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Giants pitcher Logan Webb in his huge batting helmet smacks a triple at Oracle Park in April. How can he see out from under that? <ins>(Chris Victorio/Special to The Examiner)</ins>
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Online witches, Giants trolling on Instagram and Facebook’s Simpsons slip-up

News and notes from San Francisco’s tech world

“Empanada Lady” Paula Tejada, Chile Lindo owner pictured at her shop in the Mission District in 2018, is pleased that The City has relaxed regulations around outdoor dining and drinking during the pandemic. (Kevin N. Hume/The Examiner)

In the time of COVID, San Francisco’s soul is in the hands of all of us

Denise Sullivan has written 100 Examiner columns and is still not done

FILE — In-N-Out Burger, the popular California fast-food chain, is resisting San Francisco's public health rules that require indoor diners to show proof of vaccination. (J. Emilio Flores/The New York Times)

When it comes to San Francisco vaccine rules, In-N-Out should heed Biblical advice

Burger chain’s vaccine fight distracts from its tasty burgers and French fries controversy

The fate of San Francisco nicotine giant Juul remains to be seen, as the U.S. Food and Drug Administration is reviewing whether to allow certain flavored vape products on the market. <ins>(Jeenah Moon/New York Times)</ins>

How the vape king of teen nicotine addiction rose and fell in San Francisco

‘Hey, Juul, don’t let the door hit you on the way out’

The fate of San Francisco nicotine giant Juul remains to be seen, as the U.S. Food and Drug Administration is reviewing whether to allow certain flavored vape products on the market. <ins>(Jeenah Moon/New York Times)</ins>
A Giants fans hangs his head in disbelief after the Dodgers won the NLDS in a controversial finish to a tight Game 5. (Chris Victorio/Special to The Examiner)

Giants dream season ends at the hands of the Dodgers, 2-1

A masterful game comes down to the bottom of the ninth, and San Francisco came up short

A Giants fans hangs his head in disbelief after the Dodgers won the NLDS in a controversial finish to a tight Game 5. (Chris Victorio/Special to The Examiner)
Lick-Wilmerding High School senior Amelia Fortgang is one of four Bay Area students who won Action for Nature’s 2021 International Young Eco-Hero Award. Fortgang founded and chairs the Bay Area Youth Climate Summit. (Courtesy Amelia Fortgang)

SF’s youth ready to ‘turn and burn’ for the planet’s future

There are a lot of problems with Fleet Week but the environment doesn’t have to be one

Lick-Wilmerding High School senior Amelia Fortgang is one of four Bay Area students who won Action for Nature’s 2021 International Young Eco-Hero Award. Fortgang founded and chairs the Bay Area Youth Climate Summit. (Courtesy Amelia Fortgang)
Percussion great Jorge Bermudez is pictured with his congas, wearing his 2012 World Series good luck Giants cap. (Courtesy photo)

Jorge Bermudez: When Giants roamed the Mission

Percussionist’s extraordinary career hasn’t taken him far from home

Percussion great Jorge Bermudez is pictured with his congas, wearing his 2012 World Series good luck Giants cap. (Courtesy photo)
Frank Schubert, seen in a 2012 photo, is fundraising for his sister’s attorney general campaign. (Matt Roth/NYTimes).

Why is an anti-LGBT crusader working to elect a lesbian in California?

Prop. 8 architect and anti-trans campaigner supports lesbian attorney general candidate in California

Frank Schubert, seen in a 2012 photo, is fundraising for his sister’s attorney general campaign. (Matt Roth/NYTimes).
<strong>Jackie Robinson of the Brooklyn Dodgers grimaces as a team trainer examines his left leg after Robinson wrenched his knee in the second inning against the New York Giants at the Polo Grounds in Manhattan on May 26, 1956. The Dodgers beat the Giants 6-0, in spite of Robinson’s injury costing him half a game.<ins> (Carl T. Gossett Jr./New York Times)</ins>

Giants vs. Dodgers: A history of baseball’s best rivalry

‘Real San Franciscans are taught to hate the Dodgers from a very young age’

<strong>Jackie Robinson of the Brooklyn Dodgers grimaces as a team trainer examines his left leg after Robinson wrenched his knee in the second inning against the New York Giants at the Polo Grounds in Manhattan on May 26, 1956. The Dodgers beat the Giants 6-0, in spite of Robinson’s injury costing him half a game.<ins> (Carl T. Gossett Jr./New York Times)</ins>
Plastic manufacturers and distributors and industries that support them should be paying for the pollution caused by disposable products. (Shutterstock)

