• 1 boater dead, another missing in Half Moon Bay1 boater dead, another missing in Half Moon Bay

    One man was dead and another missing after an unmanned speedboat was discovered spinning in circles about a quarter mile from the Half Moon Bay harbor, according to authorities. A 17-foot Boston Whaler was spotted off of Martin’s Beach around 1:49 p.m. The Coast Guard said that a body was pulled out of the water about 5 p.m., and that a search has been launched for a second person believed to be aboard the boat. While the boaters have been identified, their names were not being released. Petty Officer Cory Mendenhall said the U.S. Coast Guard got reports of a boat “doing doughnuts” offshore south of Pillar Point. Authorities let the boat run out of gas before towing it away.

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  • Gearing up for holiday with Bicycle SundayGearing up for holiday with Bicycle Sunday

    With the crush of holiday season looming just days away, 39-year-old Lisa Cresson hoisted her spandex bicycle leggings up her thighs, filled her water bottle and clipped her helmet securely in place: Time for the “Sanity Ride.” Any children with you? “Oh my God, no,” Cresson exclaimed, as she joined the approximately 2,000 other cyclists, joggers, skaters and strollers who set out from the area surrounding a 2.5-mile stretch of Cañada Road overlooking Upper Crystal Springs Reservoir while it was closed to car traffic for six hours during the weekly Bicycle Sunday.

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  • Small plane crashes into San Jose home; 3 hurtSmall plane crashes into San Jose home; 3 hurt

    A small airplane carrying a flight instructor and a student crashed into a house in a residential neighborhood in San Jose on Sunday afternoon, injuring all three people aboard the aircraft. The Cessna 172 airplane crashed into a garage on the 2100 block of Evelyn Avenue in East San Jose at about 3 p.m. All three passengers were transported to a hospital. Nobody in the house was injured, although several residents were home in the back of the house when the accident occurred. The garage the plane smashed into had been converted into a residential space, but nobody was there at the time.

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  • Man rescued from under train at Montgomery BART Station in SFMan rescued from under train at Montgomery BART Station in SF

    A man was transported to the hospital with serious injuries after being pinned under a train Sunday morning at the Montgomery BART Station in San Francisco, officials said. The incident was reported about 10:50 a.m. and halted service from the Montgomery Station to the East Bay, according to BART officials, with major delays systemwide. San Francisco trains didn’t stop at Montgomery. By about noon, train service at Montgomery had been restored. The San Francisco Fire Department responded to the scene and rescued the man, who was not immediately identified. He was transported to the hospital with serious injuries.

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  • Why Californians will have to pay for new ID cards soonWhy Californians will have to pay for new ID cards soon

    Your current California driver's license or ID card soon won't be accepted by the TSA so you can board a flight or by federal agents so you can enter certain government facilities.

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  • Trader Joe’s recalls salads after supplier detects shards of glassTrader Joe’s recalls salads after supplier detects shards of glass

    Grocery chain Trader Joe’s announced Saturday that it has recalled several packaged salads after a supplier found shards of glass and hard plastic inside. The company announced on its website that containers of its white meat chicken salad, curried white chicken deli salad and turkey cranberry apple salad may be contaminated if they expire on any date from Nov. 10 through 21 and are labeled with the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s “inspected” code P-40299. The warning applies only to white meat chicken and curried white chicken deli salads sold in Arizona, California, Nevada, Utah, Colorado, Louisiana, New Mexico, Oklahoma or Texas.

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  • North Bay congressmen outraged that Trump hasn’t funded fire reliefNorth Bay congressmen outraged that Trump hasn’t funded fire relief

    Stunned that a White House request for $44 billion in disaster relief funds didn’t include a penny for fire victims in Northern California, two North Bay congressmen delivered a strong rebuke to President Trump on Saturday. “These are Americans in a time of need, and the administration is supposed to be helping, not playing political games,” said Rep. Mike Thompson, D-St. Helena. He and a fellow Democrat, Rep. Jared Huffman of San Rafael, are increasing the pressure on the White House to set aside the $7.4 billion that Gov. Jerry Brown is seeking for wildfire victims. “We were sure hoping it would be in this package,” Thompson said, adding that Brown requested the $7.

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  • 3 dead, 1 critically injured in San Jose fire3 dead, 1 critically injured in San Jose fire

    Three people died in a fire in San Jose early Saturday, officials said. Firefighters got to the scene of blaze at a two-story apartment building on the 500 block of South Ninth Street in downtown San Jose just before 5 a.m., said Capt. Mike Van Elgort, a spokesman for the Fire Department. A man in his early 20s and a 14-year-old girl were confirmed dead at the scene. They were not immediately identified. Their parents were transported to a hospital where the woman later died of her injuries. Firefighters knocked down the fire by 5:30 a.m., according to Van Elgort. The cause is under investigation, though it appears to have started in the kitchen.

