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Inside San Francisco (Apr 26th, 2019)

On Saturday expect partly cloudy skies, with a high/low of 64/51. On Sunday, expect more clouds, with a high/low of 63/50.

1. An Oakland cop was stabbed just steps from police HQ Thursday. According to a tweet from OPD, the officer had just ended their shift and was walking toward their vehicle at around 5:37 p.m. That's when a suspect approached the cop and stabbed them. The suspect was arrested at the scene, police say, and the victim is in stable condition at Highland Hospital. Media reports have characterized the officer as male and the suspect as female, but the OPD has neither confirmed either detail nor released additional information on any motive behind the attack. - EAST BAY TIMES

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2. Uber drivers are planning a strike in San Francisco. Drivers for the ride hail company say that on May 8 they will march from San Francisco City Hall to Uber's headquarters, as part of a 12-hour strike to begin at noon that day. Per a Tweet from Gig Workers Rising, the action is intended to disrupt Uber's IPO, which is reportedly planned for May 9, and "force Uber to treat drivers with respect." According to Uber's most recent filing with the SEC, the company has set a price range of $44 to $50 for the 180 million shares it plans to vend, to raise $9 billion. - CNET

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3. The sole suspect in a high-profile San Francisco homicide has been released. The slaying of Brian Egg generated copious headlines last fall when police (neighbors said authorities failed to heed calls regarding the case) found his dismembered remains in a fish tank at his home. Arrested in the case was Lance Silva, who allegedly purchased a BMW using Egg's name, and later used Egg's debit card to pay for a hazmat cleanup crew to come to the scene of the crime. Since then, SF's District Attorney has dropped all charges against Silva, and on Wednesday Silva was released from Santa Rita Jail, where he was being held on parole violations. Mark Swenson, a friend of Egg's, expressed resignation regarding the case. "I don't think the police are doing anything about it," he said. "I guess I'm not angry because I expect nothing more. I don't expect much from the San Francisco Police Department." - ABC 7

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4. San Francisco's iconic Doggie Diner head is taking some time off. The figurehead disappeared from its pole at Sloat Boulevard and 45th Avenue Thursday night, but don't worry -- according to a Tweet from the Department of Public Works, it will return shortly. Designated as SF's "Landmark No. 254," the dog's visage was designed in 1966 to represent a chain of drive-up diners, all shuttered since. Purchased by the city in 2000, the Parkside pup was placed in its position overlooking Sloat in 2005, which means that for fourteen years, its fiberglass face has been buffeted by Ocean Beach's sand and salt. It sounds like some spa treatments are definitely in order. - SF EXAMINER

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To Do This Weekend: Independent Bookstore Day

By Eve Batey

Saturday marks the fifth time Independent Bookstore Day will be celebrated in the US, a one day event to honor non-chain booksellers across the country. In the Bay Area, your options to enjoy the day are many, as we're home to several indie book shops (here's a map). 

Each store will pick its own way to commemorate the day, with events like author appearances, snacks, live music, scavenger hunts, and kids' events at many locations. In addition, readers can expect "exclusive books and literary items that you can only get on that day. Not before. Not after. Not online," event organizers say.

To see a catalog of Independent Bookstore Day-specific items, click here, then check with your local indie to see what they have planned for Saturday (reading this list of suggested activities wouldn't hurt, either). You can also follow the event on Twitter for a glimpse at how the shindig is celebrated across the country.

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5. San Francisco property sales have slowed significantly this year, City Assessor-Recorder Carmen Chu says. Between July 2018 and April 2019, the city saw about 700 fewer commercial and residential transactions than it did the year before. - SF BUSINESS TIMES

6. Reports of fentanyl-laced weed consumed at 2018's 4/20 celebration in San Francisco are a hoax, officials say. The fake news spread by D5 Supe Vallie Brown and SFPD Captain Una Bailey but got debunked by the city's Department of Public Health. - SFIST

7. A cement truck that wrecked on a San Francisco stretch of 80 dumped debris over the roadway's edge and onto SoMa. Bryant Street between 9th and 10th streets was a total mess, as dust and gravel coated everything in its wake. - KPIX

8. The SFMTA says that delays you might have experienced this week are due to an operator shortage. The crunch is due to a "combination of operator absences and operators choosing not to work overtime on their regular days off," the transit agency says. - MOVING SF

9. Follow Friday: When you feel a shake do you head to Twitter to ask if anyone else felt it, too? Then SF QuakeBot is just what the seismologist ordered. The account is a bot, but it's not one of the evil ones: built by developer Bill Snitzer, QuakeBot tweets details of every USGS-recognized earthquake in the area within moments of its detection. Most are teeny tiny little temblors in far-flung lands like Alum Rock, but more perceptible incidents like a recent 2.9 in Berkeley serve to remind you that the big one is just around the corner.

10. Today's SF in Pictures: Instagram user kbonoo

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Eve Batey, who pens Inside San Francisco and Inside Media for you five days a week, is a writer, editor, and consultant based in San Francisco. You can find her on Instagram at @evelb, or email her at eve@inside.com.

Editing team: Kim Lyons (Pittsburgh-based journalist and managing editor at Inside); Susmita Baral (senior editor at Inside, who runs the biggest mac and cheese account on Instagram); and David Stegon (senior editor at Inside, whose reporting experience includes cryptocurrency and technology).

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