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Apr 29, 2013
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Happening Locally: suspect Bay Bridge bolts virtually identical to alloy banned in bridge use; nearly 50 neglected dogs and cats rescued from Monterey hoarder; trial begins for elderly Reno man accused of series of Bay Area murders in the 90s; Man critical after drug deal gone wrong ends up in Bayview stabbing; Space heater suspected to be cause of $1.7 mil Pac Heights blaze;
Happening Nationally: 1st female Iraq war resister to be court martialed; Supreme Court shuts down Alabama immigration law appeal; search continues for man who stabbed 8 year-old Calaveras County girl to death in her home; Pre-K per-student spending at lowest rate in a decade; Man stabs four in Albuquerque church; Ohio student shoots self in classroom in apparent suicide attempt;
Happening Globally: Algerian Pres. flown to Paris after mild stroke; S. Korea pulls the last of its workers from Kaesong area; Suicide blast in Peshawar kills several; owner of Bangladesh collapse building appears in court; dozens injured in apparent natural gas explosion in Prague; Greek parliament approved cut of 15,000 civil service jobs; Iraq suspends a number of broadcast channels; Syrian PM escapes car bomb assassination attempt;
…and Beyond: Virgin Galactic makes first test flight in preparation for space travel this year.

Happening Locally: suspect Bay Bridge bolts virtually identical to alloy banned in bridge use; nearly 50 neglected dogs and cats rescued from Monterey hoarder; trial begins for elderly Reno man accused of series of Bay Area murders in the 90s; Man critical after drug deal gone wrong ends up in Bayview stabbing; Space heater suspected to be cause of $1.7 mil Pac Heights blaze;

Happening Nationally: 1st female Iraq war resister to be court martialed; Supreme Court shuts down Alabama immigration law appeal; search continues for man who stabbed 8 year-old Calaveras County girl to death in her home; Pre-K per-student spending at lowest rate in a decade; Man stabs four in Albuquerque church; Ohio student shoots self in classroom in apparent suicide attempt;

Happening Globally: Algerian Pres. flown to Paris after mild stroke; S. Korea pulls the last of its workers from Kaesong area; Suicide blast in Peshawar kills several; owner of Bangladesh collapse building appears in court; dozens injured in apparent natural gas explosion in Prague; Greek parliament approved cut of 15,000 civil service jobs; Iraq suspends a number of broadcast channels; Syrian PM escapes car bomb assassination attempt;

…and Beyond: Virgin Galactic makes first test flight in preparation for space travel this year.


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Apr 26, 2013
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Happening Locally: Bey lawyer asks to resign, will likely receive suspension or disbarrment; I-80 Westbound temporarily closed in Vallejo until police convinced a man not to jump from overpass; man injured in early morning SOMA shooting; newly received portable buildings at a San Leandro school go up in flames; man killed in solo crash on I-680 in Alamo;
Happening Nationally: country star George Jones passes away; Boston suspect transferred from civilian to prison hospital; 
Happening Globally: 38 killed in psychiatric institution fire outside of Moscow; Bangladesh factory collapse death toll tops 300; UN approves peacekeeping force in Mali; Philippine mayor injured in attack; heavy rains and a bus crash in Afghanistan claim dozens of lives; deadly attacks on Pakistan election offices.

Happening Locally: Bey lawyer asks to resign, will likely receive suspension or disbarrment; I-80 Westbound temporarily closed in Vallejo until police convinced a man not to jump from overpass; man injured in early morning SOMA shooting; newly received portable buildings at a San Leandro school go up in flames; man killed in solo crash on I-680 in Alamo;

Happening Nationally: country star George Jones passes away; Boston suspect transferred from civilian to prison hospital; 

Happening Globally: 38 killed in psychiatric institution fire outside of Moscow; Bangladesh factory collapse death toll tops 300; UN approves peacekeeping force in Mali; Philippine mayor injured in attack; heavy rains and a bus crash in Afghanistan claim dozens of lives; deadly attacks on Pakistan election offices.


