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1. A UC Berkeley staffer has been arrested in the notorious "NorCal Rapist" case. From 1991-2006, at least 10 women were sexually assaulted in six Northern California counties by a man law enforcement officials referred to as the NorCal Rapist, but no arrests had been made in the case until late last week. In a press conference, the Sacramento County District Attorney’s Office said that 58-year-old Benicia resident Roy Charles Waller, a safety specialist in the UC Berkeley Office of Environment, Health and Safety, is a positive match for the DNA profile for the rapist. Investigators used the same method that was used to track down the alleged Golden State Killer, via GEDmatch, a genealogy database. Waller now faces 12 counts of forcible sexual assault related to attacks on two women in Sacramento on October 14, 2006, and is currently being held without bail. He will be arraigned Monday afternoon in Sacramento County court. - DAILY CALIFORNIAN


2. A smoky BART snafu closed Civic Center Station Saturday. A blown insulator filled the station with smoke and prompted an evacuation late Saturday afternoon, an issue that BART says caused a “loud pop sound, a bright flash and a lot of smoke.” Though BART claimed via Twitter that there was "no apparent fire," witnesses say they saw flames, with one describing "a huge flash of fire." The incident left "an entire section of Civic Center station...charred with black smoke," but regular service had resumed by Saturday evening. - SF EXAMINER


3. A San Francisco Yelp employee reportedly threatened to shoot people at the company's office. An unnamed Yelp employee told reporters that a male staffer "sent an e-mail saying he was going to shoot people at the office and then kill himself." Police were called to Yelp's office at 55 Hawthorne Street, where the man was taken to an area hospital for evaluation. In a statement, Yelp says that when they received word that the man "might have brought a weapon to the office" SFPD was summoned, but that as it turns out, "the individual did not have a weapon." - KRON 4


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1. The former president of SF's Building Inspection Commission has been accused of forgery and fraud. In a press release sent Thursday, SF City Attorney Dennis Herrera accuses construction engineering firm Santos & Urrutia and the entities with which they work of "an elaborate fraud scheme" involving unpermitted construction work, fake plans, and lies. Defendant Rodrigo Santos is a well-known political player: Appointed to the BIC (the body that sets policy for the Department of Building Inspection) by then-Mayor Willie Brown, he was also a member of SF's Workforce Investment Board, ran a PAC that supported moderate candidates, and was appointed to the City College Board of Trustees by Mayor Ed Lee. Santos, for his part, blames the contractors his company worked with for the issues. The suit, which claims illicit excavations that could endanger not just the Santos & Urrutia jobs but those around them, could cost the company "millions" in penalties. - KPIX


2. SF may dump its controversial school lottery system. On Tuesday, SFUSD Board members Board members Rachel Norton, Stevon Cook, and Matt Haney (also a candidate for District 6 supervisor) will introduce a resolution requiring the school system to start a process to dump the current (and often mystifying) system used to assign kids to elementary schools. "The lottery system was created with specific goals and it has accomplished none of them. It hasn’t desegregated our schools. It hasn’t provided equity in choice. And it hasn’t been transparent or accountable to families,” Haney said. Instead, the resolution proposes a "community schools" assignment system to simplify the enrollment process. - KRON 4


3. The Golden Gate Bridge has become a nighttime traffic nightmare. Traffic was at a standstill on both sides of the bridge at 11:30 p.m. last night, but the cause wasn't a wreck. The historic span now closes all but one lane in either direction from 9 p.m. to 5 a.m. Mondays-Thursdays, and from 10 p.m. on Fridays until 7 a.m. Saturday mornings. The closures, which began this week, are to install the long-awaited suicide barrier. The bridge will continue to be a two-lane highway overnights for the duration of the $211 million project, expected to wrap up in 2021. - ABC 7


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4. This November, SF's Civic Center will transform into a winter wonderland. Winter Park, which will run from November 30 to January 6, is based on the Wiener Eistraum in Vienna, Austria. A 6,000-square-foot ice rink, skating track, and lighted tree forest are promised as part of the spectacle, which will be produced by Bietak Productions. It will be open from noon to 10 p.m. every day, but don't expect to just wander in: tickets will be $15 each, and go on sale as of October 15. - SF CHRONICLE


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5. Take a look at the Darling house, one of the Bay Area's four surviving Richard Neutra homes. If you have $2.2 million, you could live the modernist dream in this joint. - THE SPACES

6. A shooting victim drove himself to SF General after gunfire was reported on San Jose Avenue. The victim was male, but other details were scarce. - SF EXAMINER

