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Inside San Francisco (Aug 21st, 2019)

1. The owner of a popular North Beach truffle shop was attacked and strangled of his store, and was saved by his 13-year-old son who was armed with a baseball bat. "I thought I was going to die," wrote Jean-Marc Gorce, the owner of Columbus Avenue shop XOX Truffles. Surveillance video captured the moments before the attack, and according to Gorce, a few people stopped to watch, but nobody stepped in right away to help. “Took a 13-year-old boy to act. Bystanders should be ashamed,” wrote GodEmperorMusk on Reddit. The suspect was arrested by SFPD and charged with three counts: assault with a deadly weapon, felonious threats and false imprisonment. - SFIST

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2. San Mateo High School is requiring all students and staff to use Yondr, small neoprene pouches that put smartphones on lockdown, thus becoming the largest public school in the country to create a completely phone-free campus. According to reports, students put their phones into the Yondr at the beginning of first period and are allowed to pull them out after the final bell. The school’s principal said the initiative’s idea came from teachers, who were concerned with how often they were telling students to put their phones away. “As a society, we’re way too connected to our phones and our devices and the internet in general. I think that getting away from that environment, even for a couple of hours, is healthy,” said one student. - KPIX

Where else would you like to see Yondr used? Your office? Muni and BART trains? San Francisco's sidewalks?

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3. By The Numbers: New Chinatown Station To Be Named For Rose Pak

At a lively meeting yesterday afternoon, the San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency Board of Directors voted to name Chinatown’s new subway station after Rose Pak, a community organizer or “power broker,” depending on who you ask. Despite the outcome of yesterday’s vote, a representative of the Chinatown Merchants Association and retired Judge Quentin Kopp pledged to strip Pak’s name from the station by placing a ballot measure before San Francisco voters. - SF EXAMINER

  • 300: Roughly the number of community members who spoke at the meeting
  • 6: About how long public testimony lasted
  • 1: The margin between the SFMTA boardmembers who voted for and against the naming (4-3)
  • 3: The number of years since Pak passed away
  • 2020: When voters might see a ballot measure stripping Rose Pak’s name from the station
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4. If you ever wondered why people are generally quick to anger on BART, here’s the science behind the phenomenon. This explainer covers a lot of ground: the loss of “defendable” personal space, "behavioral contagions," and why you’re likely to frown back at somebody who frowns at you. It also has some tips for how to keep your cool during your next jam-packed commute. If you’re someone like me who gets anxious just thinking about stepping on BART, then you should check out this article. - SFGATE

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5. Caltrans and the California Highway Patrol rescued an abandoned cat during yesterday afternoon’s rush-hour commute on the Bay Bridge. A cat, wearing a harness and leash, was on a ledge of the Bay Bridge near the First Street onramp, hundreds of feet over the water. Officers grabbed the cat and turned it over to San Francisco Animal Care and Control, who’ve said they’re looking for the pet’s owner. - ABC7

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6. Here’s a look at one of the Richmond District's newest arrivals: a Japanese-inspired crustless milk bread sandwich shop called Bread N’ Chu. Japanese sandwiches have recently started to take off on the West Coast, but there aren’t many eateries serving them yet in San Francisco. “I can’t find a katsu or tamago [sandwich] here, so I decided to open [Bread N’ Chu],” said Sara Lin, Bread N’ Chu’s owner. - EATER SF

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7. The Castro’s Finn Town Tavern will serve its last meal on Sunday, less than three years after opening on Market Street. In recent weeks, the restaurant’s owner, Rick Hamer, took to social media to encourage neighbors to visit the struggling restaurant; however, that wasn’t enough to save the business. Next month, Hamer said Finn Town will transition into a private event and party space. - HOODLINE

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8. This Sunday, all national parks, including Muir Woods, will be free to the public. To celebrate its 103rd birthday, the National Park Service will waive entrance fees to every site that usually charges a fee. Although visiting Muir Woods takes some planning (you have to make a mandatory parking and shuttle reservation ahead of time), Sunday would be an ideal time to visit Yosemite if you’ve never been. - KQED

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9. San Francisco is a city of hills, and in honor of all of those topographic ups and downs, here's a roundup of the city's swoon-inducing steps. Whether concrete, tiled, or wooden, if these staircases aren't outright beautiful, the scenery surrounding them definitely is. - CURBED SF

Do you have a favorite staircase in San Francisco?

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10. Today's SF in Pictures: Reddit user MarineJAB

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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.

Editor: Bobby Cherry (senior editor at Inside, who’s always on social media).

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