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  • Santa Rosa neighborhoods hold ‘garage non-sale’ for wildfire victimsSanta Rosa neighborhoods hold ‘garage non-sale’ for wildfire victims

    The largest community garage sale in Santa Rosa history wasn’t a sale, really. That’s because everything was free for survivors of the destructive Wine Country wildfires, earning it the name the “garage non-sale.” Residents throughout the city whose homes were untouched by the flames gave away everything from clothes and toys to furniture and household appliances Saturday. Sonoma County bore the brunt of the wildfires that broke out Oct. 8. The Tubbs and Nuns fires killed 23 people in the county — more than half the 43 lives lost in the disaster. Thousands of homes were destroyed in Santa Rosa alone.

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  • Marjorie Schwartz, teacher killed in Tubbs Fire, was known for compassionMarjorie Schwartz, teacher killed in Tubbs Fire, was known for compassion

    Marjorie Schwartz’s kindness and compassion went beyond the classroom. She taught English as a second language, and those who knew her said her teaching style was patient and she always took an interest in people around her. “She was a woman who was passionate about teaching. That’s what she did,” said Steve Smith, Ms. Schwartz’s brother-in-law. “She was very kind, very well liked.” Ms. Schwartz, of Santa Rosa, was one of 22 people killed in the Tubbs Fire, the deadliest of the blazes that destroyed large swaths of Northern California last month. She was 68. Denise Harrison, 54, recalled meeting Ms.

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  • San Pablo man identified as victim in SF freeway dump truck rolloverSan Pablo man identified as victim in SF freeway dump truck rollover

    The driver of a dump truck who was killed when the truck rolled over in a collision with a Muni bus has been identified, officials said Saturday. Cesar Octavio Trujillo-Gonzalez, a 38-year-old San Pablo resident, was identified as the driver, according to the San Francisco medical examiner’s office. The crash occurred at around 4 p.m. Friday on southbound Highway 101, snarling the evening commute traffic for hours, officials said. Trujillo-Gonzalez was pinned under a vehicle, according to the California Highway Patrol. Five individuals in the Muni bus had minor injuries. Hamed Aleaziz is a San Francisco Chronicle staff writer.

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  • These are the worst times to drive around Thanksgiving, according to AAA and WazeThese are the worst times to drive around Thanksgiving, according to AAA and Waze

    Drivers getting out of the Bay for Thanksgiving this year will almost certainly come face to face with an absurd number of other cars on the road, doing the exact same thing.

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  • 1 person killed and 5 injured as SF crash delays traffic on Hwy. 1011 person killed and 5 injured as SF crash delays traffic on Hwy. 101

    The driver of a dump truck was killed after it rolled over in a collision with a Muni bus during the evening commute Friday near San Francisco General Hospital, authorities said. The collision occurred just before 4 p.m. on southbound Interstate 101, near the Vermont Street off-ramp just behind San Francisco General Hospital, said Lt. Jonathan Baxter with the San Francisco Fire Department. The lanes on southbound Interstate 101 reopened about 8:15 p.m. after being shut down for several hours resulting in a traffic gridlock. The CHP reported that a man, whose name was not released, was pinned under a vehicle. By about 4:45 p.m., the coroner was called to the scene.

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  • De León wants Mendoza removed from Senate committees amid harassment probeDe León wants Mendoza removed from Senate committees amid harassment probe

    SACRAMENTO — Leaders in the California Senate will vote this month on whether to strip a fellow senator of his coveted committee chairmanship after a third woman stepped forward with allegations of sexual misconduct. The move by Senate President Kevin de León, D-Los Angeles, to oust Sen. Tony Mendoza, D-Artesia (Los Angeles County), from his appointed positions came after a third woman told the Sacramento Bee on Thursday that she was sexually harassed by Mendoza while working in his office. The move also comes a week after de León, who is trying to unseat U.S. Sen. Dianne Feinstein in 2018, moved out of the Sacramento home he shared with Mendoza.

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  • 9 Things You Didn’t See on TV From the New England Patriots v Oakland Raiders in Mexico City9 Things You Didn’t See on TV From the New England Patriots v Oakland Raiders in Mexico City

    Trump’s dreams of building a wall didn’t stop NFL fans from flooding to Mexico City this weekend, as the New England Patriots took on the Oakland Raiders at Estadio Azteca Stadium. It was the first trip south of the border for Tom Brady and co., while the Raiders — who treated it as a home game — were down there last year against the Houston Texans. While most viewers watched from home or in sports bars via CBS, TheWrap ventured down to Mexico City for the historic game. Also Read: Tom Brady Calls Trump's NFL Player Protest Remarks 'Divisive' (Audio) Here are nueve (nine) things you didn’t see on TV. 1.

