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Inside San Francisco (May 2nd, 2019)

On Friday expect cloudy skies, with a high/low of 62/50. On Saturday, expect more clouds to roll in, with a high/low of 60/51.

1. San Francisco has just released 94,000 historic property photos to the public. The archive of Assessor-Recorder’s Office property files aren't available online yet, but using this search form you can request images from any SF spot and view the photos at the Main Library. - SF WEEKLY

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2. Officials want to create a surge pricing model for San Francisco's top tourist attractions. The proposal, by SF's Recreation and Parks Department, would change the city's parks code to allow a flexible fee schedule for the Japanese Tea Garden, the Botanical Gardens, the Conservatory of Flowers, and the Coit Tower elevators. At present, each of these attractions charges a $9 admission fee for adults, but under the new plan non-resident adults could pay 25 percent less during slow periods, and up to 50 percent more during busy periods. Ticket prices would remain the same for residents of SF and all seniors or juvenile guests. - SF EXAMINER

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3. Throwback Thursday: The day Alex Trebek thwarted a San Francisco burglary. 

With recent headlines on the "Jeopardy" host's cancer fight, it seems only fitting to look back on Trebek's wild San Francisco adventure. The year was 2011, and Trebek was in town to host the National Geographic World Championship, which was being held at Google headquarters. On the evening of July 25, Trebek and his wife bunked down at the Marriott Marquis, the hotel located at the corner of Fourth and Mission Streets. While they were sleeping, 56-year-old Lucinda Moyers allegedly crept into their room, swiping a variety of personal items from the couple.

Awakened by the early-morning incursion, Trebek (who was 71 at the time) sprang from bed and chased Moyers down the hall, snapping his Achilles tendon in the process. At the next day's NatGeo event, Trebek (who arrived on crutches) said that he then "fell in an ignominious heap, bruising my other leg in the process," but police managed to nab Moyers, eventually charging her with burglary and receiving stolen property.

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4. Newly released documents have shed more light on the slaying of Oscar Grant. According to a recently released internal investigation (you can read it in full here), BART cop Anthony Pirone played a larger role than initially believed in the fatal shooting, reportedly punching and kicking Grant before detaining him. Investigators also debunked claims by Officer Johannes Mehserle that he mistakenly used his gun on Grant when he intended to use a Taser, saying that video evidence showed Mehserle "attempt to draw his gun twice, and on the final attempt can be seen looking down at the gun holster to watch the gun come out." - KQED

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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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