7. Palo Alto mayor Liz Kniss shared her own tale of sexual assault in front of Christine Blasey Ford's home this weekend. It's both heartbreaking and inspiring to see how many women in the past year or so have finally unburdened themselves of these long-held secrets. - EAST BAY TIMES

8. SF State’s student government president was forced out Friday. He's only been in the role for six months. - GOLDEN GATE XPRESS

9. People apparently need to be told to leave sharks alone. Great whites are making their return to the SF coast, and you shouldn't mess with them, duh. - ABC 7

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

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4. Two pedestrians have been killed by drivers on SF streets this week. First, 61-year-old Modesto Fergurdo was struck and killed shortly before midnight Tuesday at the intersection of Ninth and Howard Streets. In that case, an allegedly intoxicated driver identified as 40-year-old Allan Quiton was arrested after police say he fled the scene. Quiton now faces charges including gross vehicular manslaughter while intoxicated, leaving the scene of an accident, driving under the influence causing injury, and evading an officer with willful disregard. Then, at 2:49 p.m. on Wednesday, 75-year-old Marlene Aron was struck by the driver of a truck at the intersection of Cortland Avenue and Ellsworth Street. She later died. In that case, the truck driver remained at the scene and reportedly cooperated with police. As of publication time, no charges have been announced in that case. - SF EXAMINER


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5. Another day, another best SF burrito list. This one ranks El Farolito and, brace yourself, Tacorea- THE TRAVEL

6. A "singing pole" atop Mission Peak rewards those who make the trek. A time capsule waits at its base for whoever's still living in the Bay Area by 2090. - NBC BAY AREA

7. If you've got $15.5 million, maybe you'd like this Fremont Street penthouse?  You'd have 180-degree views of the East Bay, South Bay, and San Francisco. - CURBED SF

8. A woman chased off her attacker by threatening to kill him. The alleged attempted rapist was nabbed by the cops. - SAN JOSE MERCURY NEWS

9. The Matterhorn is closing. SF's only Swiss restaurant is one of my favorite places to get a cheese fix, so my heart is breaking. - EATER SF

10. Today's SF In Pictures: Instagram user hanzzizle.


1. Lime, a scooter company rejected by SF, alleges 'unlawful' practices behind the city's permit picks. Lime's one of the companies that dumped thousands of scooters on SF streets earlier this year, before the SFMTA came up with a permitting process for the devices. Denied approval to operate in SF, the company is fighting back, claiming the city wanted to punish the company for launching as it did. In a scorching note, the company has demanded that the city take another look at Lime, claiming the process to pick providers involved "baseless judgments that disfavored Lime." “After a thorough, fair and transparent review process, we are confident we selected the strongest applicants to participate in the one-year scooter pilot," the SFMTA says in response. - CURBED SF


2. Three people have been rescued from the area near Aquatic Park. SFFD crews rescued two people from the base of a cliff, and a third from the water, at around 6 a.m. Thursday. The incident was reported at around 5:40, but crews had to search for about 20 minutes to find the victims, an SFFD spokesperson says, eventually discovering them across a walkway barrier above the Municipal Pier. The man pulled from the water was unconscious, and was transported to an area hospital in critical condition. The other two were uninjured. - NBC BAY AREA


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3. A SF rapper and activist was allegedly detained for recording police activity. Protesters packed the area around SFPD's Mission Station Wednesday, after "Frisco Five" protester Equipto was allegedly arrested at 16th and Mission Streets at 6:30 p.m. Thursday night after he recorded a reportedly violent arrest of a teen, and told the officers "you all shouldn’t be hitting this kid while he’s handcuffed.” (A recording of the incident can be found here.) Equipto was released a few hours later, as demonstrators on Valencia Street chanted "Who do you serve? Who do you protect?” in front of the police station. - SF EXAMINER


4. As of 2021, drivers will have to pay to enter or leave Treasure Island. The toll will be in addition to the fee paid to use the Bay Bridge, and is an effort to convince people to use alternative methods of transit. On weekdays the toll will be $3.50 during peak hours and $2 off-peak, while on Saturdays and Sundays the cost will drop to $1 during peak times and free every other hour of the day.  Some drivers will be able to skip the fees, however: if you were a resident of the Island before 2011 or live in a below market rate home there, you'll get one free round trip a day until 2026. The funds from the tolls will go toward ferry and bus service for the area, the MTC says. - NBC BAY AREA


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