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[By Steven Luo | 11 Jul 2013 | No Comments]
A light aircraft passes over the fuselage of a wrecked Asiana Airlines 777 on landing at SFO Tuesday. (Steven Luo / CALIFORNIA BEAT)

The pilots of Asiana Airlines flight 214, which crashed at SFO Saturday morning, initially told cabin crew not to evacuate after the Boeing 777 slid to a stop, NTSB chairman Deborah Hersman told reporters Wednesday.

It was not until flight attendants farther back on the plane informed the flight crew of a fire outside the aircraft that the order to evacuate was given, resulting in a delay of 90 seconds between the plane stopping and the doors of the plane opening, Hersman said.

[By Beat News Service | 6 Jul 2013 | No Comments]
People watch and photograph the fuselage of a wrecked Asiana Airlines Boeing 777 that crashed on landing at San Francisco International Airport Saturday, July 6, 2013. (CALIFORNIA BEAT PHOTO)

(7/7) —  1030 UPDATE — SAN FRANCISCO, CALIF. —

An Asiana Airlines Boeing 777 jet crash-landed at San Francisco International Airport just before 11:30 a.m. Saturday, killing two and injuring 182.

The plane — Asiana Flight 214, inbound from Incheon, South Korea — was attempting to land at the airport when it crashed and caught fire. The Boeing 777-200 was nearly full, carrying 291 passengers and 16 crew members.

[By Beat News Service | 4 Jul 2013 | No Comments]
A BART train passes through the empty West Oakland BART station, closed due to a strike. (Steven Luo / CALIFORNIA BEAT)

(7/4) – 2347 PDT — OAKLAND, CALIF. – BART workers will return to work Friday, bringing an end to a crippling strike that paralyzed Bay Area roadways, the agency and union leaders said Thursday night.

BART officials said train service will resume at 3 p.m. Friday in time for the San Francisco Giants game at AT&T Park against the Los Angeles Dodgers at 7:15 p.m.

[By Steven Luo | 3 Jul 2013 | No Comments]
Passengers wait for an AC Transit Transbay bus in Oakland during Tuesday afternoon's BART-strike-hit commute. (Steven Luo / CALIFORNIA BEAT)

Bay Area commuters faced crowded buses, ferries and freeways on the second day of the on-going work stoppage by the two unions representing BART’s train operators, station agents and mechanics.

Here’s our collection of photos of what Tuesday’s commute looked like, and what future commutes will probably resemble, until the transit district reaches a contract agreement with its unions.

[By Beat News Service | 2 Jul 2013 | One Comment]
Gates bar the entrance to West Oakland BART station, closed due to a strike. (Steven Luo / CALIFORNIA BEAT)

At the urging of the state’s labor secretary, Bay Area leaders and other politicians, BART’s two striking unions and the transit agency returned to the bargaining table Tuesday night.

However, hours of talks facilitated by a state mediator were not enough to prevent the strike from entering a third day.

[By California Beat | 1 Jul 2013 | No Comments]
An AC Transit bus off-loads passengers at a bus stop at the temporary Transit Center. (CALIFORNIA BEAT PHOTO)

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With BART train operators and station agents going out on strike starting Monday morning, Bay Area traffic is going to be a mess. Plan to leave at least 90 minutes additional time to get to your destination.

We offer a guide to getting around the Bay Area as quickly as possible without BART.

[By Beat News Service | 1 Jul 2013 | No Comments]
Record crowds turned out for the annual San Francisco Gay Pride Parade Sunday, June 30, 2013. (CALIFORNIA BEAT PHOTO)

The stars of the victorious fight for Gay Rights took center-stage during an especially significant San Francisco Pride Parade Sunday.

Like in years past, marriage remained a prevailing theme. This year, there was added reason to celebrate: more than 500 same-sex marriage certificates were issued during Pride Weekend at San Francisco City Hall following the defeat of Proposition 8, California’s ban on same-sex marriage, at the U.S. Supreme Court last week. 

[By Nathan Wyss | 20 May 2013 | No Comments]
More than 100,000 people turned out for the Maker Faire at the San Mateo County Fairgrounds, a convention of creativity attracting engineers, hobbyists and artists. (Nathan Wyss/ CALIFORNIA BEAT PHOTO)

The San Mateo County Fairgrounds transformed into a hotbed for creativity over the weekend, playing host to the enormously popular do-it-yourself festival Maker Faire.

The festival offers hobbyists, engineers, and anyone with an imagination a chance to show-off their creations — from dizzying pieces of art to solar-powered inventions.

[By Beat News Service | 19 May 2013 | No Comments]
Tens of thousands turned out to party on the streets during the 102nd running of the Bay to Breakers footrace in San Francisco May 19, 2013. (CALIFORNIA BEAT PHOTO)

Some came dressed like Waldo, pirates, or the Super Mario Brothers.

Others came wearing nothing at all.

Tens of thousands of costumed revelers crowded sidewalks and streets Sunday morning for the 102nd annual running of the Bay to Breakers 12K footrace, a quintessentially San Francisco event that brought out fun, frivolity, and — despite an official ban on alcohol — booze-fueled partying on the streets. 

[By Beat News Service | 1 Dec 2012 | No Comments]
A driver proceeds cautiously around fallen rock on Skyline Boulevard in Oakland. ANDREW LEONARD / CALIFORNIA BEAT PHOTO

After a brief respite from an onslaught of stormy weather Saturday morning, another powerful storm to moved into the Bay Area at night bringing with it more rain, wind and the prospect of flooding along two swollen rivers.

Heavy rain began falling during the evening hours Saturday. The brunt of the storm, the third in the past four days, will strike Sunday morning, according to the National Weather Service.