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[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 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 Steven Luo | 28 Nov 2012 | No Comments]
Kittens and puppies up for adoption from the San Francisco SPCA are on display at Macy's Union Square during the holiday shopping season. (Steven Luo/ CALIFORNIA BEAT)

Puppies and kittens are striking a pose for holiday shoppers at Macy’s Union Square during the holiday shopping season as part of the San Francisco SPCA’s adoption event to find homes for the shelter’s cats and dogs.

As predicted when this year’s window display was unveiled earlier this month, it’s another big hit.

[By Steven Luo | 26 Nov 2012 | No Comments]
Large crowds watched the lighting of Macy's Christmas Tree at San Francisco Union Square Friday. (Steven Luo/ CALIFORNIA BEAT)

The sights and spirit of the holiday season greeted thousands of people who watched Macy’s 2012 Christmas tree light up Friday evening at San Francisco’s Union Square.

The 83-foot tree has been decorated with 33,000 energy-efficient LED bulbs from top to bottom. The tree itself isn’t real — it’s reusable.

[By Beat News Service | 19 Nov 2012 | One Comment]
Someone stole a valuable designer bag from Mythbusters co-host Adam Savage in Downtown SF. (Courtesy Photo)

The co-host of the Discovery Channel TV program Mythbusters said Monday someone broke into his car in Downtown San Francisco and stole a distinctive and valuable designer bag.

“Car was robbed downtown on Saturday eve,” Adam Savage tweeted. “Stolen: my awesome Tom Sachs bag. Reward for its return.”

[By Beat News Service | 19 Nov 2012 | One Comment]

The San Francisco Board of Supervisors will decide Tuesday on whether to ban public nudity, an unprecedented maneuver to fight the blossoming popularity of urban nakedness in the city.

The proposed ordinance put forth by Supervisor Scott Wiener will likely gain enough votes to pass, but it follows a series of protests by naked men and women on the steps of City Hall, including a march last Wednesday around the building and in front of thousands of high schoolers on a field trip to the San Francisco Opera across the street.

[By Beat News Service | 17 Nov 2012 | No Comments]

(11/18) — 1155 PST UPDATE — SAN FRANCISCO, CALIF. — Approximately 100 Pro-Palestinian protesters marched through streets around Union Square Saturday evening in response to the ongoing conflict between Israel and Palestine over the disputed Gaza Strip.

Traffic was stopped along Powell and Geary Streets near Macy’s Union Square and down Market Street while marchers walked through lanes of traffic shouting, “while you’re shopping, bombs are dropping.” 

[By Andrew Leonard | 17 Nov 2012 | No Comments]
Andrew Leonard / CALIFORNIA BEAT

Like the Christmas tree in the center of Union Square or the lights at Embarcadero Center, the sight of adorable puppies and kittens has become synonymous with the holiday spirit in San Francisco.

Former San Francisco Mayor Willie Brown did the honors to unveil this year’s SPCA holiday pet adoption display at the Macy’s department store Friday afternoon in front of a crowd of spectators who wanted to be among the first to say hello to the animals. 

[By Andrew Leonard | 17 Nov 2012 | One Comment]
Andrew Leonard / CALIFORNIA BEAT

Sentiments about the violent conflict on the Gaza Strip between Israel and Palestine spilled onto the streets of San Francisco late Friday afternoon in a spirited but peacceful protest in front of the Israeli consulate.

Pro-Palestinian and Pro-Israel demonstrators chanted and waved banners at one another from opposite sides of Montgomery Street in the Financial District during the afternoon commute hour as part of Bay Area reaction to the conflict in Gaza.

[By Beat News Service | 17 Nov 2012 | No Comments]
Security camera footage from Yerba Buena Gardens shows a man who allegedly beat then robbed an elderly man Oct. 24. (Courtesy SF Police)

Police were seeking two men who attacked and injured a 63 year-old man near San Francisco’s Metreon during a violent cell phone robbery that happened Oct. 24.

Authorities released footage from Yerba Buena Gardens security cameras that police said purportedly shows the two robbery suspects moments before the 6:30 p.m. attack.