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Inside San Francisco (Jul 8th, 2019)

On Tuesday, expect partly sunny skies, with a high/low of 67/58. On Wednesday, expect more of the same, with a high/low of 67/56.

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1. Since 2017, San Francisco’s homeless population grew 17 percent, according to a report released Friday. In January, 8,011 people were tallied in San Francisco during a one night point-in-time homeless count, a biennial requirement by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development. In 2017, the number was 6,858. According to the report, there's also a growing number of people living out of their vehicles in San Francisco: 600 passenger vehicles, RVs or vans appeared to be inhabited. In similar homeless counts, Alameda County reported a 43 percent increase and Los Angeles County reported a 12 percent jump. - KPIX

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2. The two major earthquakes that hit near Ridgecrest last Thursday and Friday were jolting reminders to invest in an earthquake readiness kit. Before you obsess over "the Big One" (or rewatch Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson in "San Andreas") take a moment to check out Curbed SF's Brock Keeling's earthquake preparedness kit. And while CNN debunks some common earthquake myths for us, the Chronicle's Michael Cabanatuan explores the realities of setting up an earthquake early alert system for San Francisco residents. - CURBED SF

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3. A San Francisco man, Betai Koffi, allegedly took four hits of LSD before injuring eight people and being shot by police. The 32-year-old YouTube software engineer was vacationing in Bodega Bay for the Fourth of July when his drug-induced rampage spilled out from his friends' rental unit and into the streets at around 8 p.m on July 4. Koffi is facing multiple counts of attempted murder, assault with a deadly weapon, and carjacking. He sustained a life-threatening gunshot wound by police. - THE PRESS DEMOCRAT

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4. Compared to last summer, the number of discarded needles and spent syringes is down on BART trains, stations, and platforms, the transit agency reports. While the sharp decline in discarded needles — particularly at Civic Center and Powell Stations — seems positive, it's likely tied to the rise in the synthetic painkiller fentanyl, a deadly drug that addicts are more likely to smoke. It's unclear if a similar decline in discarded needles will be visible on San Francisco's streets, where the number of syringes littered across the city rose from 3.3 million in 2017 to 3.8 million in 2018. - SF CHRONICLE

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5. The 8 a.m. start time and chilly weather weren't enough to keep San Franciscans from coming out to support the team beat the Netherlands 2-0 in the FIFA World Cup Final. About 1,000 people gathered at Civic Center Plaza to watch the match, which showcased California star power in the form of Redding's Megan Rapinoe and Berkeley alum Alex Morgan. - KQED

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6. An unnamed San Francisco man was gored yesterday during the annual San Fermín festival in Pamplona, Spain. According to the regional government, the 46-year-old man was gored in the neck in the city's bullring, at the end of the 930-yard run, and his injuries required surgery. A total of five people were hospitalized after the opening bull run, including one other American and a Spaniard who were also gored by bulls. - KPIX

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7. Over holiday weekend, 7 people were killed in Bay Area traffic accidents. Six traffic accidents in the Bay Area killed seven people over the Fourth of July weekend. Among those killed was a man running on Interstate 280 in San Francisco. The man, who was struck by a vehicle, is believed to have been an assault suspect fleeing police. - EAST BAY TIMES

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8. David Perlman, the 100-year-old former SF Chronicle science editor, recounted the 50th anniversary of the moon landing. Danielle Venton caught up with Perlman at his San Francisco home to hear about what it was like to be at Houston's Mission Control 50 years ago. "I remember there was a moment of silence when the two guys climbed out of the spacecraft and actually set foot on the moon," Perlman said. "And we typed our stories as fast as we could." - KQED

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9. San Francisco (finally) gets its first mechanical bull. Westwood, in the Marina (2036 Lombard St.), opened on July 4, and the 6,000-square-foot bar, restaurant and live entertainment space has an extensive whiskey selection. And a mechanical bull. - EATER SF

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10. Today's SF in Pictures: Instagram user the.traveling.lens

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Shane Downing is an award-winning journalist based in Oakland. As a freelance writer, he’s passionate about covering the LGBTQ+ community, at-risk youth and local news. He's a former Hoodline editor, and his work regularly appears in Oakland Magazine and The San Francisco Business Times. When he's not writing, Shane is an avid baker, gardener and tennis player.

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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