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  • ‘Search Party’ EP Teases Season 2: ‘They Murdered a Man’ and Someone ‘Knows Their Secret’‘Search Party’ EP Teases Season 2: ‘They Murdered a Man’ and Someone ‘Knows Their Secret’

    “Search Party” was an appropriate title for the freshman season of TBS’ hit dark comedy about a young New Yorker who enlists her friends to search for a missing girl. But now that their search is over – and, as it turned out, she wasn’t missing at all – will they have to change the name of the show? “There’s still a search happening because there’s a dead person, and there is an investigation into who he is and who killed him,” executive producer and co-creator, Michael Showalter, tells TheWrap. “So, in a way, they were doing the searching in the first season, and in the second season, someone else is doing the searching and they’re doing the hiding.” The Season 1 finale was quite a shocker.

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  • WWE ‘Survivor Series': Watch The Shield Triple Power-Bomb Kofi Kingston From the Ropes (Video)WWE ‘Survivor Series': Watch The Shield Triple Power-Bomb Kofi Kingston From the Ropes (Video)

    It’s a new day, yes it is. Three-man WWE tag-team The New Day did not survive the opening match of Sunday’s “Survivor Series.” Fellow threesome The Shield just dropped the opposing trio — some members from greater heights than others. The “Monday Night Raw” representatives conquered the “SmackDown Live” one in pretty killer fashion — just ask Kofi Kingston’s back. And neck. And whomever will have to help him walk to and from the bathroom tonight.

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  • Becky Lynch Shares Next Milestones for WWE’s ‘Women’s Revolution’Becky Lynch Shares Next Milestones for WWE’s ‘Women’s Revolution’

    Becky Lynch is one of the “Four Horsewomen” leading the ongoing WWE “Women’s Revolution,” and on Sunday, she’s the only one of that quartet captaining a team at pay-per-view “Survivor Series.” So, yeah, we’d say the “Irish Lass-Kicker” is qualified to lay out the movement’s next milestones. TheWrap asked Lynch what she sees as the next progession towards in-ring equality. Many squared-circle enthusiasts believe a women’s match headlining “WrestleMania” is the ultimate “made it” moment, so we specifically asked the first-ever SmackDown Women’s Champion to steer clear of that one in her answer.

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  • ‘Three Billboards’ and ‘Lady Bird’ Stay Strong at Indie Box Office‘Three Billboards’ and ‘Lady Bird’ Stay Strong at Indie Box Office

    The two Oscar contenders that have dominated the indie box office, Fox Searchlight’s “Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri” and A24’s “Lady Bird,” continued to fire on all cylinders as they continued their expansion, with both films cracking the top 10 among all movies this weekend. In its second weekend, “Three Billboards” expanded to 53 screens and grossed $1.11 million for a per screen average of $21,038. “Lady Bird,” meanwhile, continued its own strong run by expanding to 238 screens in its third weekend and making $2.5 million for a PSA of $10,630 and a cume of $4.7 million. “Lady Bird” will expand nationwide for Thanksgiving weekend.

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  • Jeffrey Tambor: ‘I Don’t See How I Can Return to ‘Transparent”Jeffrey Tambor: ‘I Don’t See How I Can Return to ‘Transparent”

    Jeffrey Tambor released a statement on Sunday addressing his future on the Amazon show “Transparent,” saying he doesn’t think he will be coming back for the show’s fifth season after two transgender women on set accused him of sexual harassment. “Playing Maura Pfefferman on ‘Transparent’ has been one of the greatest privileges and creative experiences of my life,” the Emmy winning actor said. “What has become clear over the past weeks, however, is that this is no longer the job I signed up for four years ago.” “I’ve already made clear my deep regret if any action of mine was ever misinterpreted by anyone as being aggressive, but the idea that I would deliberately harass anyone is simply and utterly untrue.

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  • Al Franken Will Be Cut From PBS’ Kennedy Center Tribute to David LettermanAl Franken Will Be Cut From PBS’ Kennedy Center Tribute to David Letterman

    In the wake of last week’s sexual harassment headlines surrounding Al Franken, PBS is cutting the U.S. Senator and “Saturday Night Live” alum from their taped broadcast of the Kennedy Center’s Mark Twain Prize ceremony for David Letterman. The tribute, which will air on PBS on Monday night, took place in Washington D.C. on Oct. 23 and saw several of Letterman’s peers, including Franken, give tributes to the former “Late Show” host. PBS says it will edit Franken’s speech out of the broadcast, saying in a statement that “PBS and WETA, the producing station, felt that the inclusion of Senator Franken in the broadcast at this time would distract from the show’s purpose as a celebration of American humor.

