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Richmond restaurant encourages bad Yelp reviews

insidescoopsf.sfgate.com — Botto Bistro in Richmond is not very concerned about its Yelp rating. In fact, in an effort to undermine the reliability of its Yelp page, the five-year-old Italian restaurant is on a mission to be the worst-rated restaurant in the Bay Area.
Sep 17, 2014

RT @jguynn: This restaurant wants people to hate it on Yelp. Yep, you heard that right. Guess revenge IS a dish best served cold. insidescoopsf.sfgate.com/blog/2014/09/1…

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Rookie’s huge hit moves SF Giants closer to Dodgers in West

blog.sfgate.com — By Henry Schulman Phoenix - Jake Peavy no doubt spoke for a room full of teammates when he declared the Giants need to win the National League West and avoid a winner-take-all wild-card game. "Nobody wants to play a Game 7 right out of the chute," Peavy said.

Sharks’ changes largely cosmetic

sfgate.com — An oozing bloody mess after choking away a 3-0 series lead against the Los Angeles Kings in the first round of the playoffs. [...] I can hear you eagerly wondering, as training camp opens Friday, what big changes have been made? Will taking little pieces of the alphabet off players’ jerseys really make a huge difference?

State: Dozens of pot-shop applications in jeopardy

sfgate.com — The board says they scored lucky numbers in lotteries conducted in April, putting them in a good position to win a coveted marijuana retail license, but they haven't moved forward with their applications since then. Becky Smith, the board's marijuana licensing manager, says some of the applicants may never have really intended to get into the retail pot business.
Sep 17, 2014

RT @RachelAPOly: AP's @GeneAPseattle reports that dozens of pot-shop applications are in jeopardy in Washington state: bit.ly/1u20R42

Sep 17, 2014

AP's @GeneAPseattle reports that dozens of pot-shop applications are in jeopardy in Washington state: bit.ly/1u20R42

Long-sunken shipwrecks discovered off the Farallones

sfgate.com — A team of government scientists has just returned from a five-day expedition to explore shipwrecks on a mysterious part of the planet - the bottom of the ocean off San Francisco and Marin counties.
Sep 17, 2014

RT @gretakaul: Who doesn't love a good shipwreck story? Long-sunken shipwrecks discovered off the Farallones sfchronicle.com/science/articl…

Sep 17, 2014

Amazing: 300 ships wrecked on bottom of San Francisco Bay. Now these old disasters are being rediscovered sfgate.com/science/articl… via @SFGate

Sep 17, 2014

RT @gretakaul: Who doesn't love a good shipwreck story? Long-sunken shipwrecks discovered off the Farallones sfchronicle.com/science/articl…

Class-A shortstop Daniel Robertson helped A’s boost rotation

sfgate.com — Class-A shortstop Daniel Robertson helped A’s boost rotation At this time of year, a 20-year-old A-ball shortstop is an afterthought for a major-league team eying the playoffs. Robertson made it easier for A’s general manager Billy Beane to include Addison Russell in his Fourth of July blockbuster that landed starters Jeff Samardzija and Jason Hammel from the Cubs.
Sep 17, 2014

RT @JohnSheaHey: #athletics top prospect who made it possible for Billy Beane to beef up rotation: sfgate.com/default/articl… Via @sfgate @D_Robertson28

Sep 17, 2014

#athletics top prospect who made it possible for Billy Beane to beef up rotation: sfgate.com/default/articl… Via @sfgate @D_Robertson28

SF supervisors OK funds for undocumented kids legal aid

sfgate.com — "[...] we're not defenseless," said the 5-year-old, who fled violence in her native Honduras with her mother, entered the United States illegally and is one of more than 2,000 cases of juveniles or parents with children who don't have lawyers as they negotiate fast-tracked deportation proceedings at immigration court in San Francisco.
Sep 17, 2014

Contrast to Murrietta? SF supervisors OK $2 million in funds for undocumented kids legal aid - sfgate.com/bayarea/articl… via @SFGate

Sep 17, 2014

"Now we're not defenseless." Immigrant kids in #SF poised to get lawyers after @sfbos votes 11-0 to pay for them. sfchronicle.com/bayarea/articl…

Independent filmmaker zooms in on pelicans

sfgate.com — The woman who brought world fame to San Francisco's wild parrots has turned her camera lens to another feathered favorite of the Bay Area: brown pelicans. "Pelican Dreams," slated for release next month, follows the exploits of Gigi, a 4-month-old pelican who stopped for a rest on the Golden Gate Bridge one afternoon in 2008, caused a massive traffic jam and became a star of YouTube.

Cardinals RB Dwyer arrested on assault charges

sfgate.com — PHOENIX (AP) â€" Arizona Cardinals running back Jonathan Dwyer was arrested Wednesday on aggravated assault charges in connection with two altercations at his home in July involving a woman and an 18-month-old child, the latest in a string of such cases involving NFL players.

Puna lava flow poses major concern for region, Big Island

blog.sfgate.com — When it comes to the slow-moving volcanic eruption called the June 27th lava flow, one thing is for certain: It's too close for comfort for those living or working in the remote Puna District. Although well aware of their rugged area's history of geothermal activity, which claim

Suspect charged in Oakland killing of Reginald Beamon

sfgate.com — A suspect was charged with murder Wednesday in the shooting death of a man in East Oakland. Miguel Salinas, 21, was also charged with a weapons enhancement in the slaying of Reginald Beamon, 28, who was found shot to death in the street on the 8200 block of Bancroft Avenue about 6:15 a.m.

Taxi use plummets in San Francisco 65 percent in 15 months

sfgate.com — While the MTA regulates the taxi industry, the state Public Utilities Commission has claimed jurisdiction over the new ride services, which typically contract with people to use their personal cars to carry passengers who hail them with a smart-phone app.
Sep 17, 2014

Dear traditional taxi services: Welcome to OUR world. -Signed, Newspapers, print magazines, music industry bit.ly/1wERYyk

Sep 17, 2014

RT @PoliticoKevin: As ridesharing rises, taxi use in San Francisco has plummeted 65 percent: sfgate.com/bayarea/articl…

Sep 17, 2014

The ride revolution is on: "Steep and sharp" drop in taxi use in SF -- thanks to @Uber and @lyft bit.ly/1u7yvll via @SFGate

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SJ Sharks arena booked for big pro video game tournament

blog.sfgate.com — The ESL, which bills itself as the major leagues of professional video game players, said Tuesday it has booked the 18,000-seat SAP Center in San Jose for one of its major tournaments on Dec. 6 and 7.
Sep 17, 2014

The Shark Tank, home of the @SJSharks, will host a big pro video game tournament in Dec - The Technology Chronicles buff.ly/1mcnCzU

Bill Irwin: Master clown tries on 'Old Hats’ at ACT

sfgate.com — Master clown tries on 'Old Hats’ at ACT [...] he’s back at ACT, where he’s performed in everything from Molière to Beckett, with fellow master clown David Shiner in “Old Hats,” the hit sequel to their smash-hit “Fool Moon” (seen twice at ACT), remounted by director Tina Landau with new musical accompaniment by Shaina Taub.
Sep 17, 2014

Irwin & Shiner at ACT tonite. Can't wait! Bill Irwin: Master clown tries on 'Old Hats’ at ACT - SFGate sfgate.com/performance/ar… via @SFGate

Folks at SFMOMA soiree beaming after traditional 'topping-out’

sfgate.com — A colorful, swirling carnival unfolded last week in Jessie Square, where the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art hosted a free civic soiree to celebrate placement of the tallest steel beam atop the museum’s 235,000-square-foot, privately funded, Snøhetta-designed expansion.