WHAT: Disguised as boys, two Afghan girls ages 13 and 14 fled by bus for two days to escape their forced — and illegal — marriages to much older men. Police intercepted them and sent them back to their village, where they were promptly — and illegally — given 40 lashes at the orders of the local warlord and mullahs. Read More
Despite neither team turning in a dominant regular season, the Stanford and Cal baseball teams have a chance to cap off their respective years with a national title.
Stanford earned a spot in the Cal State Fullerton Regional, while Cal learned it will head to the Midwest as part of the Oklahoma Regional when the field for the Division I college baseball tournament was announced Monday. Read More
WHAT: Easy conversion to real quick-shot weapon
WHO: Felons, the insane and anyone else banned from buying a gun in the United States has a new option: Just buy one of the new high-end toy airsoft rifles. Some popular propane-powered pellet guns are “readily convertible” to AR-15 semi-automatic weapons, according to the federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives.
HOW: They can be altered so as to fire real bullets just by drilling one hole and popping in readily available AR-15 parts. Read More
Who’s in town: Sitar player and world-music star Anoushka Shankar performs at the Palace of Fine Arts. [8 p.m., 3301 Lyon St., S.F.]
LecturesIran talk: Three distinguished Iranian intellectuals — each of whom has suffered threats for questioning the regime — discuss how the power of ideas is shaping the future of Iran. [6 p.m., World Affairs Council, 312 Sutter St., S.F.] Read More
A spokesman for the Menlo Park Fire Protection District has confirmed one fatality at a residence that went up in flames early this morning.
Firefighters discovered the male victim at a two-story house at 825 Berkeley Ave. in Menlo Park after responding to what was originally a medical call, Menlo Park Fire Protection District Chief Harold Schapelhouman said.
The first call came in around 1:29 a.m., and following calls from neighbors reported the incident as a tree fire, then an explosion, then a vehicle fire, and then a structure fire, Schapelhouman said. Read More
Four male victims were recovering Monday after being stabbed in a fight at an after-prom party at a Marriott hotel in San Mateo early Sunday morning, a police lieutenant said.
The stabbings were reported at about 2 a.m. at the hotel at 1770 S. Amphlett Blvd., San Mateo police Lt. Mike Brunicardi said.
Two of the stabbing victims, ages 19 and 20, are believed to be active gang members, and the other two victims, ages 17 and 20, recently dropped out of a gang, Brunicardi said. Read More
Three Redwood City School District schools have won various honors.
Adelante Spanish Immersion School and North Star Academy were named California Distinguished Schools by the state Department of Education.
In addition, Hoover School is receiving a J. Russell Kent Award from the San Mateo County School Boards Association for its Familias Unidas program, and North Star is receiving a Kent Award for its third-eighth grade enrichment program.
Adelante and North Star were among 484 elementary schools in the state and 12 from San Mateo County to win the designation. Read More
The U.S. Geological Survey is reporting an earthquake with a preliminary magnitude of 3.2 struck Sunday night in Sonoma County.
According to the USGS, the earthquake struck at about 8:45 p.m. and had a depth of 1.3 miles.
The quake was centered about two miles east of The Geysers and 14 miles east of Cloverdale, according to the USGS. Read More
Four people were stabbed early this morning at a Marriott hotel in San Mateo, a police sergeant said. The stabbings were reported at about 2 a.m. at the hotel, located at 1770 S. Amphlett Blvd., San Mateo police Sgt. Al Baccei said. Four people, all males between 17 and 20 years old, were hospitalized with stab wounds. Two of the victims have been treated for their injuries and released, while the other two remained at the hospital for observation tonight, Baccei said. Read More
Former Warriors owner Franklin Mieuli, who had been recently hospitalized, died Sunday in the Bay Area due to natural causes at the age of 89.
Mieuli, who was born Sept. 14, 1920, in San Jose, served as the Warriors owner for 24 years after assuming a partial stake in the team when it moved to the Bay Area in 1962 from Philadelphia and became the club’s majority owner shortly thereafter. Read More
Eating Food: Peter Fang, chef at the popular House of Nanking, has opened a bigger, more comfortable spot, Fang, featuring original dishes inspired by flavors from southeastern China. Read More
WHAT: “Fraud,” “negligence” and “recklessness” are some of the words thrown around by the U.S. Senate Permanent Subcommittee on Investigations in its Tuesday report about Washington Mutual’s mortgage lending and repackaging practices. One Federal Deposit Insurance Corp. review of mortgages issued in 2005 by two of WaMu’s top-producing loan officers found outright fraud in 58 percent of the mortgages from one and 83 percent from the other. Read More