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SACRAMENTO — A year after Gov. Jerry Brown vetoed six bills aimed at increasing the transparency and accountability of the California Public Utilities Commission, a suite of reforms is again on the governor’s desk, but this time it’s expected to earn his signature. The commission has been under scrutiny since the deadly San Bruno pipeline explosion in 2010 highlighted what many have called a cozy relationship between state regulators and utilities. After the explosion, the regulatory agency was roundly criticized for its lax oversight of Pacific Gas and Electric Co., and revelations soon followed that utility executives colluded with the regulatory agency for favorable rulings. In the wake of the scandal, PG&E fired three senior executives, and commission President Michael Peevey and Executive Director Paul Clannon retired under pressure. “The reforms included in SB215 will put an end to the secret, back-door meetings that have tainted the CPUC’s decision-making process and its reputation,” said Mark Toney of The Utility Reform Network, in a statement.
Author: By Melody Gutierrez
Posted: August 26, 2016, 5:02 am
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Posted: August 26, 2016, 2:16 am
WASHINGTON — A U.S. Navy ship fired three warning shots in the direction of an Iranian boat that was approaching another American ship head-on in the Persian Gulf on Wednesday, U.S. officials said, in an escalation of encounters in the region this week. According to U.S. Navy Cmdr. Bill Urban, the Iranian boat came within 200 yards of the Tempest and ignored several bridge-to-bridge radio calls and warning flares. “This situation presented a drastically increased risk of collision, and the Iranian vessel refused to safely maneuver in accordance with internationally recognized maritime rules of the road,” said Urban.
Author: Associated Press
Posted: August 26, 2016, 2:04 am
Mars test flight: NASA has conducted the second-to-last splashdown test for its Orion spacecraft as the agency prepares to eventually send humans to Mars. Scientists at NASA’s Hampton, Va., facility on Thursday used a pendulum and explosives to fling a test capsule into a pool of water at about 25 mph. The proposed rules, announced this week by the National Marine Fisheries Service of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, would prohibit swimming with or approaching within 50 yards of Hawaiian spinner dolphins. Delaware police are investigating how Tina Werner tumbled off the platform at the Go Ape Tree Top Adventure attraction in Lums Pond State Park on Wednesday. Participants at Go Ape courses are equipped with climbing harnesses and two sets of ropes with carabiners that they unclip and clip to safety wires in sequence as they move through the trees. Employees of an Oregon grocery store are cleaning up after a police say a woman drove her SUV into the store and down the aisles. Springfield police say a 43-year-old Glenwood woman tried to purchase $2,200 of gift cards and became upset when her check bounced and Safeway employees would not complete the transaction.
Author: Chronicle News Services
Posted: August 26, 2016, 1:49 am
The American University of Afghanistan has closed after attackers stormed it late Wednesday when a suicide bomber ploughed his explosives-packed vehicle into the wall of the facility, officials said Thursday. U.N. human rights chief Zeid Ra’ad al-Hussein on Thursday called for an international investigation of rights abuses and violence in Yemen’s civil war, which has killed thousands of people. The call from al-Hussein came as his Geneva office released a 22-page report chronicling abuses on both sides in the conflict, which pits the internationally recognized Yemeni government, backed by a Saudi-led coalition, against Shiite rebels known as Houthis and their allies. Surviving South Korean women who were forced into sexual slavery by Japan’s military in World War II will be eligible to receive about $90,000 each from a foundation that will be funded by the Japanese government. Seoul’s Foreign Ministry said Thursday that the families of deceased victims will be able to receive about $18,000 and added that it expects the Japanese government to soon transfer a promised $9.9 million to a foundation formed last month. Brazil’s Senate on Thursday began deliberating whether to permanently remove President Dilma Rousseff from office, the final step in a leadership fight that has paralyzed Congress and cast a pall over a nation in the midst of a severe recession. Brazil’s first female president is accused of illegally shifting money between government budgets to mask yawning deficits. An easyJet flight from London’s Gatwick Airport to Belfast faced an hour-long delay after two crew members got into an epic shouting match.
