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20 Apr
“I woke up this morning with a strange feeling,” said Amoeba Records product manager Tony Green.

“I realized it was job security. We’ve been incredibly surprised by the level of support and business.”
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It wasn't always that way.

A year ago, Amoeba Music was in trouble.
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Amid the shutdown of retail, the in-person transactions Amoeba heavily relied upon came to a standstill, and its once lively aisles filled with record enthusiasts digging through the bins and seeking out their latest auditory treasure grew eerily silent. 
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20 Apr
If you’ve ever found yourself driving on Interstate 5 near dazzling snow-capped Mount Shasta, an exit sign for a uniquely named town, population 2,700, may have caught your eye: “Weed, next 3 exits.”
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Maybe you’ve stopped in for gas and spotted some giggling 20-somethings taking photos by a mural on the side of a souvenir shop.

Or maybe you’ve peeked inside that shop in search of the perfect double-entendre T-shirt.
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At The Weed Store, you can buy a T-shirt that reads, “I (heart) Weed,” “The Weed Police” or “University of Weed.”

You can also buy shot glasses, keychains — pretty much any item you could possibly desire with the town’s distinctive name emblazoned on it.
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19 Apr
The most interesting true crimes are often the ones that sound so unlikely that they verge on fiction.

Hulu’s new series “Sasquatch” investigates rumors that three cannabis farmworkers were murdered by the legendary forest monster Sasquatch.
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The series follows gonzo journalist David Holthouse as he investigates an anecdote he heard at a cannabis farm in Northern California in the 1990s. 
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The area best known as a hotbed of cannabis cultivation has gained a reputation in popular culture as a particularly dangerous region, partially due to the Netflix series “Murder Mountain.” 
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19 Apr
Yet another skydiver has died at the Skydive Lodi Parachute Center.

The skydiving school in San Joaquin County is now the site of 22 recorded deaths since opening in 1981.
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Nine of those deaths have occurred since 2016, according to the FAA.

The woman died Saturday afternoon, officials said. A parachutist who jumped with her called the sheriff's office reporting that the victim's parachute became tangled.
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"What was reported to us from someone who witnessed the [incident]… was that the chute failed to fully open as she was coming down and it was heavily tangled around her," the San Joaquin County Sheriff's Office said.
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12 Apr
The purported largest freestanding boulder in the world, Giant Rock, stands seven stories tall, weighs an astonishing 30,000 tons and covers an astounding 5,800 square feet on the ground. 

It’s hard to say exactly when Giant Rock’s story starts.
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There are endless theories about how Giant Rock ended up in the middle of the desert.

People have speculated that the rock is an erosional remnant, that it dates back to the last Ice Age and even that it was left by extraterrestrials.
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The first real national attention for Giant Rock came in the ‘30s when prospector Frank Critzer used dynamite to blow a hole under it and then built a small subterranean apartment underneath.

(A 1940 issue of Popular Science claims his apartment was a roomy 24ft by 36ft.)
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7 Apr
“If you tell a 30-something male that he’s Jesus Christ, he’s inclined to believe you.”

The striking quote sums up WeWork co-founder and former CEO Adam Neumann's tendency to distort reality.
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Founded in 2010 in New York’s SoHo district, WeWork quickly became the biggest name in the co-working industry by attracting hip tech startups with sleek designs and millennial perks like cold brew coffee. 
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The company thrived on a work hard, play hard culture that included alcohol-fueled WeWork Summer Camp events which were dubbed “Fyre Fest done right.”
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6 Apr
If you got a COVID-19 vaccine, then you likely received a paper card that confirms you were inoculated.
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Since a countrywide vaccine passport program that would allow you to download an app as proof of immunization hasn't been developed yet, this card will be your ticket to activities with vaccine requirements.
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Some cruise lines have announced vaccine requirements to sail, for example.

In San Francisco, Giants fans need proof of a negative COVID test or vaccination to attend a game.
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6 Apr
Disneyland has dropped its list of which attractions won't be operating when the resort reopens on April 30.