Corporations must do as much as individuals to protect our environment

It’s time to make big companies take responsibility and pay their fair share

Plastic manufacturers and distributors and industries that support them should be paying for the pollution caused by disposable products. (Shutterstock)
Poet and translator Jack Hirschman was known for championing fellow writers, particularly unsung voices from the working class and people whose first language isn’t English. <ins>(Photo by Marco Bakker/Courtesy Agneta Falk)</ins>

Agneta Falk on Jack Hirschman’s arcane life and love

‘Word man’ was legend among street artists, poets and those we used to call hipsters

Poet and translator Jack Hirschman was known for championing fellow writers, particularly unsung voices from the working class and people whose first language isn’t English. <ins>(Photo by Marco Bakker/Courtesy Agneta Falk)</ins>
Former San Francisco Mayor Willie Brown, pictured with Rose Pak in 2014, says the late Chinatown activist was “helping to guide the community away from the divisions, politically.”

Willie and Rose: How an alliance for the ages shaped SF

How the Mayor and Chinatown activist shaped San Francisco, then and now

Former San Francisco Mayor Willie Brown, pictured with Rose Pak in 2014, says the late Chinatown activist was “helping to guide the community away from the divisions, politically.”
Changing zoning in San Francisco neighborhoods where single family homes prevail is crucial in the effort to achieve equity. (Shutterstock)

To make SF livable, single-family zoning must be changed

Let’s move to create affordable housing for working class families

Changing zoning in San Francisco neighborhoods where single family homes prevail is crucial in the effort to achieve equity. (Shutterstock)
How much disorder is tolerable in a city that sees itself as a progressive beacon, but where the housing crunch leaves thousands homeless? (Image courtesy of Creative Outlet)

Order and disorder in San Francisco

The homeless and addiction crises may be better understood as disorder, not crime

  • Sep 16, 2021
How much disorder is tolerable in a city that sees itself as a progressive beacon, but where the housing crunch leaves thousands homeless? (Image courtesy of Creative Outlet)
Suicide is the second leading cause of death for adolescents in the U.S. (Shutterstock)

Why California teens need mental illness education

SB 224 calls for in-school mental health instruction as depression and suicide rates rise

  • Sep 15, 2021
Suicide is the second leading cause of death for adolescents in the U.S. (Shutterstock)
It’s not uncommon to find a plastic tampon applicator washed up on the beach. <ins>(Courtesy Eva Holman)</ins>

The environmental toll of disposable feminine products

Uninhibited feedback by cisgender women is key

It’s not uncommon to find a plastic tampon applicator washed up on the beach. <ins>(Courtesy Eva Holman)</ins>
Taso Papadopoulos, co-owner of Brothers Papadopoulos Flowers, the longtime flower stand at 19th Avenue and Quintara Street, has been working the family business since he was 13. (Kevin N. Hume/The Examiner)

19th Avenue florist still blooming after all these years

The Papadopoulos brothers have been making delightful bouquets for decades

Taso Papadopoulos, co-owner of Brothers Papadopoulos Flowers, the longtime flower stand at 19th Avenue and Quintara Street, has been working the family business since he was 13. (Kevin N. Hume/The Examiner)
Waymo’s exhibit drew a crowd at The Exploratorium. <ins>(Jeff Elder/The Examiner)</ins>

Apple HQ moving to Texas? Bogus to the core

Waymo after dark, Theranos overload and more from Silly Valley’s gossip machine

  • Sep 10, 2021
Waymo’s exhibit drew a crowd at The Exploratorium. <ins>(Jeff Elder/The Examiner)</ins>
San Francisco’s true purpose is at the center of every policy debate facing The City today. <ins>(Kevin N. Hume/Examiner file)</ins>

What is San Francisco for?

‘We are about our neighborhood politics’

  • Sep 2, 2021
San Francisco’s true purpose is at the center of every policy debate facing The City today. <ins>(Kevin N. Hume/Examiner file)</ins>
Nearly 8 million Californians elected Gavin Newsom to office in 2018; now is the time for voters to unite so he can finish his term. (Max Whittaker/New York Times)
Nearly 8 million Californians elected Gavin Newsom to office in 2018; now is the time for voters to unite so he can finish his term. (Max Whittaker/New York Times)

There are two Californias in recall politics

Ideology splits the state along geographical lines

Nearly 8 million Californians elected Gavin Newsom to office in 2018; now is the time for voters to unite so he can finish his term. (Max Whittaker/New York Times)
Nearly 8 million Californians elected Gavin Newsom to office in 2018; now is the time for voters to unite so he can finish his term. (Max Whittaker/New York Times)