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Maltese puppy stolen in SF. Suspect refuses to say where he put dog.

Maltese puppy stolen in SF. Suspect refuses to say where he put dog.

The San Francisco Police Department is asking the public to help find a 4-month-old Maltese puppy named Scruggs allegedly stolen from its owner's car on Feb. 22.The owner, a 23-year-old resident from Los Gatos, parked his Subaru SUV downtown at 200 Sutter Street at 10 a.m. and left Scruggs in the vehicle, according to police.The victim told police he returned about 30 minutes later and discovered that someone had broken into his car and Scruggs was gone.Police used surveillance video to identify the suspect as 43-year-0ld Viengphet Sasone.Police said they took Sasone into custody on Feb....

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Missing 14-year-old San Francisco girl found safe in Pittsburg

Missing 14-year-old San Francisco girl found safe in Pittsburg

UPDATE Feb. 26 5:03 p.m. Katlin Gallaread, who has been missing for more than a week, has been found safe in Pittsburg, according to a .An alert city landscape worker recognized Gallaread, 14, and her companion, Tyler Sexton, 16, according to police.Katlin's father, Jason Gallaread, confirmed to that Pittsburg police had located his daughter.Feb. 26 7:45 a.m. Jason Gallaread, Katlin Gallaread's father, told news outlets Thursday that she left a note prior to her sudden departure. In the note, per the, she expressed feelings of isolation due to the pandemic shutting down schools. (SFGATE and...

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'It's not in books, it's in the world': Ferlinghetti's shining legacy

'It's not in books, it's in the world': Ferlinghetti's shining legacy

On Monday, the Bay Area lost one of our strongest voices and advocates for social equity in the arts when Lawrence Ferlinghetti — author, publisher and founder of San Francisco’s famed bookshop, City Lights  — died at the wondrous age of 101.A longtime resident of the city’s North Beach neighborhood, his passing is a reminder that San Francisco’s identity as a revolutionary, countercultural bastion isn’t what it once was. While the cost of living continues to rise and older generations of activists fade away — making it harder for free-spirited artistry to exist — we gather tightly to...

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US bombs facilities in Syria used by Iran-backed militia

US bombs facilities in Syria used by Iran-backed militia

WASHINGTON (AP) — The United States launched airstrikes in Syria on Thursday, targeting facilities near the Iraqi border used by Iranian-backed militia groups. The Pentagon said the strikes were retaliation for a rocket attack in Iraq earlier this month that killed one civilian contractor and wounded a U.S. service member and other coalition troops.The airstrike was the first military action undertaken by the Biden administration, which in its first weeks has emphasized its intent to put more focus on the challenges posed by China, even as Mideast threats persist. Biden's decision to attack...

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Republicans are really mad about BART getting money in COVID-19 bill

Republicans are really mad about BART getting money in COVID-19 bill

The House version of Biden administration's $1.9 trillion COVID-19 relief bill contains funding for BART's planned expansion into San Jose and Santa Clara — and congressional Republicans are not happy about it.An analysis from found that the expansion — long-planned but lacking funding — will be receiving $112 million in federal funds, and transportation officials told the the figure would actually be closer to $141 million (SFGATE and the San Francisco Chronicle are both owned by Hearst but operate independently of one another).Twitter accounts for House and Senate Republicans began...

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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...

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Facebook users target Pelosi's home, but get the address wrong

Facebook users target Pelosi's home, but get the address wrong

"Nancy Pelosi has invited all illegals to her mansion at 2724 Pacific Ave, San Francisco, CA. Free food and plenty of room," a with 5.3K shares reads. It's one of many similar posts from social media users sharing and targeting the the Speaker of the House of Representatives' supposed San Francisco address.The posts are wholly untrue — Pelosi never invited any "illegals" to her residence, and she does not live at that address.A legal representative for the owner of 2728 Pacific told that the property does not belong to Pelosi or her family.Reuters reports that the seven-bedroom mansion in...

