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Former San Francisco Sheriff's Deputy Scott Neu, right, listens in with his lawyer, Harry Stern, to Judge Ross Moody during Neu's court appearance at the Hall of Justice, March 7, 2016, in San Francisco, Calif. (AP Pool/Santiago Mejia/San Francisco Chronicle)

Botched investigation prompts DA to drop charges against deputies in jail fight club case

The District Attorney’s office on Thursday dismissed charges against three sheriff’s deputies…

Former San Francisco Sheriff's Deputy Scott Neu, right, listens in with his lawyer, Harry Stern, to Judge Ross Moody during Neu's court appearance at the Hall of Justice, March 7, 2016, in San Francisco, Calif. (AP Pool/Santiago Mejia/San Francisco Chronicle)
San Francisco’s strip clubs are struggling to retain dancers after a court ruling determined them to be employees, which many say has resulted in lower income.

New rules for contractors have unexpected consequences for The City’s strip clubs

Hundreds of workers quit over decreased incomes as S.F. clubs reclassify them as employees

San Francisco’s strip clubs are struggling to retain dancers after a court ruling determined them to be employees, which many say has resulted in lower income.
Neon signs for adult entertainment clubs light up along Broadway in North Beach on Thursday, Dec. 20, 2018. (Kevin N. Hume/S.F. Examiner)

New rules for contractors have unexpected consequences for The City’s strip clubs

As some 30 dancers were handed the first employee paychecks ever issued…

Neon signs for adult entertainment clubs light up along Broadway in North Beach on Thursday, Dec. 20, 2018. (Kevin N. Hume/S.F. Examiner)
Amie Peterson with LifeSafer blows into a vehicle ignition interlock device for preventing driving under the influence outside San Francisco Police headquarters on on Friday, Dec. 28, 2018. (Kevin N. Hume/S.F. Examiner)

New law expands use of ignition-locking devices for DUI offenders

First-time DUI offenders will have a choice in the new year: face…

Amie Peterson with LifeSafer blows into a vehicle ignition interlock device for preventing driving under the influence outside San Francisco Police headquarters on on Friday, Dec. 28, 2018. (Kevin N. Hume/S.F. Examiner)
(Jessica Christian/S.F. Examiner)

Suspect in Christmas Day stabbing now charged with murder in Christmas Eve attack

A man arrested early Christmas morning for allegedly stabbing a woman in…

(Jessica Christian/S.F. Examiner)
The Hall of Justice building at 850 Bryant St. (Kevin N. Hume/S.F. Examiner)

Suspect in Excelsior homicide makes first court appearance

Two men arrested in connection with violent crimes over Christmas weekend in…

The Hall of Justice building at 850 Bryant St. (Kevin N. Hume/S.F. Examiner)
(Jessica Christian/S.F. Examiner)

Victim stabbed in attempted robbery in Tenderloin

An attempted robbery in the Tenderloin district early Thursday morning left a…

(Jessica Christian/S.F. Examiner)
(Courtesy image)

Violent crime claims 3 homicide victims over Christmas weekend

Three people were killed over the Christmas weekend in San Francisco in…

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Merchandise recovered as part of "Operation Wrecking Ball," a San Francisco Police joint retail theft investigation with the SF District Attorney's Office, SF Sheriff's Department, California Highway Patrol and other law enforcement organizations is displayed at a news conference at SFPD headquarters on Thursday, Dec. 20, 2018. (Kevin N. Hume/S.F. Examiner)

Operation ‘Wrecking Ball’ slams into retail thieves

An eight-month long operation targeting retail theft and the fencing of stolen…

Merchandise recovered as part of "Operation Wrecking Ball," a San Francisco Police joint retail theft investigation with the SF District Attorney's Office, SF Sheriff's Department, California Highway Patrol and other law enforcement organizations is displayed at a news conference at SFPD headquarters on Thursday, Dec. 20, 2018. (Kevin N. Hume/S.F. Examiner)
CCSF Chancellor Mark Rocha said the school needs to balance its budget. (Ekevara Kitpowsong/ Special to S.F. Examiner)