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  • 3 Reasons ‘Justice League’ Found Kryptonite at the Box Office3 Reasons ‘Justice League’ Found Kryptonite at the Box Office

    “Justice League” is a film years in the making, filled with some of the most recognizable superheroes in all of pop culture. And yet, this weekend, it has failed to even crack the top 50 highest box office openings of all-time. The film was expected to gross $110-120 million this weekend, well below the openings for “Suicide Squad” and “Batman v Superman,” but more than “Wonder Woman” and on the level of “Man of Steel.” Instead, it has posted an opening of just $96 million, the first WB/DC live-action film to fail to open to over $100 million since “Green Lantern” in 2011. It ranks eighth among all openings this year, below films like “The Fate of the Furious,” “Wonder Woman” and all three Marvel Studios releases.

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  • Earle Hyman, Grandpa Huxtable on ‘Cosby Show,’ Dies at 91Earle Hyman, Grandpa Huxtable on ‘Cosby Show,’ Dies at 91

    Earle Hyman, actor of screen and stage best known as Grandpa Huxtable on “The Cosby Show,” died Thursday at age 91. For 40 episodes spanning the famed sitcom’s eight-season run, Hyman appeared in a recurring role as Cliff Huxtable’s father, Russell, who would often butt heads with his son in comedic fashion while serving as a voice of wisdom to his grandchildren. Once a famous jazz trombonist named “Slide” Huxtable, Russell and his wife, Anna (Clarice Taylor), were the centerpiece of two of the show’s most famous episodes in Seasons 2 and 3, when the Huxtables put together lip-synch and dance routines for them to celebrate their wedding anniversary. Hyman’s work on the episode earned him an Emmy nomination.

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  • ‘Search Party:’ a Quick Refresher So You Don’t Have to Re-Binge Season 1‘Search Party:’ a Quick Refresher So You Don’t Have to Re-Binge Season 1

    Calling all amateur sleuths: it’s time to step away from your hipster coffee, don your hipster glasses and return to the wild world of “Search Party.” Spoilers ahead for Season 1. Alia Shawkat, John Early, John Reynolds and Meredith Hagner return to TBS for Season 2 on Nov. 19, and this time, the stakes are much, much higher … considering the foursome low-key committed murder at the end of Season 1. If you’re like me, you binged all 10 episodes in a weekend, a year ago, and so it might be time for a refresher.

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  • The Worst Parts of ‘Justice League,’ From Superman’s CGI Mouth to That Underwater BattleThe Worst Parts of ‘Justice League,’ From Superman’s CGI Mouth to That Underwater Battle

    “Justice League,” while certainly never approaching the creative nadir that was the DC movie “Suicide Squad,” is really just not a good movie. It’s silly-but-not-in-a-good-way, it’s nonsensical, it’s sort of inexplicably chaotic. “Justice League” is, at the end of the day, simply a movie that’s very hard to understand what its deal is. So, in honor of that creative accomplishment, let’s take a look at its absolutely worst parts. The Atlantis fight Let me just say that I have complete faith that James Wan, who is one of the best filmmakers working today, will not have anything in his standalone “Aquaman” movie that looks as terrible as the Atlantis fight in “Justice League.” Whatever Warner Bros. spent on this sequence, it was too much.

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  • Every WWE Champion Ever, Ranked by Number of Reigns (Photos)Every WWE Champion Ever, Ranked by Number of Reigns (Photos)

    Pro-wrestling title belts change hands (or waists) like grapplers change trunks these days, though it wasn’t always that way. With “Survivor Series” just around the corner featuring a card of Champion vs. Champion matches, TheWrap decided to grace the Internet with a little history lesson. Scroll through our gallery to see every WWE Champion ever, ranked by their numbers of title reigns. Remember: this is a list of those who won the WWWF Championship, the WWF Championship or the WWE Championship. So don’t come after us, Universal Champions, et al. Below is a random sample from our full stable.

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  • Russell Simmons Says Encounter With 17-Year-Old Model Was ‘Completely Consensual’Russell Simmons Says Encounter With 17-Year-Old Model Was ‘Completely Consensual’

    Russell Simmons responded on Sunday to a Los Angeles Times article in which model Keri Claussen Khalighi said the Def Jam producer sexually assaulted her when she was 17 while movie producer Brett Ratner watched. Simmons confirmed that he and Khalighi encountered each other in 1991, but said that everything that happened was “completely consensual.” “We spent time in my apartment over a period of two days and one night, as well as at some public places including Nell’s Nightclub,” Simmons said in a statement. “Much of the time we were in the presence of other acquaintances. I’m deeply saddened and truly shocked to learn of Keri’s assertions as to what happened over the course of that weekend.

