1. The National Rifle Association withdrew its lawsuit against San Francisco over the city’s resolution labeling the group a “terrorist organization.” The lawsuit was filed in September after the city’s supervisors unanimously voted on the resolution, which condemned the gun-rights group. Although the suit has been dropped, William A. Brewer, an attorney for the NRA, called the move a “victory” for the NRA. City Attorney Dennis Herrera didn’t agree. “San Francisco will never be intimidated by the NRA,” he said. “If the NRA doesn’t want to be publicly condemned for its actions, it should stop sabotaging common sense gun safety regulations that would protect untold numbers of Americans every year.” - KPIX 5
2. Work kicked off yesterday on the Presidio Tunnel Tops project, which will create 14 acres of parkland over the 101 freeway tunnels near Golden Gate Bridge. The project has been in the works for about a decade, and it will be completed in 2021. Once completed, the tunnel tops will connect the Presidio to Crissy Field. House Speaker and San Francisco representative Nancy Pelosi attended yesterday’s official groundbreaking ceremony. - SFIST
You may not recognize Sirron Norris' name (or Twitter handle), but chances are you recognize his art. It's a toss up of whether the San Francisco-based multimedia artist is best known for his work as a background designer and director for Bob's Burgers or for the bright murals filled with blue bears that he paints on buildings. However, Sirron is making a name for himself in another way as well: he recently opened a pop-up gallery on 24th Street where he's offering free drawing classes. The building containing the gallery space is for sale, but Compass Real Estate is letting him use it for free as a studio until the end of 2019. To find out when Sirron is hosting his next community drawing workshop, follow him on Twitter or Instagram.
4. The San Francisco Police Department (SFPD) is investigating a shooting that occurred yesterday morning near Market Street and Golden Gate Avenue. A suspect is still at large after firing five shots into a crowd of people at roughly 10:04 a.m. One person was taken to San Francisco General and was in "critical condition.” One of the bullets also shattered a window at Indian restaurant Dosa Allee. Just last month, a 27-year-old man was killed in another broad-daylight shooting a block away, at Market and Jones streets. - SF EXAMINER
5. After photos of a miniature horse on BART went viral earlier this week, someone finally got the full scope on Sweets, the now famous “BART Pony.” Sweets is a 4-year-old mare that’s in training to be a service animal. She’s capable of riding an escalator, and sometimes she wears sneakers. For more about this charismatic (and photogenic) creature, check out the story. - KQED
6. A new gift shop called Post Script opened today at 2413 California St. (at Fillmore). Shop owner Chandler Tang grew up in the neighborhood, and her store is centered around colorful products. From 7-9 p.m. tonight, Tang is hosting an opening party, with refreshments and music. Plus, free tote bags will be included with all purchases (while supplies last). - HOODLINE
7. Renowned Argentinian muralist Nino Cobre is working on a new mural in Union Square of Swedish teen Greta Thunberg. The mural, which is a tribute to the climate change activist, is coming to life just above August Hall, on Mason and Post streets. - SF STATION
8. Someone made “a perfect playlist” for exploring the Bay Area, complete with 11 songs that match up with some of the region’s best hangout spots. According to the article’s author, Alan Chazaro, each song was created by a musician of color who is either a current or former resident of the Bay Area. As Chazaro puts it, “just hit play, and hit the road.” - THE BOLD ITALIC
9. Here’s a great interview with photojournalist and Pulitzer-finalist Maggie Steber, who’ll be giving a talk next Friday at the Mitchell Park Community Center in Palo Alto. In this Q&A, Steber talks about her time photographing Haiti, her freezer full of dead lizards, and vodka. - THE SIX FIFTY
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).