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Castro merchants report more than $135,000 in damaged windows

Castro merchants report more than $135,000 in damaged windows

For small business owners across San Francisco, there’s nothing more frustrating than a broken store window.But they’re an all too common sight in the city, so much so that San Francisco's Castro District Merchants Association launched a survey last week to find out what the true toll has been on the neighborhood in the past year. As of publication, area shops have reported 72 incidents of vandalized and broken windows since January 2020, at a total cost of $135,472.74, and the responses are still coming in.Dave Karraker, Castro Merchants board member and co-owner of MX3 Fitness, said the...

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Beloved Mission dive bar El Rio reopens for takeout after being closed for nearly a year

Beloved Mission dive bar El Rio reopens for takeout after being closed for nearly a year

El Rio, a beloved Mission dive bar, is back in service after nearly a year of temporary closure.Last Thursday, the popular bar reopened its doors for takeout service only where it plans to sell 16-ounce mixed cocktails and other alcoholic beverages along with assorted tamales by from Friday through Sunday. .“I think we really miss[ed] our community,” said Lynne Angel, general manager at El Rio. “Even though it's in a limited capacity right now, it was great to see folks come through and support this past weekend.”Angel said that El Rio decided to open for just three days a week while it...

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Ex-CEO of SF cannabis delivery company Eaze pleads guilty in $100M bank fraud case

Ex-CEO of SF cannabis delivery company Eaze pleads guilty in $100M bank fraud case

Even for residents of the Bay Area who don't consume cannabis, the cannabis delivery company Eaze has become a household name, partially due to billboards placed alongside area highways. Nicknamed the "Uber of pot," the service was launched in 2014 and was eventually backed withJim Patterson took over as CEO in 2016, and, as reported by and , pled guilty Friday to one count of conspiracy to commit bank fraud to work around restrictions on cannabis-related companies and bypass rules regarding the use of credit cards for cannabis purchases, which the .Patterson's associates Ruben Weigand and...

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24-year-old dies after stabbing at San Francisco skate park

24-year-old dies after stabbing at San Francisco skate park

San Francisco police arrested a 19-year-old man who allegedly stabbed and killed another man Monday night at the SoMa West Skatepark, the popular skate spot under the Highway 101 overpass.James Christian Moncrief was booked at the San Francisco County Jail and charged with homicide and two counts of assault with a deadly weapon, police said in a statement. Moncrief has no fixed address, police said.The San Francisco Police Department responded to a report of the stabbing at the park at Duboce Avenue and Otis Street at 8:30 p.m. Monday and found a 24-year-old man suffering from a stab wound...

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SF bar Pacific Cocktail Haven damaged in early morning fire

SF bar Pacific Cocktail Haven damaged in early morning fire

An early Monday morning fire has damaged the much-loved San Francisco bar Pacific Cocktail Haven.Firefighters arrived to the scene of a one-alarm fire at the bar, at 580 Sutter St., at 3:20 a.m. The fire was contained by 4 a.m. No one was injured.The San Francisco Fire Department told SFGATE in a statement that the bar sustained "moderate damage" from the fire. An Instagram video posted by proprietor Kevin Diedrich early Monday showed plumes of smoke emanating from the building.The fire is currently under investigation, the San Francisco Fire Department said Still, it remains unclear what...

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What happened to Steph Curry right before Warriors-Hornets game?

What happened to Steph Curry right before Warriors-Hornets game?

Saturday night's Golden State Warriors-Charlotte Hornets match-up was supposed to be Steph Curry's annual homecoming game since he grew up in Charlotte. But just before it kicked off, Curry was deep in conversation with the Warriors staff as well as Charlotte's team doctor, and he was ruled a late scratch due to "illness." Nobody wanted to say it out loud, but the concern, of course, was COVID-19. On a few other occasions this season, players have been yanked by the NBA right before and even during games due to either positive coronavirus tests or close-contact interactions with someone who...

