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Inside San Francisco (Jun 28th, 2019)

On Saturday, expect clouds and wind, with a high/low of 65/53. On Sunday, expect more clouds, with a high/low of 65/54.

1. San Francisco Pride kicks off today. Everyone and their sister has a guide to the weekend's events: Here's SF Weekly's, Hoodline's, SF Funcheap's, KQED's, SFist's, and here's the official site of SF Pride. The biggest events of the weekend are Trans March (3 p.m. Friday at Dolores Park), Dyke March (5 p.m. Saturday at Dolores Park), and Sunday's main event, the Pride Parade (Market Street from the Embarcadero to Civic Center, 10:30 a.m.). If you want to watch the spectacle but aren't up for the massive crowd the parade attracts, you can always watch the livestream, with links available on the day here.

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2. BART says that this week's underground evacuation was caused by a faulty air compressor. BART spokesperson Alicia Trost says that "our preliminary finding is that we had two adjacent cars on the train that had their air compressors malfunction causing a failure of train line communication between the cars,” making the train impossible to restart. This issue trapped 421 people in a darkened train until officials herded them out and through the tunnel to Oakland's 12th Street Station. It's still unclear why the new devices failed, and Trost says engineers are trying to figure out "if any modifications are needed to the cars.” - BAY CITY NEWS

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3. Follow Friday: Brock Keeling. I've known Brock since before social media, as we met (at this long-shuttered club) back in 2004. I was editor of SFist, he was the clubs writer for SF Weekly, and we clicked immediately. I started nagging Brock to join Twitter soon after I did, in early 2007, but it took him nearly the entire year to join up. By then, he was the editor of SFist, and I had moved on to the Chronicle. Fast forward to 2019, and he's a Twitter king.

As the editor of Curbed SF and a longtime San Francisco resident, Keeling's insights on the city are well-informed, fresh, and often surprising - but (unlike many of our cohort in age or profession) never seem jaded or resigned. Here he is sharing the joy of this dancing Market Street Spiderman, here he is trolling Apple's potential social responsibilities, and here he is obsessing over the development of a downtown mini-park. He also gives great Instagram, with content that's mostly unexpected angles and facets of city architecture. You can follow him on Twitter or Insta @brockkeeling.

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4. Players with the SF Giants scored the official couch and lamp from "Friends" to make a promotional video. Shortstop Brandon Crawford, second baseman Joe Panik, and closer Will Smith were joined by the ladies in their lives for a recreation of the opening credits (kids, ask your parents) to the TV series. It's a promo for "Friends" Night at Oracle Park on August 5, during which VIP package holders can enjoy an "exclusive photo opportunity at 'Central Perk'" as well as a "VIP edition Giants Turkey Head Bobblehead" that (lower right) I find quite disturbing. You can watch the video here.

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5. Bay Area home prices dropped 1.7 percent in May. The median price paid for a house or condo in the region was $860,000 last month, an increase of 1.2 percent from April but down from the same time in 2018. - SF CHRONICLE

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6. Twitter users reacted with ire after Oakland mayor Libby Schaaf posted a picture of her summer interns. Schaaf's tweeted photo didn't depict any black interns, spurring responses like the one below from local activist Cat Brooks. - EAST BAY TIMES

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7. A 30-year-old pedestrian was left with life-threatening injuries after a driver struck him near the Transbay Transit Center. The driver, who was headed west on Howard Street, allegedly hit the pedestrian while turning onto First Street. - HOODLINE

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8. Two masked men robbed an armored truck outside an Oakland Wells Fargo branch. The Loomis van was reportedly robbed at 10:51 a.m. Thursday by suspects who stole a "considerable" amount of money then fled by car. - ABC 7

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9. Workers at VCA San Francisco Veterinary Specialists walked off the job Thursday. The hospital's 100 workers formed a union last year, and say that the Mars-owned (yes, the candy company) chain “has been failing and refusing to bargain collectively in good faith with the exclusive collective-bargaining representative of its employees." - MISSION LOCAL

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

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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), David Stegon (senior editor at Inside, whose reporting experience includes cryptocurrency and technology), and Bobby Cherry (senior editor at Inside, who’s always on social media).

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