Month: July 2019

Good Morning Mission to Chocolate

first_img 0% Busy morning on Rescue Row. Photo by Mark Rabine.Howard Quinn printed for the Black Panther Party, the San Francisco Police Officer Associations, and R. Crumb. Photo by Mark Rabine.Good Morning Mission. Photo by Mark Rabine.Shade for chocolate. Photo by Mark Rabine.On 16th near Harrison. Photo by Mark Rabine.Photo by Mark Rabine.Then there was this routine traffic stop which turned into . . . a routine traffic stop. Photo by Mark Rabine.Photo by Mark Rabine.Photo by Mark Rabine.Photo by Mark Rabine.Insight. Photo by Mark Rabine.Trimmed. Photo by Mark Rabine.Photo by Mark Rabine.Precariat. Photo by Mark Rabine.Photo by Mark Rabine.Mission morning still life. Photo by Mark Rabine. Share this: FacebookTwitterRedditemail,0%center_img Right now it is 60° with a high of 68° – the forecast for the next ten days is here.Today’s block: Alabama (Rescue Row) to 15th, to Treat, to 16th. The weird compliment to yesterday’s weird block.  It was a busy morning. On one side, solar panels were being installed on the SPCA, while across the street, deconstruction units were transforming the Howard Quinn Printing Building into a chocolate factory.There are only a handful of blocks left, so take a look at the map and let us know if you want to claim one of them.  We’re at info@missionlocal.com.  You can see a map of all of the blocks here. last_img read more

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New SF Mission Police captain promises better community policing

first_imgCapt. Gaetano Caltagirone, who took over as Mission Station Captain on Saturday, promised the 20 residents who attended Thursday night’s community meeting a lot more engagement.He said he will resume the station newsletter, establish a community policing advisory board — the Mission District remains the only police district without one — and reinstate monthly community meetings, which had been chiseled down to every other month under former Mission Station Captain Bill Griffin.  Moreover, the a 23-year department veteran, San Francisco native and father of four who grew up in North Beach, made it clear that he has had plenty of experience with foot beats and supports their return. Still, he failed to avoid what has become almost a rite of passage for a new district Captain — hearing an earful about the Mission’s ongoing problems: car break-ins, prostitution, homelessness, gangs and all the other problems locals feel the district can’t shake. Share this: FacebookTwitterRedditemail,0% Mission Station, in fact, had more than 90,000 calls for service in 2016, the most of any station. “We’re tired of the crime, the homeless, and we’re tired of not feeling safe in the neighborhood,” said one community member. “I hope that you can work with us and be a people person.” “You said the key word — work together,” said Caltagirone, speaks Italian, Sicilian and is brushing up on his Spanish. The Mission, he said, has some of the attributes of the North Beach of his youth — The Lucca Ravioli Company, for one. He also seemed to have more direct answers for residents. Caltagirone, who oversaw Market Street foot beats while at Tenderloin station and had walked a beat at Central Station, said that he’s poised to fulfill Chief Bill Scott’s August order to quadruple foot patrols in the Mission, although he has yet to draft a set schedule of where and when they’ll be operating, he said. “Foot beats have been a part of my career for a long time, and I’m not going to put it by the wayside,” he said. The new captain also said that he plans to double down on homeless outreach by adding two more homeless outreach officers to the existing two deployed from the station. He said those officers would be available seven days a week, and also at night until midnight. “So that no days are missed [and there are] constant officers doing homeless outreach,” he said. For additional support, he said he would also call on Commander David Lazar’s homeless outreach team, if needed.“One question I always to try to understand is who to call and when,” said a Castro resident named Patrick, asking what the procedure is for notifying the station about “suspicious-looking” people near his home. Caltagirone said residents should first call the station’s non-emergency line at 415-553-0123 if someone only looks suspicious and isn’t doing anything clearly illegal. But if someone seems like they’re going to break into a car, he said, call 911. “If you can see what shoes they’re wearing, mention it,” the captain said. “Bad guys will take off their jackets, their hats, but they’ll never take off their shoes.” “If someone is sleeping on my sidewalk, what do I do?” Patrick asked. Caltagirone said that folks should first call homeless outreach at 415-355-7401, and then, if nothing happens after 30 minutes, call the station’s non-emergency line. “And then, if there’s no action with that, you could always email me,” Caltagirone said, though he explained that he’s not always at his desk.  He pointed to his email address on the whiteboard, Gaetano.Caltagirone@sfgov.org.As a last resort, Caltagirone said, call the station’s front desk at 415-558-5400 and ask for a supervisor.“Homeless problems are the least of our problems,” said Michael Alfaro, the president of the property management group that tends to the public areas at the Vida luxury apartments at 22nd and Bartlett. He said residents there have been dealing with gangs, drug dealing and prostitution — and have even received rape and death threats. He said his company has spent upwards of $10,000 on private security. “I mean, this is six blocks from here,” Alfaro said. The captain said he has been made aware of the issue and wants to bolster his undercover unit. He also said he and his night captain have drafted plans to borrow officers from other districts to “attack” the area. He said that project would operate from midnight to 6 a.m. He also had plans to ramp up DUI checkpoints and traffic stops in the area. “Because when the johns are driving around, they’re not thinking about using their blinkers,” he said.  “I think that’s gonna help,” he said. center_img 0%last_img read more