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  • ‘Justice League’ Posts DC Universe’s Worst Box Office Opening With $96 Million‘Justice League’ Posts DC Universe’s Worst Box Office Opening With $96 Million

    The box office delivered a shock this weekend, as “Justice League” is about to become the first installment of the DC Extended Universe to fall short of $100 million in its opening weekend. With an estimated $96 million from 4,051 screens, it’s 44 percent lower than the series-best $166 million opening by “Batman v Superman” last year, and the lowest opening for a live-action Warner Bros./DC film since “Green Lantern” in 2011. This film was supposed to be the high point for the DCEU, following off the momentum made by “Wonder Woman” earlier this year by having the popular heroine join forces with Batman, Cyborg, The Flash, Aquaman and a resurrected Superman.

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  • Museum of Ice Cream to release surprise batch of tickets for Small Business SaturdayMuseum of Ice Cream to release surprise batch of tickets for Small Business Saturday

    The Museum of Ice Cream in San Francisco will soon drop a small batch of surprise tickets in honor of Small Business Saturday, on November 25.

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  • Beer in the Bay: Golden Road approved for Oakland as craft brewers release 'The Winning Team'Beer in the Bay: Golden Road approved for Oakland as craft brewers release 'The Winning Team'

    Every Friday morning, SFGATE finds the biggest headlines in local (and sometimes national) beer. Check back here weekly for news, events, and information about special releases from your favorite local breweries.

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  • A Chick-fil-A is offering free chicken for a year, if you can help unravel a crimeA Chick-fil-A is offering free chicken for a year, if you can help unravel a crime

    Calling all crime sleuths-slash-fast food fans!

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  • Two Trader Joe's products part of nationwide food recall due to listeriaTwo Trader Joe's products part of nationwide food recall due to listeria

    Yorgo's Foods pulled all of its Greek-style food items off shelves Wednesday, including two products made for Trader Joe's, after a routine sampling found listeria in one of its products.

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  • Oakland approves Golden Road Brewing's plans to open Temescal beer garden and brew pubOakland approves Golden Road Brewing's plans to open Temescal beer garden and brew pub

    The City of Oakland has approved Golden Road Brewing's proposal to open a brew pub and beer garden in the Temescal neighborhood, a Golden Road spokesperson told SFGATE.

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  • Inside See’s Candies South San Francisco factory: See how they craft chocolates by handInside See’s Candies South San Francisco factory: See how they craft chocolates by hand

    The scent that one whiffs when opening those one-pound boxes of chocolate is in the air here, as workers process the 29 million or so pieces of candy that move through this location each year.

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  • Bay Area company recalls frozen food over listeria concernsBay Area company recalls frozen food over listeria concerns

    A Bay Area food brand has voluntarily recalled one of its frozen microwaveable products, due to a possible bacterial contamination.

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  • Mark Wahlberg's hamburger restaurant opens in Palo AltoMark Wahlberg's hamburger restaurant opens in Palo Alto

    Wahlburgers opened in Palo Alto on Sunday, the first of eight such franchises slated for the Bay Area in the next few years.

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  • 'Star Wars'-themed bar to open in three U.S. cities this month'Star Wars'-themed bar to open in three U.S. cities this month

    This month, "Star Wars" mega fans will be able to visit a place where The Force is as strong as the drinks are.

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  • Beer in the Bay: Magnolia turns 20 and Bay Area brewers craft beer inspired by Mount SutroBeer in the Bay: Magnolia turns 20 and Bay Area brewers craft beer inspired by Mount Sutro

    Every Friday morning, SFGATE finds the biggest headlines in local (and sometimes national) beer. Check back here weekly for news, events, and information about special releases from your favorite local breweries.

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  • Price comparison: Does Berkeley Bowl beat Trader Joe’s and Whole Foods?Price comparison: Does Berkeley Bowl beat Trader Joe’s and Whole Foods?

    Judging by the crowds at the store on Sundays, lots of other East Bay families agree. 

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  • Whole Foods’ trend forecast for 2018Whole Foods’ trend forecast for 2018

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  • Whole Foods predicts mushroom coffee and watermelon rinds will be a hit in 2018Whole Foods predicts mushroom coffee and watermelon rinds will be a hit in 2018

    Mushroom infused coffee and pickled watermelon rinds are going to be huge in 2018, at least according to Whole Foods. The supermarket just released its food trends forecast for 2018 and revealed a list of peculiar items that range from the standard to the just plain weird.

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  • Here are the best spots in SoMa and FiDi to grab lunch without the waitHere are the best spots in SoMa and FiDi to grab lunch without the wait

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  • Best gift splurges under $250Best gift splurges under $250

    Sonos One Cnet rating: 4.5 stars out of 5 The good: The Sonos One integrates full-fledged Alexa voice control, just like an Amazon Echo speaker but with better sound quality. It offers most of Alexa’s smart home controls and its far-field microphone performs similarly to an Echo. The One works seamlessly as part of a Sonos multiroom system, and can pair with another One for stereo sound. In 2018 Sonos will add Google Assistant, and Apple AirPlay 2 support is coming too. The bad: The One costs twice as much as the new Echo. It cannot form a stereo pair with an existing Sonos Play:1.

