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Newsom: Obama Inexcusable on Gay Rights

Advocate. | Advocate | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home

San Francisco Mayor Gavin Newsom has built his career on being outspoken - and now, in a new interview with The New York Times' Maureen Dowd, he's tak...

First Prop. 8 Reenactment Posted

Advocate. | Advocate | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home

Los Angeles filmmakers John Ireland and John Ainsworth have posted the first episode of their reenactment of the Proposition 8 trial, currently underw...

Todd Disotell: A New Tale of the Primate Split | | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home

Todd Disotell: A New Tale of the Primate Split Recent advances in molecular genetics are radically changing ideas about the appearance of pri...

A Day in the Life of Your Brain: Judith Horstman | | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home

A Day in the Life of Your Brain: Judith Horstman What's your brain doing, right now? Award-winning journalist Judith Horstman writes about health and...

Passenger Charged In Denver With Disrupting Crew

CBS4Denver | CBS 4 Denver | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home

An AirTran Airways passenger accused of becoming unruly when he was refused more alcohol has been charged with interfering with a flight crew. ...

Prop. 8 Trial Under Way

Advocate. | Advocate | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home

An unprecedented federal suit challenging California's Proposition 8 is under way in San Francisco. The Advocate is covering the day's events live on ...

Scott Benson: Leatherback Turtles Along the Cali Coast | | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home

Scott Benson: Leatherback Turtles Along the Cali Coast Marine ecologist Scott Benson discusses the leatherback turtle population along the California...

Video: Building a Connection: Project Homeless Connect (Homeless)

SnagFilms | SnagFilms | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home

A short documentary about a program in San Francisco that helps homeless in the area, made during Campus MovieFest (CMF). CMF is the world’s l...

Sophisticated Tree Hugging: the Pure Joy of Public Data

Tanja Aitamurto | Posted 05.25.2011 | Technology
Tanja Aitamurto

What happens when a city releases public data for anybody to use? The city becomes a better place to live.

A Conversation with Google's Sergey Brin | | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home

A Conversation with Google's Sergey Brin Google Co-founder Sergey Brin makes a surprise appearance at the Web 2.0 summit to talk with John Battelle a...

Most Cocaine Now Laced With Poisonous Livestock Deworming Drug | NYMag | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home

90 percent of cocaine users in San Francisco found to have Levamisole in their system....

Judge rejects TD Ameritrade data theft settlement

AP | JOSH FUNK | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home

OMAHA, Neb. — A federal judge has refused to approve a class-action settlement over contact information stolen from online brokerage TD Ameritrade Holding Corp.

U.S. District Judge Vaughn Walker in San Francisco says the deal offers little significant benefit to the more than 6 million current and former customers affected. The proposed deal offered anti-spam software and a promise of tighter security at TD Ameritrade.

Walker rejected the deal in an order filed Friday despite giving it preliminary approval earlier this year. He said the deal appeared to do more for Ameritrade and for the plaintiffs' lawyers, who were set to receive nearly $1.9 million in legal fees, than it did for the victims.

Anyone who held an Ameritrade account or provided an e-mail address to the company before Sept. 14, 2007, could have benefited from the settlement if it had been approved. The breached database included information on 6.2 million current and former customers.

Ameritrade spokeswoman Kim Hillyer said Monday the company was disappointed in the ruling.

Confession Questioned in Puerto Rico Slaughter

Gay City News | Gay City News | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home

When the remains of savagely murdered 19-year-old gay activist and college student Jorge Steven López Mercado were discovered in Puerto Rico on Novem...

Running home: Rossum signs with Dallas Cowboys

AP | STEPHEN HAWKINS | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home

IRVING, Texas — Allen Rossum is going home.

The Dallas native signed with the Dallas Cowboys on Wednesday, only two days after being released from San Francisco. That surprising move by the 49ers, to make room on their roster for first-round pick Michael Crabtree, provided the chance for Rossum to finally play for his hometown team in his 12th NFL season.