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Distillations Magical thinking at Homestead

first_img Email Address But for now, I sat back down as Heather finished telling her story about how she had once lost a small tin cup, and made everybody in a busy area stop what they were doing and all search for it on their hands and knees.“Okay,” Sarah said when the story was finished. “This is driving me crazy,” and she looked on the floor, and through her purse, and in her pockets for the cigarette lighter holder shaped like a fish. “It was just here. I JUST put it down!”“Wow,” I said. “So it’s really missing?”“Yeah,” she said, looking over at me. “It …” then her face dropped in shock. “YOU!”“What?”“Oh my God, you! Of course it was you!”“I have no idea what you’re talking about,” I said.“Somebody finally did steal it! This is the first time I’ve actually accused somebody of stealing it who really did! This is amazing!”“I deny everything. However … while we’re on the subject …” I took a small velvet pouch out of my shirt pocket. “I’m wondering if you would want to make an exchange.” I emptied the contents of the pouch into my hand. “Two magic tokens, each an individual work of art, forged in the workshop of a mad alchemist who used a unique formula to infuse them with songs and stories. Go ahead, take a look.”She gently removed the two small metallic disks, each a different size and shape, from my hands.“Wow,” she said. “Okay, these are really good … I’m kind of blown away …”“Did I mention they have magical powers?” She listened to Zaius tell a story about working out in the desert at Burning Man, and a woman in a perfectly clean costume with perfectly arranged hair walked up to the work site holding a lazy Susan on which were a series of elegant pickles. She offered him one, in the afternoon heat.“Normally I’m suspicious about this stuff,” he said. “How long has your food been out in the sun? But somehow she was immaculate, the pickles were perfect, so I just said ‘thank you’ and took one, and it turned my whole afternoon around. Then she walked away. I don’t know who she was or how she did that.”Sarah nodded and laughed, because damn it, everything would be okay.It was time for another drink. I left the conversation and walked to the bar, and studied the bottles as I waited for the attention of the heavily tattooed bartender in a floral print shirt.“What can I get you?” she finally asked me.“I notice the bottle of Gentian Amaro on the shelf back there,” I said. “I’ve recently become a little obsessed with that spirit, can you make me something interesting with it?”“Absolutely!” she said, and got to work.Amaros are an Italian herbal liqueur, a digestif. They usually have a spirit base, but this stuff, produced in Napa, has a white wine base. I have no idea what she made me, but it was delicious, and the unique red color so impressed the table that, before the night was over, I would buy everyone an amaro shot. Subscribe to Mission Local’s daily newsletter She gave me a stunned look. “What are their magical powers?”“Each is different, and you’ll only find out if you trade me one for your fish cigarette lighter holder … wherever it may be. That’s the only way you ever know.”Around her, it seemed like the wild west saloon had gone quiet, although really nothing had changed.“I’m really feeling this one,” she said, holding the thicker, hollow, token in her hand. “I am. But … honestly … I just want my fish cigarette lighter holder back.”I raised my eyebrows. “You’re turning them down?”“I’m turning them down,” she said, handing them back to me.The table released its collective breath. No one was confident in this decision. “You’re turning down magic!” Kentucky said.“Mind you,” I said, “just because you’ve turned these down, doesn’t mean you’ve gotten the fish back.”“Dammit!”“We still have to figure out how to do that.” I looked around at the table. “What do you think she has to do to get it back? Is there a ritual she has to perform? A sacrifice of some kind she has to make?”Heather leaned forward. “She has to become the fish!”Sarah considered. “I can do that.”