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For more than a year now, BART's board of directors has been discussing whether – and how – the system could stay open later. Right now the trains start their final runs at midnight, leaving many patrons scrambling to catch the last BART home, especially on the weekends. The board had been...
The Tenderloin is not exactly known as a tender place to live. It’s the densest neighborhood in San Francisco – home to roughly 30,000 people. That’s about 750 people per square block, and many are low-income immigrants and families living in tall apartment buildings, homeless shelters, or single...
Blend together speed metal, American top 40 radio, and the music of Baghdad, and you're messing with some crazy musical chemistry. Your name might also be Alee Karim. He calls his musical potion "weird amalgamated psych-pop" and says it's basically like playing sci-fi ballads. Alee Karim and the...
HARRY HOUDINI: Ladies and gentlemen: introducing my original invention, the water torture cell... That’s Harry Houdini, in 1914, describing the water torture cell, in which he emerges from an upside-down dunk tank imprisonment. A new exhibition at the Contemporary Jewish Museum in San Francisco...
Welcome to Buried Treasure! This is the Crosscurrents staff blog, showcasing our daily favorites: headlines, radio stories, internet errata, and anything else we come across and think is cool. The Harvey Milk Photo Center reopened a couple of years ago, after a major remodel. It's within walking...
Californians do a pretty good job thinking twice before throwing things away ... we divert more than 60% of our waste away from landfills. But what about that remaining 40%? Arthur Boone says to get rid of that, we need to completely rethink our concept of garbage. Boone’s a recycling pioneer; for...
The Bay Area is home to over 50 annual film festivals, but there’s only one that describes itself as all of the following: “bottom-up, DIY, misfit, badass, outsider, outlaw, rebel, underdog, minority, local, urban, green, un-polished, revolutionary, unpretentious, and non-traditional.” It’s the...
Abandoned buildings are all over San Francisco. And where buildings sit abandoned, squatters are never far. MATT CRAIN: We’re in the Haight right now, very close to the Panhandle, and we’re looking to gain entry to a long-vacant private commercial building that’s been vacant at least four years....
Invisibility – it’s the stuff of fantasy and Hollywood movies (we’re looking at you, Harry Potter), and now it’s a reality. Well, kind of. Read the fine print, and you’ll find that the invisibility cloak that UC Berkeley researchers have produced can only hide extremely tiny objects – objects that...
After Congress reached an agreement on the debt ceiling two weeks ago, President Obama said he and his cabinet are turning their attention back to creating jobs. PRESIDENT BARACK OBAMA: They are redoubling their efforts to focus on what matters most to the American people. That is, how are we going...
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