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Inside San Francisco (Feb 9th, 2018)

 Tomorrow's forecast will be mostly sunny skies with a high/low of 66/48 Fahrenheit. On Sunday, expect mostly sunny skies with a high/low of 60/48 Fahrenheit.

Antioch police shot and killed a suspect they described as a "dangerous fugitive." The shooting occurred at around 5:15pm PT yesterday at a 76 gas station on Golf Course Road. The suspect, Lloyd Harris, was wanted on warrants by multiple law enforcement agencies. As police were trying to arrest Harris, one officer discharged his gun. Harris was shot and rushed to a nearby hospital where he later died. A firearm was located at the scene. As they do with all officer-involved shootings, the Contra Costa District Attorney’s office has launched a third-party investigation. - EASTBAYTIMES

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The San Francisco 49ers signed a five-year contract with quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo for $137.5 million. The deal will keep "Jimmy G" off the free-agent market next month without forcing the team to use the one-year franchise tag. The 49ers acquired the former New England Patriots back-up quarterback in October, before the trade deadline, in exchange for a second round pick. Since then, Garoppolo has already helped turn the team around with a 5-0 record as a starter. His deal with the 49ers, which was inked yesterday and will score the 26-year-old an average of $27.5 million per year, is the largest in NFL history on an average-per-year basis. - KRON4

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A giant invasive rodent has been spotted numerous times in Stanislaus, Merced, and Fresno counties. Nutria, which have popped up dozens of times in recent months, weigh about 20 pounds and measure around 2 feet, 6 inches long (not counting their 12-inch tail.) They can give birth to up to 200 offspring a year, consume 25 percent of their body weight each day in vegetation, and waste and destroy 10 times that. “They burrow in dikes, and levees, and road beds, so they weaken infrastructure, (which is) problematic for flood control systems,” said California Fish and Wildlife spokesperson Peter Tira. Originally from South America, nutria were initially imported to California in 1899 to be bred for their fur. Officials thought the destructive rodents had been eradicated from California by 1978 but apparently, they're back. - KCRA

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The Randall Museum will finally reopen after its $9 million renovation. The free-of-charge art and science museum located in Corona Heights has been shuttered for almost three years while it underwent some major upgrades, including the additions of an updated live animal exhibit, science and ceramics studios, classrooms, and a new state-of-the-art STEM lab, an elevator, geology and zoology exhibits and a café. A smaller version of the museum was open in the Mission District while the renovation, which was initially slated to be completed in 2016, took place. The new and improved Randall Museum will officially reopen to the public this Sunday at 10am PT with a ribbon-cutting and family-friendly festival. - HOODLINE

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SFGate made a list of all of the topics sure to rile up San Franciscans' opinions. The website's staffers brainstormed all of the story subjects that result in the most heated comments from readers (and if you've ever read SFGate's comments sections, you'll know if can get heated.) Included on the list of hot button topics were cycling in San Francisco, burrito quality, citywide education, and Giants vs. A's fandom. - SFGATE

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COMMUNITY NEWS: BERKELEY

Berkeley Mayor Jesse Arreguin encouraged city residents to participate in the Safe Time Home Sharing program, which helps connect homeless people with property owners as a short term housing solution. But when asked if he would take in a homeless person, Arreguin said he doesn't have the space. Oakland Mayor Libby Schaaf made the same call to action, suggesting residents "fix up that back unit" and welcome homeless residents. However according to Schaaf's spokesperson, “The mayor has said when her kids go off to college she will have the space in her home and will consider opening her doors to a recently homeless person." San Francisco Chronicle columnist Otis R. Taylor Jr. detailed the struggles of some of the East Bay non-profits who run programs like Safe Time Home Sharing. “I think that (people) are afraid of bringing a stranger into their home. They go to the worst-case-scenario thinking," said Christi Carpenter, founder of Homecoming, a non-profit that seeks to connect homeless college students with places to live. 

University of California, Berkeley Chancellor Carol Christ announced a plan that would provide undocumented students with a safe space on campus. The Undocuaction Plan would also set aside $800,00 for students who no longer have DACA status to receive $2,500 in basic needs grants. The proposal needs approval from the University of California president before it can be implemented. 

A 27-year-old nurse died when her car crashed into an AC Transit bus, causing both vehicles to collide into a Berkeley home. The incident occurred yesterday at around 6:40am PT at the intersection of California Street and Ashby Avenue. The victim, Kelli Zachery, was on her way to work and died at the scene. Coincidentally, her father Kelvin Zachary works for AC Transit and raced to the accident scene after hearing a breaking news report. 

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WHAT TO DO THIS WEEKEND

Mardi Gras West: New Orleans comes to San Francisco tomorrow when the North Beach Brass band will march and dance "2nd Line-style" through the streets of North Beach. The fun starts at 2pm PT which drinks and New Orleans-style snacks at North Star before the party meanders through the streets of the neighborhood - band in full swing - landing at Tupelo on Grant Avenue for more music and booze. Tickets cost $15 at the door or $12 in advance and Mardi Gras costumes are highly encouraged. 

Hum baby! AT&T Park is open from 10am to 3pm PT tomorrow for the San Francisco Giants Fan Fest! Tour the stadium, score autographs from (and selfies with) dozens of Giants players including Buster Posey and Evan Longoria, purchase concession stands food and drinks (including booze,) play in the kids zone, check out presentations with Giants players, coaches and medical staff with the crew from KNBR radio, and bask in the glory of the ballpark before the 2018 season starts. This wildly popular and packed event is free. 

Pints for Paws: SPARK Social’s first ever Pints for Paws fundraiser takes place on Sunday from 12pm to 4pm PT. Tickets to this beer-filled benefit for Muttville Senior Dog Rescue include entry and all-you-can-drink beer. Grab delicious snacks from over ten food trucks and don't forget to bring your four-legged friends. Tickets cost $35 - $40. 

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