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Inside San Francisco (Jan 30th, 2018)

 Tomorrow's forecast will be morning clouds and afternoon sun with a high/low of 61/47 Fahrenheit. On Thursday, expect partly cloudy skies with a high/low of 62/50 Fahrenheit.

The bus carrying tech workers was attacked while driving on Interstate 280. The incident occurred yesterday at approximately 4:35pm PT about one mile south of the Magdalena Avenue exit in Redwood City. An unknown suspect used a projectile device to shatter a glass window on the bus. No injuries were reported and the California Highway Patrol is investigating the incident. On January 17, the windows of six buses chartered by Apple Inc. and Google were shattered while the buses were carrying employees on I-280 between San Francisco, Cupertino and Mountain View. "It appears that they're going after the unmarked tech buses," said CHP spokesperson Art Montiel. Montiel also noted that transit buses and Greyhound buses do not appear to be targets. In response to the incidents, some Peninsula buses have been rerouted. - KPIX

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A woman allegedly armed with a shotgun was shot and injured by San Jose police yesterday. The shooting occurred at around 3:20pm PT on the 800 block of Feller Avenue. According to authorities, she was brandishing a shotgun and appeared to be suffering a mental health crisis. Police fired at the woman who sustained non-life threatening injuries and was transported to the hospital. Other details, such as what prompted the incident, are not yet available. - MERCURYNEWS

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A Bay Area street artist "sign-bombed" downtown San Francisco. Local artist fnnch used zip ties to fasten 450 of his art pieces (mainly honey bears) to utility poles between Market and Harrison Streets and the Embarcadero and 5th Street. His "sign-bomb" is meant to call attention to San Francisco's ban on stickers on public surfaces while seeming to allow corporate interests to advertise everywhere. "Had these signs been affixed with adhesive to the poles, I could go to jail, but if they are put up with tape or a zip-tie, then it not only becomes legal to hang them up, but illegal for anyone to take them down," fnnch claimed. (Here are the exact rules about posting signs on poles, including the stipulation that they be removed within 10 days.) According to the Department of Public Works, people need the consent of both public and private property owners to affix artwork or signage by any means. If fnnch wants that law changed, it's up to the San Francisco Board of Supervisors. "One person’s art may be another person’s blight and vandalism," said DPW spokesperson Rachel Gordon. - HOODLINE

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An East Bay woman ordered a hat on Amazon and received illegal scorpion venom instead. Meagan Day published her bizarre experience in a series of (rather hilarious) tweets. According to Day, she ordered banya hats, a traditional felt cap worn in Russian-style saunas. A month later, Day received a package covered in stamps and postmarked from Ukraine. Inside, she found a vial of Vidatox, a homeopathic treatment made in Cuba from the venom of the endemic blue scorpion. "I just wanted to schvitz in style, now I'm an illegal venom owner," Day tweeted. Vidatox, which is illegal in the United States, is reputed by some to be a cancer treatment. Amazon claimed Day's weird package was due to a seller mix-up and refunded her money. The banya hat Day tried to order in the first place has been removed by Amazon although the seller, a company called Russian-Bear, continues to offer products through the online retailer. - SFGATE

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San Francisco Magazine published its list of six best beer crawls. Each of the six suggested crawls features five bars within walking distance of one another, and each bar on the list has beer offerings that will likely satisfy serious beer fans. Even more helpful, the crawls are broken down by the type of person who'd most enjoy them, from serious beer snobs to banker bros to "Your Cousin From Portland." - SFMAG

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BAY AREA FOOD NEWS

San Francisco's oldest gay bar has officially closed its doors. Owners of The Gangway, a 108-year-old San Francisco watering hole at 841 Larkin Street, notified employees by text that it was closing this past weekend. The nautical-themed spot didn't start regularly serving an openly gay clientele until the 1960s when the Tenderloin became a haven of sorts for much of the city's LGBTQ community. The Gangway became a hub of San Francisco gay life, hosting fundraisers, holiday parties, and marriage ceremonies as early as the 1970s. Supervisor Harvey Milk eventually presented the establishment with a plaque prior to his 1978 assassination. Sam Young, the owner of Polk Street's Kozy Kar Bar, now owns The Gangway's liquor license. Young plans to open a combination bar/movie theater/laundromat called Young’s Kung Fu Action Theatre & Laundry, although it's unclear when the new business will open. 

An investigation has been opened into the sanitary conditions of the 99 Ranch Market in San Jose after workers were found to be pushing unwrapped raw meat around in shopping carts. Shopper Loretta Seto spotted the meat-filled carts and alarmed, took a photo and posted it to Facebook. “Talk about disgusting! I’m usually okay with sticking the kids in the seat of the basket, but this is a whole new level of gross," Seto posted along with the picture. The store apologized to Seto, claims they are investigating the case further, and have filed a complaint against meat vendor, Jim’s Farm Meat Co. Inc. of Winton, California. For its part, a representative from Jim’s Farm Meat Co. said that the employee in the photograph didn't follow protocols and has been fired

SFGate has a list of Bay Area restaurants with health scores of 100. 

Oakland's Ramen Shop is turning Japanese breakfasts into a regular weekend brunch offering. While the restaurant has served a low key pastry and coffee breakfast on weekends, it now plans to launch an official brunch menu with items like the ultra-traditional menu of shioyaki trout, tamagoyaki (Japanese rolled omelette), and miso soup with shimeji, komatsuna and grated daikon. Diners can also updated American classics with a Japanese twist fried eggs with sausage, garlic fried rice, namasu pickles and cilantro, or garlic tater tots with spicy ketchup. “In the Bay Area food scene, people are sophisticated enough to want to have things like this,” explained Ramen Shop co-owner Sam White. 

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WHAT TO DO THIS WEEK

King of Comedy: You've seen him on "Conan" and "The Late Show with Steve Carell." Now catch funny guy Sam Morril in San Francisco! Morril headlines the Punchline Comedy Club through this week with shows Wednesday and Thursday at 8pm PT, Friday at 8pm and 10:15pm PT and Saturday at 7:30pm and 9:45pm PT. 

Get informed: Get to know all of San Francisco's candidates for Mayor before the June 5 special election at tomorrow night's debate hosted by the Noe Valley Democratic Club and held at Noe Valley Ministry. Candidates Angela Aliota, London Breed, Amy Farah Weiss, Jane Kim, and Mark Leno plan to speak at the 7pm PT free event. Each candidate will be given 10 minutes to present themselves and 10 minutes to answer questions. This race is going to get interesting - get informed now!

Heavenly yoga: What could be a more serene spot for a yoga class that inside San Francisco's stunning Grace Cathedral? Tonight's weekly yoga gathering welcomes everyone (of all yoga levels) for this 6:15 to 7:30pm PT class - complete with live music. Guests are asked to bring their own yoga mat and arrive by 6pm PT to secure a spot at this popular event. Donations of $10 - $20 per person are suggested but no one is turned away for lack of funds. 

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