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Apr 25, 2013
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Also Happening Locally: Mortar and gunpowder turned in triggers temporary Recology center evacuation; Former SFSU department head faces 128 charges in bribery case; Fatal shooting in Bayview district; turning big rig strikes Muni vehicle; VTA light rail strikes man in San Jose;  
Happening Nationally: Five shot to death in small Illinois town; multiple explosions on two oil barges in Mobile, Ala. leave 3 hurt; the five living Presidents gather for dedication of George H.W. Bush center; 
Happening Globally: Musharaff formally arrested in connection with Benazir Bhutto assassination; Teachers storm ruling party headquarters in Mexican state of Guerrero to protest reforms; Bangladesh factory had been ordered evacuated by police one day before collapse; South Korea warns North Korea of “grave measure” if Kaesong talks are snubbed; 5.6 quake strikes eastern Afghanistan; PKK sets Turkey withdrawal date; Serbian president apologizes for massacre of Muslims; Letta named Italian PM; Israeli military claims to shoot down drone from Lebanon.

Also Happening Locally: Mortar and gunpowder turned in triggers temporary Recology center evacuation; Former SFSU department head faces 128 charges in bribery case; Fatal shooting in Bayview district; turning big rig strikes Muni vehicle; VTA light rail strikes man in San Jose;  

Happening Nationally: Five shot to death in small Illinois town; multiple explosions on two oil barges in Mobile, Ala. leave 3 hurt; the five living Presidents gather for dedication of George H.W. Bush center; 

Happening Globally: Musharaff formally arrested in connection with Benazir Bhutto assassination; Teachers storm ruling party headquarters in Mexican state of Guerrero to protest reforms; Bangladesh factory had been ordered evacuated by police one day before collapse; South Korea warns North Korea of “grave measure” if Kaesong talks are snubbed; 5.6 quake strikes eastern Afghanistan; PKK sets Turkey withdrawal date; Serbian president apologizes for massacre of Muslims; Letta named Italian PM; Israeli military claims to shoot down drone from Lebanon.


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Apr 24, 2013
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Happening Locally: Disbarment trial begins for attorney accused of smuggling Bey hit list out of prison; woman who jumped at 24th St. BART suffers no injuries, is taken for psych evaluation; update on faulty Bay Bridge bolts expected today; accident blocks eastbound San Mateo bridge during morning commute; shooting near 12th St. BART claims life of rapper, closes station; officials await response from Nevada in mentally ill patient-dumping accusation;
Happening Nationally: charges dropped against ricin suspect, who said upon arrest, “but I don’t even eat rice”; False reports of attack on White House cause brief panic after AP Twitter hack; USDOJ files formal complaint against Armstrong for earnings during drug use; Chicagoland teen arraigned after signing up to fight Syrian civil war on FBI-made fake website; Apple, returning $100b to shareholders, asks for bank loan to avoid touching profit tied up in overseas tax shelters;
Happening Globally: Two arrested for al-Qaeda train plot in Canada; New, more lethal bird flu appears in Asia; violence erupts in China’s Xinjiang province; More than 90 estimated dead in Bangladesh factory collapse; Russian anti-corruption activist on trial for embezzling half a million; Spanish unemployment rate continues to rise from 26%; Anti-government clashes continue in Iraq.

Happening Locally: Disbarment trial begins for attorney accused of smuggling Bey hit list out of prison; woman who jumped at 24th St. BART suffers no injuries, is taken for psych evaluation; update on faulty Bay Bridge bolts expected today; accident blocks eastbound San Mateo bridge during morning commute; shooting near 12th St. BART claims life of rapper, closes station; officials await response from Nevada in mentally ill patient-dumping accusation;

Happening Nationally: charges dropped against ricin suspect, who said upon arrest, “but I don’t even eat rice”; False reports of attack on White House cause brief panic after AP Twitter hack; USDOJ files formal complaint against Armstrong for earnings during drug use; Chicagoland teen arraigned after signing up to fight Syrian civil war on FBI-made fake website; Apple, returning $100b to shareholders, asks for bank loan to avoid touching profit tied up in overseas tax shelters;

Happening Globally: Two arrested for al-Qaeda train plot in Canada; New, more lethal bird flu appears in Asia; violence erupts in China’s Xinjiang province; More than 90 estimated dead in Bangladesh factory collapse; Russian anti-corruption activist on trial for embezzling half a million; Spanish unemployment rate continues to rise from 26%; Anti-government clashes continue in Iraq.


