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Inside San Francisco (Mar 8th, 2017)

 Tomorrow's forecast will be morning clouds and afternoon sun with a high/low of 63/50 Fahrenheit. On Friday, expect morning clouds and afternoon sun with a high/low of 62/50 Fahrenheit.

San Francisco will employ three new staff attorneys and one paralegal solely for the defense of immigrants facing deportation in the city's immigration court. Mayor Ed Lee approved a plan to provide $200,000 in savings from the current year's budget to the Public Defender's Office for the employment of an immigrant defense legal staff. The plan is significantly reduced from former Supervisor David Campos' initial proposal of ten attorneys, five paralegals and two clerks. The mayor also announced a new independent fund that will facilitate corporations and philanthropic organizations in donating money toward immigrant legal defense. "These new positions will allow us to fight on behalf of approximately 150 immigrants locked in deportation detention and separated from their families. We look forward to increasing the number of people we can help by advocating for additional positions during the budget process," said Public Defender Jeff Adachi. - ABC7

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A mudslide has closed Sir Francis Drake Boulevard in Marin County. Sheriffs announced the road closure this morning at 1:06am PT and have yet to release details on when the thoroughfare might reopen. The same road was closed due to mudslides on Monday and reopened yesterday. The current closure, located at Baywood Canyon Road in Fairfax, has created traffic back-ups through parts of the area. - KRON

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Hundreds of San Francisco "Hamilton" tickets have just been released for sale. While tickets to the wildly popular Broadway musical's upcoming San Francisco run of "Hamilton" sold out in minutes when they went on sale last December, SHN just released hundreds of additional tickets for sale. Most of the newly available tickets were held back for "sightline issues," but some of the released tickets are seats are located in prime spots. This new batch of tickets range in price from $197 to upwards of $800 and can be purchased on SHN's website while supplies last. - MERCURYNEWS

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A man suffered life-threatening injuring after being struck by a bicycle. The incident occurred yesterday at around 8:30am PT when a 55-year-old man stepped off the Muni platform on Third Street near Palou Avenue. The man then proceeded to run across the street when he was hit by a cyclist. The victim suffered severe injuries and remains in the hospital, while the cyclist suffered minor injuries and was released. No arrests were made in the collision. - SFGATE

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Local Girl Scouts beat a marijuana dispensary in a friendly fundraising competition. Troop 31678 challenged the Castro District's Apothecarium to see which group could attract the most donors for the Kindergarten to College (K2C) fund-raising campaign over the course of a week. K2C is a non-profit that helps families begin saving for college when kids start kindergarten. The bet, which ultimately raised $867 for K2C, required the loser to bake (kid-friendly) cookies for the winning team. The girls won, scoring 65 donors to the cause while the dispensary only received donations from 37 people. The Apothecarium has welcomed girl scouts to sell cookies in front of their store for several years. - SFGATE

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COMMUNITY NEWS: SAN MATEO

The San Mateo Board of Supervisors is considering a curfew for noisy flights landing and taking off from San Carlos Airport. The Board isn't scheduled to consider noise abatement solutions until this coming July but in the interim, they are asking interested parties to develop an array of possible solutions. One restriction option includes prohibiting take-off and landing between 9pm and 6am PT. “That’s a proposal that’s going out there. It may be that there are other options that come to (the board). We want people to start thinking about ideas," said San Mateo County publicist Michelle Durand. 

An Uber driver was allegedly assaulted for refusing to squeeze three passengers into an Uber Pool ride. Driver John Mohler received a request to pick up a pool driver near the Century City complex in Daly City. Uber Pool only allows a user to request a ride for up to two people to allow for additional guests to share the ride. When the customer attempted to enter the car with two guests, Mohler informed them that they were one person too many for a pool ride. Mohler claims he was then punched and attacked by the male rider. Uber canceled the account of the woman who requested the ride. 

Following an hours-long standoff with Redwood City police yesterday morning, 57-year-old Frank Leon was arrested peacefully. Leon is accused on opening fire on police and neighbors after calling 911 to say that he'd swallowed "a significant amount" of prescription pills and planned to die. When officers arrived, Leon fired at them and into two occupied apartments. Law enforcement evacuated residents as Leon claimed he intended to kill the police. Eventually Leon was coaxed from his residence and taken into custody. No one was injured in the standoff. 

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WHAT TO DO THIS WEEK

The 90s are alive in San Francisco: The Edge is transforming into a pastel, pop art Lisa Frank-themed drag wonderland tomorrow night. The colorful, unicorn-filled art from every 90s girl's favorite Trapper Keeper is back for one night only. The Monster Show's Lisa Frank Night kicks off at 9pm PT with performances by LOL McFiercen, Cash Monet, Crissy Fields, Intensive Claire, and many more. Enjoy $5 drink specials all night long. 

A perfect pairing: Raise money for Room to Read and enjoy trivia games, music, and plenty of cold beer as 10% of tomorrow night's take at Asiento will be donated to  literacy and gender equality in education. "Beers for Books" runs from 5pm to 8pm PT and entrance to the event is free. 

The future is now: Join San Francisco State Engineering and Computer Science alumni as they unveil a first look at a competitive solar powered electric vehicle created by SF State students and the Institute of Electric and Electronic Engineers. Drinks, light bites, and a vision of the future will be provided tonight at the Innovation Hangar in San Francisco from 6pm to 8:30pm PT. 

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