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  • Amazon sellers brood as states come calling for taxesAmazon sellers brood as states come calling for taxes

    SEATTLE — Amazon and the tax collector are at it again. For years, the company and state governments scuffled over Amazon’s resistance to charging state sales tax, which helped keep prices low on its e-commerce site and angered politicians and other retailers. Eventually, Amazon began adding the tax in states across the country. But there was a loophole. Amazon added the tax only when the item came from its own inventory, not from the millions of independent merchants who sell products through Amazon’s website. Amazon left it up to those sellers — who account for half of all items sold on the site — to collect sales tax on their own.

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  • Plugging into the gig economy, from home with a headsetPlugging into the gig economy, from home with a headset

    DURHAM, N.C. — The gathering in a private dining room at a Mexican restaurant had the fervent energy of a megachurch service, or maybe an above-average “Oprah” episode — a mix of revival-style confession and extravagant empathy. There were souls to be won. “By the end of the day, Kelly’s going to be an agent,” the group’s square-jawed leader said. “Kelly went through the process a while ago, then life happens, now she’s back. Her commitment to me that she made earlier, she looked me right in the eyes and told me she’s going to be an agent.” Paradise, for these pilgrims, lies at one end of a phone line.

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  • TED talks empire grapples with sexual harassmentTED talks empire grapples with sexual harassment

    When Gretchen Carlson, a former Fox News anchor who now campaigns against sexual harassment, took the stage at a TED event this month, she described 2017 as a tipping point in the fight against workplace misconduct. But behind the scenes, TED owner Chris Anderson and other senior officials had been grappling with accusations for much of the year that their own conferences, famed for turning short speeches by leading figures into viral videos, had not been a safe place for women — and that the atmosphere of predatory male behavior was getting worse.

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  • Vancouver limits Airbnb in effort to combat housing crisisVancouver limits Airbnb in effort to combat housing crisis

    Trying to ease its severe housing shortage, Vancouver has moved to limit short-term rentals, a measure particularly targeting Airbnb. The new regulations, passed last week by the City Council, bar businesses from offering short-term rentals through Airbnb and similar services; individuals will be allowed to rent only their principal residences. Suites in basements, above garages or in coach houses can no longer be offered as short-term rentals. The city, the largest in British Columbia, is struggling with both exceptionally high housing prices and unusually low vacancy rates for apartments and houses. Officials hope the restrictions will free up more housing for long-term rentals.

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  • Trying out Google’s translating headphonesTrying out Google’s translating headphones

    Google has set out to make its mark on the headphone world with Pixel Buds — wireless headphones that can control your phone and claim to translate conversations. But how do they stack up? Google sent us a pair to review and find out. The most important thing you should know about Pixel Buds is that their full features only work with Google’s newest smartphone, the Pixel 2. Though they’ll function with other phones, you must have the Pixel 2 or Pixel 2 XL (which, buyer beware, have had some early quality-control issues) to access the Pixel Buds’ marquee feature: real-time translation. To be honest, it’s not exactly real-time.

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  • Amazon or Walmart? Some retailers are choosing alliancesAmazon or Walmart? Some retailers are choosing alliances

    Store chains feeling the upheaval in retail are making strategic alliances — and that can mean picking sides. Kohl’s shoppers can find Amazon devices at some stores, and return items they bought from the online retailer. Nike has made some of its sneakers available through Amazon. The owner of Sears is selling Kenmore appliances on Amazon in some markets. And Best Buy is teaming up with Amazon for voice shopping. Meanwhile, Walmart, which has the most store locations, is assembling a coalition of its own: buying smaller online brands and becoming the highest-profile partner to Google in voice shopping.

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  • Many admit to watching Netflix at work and in the bathroomMany admit to watching Netflix at work and in the bathroom

    Behold the versatile public restroom: It’s a refuge, a place to steel one’s nerves and, for some, a personal theater. According to new data from the video giant Netflix, about 12 percent of Americans who watch television shows or movies outside of the home admit to having done so in a public restroom. And 37 percent say they’ve watched at work. That’s according to the results of a survey commissioned by the Los Gatos company and conducted in the late summer by SurveyMonkey. The poll was based on responses from tens of thousands of people around the world, including 1,600 Americans, balanced by age and gender. It found that two-thirds of Americans stream movies and TV shows in public.

