., tops WalletHub's list

(Newser) - New year, new career—or at least a gig that's better than the one you've got? If a more satisfying or better-paying job is on your list of 2022 goals, some cities may be better bets than others, according to WalletHub . The site looked at more than 180...

Girl's Alleged Killer Arrested 43 Years Later

Mark Stanley Personette, 76, may have more victims, say police

(Newser) - A man was arrested in Colorado on suspicion of killing a teenage girl in San Francisco more than four decades ago—and detectives say he may be a suspect in other unsolved homicides, per the AP . Mark Stanley Personette, 76, was arrested in suburban Denver last week following a joint...

It Began With a Bobby Pin. Now She Has a New Home

TikTokker Demi Skipper describes 'surreal' trading spree that nabbed her a Nashville abode

(Newser) - A few months into the coronavirus pandemic, Demi Skipper offered up a bobby pin for trade. She's been trading up ever since, acquiring an Xbox, a diamond necklace, and several cars. But the 30-year-old San Francisco resident, who amassed 5 million followers while documenting her trades with strangers on...

These US Cities Have the Most, Least Holiday Spirit

New York City is the most festive of all, while Enterprise, Nev., is a bit of a Grinch

(Newser) - With 2022 almost upon us, it's the time of year when we wind down and kick back, which often includes a fair bit of festivities. LawnStarter wanted to know which places boast the most spirit of the season, so the site looked at the 200 largest cities in the...

It Took 8 Narcan Doses to Save Her. That Was Just the Start

A fentanyl-addicted daughter, and the mother who tried to help her

(Newser) - Laurie Steves made the drive alone from Port Orchard, Wash., to San Francisco this May. Kind of. As Heather Knight writes in a lengthy story for the San Francisco Chronicle , she had the ashes of her son Zachary in the car. The 25-year-old had died of a fentanyl and ketamine...

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