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NBA analyst says Draymond needs to call KD to make trade happen

NBA analyst says Draymond needs to call KD to make trade happen

NBA free agency is off to a blistering start with massive extensions going out to the likes of Nikola Jokic, Ja Morant, Karl-Anthony Towns, Zion Williamson, Devin Booker, Darius Garland and Bradley Beal, plus a couple major moves — Jalen Brunson is now a Knick and John Wall is now a Clipper.But the whole of free agency seems to be waiting on one  the current Brooklyn Nets and former all-everything forward who is expected to be the crown jewel of the NBA's 2022 free agency crown., the Warriors are among the teams that have interest in Durant. But as Spears correctly notes: "So does more...

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The story of Giant Rock, a mythical 7-story rock in the Calif. desert

The story of Giant Rock, a mythical 7-story rock in the Calif. desert

“Where is it?”I’m in the back middle seat of an SUV — sandwiched between my two oldest daughters — ping-ponging my head between windows, scanning California’s Mojave Desert for a giant rock, not any giant rock, THE Giant Rock.The purported largest freestanding boulder in the world, Giant Rock stands seven stories tall, weighs an astonishing 30,000 tons and covers an astounding 5,800 square feet on the ground. It’s probably not actually the largest — there are some other contenders in Western Mongolia and South Africa — but it’s certainly in contention globally.Finding it shouldn’t be hard,...

April 12, 2021
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Meet the woman behind one of the Bay Area's most loved burgers

Meet the woman behind one of the Bay Area's most loved burgers

Carlotta Brown was 43 years old the first time she stepped foot on a golf course.The year was 2007. The course was Lake Chabot, a quirky 27-hole muni in the Oakland hills.She showed up to the course at 9:30 a.m., and then basically never left. For the past 14 years, she’s spent five days a week there, and never once has she hit a golf ball. “All the throwing clubs, missing the ball, hooting and hollering, it’s not for me,” she says.But she's still very much part of the Lake Chabot experience.“She is part of the heart and soul of the golf course,” general manager Ray Robinson tells me over...

March 4, 2021
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I found the Bay Area hill in one of history's most viewed photos

I found the Bay Area hill in one of history's most viewed photos

I trudge along the side of a piercingly loud two-lane highway, stepping over a Modelo can, an empty bottle of wine and a Sonic burger wrapper.I pull out my phone, open Google Maps, and punch in the exact coordinates again to make sure I’m in the right place before scanning the emerald green horizon.And then I finally see it. Now blanketed by endless rows of wine grapes is “Bliss” hill, the subject of one of the most-viewed images in history: the default desktop wallpaper for the Windows XP operating system.Charles O’Rear knows this hill well. He drove past it more than 100 times in the...

February 25, 2021
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This is the most amazing place I've been to in 37 years of living in Calif.

This is the most amazing place I've been to in 37 years of living in Calif.

There’s something about the first time you duck through Yosemite National Park’s Arch Rock entrance and into the sprawling majesty of the Valley. It’s a chills-inducing moment that stays with you forever. And no matter how many , or , or I’ve stumbled on, nothing has felt quite like that exact moment.This story isn’t about Yosemite’s Arch Rock entrance, though.It’s about last Thursday.That’s the day I rediscovered that feeling and found the most amazing place I’ve been in 37 years of living in California — a full three and a half hours west of the gem of America’s national park...

January 29, 2021
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This NorCal hike is filled with seals, waterfalls and a magical sea cave

This NorCal hike is filled with seals, waterfalls and a magical sea cave

It’s raining, but there isn’t a cloud in the sky.Crystal clear droplets break on my shoulders as I take off my hat, close my eyes, and tilt my head back to let them refreshingly cascade down my face.It’s Thursday and I’m at the midpoint of the 2.5-mile Old Cove Landing Trail in Santa Cruz’s Wilder Ranch State Park, standing directly underneath the mouth of Fern Grotto Beach’s sea cave. The cave is carved into the beach’s sandstone cliffs, just below an underground spring that provides the aforementioned rain, plus feeds a majestic curtain of emerald ferns that hang just above its...

January 23, 2021
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This mysterious beach is covered in thousands of broken ceramics

This mysterious beach is covered in thousands of broken ceramics

There may not be an odder stretch of shoreline in all of California.I learn as much on a beautiful Bay Area Tuesday spent at TEPCO beach, which is tiny, hard to find — hidden by high tides, and dwarfed by an adjacent Costco parking lot — and completely covered in literally thousands of pieces of broken ceramic dishware.It’s also not officially even called TEPCO beach. Nestled along the Point Isabel shoreline in Richmond, California, it’s only affectionately referred to as such by locals who know its crazy backstory. TEPCO, or more formally, Technical Porcelain and Chinaware Company, was...

December 31, 2020
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I hiked the Bay Area's most private park. It made me furious.

I hiked the Bay Area's most private park. It made me furious.

I’m blinded by seething rage as I pass by the entrance kiosk of Palo Alto’s Foothills Park.“Look at this f—king lake. It’s beautiful,” I mutter under my breath. “Jesus, are those docks? And of course there’s a god damn meadow, is that a deer? Oh my god, are those baby deer? And this is the bathroom? Did the Ahwahnee design this s—t? COME ON.”To understand my rage, you need to understand the history of Foothills Park.In 1958, Russell V. Lee — who founded what’s now the Palo Alto Medical Foundation — offered most of the 1,400 acres of land that make up Foothills Park to the city of Palo Alto...

December 22, 2020
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Shocking disparity in polling places between SF, other US cities

Shocking disparity in polling places between SF, other US cities

In 2019, a from civil rights coalition The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights found that since the Supreme Court gutted a core provision of the Voting Rights Act that forced states with a history of voter discrimination to “pre-clear” changes in their election rules with the federal government, 1,688 polling places have closed in states which met that criteria.That included 750 in Texas, 320 in Arizona, and 214 in Georgia.According to in October, more than 21,000 polling places have been eliminated in the U.S. since the 2016 election period, a staggering number especially in...

November 3, 2020
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'It's a moral obligation': Inside three SF dive bars on the brink

'It's a moral obligation': Inside three SF dive bars on the brink

Right now, I want to drink a $2 Hamm’s while hammering the flippers on Molotov’s Star Wars pinball machine.I want to listen to absolutely terrible karaoke at Bow Bow Cocktail Lounge while laughing about it .I want to just straight up stare at Kilowatt’s wall of neighborhood dogs, to , to eat way too much free popcorn at White Horse Tavern.And I’m super scared I won’t ever get a chance to.The pandemic is now almost 7 months old. We’ve reached the point for countless San Francisco institutions.Which should scare you and the neighborhood drinking institutions you hold dear, because San...

October 2, 2020
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