Organizers promise a sober Bay to Breakers

May 12, 2011 News

Bay to Breakers will celebrate its 100th anniversary May 15 with new rules, including a ban on drinking and floats on the course. “Come dressed up in your wackiest costumes, come run, come with nothing at all — but just don’t come drunk this year,” said Stephanie Reichin, a spokeswoman for the event. The changes ...

Bay Area atheists counteract Rapture predictions

May 3, 2011 News 2 Comments

Along Interstate 80 eastbound at Fifth and Harrison streets, a big yellow billboard with black letters screams “The Rapture: You KNOW it’s Nonsense, 2,000 Years of ‘Any Day Now.'” The billboard is an American Atheist response to Harold Camping, a Christian Judgment Day advocate, and Family Radio Worldwide’s well-advertised prediction that the world will end ...

Controversial sit-lie ordinance begins enforcement

April 12, 2011 News

Morgan, who goes by the self-styled last name of “Dirty Rotten Pole Cat,” was born the son of a schoolteacher. In adulthood, he pursued formal training to be a cook, but luck turned on him and he had to brace himself on the street. As Morgan rested his knees on the corner of Masonic and ...

Construction in parking structure for seismic safety

April 12, 2011 News

Parking lot 20 is currently undergoing construction to build shear walls on levels 1 through 4 of the parking structure. Campus planner Wendy Bloom said the walls are intended to strengthen the building for “seismic safety” purposes. The construction is one part of a series of renovations that are not related to the Campus Master ...

In Japan, it is once again, man versus nature

April 5, 2011 Opinion

Japan is not a novice when dealing with earthquakes. The country is so well-prepared in case one strikes that even elementary students are knowledgeable about emergency procedures. But this recent occurrence is different. The 9.0-magnitude earthquake, the largest recorded in Japan, triggered a tsunami, a number of smaller earthquakes – and a meltdown of Fukushima ...

Explorers race to promote fitness

March 22, 2011

Dressed in sturdy running shoes, jogging pants, and thick sweaters and jackets, the cold rain had no impact on determined runners as they hunted to find mystery items in a competition of will, wit and fitness. Approximately 13 runners gathered at Sharon Meadow in Golden Gate Park in the early morning hours March 19, ready ...

Group serves up soup to stunt starvation

March 16, 2011 News

The sweet scent of carrot-ginger soup lingered to tinge the noses of those outside the 16th and Mission BART station. Pots filled with beans, vegetables and soup – all vegan – surrounded the volunteers serving food. “Food, not bombs!” Daisy Collazo cried to passersby. Food Not Bombs is not a charity group. Developed in the ...

Show us what a good diet looks like, First Lady

March 1, 2011 Opinion

Obesity is a major problem in the United States, and children may be this deadly epidemic’s most helpless victims. The Nemours Center for Children’s Health Media, a nonprofit organization dedicated to children’s health, estimated that approximately one in three children are obese. These kids are at risk of developing life-threatening diseases such as diabetes and heart ...

Chinese New Year celebration festive despite rain

February 23, 2011 News

Staff photographers Thousands flocked to downtown San Francisco for the Chinese New Year parade as rain poured down and the temperatures dipped to the low 40s Saturday night. Because of the rain, the crowds were much smaller, but for Lisa Bell of Petaluma, smaller crowds meant a better view of the parade. “This is one ...

Protesters celebrate Mubarak resignation

February 12, 2011 News

An initial protest transformed into celebration Friday after former president of Egypt Hosni Mubarak resigned from office after 18 days of democratic demonstrations. The ANSWER Coalition’s planned protest at UN Plaza Feb. 11 was made unnecessary after Mubarak announced an end to his 30-year term.  Crowds chanted in Arabic as the tricolor Egyptian flag flourished ...

Marchers in Bay Area show support for Egypt uprising

February 1, 2011 News

With the protests in Egypt to oust Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak, a longtime ally of the U.S. government, continuing to build momentum, several Bay Area organizations and community members believe the end of Mubarak’s rule is nearing. “We have faith in the possibility that Mubarak, the iron grip on the nation of Egypt, will be loosened ...