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SF school board halts renaming 44 schools after weeks of scorn

SF school board halts renaming 44 schools after weeks of scorn

The renaming of 44 schools in the San Francisco Unified School District is apparently being put on hold after intense local and national blowback.In a in the San Francisco Chronicle on Sunday, SF school board president Gabriela López said it would make reopening schools during the pandemic the “only focus,” and that renaming committee meetings will be cancelled for now.(SFGATE and the San Francisco Chronicle are both owned by Hearst but operate independently of one another.)In response to widespread criticism that the school board had not consulted historians before the near-unanimous...

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I missed going to SF bars, so I turned my apartment into one

I missed going to SF bars, so I turned my apartment into one

Like many life milestones, my journey began at Ikea.On a sunny Saturday afternoon, I wove through the winding path of steel barricades leading to the entrance of the blue-and-gold mecca of cheap furniture, only to find I was at the wrong end. Bravely, I asked an employee for guidance, who pointed me towards a tiny pick-up window to the far left of the store. After a few moments of confusion over where the real line was, I emerged victorious, Sunnersta utility cart in hand. No endless Ikea maze for me today: I had pre-ordered online.My Sunnersta, however, was no ordinary utility cart. It was...

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Police ask for help to find 14-year-old SF girl missing since Tuesday

Police ask for help to find 14-year-old SF girl missing since Tuesday

The San Francisco Police Department is to help find a 14-year-old girl who hasn’t been seen by her family in days.Katlin Gallaread left home sometime between 8 p.m. Tuesday and 1:30 p.m. Wednesday without telling her family, police said in a . She has not been in touch since.Gallaread is described as a 5-foot-1 Black girl. She weighs 90 pounds. Police shared an image of the girl to help the public locate her.Gallaread lives in San Francisco's Northern District and frequents the Safeway store on the 1300 block of Webster Street, the Target store on the 2600 block of Geary Boulevard and the...

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'An insane hobby': Meet the duo keeping SF running on time

'An insane hobby': Meet the duo keeping SF running on time

Bowing his head over a tiny workstation cluttered with a mishmash of mysterious gadgets and appliances, Max Nesbet carefully takes apart a 14-karat gold pocket watch that is at least 200 years older than he is. He ponders aloud while he works. Two initials — E.B. — are carved into the intricate design. Nesbet isn’t sure who or what that might be referencing, but judging by the hallmark stamped into the case, what he can tell is that the object in his hands was likely an English watch sold in New York sometime in 1786. How did it end up in present day San Francisco? He can’t be certain. “See...

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Retired SF cop, high school coach threatened to put bullet in 11-year-old Marin boy, police say

Retired SF cop, high school coach threatened to put bullet in 11-year-old Marin boy, police say

Gymnasium at San Rafael High School, San Rafael, Calif.A Marin high school coach and former San Francisco police officer faces multiple felony charges after allegedly grabbing an 11-year-old boy by the neck, forcing him into his car and threatening to put a bullet in his head after a game of doorbell ditch gone wrong in a San Rafael neighborhood.Dean Taylor, 63, was charged Tuesday with kidnapping, criminal threats, false imprisonment, battery and child endangerment by the Marin County District Attorney’s Office, according to the . He was arraigned in  on Thursday and pled not guilty.Police...

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Police: Marin high school coach threatened to put bullet in 11-year-old boy

Police: Marin high school coach threatened to put bullet in 11-year-old boy

A Marin high school coach and former San Francisco police officer faces multiple felony charges after allegedly grabbing an 11-year-old boy by the neck, forcing him into his car and threatening to put a bullet in his head after a game of doorbell ditch gone wrong in a San Rafael neighborhood.Dean Taylor, 63, was charged Tuesday with kidnapping, criminal threats, false imprisonment, battery and child endangerment by the Marin County District Attorney’s Office, according to the . He was arraigned in  on Thursday and pled not guilty.Police arrested Taylor last Friday night in the San Rafael...

