J.K. Rowling Shares Harry Potter's Future in New Short Story

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Be still, my bogart!

As the great Joanne Rowling once (sort of) said, "It is the unknown we fear when we look upon death and darkness and the end of a great book series, nothing more."

Today that unknown became, well, more known, that fear diminished, and that death was the last enemy -- destroyed in a new 1500 word vignette that offers a glimpse into the adult lives of the wizards and witches we have long called friends.

J.K. Rowling posted the story in style of a gossip column written by peerless muckraker Rita Skeeter at the Argentinian World Cup to her eponymous website Pottermore, initially causing the site to crash. With just a swish and flick you can create a guest account to read Skeeter's acid prose, or you can accio it from our friends at Complex.

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Tourism For Locals: El Tecolote Bridges English and Spanish Speakers in San Francisco

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Providing more than 40 years of advocacy journalism.

Print will never die. Yes, our profession is changing, but journalism is a public good that will forever be a staple and advocate for communities.

And while we are no strangers to the turning pages of time of the journalism industry, this week's Tourism for Locals highlights one paper that -- for the past 44 years -- has been a vanguard for the San Francisco's Latino community and continues to thrives.

That publication is El Tecolote and its office is in the heart of the Mission District.

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Night School: Stay Out Late, Take the School Bus Home

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When midnight strikes in the enchanted Bay Area, those of us who depend on public transportation are in danger of becoming pumpkins. It's happened to all of us: late night plans curtailed, thwarted, or not even made as a result of the gaping hole in our many transportation agencies' regular scheduling.

Thankfully, as of this Friday night there's a new solution: Night School.

Night School will provide transportation from midnight until 4 a.m., using school buses otherwise dormant at night. Rides will go directly between 17th Street and Telegraph in Oakland and 18th Street and Valencia in the Mission, departing every 25 minutes in the hopes of both adding more stops and increasing the timing as the need arises.

Initial membership rate is $12/mo, which gets you unlimited rides. If that sounds too good to be true (and if you've ever spent half the night waiting for the AC 800, that sounds too good to be true), Night School is even going to donate 5 percent of all profits to the Great Oakland Public Schools Leadership Center to support their Teacher Fellowship Program to recruit, train, and retain effective teachers in Oakland.

I had a few questions about the service so I shot an email to the co-founder, Seth Capron, who was nice enough to answer.

So people will need to have a membership on the 23rd before being able to get on the bus? What else should people making plans to stay out on the 23rd definitely know?

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Marcus Books' Owners Locked Out of 54-Year-Old Bookstore

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After 54 years in business, Marcus Books, the nation's oldest Black-owned bookstore and community center for Black culture and activism, was forced closed on Tuesday.

Marcus Books' owners, Karen and Greg Johnson, told The San Francisco Examiner that the Fillmore Street-building owners they rented from switched out the locks to the front door -- shutting off entry to the bookstore. Marcus Books was in danger of eviction when previous building owners filed for bankruptcy a year ago. Since, the new building owners have tried to remove tenants.


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Press Release of the Day: Are Selfies Causing Head Lice Infestations?

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Lice party! #itchy

It seems every news outlet received the same press release this morning: Are 'Selfies' causing head lice infestations?

Ew.

Upon reading the email, it does in fact appear that selfies can lead to lice -- if you're squishing in with a bunch of buddies for a Instagram photo.

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Throwback Thursday: San Francisco Headline Edition: Oct. 28- Nov. 2

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A World Series of Ground Breaking Proportions. Literally.
Happy Halloween everyone!

This week in history present to us a dose of scary frights here in the Bay throughout the decades. From extreme gold digger weddings to Giant baseball events in the 80s and 2000s to the start of the Great Depression, we can truly be frightened at what history can teach us. So take a look below as we throw it back to times past, but only if you dare.


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Throwback Thursday: San Francisco Headline Edition: Oct.21-27

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No more BART drama for now but only time will tell.

This year's BART debacle may have pissed of the entire Bay Area, but in hindsight, history and San Francisco headlines reveal that BART has been generating controversy since its creation 40 years ago.

Another trend this week in history? If it bleeds -- it leads. Let's take a look at the annals of history for this week here in our haven city of controversy by the decades.

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Seeing Stars: Chewbacca Instagrams his Adventures in San Francisco

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When he's not protecting the galaxy, Chewbacca chills at Baker Beach.
It looks like Los Angeles and New York are no longer the home of the stars.

San Francisco has acquired a new resident who is out of this planet in fame and visibility. He is so famous that he doesn't even have a last name.

Chewbacca has landed in the City by the Bay from a galaxy far, far away and he has an Instagram account to prove it.

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GameLink's New Blog: The Naked Truth

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Can you handle the truth? The whole truth? The naked truth?

GameLink.com, an online pornographic website that specializes in putting out adult movies, sex toys, and live cams, is coming out with a new compendium to their website called GameLink's Naked Truth.

Naked Truth is a blog-styled news hub for the latest happenings in the industry complete with movie and toy reviews, exclusive features that dig deep into the nuances of adult entertainment, exclusive one-on-one interviews with the (porn) stars, and other goodies to get you excited.

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Tonight's TV Forecast: Shark Tornadoes

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This is what it looks like inside a shark tornado

A lot of TV shows jump the shark. We prefer when programs confront their sharks directly, in any way, shape, or form, be they sharks in the water or sharks in the sky.

Please, please, please don't miss "Sharknado," a made-for-TV movie premiering on the SyFy channel tonight, at 9 p.m. PST. In what promises to be the most epic racket involving weird animal disasters since Snakes on a Plane, (sans Samuel L. Jackson, unfortunately), disaster strikes SoCal in the form of a freak thunderstorm, lifting and scattering our favorite living fossils to the four winds.

Check out the trailer of massive, whirling tunnels of sharks.

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