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1. A judge in SF has upheld a landmark verdict against Monsanto, but has reduced the damage decision. In August, a lawsuit filed in SF Superior Court regarding the alleged cancer-causing qualities of weed killer Roundup ended in a $289 million verdict in favor of plaintiff DeWayne Johnson, a Bay Area groundskeeper who says he was terminally sickened by the substance. In a decision announced Monday, Monsanto's appeal for a new trial was denied, but Johnson's damages were dropped to $78 million. Johnson has until October 7 to decide if he'll accept the revised award, or will move forward with a second trial. - ASSOCIATED PRESS


2. SF's fire chief is retiring. Joanne Hayes-White has been the city's top firefighter for the last 15 years, and in an announcement Monday said that she'll be stepping down as of Spring, 2019, after a replacement has been named. A member of the SFFD since 1990, Hayes-White worked her way up as battalion chief, assistant deputy chief and director of training. The first woman to hold the position of chief in SF, she has weathered her fair share of controversy, including demands that she resign from then-Supe London Breed in 2014. - SF WEEKLY


3. At $45 million, a Lombard Street mansion has set a new record for SF homes. The residence, located over two lots at 950 Lombard, has a gym, a four-car garage, and a glass elevator. It also has the record for the most expensive home for sale in SF, beating the $42 million demanded for a penthouse at 181 Fremont last March and the current sales record of $38 million. - CURBED SF


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1. Oracle OpenWorld will snarl SoMa traffic this week. Howard Street between Third and Fourth Streets has been transformed into "a park, lounge area and large crosswalk" for attendees of the convention, which is going down at Moscone Center through Thursday. As Howard won't reopen until Saturday, commuters in the area are urged to find a way to get around that doesn't involve solo driving, such as public transit, walking, or cycling. Otherwise, be prepared to be patient as the SFMTA says drivers in the area will be facing long waits. - ABC 7


2. Oakland's mayor is ending a police policy requiring recruits to disclose sexual assaults. After a Chron report this weekend revealed the potentially illegal question, Libby Schaaf announced that she'd put an end to the practice and demanded a "top-to-bottom review of the department’s recruitment and hiring process." The disclosure requirement, said by members of police departments elsewhere to be unusual, has been in place since at least 2011 and is framed on the application as part of a potential officer's criminal record. The application does not require the disclosure of any other types of crimes in which the applicant might have been a victim. Oakland officials, including Schaaf, have been questioned regarding the issue since 2013, but this appears to be the first time city leaders are making public comment on the matter. - EAST BAY TIMES


3. A family dispute has put famous Mission restaurant La Taqueria at risk. 77-year-old Miguel Jara and his family have run the James Beard-recognized burrito joint out of the same spot on Mission Street since 1972, but a court-ordered sale of the family's building following an inheritance dispute means the structure will go to auction next month. If Jara can't scare up enough cash to buy the portions of the building owned by his siblings, La Taq might be out. “We’re in a pretty precarious situation,” Jara​​​​​​​ said. - EATER SF


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4. 75 complaints have been filed since scooters returned to SF streets. The devices returned to the city on Monday, October 15, with 1,250 total scooters serving an extremely limited geographic area on the eastern edge of the city. Of those complaints, 32 citations have been issued, officials say. No scooters have been impounded as of Tuesday, a far cry from the last rollout of the conveyances. - SF EXAMINER


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5. Did you manage to get "Hamilton" tickets Monday? Over 100K people were queued online to nab the passes. - SF GATE

6. The infamous Mitchell Brothers O’Farrell Theatre is on the market. It's available to buy, or you can just rent it for $39,000 a month. - SOCKETSITE

7. Mission District activists have vowed to make the life of property owner Hawk Lou a "hell." The landlord of a building destroyed in a fatal fire faces protests and worse over plans to develop the derelict spot. - MISSION LOCAL

8. Muni has cut ties with an admittedly fraudulent contractor. Derf Butler is the latest person brought down in the Shrimp Boy corruption case. - SF EXAMINER

