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Flames and smoke overtake a tree as the LNU Lightning Complex fire spreads in Fairfield, California on August 19, 2020. (JOSH EDELSON/AFP via Getty Images/TNS)

Many wildfires near full containment, but officials fear continuing hot weather

By Molly Burke The Sacramento Bee Thousands of firefighters continue to battle…

The City requires the recycling or reuse of debris material removed from a construction project site. <ins>(Emma Chiang/Special to S.F. Examiner)</ins>
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Permits proposed for haulers of construction debris to achieve zero-waste

San Francisco plans to tighten regulations on the disposal of construction and…

People exercise along the closed Great Highway on Friday, Oct. 2, 2020. (Kevin N. Hume/S.F. Examiner)

Could the Great Highway become a great city park?

Permanent closure would require extensive public outreach, safety and traffic management plans

School district officials hope a new assignment system will make the student body at schools more diverse, as well as offer more predictability for parents.<ins></ins>

School assignment system set for major overhaul

SFUSD board weighing proposal that would limit choices, offer increased predictability

School district officials hope a new assignment system will make the student body at schools more diverse, as well as offer more predictability for parents.<ins></ins>
A cyclist rides past the former Ashley and McMullen-Wing Sun funeral home, which will be the site of a new affordable housing project for seniors, at 4200 Geary Blvd. in the Richmond District on Friday, Oct. 16, 2020. (Kevin N. Hume/S.F. Examiner)

Affordable senior housing project announced in Richmond District

Former funeral home site to become 98 units of housing for low-income, formerly homeless seniors

A cyclist rides past the former Ashley and McMullen-Wing Sun funeral home, which will be the site of a new affordable housing project for seniors, at 4200 Geary Blvd. in the Richmond District on Friday, Oct. 16, 2020. (Kevin N. Hume/S.F. Examiner)
Jose Ines Garcia Zarate (Michael Macor/San Francisco Chronicle via AP, Pool)

Judge mulls Kate Steinle shooter’s competency to stand trial

A federal judge heard testimony Friday over whether the undocumented man who…

Jose Ines Garcia Zarate (Michael Macor/San Francisco Chronicle via AP, Pool)
Its opening delayed due to the pandemic, the SkyStar Observation Wheel is set to open soon after sitting unused for months in Golden Gate Park’s Music Concourse. (Samantha Laurey/Special to S.F. Examiner)

150-foot Ferris wheel opens in Golden Gate Park Oct. 21

SkyStar Observation attraction celebrates landmark’s 150th anniversary

Its opening delayed due to the pandemic, the SkyStar Observation Wheel is set to open soon after sitting unused for months in Golden Gate Park’s Music Concourse. (Samantha Laurey/Special to S.F. Examiner)
A four-alarm grass fire on Sign Hill in San Francisco produced a large plume of smoke on Friday Oct. 16, 2020. (Michael Barba/S.F. Examiner)

Large grass fire burns South San Francisco hillside near famous sign

A grass fire near the South San Francisco sign Friday afternoon prompted…

A four-alarm grass fire on Sign Hill in San Francisco produced a large plume of smoke on Friday Oct. 16, 2020. (Michael Barba/S.F. Examiner)
Mayor London Breed slammed school district officials Friday for focusing on renaming schools rather than reopening them. (Kevin N. Hume/S.F. Examiner)

Breed urges SFUSD to ‘do what needs to be done’ to reopen schools

Mayor warns ‘the achievement gap is widening’ as private schools return to in-person learning

Mayor London Breed slammed school district officials Friday for focusing on renaming schools rather than reopening them. (Kevin N. Hume/S.F. Examiner)
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Officers named in fatal SFPD shooting of 21-year-old man

The officers involved in the first deadly San Francisco police shooting in…

(Kevin N. Hume/S.F. Examiner)
Blue Ridge Hot Shots crew members from Arizona join forces with California firefighters from Northern and Southern California on a backfire operation North of Mt. Wilson on Angeles Crest Highway on Tuesday Sept. 22, 2020. Firefighters continue to battle the Bobcat Fire as it continues to burn. (Robert Gauthier/ Los Angeles Times)

Trump administration blocks California wildfire relief

By Andrew J. Campa Los Angeles Times The Trump administration has rejected…

Blue Ridge Hot Shots crew members from Arizona join forces with California firefighters from Northern and Southern California on a backfire operation North of Mt. Wilson on Angeles Crest Highway on Tuesday Sept. 22, 2020. Firefighters continue to battle the Bobcat Fire as it continues to burn. (Robert Gauthier/ Los Angeles Times)
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Missing SF Zoo lemur recovered in Daly City

San Francisco police said Thursday evening that a 21-year-old lemur, stolen from…

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Robert F. Smith, a private equity investor, is sometimes described as the wealthiest Black American. (Shutterstock)

Feds in SF announce tax enforcement actions against two billionaires

Federal authorities in San Francisco on Thursday announced tax enforcement actions against…

Robert F. Smith, a private equity investor, is sometimes described as the wealthiest Black American. (Shutterstock)
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Breed calls on residents to get their flu shots

Health officials urge vaccination in October

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Cruise Automation self-driving Chevrolet Bolt’s have been undergoing driving tests in San Francisco. (Shutterstock)

Cruise to test unmanned self-driving vehicle fleet on San Francisco streets

Armed with a DMV permit, company plans to roll out driverless vehicles by end of year

Cruise Automation self-driving Chevrolet Bolt’s have been undergoing driving tests in San Francisco. (Shutterstock)
A fatal collission occurred on Masonic Avenue near Hayes Street early Wednesday. (Kevin N. Hume/S.F. Examiner)

Another dangerous week on San Francisco streets

Three incidents of traffic violence, two fatal, within the last seven days

A fatal collission occurred on Masonic Avenue near Hayes Street early Wednesday. (Kevin N. Hume/S.F. Examiner)
Lemur (Courtesy SF Zoo)

SF Zoo officials seek missing lemur

Officials with the San Francisco Zoo and Gardens announced Wednesday a male…

Lemur (Courtesy SF Zoo)
A regional proposal calling for people to work from home could have negative effect on downtown San Francisco and San Jose, according mayors of those cities. <ins>(Kevin N. Hume/S.F. Examiner)</ins>

Mayor London Breed: We ‘cannot support’ MTC telecommute mandate

Proposal to require more employees to work from home could harm downtown and low-wage workers

A regional proposal calling for people to work from home could have negative effect on downtown San Francisco and San Jose, according mayors of those cities. <ins>(Kevin N. Hume/S.F. Examiner)</ins>
A police car outside Balboa High School on Thursday, Aug. 30, 2018. (Kevin N. Hume/S.F. Examiner)

Two charged in SoMa killing

Two suspects arrested in connection with the killing of a 35-year-old man…

A police car outside Balboa High School on Thursday, Aug. 30, 2018. (Kevin N. Hume/S.F. Examiner)
Lowell High School parents, alumni and some students decried a plan to change the academically competitive school’s selective admissions process. (Jessica Christian/2016 S.F. Examiner)

Proposal to change Lowell admissions triggers angry response

School board members were confronted by a tense and sometimes unruly crowd…

Lowell High School parents, alumni and some students decried a plan to change the academically competitive school’s selective admissions process. (Jessica Christian/2016 S.F. Examiner)