Two Killed in Fire at Public Housing in San Francisco (Update)

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Update 12:52 p.m.: Terrible news: the child who had been critically injured in the fire has since died, according to CBS News.

One person was killed and another was critically injured in a fire that broke out at a public housing unit in the city's Sunnydale neighborhood, fire officials say.

Firefighters got a call this morning before 10 a.m. of reports of a fire at 76 Brookdale Avenue. "There was a lot of commotion in the background -- lots of screaming and reports of people trapped in the building," Mindy Talmadge, spokeswoman for the Fire Department, told SF Weekly.


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Fire Burns Apartment Building in the Mission District

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Update: 5:35 p.m.: The fire has been contained, and there are no injuries reported.

Original Story 5:02 p.m.News is rapidly spreading about a fire in the city's Mission District where heavy flames are pouring from the top of an apartment building.

Firefighters were called to the six-story building, located at 14th and Dolores streets, where a fire broke out on a deck and spread to the roof at about 4:42 p.m.

"There is water on the fire," a fire department official told SF Weekly just now. "We're not sure what caused it. Someone could have been working on it, or it could have been a barbecue."

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BART Station Closed, Person Found Under Train (Update)

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Commuters get bad news at Montgomery Street BART station

Update 6 p.m.: BART says everyone should expect normal service by 6:30 p.m. Montgomery Street station is back open after being closed for an hour. Authorities were able to uncouple the train and "extract the person from the tracks." The person has been taken to a local hospital, says Luna Salaver, spokeswoman for BART. "Thankfully, this person is still alive," she says.

Update 5:51 p.m.: BART says the Montgomery BART station is open again and service is being restores. The person has been transportation to the hospital, but their condition is not yet know.

Update 5:15 p.m.: BART spokeswoman Luna Salaver says a person was found under the train at about 4:49 p.m. At this time, BART is running eastbound trains, but they are not stopping at the Montgomery street station. That station is currently closed to all passengers. All westbound trains are experiencing major delays systemwide.

"We don't know the condition of the person or the age or why the person was in the tracks," Salaver says.

Original Story 5:03 p.m. BART is reporting the Montgomery Street station is closed due to a "major medical emergency."

There are very few details at this point, but the closure is creating major delays along the Daly City line in the SFO, Millbrae, Daly City and East Bay directions.


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4-Year-Old Kid Hit by Driver in Outer Richmond, Streets Closed (Update)

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Update 3:25 p.m.: Officer Gordon Shyy says it was a 3-year-old by who was hit while traveling through a crosswalk on his bike in the outer Richmond this morning. The driver was headed north on 43rd Avenue from Golden Gate Park and struck the boy, dragging him for several feet before realizing he had hit someone. The driver, who was in a silver pickup truck, made a U-turn and remained at the scene. The boy is still in critical condition.

Original Story 12:43 p.m.: A 4-year-old kid on a bike was rushed to the hospital this morning after being hit by a car in the city's Outer Sunset Richmond neighborhood.

Officer Albie Esparza says the child was pedaling along 43rd and Fulton at about 11:45 a.m. when he/she was hit. The child was taken to San Francisco General Hospital with life-threatening injuries.


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49ers Quarterback Colin Kaepernick Being Investigated for Sexual Assault

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One of the Bay Area's most beloved sports heroes -- a scrappy quarterback who led his team to a dramatic, if ill-fated Super Bowl just four months after starting his first professional game -- is sitting in the hot seat.

In news leaked this morning, the website TMZ sports , and other outlets, reported that Colin Kaepernick is being investigated for an alleged sexual assault that happened earlier this month in the Miami apartment of Seahawks wide receiver Ricardo Lockett.

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Swimmers Missing at Ocean Beach

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The San Francisco Fire Department and the U.S. Coast Guard are currently conducting a surf rescue off of the waters of Ocean Beach where two people went missing this afternoon

Firefighters dispatched to the beach at 3:53 p.m. The San Francisco Fire Department confirmed to SF Weekly that one person has since been rescued, but the second person is still missing.


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Leland Yee: Senator Pleads Not Guilty

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Suspended Senator Leland Yee shambled into San Francisco's federal courthouse this morning amid a processional of lawyers -- each representing one of the 29 defendants named in a sprawling federal indictment.

Wearing a dark suit and a put-upon expression, his new attorney James Lassart in tow, Yee pled not guilty to the array of charges against him, which include public corruption and international arms trafficking.

Two weeks ago the senator was arrested in his Richmond District home during a massive FBI sting that also nailed political consultant Keith Jackson and Chinatown gangster Raymond "Shrimp Boy" Chow.

Jackson also pleaded not guilty to multiple charges, including gun running and murder-for-hire. Chow's lawyer Tony Serra didn't enter a plea, saying that he needed more time to acquaint himself with the material. Not all the defendants were present, suggesting this procedure may stretch on indefinitely.

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Major Delays on BART This Morning (Update)

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Update 3:35: Looks like those track problems are still a problem. BART is reporting 10 to 15-minute delays across the whole system due to equipment problems on the track near West Oakland Station.

Original Story 9:34 a.m..:
BART is reporting mega delays systemwide, thanks to a track problem in the Transbay Tube.

The delays are the worst between West Oakland and Embarcadero, but no BART rider is being left out of this misery. The whole system is backed up in this morning congestion, says Alicia Trost, spokeswoman for BART

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Google in Final Stages of Buying San Francisco Giants, Sources Say

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The next Google Bus you block may be the San Francisco Giants team bus, per a blockbuster development nearing finalization, sources say. 

The sale price for the Major League franchise is, thus far, undisclosed -- but, we are told, it's in "the high nine digits." A major motivating factor for the long-gestating deal to round third and head home appears to be the team's abandonment of its beloved home run foghorn in favor of an insidious "Yahoo Yodel." 

The Yahoo Yodel "will be a thing of the past in the very near future," says a source closely connected to the deal. "That's going to be change No. 1." 

Change No. 2, the source continued, will be the introduction of a wholly analytics-based evaluation system encompassing everything from Hunter Pence's play in right field to the performance of ushers and stadium security. "Baseball fans should be familiar with the notion of quantifying anything and everything," the source continued. 

Hope so: Your performance as fans will be quantified, too. 


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Senator Bob Huff Introduces Resolution Calling for Leland Yee's Suspension

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Since Sen. Leland Yee is refusing to resign from the Senate, his fellow lawmakers have gone ahead and drawn up a resolution of their own calling for Yee's suspension from office.

Earlier today, Yee, who was arrested yesterday on bribery and gun trafficking charges, withdrew from the race for Secretary of State, but his attorney told reporters he was not leaving the Senate, despite calls from fellow pols asking for him to resign.

Not long after that, in continuation of the saga, Senate GOP leader Bob Huff (R-Diamond Bar) introduced Senate Resolution 37, asking lawmakers to suspend Yee.

The arrest has caused an uproar among political leaders on both party lines. Yesterday evening, Senator Darrell Steinberg (D-Sacramento), asked Yee to resign, saying: "Leave. Don't burden your colleagues and this great institution with your troubles. Leave."

Republicans and Democrats might not agree on much, but they're finding harmony on this particular issue. "We need to act decisively in order to begin restoring the public's trust," says Huff.

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