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  • ICYMI: Williams-Sonoma deal; Papa John’s Nazi woes; no Thiel at Y CombinatorICYMI: Williams-Sonoma deal; Papa John’s Nazi woes; no Thiel at Y Combinator

    If you missed it ... In a week when fans of Sean Hannity didn’t want to wake up and smell the Keurig-brewed coffee, this also happened: •Williams-Sonoma agreed to pay $112 million to buy Outward, a San Jose startup that handles augmented reality and 3-D imaging. Outward already had helped Williams-Sonoma create an app that let Pottery Barn customers see how a product would look in their homes. •“Better Ingredients. Fewer Nazis. Papa John’s.” OK, that isn’t exactly the slogan for the pizza chain, but things have been weird since CEO John Schnatter blamed the NFL’s national-anthem controversy for hurting its sales.

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  • UN panel agrees to move ahead with debate on ‘killer’ robotsUN panel agrees to move ahead with debate on ‘killer’ robots

    GENEVA — A U.N. panel agreed Friday to move ahead with talks to define and possibly set limits on weapons that can kill without human involvement, as human rights groups said governments are moving too slowly to keep up with advances in artificial intelligence that could put computers in control one day. Advocacy groups warned about the threats posed by such “killer robots” and aired a chilling video illustrating their possible uses on the sidelines of the first formal U.N. meeting of government experts on Lethal Autonomous Weapons Systems this week. More than 80 countries took part. Ambassador Amandeep Gill of India, who chaired the gathering, said participants plan to meet again in 2018.

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  • Stitch Fix’s IPO in the shadow of AmazonStitch Fix’s IPO in the shadow of Amazon

    Facing reduced expectations and the specter of competing with Amazon, San Francisco’s Stitch Fix went public Friday, with its stock rising only 1 percent from the initial public offering price of $15 a share. The IPO price itself had come in below the expectations, which were $18 to $20 a share. Still, the company did raise about $120 million and was valued at about $1.5 billion. Going public is perhaps the least of the challenges that confront the mail-order clothing service. Much bigger: whether it will be viable as a stand-alone business.

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  • Broadcom buys Brocade; Game Awards set; HomePod delayedBroadcom buys Brocade; Game Awards set; HomePod delayed

    Broadcom buys Brocade Broadcom Ltd. may never get its hands on Qualcomm, but it did wrap up its $5.5 billion purchase of network gear maker Brocade Communications Systems on Friday. Reuters reported that the two San Jose companies reached their deal a year ago and got U.S. antitrust approval in July. In the meantime, Broadcom made a $103 billion unsolicited bid for Qualcomm, a rival in wireless chips, this month, but has been turned down — at least so far.

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  • Bizarre Google instant answer results draw scrutinyBizarre Google instant answer results draw scrutiny

    You may have noticed that when you Google certain questions, a suggested answer is highlighted at the top of the page.The format, sometimes called an instant answer, is apparently popular — people like that they don't have to click through to another site for an — but it also pulls answers from some questionable sites, and Google is planning to scale back instant answers on fraught topics like religion and politics as a result, the company told the Wall Street Journal this week.

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  • Ship traffic, Nov. 20Ship traffic, Nov. 20

    Ship traffic Due to arrive today SHIP FROM PORT APL China San Pedro, Los Angeles County OAK

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  • Pacers dominate in 2nd half of win at MiamiPacers dominate in 2nd half of win at Miami

    Myles Turner made almost every shot he took for Indiana on Sunday night. Bojan Bogdanovic scored 26 points, Turner added 25 and the visiting Pacers embarrassed the Heat in the second half on the way to a 120-95 rout. “We moved the ball and guys were knocking down shots,” Indiana head coach Nate McMillan said. Turner made 11 of 14 shots for the Pacers, who won their third straight game overall and got their first win in Miami since Nov. 12, 2014. Each of the past 11 regular-season games in the series was won by the home team, until the Pacers emphatically changed that.

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  • No. 10 USC rallies, then beats Vanderbilt in OTNo. 10 USC rallies, then beats Vanderbilt in OT

    Jordan McLaughlin scored 35 points and 10th-ranked USC overcame a 10-point deficit midway through the second half for a 93-89 overtime victory over host Vanderbilt on Sunday night. McLaughlin tied it by hitting his fifth three-pointer of the game with 25.8 seconds left in regulation. He then scored the first five points of overtime. Vanderbilt head coach Bryce Drew said his team knew McLaughlin hadn’t hit a three through the first two games, so the Commodores (2-2) focused on defending USC leading scorer Bennie Boatwright and dunk threat Chimezie Metu. “We wanted to see how many (McLaughlin) could hit, and unfortunately, he hit one too many tonight,” Drew said.

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  • Raiders’ Mexico City ‘home game’ a boon for fansRaiders’ Mexico City ‘home game’ a boon for fans

    MEXICO CITY — It was a home game that didn’t feel like a home game. For the second straight year, the Raiders were obligated by the NFL to give up one of their eight home games and play in Mexico City. Last year, they pulled off a 27-20 victory over the Houston Texans. Sunday was not nearly as pleasant an outcome, as they were taken apart 33-8 by the Patriots in Azteca Stadium. Raiders head coach Jack Del Rio picked his words carefully when asked after Sunday’s game about playing in Mexico City. “We appreciate the hospitality. A lot of good people came out and supported us. It’s a great atmosphere. But it’s hard to call it a home game,” Del Rio said.