City College to drop one third of class offerings over 7 years

City College of San Francisco administrators say they need to permanently cancel…

CCSF Chancellor Mark Rocha said the school needs to balance its budget. (Ekevara Kitpowsong/ Special to S.F. Examiner)
Police are looking for this man in connection with a Dec. 18 assault on Mason Street. (Courtesy SFPD)

Police searching for suspect in head-stomping attack

San Francisco police are asking for the public’s help in identifying a…

Police are looking for this man in connection with a Dec. 18 assault on Mason Street. (Courtesy SFPD)
Samuel Youbtoub (Courtesy SFPD)

Man accused of kicking homeless man linked to fatal beating in Chinatown

A San Francisco man with a history of unprovoked attacks has been…

Samuel Youbtoub (Courtesy SFPD)
District Attorney George Gascon requested a restraining order against a protester after a confrontation at his home. (Kevin N. Hume/S.F. Examiner)

Judge grants Gascon restraining order against protester

District Attorney George Gascon testified Thursday that he has effectively become a…

District Attorney George Gascon requested a restraining order against a protester after a confrontation at his home. (Kevin N. Hume/S.F. Examiner)
City Arts and Lectures founder Sydney Goldstein (Anna Latino/Special to the S.F. Examiner)

Nourse Theater to be renamed after the woman credited with its revival

The San Francisco school board voted Tuesday to rename the Nourse Theater…

City Arts and Lectures founder Sydney Goldstein (Anna Latino/Special to the S.F. Examiner)
Students run to class at George Washington Carver Elementary School in the Bayview. (Jessica Christian/2017 S.F. Examiner)

School board begins work on new student assignment process

The San Francisco school board voted unanimously Tuesday to begin developing a…

Students run to class at George Washington Carver Elementary School in the Bayview. (Jessica Christian/2017 S.F. Examiner)
An SUV heads down Treasure Island Road on Treasure Island. All vehicles entering and leaving the island will be charged a toll starting in 2021. (Kevin N. Hume/S.F. Examiner)

Treasure Island residents protest cost of proposed toll

A vote to charge vehicles a toll for entering and exiting Treasure…

An SUV heads down Treasure Island Road on Treasure Island. All vehicles entering and leaving the island will be charged a toll starting in 2021. (Kevin N. Hume/S.F. Examiner)
Former Deputy Scott Neu is charged with assault under the color of authority, issuing criminal threats, inflicting cruel and unusual punishment, and inhumanity against inmates in his care. (Courtesy photo)

Defense attorney: Sheriff’s Department destroyed evidence in criminal case against deputy

The criminal case against a former sheriff’s deputy accused of orchestrating an…

Former Deputy Scott Neu is charged with assault under the color of authority, issuing criminal threats, inflicting cruel and unusual punishment, and inhumanity against inmates in his care. (Courtesy photo)
City Attorney Dennis Herrera (Examiner file photo)

City Attorney sues Redwood City couple for alleged below-market rate unit fraud

City Attorney Dennis Herrera filed a lawsuit Thursday morning against a Redwood…

City Attorney Dennis Herrera (Examiner file photo)
(Ekevara Kitpowsong/ Special to S.F. Examiner)

City College calls last-minute meeting to discuss Free City charter amendment

The City College of San Francisco board has called for a hastily-arranged…

(Ekevara Kitpowsong/ Special to S.F. Examiner)
Video still appearing to show Carlos Argueta waving a knife within moments of allegedly stabbing James Thomas on Sixth and Market streets Sept. 3, 2015 (Courtesy photo).

Robbery charges dropped against tenants’ rights attorney charged with murder

A judge dismissed a robbery charge Wednesday against a tenants’ rights lawyer…

Video still appearing to show Carlos Argueta waving a knife within moments of allegedly stabbing James Thomas on Sixth and Market streets Sept. 3, 2015 (Courtesy photo).