Author: Chronicle News Services
Posted: August 25, 2016, 11:45 pm


Bay Area News

A Santa Clara County judge who provoked national outrage after giving what was perceived as a slap on the wrist to an ex-Stanford student convicted of sexually assaulting an unconscious woman will be reassigned from the criminal to the civil division, the court announced Thursday. Judge Aaron Persky, who sentenced Brock Turner in June to six months in jail for sexually assaulting a 23-year-old drunken woman after a fraternity party, asked for the change, according to Risë Jones Pichon, the presiding judge of Santa Clara Superior Court. Judge Persky believes the change will aid the public and the court by reducing the distractions that threaten to interfere with his ability to effectively discharge the duties of his current criminal assignment. Turner, a talented swimmer from Dayton, Ohio, was arrested after two graduate students came across him lying on top of a partially clothed, unconscious woman in a field near a trash bin.

Author: By Peter Fimrite
Posted: August 26, 2016, 5:01 am
Warren Hinckle, a happily hard-drinking swashbuckler of San Francisco journalism who mixed leftist leanings with an everlasting contempt for the powerful, died Thursday. Mr. Hinckle had been in declining health and died of complications from pneumonia at a hospital near his home in San Francisco, said his daughter Pia Hinckle. From his groundbreaking days of editing the iconic liberal magazines Ramparts and Scanlan’s Monthly in the 1960s and ’70s to his reliably irreverent columns for newspapers, including The Chronicle and San Francisco Examiner, Mr. Hinckle delighted in tweaking anyone in charge of anything and muckraking for what he fiercely saw as the common good. With his ever-present basset hound, Bentley, in tow, Mr. Hinckle held forth at watering holes and strip clubs, tossing off one-liners in a low growl like a late-night comic. Along the way, the one-eyed rapscallion — he’d lost his left eye in a childhood car accident and wore a patch — drew the wrath of mayors, police and anyone who got in his way, and he reveled in it. The resultant rollicking article, “The Kentucky Derby Is Decadent and Depraved,” not only launched the over-the-top, personalized journalism that came to be known as gonzo, it began a lifelong friendship between Mr. Hinckle and Thompson. “It was kind of like the portrait of Dorian Gray,” said longtime friend Ron Turner, founder of the book’s publisher, Last Gasp Books. While executive editor of Ramparts from 1964 to 1969, Mr. Hinckle pioneered “radical slick” — publishing early denunciations of the Vietnam War and diaries by such leftist figures as Cuban revolutionary Che Guevara and Black Panther leader Eldridge Cleaver in a mass-marketed magazine. Under Mr. Hinckle’s direction, Ramparts garnered a huge national following and won the prestigious George Polk Award in 1966 for exposing CIA recruitment practices on college campuses. The magazine began in 1962 in Menlo Park as a stodgy, intellectual Catholic publication, but when Mr. Hinckle signed on he moved the headquarters to San Francisco and tacked its direction hard left. Mr. Hinckle then embarked on a career as a newspaper columnist for The Chronicle, Examiner and San Francisco Independent, earning a reputation for filing notes from a barstool or ambling into the newsroom just before — or after — deadline to bang out his prose. Chronicle reporter Steve Rubenstein, who worked alongside him as a columnist in the 1980s, recalled Mr. Hinckle dictating his copy “an hour from deadline from any of a number of watering holes in San Francisco, where his beverage of choice was not the same as Bentley’s.” The scruffy Dovre Club Irish saloon in the Mission District was one of Mr. Hinckle’s favorites, and when it was forced to move a few blocks away in 1997 to make room for a building housing service agencies for women, he was so angry he tried to barricade the doors with his pals on its last day. Incensed by police raids on the Mitchell Brothers strip club — where he often convened with Thompson to rail against restrictions of sexual expression — he once helped post the mayor’s unlisted phone number on the marquee with, “For a good time, call Dianne.” In print, Mr. Hinckle at times pushed — or exceeded — the bounds of what some big-city journalists considered fair play. “Warren was always the smartest guy in the room, and at college he was smarter than the teachers,” said Chronicle reporter Carl Nolte, who was then working in media relations for the university and later worked alongside Mr. Hinckle. After graduating, he joined The Chronicle as a reporter covering mostly crime news, but soon moved on to his magazine work at Ramparts. In 1974 he wrote an autobiography, “If You Have a Lemon, Make Lemonade,” and it served as a sort of manifesto for the puncher’s attitude he carried throughout his life. Mr. Hinckle is survived by his longtime partner, Linda Corso; daughters Pia Hinckle of San Francisco and Hilary Hinckle of New York; a son, Warren J. Hinckle IV of Boston; a sister, Marianne Hinckle of San Francisco; a brother, Robert Hinckle of Reno; and five grandchildren.
