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Inside San Francisco (Sep 13th, 2017)

 Tomorrow's forecast will be partly cloudy with a high/low of 69/58 Fahrenheit. On Friday, expect sunny skies with a high/low of 70/58 Fahrenheit.

Steve Bannon is confirmed to speak at Berkeley's "Free Speech Week" this month. According to the right-wing University of California, Berkeley student newspaper the Berkeley Patriot, former white house staffer and current Breitbart editor Bannon will appear alongside Milo Yiannopoulos and Ann Coulter at an event Yiannopoulos is calling "Free Speech Week," scheduled for September 24 through 27. Yiannopoulos, Bannon, and Coulter all plan to speak at the September 27 event at Zellerbach Hall, although officials from the university have yet to confirm this. "Nothing could be better for the leftists who oppose Trump so vehemently than a lesson in the logic behind Trump’s actions, direct from the architect of his policies," said Yiannopoulos of Bannon whom he referred to as "Uncle Steve." - SFIST

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Contra Costa County appointed its first ever African American female District Attorney. For the first time in the county’s 168-year history, Contra Costa has hired a woman and hired an African American to head the DA's office. Retired Superior Court Judge Diana Becton has been named interim DA following former DA Mark Petersen's resignation. Petersen was charged with using $66,000 in campaign cash as a personal slush fund. Becton was one of two candidates who admitted to plagiarizing parts of their applications. “I recognize that I should have used quotation marks when I used the words of other people, and I didn’t do that. I have owned that mistake," said Becton. Contra Costa Sheriff David Livingston opposed Becton's appointment, citing her hiring as "offensive to law enforcement." Becton will hold her position until January of 2019, unless she runs for and wins reelection. Two candidates have already filed papers to run against her. - NBCBAYAREA

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The Hardly Strictly Bluegrass Festival announced its list of headlining performers. Randy Newman, Lucinda Williams, T Bone Burnett, Billy Bragg Henry Rollins, Cheap Trick, Big Freedia, and Dan Auerbach of the Black Keys are among the folks scheduled to perform at 2017's festival slated for October 4 through 6 in Golden Gate Park. Approximately 500,000 attendees are expected at the free three-day festival, which will feature over 100 musical acts. - SFGATE

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Lightning and hail struck parts of the Bay Area this morning. According to the National Weather Service, there were approximately 1,700 lightning flashes between 2:30am PT and 6:15am PT. Lafayette, Antioch, the Monterey Peninsula, and parts of the North Bay experienced scattered storms. A video taken by the Santa Rosa Police Department captured hail falling (in slow motion) on police cruisers early this morning. A cooling trend will continue in the region through tomorrow. - SFCHRONICLE

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A juvenile northern elephant seal was rescued from the shore of Petaluma River. Nicknamed Chumley by her rescuers, the seal was spotted early Sunday morning on dry land heading for Lakeville Highway and Baywood Drive. The mammal was later found wandering in the parking lot of the Sheraton Hotel near the Petaluma Marina. “It apparently had gotten turned around in the river channel and wandered onto land, which isn’t the place where he should be," said Petaluma Animal Control officer Mark Scott. Animal services authorities captured the 9-month-old seal and transported her to the Marine Mammal Center in Sausalito. If veterinarians deem her healthy enough, Chumley will be released into the wild at Chimney Rock in the Point Reyes National Seashore. - PRESSDEMOCRAT

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COMMUNITY NEWS: SAN MATEO

San Mateo Supervisors unanimously passed a resolution to ask the State Legislation to pass a law banning the use of cellphones in public crosswalks. Led by District 5 Supervisor David Canepa, the resolution was introduced in response to a rising number of pedestrian deaths in California. “Everyone loves their smartphones but let’s be honest — they can be downright dangerous,” said Canepa, citing studies that claim distracted walking can be just as dangerous as distracted driving. 

A tree stuck by lightning fell and landed on a San Mateo home. The incident occurred Monday evening on Pearl Avenue during the lightning storm that affected much of the Bay Area. A tree branch pierced a hole the size of a kitchen sink in the home's roof and slammed onto the outdoor deck, causing approximately $10,000 in damage. “What are the odds of that happening to anyone? I’ve been told I should go play the lottery now,” said homeowner Phil Gruber. 

A Redwood City woman gave birth inside a McDonalds restroom and then tried to kill the baby. 25-year-old McDonalds employee Sarah Lockner claimed she didn't know she was pregnant. According to her fellow employees, Lockner complained of stomach pains and excused herself to the bathroom. A female employee went to check on her, found a pool of blood on the floor of the stall Lockner was occupying, and peeked over the closed door. There, she saw Lockner apparently trying to flush the baby down the toilet. Authorities were called and the baby was transported to the hospital where it underwent a medically-induced coma and is expected to survive. Lockner is accused of attempted murder, causing great bodily injury and assault on the child, and remains in custody on $11 million bail. 

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WHAT TO DO THIS WEEK

Take an artsy stroll: Divisadero Street stores between Haight and Golden Gate will be staying open late tomorrow evening for the quarterly Divisadero Art Walk. Check out local art, sample food and drinks from local businesses, enter the free raffle, and enjoy discounts and freebies from participating shops. There is no charge to attend this 6pm to 10pm PT community event. 

Beats for Bubbles: Head to Bissap Baobab Village tomorrow night and dance and drink to raise money for the memorial fund of Anthony "Bubbles" Torres, a queer man who was murdered in the Tenderloin. There's a $5 cover for this 9pm to 12am PT dance party, featuring beats by DJ DOT and Moto Tembo. 

Sweet sounds at PianoFight: Check out the musical stylings of Sister Wife, a duo known for their indie gospel rock tunes. Zelma Stone and the Radio Flyers open this 9pm PT show at PianoFight. There's no cover charge to attend. Arrive early to take advantage of the full kitchen and of course, that big beautiful PianoFight bar. 

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