"It's something I dreamed of as a young kid playing at Skyline High School. This is awesome," Rossum said before taking part in his first practice with the Cowboys. "I know my mom is smiling. She is excited. I'm excited. My entire family is excited. ... I finally got an opportunity to have a star on my helmet."

The Cowboys expect Rossum to be returning kickoffs and punts when they play their next game Oct. 25 at home against Atlanta, one of his five former teams. He was fielding kicks Wednesday during the short portion of practice open to reporters.

Rossum, 33, is second in NFL history with 14,987 return yards. He has 11,931 kickoff return yards and his 3,056 punt return yards are the most among active players. He is the only player to have a kickoff return for a touchdown with five different teams – Philadelphia, Green Bay, Atlanta, Pittsburgh and San Francisco.

Part two: Chef and Tell with Brian Laird of Barolo Grill

Westword | Westword | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home

This is part two of my interview with Brian Laird, exec chef of Barolo Grill. You can read part one of my interview with Laird here. Bes...

Mudslide menace eases in Calif. as storm weakens

AP | SOLVEJ SCHOU and RAQUEL MARIA DILLON | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home

LA CANADA FLINTRIDGE, Calif. — A powerful fall storm packing strong winds and rain eased Wednesday without causing the widespread mudslides and debris flows that California residents had feared.

The storm delivered its biggest punch to northern and central areas, knocking out power to nearly 700,000 utility customers from Bakersfield in the southern San Joaquin Valley to Eureka on the north coast.

A mandatory evacuation order remained in effect for residents of about 40 homes in central coast mountains near Watsonville, east of Monterey Bay, due to mudslides, said Chris Hirsch, a spokeswoman for Santa Cruz County emergency services.

A house in Corralitos was left surrounded by mud that buried cars up to their windows and a basketball hoop up to the net.

A dozen other homes were isolated because fallen trees and debris blocked roads.

The Future of Content Distribution | | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home

The Future of Content Distribution Richard Rosenblatt of Demand Media, Dan Rosensweig of Guitar Hero and Peter Guber of Mandalay Entertainment discus...

Genomics: Where Have We Come and Where Are We Going? | | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home

Genomics: Where Have We Come and Where Are We Going? We are in the midst of a renaissance in the biological sciences, which is spurring the growth of...

Engineers Cite Vibrations, Wind in Bay Bridge Failure

Hearst Communications | Hearst Communications | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home

Engineers working on San Francisco's ill-starred Bay Bridge have fingered a culprit in the repair job that went awry Tuesday evening, forcing the brid...

Conservative counselor Olson opens argument for gay marriage

CO. Independent | CO Independent | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home

High-powered conservative lawyer Ted Olson, the man who argued the case for the George W. Bush campaign in Bush v. Gore, today pleaded a court ...

Amtrak Suspends Chicago-Denver Train Due To Snow

CBS4Denver | CBS 4 Denver | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home

Amtrak is suspending service between Chicago and Denver because of blowing and drifting snow in Nebraska. The one train that runs between Chica...

Federal engineers sent to investigate what caused repairs on San Francisco bridge to fail

Fox 31 | Fox 31 | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) -- The Federal Highway Administration sent engineers Wednesday to investigate what caused ...

Most Cocaine Now Laced With Poisonous Livestock-Deworming Drug

Daily Intel. | Daily Intel | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home

90 percent of cocaine users in San Francisco found to have Levamisole in their system....

Matthieu Ricard Speaks on Compassion | | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home

Matthieu Ricard Speaks on Compassion Matthieu Ricard, molecular biologist, Bhuddist monk, translator to the Dalai Lama, best-selling author, and phot...

Nissan Signs Agreement With San Francisco, Bay Area EV Corridor Expands

AllAboutElectric | AllCarsElectric | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home

In anticipation of the Nissan Leaf EV reaching the U.S. in limited markets by next fall, Nissan has worked diligently towards providing the necessary...