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[By Beat News Service | 17 May 2015 | No Comments]
Crowds fill San Francisco's Streets for the 2015 Bay to Breakers Race. (CALIFORNIA BEAT PHOTO)

Superheroes, celebrities and the naked came out to San Francisco’s colorful Bay to Breakers footrace Sunday morning. The sun may not have made an appearance during the duration of the 12K event, but it did not stop some partiers from celebrating in their skivvies.

Do you recognize anyone in our photo gallery from this year’s race?

Cover Stories, San Francisco, Travel Beat »

[By Tim Jue | 8 May 2015 | No Comments]
San Francisco-based Mindfulness Consultant Mark Coleman (center) brings calm into the airplane alongside British Airways cabin crew on the airline's World Traveller Plus section on its Airbus A380. (PHOTO BY NICK MORRISH/ BRITISH AIRWAYS FOR THE CALIFORNIA BEAT)

In the ever-so-stressful world of airline travel, British Airways has launched a new program to put the minds of its long-haul passengers at ease.

The man to help make it happen: Mark Coleman, a San Francisco-based mindfulness consultant who’s been asked by the airline to provide fliers on its newest Airbus A380 and Boeing 787 Dreamliner jets with meditation techniques for a relaxed and positive state of mind.

San Francisco, San Francisco City Guide, Travel Beat »

[By Tim Jue | 30 Mar 2015 | No Comments]
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In the highly competitive fight to win marketshare on the San Francisco to London route, British Airways may hold a key none of its competitors currently have: the world’s largest passenger jet.

The airline began flying its double-deck Airbus A380 between the two cities Sunday, a move British Airways officials said was done in response to increased travel demand from the booming technology sector in the Bay Area and in Great Britain.

Cops & Courts, Political Beat, San Francisco »

[By Steven Luo | 26 Mar 2014 | No Comments]
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FBI agents arrested 20 people Wednesday — including state Sen. Leland Yee (D-San Francisco) and notorious gangster Raymond “Shrimp Boy” Chow — as part of a sweeping organized crime probe including allegations of arms trafficking, bribery, drug dealing, receiving stolen goods and money laundering.

Yee — charged with arms dealing and six counts of wire fraud in connection with soliciting campaign donations in exchange for political and official favors — could face decades in federal prison if convicted.

Traffic & Transit »

[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)

FOR THE LATEST UPDATES ON THE BART STRIKE FOLLOW US ON TWITTER: @californiabeat

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.

Political Beat, Same Sex Marriage »

[By Beat News Service | 26 Jun 2013 | No Comments]
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(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.

San Francisco »

[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.

Bay Area Snapshots, San Francisco »

[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.