Author: By Kevin Fagan
Posted: August 26, 2016, 4:02 am

With a police shortage in San Jose, coupled with mandatory overtime that adds up to 17-hour workdays, it turns out that at least a dozen officers are living in RV's outside of the San Jose Police Department.

Author: SFGATE staff
Posted: August 26, 2016, 1:31 am
[...] whenever it happens, a new state law will keep the alcohol flowing. Legislation by Assemblyman David Chiu, D-San Francisco, signed Thursday by Gov. Jerry Brown, fills a gap in the law that could have left the theater without a liquor license. [...] differences between the new solo owner, Carole Shorenstein Hays, and the former owner, SHN, which she helped to found, have left the Curran without the license it used to sell beer, wine and spirits at its bar. Judson True, Chiu’s chief of staff, described the measure as “a narrow, technical fix” to a 2013 law that set standards for liquor licenses at the city’s historic theaters.
Author: By Bob Egelko
Posted: August 26, 2016, 1:22 am
Judith Liteky, who spent decades organizing support for Central American war refugees and protests against a U.S. training center for Latin American military leaders, died Saturday of multiple myeloma at her home in San Francisco. Ms. Liteky left an order of Catholic nuns in 1973 to become a college teacher in San Francisco, where she developed a program for young Latina women and later became involved in the sanctuary movement for refugees. In 1984, she married Charles Liteky, who as an Army chaplain in Vietnam had won the Medal of Honor for carrying more than 20 wounded soldiers through gunfire to safety in 1967. The government-run School of the Americas, at Fort Benning, Ga., trains Central and South American military leaders in combat and counterinsurgency techniques. Another attendee was the late Roberto d’Aubuisson, a rightist Salvador politician accused by his opponents of promoting death squads in his nation’s civil war. Ms. Liteky was a plaintiff in an ongoing lawsuit seeking to require the U.S. government to release the names of the Latin American military personnel who have attended the school. President Bill Clinton’s administration had begun making the information public, starting in 1994, and the list contained more than 60,000 names dating to the school’s founding in 1946, but the disclosures were halted in 2004 under President George W. Bush’s administration, an action the Obama administration has continued. Ms. Liteky and other plaintiffs said they had evidence that the school admitted military personnel who had previously been accused of human rights violations.
Author: By Bob Egelko
Posted: August 26, 2016, 12:16 am

Entertainment

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Author: Christopher Renstrom
Posted: August 26, 2016, 5:01 am
“Morris From America” mixes elements of two standard movie types, the coming-of-age story and the fish-out-of-water tale. Morris (Markees Christmas) is a stout young fellow who has moved with his father (Craig Robinson), a soccer coach, from Richmond, N.Y., to Heidelberg. There are a couple of friendly sorts, and a few out-and-out racists, but the most common reactions are a mild suspicion and a kind of cold curiosity. The boy takes language lessons from a young German woman (Carla Juri) who takes something of a maternal interest in him — his mother is deceased — which at one point moves her to overstep her bounds and anger Morris’ dad. Actor Christmas, making his film debut, has the teen stranger-in-a-strange-land thing down pretty well. Filmmaker Chad Hartigan perhaps concluded that the material might so easily lend itself to an incendiary, sensational approach that he decided to take the opposite tack — and seems to have gone too far. [...] a nice, predictable film unlikely to linger in the memory.
