Laughter is the spoonful of sugar that makes the medicine go down.
Clown therapists from the San Francisco-based nonprofit organization ClownZero are healing through humor by clowning around in the pediatric ward at UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospital.
Yes, they are professional performing artists, but clown therapists are not just everyday circus clowns; they all have a background in therapeutic healing. Read More
SamTrans officials quietly launched the Clipper card this week, giving commuters who use multiple forms of a transit a new option.
All San Mateo County Transit District buses were set to start accepting the card — which allows riders to access at least seven public transit services across the Bay Area — on Wednesday, district spokeswoman Christine Dunn said.
“We’re doing a soft launch,” Dunn said. “Which means we will be accepting Clipper on all of our buses, but we’re going under the radar so far.” Read More
Brett Studebaker’s dreams of opening a recording studio were cut short in February when the 19-year-old died in a drunken driving accident after spending the night drinking on a party bus, according to his parents.On Wednesday, Doug and Linda Studebaker said they hope a new bill from Assemblyman Jerry Hill, D-San Mateo, will help curb underage drinking on party buses and prevent more deaths. Read More
A Grinch is lurking in Foster City, stealing gifts delivered to the quiet Peninsula town's homes while residents are away.At least two home owners waiting for packages full of gifts to be delivered have reported them missing just days before Christmas, according to Foster City Police Capt. John Froomin.The packages were left on porches when residents did not answer the door for delivery, according to police.“It’s really unfortunate people are preying on gifts during the holidays,” Froomin said. Read More
A bill allowing openly gay people to serve in the military was signed into law by President Barack Obama Wednesday, and a military veteran from San Francisco was one of the people invited to Washington to join the president in celebrating the new legislation.The bill to end the “don’t ask, don’t tell” policy was passed by the U.S. House of Representatives a week ago and approved by the Senate on Saturday. Read More
Clarity Media Group, the parent company of The San Francisco Examiner, announced today that veteran digital media executive Bob Benz is joining the company as chief digital officer.Benz will oversee interactive strategy and operations at The San Francisco Examiner, Washington Examiner and Weekly Standard. Read More
A state appeals court in San Francisco on Thursday upheld Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger’s 2007 line-item veto of $54 million in funding for mental health services for homeless adults.The Homeless Adults Program, begun in 1999, gave grants to counties to provide mental health services and outreach to mentally ill adults who were homeless or at risk of being homeless.Before the 2007 veto, it had grown to serve 4,500 homeless or imprisoned adults in 34 counties. Read More
Julian Assange's lawyer charged Wednesday that the Wikileaks founder is being persecuted by Swedish authorities who have accused him of rape and other sex crimes in a case that prompted Interpol to place him on its most-wanted list.Swedish officials have turned down repeated offers to speak to Assange even as they seek his arrest, attorney Mark Stephens said. Assange's exact whereabouts are unknown, although he has conducted online interviews with some media organizations. Read More
Striking back, the Obama administration branded the WikiLeaks release of more than a quarter-million sensitive files an attack on the United States Monday and raised the prospect of criminal prosecutions in connection with the exposure. The Pentagon detailed new security safeguards, including restraints on small computer flash drives, to make it harder for any one person to copy and reveal so many secrets. Read More
The three federal appeals court judges who will rule on the constitutionality of Proposition 8, California’s ban on same-sex marriage, were announced by the court in San Francisco on Monday.The randomly selected judges of the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals are a liberal, Stephen Reinhardt, of Los Angeles; a moderate, Michael Hawkins, of Arizona; and a conservative, Randy Smith, of Idaho.They will hold a two-hour hearing in San Francisco next Monday on an appeal by Proposition 8 sponsors of a trial court ruling that struck down the voter initiative. Read More