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Ex-Red Hot Chili Pepper Member Finds Guitar

SAN FRANCISCO—The electric guitar belonging to ex-Red Hot Chili Peppers member John Frusciante has been found by San Francisco police detectives after it was stolen in a robbery earlier this month. The guitar, a 1966 Fender Telecaster, had been loaned by Frusciante to a friend, who then lost it when his Potrero Hill-Bayview home was burglarized. After the instrument was located, it was returned...

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...

Preliminary Hearing For Pier 14 Shooter Set

SAN FRANCISCO—On Tuesday, August 25, a San Francisco court judge will hear evidence brought forth in the case regarding Juan Francisco Lopez-Sanchez, 45, the man allegedly responsible in the shooting death of Kathryn Steinle, 32, on San Francisco's Pier 14. As part of the preliminary hearing, the judge will decide whether the evidence presented will be enough for the case against...

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,...

Do You Know American Sign Language? YOU’RE INVITED!

EVERYWHERE—Calling all people who know American Sign Language! Whether you're Deaf, Hard of Hearing, a CODA, a parent of a Deaf child, an interpreter, teacher or student...you're invited!  If you know ASL in any level or capacity (or want to learn), you're invited to become a part of the exciting, new online community that welcomes every and all signers, from...

National Poetry Slam Continues In Oakland

OAKLAND—The 2015 National Poetry Slam (NPS) is currently being held in various venues throughout Oakland from August 12 to August 15. Although the registration period for teams to compete is over, tickets to the multiple slam competitions and finals that will be held Thursday, August 13 through Saturday, August 15 are still available for purchase online at www.NPSOak.com.  Prices range from...

ASL Cabaret In Oakland Today

OAKLAND—The Los Angeles-based ASL Cabaret will be coming to Oakland today for a free matinee show at 3:15 p.m. at the Shadow Ultra Lounge in Chinatown.  The group normally hosts an American Sign Language (ASL) show every third Sunday at Cafe NELO in downtown Los Angeles. This year, they are in town after being invited by organizers of the 2015...

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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