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SF Man Pleads Guilty To Selling Black Rhino Horns

SAN FRANCISCO—On Friday, August 21, a San Francisco man pled guilty to charges of violating federal laws that protect endangered or threatened wildlife after attempting to sell two black rhinoceros horns to an undercover federal agent for $55,000. The suspect, identified as Lumsden Quan, is a 47-year-old art dealer, but was posing as a broker for the horns' owners. He and his partner, Edward Levine,...

25 Uber Drivers Found With Criminal Backgrounds

One of the many taxis protesting Uber's unregulated practices.Image courtesly of Eric Levenson @EJLeven via Twitter
SAN FRANCISCO—San Francisco District Attorney George Gascón, has made allegations against Uber stating that “rapists, kidnappers, and killers are driving people to their destinations.”  Gascón filed a formal complaint with Los Angeles District Attorney Jackie Lacey against Uber in December 2014 objecting to the company’s claim of using “an industry-leading background check process" to hire their drivers. Gascón and Lacey stated...

4.0 Magnitude Earthquake Strikes

PIEDMONT—At 6:49 a.m. on Monday, August 17, a 4.0 magnitude earthquake shook the Bay area, according to the United States Geological Survey (USGS).  The earthquake occurred approximately 1 mile north of Piedmont, 2 miles northeast of Emeryville, 3 miles northeast of Oakland, 3 miles southeast of Berkeley and 65 miles southwest of Sacramento. The specific source coordinates of the quake were 37.840°N and...

SFUSD Defies State Law To Grant Diplomas

In a groundbreaking decision, SFUSD voted to grant 107 high-school diplomas; even though they had not taken the CAHSEE.
SAN FRANCISCO—The San Francisco Unified School District board members have voted to grant diplomas to 107 students who were unable to graduate solely due to California’s decision to stop offering the California High-School Exit Exam (CAHSEE). Prior to the state’s decision, the exit exam was offered multiple times throughout the year, as well as once during the summer. According to...

Squirrels Test Positive For Plague At Yosemite

The California Department of Public Health discovered two dead squirrels that tested positive for the plague virus at Yosemite National Park.Photo courtesy of California Department of Public Health
YOSEMITE NATIONAL PARK—Two squirrels were discovered to have been killed by a plague at Yosemite National Park’s Tuolumne Meadows Campgrounds on Friday, August 14. According to the National Park Service, Tuolumne Meadows Campground will be closed from noon on August 17 to noon on August 21. All individuals who held camping reservations were contacted by the park services to have...

Family Searches For Missing 15-Year-Old

TURLOCK—Family and friends are seeking help in looking for 15-year-old Turlock resident Yarely Coria, who disappeared on Wednesday, August 12. Her family told San Francisco News that she was last seen leaving home via a taxi cab at around 2:45 a.m. The cab driver indicated that he dropped her off near Dublin, but did not see where she went after. The family...

SF Sheriff Ross Mirkarimi Has License Restored

SAN FRANCISCO—On Monday, August 10, it was reported that the DMV revoked the license of San Francisco Sheriff Ross Mirkarimi following his failure to report a car accident involving a city-owned car that occurred in October 2014. The suspension occurred back in February, but the specifics regarding the suspension only became public this week. The San Francisco Sheriff's Department spokeswoman Kenya Briggs...

3.3M Earthquake Strikes Off SF Coast

SAN FRANCISCO—A 3.3-magnitude earthquake that originated just off the coast of San Francisco jolted part of the Bay Area on Sunday, August 9. According to data provided by the US Geological Survey, the quake hit at 1:26 p.m. local time and was centered about 9 miles west of San Francisco, at a depth of approximately 7 miles. The epicenter was along the San...

Kim Chambers Swims Farallons-Golden Gate Passage

Kim ChambersPhoto courtesy of Kimswims.com The San Francisco News
SAN FRANCISCO—New Zealand native, Kimberley Chambers, 38, made history as she became the first woman to successfully swim from the Farallon Islands to the Golden Gate Bridge on Saturday, August 8. Chambers swam the 30-mile stretch in 17 hours and 12 minutes. Prior to her feat, only four men had successfully completed the swim. Chambers had been training every morning in...

Warriors Players Invited To Las Vegas Minicamp

SAN FRANCISCO—USA Basketball has released the list of players confirmed to attend the three-day 2015 Las Vegas minicamp. The camp also serves as a tryout for the United States Olympic Men's Basketball Team. With four of their players attending, the Golden State Warriors is the most represented team for the camp roster. Attending Warriors players include Klay Thompson, Harrison Barnes, Draymond Green, and 2015...
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