Here's what won't be operating, at least initially, when Disneyland and Disney's California Adventure open to guests:
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Some of these are not a surprise.

Jungle Cruise is being renovated to remove culturally insensitive depictions, and Astro Blasters and the Matterhorn are also listed as "closed for refurbishment."
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Many of the other still-shuttered attractions are indoor-only, like the castle walkthrough and the Main Street Cinema. 
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6 Apr
California Gov. Gavin Newsom said Tuesday the state will advance out of the color-coded tier system that restricts businesses in less than three months if cases continue to decline, vaccines continue to roll out and people continue to wear their masks.

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"We are moving beyond the blueprint," said Newsom.

"On June 15, we will be moving beyond the blueprint and getting ride of the colored tiers. We’ll be getting rid of the dimmer switch."
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The governor added that "it will be back to business as usual."

With the end to the tier system, California will move into this next phase where the state is fully reopened. 
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6 Apr
Featuring everything from full-page ads for the Grateful Dead to interviews with Timothy Leary, no other publication epitomized the alternative ideals of a generation quite like the San Francisco Oracle.
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It embodied the alternative ideals of a whole generation, and incarnated a new way of utopian living that for a millisecond actually seemed like an enduring possibility.
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Founded in 1966 by New Yorker-turned-San Franciscan Allen Cohen, the underground paper played a crucial role in provoking, accelerating, and reflecting an exhilarating new movement the city would forever be linked to: the psychedelic '60s.
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31 Mar
No one is sure what he's looking for, or why he's so far from home.

He may be in search of territory, mates or prey, but whatever OR-93 is seeking, it's taken him on an unprecedented journey that's gripped wildlife watchers for over two months now. 
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The most recent update from the young male grey wolf's collar reveals that he's closer than ever to the Bay Area.
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"The last reading we received was Saturday and showed him to be in San Benito County," California Department of Fish and Wildlife's Jordan Traverso tells SFGATE.

"He has crossed both 99 and Interstate 5 while he’s been in the state."
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31 Mar
Austin has something of a mythic reputation in the Bay Area.

It's come to represent a land of opportunity for those priced out of SF, and especially during the pandemic, an escape route for tech workers no longer bound by physical offices.
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“Silicon Hills,” a nickname seldom spoken aloud in the Lone Star State, has come to represent the city’s burgeoning reputation as a tech hub.

And every day more tech companies seem to be fleeing for triple digit temps and zero digit state income taxes.
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As more and more Silicon Valley workers decamp for Austin, the expectation is that the grass will be greener.
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29 Mar
Salesforce tower was built to stand for centuries.

But just a few years after the skyscraper at 415 Mission was completed, Salesforce announced that the majority of its workforce will no longer be working there, or in any S.F. offices, ever again.
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When the Eye of Sauron beamed out over SF from Salesforce Tower, it struck @AndrewChamings as too close to the bone.

"When you’ve built a corporate monolith that forever changes how the city looks and feels, are you allowed to be in on the joke?"
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"Building the tallest building in a city was a common 20th century pissing match.

It was considered gauche when newspaper and sugar magnates tried to outbuild each other in SF in the 1890s, and it took an earthquake to end that ego-off."
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27 Mar
Oakland California Highway Patrol introduced the world to a pigment-free procyon named Timmy on Friday.

The albino raccoon is reportedly living on the Bay Bridge, and by the looks of the video shared on CHP's Instagram, he's a friendly beast.
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"Timmy was first discovered by one of our Oakland Graveyard Officers about a year ago. We are unsure why Timmy is so friendly, but one thing is for sure, he’s always watching our six," the agency commented alongside the video.
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The footage shows Timmy living his best life, approaching the officers and inspecting their vehicle.
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26 Mar
In the past few months, a new acronym has hit the internet that's been nearly unavoidable: NFT.