9. D6 Supe candidate Sonja Trauss is accusing a reporter of making up quotes. She's defending remarks reportedly made by a notoriously bombastic spokesperson for the SFPD's union as "absurd." - 48 HILLS

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

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4. SF's Board of Supes will be awarding $575,000 to an alleged victim of sexual harassment at the SFFD. Firefighter Suzanne Montes says that after she was assigned to the SFFD's Station 2, her fellow firefighters "started a campaign of harassment" in an effort to force her out. This allegedly included regularly referring to her as a b***h in open conversation, spreading feces on the floor of her bathroom, and urinating on her bed. She filed a complaint in 2016, and the department placed her, not her alleged harassers, on leave. A lawsuit apparently followed, one that the city has agreed to settle for over half-a-million bucks after the Supes OK it Tuesday. - 48 HILLS


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5. What artist is behind this Richmond District utility box? The wrapped fixture depicts several neighborhood landmarks. - RICHMOND DISTRICT BLOG

6. Residents of SF and Oakland were arrested following a lengthy police pursuit. Officials say the pair robbed a cell phone store on Saturday. - EAST BAY TIMES

7. An Impossible Burger party is the focus of sexual harassment and assault claims. An allegedly alcohol-fueled company event was the site of the troubles. - SAN JOSE MERCURY NEWS

8. David Talbot is proposing a Twitter protest and Lyft boycott over Prop C. While Uber's remained neutral, Lyft just dumped $100K into opposition of the homeless-helping measure. - 48 HILLS

9. US Park Police are keeping mum about what prompted their officer to shoot two men in SF last week. In court it was revealed that the officer shot the men while they were inside a vehicle near Aquatic Park. - SF EXAMINER

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

1. "Hamilton" is getting a second run in SF and tickets go on sale on Monday. The popular Broadway musical first visited SF in March of 2017 to predictably rave reviews. It'll be running at the Orpheum Theatre next year from February 12 to September 8, with tickets available as of October 22. To purchase those tickets, which run from $111 to $214 (there are also some $686 premium seats), one must visit www.hamilton.shnsf.com at 10 a.m. (it's not a working link at present), or visit the theater box office at noon. Tickets are limited to four per person. - BAY CITY NEWS


2. SFPUC testing reveals that a panic over Sunset water was groundless. As a member of the Nextdoor community on which the recent panic over Sunset water quality began, I have been impressed with how seriously the media and the SFPUC have taken a single citizen's social media allegations of bad water quality, after she posted that her home water testing kit revealed dangerous levels of toxins. Subsequent professional-level testing by an independent lab was unable to duplicate those troubling results, the PUC has now announced. “We appreciate that our residents care deeply about the city’s water supply and we look forward to a continued dialogue with the community,” the SFPUC's general manager said. - SF CHRONICLE


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3. SF's first Amazon Go store is expected to open in the Financial District. It's another one of those brick-and-mortar stores where you don't check out with human beings, just an app, and it's expected at 300 California Street, based on sign-permitting records (Amazon, itself, has not confirmed). Located at the corner of Battery, the 10,000 square foot spot has been vacant since the Staples located there closed in 2014. Other Amazon Go stores are located in Seattle and Chicago, and the company also operates a couple bookstores in the East Bay. - SF BUSINESS TIMES


4. New reports say radioactive contamination at the Hunters Point Shipyard might be worse than we thought. Independent research conducted over a three-year period by UC Santa Cruz's Program on Environmental and Nuclear Policy indicates a lack of systematic testing during the Navy's seven years of nuclear activity in the area. It also poses questions about the safety of residential development at the spot. According to the studies, which reviewed Navy records from 1939 and 2003, 792 of 883 sites at possible risk for contamination were never tested by the military. “The Navy reviewed some available records of what activities occurred in different buildings and other related sites and then artificially restricted the sampling to the small fraction of sites for which it had records indicating specific radiological work had been carried out there,” the report concludes. You can read the full text of the reports here and here. - SF EXAMINER


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