You think your three-legged dog has it rough? Have it try being a black cat stuck at the SPCA for a day.

Life as a dark-furred feline isn't easy, as black cats tend to be routinely passed up at the pound.…

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Author: Erin Sherbert
Posted: August 16, 2014, 12:04 am
“Mission Blue” may or may not be the name of some artisanal cheese on sale for ten bucks an ounce at Salumeria, but it definitely is the name of the marine-conservation nonprofit founded by oceanography rock star Sylvia Earle. And it’s the title of a new documentary about her life and work, available today on Netflix.…

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Author: Jonathan Kiefer
Posted: August 15, 2014, 11:25 pm
Are gay neighborhoods dying? There’s been ceaseless chatter the past couple of years that the Castro is turning straight, and that San Francisco’s unaffordability is making it almost impossible for new generations of young LGBT people to keep the torch lit.…

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Author: Pete Kane
Posted: August 15, 2014, 10:58 pm
Marty's Place, a residential home for people with AIDS, has launched a fundraising drive, hoping to reopen as a co-op — and you and your checkbook are invited to the open house Monday.

Marty's Place was founded by Richard Purcell, a Franciscan friar, who came to San Francisco in 1989 to care for his brother Marty, who was dying of AIDS. Marty died eight weeks after his brother's arrival.…

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Author: David-Elijah Nahmod
Posted: August 15, 2014, 9:47 pm

International Bacon Day is a gift from the arbitrary holiday gods and Memphis Minnie's Bar-B-Que Joint & Smoke House is your gateway to "swine dining," as their slogan promises. Their Facebook event says they'll be slinging bacon from 11 a.m. until 10 p.m. but General Manager Tom Campbell tells us that the porky goodness will be available for as long as supplies last.

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Author: Tiffany Do
Posted: August 15, 2014, 9:17 pm

"You have such an incredibly beautiful soul. I love you but you already knew that.…

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Author: Rae Alexandra
Posted: August 15, 2014, 8:57 pm
Maybe it's because I'm from the flatlands of the flyover states, but I tend to gravitate toward the hills anytime I ride. So this week I decided to incorporate some breath-taking beauty into those hellish hills and pedal some of the toughest climbs in the Bay Area. 

It wasn't easy, given my time constraints (deadline) and tired legs, but it was satisfying nonetheless. 

So here it is, the five most scenic bike routes that embraces both brawn and beauty.

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Author: Leif Haven
Posted: August 15, 2014, 8:49 pm

Last call: with this 142nd column, almost three years worth of drinking and writing Drink of the Week, it’s time for me to give up my seat at the bar. Thanks for reading and drinking along with me here, and keep an eye out for new drinks and adventures on my twitter feed and other articles here on SF Weekly.…

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Author: Lou Bustamante
Posted: August 15, 2014, 8:10 pm
Before all else, it must be remarked upon: Paul McCartney is in incredible shape. The former Beatle took the stage at Candlestick Park last night at 8:55 p.m.…

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Author: Anna Roth
Posted: August 15, 2014, 7:54 pm

We've definitely seen local coyotes do some strange things around town, including using the pedestrian crosswalk while traversing the Richmond District. But to be honest, we've never seen them eat a child — or even try to for that matter. 

However, a local father is claiming a coyote in the Richmond District attempted to snack on his seven-year-old daughter as she rode her scooter near the Seal Rock Inn.

According to the father, who is only identified by his YouTube handle cfmceroz, he was with his two children on Thursday afternoon at Land's End when a coyote targeted his eldest daughter.…

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Author: Erin Sherbert
Posted: August 15, 2014, 7:54 pm
Board President David Chiu is an aficionado of alternative forms of transit. He'd like you to know this.…

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Author: Joe Eskenazi
Posted: August 15, 2014, 6:59 pm
Some product tie-ins are better than others (I’m old enough to dimly remember the Mr. T cereal, about which the less said, the better). But Tout Sweet Pâtiserrie’s Angry Inch macarons are pretty ingenious.…

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Author: Pete Kane
Posted: August 15, 2014, 4:40 pm

A 59-year-old man is in critical condition this morning after a small blaze ignited in the garage of a house located in the city's Bayview neighborhood. 

A spokeswoman for the Fire Department says fire crews were called out to at about 9:41 p.m. Thursday on reports of a one-alarm fire at 155 Salinas Ave. Authorities say the fire was small, yet two were injured, and one was suffering life-threatening injuries as of this morning. 

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Author: Erin Sherbert
Posted: August 15, 2014, 3:45 pm
It’s that time of the year again: the fog has rolled in, the smell of fresh pencils and crisp Muni exhaust is in the air, the Giants are doing some sports thing, Kanye West was in town and one of our favorite holidays just happened: World Cat Day. Ah, to celebrate another year of the unfriendly, leach-like creatures we let live in our house and depress our self-esteem with a blitz of GIFs, interviews, breaking news, and more cowtowing to our feline demons and deities.…

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Author: Jenny Singer
Posted: August 15, 2014, 3:11 pm
More scammers are on the loose making cold calls to unassuming residents and demanding they owe back taxes to the IRS.

