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Inside San Francisco (Mar 12th, 2018)

 Tomorrow's forecast will be rain with a high/low of 58/48 Fahrenheit. On Wednesday, expect morning showers and wind with a high/low of 54/50 Fahrenheit.

Novato police asked residents to stay indoors while they search for armed robbery suspects. North Bay authorities are on the hunt for robbery suspects who are considered armed and dangerous. Another four suspects are already in custody. The incident began around 3am PT this morning at the 100 block of Eugenia Drive in Petaluma when authorities responded to reports of at least three home robberies. In one of the robberies, the victim was tied up and pistol-whipped. The suspects then led police on a chase that ended near 777 San Marin Drive where suspects abandoned one of their vehicles. Another suspect vehicle was left at the Novato Costco parking lot. Helicopters, SWAT teams and foot patrols have been deployed to apprehend the remaining suspects still at large. - SFGATE

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After months of delays, the Transbay Transit Center is slated to be completed by June 15. The center was originally supposed to open in March, and then the opening was moved to May, moved again to June 1, and will now be June 15. The delays have proved problematic for transit agencies trying to determine schedules and train drivers. The extension of Caltrain services to the downtown center still remains in the planning stages. As for the center, “We are about 96, 97% complete on the project. It is just the last push on it,” explained Transbay project manager Ron Alameida. - SFEXAMINER

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The San Francisco Ferry Building has been a food destination for 15 years. The San Francisco Chronicle food reporter Paolo Lucchesi looked back on the Ferry Building's past decade and a half as one of the centers of the American food world. The feature article looks at the changing landscape of food purveyors at the Ferry Building and whether or not those businesses reflect the current state of Bay Area food. For example, Nestle now owns the once indie coffee label and longtime Ferry Building destination Blue Bottle, Gott's has hamburger spots all over the Bay Area - including an outpost at SFO, and Cowgirl Creamery is hardly a small-time cheese maker with its whopping $3.5 billion in sales last year. Smaller companies have been priced out of the prime space. Which is to say, the Ferry Building's vendors are, in many cases, large corporate companies and no longer small artisanal food entrepreneurs. - SFCHRONICLE

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A memorial will be held for the three women killed by a gunman at a Yountville veteran's home. 48-year-old Christine Loeber, 42-year-old Jen Golick, and 32-year-old Jennifer Gonzales Shushereba (who was seven months pregnant) were all killed by 36-year-old Albert Wong at the Veterans' Home of California. The women all worked at the home's Pathway Home program, a residential recovery program for veterans of the Iraq and Afghanistan wars who suffer from PTSD or traumatic brain injuries. Wong had recently been kicked out of the program after threatening one of the staff members. He entered the home on Friday at around 10:30am PT in a blaze of gunfire and early reports indicated he had taken hostages. Hours later, without any further contact with Wong, authorities entered the facility and found the victims, along with Wong, all dead from gunshot wounds. A memorial for Loeber, Golick, and Gonzales Shushereba will be held Monday, March 19 at 6pm PT at the Napa Valley Performing Arts Center on the Yountville veterans home campus. - PRESSDEMOCRAT

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COMMUNITY NEWS: OAKLAND

Oakland police shot and killed an armed man near the MacArthur BART station last night. The incident occurred at around 6:17pm PT when Oakland firefighters received a report of a man down in the street. Firefighters noticed that the man had a gun and requested police assistance. Officers arrived and issued verbal commands but according to police, the suspect did not comply. Officers fired and the suspect died at the scene. Both the Oakland Police Department and the Alameda County District Attorney's Office are investigating the shooting. 

No one was hurt in last night's one-alarm fire at a West Oakland recycling center. Firefighters responded to Schnitzer Steel at 1101 Embarcadero West at around 9:20pm PT and extinguished a large blaze in a pile of recycled metal. 

The San Francisco Chronicle published a feature-length investigative piece on new allegations about Oakland chef Charlie Hollowell and the culture of sexual harassment and abuse at his restaurants. 31 women have accused Hallowell of abuse or assault, and another 10 accuse Hallowell's business partner Richard Weinstein of inappropriate touching, propositions and lewd remarks. According to the Chronicle's article, the newspaper received anonymous threats while working on the piece, threats which Hallowell has denied originated with him. “Everyone’s known about Charlie. Everyone’s got a gross story about him, and they think it’s funny. If you actually work there, it’s not funny," said Hallowell's former supervisor Russell Moore. 

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WHAT TO DO THIS WEEK

Bloomin' art: Florists from San Francisco to Tokyo breathed new life into collections at the de Young Museum, having created their own masterpieces inspired by famed artworks. The 34th annual Bouquets to Art takeover lasts only a week, so head over to the de Young while you can to see some of your favorite pieces recreated with flowers. Tickets cost $28 for adults, $25 for seniors, $19 for students and $13 and this special exhibit runs tomorrow through March 18. 

You'll never be royal: Fans of the Grammy-winning singer Lorde, get excited. There are still tickets for tomorrow night's Lorde "Melodrama" show at the Oracle Arena. Tickets to this 7pm PT all-ages show start at $40. 

You don't know jack: Old school Inner Sunset bar The Blackthorn is home to salty regulars, heavy pours, and a lively Monday trivia night. Head out west tonight for trivia games hosted by Peter Malone starting at 9pm PT. There's no cover for this 21-and-over event. 

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