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Menelik Watson gives game check to family of ailing 4-year-old

sfgate.com — Tiny Ava Urrea and enormous Menelik Watson produced one of the more heartwarming stories of the football season. The Urrea family - mom Amy, Raiders-fan dad Edward, Ava and her 6-year-old brother Gabriel - spent three days in the Bay Area, on a trip arranged and paid for through Jay Glazer's foundation, Touchdown Dreams. The Fox NFL broadcaster had learned of Ava's story and reached out to the Urrea family, which lives in Las Vegas.
Dec 22, 2014

Menelik Watson gives game check to family of ailing 4-year-old sfgate.com/raiders/articl… via @SFGate

Time for new trans-Atlantic partnership

sfgate.com — The greatest impediments to trans-Atlantic commerce are non-tariff barriers, such as conflicting regulations and health, safety and environmental standards. A European Commission study estimated that aligning half the regulatory differences would increase U.S. exports by more than 6 percent and EU exports by more than 2 percent, providing an average EU household an additional 12,500 euros and the average U.S.
Dec 22, 2014

RT @transatlantic: If the US & the EU would recognize each other's crash tests & related standards, consumers could save up to 7% http://t.…

N. Korea threatens strikes on US amid hacking claims

sfgate.com — Updated 6:01 pm, Sunday, December 21, 2014 SEOUL, South Korea (AP) - North Korea says President Barack Obama is "recklessly" spreading rumors of a Pyongyang-orchestrated cyberattack of Sony Pictures and warns of strikes against the White House, Pentagon and "the whole U.S. mainland, that cesspool of terrorism."
Dec 22, 2014

RT @SFGate: Rhetoric ramping up: NKorea threatens strikes on U.S. amid hacking claims: sfg.ly/13qq1Ov pic.twitter.com/CM9YAuE5Ur

Raiders: Game grades for win over Bills

sfgate.com — the rookie QB doesn't throw interceptions. The offensive line bounced back from a bad game, and even gave Latavius Murray and Darren McFadden some running lanes. [...] Oakland stopped the run, put pressure on quarterback Kyle Orton and it did it with several key players on the sideline in warm-ups.

Raiders beat: Sticking with run pays dividends

sfgate.com — Oakland had three straight three-and-outs, gaining 11 yards on nine plays. On the Raiders' first drive of the third quarter, Murray had consecutive runs of 25, 4 and 17 yards in what became another Sebastian Janikowski field-goal drive.

Raiders top Bills for 3rd home win in row

sfgate.com — Raiders fans Sunday afternoon at O.co Coliseum were clearly more interested in a third win than in keeping their third-pick position in the next year's NFL Draft. Carr finished 17 of 34 for 214 yards and two touchdowns, not bad considering the Raiders started off the game with three three-and-outs.

49ers beat: Injuries put Quinton Patton on the spot in overtime

sfgate.com — running back Frank Gore, 31, had already had 26 carries, his most since 2011, with his backup, Carlos Hyde, inactive because of an ankle injury. The defense, which has placed seven players on injured reserve during the regular season, continued to be ravaged by injuries.

A Changing Mission: Who belongs in S.F.’s oldest neighborhood?

sfgate.com — The run-down Edwardian on Folsom Street had hosted countless family affairs, milestones of love, laughter and loss. In the half century since farmworkers Jesus and Margarita Mosqueda moved in their growing family, there'd been baptisms and first Communions, funerals and weddings.
Dec 22, 2014

3 people will live in a home that once housed 19. SF Chronicle's excellent story on the changing Mission district. m.sfgate.com/bayarea/articl…

Menelik Watson donates game check to sick girl

blog.sfgate.com — Ava Urrea, a four-year-old Raiders fan with hypoplastic left heart syndrome, visited the team facility this week. Ava, was born with half a heart and has had 14 surgeries. Raiders right tackle Menelik Watson was so touched by her visit, set up by Fox analyst Jay Glazer's Touchdown Dreams p

California man dies in gunbattle, standoff in burning house

sfgate.com — (AP) - A man who fired more than 100 rounds in a gunbattle with police was shot and killed on Sunday, ending an hours-long standoff during which his Northern California house became fully engulfed in flames. The man, who has not been identified, barricaded himself inside his two-story house near Auburn around 10:30 a.m.
Dec 21, 2014

RT @SFGate: Man dies in gunbattle, standoff in burning house near Sacramento: sfg.ly/1CmdNWq pic.twitter.com/y0IOt2MzMF