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Thinking of leaving SF? Miami's mayor has a message just for you.

Thinking of leaving SF? Miami's mayor has a message just for you.

Right off the Ninth Street and Civic Center exit on U.S. Highway 101, you may see an unexpected request.Fashioned to look like a tweet, the billboard shows a clear message from Francis Suarez, the mayor of Miami. "Thinking about moving to Miami?" the billboard reads. "DM me." (A similar one was reportedly placed in the South Bay, though SFGATE did not immediately confirm this.)The billboard, , is being funded by Shervin Pishevar, a prominent investor with a 13,000-square-foot property in Miami Beach.Pishevar was accused by at least five women of sexual misconduct following a rape allegation...

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SF woman accused of PPP fraud - and impersonating real lawyers

SF woman accused of PPP fraud - and impersonating real lawyers

A woman named Miranda Martin filed for a loan with the Paycheck Protection Program. It was for her business, the Common Nucleus of Cancer — for which she was bankrolled $32,700.The only catch: Miranda Martin allegedly didn't run the LLC. She's a retired attorney. And the Miranda Martin who had filed for this application had already been arrested months earlier for impersonation.That woman's real name was Miranda Devlin. In November 2019, she was arrested for impersonating two criminal defense attorneys named Miranda: Martin and another woman named Miranda Petrillo. Both lawyers are licensed...

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4 bullets pulled from body of Vallejo shop owner who survived robbery attempt

4 bullets pulled from body of Vallejo shop owner who survived robbery attempt

The niece of the Vallejo store owner who was shot during an alleged robbery attempt Tuesday night said her uncle underwent surgery and four bullets were pulled from the lower part of his body."He was shot multiple times in the lower abdomen area," said Joanne Pomares. "He will live, but we're not sure yet if he will walk. We're taking it day by day."Marc Quidit, 49, was working with his sister at his Dollar Plus and Party Supplies store on Sonoma Boulevard when two men entered.Surveillance video posted by shows two armed men walking through the store; one of the suspects brandishes a rifle...

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Bay Area gym that defied COVID-19 rules shuts down, faces $1 million fine

Bay Area gym that defied COVID-19 rules shuts down, faces $1 million fine

For months, California Ripped Fitness has defied COVID-19 mandates in the name of constitutional liberties and kept its indoor operations intact, to the chagrin of community members.But the San Jose gym has finally shut down its indoor operations, following months of legal threats by Santa Clara County and a fine that has snowballed to $1 million."They have submitted a compliance statement indicating they are no longer operating indoors and are complying with all public health orders," Santa Clara County said in a statement to SFGATE. "The County is pleased that California Ripped Fitness...

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SF's largest dog park gets a major facelift

SF's largest dog park gets a major facelift

Like so many San Francisco residents, I’ve found my pandemic solace in the city’s . Spending the majority of these long 11 months living within a short walk to Golden Gate Park, I’ve wandered countless hours under swaying eucalyptus trees, peering at old monuments and getting intentionally a little lost. I thought I'd covered every path.I was wrong.Hidden behind the bison paddock near 36th and Fulton, the Golden Gate Park Dog Training Area reopened last week after a $2.4 million renovation that, according to everyone I spoke with, was a long time coming.“A badly fenced patch of dirt”...

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Low-income Californians to receive $600 state stimulus, Newsom and legislative leaders announce

Low-income Californians to receive $600 state stimulus, Newsom and legislative leaders announce

SACRAMENTO, Calif. — Gov. Gavin Newsom and legislative leaders announced Wednesday that they have agreed to provide low-income Californians a $600 state stimulus payment to help them weather financial hardships during the COVID-19 pandemic, part of a $9.6 billion economic recovery package that also includes $2.1 billion in grants for small businesses.The "Golden State stimulus" payments provided under the state proposal, which will be expedited for legislative approval next week, are in addition to the $600-per-person stimulus checks already approved by Congress and would be on top of...

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