Author: By Walter Addiego
Posted: August 25, 2016, 8:00 pm
“Don’t Breathe” is a stroll down memory lane, to the work of early ’70s horror meisters like Wes Craven who found wicked new ways to shred the audience’s nerves and keep pouring on the pressure. The new film, directed by Fede Alvarez (2013’s “Evil Dead”), is a visceral home-invasion thriller with a nice spin: A mom, Rocky needs money to extricate herself from a lousy home situation; Money is a macho type who gets kicks from breaking the law; and nerdy Alex is useful because his dad owns the security company that protects the people targeted by the threesome. Rumor reaches them that a particular householder, an unnamed blind veteran (Stephen Lang), lives alone — except for a hugely menacing rottweiler — and has a mountain of cash stashed at home from a legal settlement. Though sightless, he is a well-trained killing machine who uses his unearthly sense of hearing to stalk them from room to room. The filmmaker indulges in more than a few knowing winks to the audience, such as making sure we get a glimpse of the tools — you know, hammers, saws, that sort of tool — that will come into grisly play later. Viewers know the game, and scenes like this evoke nervous laughter. Questions about plausibility are just quibbles — movies like “Don’t Breathe” operate by a set of rules carefully designed to make viewers jump, and squirm when they aren’t jumping.
Author: By Walter Addiego
Posted: August 25, 2016, 7:37 pm
TICONDEROGA, N.Y. — On its many voyages through space, the Starship Enterprise has endured bridge-shaking blasts from enemy ships and infiltration by scheming aliens. Sets mimicking those of the 1960s TV series “Star Trek” — including Capt. Kirk’s bridge, the sick bay and the engine room — were built by fans for an Internet film series produced in this Adirondacks mountain town and are now open to paying customers who just can’t get enough of the 50-year-old franchise. James Cawley, a 50-year-old Elvis impersonator, began the years-long process of building the sets in 1997 after inheriting a copy of the original Enterprise blueprints from a costume designer on the original show. Cast members call what they do “playing Star Trek,” but the production values became quite high, with some episodes involving up to 200 people and attracting original “Star Trek” actors George Takei and Walter Koenig (reprising their roles of Sulu and Chekov). [...] the atmosphere in their little universe chilled in December after Paramount Pictures and CBS Studios filed a copyright infringement lawsuit in California against the makers of a planned fan film that raised more than $1 million on crowdfunding sites. Six months later, the companies — calling themselves “big believers in reasonable fan fiction” — released guidelines on how fan filmmakers can avoid objections, such as not raising more than $50,000 and keeping individual episodes to under 15 minutes. Marybeth Ritkouski, a fan-film veteran working as a tour guide, said visitors have had emotional reactions after they walk through the sliding doors and onto the set.
Author: Associated Press
Posted: August 25, 2016, 7:10 pm
MINNEAPOLIS — Paisley Park, the private estate and studio complex of rock superstar Prince, will open for daily public tours starting Oct. 6, the trust company overseeing his estate announced this week, and the company that runs Elvis Presley’s Graceland will manage it. Bremer Trust said that millions of Prince fans will get the chance to tour the 65,000-square-foot complex in the Minneapolis suburb of Chanhassen, where Prince collapsed in an elevator and died of an accidental overdose of the painkiller fentanyl in April. The tours will include studios where Prince recorded, produced and mixed most of his biggest hits, and the soundstage where he rehearsed for tours and performed private concerts. [...] featured will be thousands of artifacts, including musical instruments, artwork, rare recordings and concert memorabilia. Some of the pills taken from Paisley Park after his death were counterfeit drugs that actually contained fentanyl — a synthetic opioid 50 times more powerful than heroin, an official close to the investigation said Sunday, Aug. 21.
Author: Associated Press
Posted: August 25, 2016, 7:07 pm

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Immigration and Customs Enforcement, part of Homeland Security, said Thursday that its New York office is looking into the breach that exposed the driver’s license, passport and intimate photos of the “Saturday Night Live” star, along with hateful and racist images. The “Ghostbusters” actress was also attacked on Twitter last month with a barrage of racial slurs and obscene photos. Obama narrates an 11-minute video that pays tribute to the wonders of national parks and warns of the threat posed by climate change. National Geographic joined Facebook’s Oculus Studios and VR specialists Felix & Paul Studios to produce the free video, which was released Thursday to mark the centennial of the National Park Service.
