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Giants parade: Some businesses thrive, some languish

sfgate.com — The bars were full and many stores were empty as hundreds of thousands of Giants fans jostled, cheered, drank beer and snacked â€" but otherwise kept their wallets closed â€" in downtown San Francisco during the city’s third World Series championship parade in five years.
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Walnut Creek apartment explosion - 1 person missing

sfgate.com — The incident was reported at the complex on the 1500 block of Sunnyvale Avenue west of Interstate 680 about 10 a.m., according to the Contra Costa County Fire Protection District. A third person was unaccounted for, and a search couldn’t be immediately conducted because of structural instability in the building where the blast occurred, authorities said.

CHP officer charged in theft of women’s cell photos

sfgate.com — A California Highway Patrol officer based in Dublin was charged Friday with two felony counts for allegedly stealing explicit photos from women he came across while on patrol and sharing them with colleagues. Records from Harrington’s cell phone revealed he had traded texts about women’s photos with at least Hazelwood and another officer considered a witness in the case, authorities said.

Throngs of fans already packing Civic Center Plaza for Giants celebration

sfgate.com — Among the crowd in orange in black was Manuel Lozano, 61, a forklift operator an dlongtime Giants fan who work up at 1 a.m. and drove from Mendota (Fresno County) with his daughter and two grandsons, ages 9 and 12.

Statues of writers around the world - a photo gallery

blog.sfgate.com — Edgar Allen Poe wasn't especially nostalgic about Boston, famously dismissing his bigger-than-its-britches birthplace as Frogpondia. But no hard feelings: the self-styled Athens of America yesterday unveiled a statue of its native son - a mere 165 years after his death.

Students decorate the new tents in a Tiananmen Square camp with a... Photo-6396074.87080

sfgate.com — The image of the "Tank Man" is lodged in our collective memories of the Beijing student uprising of 1989, but many don't recall the events spanned over a month.

Bay Area women prove ballet doesn’t have to be torture

sfgate.com — What they were seeking to avoid was not the dancing itself but everything that seemed to go with it â€" the cliquishness, the body dysmorphia, pretty much everything that was shown in the movie “Black Swan.” “I believe that ballet can be about joy, about feeling beautiful and about making your body healthy,” Carla Escoda told me.

Sandoval says he wants to stay, but he’ll have options

sfgate.com — The Giants held another World Series parade through San Francisco on Friday, the official close to the 2014 season, and Pablo Sandoval and his teammates bid farewell to hundreds of thousands of fans.

World Series items to be part of Hall of Fame display

sfgate.com — Bats used in Game 7 by third baseman Pablo Sandoval, who set a postseason record with 26 hits, and in Game 6 by right fielder Hunter Pence, who tied a Giants record with 12 hits in the World Series; The jersey worn by Ned Yost in Game 4 of the ALCS when he became the first manager to win his first eight postseason games.

AP PHOTOS: Program gives disabled Venezuelans hope

sfgate.com — To get to the program three times a week, Marron depends on friends or family members to carry him piggy-back style up and down the steep stairs that lead to his home in a poor neighborhood. Teachers improvise to accommodate each person's physical limitations with special tables and tools as they teach the students how to craft and repair delicate musical instruments.
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It's not all bad news out of Venezuela: Music instrument repair program gives disabled Venezuelans hope sfgate.com/news/world/art…

Today’s SF Giants parade - who, what, when, where, why (you can figure out why)

blog.sfgate.com — Today's parade starts at noon, rolling from the foot of Market near the Ferry Building down Market to the Civic Center, ending on the steps of City Hall. It'll run two miles and about 90 minutes. Then the speeches will last another 90 minutes, unless the mayor goes a little long.

Best signs trolling Giants’ Hunter Pence at World Series parade

blog.sfgate.com — Playful digs at Giants star Hunter Pence continued at Friday's World Series parade as fans hoisted signs honoring the trolling meme that brought the now-legendary outfielder national attention.

Going to Giants parade? Here’s what you need to know

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Berkeley Marina slaying victim IDd

sfgate.com — Thomas was found by Berkeley police about 8 p.m. Tuesday behind the Sea Breeze Market at the corner of University Avenue and West Frontage Road, just off Interstate 80. The slaying happened 10 days after a man was arrested on suspicion of fatally stabbing 78-year-old Warner Willis in West Oakland and committing a series of carjackings, including one outside the Sea Breeze Market.
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Car slams into off-duty S.F. cop; driver caught after chase

sfgate.com — An off-duty San Francisco police officer was struck by a vehicle in the Tenderloin about 3:15 p.m. Friday, and the motorist then led officers on a chase, police said. A woman who was trapped in her car at the second crash scene was taken to a hospital by first responders and also has injuries that are not life-threatening, police said.
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A day with S.F.’s Fire Engine 1, the busiest responders in U.S.

sfgate.com — In San Francisco, firefighters in engines and trucks â€" not ambulances â€" generally respond first to 911 calls for medical emergencies, providing care until an ambulance arrives. Since ambulances shuttle patients back and forth from the scene of emergencies to the city’s medical centers, trucks and engines, based at fire stations that blanket San Francisco, are often closer to the scene of an emergency.
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. @gretakaul spends aday with S.F.’s Fire Engine 1, the busiest responders in U.S. sfchronicle.com/bayarea/articl…

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We're going to call her Greta On-Kaul. Nice work: A day with S.F.’s Fire Engine 1, the busiest responders in U.S. sfchronicle.com/bayarea/articl…

Bumgarner’s MVP of Giants’ victory parade route, too

sfgate.com — Bumgarner’s MVP of Giants’ victory parade route, too Just before Friday’s World Series parade started in earnest, one could find Madison Bumgarner standing atop a flatbed truck on the Embarcadero, awaiting his time to turn the corner and greet the masses.

Yahoo’s Marissa Mayer says art and engineering aren’t that different

blog.sfgate.com — An important lesson learned by Yahoo's CEO Marissa Mayer happened in the early hours of Halloween when she was working at Google. It was 15 years ago, and Google's co-founder Sergey Brin asked Mayer to put a new logo for Google on its homepage. Replacing the o's in Google were
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Court blocks New Mexico food stamp changes

sfgate.com — SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) â€" A state court on Friday temporarily stopped Gov. Susana Martinez's administration from imposing work-related requirements on about 80,000 low-income New Mexicans to qualify for food stamps. The requirements were scheduled to go into effect on Saturday, although the Human Services Department said no New Mexican faced the potential loss of benefits until January at the earliest.