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Safety Scramble

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joe@sfbg.com

On New Year's Eve, six-year-old Sofia Liu was struck and killed when a driver using the Uber rideshare app allegedly failed to yield to her and her family as they progressed through a crosswalk. The girl's mother and brother survived, but their tear-stained faces were soon all over news networks in heartbreaking reports of their loss. No less sad, 86-year-old Zhen Guang Ng was struck and killed that same night by a driver who allegedly failed to stop at a stop sign in the Crocker-Amazon district. These incidents aren't isolated.Read more »

Confronting the speculators

Tenant activists spotlight serial evictors in online rogues gallery

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rebecca@sfbg.com

A group of tenant advocates has upped the ante in the ongoing protest movement against San Francisco evictions, publicizing the names, photographs, property ownership, and corporate affiliations of a dozen landlords and speculators they've deemed "serial evictors."Read more »

Beathoven

A roiling symphony of nightlife: Mason Bates, Leslie and the Ly's, Mr. Ties, Ambivalent, DJ Deeon, more parties 

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marke@sfbg.com

SUPER EGO A couple of years ago, Muni put out a public safety campaign that showed this gorgeous woman in giant silver headphones texting ferociously right before she stepped into the path of an oncoming train. Tagline: "Do you want Beethoven to be the last thing you hear?"Read more »

Rise of the machines

CAREERS AND ED: From flipping burgers to making sexy, robots are catching up

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joe@sfbg.com

CAREERS AND ED As digital gizmos invade our pockets and our lives, the fear of machines replacing human work is as pervasive as ever. But of course that fear isn't unique to the computer age.

As far back as the 1800s folk legend John Henry competed against a great railroad-building machine, hammering holes for railroad tracks in dirt and rock with the power of his arms.Read more »

Google's androids

CAREERS AND ED: Tech giant gobbles up local robotics companies

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rebecca@sfbg.com

CAREERS AND ED Robotics, a field that largely exists in the realm of research and development, is poised to grow leaps and bounds right here in the Bay Area now that Google has decided to dump mountains of cash into it.

So far, the search giant with the "don't be evil" slogan has acquired eight robotics firms, and is pursuing a robotics initiative that nobody seems willing to describe in detail when speaking on record to the press.Read more »

Build a bot

CAREERS AND ED: Oakland's Robotics for Fun helps you make cute things come alive

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culture@sfbg.com

CAREERS AND ED For most of the working world, cardboard represents little more than a recyclable material, something to hold your pizza. But to Jutiki Gunter, cardboard is a construction material with near-limitless potential.Read more »

Bits and bots

CAREERS AND ED: Robotics advances — and opportunities — in the Bay Area

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marke@sfbg.com

CAREERS AND ED "When it comes to robots, there's usually a kneejerk reaction about job loss. But the robotics field is also creating jobs. We haven't had stagecoach drivers for a hundred years, but still the world has moved forward." That's Tim Smith, a robotics public relations expert — talk about robots creating new jobs — speaking to me over the phone from his Element PR home office in Bernal Heights, where he's busy representing some of the most innovative robotics projects coming out of the Bay Area.Read more »

Ignore less

20 great educational opportunities in 2014

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culture@sfbg.com

CAREERS AND ED Often called the first feminist, Sor Juana Ines de la Cruz could well be your guiding spirit heading into this bright new year. Born in 1651 in colonial Mexico, Sor Juana defied societal expectations about women at the time to study herself into becoming one of the smartest people in New Spain. She became a nun rather than marry, and eventually amassed one of the largest libraries in the Americas.Read more »

Fire displaces Olague

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A fire broke out on Christmas night at the home of Christina Olague, a former San Francisco supervisor, and fatally injured her housemate and longtime friend, Randy David Sapp.

Now, Olague's friends and supporters are holding an online fundraiser (www.wepay.com/donations/christina-olague) to help her get back on her feet in the wake of the tragic event. A benefit has also been planned for Jan. 12 at El Rio, 3158 Mission Street.Read more »

Injunction blocks City College closure

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City College of San Francisco is safe from closure, for now. A ruling from San Francisco Superior Court Judge Curtis Karnow issued Jan. 2 would bar City College's accreditors from terminating the college's accreditation until after legal proceedings against it are done.

The loss of accreditation would make City College's future degrees basically worthless, resulting in its closure or merger with another district.Read more »