“I’ve seen her do a mermaid,” Kentucky said. “So she has to go all out.”Sarah jumped into the role, creating a fish face and looking around the table, then adding hand gestures which somehow symbolized being underwater, or mermaidness, I’m not sure. But it was convincing, she was giving 100 percent, and a moment later she realized the cigarette lighter holder was sitting on the table, close to where she’d put it in the first place.“YES!” she said. “IT WORKED!”We all congratulated her. “Of course,” I said, grinning, “if you had chosen a magic token, its powers might have helped you get the fish back too.”“Oh no!” she said. “I should have … but I really wanted this … ”“It’s okay,” I said, “it’s good. You asked for what you really wanted, and you got it, and any time that happens, it’s a good night.”“I feel really good, actually, that I finally accused somebody of stealing it and was right. That helps, somehow.”“I don’t know what you’re talking about,” I replied again. “I deny everything.”Do not go gentle into that good night.Read more from Benjamin Wachs here. “Can I buy you a cocktail?” Sarah asked me as we were all sitting down in Homestead. A table big enough for the five of us had just opened up, and we were playing the “some of us stay here to make sure it stays claimed while some of us order drinks” game.“That’s very kind of you.” I looked up at my options. Homestead has drink menus, but I was ballparking it off the abridged cocktail list posted up above the bar.“I want to see what you order,” she said.“Ah. Well … Based on what I see there, I’ll have an Old Fashioned. But, if I were talking to the bartender, the odds are that I would try to get them to do something weird and interesting.” She considered. “So maybe I don’t want to buy you a drink?”My life flashed before my eyes. I tried to stay calm. “It depends on what kind of outcome you want.”“I’ll buy you the first drink,” she said, and walked over to the bar. Crisis averted.Homestead is one of several bars in a relatively small radius that seem to be channeling Wild West saloons. The old-timey touches at Homestead are light, and added to by lazy fans overhead, peanut baskets (you can toss the shells on the floor), and framed pictures of mostly naked women in a classical French style up on the walls. The total effect is greater than the sum of its parts, feeling like a homage to a San Francisco past. I don’t understand why so many bars around here do it at all, but Homestead does it particularly well.The most intriguing touch is the words of the Welsh poet Dylan Thomas, engraved on to top of the back bar: “Do not go gentle into that good night. Rage, rage against the dying of the light.”That is the kind of idiosyncratic detail that departs from a bar’s theme in a way that actually enhances it. It suggests that somebody gave a damn, rather than going through the motions, and is interesting enough that you give a damn, too.We’re talking about gifts, and Heather asks us if we’ve ever received any small gifts that we’ve become obsessively attached to. And Sarah not only has, but has it on her: a plastic case for a cigarette lighter, in the shape of a fish. She takes it out of her pocket, and shows it to us — it’s, you know, a plastic fish case to hold your cigarette lighter. Nothing special. But she puts it down on the table in front of her and explains that it was a gift from a stranger at a party, and that something about this moment made her obsessed with it. She’s terrified she’ll lose it; she always wants to know where it is; and in those moments where it’s been lost in her purse or momentarily misplaced, she’s actually accused people of stealing it, which of course no one ever actually did.A moment later she looked down at the table to pick it up again, and it’s gone.Her face curls. “Ha, okay,” she said, and she started to look for it — was it nestled under the basket of peanuts? Had it fallen on the floor? — then made a show of stopping herself. Obviously it hadn’t just gotten up and walked away. It was still here somewhere. She didn’t need to panic. It would be fine.last_img read more

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SAINTS take on Leeds tonight in a First Utility Su

