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Supermoon Eclipse Arriving September 27

SAN FRANCISCO—A total lunar eclipse is set to arrive on Sunday, September 27, between the hours of 5 p.m. and 6 p.m. PST. This event will mark the phenomenon scientists are calling the “supermoon eclipse." The next time this event is set to take place is in 2033. The last supermoon eclipse took place over three decades ago in...

SF County Jails Housing Transgender Inmates By Preferred Gender

SAN FRANCISCO—Transgender San Francisco County prison inmates will soon have the option to be sent to a prison based on their gender preference. San Francisco Sheriff Ross Mirkarimi made the announcement on Thursday, September 10. According to Mirkarimi, the change will begin to take place in a few weeks and is set to be completed by the end of the...

Radio Host Campaigns To Change SF Flag

SAN FRANCISCO—One Bay Area radio host is lobbying to change the San Francisco city flag, claiming that it is "ugly" and out-of-date. Roman Mars, host of the "99% Invisible" podcast on KALW, argues that it is time for the city to adopt a new flag that would be better representative of modern San Francisco. The host first brought attention to the...

SF Elementary School Adds Gender-Neutral Bathrooms

SAN FRANCISCO—An elementary school in San Francisco has become the first school in the city to implement gender-neutral bathrooms. Miraloma Elementary School removed the typical triangle and circle labels on the bathroom doors and substituted in signs reading "Inclusive Bathroom," accompanied with a male/female/transgender logo. Kindergarten and first-grade students at the school will now be able to use bathrooms without having to identify themselves simply as...

Oldest Survivor Of 1906 SF Quake Dies

SAN FRANCISCO—The oldest known survivor of the 1906 San Francisco Earthquake has reportedly died at the age of 113. Ruth Newman passed away in her home in Pebble Beach, California on July 29. Newman was only five years old when the earthquake hit Northern California and leveled most of San Francisco. Newman and the rest of her family, all of whom...

Parents Of Kathryn Steinle Sue

SAN FRANCISCO—The parents of Kathryn Steinle, the 32-year-old woman who was shot and killed two months ago while walking on San Francisco's Pier 14, have filed a lawsuit against local and federal authorities for actions that indirectly contributed to the death of their daughter. Among those Jim Steinle and Liz Sullivan name in their lawsuit are San Francisco Sheriff Ross Mirkarimi, Bureau of Land...

Big Business For Donald Trump Piñatas

SAN FRANCISCO—The hottest item on San Francisco's Mission Street are piñatas of presidential candidate Donald Trump. Piñatas made in the likeness of the Republican candidate have been flying off the shelves since being introduced at the Mission Street business Discount City. The item is being sold at a smaller size, priced at $20, as well as a larger size. The store's owner, who has chosen...

Bill Presented To Prevent Federal Prisoner Transfer

SAN FRANCISCO—The California Senate Rules Committee approved a measure on Wednesday, August 28 that would make it more difficult for California law enforcement agencies to request for custody of detained accused criminals who are in federal custody. The measure, SB 57, was crafted by Republican Senators Bob Huff (R-Diamond Bar) and Shannon Runner (R-Antelope Valley), while being co-authored by Senator Cathleen Galgiana (D-Stockton). The senators...

Virginia News Crew Killed During Live Interview

VIRGINIA—On Wednesday, August 26, two Virginia TV news crew members were fatally shot during a live interview. WDBJ reporter Alison Parker, 24, and her cameraman, Adam Ward, 27, were gunned down by Vester Lee Flanagan, 41, at approximately 6:45 a.m. local time. The local official being interviewed, identified as Vicki Gardner, was also wounded by the gunman. She has undergone surgery and is said to be in...

The Children Of Our Vaccination Nation

CALIFORNIA—In June 2015, California passed a new law requiring children to be vaccinated against high-risk infectious diseases. Starting July 1, 2016, all children, 18 months or older, enrolled in public or private schools or in daycare facilities will be required to be vaccinated against whooping cough, measles, poliomyelitis (polio), diphtheria, tetanus, varicella (chickenpox), haemophilus influenza type B (Hib), mumps, and...
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