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American Beverage Association Sues San Francisco

San Francisco is being sued for new ordinances that will require labeling sugary beverages.Photo by: Sam Hodgson The San Francisco News
SAN FRANCISCO—The American Beverage Association (ABA) sued the city of San Francisco in federal court on Friday, July 24, in an effort to stop the implementation of the city's new ordinances that will require health risk warnings to be labeled on sugary beverage advertisements, including sodas, energy drinks, and sports drinks ads. According to San Francisco officials, on June 9 lawmakers unanimously...

SF Car Burglaries See Increase From Last Year

SAN FRANCISCO—Car burglaries in San Francisco have seen a sharp rise, according to a report by the city. Last year, the trend saw a spike of nearly 50 percent compared to 2013. In the first few months of 2015, that number has risen from 30 to 38 percent. One of the worst neighborhoods hit in the city is SoMa, which...

World Naked Bike Ride Bares All July 25

World Naked Bike Ride, San FranciscoPhoto by Gary StevensThe San Francisco News
SAN FRANCISCO—The World Naked Bike Ride will return to San Francisco on July 25 to protest the international dependence on fossil fuels and oil cartels. According to the World Naked Bike Ride's website and wiki page, WNBR is an international effort joined by "many different groups ... connected only by their determination to be naked on their bikes on WNBR day,...

Men Posing As Utility Workers Rob Woman

A white 77-year-old woman was robbed by two men posing as utility workers at 2 p.m. on Tuesday, July 21.
SAN FRANCISCO—Police are searching for two suspects posing as utility workers involved in the robbery of a 77-year-old woman that occurred on July 21. The San Francisco Police Department told the San Francisco News that the suspects rang the victim’s doorbell around 2 p.m. on the 1400 block of Portola Drive, claiming that they were utility workers checking pipes in the...

New Urine-Resistant Walls Installed

SAN FRANCISCO—The Department of Public Works has painted nine walls in San Francisco with urine-resistant paint in the hopes of deterring public urination. If the pilot program proves successful, more walls will be painted in the future. Mohammed Nuru, Public Works Director, told The San Francisco Chronicle that they want to discourage people from relieving themselves on public walls. “We are piloting...

House Votes To Cut Funding For “Sanctuary Cities”

On July 23, the House of Representatives passed a bill to cut federal funding for “sanctuary cities” like Los Angeles and San Francisco. The passage of the bill comes in the wake of the controversy surrounding the July 1 death of Kathryn Steinle.
WASHINGTON D.C.—On July 23, the House of Representatives passed a bill to cut federal funding for “sanctuary cities” like Los Angeles and San Francisco. A “sanctuary city” is one that provides shelter to illegal immigrants, usually by prohibiting police or city workers from asking people about their immigration status. In 1979, Los Angeles became the first sanctuary city when the...

San Francisco Roads Ranked Worst In U.S.

SAN FRANCISCO—A recent report by The Road Information Program (TRIP), a non-profit transportation research group, ranked San Francisco roads as the worst in the nation. TRIP's findings showed that roads in the San Francisco-Oakland area were more likely to be in poor condition than roads in other large and mid-sized urban areas. San Francisco narrowly beat out Los Angeles as the city...

Two Amy Winehouse Exhibits Open At CJM

On July 23, the Contemporary Jewish Museum opened two exhibits showcasing the late Amy Winehouse, notoriously talented and troubled singer. Photo by Steve McClanahan.
SAN FRANCISCO—On July 23, the Contemporary Jewish Museum opened two exhibits showcasing the personal life and impact of late singer Amy Winehouse. The first, “Amy Winehouse: A Family Portrait,” comes to San Francisco from the Jewish Museum London, which worked closely with the Winehouse family to curate a three-dimensional representation of the singer. The exhibit, according to the CJM, “is an...

“Southpaw” Delivers Dramatic Uppercut

HOLLYWOOD—I don’t know what it is about boxing flicks that seem to be such crowd-pleasers. With “The Hurricane” and “The Fighter” audiences got the opportunity to root for an underdog with plenty of dramatic flair. The latest boxing flick to hit theaters, “Southpaw” takes a formula that has been used before to introduce audiences to the character of Billy...

Price Increase Of Eggs Caused By Bird Flu

CALIFORNIA—The recent avian influenza epidemic has caused a price increase in eggs across the nation. According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), there are two types of avian influenza classified as H5N1; one strain is highly pathogenic and capable of producing rapid widespread disease, and the other is a lower risk. The influenza virus is highly susceptible to mutation,...
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