first_imgSAINTS take on Leeds tonight in a First Utility Super League Round 7 match.Paul Wellens needs one appearance to draw level with Keith Senior as Super League’s all-time leader for appearances.He moved into second place after starting at stand-off in St Helens’ win at Wakefield on Sunday – and is now one game ahead of Leeds captain Kevin Sinfield, who was rested for the Rhinos’ home victory against London Broncos last Friday.He also needs one point to reach 1,000 for his career. He has scored 953 points (218 tries, 40 goals, 1 field goal) for St Helens, and representative points for Great Britain (18 – 4 tries, 1 goal), England (16 – 4 tries) and Lancashire (12 – 3 tries).Sinfield has scored points in sixteen consecutive games against St Helens, a streak which started in the 2008 Super League Grand Final.He last failed to score in the 2008 Qualifying Semi-Final at Knowsley Road, where he missed his one goal attempt in a 38-10 defeat.Last Ten Meetings:Leeds 11, St Helens 10 (SLPSF, 20/9/13)Leeds 22, St Helens 30 (SLR15, 20/5/13)St Helens 12, Leeds 20 (SLR5, 1/3/13)Leeds 18, St Helens 31 (SLR14, 21/5/12)St Helens 46, Leeds 6 (SLR8, 25/3/12)Leeds 32, St Helens 16 (SLGF, 8/10/11) (at Old Trafford, Manchester)St Helens 42, Leeds 16 (SLR16, 3/6/11) (at Stobart Stadium, Widnes)Leeds 16, St Helens 30 (SLR6, 19/3/11)Leeds 32, St Helens 28 (CCSF, 7/8/10) (at Galpharm Stadium, Huddersfield)Leeds 28, St Helens 24 (SLR20, 3/7/10)Super League Summary:St Helens won 28 (includes wins in 1999, 2001, 2007 and 2008 play-offs)Leeds won 25 (includes wins in 2007, 2008, 2009 and 2011 Grand Finals; 1998, 2005 and 2013 play-offs)Highs and Lows:St Helens highest score: 62-18 (H, 1999) (Widest margin: 56-10, H, 2004)Leeds highest score: 74-16 (H, 2001) (Widest margin: 70-0, H, 2004)All your big match ticket details are here.last_img read more

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Our principal front of home shirt partner is Cash

first_imgOur principal front of home shirt partner is Cash Converters, who extended their partnership for the next three seasons this week.Our right of chest shirt partners are RCL: Roofing Consultants Ltd, with our collar partners again being St.Helens College and University Centre St Helens on the away jersey collar.Sleeve partners on the Adult replica shirts are principal partners Totally Wicked on the right and MyProtein on the left, who have a brand new logo.On the reverse of the shirt, long-term shoulder partners are Hattons Solicitors, with A-Star Recruitment on the lower back. The back of collar features principal partner Totally Wicked once more.On our Junior replica shirts, Team Brit replaces Totally Wicked on the sleeve and shoulders.They are a nominated charity partner of Totally Wicked and are a motorsport team consisting of drivers and members who have suffered from mental and physical disabilities. They include a number of serving and ex-military personnel.Afex are again our front of short and sock partners, whilst Biffa and a new partner to be announced in the coming weeks, are on the rear of the shorts.On our Adult away replica shirt Crabbie’s Alcoholic Ginger Beer is our main front of shirt partner, continuing Halewood International’s support of the club.And on our Junior replica shirts, Lamb & Watt will feature from the Halewood International stable of brands.Both kits are manufactured by our kit partners O’Neills Sportswear.Saints General Manager, Dave Hutchinson, said: “We are privileged at the club to have such fantastic support from all of our partners and their commitment is truly appreciated.“Sponsorship of our kits each year is vital in helping sustain St.Helens R.F.C., and all that we strive for at the club.“On behalf of all at Saints, I want to say thank you and here’s to a great 2019 for all concerned.”last_img read more

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Teaching assistant says pay change does more harm than good

first_imgNEW HANOVER COUNTY, NC (WWAY) — New Hanover County Schools need more bus drivers. To get them, the school board voted to get some teaching assistants to be drivers. As a result, they are moving from salary to hourly pay.“I think we deserve to be treated correctly,” Sarah Jane said.- Advertisement – Jane is a teaching assistant at Eaton Elementary. She says months ago, the school board made TA’s hourly employees so they could also drive school buses.“And none of us really understood what the change was going to be. But by the end of May we understood that it was going to change our worlds,” Jane said.At a year round school, instead of making $1500 every month, Jane estimates she will bring home as little as $550 to just over $2000 a month.Related Article: Teacher uses creative ways to engage middle schoolers with math“I can’t pay bills on a regular basis. I can’t get deductions paid. I can’t pay any car loans if I had one. And even worse, the credit union won’t loan me any money because I’m classified as irregular payments. I don’t have a regular paycheck,” Jane said.She says if the pay system doesn’t change, she can’t afford to live here. School board chairman Edward Higgins admits the board did not foresee this affecting year round TA’s.“Because of the way their year operates, it was having a negative impact on them,” Higgins said.And he wants to make things right for them.“We can then decide ‘alright are we going to let TA’s stay on salary or are we going to go hourly.’ Exactly what are we going to do so that nobody is unduly harmed,” Higgins said.Higgins said they are potentially looking at putting the TA’s back on salary or even pushing this system back a whole year.He said they are also looking at maybe making a whole new position, TA and bus driver, and paying a little more or having some other incentive.The board will meet at 7:45 tomorrow morning.last_img read more

