It took a lot of hard work and determination, but Lea Lunden, a San Francisco State University psychology student, successfully secured an alternate graduation location.
Lunden had been searching for a place she and her 300 psychology classmates could celebrate their accomplishments with their loved ones since she heard in February that the department’s official ceremony aboard a Hornblower cruise would price many families out. Read More
Video cameras will capture the salmon running upstream at the Hayes Street Hill, and additional surveillance posted at the start and finish of Sunday’s Bay to Breakers race will help ensure the 102nd running of the San Francisco institution is safe, Police Chief Greg Suhr said Thursday.
Race security is front and center as The City prepares to host its first major public event — and one of its most high-profile — since the April 15 bombings at the Boston Marathon. About 100,000 people — 70,000 of them spectators along the route — are expected to attend the race. Read More
Attacks against transgender people in the Mission district have government officials mobilizing to prevent further violence as the recent crimes evoke past tragedies and call into question The City’s commitment to protect such individuals.
Theresa Sparks, who is transgender and the executive director of the Human Rights Commission, said progress has been slow. At a hearing Thursday at City Hall, she talked about a meeting she had six years ago with the mother of 27-year-old Nicaraguan immigrant Ruby Rodriguez, a transgender woman who was brutally killed. Read More
On the town
Birthday dinner: Affordable-housing provider Tenderloin Neighborhood Development Corporation hosts its 32nd-birthday dinner, a night of food, drink, awards and music. [6 p.m., Hilton San Francisco, 333 O’Farrell St., S.F.]
A great bike ride Read More
A man has pleaded guilty to killing a woman from San Francisco in Antigua as she made a stopover in the Caribbean island for her sister’s wedding.
Tishara Daniel made no statement as he entered his plea Wednesday to a charge of murder in the death of 29-year-old Nina Nilssen.
The director of public prosecutions in St. John’s has not said what sentence he will seek when the 27-year-old Daniel is sentenced, which is expected to happen July 5. Read More
San Mateo-based SolarCity Corp. announced Thursday that Goldman Sachs Group Inc. would finance more than $500 million of its solar power projects.
The funding for U.S. residential solar leases is the largest such deal ever announced, SolarCity said in a statement. The agreement was initiated last year and the funding expanded in April.
SolarCity has raised similar funds from banks such as U.S. Bancorp and from corporations including Google Inc. and Honda Motor Co Ltd. Read More
After years of legal wrangling, Dr. William Ayres, an 81-year-old former San Mateo psychiatrist accused of molesting boys during examinations in the 1990s, admitted to the charges against him Thursday.
A wheelchair-bound Ayres pleaded no contest to eight felony molestation charges just four days into jury selection in his second trial in San Mateo County Superior Court. His first trial ended in a hung jury and a mistrial in 2009. Read More
The firm that screens baggage at San Francisco International Airport could lose its decadelong contract this fall as the Transportation Security Administration requests proposals from other bidders two years ahead of when the contract was originally supposed to expire.
Covenant Aviation Security, America’s most prominent private aviation security company, has a national reputation for efficiency and customer service. But it also has been accused of neglecting passenger safety in pursuit of lower costs. Read More
The “world’s greatest fisherman” has been pinched in a king-size crab scandal.
Dennis Sturgell, 60, whom the San Francisco Chronicle once dubbed the “world’s greatest fisherman” in a 2008 article, is facing charges of unlawful fishing in connection with an incident in San Francisco last fall in which he allegedly possessed more than 54,000 pounds of Dungeness crab.
On Thursday, Sturgell pleaded not guilty to the charges and is scheduled to return to court June 20, Assistant District Attorney Alex Bastian said. Read More
Police are investigating a fatal shooting in San Francisco's Bayview District this afternoon.
Officers responded at 3:43 p.m. to reports that a male victim had been shot in the 1100 block of Hudson Avenue, Officer Carlos Manfredi said.
The officers performed CPR on the victim until medics arrived and transported him to San Francisco General Hospital.
However, the victim succumbed to his injuries at the hospital, Manfredi said. Read More