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First Homeless Shelter For LGBT Adults Opens

SAN FRANCISCO—On Wednesday, June 17, the first homeless shelter dedicated to LGBT adults opened at 1050 S. Van Ness St. in the Mission District.  The shelter is named Jazzie's Place, after the late San Francisco-based transgender activist Jazzie Collins. The shelter has been in the works since March 2010, when several homeless LGBT people attended a Board of Supervisors meeting...

Gap Closing 175 Stores

SAN FRANCISCO—The Gap has announced that it will be closing approximately 175 stores across North America as it tries to restore the brand back to its position as one of the leading retailers in the world. The announcement follows five consecutive quarters of decreased sales. Gap Inc. Chief Executive Officer Art Peck said in a press release that after, “following a thorough...

Uber Bans Guns On Rides

SAN FRANCISCO—As of Friday, June 19, Uber drivers and passengers are no longer permitted to carry fire-arms per reversal in company policy. Citing safety and comfort as a top priority, Uber warned on its webpage that “any rider or driver found to have violated prohibition may lose access to the Uber platform.” The prohibition also applies to Uber’s affiliates...

Obama And Clinton Visiting Bay Area

SAN FRANCISCO—President Obama will be in Southern California on Thursday, June 18 before coming to the Bay Area this weekend. Presidential hopeful Hillary Clinton will be close behind, arriving in the Bay Area shortly after the president and is expected to depart on Saturday, June 20. Both Democrats will be making the rounds in California to attend fundraisers. In...

California: World’s Seventh Largest Economy

CALIFORNIA—California's economy is now larger than Brazil's, Russia's and Italy's. The economy is the world's seventh largest when measured by GDP. California's gross domestic product reached $2.3 trillion last year. The state's economy is hugely impacted by the entertainment industry that thrives in Southern California, the vast array of agriculture in Central California and the booming tech industry that resides...

Charleston Animal Mutilation Suspect Arrested

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WARNING: Article contains disturbing images. CHARLESTON, NORTH CAROLINA—The discovery of Caitlyn, a brown Staffordshire terrier who was found on the doorstep of her former owner's home with her snout taped shut, sparked a manhunt in Charleston, South Carolina for a ruthless animal mutilator. Caitlyn, formerly known as "Diamond," was sold on Memorial Day for $10 by her original owners, who were...

SF Leads Nation In Housing Market Growth

San Francisco home prices are up 10.3 percent from last March according to data from the Standard & Poor's Case-Shiller 20-city index; highest in national housing market
SAN FANCISCO—According to new data from the Case-Shiller index, the housing market is on the rise, and homes in the city of San Francisco saw the largest jump in price. As of March 2015, San Francisco housing prices are up 10.3 percent from a year ago. Denver came a close second, with a 10 percent increase in home prices. Washington D.C. and Cleveland,...

Tweet Costs Bay Area Producer His Job

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SAN FRANCISCO—Carlos La Roche, a Bay Area freelance producer working for the ABC-owned station KGO, was fired last week after sending out an inflammatory tweet about Oakland protestors. The tweet, which reads, "Looks like the born losers, er "protestors" will be in #Oakland 2night. Hope OPD uses real bullets. Now let's get back to this one... #Hoops." The tweet was sent...

Government Budget Could Keep UC Tuition The Same

WESTWOOD—A government proposed budget submitted on Thursday, May 14 could help keep UCLA and other University of California campuses tuition the same for the 2016-2017 school year. The proposal was submitted by Governor Jerry Brown and would postpone the UC’s Board of Regent’s new policy of a 5 percent tuition increase per year for the next five years, which was approved in...

Music Legend BB King Dead At 89

LAS VEGAS, NV—Blues Hall of Famer B.B. King died Thursday, May 14 at the age of 89 in his Las Vegas home. The musician is mostly remembered for his influence in the music industry from blues to rock n’ roll. During his prime he was even nicknamed the “King of Blues." He received numerous awards during his lifetime, including being inducted to...
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