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“General Hospital” May Extravaganza

HOLLYWOOD—I seriously thought we would be waiting for another six months before the truth about Jake Doe aka Jason Morgan came to fruition, but May sweeps kicked off in an epic way this week. For weeks it has been known that Nikolas Cassadine is aware of the true identity of Jake Doe, but kept it to himself in his...

Cyclist Attacked By Driver

SAN FRANCISCO—On Thursday, May 7, near City College on Phelan Avenue, San Francisco State University lecturer and bicycle safety activist, Anthony Ryan, was violently pursued by a vehicle while he was riding home on his bicycle. Without any supposed provocation, a driver of a two-door white Honda approached Ryan from behind and began several attempts to knock him off his bike. The...

SF Police Officers Under Review For Racial Bias

SAN FRANCISCO—San Francisco is joining numerous other cities including Ferguson, Missouri, and Baltimore, Maryland, in investigating police officers engaging in racial and anti-gay biases. San Francisco's investigation is a continuation of an indictment of ex-officer, Ian Furminger, who is now serving 41 months in prison on corruption charges. An exposition of Furminger's personal text messages not only exposed his individual...

Smash And Grab Burglary Caught On Tape

SAN FRANCISCO—The person responsible for several burglaries in the West Portal neighborhood of San Francisco was captured on camera during his latest break-in. On April 21, at around 3:30 a.m., The Art of Style, a clothing store on West Portal Avenue, owned by 25-year-old Nadia Giusti, was burglarized by an unknown man, resulting in $3,000 worth of merchandise lost and over $2,000...

Smokeless Tobacco Banned In SF Ballparks

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SAN FRANCISCO—Beginning January 1, 2016, smokeless tobacco and chewing tobacco will be banned at sporting venues across the city. The new ordinance, signed Friday by Mayor Edward Lee, makes San Francisco the first city in the United States to ban a product that has been synonymous with baseball. Supporters of the ordinance have argued that the ban will push impressionable youngsters...

Consultant Booked In Child Pornography Case

SAN FRANCISCO—Enrique Pearce, a San Francisco political consultant with ties to Mayor Edward Lee, was arrested May 7 on child pornography charges. After gaining a warrant to search Pearce's Civic Center apartment, law enforcement reportedly discovered the 41-year-old in possession of over 600 images of minors engaged in sexual activity. Following the search, Pearce was booked at San Francisco County Jail...

Immigrant Services Receiving $2.5 Million

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SAN FRANCISCO—On Thursday, May 7, San Francisco Mayor Edward M Lee announced that the city will disperse an additional $2.5 million to fund services for immigrants over the next two years. Of San Francisco's current population, an estimated 36 percent are foreign born. Of those 36 percent, an estimated 45,000 are undocumented immigrants. The city currently spends $3.8 million annually on immigrant services. With...

Economic Espionage: Conspirators Plead Guilty

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SAN FRANCISCO—Christina Liew has pleaded guilty in an economic espionage case in which she and her husband Walter Liew were accused of stealing trade secrets from the American chemical company DuPont and selling them to a Chinese competitor. Liew, her husband, and DuPont employees took part in an alleged conspiracy to sell the formula for a highly coveted whitener that...

Ahmad Brooks Accused of Sexual Assault

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SAN FRANCISCO—San Francisco 49ers outside linebacker Ahmad Brooks has been accused of sexual assault in an alleged incident involving former Niners defensive lineman Ray McDonald. The plaintiff of the lawsuit, a woman who alleges that McDonald sexually assaulted her last December after she fell and hit her head by his pool, has named Brooks in a cross complaint that states...

Oakland A’s Move To San Jose On Life Support

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SAN JOSE—The City of San Jose's efforts to lure the Oakland A's from their longtime home hit a road block following a court ruling that determined the city needed to gain voter approval before allotting a slice of downtown real estate for a new baseball stadium. “The city is and has been in violation of (the law) for several years...
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