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Apr 23, 2013
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Happening Locally: Oakland shooting suspect at large after SWAT standoff  turns up nothing; 24th Street BART station closed after person struck by train Monday night; 55 year-old SF man dies of self-inflicted injury in Sonoma County jail; woman accused of stealing Jeep and infant passenger from San Jose appears in court; Quan announces Oakland will negotiate an extended deal for CHP to assist OPD patrols; Estimated Golden Gate Park 4/20 cleanup costs rise from $10k to $15k;
Happening Nationally: Suspected child pornography on FBI’s Ten Most Wanted list arrested in Nicaragua; Boston bombing subject charged; Ricin suspect released from jail; more than half of Guantanamo detainees on hunger strike; SCOTUS strikes down automatic deportation for alien suspects in marijuana-related crimes; 
Happening Globally: Radio reporter shot in Mogadishu becomes 5th reporter to die in Somalia in 2013; car bomb goes off at Libya’s French Embassy; 187 dead after clashes in Nigeria; rights group alleges systemic abuses of Myanmar’s Rohingya minority; Musharraf appears in court in relation to Bhutto assassination; France legalizes gay marriage, adoption; Palestinian prisoner ends 8-month hunger strike for early release; Syrian opposition names interim leader as two abducted bishops freed.

Happening Locally: Oakland shooting suspect at large after SWAT standoff  turns up nothing; 24th Street BART station closed after person struck by train Monday night; 55 year-old SF man dies of self-inflicted injury in Sonoma County jail; woman accused of stealing Jeep and infant passenger from San Jose appears in court; Quan announces Oakland will negotiate an extended deal for CHP to assist OPD patrols; Estimated Golden Gate Park 4/20 cleanup costs rise from $10k to $15k;

Happening Nationally: Suspected child pornography on FBI’s Ten Most Wanted list arrested in Nicaragua; Boston bombing subject charged; Ricin suspect released from jail; more than half of Guantanamo detainees on hunger strike; SCOTUS strikes down automatic deportation for alien suspects in marijuana-related crimes; 

Happening Globally: Radio reporter shot in Mogadishu becomes 5th reporter to die in Somalia in 2013; car bomb goes off at Libya’s French Embassy; 187 dead after clashes in Nigeria; rights group alleges systemic abuses of Myanmar’s Rohingya minority; Musharraf appears in court in relation to Bhutto assassination; France legalizes gay marriage, adoption; Palestinian prisoner ends 8-month hunger strike for early release; Syrian opposition names interim leader as two abducted bishops freed.


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Apr 3, 2013
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Also Happening Locally: Board of Supes unanimously approves mandatory seismic retrofits for soft-story buildings; West Portal water main break will displace some residents through the rest of 2013; SFO naming committee formed; man dies in Oakland after fall from balcony, stabbing; charges filed in alleged white surpremacist attack in Santa Rosa;
Happening Nationally: former Goldman-Sachs trader surrenders to FBI, will be charged with fraud; Florida sinkhole video released; Obama announces funds to map the human brain; 
Happening Globally: the cell phone turns 40 years old; UAE and Canada end three-year negotiation over aviation rights; UN adopts landmark arms treaty; Malaysian PM dissolves parliament; N. Korea blocks S. Korean workers from entering jointly-run industrial complex; Australia launches far-reaching sex-abuse investigation; four sisters splashed with acid in drive-by attack in India; 53 dead in Afghanistan Taliban court bombing; Putin orders officials to close all foreign bank accounts to combat corruption; Italy seizes mafia-tied clean energy interests; Egyptian students protest after mass food poisoning in school canteens.

Also Happening Locally: Board of Supes unanimously approves mandatory seismic retrofits for soft-story buildings; West Portal water main break will displace some residents through the rest of 2013; SFO naming committee formed; man dies in Oakland after fall from balcony, stabbing; charges filed in alleged white surpremacist attack in Santa Rosa;

Happening Nationally: former Goldman-Sachs trader surrenders to FBI, will be charged with fraud; Florida sinkhole video released; Obama announces funds to map the human brain; 

Happening Globally: the cell phone turns 40 years old; UAE and Canada end three-year negotiation over aviation rights; UN adopts landmark arms treaty; Malaysian PM dissolves parliament; N. Korea blocks S. Korean workers from entering jointly-run industrial complex; Australia launches far-reaching sex-abuse investigation; four sisters splashed with acid in drive-by attack in India; 53 dead in Afghanistan Taliban court bombing; Putin orders officials to close all foreign bank accounts to combat corruption; Italy seizes mafia-tied clean energy interests; Egyptian students protest after mass food poisoning in school canteens.


