Longtime Detroit Tigers broadcaster Ernie Harwell, beloved by generations of fans who grew up listening to his rich voice, Southern cadence and quirky phrases on the radio, has died after a months-long battle with cancer. He was 92.
Tigers spokesman Brian Britten said the Tigers learned of Harwell's death from his agent. Read More
Tayshaun Prince could get a chance for a second gold medal, and rookie stars Tyreke Evans and Stephen Curry have a shot at a first.
Those players, plus Jeff Green, were added Tuesday to the U.S. national team’s roster for 2010-12. That brings the number of players in the pool to 31.
Curry, who finished second in the Rookie of the Year voting to Evans, averaged 17.5 points, 5.9 assists and 4.5 rebounds per game for the Warriors this season. Read More
SOMETHING TO READ
Men and Dogs
By Katie Crouch ($23.99)
The San Francisco writer, author of the best-selling debut “Girls in Trucks,” follows with a sophomore novel about love, loyalty, family and a prodigal daughter’s return home from a life in San Francisco to Charleston, S.C. Read More
Tony Bennett will join fellow singer k.d. lang and dozens of other entertainers May 22 for the San Francisco Symphony’s 2010 Black and White Ball. As part of the ball, the 14-piece Michael Jackson tribute group Foreverland will perform during tonight’s Giants game against the Colorado Rockies at AT&T Park. Read More
A jury is beginning to form in the trial of the three men charged with killing San Francisco police Officer Nick-Tomasito Birco in 2006. Birco was on his way to help out with a police chase involving a suspected robber when the van the suspects were driving crashed into his patrol car, which flipped and slammed into a light pole, killing him. Defendants Steven Petrilli, Carl Lather and Nicholas Smith face numerous charges, including murder and robbery. Read More
WHERE: Deepwater Horizon rig, 50 miles off Louisiana coast
WHAT: Five times more oil is leaking into the Gulf of Mexico than originally estimated after an April 20 explosion left 11 workers presumed dead. The latest estimate is about 5,000 spilled barrels a day and a cleanup cost approaching $8 billion. Read More
Oh that President Barack Obama, he is such a card. Why the other day, he was talking to some Democrats at a fundraiser and he got on the subject of financial regulation, and in that faux-folksy tone he assumes when striking a partisan and mindlessly populist note, he said: Read More
A Pacifica police officer was injured Thursday when a man she had stopped for a traffic violation tried to escape in his car, dragging the officer about 10 feet.
The officer pulled 49-year-old Kieran McCarty over at about 11:50 a.m. at state Highway 1 and Crespi Drive, police said.
McCarty was cooperative at first and was in the process of being cited and released for driving on a suspended license when he started his car in an attempt to flee, according to police.
The officer reached into the vehicle to try to stop McCarty from taking off, but McCarty accelerated. Read More
A Bay Area tea party activist is saying turnabout is fair play by calling for a boycott of San Francisco after several city officials called for a boycott of Arizona following a new anti-immigration measure that was signed into law in the state last week.
Bridget Melson, founder of the Pleasanton Tea Party group, said she is calling on her members and other like-minded people to boycott San Francisco after Mayor Gavin Newsom and other city officials condemned the law earlier this week. Read More
The city of San Francisco is entitled to charge its 14 percent hotel tax on hotel parking spaces or valet parking, according to a state appeals court.
The Court of Appeal, in a ruling issued in San Francisco on Wednesday, rejected a San Mateo County woman’s challenge to the application of the hotel tax to hotel parking.
The plaintiff in the case, Angel Batt, spent a night at the Ritz Carlton in San Francisco in 2005. She was charged $55 for parking, including a 14 percent tax of $7.70 for the service. Read More
Belgium's lower house of parliament on Thursday banned burqa-type Islamic dress in public, but the measure faces a challenge in the Senate which will delay early enactment of the law.
Christian Democrats and Liberals in the Senate questioned the phrasing of the law, which holds no one can appear in public "with the face fully or partly covered so as to render them no longer recognizable." Read More
MC Hammer, Olympic swimmer Natalie Coughlin and two former 49ers will be among the judges at a competition in San Francisco on Thursday night between members of a contemporary dance company and top student-athletes at UC Berkeley.
The fourth annual event, titled “Toe to Toe: The Grand Slam,” will pit 10 to 12 dancers from San Francisco-based ODC Dance Commons against UC Berkeley athletes, including swimmers and soccer and volleyball players, in a series of challenges to determine which group has better athletic skills. Read More
Anchor Brewing Co., the iconic San Francisco brewery and distillery, has been sold to an investment group, it was announced Monday. The Griffin Group, which is based in Orinda and focuses on beverage alcohol brands, has been working with Fritz Maytag, the longtime Anchor owner, to keep the venue in The City. The company opened in 1896 and is famous for producing Anchor Steam Beer. Read More
WHAT: Passkeys for the locked gates alongside turnstiles at all 468 New York City subway stations are supposed to be for only authorized transit workers, police or firefighters. But lately, illegal copies have become widely available from street hustlers at prices about the same as an authentic one-week ticket. Some buyers actually subcontract, quietly selling subway entry for less than the $2.25 fare.
WHY IT’S A BAD IDEA: Some 19 million subway riders per year don’t pay, cheating the transit agency of at least $27 million. Read More
In response to your April 23 story “Healthy SF fees set to increase,” it’s unbelievable that at a time of unemployment above 10 percent and many businesses struggling to keep their doors open, the Board of Supervisors shot down the $2,000 tax credit for those businesses participating in the Healthy San Francisco program. Read More