Author: Chronicle Staff and News Services
Posted: August 25, 2016, 11:24 pm
Volkswagen has reached a tentative deal with its U.S. dealers to compensate them for losses they said they suffered as a result of the company’s emissions cheating scandal, attorneys for the carmaker and dealers told a San Francisco federal judge Thursday. The value of the settlement with the roughly 650 dealers was not disclosed, although Volkswagen said later that it would include cash. “We believe this agreement in principle with Volkswagen dealers is a very important step in our commitment to making things right for all our stakeholders in the United States,” Hinrich Woebcken, CEO of Volkswagen North America, said in the statement. U.S. District Judge Charles Breyer gave the attorneys until the end of September to submit a final proposal. Volkswagen previously reached an agreement with attorneys for car owners. The settlement also includes $2.7 billion for unspecified environmental mitigation and an additional $2 billion to promote zero-emissions vehicles. San Francisco riders who receive an invitation to the pilot program will be able to pay $20 for a package of flat flares for up to 20 trips, or $30 for up to 40 trips. Select members of the public began hailing free rides Thursday through their smartphones in taxis operated by NuTonomy, a vehicle software startup. While a number of companies, including Google and Volvo, have been testing self-driving cars on public roads for several years, NuTonomy says it is the first to offer rides to the public. The ultimate goal, say NuTonomy officials, is to have a fully self-driving taxi fleet in Singapore by 2018, which will help sharply cut the number of cars on Singapore’s congested roads.
Author: Chronicle News Services
Posted: August 25, 2016, 11:23 pm
PARIS — A botched attempt to break into the iPhone of an Arab human rights defender using hitherto unknown espionage software has led to a global upgrade of Apple’s mobile operating system, researchers said Thursday. The spyware took advantage of three previously undisclosed weaknesses in Apple’s mobile operating system to take control of iPhone devices, according to reports published Thursday by San Francisco’s Lookout smartphone security company and Internet watchdog group Citizen Lab. The reports issued by Lookout and Citizen Lab outlined how an iPhone could be completely compromised with the tap of a finger, a trick so coveted in the world of cyberespionage that in November, a spyware broker said it had paid a $1 million dollar bounty to programmers who’d found a way to do it. [...] a compromise would give hackers full control over the phone, allowing them to eavesdrop on calls, harvest messages, activate cameras and microphones and drain the device of its personal data. Promising to reveal details about torture in the United Arab Emirates’ prisons, the unknown sender included a suspicious-looking link. [...] Mansoor already had the dubious distinction of having weathered attacks from two separate brands of commercial spyware.
Author: Associated Press
Posted: August 25, 2016, 10:56 pm
Global messaging service WhatsApp says it will start sharing the phone numbers of its users with Facebook, its parent company. “This is a strong-arm tactic on the part of Facebook,” said Jeff Chester, executive director of the Center for Digital Democracy in Washington. [...] Facebook has pledged not to interfere with a long-standing promise by WhatsApp’s co-founders to respect users’ privacy and keep ads off its messaging platform. WhatsApp on Thursday offered a glimpse of its plans for turning on the money spigot, releasing documents that describe its privacy policy and the terms of service that users must agree to follow. Companies could also send marketing offers or messages about sales to individual customers, according to the new documents, which note that users will be able to control or block such messages. WhatsApp says it will begin “coordinating” accounts with Facebook by sharing users’ mobile phone numbers and device information, such as the type of operating system and other smartphone characteristics. The ads would come through a Facebook program called “Custom Audiences,” which lets a business upload lists of customers and phone numbers or other contact information the business has collected from warranty cards or other sources. Though both companies pledged that WhatsApp would operate separately from its parent company, the Federal Trade Commission warned them publicly, in a 2014 letter, against changing how they employ WhatsApp user data without users’ consent. Privacy groups have praised WhatsApp for building powerful encryption into its services, making it impossible for the company or anyone else to read users’ messages.
