Bay Area News

Food Bank volunteers offer their Thanksgiving holiday to feed the hungry
Graduate student Josephine Shatara spent part of her Thanksgiving with her aunt and cousin, sorting through donated cartons of pasta and wrapping them in 1-pound bags at the SF-Marin Food Bank, to be distributed to food pantries and programs that serve the needy. It’s the best way she knows to give thanks. “It’s not like giving money. You see the bag of pasta, the final product,” said Shatara, 32, a doctoral candidate in education at New York’s Columbia University whose family lives in Burlingame. “If you’re about to eat a big dinner, it’s nice to know that other people are going to get food today.
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Colin Kaepernick makes surprise appearance at 'Unthanksgiving Day' on Alcatraz

Colin Kaepernick made a surprise appearance at the Alcatraz Indigenous People's Sunrise Gathering on Thursday.

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For SF’s Old Mint’s future, historical society seeking ‘blue-sky ideas’
The tides of change that have transformed San Francisco have bypassed one of the city’s most venerable monuments — the Old Mint at Fifth and Mission streets. The building, a national historic landmark that dates from 1874, has been underutilized for years. Now the public is being asked for ideas and proposals for transforming the grand granite building into a vibrant city and regional center for history and culture. The city and the California Historical Society have held one community meeting on the Old Mint and plan to hold a series of others. “We are asking for blue-sky ideas,” said Anthea Hartig, executive director of the California Historical Society.
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These stores are open on Thanksgiving Day 2017
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Transit agencies reducing service for Thanksgiving
Thanksgiving closures Transit schedules and other services Thursday.
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Their home lost to the Tubbs Fire, Calistoga family rebounds with a little help

Once there were tubs full of Legos to play with. Bikes to pedal under the tall pine trees. Comfy beds to sleep in, and nothing but pretty forest for a front yard, every so often visited by gobbling wild turkeys. But that was then, before the Tubbs Fire torched the Hickman family’s lovely mountain home overlooking the north edge of Calistoga into ash on Oct. 8. For the past month and a half, the Hickmans have been living in a hotel — reconstructing their lives one shred at a time. There have been new beds to buy, and dressers. And pots and pans. And pants, shoes, shirts and coats.

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Union Square construction zone dresses up for the holidays
For the past three holiday seasons, San Francisco has transformed the Central Subway construction zone on two blocks of Stockton Street just south of Union Square into a shoppers’ respite. Construction stops, holes are fenced off and dirt is covered with fake grass. Benches, tables, food trucks and carolers take the place of jackhammers. Winter Walk, as it’s officially known, has become a holiday tradition. An estimated 750,000 visitors stopped by in 2016. On Saturday, the newish tradition returns — for what may be the last time.
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Police: Man stabbed 15-year-old boy with scissors in SF park
A 45-year-old man stabbed a 15-year-old boy with a pair of scissors Tuesday at Crocker Amazon Playground in San Francisco after he became enraged over a soccer ball being kicked into the area where he was sitting, police said. The boy was playing soccer with friends around 2:18 p.m. at the park on the 700 block of Moscow Street when a ball was kicked in the suspect’s direction. The victim went to retrieve the ball and the suspect attacked him with a pair of scissors, police said. The boy was stabbed in the arm, said Officer Robert Rueca, a spokesman for the San Francisco Police Department. He was taken to a hospital and treated for non-life-threatening wounds.
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Last stop for cannabis advertising on Muni buses, trains, stations and stops
As the cannabis industry takes shape in California, one place it won’t be able to advertise is on San Francisco’s public transportation. The Municipal Transportation Agency’s Board of Directors on Tuesday banned ads for cannabis businesses from the transit system’s buses, trains, cable cars, stations and bus stops. The ban was a response to concerns that such ads are inappropriate for young Muni riders and might promote marijuana use among children. Wilson Chu, president of the Chinese American Democratic Club, which had supported the legalization of both medical and recreational marijuana use in the state, was among those pushing the board to act.
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Baritone Dmitri Hvorostovsky, Russian rock star of opera, dies at 55
Dmitri Hvorostovsky, a Russian baritone who was one of the most celebrated opera singers of the modern era, dazzling audiences with a voice that was by turns brooding and delicate, died Wednesday near his home in London. He was 55. His death was confirmed by his office in a statement. Hvorostovsky announced in 2015 that he had been diagnosed with a brain tumor. His medical treatment and failing sense of balance forced him to cancel many engagements, but he rallied for a number of acclaimed performances before his death. Among them was a surprise appearance at the Metropolitan Opera’s 50th anniversary gala in May.
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A 'felt-like' accumulation of human hair could spark fires on DC metro. Could it happen here?

Considering BART also has a third rail, is this a problem that's ever been identified on our local system?

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A mystery predator is creating undead 'zombie butterflies' in Pacific Grove

There's a spooky mystery brewing at the famous monarch butterfly sanctuary in Pacific Grove.

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BART Police: Officers used stun gun to subdue combative woman on train

BART Police used a stun gun to subdue a 31-year-old woman riding on a Richmond-bound train Tuesday evening, after she reportedly had a man in a headlock and became combative with officers, officials said Wednesday. Several officers responded to reports of a dispute on the train, which was held in Fremont station around 7 p.m. Fremont Police responded to the incident as well. BART Police Lt. Aaron Ledford said that when officers boarded the train, they saw that the woman had a man in a headlock. “The female was the aggressor,” Ledford said.

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Coyote injures dog that chased it in Stern Grove

A dog was taken to a veterinarian after tangling with a coyote in Stern Grove on Tuesday afternoon, police said. The pit bull was walking with its owner off leash when it began to chase the coyote, police said. The dog ran into thick bushes, where the owner could hear the sounds of animals fighting but could not see anything. Officers arrived at the park around 1 p.m. and heard the sound of one animal whimpering and another growling. Using their batons, the officers cleared a path through the bushes until they were close enough to see the pit bull. The dog was visibly injured, police said, and by then the growling coyote had fled.

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