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Apr 2, 2013
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Happening Locally: Man sentenced for attempting to smuggle 17+ lbs. of meth and coke into SFO; man struck in tire iron attack on Muni bus; man arrested for Easter Sunday city hall break-in, vandalism; Lafayette PD officer involved in early morning shooting near St. Mary’s College; Cost to repair faulty Bay Bridge pieces estimated at $1 mil; overturned cement truck in San Jose affects morning commute; 
Happening Nationally: Connecticut lawmakers agree to some of the country’s toughest gun control laws; NRA unveils plans to place armed guards at schools; Prosecutors will seek death penalty in Aurora shooting case; 
Happening Globally: Malawi, Tanzania to head to court over border dispute; Arrests in Brazil after tourist is gang-raped; 13 boys die in Myanmar madrassa fire; Buddhist monks arrested for arson of Muslim-owned shop in Sri Lanka; fresh strikes in Bangladesh; several dead after attack on Pakistani power station; Cyprus finance minister resigns; Eurozone unemployment hits record high; Hamas orders gender-segregated education; Saudi Arabia allows women to ride bikes in recreational areas.

Happening Locally: Man sentenced for attempting to smuggle 17+ lbs. of meth and coke into SFO; man struck in tire iron attack on Muni bus; man arrested for Easter Sunday city hall break-in, vandalism; Lafayette PD officer involved in early morning shooting near St. Mary’s College; Cost to repair faulty Bay Bridge pieces estimated at $1 mil; overturned cement truck in San Jose affects morning commute; 

Happening Nationally: Connecticut lawmakers agree to some of the country’s toughest gun control laws; NRA unveils plans to place armed guards at schools; Prosecutors will seek death penalty in Aurora shooting case; 

Happening Globally: Malawi, Tanzania to head to court over border dispute; Arrests in Brazil after tourist is gang-raped; 13 boys die in Myanmar madrassa fire; Buddhist monks arrested for arson of Muslim-owned shop in Sri Lanka; fresh strikes in Bangladesh; several dead after attack on Pakistani power station; Cyprus finance minister resigns; Eurozone unemployment hits record high; Hamas orders gender-segregated education; Saudi Arabia allows women to ride bikes in recreational areas.


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Apr 1, 2013
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Happening Locally: two shot on Muni bus in inner Mission; SF Symphony arrives at tentative contract; Five suspects arrested in Bayview shooting; man drives car into San Jose Wal Mart, begins attacking shoppers; 
Happening Nationally: Presidential budget staff receive warnings of potential furloughs; Prosecutors to seek death penalty for Aurora shooter; major dogfighting ring busted in Mississippi; Ohio man shoots father after Easter church service; death of Texas DA linked to Aryan Brotherhood prison gang; Virginia highway pile-up injures 25, involves almost 100 vehicles; Exxon continues cleanup after major rupture in pipeline; 
Happening Globally: All political prisoners to be freed in Sudan; hope fades for Chinese miners lost after landslide; two men dead of new bird flu strain in China; India’s top court dismissed cancer drug patent case brought by Novartis; suicide bomber kills police in Iraq.

Happening Locally: two shot on Muni bus in inner Mission; SF Symphony arrives at tentative contract; Five suspects arrested in Bayview shooting; man drives car into San Jose Wal Mart, begins attacking shoppers; 

Happening Nationally: Presidential budget staff receive warnings of potential furloughs; Prosecutors to seek death penalty for Aurora shooter; major dogfighting ring busted in Mississippi; Ohio man shoots father after Easter church service; death of Texas DA linked to Aryan Brotherhood prison gang; Virginia highway pile-up injures 25, involves almost 100 vehicles; Exxon continues cleanup after major rupture in pipeline; 

Happening Globally: All political prisoners to be freed in Sudan; hope fades for Chinese miners lost after landslide; two men dead of new bird flu strain in China; India’s top court dismissed cancer drug patent case brought by Novartis; suicide bomber kills police in Iraq.


