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Inside San Francisco (Aug 15th, 2017)

 Tomorrow's forecast will be morning clouds and afternoon sun with a high/low of 67/58 Fahrenheit. On Thursday, expect sunny skies with a high/low of 67/57 Fahrenheit.

White nationalists are planning rallies in San Francisco and Berkeley. The "Patriot Prayer" group has obtained a permit to hold a rally on Saturday, August 26 at Crissy Field. Meanwhile, "No Marxism in America" is planning another rally on August 27 at Martin Luther King Jr. Civic Center Park in Berkeley. Following this past weekend's white supremacy rally in Charlottesville, Virginia in which one woman died when a car rammed into a group of peaceful counter-protestors, both San Francisco and Berkeley plan to ramp-up security should the planned local events take place. A number of social media petitions are aiming to stop the groups from demonstrating. “This isn’t about (free speech). This is about confrontation. This is about people coming to commit violence and spout hate speech and promote bigotry and promote white supremacy," said Berkeley Mayor Jesse Arreguin. - SFEXAMINER

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Both San Francisco and California filed lawsuits against United States Attorney General Jeff Sessions over President Donald Trump's threats to punish sanctuary cities. Filed on Friday and yesterday respectively, the lawsuits are a response to the Justice Department's plan to withhold federal law enforcement grants until sanctuary cities and states like SF and CA comply with federal immigration laws. Should Sessions withhold that money, California would lose over $28 million and San Francisco would lose $1.4 million in funding for recidivism reduction, drug deterrence, services to at-risk youth, and supervision for probationers with substance abuse and/or mental health issues. The president attempted a similar tactic to force sanctuary cities to comply with his January immigration ban but was stopped by a federal judge. That ruling left open a small window of possibility for the federal government to withhold funds allocated for law enforcement, which is what prompted this week's lawsuits. - SFIST

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Here are the basics for watching Monday's solar eclipse in the Bay Area. The solar eclipse will peak for approximately two minutes at around 10:15am PT on August 21. As the Bay Area is 500 miles south of the "path of totality," we will only 75% of the sun covered. The Exploratorium is offering a free eclipse-themed app with live video streams from Oregon and Wyoming as well as educational videos on the sun and how eclipses happen. And the Merc has a round-up of local spots hosting eclipse-viewing events. Both Crissy Field and Treasure Island are expected to be popular viewing sites. ABC7 will also live-stream the eclipse. - MERCURYNEWS

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A recent San Francisco State University graduate has gone missing in Dublin, California. 25-year-old Elizabeth "Lizzie" Beasley was last seen on Saturday at the Starbucks off of Dublin Blvd. in the Whole Foods shopping center at around 8pm PT. She was said to be wearing green pants, a brown-colored shirt, and sandals (as included in the attached picture). The long-time Dublin resident is described as 5'9" tall with red hair and green eyes. - KRON4

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SFGate has a list of "life hacks" for living cheaper in the Bay Area. The round-up of pro-tips includes information on inexpensive dental care at the University of the Pacific dental school, a commuting concept that's cheaper than BART, and how to locate the best collection of free events around the Bay Area on FunCheapSF. A lot of these tips are common sense ideas but there's a handful of useful hacks for those of us locals pinching pennies. Along the same lines, the Gate posted a list of the Bay Area's best cheap eats, including the San Rafael Puerto Rican hotspot Sol Food, Taqueria Cancun, and Souvla. (The Food Network has a nice round-up of inexpensive food options as well.) - SFGATE

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BAY AREA FOOD NEWS

In an update to a story we brought you yesterday, the Berkeley man who was outed on social media for participating in Virginia's white supremacist rally was not fired from his job at an East Bay restaurant. Top Dog sent KRON4 a clarification stating that Cole White has resigned. "There have been reports that he was terminated. Those reports are false. There have been reports that top dog knowingly employs racists and promotes racist theology. That too is false," explained the statement from Top Dog. 

Chicken finger company Hip Chicks has opened a “Chicken Nugget Tasting Room and Lunch Counter" in Sebastopol. Hip Chicks can generally be found in the freezer aisle of select grocery stores but the company's new brick-and-mortar outpost offers wine country-themed menu options like a nugget and chicken finger flight. 

A study from the payment processing company Square revealed tipping habits in all 50 states. California ranked 4th to last with an average tip of 15.2%. The study only used data from businesses that use Square technology to collect payment, which means that Starbucks cafes were not included in the calculations. Patrons in Idaho tip the highest, with an average tip rate of 17.4%. 

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WHAT TO DO THIS WEEK

Dance like no one's watching: Union Square Live returns tomorrow night with a free performance from Moonalice, the jam band behind the hit, "It's 4:20 Somewhere." Catch the music in the heart of the square between 6pm and 8pm PT. USL events are pretty well-attended and lively for just about every performer. Arrive early to score a seat and a latte from the nearby cafe. 

Hunka hunka burnin' love: Mark the 40th anniversary of Elvis Presley's death (?) with a live music and DJ tribute at the Mark Out Room tomorrow night. San Francisco Elvis All Stars (including the amazing Elvis Herselvis) will perform, and the night will feature photo opportunities with Elvis impersonators, a pelvis-shaking contest, and peanut butter and banana sandwich bites. Tickets run $7-10 and the fun starts at 8pm PT. 

Obsession in the Mission: Catch the 90s thriller "Single White Female" tonight as part of the Alamo Drafthouse's series, "Tales of the Obsessed." The screening starts at 7pm PT and tickets cost $15.25. 

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