San Francisco’s nightlife community was hit with sobering news in February, when DJ Marques Lewis, aka Risk One, was diagnosed with a rare and aggressive form of bladder cancer. Affecting less than 2 percent of bladder cancer patients in the U.S., Adenocarcinoma typically occurs in men over 60, thus making the otherwise healthy 32-year-old Risk One’s diagnosis extremely unusual.…

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Author: Christina Li
Posted: March 2, 2015, 5:30 pm
We read disturbing news this weekend that  ISIS supporters are now targeting the Bay Area, calling on terrorists to kill Twitter employees who have been blocking the 
jihadist group's social media accounts. 

Buzzfeed first reported the news, saying that ISIS specifically called out Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey, saying “your virtual war on us will cause a real war on you,” according to an online post addressed to the San Francisco-based CEO. 


The news site notes that the threat was accompanied by a digitally altered image of Dorsey in the cross sights of a gun.

Twitter has been quick to remove ISIS videos that have shown the gruesome executions of hostages, as well as accounts hosting those videos, as it's in violation of the company's terms of service.

“You started this failed war,” the ISIS post says.…

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Author: Erin Sherbert
Posted: March 2, 2015, 4:56 pm
Oakland tech-house producer Ben Versluis has been working under the moniker Worker/Parasite since 2010, sequencing systolic cadences, squelches, inversions and fibrillations into insistent robofunk. His serrated, driving, live-to-tape aesthetic balances gritty naïveté with graphic precision.…

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Author: Tony Ware
Posted: March 2, 2015, 4:05 pm


It's as hard to find parking as it is to find housing in San Francisco. So it's hard to blame those unfortunate folks who resort to taking up housing in an open parking spot. 

But that's just us. 

This person, on the other hand, does mind.…

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Author: Erin Sherbert
Posted: February 28, 2015, 1:41 am
We are getting word that San Francisco police are at King and Fourth Streets where they're trying to negotiate with a person who is barricaded inside a building. 

Officer Grace Gatpandan tells us it's an attempted suicide. She had no further details at this time, but police warned that traffic was definitely being affected. 

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Author: Erin Sherbert
Posted: February 28, 2015, 1:04 am
Tony Molina
Nude Beach
Cold Beat
Rickshaw Stop
Thursday, Feb. 26, 2015

Better than: Staying in while surfing on the now-neutral internet.

Nice to see you again, San Francisco. It's been one whole day since we last hung out together at a live music venue and I missed you, but honestly at this point all these concerts are starting to blur together anyway.…

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Author: Martin Hirshland
Posted: February 27, 2015, 11:56 pm

He lived long, and certainly prospered. But now actor Leonard Nimoy has died, at the age of 83.

Known to many for his most famous role as "Spock," the pointy-eared Vulcan of Star Trek fame, Nimoy was hospitalized earlier this week from chest pains brought on by end-stage chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, according to the New York Times

His wife, Susan Bay Nimoy, confirmed his death.

For us Trekkies, it's a teary-eyed day, but I can understand that the uninitiated may wonder "why?!"



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Author: Joe Fitzgerald Rodriguez
Posted: February 27, 2015, 11:08 pm


San Franciscans are truly a lucky bunch. We  live in a city chalk-full of sensory overload — from bright  architecture to eclectic individuals to drastically diverse terrains — hence diminishing any hope of ever being bored.…

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Author: Juan De Anda
Posted: February 27, 2015, 10:04 pm

The tagline for Burma Bear — “Burmese and BBQ, together at last…” — makes it sound like it fills an obvious niche the way Reese’s Pieces did for chocolate and peanut butter. Having eaten there, I’m now inclined to think it does.…

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Author: Pete Kane
Posted: February 27, 2015, 8:20 pm
Adam Bainbridge is more than just a pop music aficionado. As Kindness, he’s a student of pop and has long been fascinated with its history, something that shows in his unique interpretation of the musical style.…

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Author: Adrian Spinelli
Posted: February 27, 2015, 6:35 pm

Yesterday, I was headed to downtown Oakland to do some work and run some errands. Halfway there, however, I checked my back pocket only to realize I had forgotten my lock.…

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Author: Leif Haven
Posted: February 27, 2015, 6:23 pm

San Francisco police are investigating another brazen smash-and-grab burglary that happened morning at a high-end audio/visual retail store in the city's Nob Hill neighborhood. 

At about 4 a.m., the thieves plowed their car into the shop on the 1600 block of California Street and stole some stereo equipment. Police say the break-in caused more than $100,000 in damage to the store. 

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Author: Erin Sherbert
Posted: February 27, 2015, 6:05 pm

“High five. You had to go up.…

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Author: Rae Alexandra
Posted: February 27, 2015, 3:59 pm
San Francisco police shot and killed an armed man who was allegedly trying to rob another man of his bicycle last night.