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Mar 29, 2013
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Happening Locally: two injured after shots fired from car near Alamo Square; body found at Ocean Beach identified; BART fares to go towards improvements rather than operating costs; Pedestrian struck in West Portal dies; veteran’s rights mural in alleyway altered to reflect rising suicide figures; activists report uptick in violent attacks on trans women; 1 year-old baby shot and injured in Richmond;
Happening Nationally: “free gun” program divides Tucson residents; 7,000 Oklahoma City oral surgeon patients face potential HIV & Hepatitis exposure; allegations of prosecutorial misconduct in Arias murder trial; Confederate Flag raised in Raleigh statehouse raises controversy; Texans win right to keep sex offender status off social media profiles; 
Happening Globally: UN approves first-ever “offensive” brigade to tackle rebels in DR Congo; at least 15 killed in Dar-es-Salaam construction collapse; ICC rules that senior surviving Khmer Rouge member fit to stand trial for war crimes; N. Korea ‘readies’ rockets to strike US; hardline Buddhists attack Muslim business owners in Sri Lanka; Bosnian war criminal sentenced to 45 years.

Happening Locally: two injured after shots fired from car near Alamo Square; body found at Ocean Beach identified; BART fares to go towards improvements rather than operating costs; Pedestrian struck in West Portal dies; veteran’s rights mural in alleyway altered to reflect rising suicide figures; activists report uptick in violent attacks on trans women; 1 year-old baby shot and injured in Richmond;

Happening Nationally: “free gun” program divides Tucson residents; 7,000 Oklahoma City oral surgeon patients face potential HIV & Hepatitis exposure; allegations of prosecutorial misconduct in Arias murder trial; Confederate Flag raised in Raleigh statehouse raises controversy; Texans win right to keep sex offender status off social media profiles; 

Happening Globally: UN approves first-ever “offensive” brigade to tackle rebels in DR Congo; at least 15 killed in Dar-es-Salaam construction collapse; ICC rules that senior surviving Khmer Rouge member fit to stand trial for war crimes; N. Korea ‘readies’ rockets to strike US; hardline Buddhists attack Muslim business owners in Sri Lanka; Bosnian war criminal sentenced to 45 years.


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Mar 28, 2013
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First things first: Someone at SFGate is perhaps a wee bit obsessed with Anne Hathaway and how allegedly ‘annoying’ she is. You’ll recall her photo ran a mere three days ago with a story about the most ‘irritating’ celebrities. Today the caption practically oozes schadenfreude: “Here’s another prize for your mantle, Miss Big Shit.” Are we okay, guys? Do you need to talk about some things?
Happening Locally: man struck and killed by train at Glen Park BART; cutting edge solar-powered plane to take flight in Bay Area; Alameda County get $1.5 mil grant to address rape kit backlog; former San Mateo school district sports coach sentenced for sexually assaulting underage girls; sale closes on new Transbay terminal, which will have West Coast’s tallest building;
Happening Nationally: Weapons arsenal found in Newtown gunman’s home; Aurora shooter enters guilty plea; More than 100 arrested protesting school cuts and closures in Chicago; US Air and American Air merger approved by judge; 
Happening Globally: scientists find new gene markers for cancer risk; mob attacks Kenyan coastal casino, killing 7; Mandela recovering from lung infection; scientists develop foot-and-mouth vaccine; US deploy bombers amid rising tension in N. and S. Korea.

First things first: Someone at SFGate is perhaps a wee bit obsessed with Anne Hathaway and how allegedly ‘annoying’ she is. You’ll recall her photo ran a mere three days ago with a story about the most ‘irritating’ celebrities. Today the caption practically oozes schadenfreude: “Here’s another prize for your mantle, Miss Big Shit.” Are we okay, guys? Do you need to talk about some things?

Happening Locally: man struck and killed by train at Glen Park BART; cutting edge solar-powered plane to take flight in Bay Area; Alameda County get $1.5 mil grant to address rape kit backlog; former San Mateo school district sports coach sentenced for sexually assaulting underage girls; sale closes on new Transbay terminal, which will have West Coast’s tallest building;

Happening Nationally: Weapons arsenal found in Newtown gunman’s home; Aurora shooter enters guilty plea; More than 100 arrested protesting school cuts and closures in Chicago; US Air and American Air merger approved by judge; 

Happening Globally: scientists find new gene markers for cancer risk; mob attacks Kenyan coastal casino, killing 7; Mandela recovering from lung infection; scientists develop foot-and-mouth vaccine; US deploy bombers amid rising tension in N. and S. Korea.