Posing as the feds, these scammers tell their victims that the local police are en route to arrest them unless they pay up on the spot.…

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Author: Erin Sherbert
Posted: August 15, 2014, 2:51 pm
New drivers who sign with UberX could earn up to $5,000 their first month, guaranteed. 

That's according to the latest string of Uber billboards, which have been placed somewhat incongruously on Muni buses throughout the city.

Five thousand dollars a month is no small change for a contract livery job.…

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Author: Rachel Swan
Posted: August 15, 2014, 2:23 pm
Whether an app that makes "thwack-thwack" typewriter sounds on your iPad is as useful as a robot butler will probably be a point of contention. But it's certainly as cute.…

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Author: Rachel Swan
Posted: August 14, 2014, 10:48 pm

San Francisco firefighters are responding to a two alarm fire at a church in the Mission District, fire officials said.

The church fire, located at 354120th Street, which is between San Carlos and Lexington Streets, was reported at 2:45 p.m.

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Author: David Mariuz
Posted: August 14, 2014, 10:27 pm

A bill that would have required porn performers to use condoms on California sets was shelved in the State Senate Appropriations Committee today — but the sponsor of the bill, the AIDS Healthcare Foundation, vows to reintroduce the controversial legislation next year.

AB 1576, introduced by Assemblyman Isadore Hall (D-Compton), faced fierce opposition from porn performers and producers, including San Francisco-based porn company Kink.com. It was placed on the Appropriations Committee suspense file Aug. 4, and the Committee decided today against moving forward with the bill. 

AHF president Michael Weinstein said, "We will reintroduce the bill next year and are proud of the fact that we moved this legislation farther along in this session than any previous year.…

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Author: Kate Conger
Posted: August 14, 2014, 9:50 pm
San Franciscans shocked by the sudden and tragic death of Robin Williams have tried to find solace by visiting relevant sites around our city. Some have formed an impromptu memorial at the "Mrs. Doubtfire Home."…

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Author: Joe Eskenazi
Posted: August 14, 2014, 9:45 pm
A Silicon Valley hotel has just hired the ideal employee: one that will work 24 hours a day for little-to-no pay — and not complain.

Aloft Hotels, the "tech-forward, innovation hub for millennial-minded travelers," has hired a new helping hand for hotel guests in Silicon Valley — A.L.O. Botlr ( short for robotic butler). Described as a "charismatic cyber associate," the robotic houseboy has been charged (or in this case programmed) to deliver amenities and such to pampered guests at the Aloft Hotel in Cupertino.

In its new role, the Botlr will be on call to bring up toothbrushes, towels, snacks, and any other amenity to hotel guests in need.…

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Author: Erin Sherbert
Posted: August 14, 2014, 9:02 pm
Cat lovers, rejoice: KitTea, San Francisco's cat cafe, has signed a lease in Hayes Valley. Those who want to enjoy a cup of tea while cuddling with 10-12 felines will soon be able to do so at the corner of Gough and Page.…

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Author: Anna Roth
Posted: August 14, 2014, 8:44 pm
FKA Twigs
w/ P. Morris
Wednesday, Aug. 13, 2014
Great American Music Hall


I'm not one for predictions of fame, but any moron with an internet connection can tell you that FKA Twigs' star is swiftly on the ascendance, and a solitary moment during last night's show at the Great American Music Hall evinced why.

It was a moment, essentially, where she did nothing.

Partway through "Pendulum," the singer writhed her arm up into the air like a cobra, arched her back, threw her head up, seized her beady eyes on a distant point and... froze. The music stopped.…

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Author: Gabe Meline
Posted: August 14, 2014, 8:38 pm
Robin Williams' death this week at the age of 63 by suicide left many saddened and shocked; the funny man was cherished by his fans, and his style of humor resonated with many. But for local fans it felt as though the pain hit closer to home; Williams didn't just feel like someone we watched on screen, he felt like a neighbor — a Bay Area resident, and someone who loved S.F. just as we do. Williams was a beloved figure in our neighborhoods — his autographed image hangs on the walls of several restaurants we visit, he performed at the comedy clubs we go to, and he participated in our civic events.…

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Author: Juan De Anda
Posted: August 14, 2014, 8:13 pm
San Francisco high school student Aubrey Abrakasa's life abruptly came to an end eight years ago when he was shot and killed outside his home in NoPa.

San Francisco Police have yet to find Abrakasa's killer.…

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Author: David Mariuz
Posted: August 14, 2014, 7:13 pm