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San Francisco, The Bay Area, Traffic & Transit »

[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.

Oakland, San Francisco, Traffic & Transit »

[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.

Oakland, San Francisco, Traffic & Transit »

[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.

Bay Area Snapshots, Same Sex Marriage, San Francisco »

[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. 

Political Beat, Same Sex Marriage »

[By Beat News Service | 26 Jun 2013 | No Comments]
Prop 8 rally and march

(6/26) — 0746 PDT — WASHINGTON, D.C. — The United States Supreme Court Wednesday declined to intervene in the legal battle over Proposition 8, California’s ban on same-sex marriage, effectively allowing gay couples to legally wed.

The Justices ruled Proposition 8’s authors had no legal standing to appeal a U.S. District Court’s order that overturned the ban. 

Bay Area Snapshots, San Francisco, The Bay Area »

[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. 

Oakland, The Bay Area »

[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.

BART Police Shooting, Oakland »

[By Beat News Service | 29 Nov 2012 | 2 Comments]
Production of the movie "Fruitvale" on July 28, 2012 at an East Bay BART Station. (CALIFORNIA BEAT PHOTO)

A movie about the New Year’s Day 2009 shooting of BART passenger Oscar Grant by a police officer has been selected to compete for best dramatic film in the 2013 Sundance Film Festival, festival organizers announced Wednesday.

“Fruitvale” depicts the hours before Grant’s slaying by BART Police Officer Johannes Mehserle at the Fruitvale BART Station in Oakland. The shooting was captured on numerous cameras by witnesses and immediately went viral on the internet.

Political Beat, The Bay Area »

[By Nathan Wyss | 24 Nov 2012 | One Comment]
US Congressman George Miller joins OUR Walmart strikers at the store in Richmond, Calif. (Nathan Wyss/ CALIFORNIA BEAT PHOTO)

Amid the Black Friday shopping frenzy, workers, protesters, labor groups launched what they called a nationwide strike against big box retailer Walmart in protest of the company’s treatment of employees.

The company said the strikes, which took place at select stores around the country, were “made for TV” events attended largely by non-Walmart employees.

Cops & Courts, Silicon Valley »

[By Beat News Service | 21 Nov 2012 | No Comments]
Memorial services for Rory Park-Pettiford, the San Jose man killed during a robbery rampage Friday, are scheduled for Saturday. (Courtesy Photo)

Memorial services have been scheduled for Saturday for Rory Park-Pettiford, the man killed by two armed robbers during a carjacking attempt outside a San Jose 7-11 convenience store Friday night.

Police said Park-Pettiford, 22, of San Jose became the innocent victim of a robbery rampage targeting four businesses committed by Jonathan Wilbanks and a 15 year-old boy who was arrested in Concord Friday.