No move imminent - Raiders likely to extend Coliseum lease

sfgate.com — The Raiders' home game Sunday against the Bills will not be their last home game at O.co Coliseum, barring a last-minute fumble. Team owner Mark Davis is expected to sign a one-year lease extension with the Coliseum to play there next season, league sources said, something he hasn't wanted to do until he saw a clear sign of progress.
Dec 21, 2014

RT @timkawakami: In case you missed it: Raiders set to stay at the Coliseum for one more year, good scoopage by @VicTafur: bit.ly/1sUkLz5

Dec 21, 2014

In case you missed it: Raiders set to stay at the Coliseum for one more year, good scoopage by @VicTafur: bit.ly/1sUkLz5

Dec 21, 2014

This morning's newspaper: No move imminent — #Raiders likely to extend Coliseum lease sfchronicle.com/raiders/articl… via @sfchronicle

Dec 21, 2014

Glad #Bills are staying put. Meanwhile Oakland faces questions of new coach, new stadium, new city bit.ly/1ve8tg7

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Guidelines for the post-Peevey era of the CPUC

sfgate.com — The people and Gov. Hiram Johnson knew that when regulators become captured by the regulated, and in secret do the bidding of powerful corporations instead of the people, the economy suffers, families are gouged, and businesses that won't "pay to play" are unfairly disadvantaged.
Dec 21, 2014

Loretta Lynch details how outgoing CPUC Prez Mike Peevey sold off Calif.'s clean energy future. bit.ly/13thue0

CPUC’s farewell for Michael Peevey is stage-managed to a T

sfgate.com — Even with the cloud of San Bruno and way-too-cozy PG&E e-mails hanging over it, the California Public Utilities Commission made sure Michael Peevey's final meeting as president had a happy ending - in fact, the agency pretty much staged it.
Dec 21, 2014

RT @cmarinucci: Staged farewell to Public Utilities president lavish on tributes - no mention of San Bruno tragedy bit.ly/1xB5LXQ @matierandross

Dec 21, 2014

Staged farewell to Public Utilities president lavish on tributes - no mention of San Bruno tragedy bit.ly/1xB5LXQ @matierandross

Dec 21, 2014

Ex-@KGO talk show host Bernie Ward, in fed prison 7 ys on child porn charges, was quietly freed Fri bit.ly/1xB5LXQ @matierandross

Former S.F. Assemblyman Tom Ammiano said to eye state Senate run

sfgate.com — The November election results were only finalized a few weeks ago, but already San Francisco's political class is looking to 2016 - and it is already appearing that the city's state Senate race could be interesting.
Dec 21, 2014

Former S.F. Assemblyman Tom Ammiano said to eye state Senate run sfgate.com/bayarea/articl…

Why people love to hate Californians

sfgate.com — Updated 2:25 pm, Monday, December 15, 2014 Last week it rained a lot in California and everyone was making fun of us. I've been there. Really. I couldn't stand Californians. They would move to my hometown and spend an unbelievable amount of money on a historic, recently renovated home in one of Boise, Idaho's more charming tree-lined neighborhoods.
Dec 21, 2014

A look at why people love to hate Californians - bit.ly/1rbh4Ug

Lazy Bear review: A rarefied feast if you can get in the door

sfgate.com — Chef-owner David Barzelay started his concept in 2009 as an underground venue; this year it became a brick-and-mortar business, taking over the Hi Lo BBQ space in the Mission. Guests sit on couches or stand at bar tables overlooking the two long elm tables downstairs as waiters circulate with glasses of punch.

A couple days of no Bay Area rain: Here comes the sun

sfgate.com — The sun broke out from behind the clouds after weeks of rain and immediately began brightening things up, including, it is rumored, a few gloomy moods. "We're going to see temperatures in the low to mid-60s during the day, with mostly sunny weather until Wednesday night when there will be a chance of rain," said Mark Strudley, a hydrologist for the National Weather Service.

Signs of life for 49ers crushed in epic collapse

sfgate.com — The 49ers have one game left, against Arizona, but a win would do almost nothing to undo the damage that this season inflicted, which the 49ers will finish as the leading candidate for the NFL's Biggest Collapse award. [...] it all went wrong, it was an entertaining and uplifting evening for the 49ers.

Facts and figures: 49ers run wild … in loss

blog.sfgate.com — The 49ers entered Saturday night on a three-game losing streak during which they'd scored 23 points, their lowest three-game total since they had 22 with rookie quarterback Alex Smith leading the NFL's 32nd-ranked offense in December 2005. Against the Chargers, the 49ers couldn't stop the losing, but they did emerge from their embarrassing offensive funk.