At about 9:45 p.m. on Thursday, police received a call about a knife-wielding man who was chasing around another man in the Mission District.…

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Author: Erin Sherbert
Posted: February 27, 2015, 3:27 pm

The Federal Communications Commission voted today to adopt net neutrality rules that would prevent your internet service provider from screwing with your virtual life. Essentially internet service providers will be treated like any other public utility with rules and regulations aimed to help users, not hurt them. 

Needless to say, tech companies and consumer groups are thrilled right about now, after winning an uphill battle against very deep pockets. 

If you're still not totally clear on what the big deal is, here's a short ditty (free on YouTube!)…

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Author: Erin Sherbert
Posted: February 27, 2015, 12:42 am
One of the main criticisms people have of online dating is that it’s impersonal — you decide you like someone based on a couple of pictures they’ve uploaded, and from there try to cultivate a relationship through messaging until you’re comfortable enough to meet them face to face. And there’s always a risk that the person you’re messaging is actually a robot.


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Author: Jessica Nemire
Posted: February 26, 2015, 10:56 pm
Surfer Blood
Bestie
Talking in Tongues
Hot Flash Heat Wave
The Rickshaw Stop
February 26, 2015


Better than: Surfing in a wetsuit off the frigid coast of Northern California.

Noise Pop 2015 is in full swing, and this writer is completely immersed in the revelry and debauchery encouraged by such things as happy hours at Bender's sponsored by Different Fur Studios. Seriously, if you want a completely sober recollection of what happened last night consult the Church of Mormon, because after a few free Jamesons and some $3 Lagunitas, anything can and will happen.…

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Author: Martin Hirshland
Posted: February 26, 2015, 10:41 pm
Health officials are warning BART riders that another passenger exposed to measles rode the train from Millbrae to San Francisco last week, possibly exposing other riders on board.

According to San Mateo Department of Public Health, the infected passenger boarded a Richmond-bound train from the Millbrae station at about 4:30 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 20.…

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Author: Erin Sherbert
Posted: February 26, 2015, 9:43 pm

San Francisco police are in trouble again. A new video surfaced today showing Officer Raymond Chu beating a homeless man with his baton and then blasting him with a shot of pepper spray. 

Here's what happened, according to Public Defender Jeff Adachi:

On Feb. 11, at about 11 p.m., the 5-Fulton bus reached the end of the line at Cabrillo and La Playa streets at Ocean Beach.…

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Author: Erin Sherbert
Posted: February 26, 2015, 7:00 pm

This week some very, very old books that had been stolen from  Italy’s Historical National Library of Agriculture were found in the Bay Area and are being returned to their rightful owner. 

According to the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s Homeland Security Investigations, the books are among 19 stolen cultural treasures that were located in the Bay Area after being illegally imported to the United States. The two volumes, "Stirpium Historiae” and “Rariorm Plantarum Historia Anno 1601,” were snatched from Italy’s Historical National Library of Agriculture and sold to a U.S. buyer in the San Francisco area. Homeland Security special agents met with the book buyer who graciously turned over the volumes.…

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Author: Erin Sherbert
Posted: February 26, 2015, 6:29 pm

When the family-owned Cuco’s Burritos closed after interminable squabbles with the landlord, I assumed its replacement would be something hideously slick and corporate. What a relief to be proven dead wrong, smug, know-it-all cynic that I am.…

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Author: Pete Kane
Posted: February 26, 2015, 6:22 pm

Seamlessly transitioning his musical career as a championship turntablist since the late ‘80s to an internationally known club DJ today, UK producer and DJ Martin Reeves aka Krafty Kuts, has held the title of King of Breaks for the past two decades. With cutting and scratching still at the core of his sets, the veteran manages to incorporate his turntable dexterity into a multitude of genres, from contemporary disco to old school hip-hop.…

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Author: Christina Li
Posted: February 26, 2015, 6:03 pm

The San Francisco of the 19th Century exerts a romantic tug on the present day, a sepia-toned metropolis that sprang up out of nothing to attract robber barons, writers, and eccentrics only to be destroyed by an earthquake and fire. But among the Leland Stanfords and Jack Londons and Emperor Nortons of that “instant city” was a municipal government grappling with a radically new social norms, a huge Chinese community, and a massive gender imbalance.

SFSU sociologist Clare Sears has documented that bygone era through the lens of a particular type of social outcast: the cross-dresser.…

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Author: Pete Kane
Posted: February 26, 2015, 5:21 pm
San Francisco is the most dangerous city in California for cyclists. But there's good news in that troubling tidbit, according to  a city report: San Francisco is not the most deadly city in California for cyclists.

The injury rate for bike riders in San Francisco — over 75 per 100,000 residents — is almost double that of any other California county between 2009 and 2012, according to the "Population Health" report released by the city Controller earlier this month.…

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Author: Chris Roberts
Posted: February 26, 2015, 12:34 am