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Airbnb Paying Steep Price For SF Operations

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SAN FRANCISCO—Airbnb will have to pay a steep price to continue offering short-term rental listings in San Francisco. The San Francisco-based Internet company has reportedly made a multi-million dollar back taxes payment to the city of San Francisco. In a statement released on Wednesday, Airbnb said they have paid the full amount owed to the city. The company will not publicly...

Walgreens Employees Wounded in Assault

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SAN FRANCISCO—A fight that broke out Wednesday, February 18 in a Union Square Walgreens yielded three arrests and a police search for a fourth person of interest. According to San Francisco police, the suspects had a conflict with one of the Walgreens employees, returning to the store at approximately 2 a.m. assaulting a security guard and one other worker. The guard was...

UCSF Recieves $100 Million Donation

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SAN FRANCISCO—Charles Feeney, a philanthropist famed for his mission of donating his considerable fortune to charitable causes, has given $100 million to the University of California San Francisco Medical Center. A billionaire before his donating spree, Feeney's gift is the largest ever given in the history of the a University of California. Including his most recent donation, Feeney, 83,...

“Sponge Out Of Water” Is Goofy Fun

HOLLYWOOD—Jeez, I recall nearly 10 years ago how huge SpongeBob SquarePants was with my nephew. I mean he had every piece of memorabilia from the still popular cartoon character. “The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge Out of Water” is a sequel to the 2004 movie. On this newest adventure, SpongeBob (voice of Tom Kenny) finds himself playing the role of hero once...

Canoe Wreck Kills Two Bay Area Residents

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SAN FRANCISCO—United States Coast Guard crews discovered the corpse of a man reported missing on February 16 after his canoe sank while boating in San Mateo. The man, identified by the coroner's office as 22-year-old Luis Ruvalcaba, went missing at 10:20 p.m.  Ruvalcaba was fishing with his fiancé and father when their 12-foot canoe took-in water. After several attempts to bail-out the...

Little Caesar’s Restaurant Robbed

Little Caesar's
SAN FRANCISCO—A pair of armed suspects robbed a Little Caesar's Pizzeria, shooting an employee before fleeing with an undisclosed amount of cash. The robbery occurred Monday, February 16 at 8:20 p.m. at the restaurant located on 11299 San Pablo Avenue. The two suspects, described as Hispanic males between 20 and 30 years of age, entered the pizzeria and demanded cash from an employee. Armed...

“PLL” Recap: ‘Pretty Isn’t The Point’

HOLLYWOOD—I was eagerly awaiting the episode of “Pretty Little Liars” where the audience would be treated to a handful of juicy tidbits. Well the wait is over, as ‘Pretty Isn’t the Point’ gave the audience the inside scoop on what Mike was really up to and Mona’s nefarious plan, but more on that later. The episode opened with Aria and...

Bay Area Sports Enjoying A True Renaissance

Bay Area Sports
SAN FRANCISCO—Life is good for Bay Area sports fans. The Giants are World Series champions. The 49ers have a new coach and an embarrassment of talent. Heck, even the Derek Carr-led Raiders have a little somethin-somethin to be excited about. Oh, and of course, there's the local NBA team, scoring and winning at a rate beyond the wildest dreams of a...

Cafeteria Fire Raises Arson Investigation

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SAN FRANCISCO—Law enforcement officials have begun preliminary investigations concerning a suspicious fire that destroyed the cafeteria of an Oakland middle school on Monday, February 16. The fire, setting off two alarms at Claremont Middle School, was first called-in by a passerby who spotted the blaze at 1:49 a.m. The first wave of firefighters came from nearby Rockridge BART Station, who...

Van Finds Itself On Island Of its Own

OAKLAND—On Monday, February 16, just North of the Bay Bridge, a van occupied by passengers found themselves marooned on a small patch of terrain, as the group was caught by the sudden tidal change at approximately 9 a.m. The blue van was entirely surrounded by water, forcing its occupants to remain in place until the change to a low tide. According to...