When Alex Cocoles encountered a tough question on his Advanced Placement chemistry exam a month ago, the Sacred Heart Cathedral Preparatory senior did not fret — he knew exactly how the chemical reaction in a battery works thanks to the marshmallow fight in Dr. Ramsey Musallam’s class. Read More
Recently President Barack Obama admitted that he thinks of “going ‘Bulworth’” from time to time. Because, like baseball fans, political junkies will watch any movie about politics — even bad ones — Economist subscribers and Halle Berry fans recognized the reference to the movie “Bulworth.”
In the 1998 movie, Warren Beatty is a U.S. senator representing California who decides to end his life. Read More
An outpouring of community support for a bar described as a gathering place for artists, musicians and Lower Nob Hill residents succeeded in overturning the Police Department’s recommendation to reject its liquor license application.
Café Royale, located at 800 Post St., opened its doors 14 years ago. Though it’s been through about three changes in ownership over the years, the location has sprouted a community atmosphere with monthly local artist installments on the walls and live entertainment like jazz, comedy and opera. Read More
San Francisco events for May 19, 2013.
SOMETHING TO READ
The World’s Strongest Librarian By Josh Hanagarne ($26)This touching memoir documents the struggles of a 6-foot-7 librarian with Tourettes who breaks with Mormonism and finds solace in weightlifting.
LEND A HAND
San Francisco Zoo: Adults interested in working with animals and educating people about conservation are invited to a volunteer orientation. [11 a.m.; meet at bronze tiger statue, Entry Village Circle, 1 Zoo Road, S.F.] Read More
An obsolete ban against suitcases on a SamTrans express line to the San Francisco airport will finally be lifted next month.
The remnant of a legal claim filed in the 1970s, the SamTrans KX has barred passengers from carrying luggage due to its unfair competitive advantage over private shuttle providers. San Francisco Airporter, which operated regular runs to San Francisco International Airport for years, filed the lawsuit, arguing that it couldn’t compete financially with a publicly subsidized service like SamTrans. Read More
It’s unclear whether Mark Zuckerberg’s FWD.us campaign to reform U.S. immigration is destined to fail, but it’s certainly a hot mess. Squabbles over red ink have blurred the original message and led to several high-profile defections — including that of Tesla founder Elon Musk. Meanwhile, journalists have pilloried the Facebook founder as a modern-day Rockefeller, a dissolute magnate and a “shady One Percenter,” according to one headline in The Daily Beast. Read More
The owner of the Italian entry in the America's Cup says his boat will compete this summer, but sought new safety measures after the death of a sailor on a training run last week.Luna Rossa owner Patrizio Bertelli announced at a press conference at his team's Alameda headquarters Thursday that he wanted races canceled if winds on the San Francisco Bay were deemed too dangerous. Read More
Starting in July, San Francisco customers will pay their water bills once a month instead of on the current bi-monthly schedule, a San Francisco Public Utilities Commission spokesman said.
Charges for water and sewer services will be switched to a monthly billing cycle to allow for easier budgeting and quicker leak detection, SFPUC spokesman Tyrone Jue said.
“By doing a monthly billing cycle (customers) will see if they have a leak a lot sooner,” Jue said. “Within a month you can see if there is a spike in your usage.” Read More
An interim chief was named to take the reins at a Peninsula fire agency that leads a task force of a nationally recognized search and rescue team while the head of the fire district recovers from a back injury.
Menlo Park Fire Protection District Chief Harold Schapelhouman is recovering from injuries sustained while doing yard work at his home last weekend.
The Menlo Park Fire Protection Distict’s board of directors voted in Douglas Sporleder, the chief who preceded Schapelhouman, at a special meeting Thursday, according to fire district President Steve Nachtsheim. Read More
He gives beggars citywide a bad name.
A thankless thug who asked for spare change at a Bayview gas station on Wednesday robbed a 69-year-old man who had agreed to give him money, police said.
The lout asked for cash as the victim got out of his car to pump gas at Third Street and Evans Avenue about 8:40 p.m.
“The victim agreed and pulled a $100 bill from his wallet to pay for the gas,” according to Bayview police.
The thug reportedly snatched the bill and pulled out a rusty handgun. He fled south on Phelps Street. Read More