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WPD searching for suspects accused of stealing from Target

first_imgWILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — Wilmington Police hope you recognize the men and women in the surveillance photos. (Photo: WPD) (Photo: WPD) (Photo: WPD) All the alleged thefts happened over the last few months.No word on what was stolen.If you have any information, call Wilmington Police at (910) 343-3609. Or you can remain anonymous by using Text-a-Tip. 1 of 7 (Photo: WPD) Police say they were all involved in separate larcenies at the Wilmington Target.- Advertisement – (Photo: WPD) (Photo: WPD) (Photo: WPD)last_img read more

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Two facing multiple charges following 3month drug investigation

first_img The New Hanover County Sheriff’s Office says its Vice and Narcotics Unit began investigating James on suspicion of trafficking heroin in New Hanover County.Undercover officers conducted drug buys from James to learn his patterns and identify stash houses.Following his arrest, detectives served search warrants at four locations — 3519 Frog Pond Place, 7008 Meadowview Avenue, 608 Anderson Street and 503 Nunn Street.Related Article: DA, sheriff ask state to investigate New Hanover Co. Schools’ handling of Kelly allegationsThey seized approximately 200 bags of heroin, 30 grams of crack cocaine and U.S. currency from Nunn Street.Detectives seized approximately 1,000 bags of heroin from Meadowview Avenue.They seized marijuana along with U.S. currency at Frog Pond Place, and marijuana from 608 Anderson Street.James has been convicted of federal drug crimes and is currently on federal probation.Both face multiple felony charges and are being held in the New Hanover County Detention Facility. James’ bond is $6,000,000 and Bannerman’s bond is $805,000. 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek  . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave Settings NEW HANOVER COUNTY, NC (WWAY) – Two people have been arrested and charged with multiple violations following a three-month drug investigation by the New Hanover County Sheriff’s Office.Latwon James and Shemika Bannerman were arrested July 10.- Advertisement – last_img read more

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False documents land man in jail for 6 months

first_img <a href=’http://revive.newsbook.com.mt/www/delivery/ck.php?n=ab2c8853&amp;cb={random}’ target=’_blank’><img src=’https://revive.newsbook.com.mt/www/delivery/avw.php?zoneid=97&amp;cb={random}&amp;n=ab2c8853&amp;ct0={clickurl_enc}’ border=’0′ alt=” /></a> A 29-year-old man was sentenced to six months in jail after he was caught trying to leave Malta with false documents.The man was arrested on Friday at the Malta International Airport as he was trying to board a flight for Brussels in Belgium with a fake passport and a fake Italian residency permit.Bessere Sylla pleaded guilty to the accusations brought against in Court on Sunday.Inspector Lara Butters who was leading the prosecution said that there is the need to send out a clear message to all those that make use of false documents as this practice is becoming commonplace.Magistrate Audrey Demicoli sentenced the accused to six months in jail.Marc Mifsud Cutajar appeared as legal aid attorney for the accused.WhatsApp SharePrintlast_img read more

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Agius Saliba will be a member of the EP Hunting Intergroup

first_img <a href=’http://revive.newsbook.com.mt/www/delivery/ck.php?n=ab2c8853&amp;cb={random}’ target=’_blank’><img src=’https://revive.newsbook.com.mt/www/delivery/avw.php?zoneid=97&amp;cb={random}&amp;n=ab2c8853&amp;ct0={clickurl_enc}’ border=’0′ alt=” /></a> The Federazzjoni Kaċċaturi Nassaba Konservazzjonisti (FKNK) welcomed the membership of Partit Laburista (PL) MEP Alex Agius Saliba membership in the European Parliament’s intergroup on ‘Biodiversity, Hunting, Countryside’, better known as the ‘Hunting Intergroup’.The European Federation for Hunting and Conservation (FACE), which was established in 1977, represents the interests of around 7 million hunters across Europe, making it the largest global body that represents hunters.FKNK has been a FACE member for the past 31 years and is currently holding the vice-presidency for the Mediterranean region within the organisation.The intergroup membership was announced by the same MEP on his Facebook page.WhatsApp SharePrintlast_img read more

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