Former Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords Talks About Gun Control to a Packed Audience in Oakland

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A packed house of enthusiastic admirers filled the Paramount Theater in downtown Oakland last night to greet former Arizona Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords and her husband, astronaut Mark Kelly.

Giffords became a national symbol for gun control when she was shot in the head on Jan. 8, 2011 outside a Safeway store in her Tuscon area district. It was to be the first of her "Congress on Your Corner" gatherings of the year. Shooter Jared Lee Loughner killed six that day, and injured 19, including the Congresswoman. Daniel Hernandez Jr, one of Giffords' interns, applied immediate first aid on the Congresswoman and is credited with saving her life.

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Fred Phelps: LGBT Community Reacts to Death of Homophobic Pastor

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Fred Phelps: Not mourned, not missed.

LGBTs, along with many others, are celebrating the death this morning of the virulently anti-gay Rev. Fred Phelps. The 84-year-old Phelps died at the Midland Care hospice in Topeka, Kansas late last night.

Before his death, Phelps was reportedly excommunicated from Westboro Baptist Church, which he founded in 1955.

Phelps spent his life fanning the flames of hate and celebrating death -- he and his followers joyously picketed the funeral of Matthew Shepard in 1998. Phelps and company also picketed the Oscars, the funerals of celebrities, and even funerals of soldiers killed in Iraq and Afghanistan, claiming the soldiers were killed by God because of America's tolerance of homosexuality.

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S.F. Artists Snub Willie Brown, Install Rogue Sign Naming New Bay Bridge After Emperor Norton

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Much to the chagrin of San Francisco progressives, the western span of the Bay Bridge was officially rechristened the Willie L. Brown Jr. Bridge Tuesday in a ceremony held on Treasure Island.

But while politicos, including Gavin Newsom, flocked to Treasure Island to celebrate, a group of artists remained on this side of the Bay Bridge and did a little celebrating of their own, honoring their successful attempt at upstaging Willie Brown

Late Monday night, a group of unidentified artists installed a large sign at the Bay Bridge onramp at Fifth Street, commemorating Joshua A. Norton, not Willie L. Brown. Norton was a famed 19th Century San Francisco eccentric, known for his many, many proclamations, notably the one where he declared himself Emperor of the United States, and later tacked on "Protector of Mexico" to his title. In addition, Norton is best-known for his many decrees about bridges and tunnels that he had hoped to build, connecting San Francisco and Oakland.

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Arnold Schwarzenegger Goes Undercover At Gold's Gym (VIDEO)

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In case you were dying to know what Arnold Schwarzenegger, former governor, body builder, "reformed" adulterer, is doing with his spare time here's your answer: not a hell of whole lot.

Well, except for playing dress up.

The ex-gov was seen at a Gold's Gym in Los Angeles disguised as "Howard" a trainer-turned- regional manager who's been employed to coach Americans through their workouts. The staged video is less about getting you to the gym and more about motivating you to kick in cash for after-school programs.

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Google Maps Car Broken Into While Parked in the Richmond District

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Another car was burglarized in the Richmond District this week, but it wasn't just any car, it was a Google mapping car, the vehicles that snap photos of street scenes for our viewing pleasure.

Richmondsfblog.com has the story:

On Tuesday at about 11:15 a.m., reader Derek walked by a Google Maps car parked on Sixth Avenue near Clement Street. It wasn't unusual to find the mapping vehicle hard at work in the district, but this time something was off. Upon closer look, Derek noticed the front passenger side window had been smashed in.

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Harold Camping, Bay Area Preacher Who Erroneously Predicted Raptures, Dies

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Harold Camping, the Oakland-based doomsday predictor, has died at the age of 92.

Nina Romero, marketing manager of Camping's Family Radio Network, confirmed to the Associated Press this morning that the Evangelical preacher died Sunday morning at his home.

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Batkid to Make a Cameo in San Francisco This Weekend

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Batkid's work is never done.

Miles Scott, the 5-year-old Leukemia survivor who saved San Francisco (Gotham City) last month, is returning to the city this weekend, but this time he'll be here to help other kids who are suffering from life-threatening illnesses.

According to press reports, Scott, who lives in Tulelake (that's 5 1/2 hours north of here), will join Police Chief Greg Suhr on Saturday for a Make-A-Wish fundraiser -- the same foundation that made his own wish come true last month: to be Batkid for a day.

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Thomas Howard: Former Oakland Raiders Linebacker Killed in Car Accident

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News sources are reporting that it was Thomas Howard, an Ex-Raiders linebacker, who was killed this morning in a massive car accident along Interstate 880 in Oakland this morning.

Howard, 30, was killed at about 12 a.m. on Monday when his speeding BMW rear-ended a big rig; he lost control of the car which bounced a few times before soaring over the center divider, slamming into a CRV along Interstate 880.

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Steve Jobs' Childhood Home Is Officially Declared Historic Site

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A world-changing home
The single-story ranch house where the late Steve Jobs grew up -- and his ingenuity was fed and fostered -- has been deemed a historic site in California.

According to NBC News, the Los Altos Historical Commission unanimously granted protected status for the home where Jobs moved with his foster parents in 1968. The Commission pointed out that this home -- which has long been a tourist trap -- is pretty damn significant, considering it's where Jobs and his buddy Steve Wozniak crafted the very first 50 Apple 1 computers in 1976, effectively changing the world.

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Karl the Fog Goes More Corporate

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Earlier this month we reported that the whimsical online persona of San Francisco's ever-present, low-hanging moisture, @KarlTheFog, cashed in.

The Twitter celebrity is now an official "weather adviser" for Virgin Airlines. As we put it before, "there's a distinction between enjoying twee tweets and having them marketed to your demographic. That's distinctly less whimsical."

Well, the demographic is expanding and the whimsy, assuming such things are inversely proportional, is decreasing. It was today announced that @KarlTheFog has accepted yet another corporate gig:  helming "the San Francisco Travel Association's Facebook page, posting his unique perspectives as the city's famous fog and other endearing attributes throughout the day."

Even native San Franciscans may come to think there is such a thing as too much fog.

See Also: Karl the Fog Explains How He Got His Gig

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