Alameda city officials promised an in-depth review of emergency procedures after a 52 year-old suicidal man took his own life at Crown Memorial Beach on Monday while police and firefighters stood at the shore and watched him sink into the shallow bay waters and drown to death.
The city’s fire department blamed deep budget cuts that eliminated its water rescue training program in 2009 as the primary reason why its firefighters did not go into the water to save the man.
Organizers of the 100th running of San Francisco’s zany Bay to Breaker’s race promised a toned-down and sober athletic event free of the keg-carrying floats and frat party atmosphere that plagued the annual tradition for years.
At first glance, Sunday’s event turned out calmer than in years past: fewer drunks, less public urination and a calmer crowd.
A proposed ban on serving “shark fin soup,” long considered a delicacy in many Asian countries, is making its way through the California state capitol, but it is proving to be a difficult sell for some cultures who call the ban an assault on their culture.
The delicacy is a delicate balancing act between environmentalists view the fishing methods used to capture the shark fins as inhumane and communities who view the shark fins as important to cultural heritage.
A four-alarm fire is burning inside a South of Market Area hotel at 1040 Folsom Street near Eighth Street, a fire dispatcher said.
The blaze began inside the Park Hotel at 6 p.m. and quickly engulfed the top floors of the building, witnesses said.
The full text of President Obama’s remarks on the killing of al-Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden by US forces on Sunday:
Despite the proliferation of camera-phones, the immediate uploads of TwitPics, and Facebook status updates, rarely is the public invited into celebrity weddings the way we were to Prince William and Kate Middleton’s ceremony.
With excruciating close-ups of the royal couple, networks and nearly all of the major celebrity websites provided a continuous stream of Royal Wedding related coverage. If you woke up early — 3 a.m. on the West Coast to catch the event as it happened — you were probably mesmerized by the pomp and circumstance of the event. If you didn’t bother to tune in, you’re probably wondering the same thing we are: have we gone overboard with the wedding?