Author: Associated Press
Posted: August 25, 2016, 10:40 pm
In the first quarter, Uber lost about $520 million before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortization, according to people familiar with the matter. In the second quarter, the losses significantly exceeded $750 million, including a roughly $100 million shortfall in the U.S., those people said. Driver subsidies are responsible for the majority of the losses globally, Gupta told investors, according to people familiar with the matter. “You won’t find too many technology companies that could lose this much money, this quickly,” said Aswath Damodaran, a business professor at New York University who has written skeptically of Uber’s astronomical valuation on his blog. Uber’s losses and revenue have generally grown in lockstep as the company’s global ambitions have expanded. Amazon.com is famous for losing money while increasing its market value, but its biggest loss ever totaled $1.4 billion in 2000. “It’s hardly rare for companies to lose large sums of money as they try to build significant markets and battle for market share,” said Joe Grundfest, a professor of law and business at Stanford.
Author: By Eric Newcomer
Posted: August 25, 2016, 9:05 pm

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Pence leaves Giants’ near no-hitter with tight hamstring LOS ANGELES — Right fielder Hunter Pence left Thursday night’s 4-0 win at Dodger Stadium with tightness in his surgically repaired right hamstring. Pence was removed for the bottom of the sixth inning and replaced by Gorkys Hernandez. Moore’s 133 pitches were the most by any pitcher int he majors this season and 19 more than he had thrown in any game since his April, 2014 Tommy John surgery. Joe Panik, who homered in the three-run fourth inning, has hit safely in 12 of his past 13 games, batting .333 with four doubles, a triple, a homer and eight RBIs. Brandon Belt started the scoring with an RBI single ahead of the Panik homer. Bochy said he would have pulled Moore in the ninth despite an intact no-hit bit had he walked a batter. The last Giant to lose a no-hitter with two outs in the ninth was Yusmeiro Petit, who lost a perfect game against Arizona on an Eric Chavez single on Sept. 6, 2013. The Giants snapped a four-game losing streak. Moore, on the inside fastball that Corey Seager hit for the ninth-inning single that busted the no-hitter. Bochy, on the conversation he had with in the dugout with Moore after the eighth inning and 118 pitches.
Author: By Henry Schulman
Posted: August 26, 2016, 7:23 am
LOS ANGELES — Matt Moore was smiling when manager Bruce Bochy came to get him, smiling in the clubhouse after a huge win, smiling when he addressed a horde of reporters who would have had a better story had the left-hander gotten his no-hitter, or cursed the gods that he lost it when he did. The 4-0 win was too huge for any Giant to be aggravated, even Moore, who was an out away from no-hitting the Dodgers on Thursday night when rookie Corey Seager hit a clean but soft single to right, which Gorkys Hernandez had no chance to catch. If only Moore’s teammates were as sanguine about Moore losing what would have been the Giants’ fifth no-hitter in five seasons. “It stinks,” said catcher Buster Posey, who slammed the dirt with his glove as Seager’s ball fell. “It’s very disappointing,” said center fielder Denard Span, who preserved the no-hit bid with two great catches, most dramatically in the ninth, when he covered a lot of ground and slid to rob Kiké Hernandez of what looked like a leadoff single. Moore walked three and struck out seven while throwing a career-high 133 pitches. If anyone besides Seager ruined Moore’s no-hit bid, it was Justin Turner, who saw 22 pitches in three at-bats, including 11 in a second-inning encounter. Bochy said Moore was smiling on the mound after the hit and thanked the manager for the opportunity to shoot for the no-hitter. The Giants supported Moore with three runs in five innings against rookie Ross Stripling, who no-hit them for 71/3 innings in his big-league debut April 8 before he was pulled for pitch count. Moore earned his first win since he beat the Dodgers in his final start before a trade that Giants fans were not happy about because it cost Matt Duffy.
Author: By Henry Schulman
Posted: August 26, 2016, 6:55 am
Golden State announced Thursday that it is dissolving its longtime partnership with KNBR 680 and that its games instead will be on 95.7 the Game, a relatively new sports talk radio station on the FM dial. Additionally, our fans will benefit from increased programming overall throughout the year, including extended pre- and postgame shows, more in-season programming, a dedicated offseason presence and numerous call-in shows featuring front office staff, players and broadcasters. According to the Warriors, their radio network will include affiliates in San Jose (KRTY, 95.3 FM) and Vacaville (KUIC, 95.3 FM). The surprise move ends a long-standing relationship between KNBR and the Warriors, who had partnered with the Bay Area’s top sports talk radio station dating to the team’s arrival in the Bay Area in 1962. [...] it was no secret to listeners that the Warriors held secondary status on the high-powered AM radio station, often overlooked in favor of flagship partners like the Giants and the 49ers. During the regular season, the Warriors also had games pushed off KNBR, sometimes in favor of Giants pregame shows or spring training games. “The Warriors are one of the most popular basketball teams in the world and we are proud to deliver play-by-play broadcasts and 24/7 team coverage to local fans in the Bay Area and to be the official home of Warriors basketball,” said Steve DiNardo, vice president and general manager of the station, in a statement.
