By age 6, David Henderson could hit a baseball over his roof. Qunzena Henderson figured that was her son’s ticket off the troubled streets of the Bayview district. “But he said, ‘No, mom, I wanna play football,’” she recalled.
And play football he did, better than any other Bay Area high school running back since O.J. Simpson. He rushed for a city-record 5,600 yards in his prep career and led Lincoln High School to three straight Turkey Bowl titles before graduating in 2008. Local football aficionados saw him as NFL-bound. Read More
David Henderson, the former San Francisco prep football standout, died Monday night at San Francisco General Hospital. Henderson, 21, was shot in the head May 26 in the 1400 block of Kirkwood Avenue in the Bayview district. Henderson had been kept alive in a medically induced coma at the hospital since the shooting. Read More
Child-pornography evidence against San Francisco medical marijuana guru Dennis Peron will be released by prosecutors to an expert for his defense attorney, a Superior Court judge ruled Friday.
The 66-year-old Peron, whose residence was raided by police in August, insists that the pornography found on hard drives at his residence depicts females, not males. That’s relevant, Peron says, because he has been openly gay since 1968. Read More
The San Francisco Board of Supervisors is set to decide on an appeal to plans for the massive redevelopment of Treasure Island on Tuesday, as opponents are expected to come out in droves against increased traffic created by a new population in the middle of San Francisco Bay. Read More
This weekend marks the 30th anniversary of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s ominous public warning about a rare pneumonia that killed five previously healthy gay men in Los Angeles.
A year later in 1982, the real cause of the deaths was discovered — a comprehensive immune system disorder called AIDS — and no one since has forgotten about it. Read More
Child pornography charges against medical-marijuana guru Dennis Peron became cloudier last week after District Attorney George Gascón announced that police involved in a raid of Peron’s residence are now under investigation for misconduct in other cases.
The Aug. 4 raid of Peron’s residence, which doubles as a bed and breakfast known as the “Castro Castle,” turned up child pornography on computers and several types of drugs, according to a police affidavit. Read More
UPDATE: Larry Ellison released a statement Thursday denying that he is purchasing the house next door.
Oracle CEO Larry Ellison was set to take his downhill neighbors to court next week over a view of San Francisco Bay and redwood trees, but the showdown reportedly was averted after the billionaire bought a house next door for $40 million. Read More
The Giants on Wednesday became the first professional sports team to produce a video for the nationwide “It Gets Better” campaign aimed at discouraging discrimination and bullying against LGBT teens.
The video features pitchers Barry Zito, Sergio Romo and Matt Cain telling gay youths that despite discrimination, life will not always be so difficult.
“We’ve all been there, and have had to deal with the pressure to fit in and be accepted by our peers,” Romo says in the video.
Players said the whole team supports the anti-bullying effort. Read More
The mother of critically injured local football standout David Henderson said Tuesday that her son is a “mama’s boy” who was looking for a way to get her out of The City’s Bayview district.
Waiting outside the intensive-care unit hospital room, Qunzena Henderson said her son — the former Lincoln High School star — had received calls of interest from the University of Nebraska’s football program mere days before he was shot in the head Thursday in the 1400 block of Kirkwood Avenue. Read More
Keeping San Francisco from becoming a forest of skyscrapers once dominated conversations about development in The City. Opposition to such “Manhattanization” was a platform that environmentalists, neighborhood groups and outright foes of development used to block construction projects.But times have changed. Read More
Former Lincoln High School football standout David Henderson was in stable but critical condition Saturday afternoon at San Francisco General Hospital after he sustained a gunshot wound to the head Thursday in the Bayview neighborhood.The coach for the semi-pro Pacifica Islanders — where Henderson had been playing in recent months — said the team is reeling from the incident. Read More
If the Giants repeat as World Series champions in 2011, it will have to be without star catcher Buster Posey, who arrived last season as a rookie to spark the offense and quickly endeared himself to fans as a team icon.
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The Giants announced Thursday that Posey is likely out for the season with a fractured bone in his left leg and three torn ligaments in his ankle, following a collision at the plate in the top of the 12th inning during a 7-6 loss to the Florida Marlins late Wednesday night. Read More
Brian Berrebbi, host of The Onion’s AV Club series “Pop Pilgrims,” is releasing five-minute video profiles of Bay Area cultural spots this week, including Jimmy Stewart’s Lombard Street house from “Vertigo,” City Lights Books and punk-rock venue 924 Gilman St. in Berkeley. Read More
The prime suspect in the brutal assault of Giants fan Bryan Stow has yet to be formally charged, pending further investigation that includes witnesses identifying him in a lineup scheduled for 6 p.m. Wednesday, according to the Los Angeles Police Department.
Acting on a tip from a parole agent, police served a warrant at an East Hollywood apartment Sunday and arrested 31-year-old Giovanni Ramirez as the “primary aggressor” in the March 31 assault that has kept Stow in a coma in Los Angeles and San Francisco hospitals. Read More
Dodger Stadium’s lax security and dim lighting created the conditions that led to the brutal beating of Giants fan Bryan Stow, according to a lawsuit filed Tuesday by Stow’s family against the team and its owner, Frank McCourt. Read More