Some NFTs have been selling for astronomical prices, and now a San Francisco street artist has gotten in on the craze.
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Best known for the ubiquitous honey bear posters seen all around San Francisco, artist fnnch recently created an image depicting three tech titans' appearance on audio social networking app Clubhouse on March 18.
Facebook's Mark Zuckerberg, Spotify's Daniel Ek and Shopify's Tobi Lütke received the honey bear treatment, and the digital NFT version sold for the cryptocurrency equivalent of $64,610.78.
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25 Mar
Within the span of an hour one March evening in 2020, the world changed dramatically.

Tom Hanks tested positive for COVID-19 and Donald Trump issued a travel ban. And then there was the Masked Singer.
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To sing the swan song for life as we knew it up to that point was former Alaska governor and former vice-presidential contender Sarah Palin, dressed in a pink-purple bear costume, stumbling over the words to Sir Mix-A-Lot's “Baby Got Back.”
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"At that moment," writes @joshua_Bote, "'The Masked Singer' wormed its way into history — the deeply wretched few hours in which Americans understood, at least culturally, that the coronavirus was not like anything most had witnessed in their lifetimes."
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25 Mar
California is taking a big step in its vaccine rollout, offering the shots to the general population next month.

The state announced it will expand vaccine eligibility to residents 50 and over beginning April 1, and those 16 and over starting April 15.
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The state opted to open up vaccines to the broader population as supply increases.

"The light at the end of the tunnel continues to get brighter," Gov. @GavinNewsom said in a statement.
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Officials estimated that vaccine supply will flood the state next month, with supply reaching 2.5 million first and second doses per week in the first half of April and 3 million doses in the second half of the month.
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25 Mar
In a hot mic incident recorded over the Mineta San Jose International Airport’s air traffic control scanner, an unidentified pilot was heard delivering an expletive-heavy rant.
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The pilot who delivered the anti-Bay Area rant has been confirmed to be an employee of Southwest Airlines, the airline confirmed.

A spokesman for the company did not identify the pilot but said that they are "fully addressing the situation internally."
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The audio is archived online at Live ATC, a website that livestreams air traffic control audio transmissions.

Though the audio is fuzzy and the context of the remarks unclear, the pilot can be heard repeatedly cursing.
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24 Mar
A job listing from Murphy-Goode Winery went viral last weekend as a dream job: Live rent-free in Sonoma County, drink wine, take in the scenery and make $10,000 a month.

The opportunity sounds almost too good to be true.
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What exactly does the job entail, besides drinking wine and exploring “the many beautiful features of Wine Country”?

The job listing is intentionally vague because the winery is asking applicants to “pitch us their ultimate dream job."
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The job search is actually a revival of a similar 2009 job search that offered the winning applicant housing, $10,000 a month and a position marketing Murphy-Goode wines via social media.

Hardy Wallace won the original "Really Goode Job" search.
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24 Mar
“If I had never gone to that first Charli show, who knows where my life would be now?” says @poison_oakland.

@charli_xcx invited her to be in a documentary about the making of her latest album during a pandemic: “alone together.”
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What’s captivating about “alone together” isn’t just the story of a pop star living in quarantine, but also how the documentary addresses the loss of LGBTQ+ spaces and the resulting impact on the communities they serve. 
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Among other things, Oakland discusses how the loss of gigs led her to undergo somewhat of an identity crisis.

“I had events and gigs all lined up and all of that was canceled. Now, I feel like part of me is missing.”
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22 Mar
Being protected from COVID-19 is the most obvious benefit of getting vaccinated, but here's another one: free doughnuts.

Starting Monday, anyone who shows proof of vaccination at Krispy Kreme will receive a free glazed doughnut.
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If you're really into Krispy Kreme, you can do this every single day for the rest of 2021.

“We all want to get COVID-19 behind us as fast as possible and we want to support everyone doing their part to make the country safe,” said a representative.
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For doughnut-obtaining purposes, it doesn't matter if you haven't snagged your second shot yet — anyone who has received at least one of the two shots of the Moderna or Pfizer vaccine or one shot of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine is eligible.
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