Author: By Al Saracevic
Posted: August 26, 2016, 6:52 am
The quarterback lasted just 90 seconds into the Cowboys’ 27-17 preseason loss to the host Seattle Seahawks on Thursday night before leaving with what appeared at first to be a potentially significant injury, but ended up being minor. What Romo saw was an impressive initial flash from rookie running back Ezekiel Elliott and a solid performance by backup QB Dak Prescott against one of the top defenses in the NFL. Russell Wilson and Seattle’s No. 1 offense played into the second half, scoring on four of their final five possessions including two TD passes by Wilson, who finished 16-of-21 for 192 yards. The four-time Pro Bowl running back played in just one series in the first half, but he made the most of the limited opportunities, with two receptions for 20 yards, which included a 16-yard catch that moved the Dolphins into scoring position at the Falcons 22. Dolphins quarterback Ryan Tannehill completed 20 of 29 passes for 155 yards while leading the Dolphins to a score in one of two red zone opportunities. Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan, meanwhile, completed 12 of 22 passes for 129 yards, no touchdowns and one interception. Dolphins’ defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh left with an ankle injury in the first half. The Cleveland Browns traded linebacker Barkevious Mingo to the New England Patriots in exchange for a 2017 fifth-round pick. Steelers linebacker James Harrison and Green Bay Packers defensive players Clay Matthews and Julius Peppers met this week with NFL investigators looking into allegations linking them to performance-enhancing drugs, the players’ union said.
Author: Associated Press
Posted: August 26, 2016, 6:29 am
The Southern Nevada Tourism Infrastructure Committee released a report that features renderings of a proposed Raiders stadium in Las Vegas. The price tag of the stadium, which would be home to the Raiders and UNLV’s football team, is now at $1.9 billion and goes up on a daily basis, Goldstein told the oversight committee. Representatives from Majestic Realty and the Las Vegas Sands casino company want to build a 65,000-seat domed stadium, and showed the committee renderings of the proposed venue with AC/DC’s “Back in Black” playing in the background. Public funding would come from an increase in a Las Vegas-area hotel room tax and potentially from a special taxation district around the stadium. Proponents displayed sample room reservations from the Sands-owned Venetian casino to show the hotel tax hike would add about $1 to a nightly bill of $109. Raiders president Marc Badain said Thursday that the team would sign a lease that lasted as long as the debt — 25 or 30 years — and Sands officials said they’d hold the team accountable.
Author: Staff and News Services
Posted: August 26, 2016, 6:04 am
Things to do in San Francisco
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WELCOME to The Taxi Drivers Guide To San Francisco .com a tool and soon to be published travel guide to the city by the bay. I have been a San Francisco taxicab driver for the past 24 years and would like to share my experiences, travel tips and things to do in San Francisco. The goal of this website is to save the reader time, and money and make their visit memorable and safe.

Things to do in San Francisco I recommend as a taxidriver are as follows:     Alcatraz Island   the most famous fomer Federal Prison in history:  This prison housed Al  CoponeMachine Gun Kelley, and the “Bird Man of Alcatraz“.   Haight Ashbury the ground zero area for the start of the 1960’s counterculture movement .   The area now known as The Haight was where Charles Manson recruited his followers.  The 1960’s greats such as Big Brother and the Holding Company, Jefferson Starship and many others formed in this historical area of San Francisco.    The Golden Gate BridgeGolden Gate Park and the Painted Ladies are a must see.   The cable car system in San Francisco is affordable, safe, and fun video yourself and send a picture home to your friends and stop off in Chinatown for some great Asian Food.

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