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  • Stanford teams narrowly advance in NCAA soccer tournamentsStanford teams narrowly advance in NCAA soccer tournaments

    The men’s and women’s soccer teams at Stanford advanced in NCAA tournaments Sunday. The top-seeded women won a tense affair on a 79th-minute goal from Jordan DiBiasi. Her fifth game-winning goal of the season beat Florida State 1-0 and moved the Cardinal into the quarterfinals. The ninth-seeded Cardinal men and Pacific were 0-0 after two overtimes. Stanford won it in a shootout as senior Nico Corti stopped two of three Pacific tries. Logan Panchot, Adam Mosharrafa, Corey Baird and Tanner Beason converted penalty kicks for Stanford, with Beason’s the decider. Both matches were played at Stanford’s Cagan Stadium.

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  • Avalanche rallies, then tops Red Wings in OTAvalanche rallies, then tops Red Wings in OT

    Nathan MacKinnon scored 2 minutes, 55 seconds into overtime after the Avalanche overcame a late two-goal deficit as Colorado beat the Red Wings 4-3 in Detroit on Sunday night. Niklas Kronwall put Detroit ahead 3-1 with 8:53 left in the third period, but Nail Yakupov made it 3-2 on a power play with 6:15 remaining before Carl Soderberg tied it with Colorado’s goalie pulled in the final minute. MacKinnon snapped a low shot to the short side past goalie Jimmy Howard for the winner. “I’ve liked the way our team’s kind of kept battling,” Colorado head coach Jared Bednar said.

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  • Obi Melifonwu starts at corner as Raiders ‘need more production’ from secondaryObi Melifonwu starts at corner as Raiders ‘need more production’ from secondary

    MEXICO CITY — With three healthy cornerbacks active Sunday against the Patriots, the Raiders started rookie safety Obi Melifonwu at cornerback in his second NFL game. Melifonwu had three tackles and was beaten multiple times in pass coverage, most visibly by speedy New England receiver Brandin Cooks on a 64-yard touchdown pass just after halftime. Head coach Jack Del Rio was asked after the Raiders’ 33-8 loss whether starting Melifonwu at an unfamiliar position had been a desperate move. “Yeah, a little bit,” Del Rio said. “We need more production. We’re willing to try just about anything and we talked about being lean there and needing more production from that spot.

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  • Chargers pick off 5 Nathan Peterman passes in rout of BillsChargers pick off 5 Nathan Peterman passes in rout of Bills

    CARSON, Los Angeles County — The Chargers have endured more than their share of close games and agonizing losses over the past two seasons, including five defeats by eight points or fewer this year alone. But thanks to a defense that humiliated rookie Buffalo quarterback Nathan Peterman for the entire first half, the Chargers enjoyed their most one-sided win in over three years Sunday. Casey Hayward made two of the Chargers’ five interceptions against Peterman in the first half, and Los Angeles cruised to a 54-24 victory over Buffalo. Korey Toomer returned Peterman’s third pass 59 yards for a touchdown after it bounced off Pat DiMarco’s hands.

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  • Emmett Naar leads St. Mary’s over San Jose StateEmmett Naar leads St. Mary’s over San Jose State

    St. Mary’s put away San Jose State 79-61 at the Event Center on Sunday night as the 21st-ranked Gaels improved to 4-0. The margins of victory in those four games: 17, 18, 19 and 18. Here are two other significant numbers in that four-game stretch: 38 and 5. Those would be the assist and turnover numbers for senior guard Emmett Naar. On Sunday, the Aussie had 12 assists, tying the career high he set in the Gaels’ 85-68 season-opening win over St. Francis (Pa.) on Nov. 11. Naar dealt with a knee problem throughout last season, but that’s merely a memory now.

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  • Without Kevin Durant, Warriors weather rough 2nd half to beat NetsWithout Kevin Durant, Warriors weather rough 2nd half to beat Nets

    NEW YORK — Twenty years from now, when NBA historians debate the greatest team ever, the Warriors should boast a few unique distinctions: the most dominant three-year stretch in league history, possibly four Hall of Famers — including two MVPs — in their prime, a bench loaded with former starters. Making the 2017-18 iteration especially uncommon is that this Golden State club tends to win even when it is without one of the best players in the world. With Kevin Durant sidelined by a sprained left ankle, the Warriors weathered a ghastly second half for a 118-111 victory Sunday night over the Nets at Barclays Center.

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  • Eagles virtually lock up NFC East title with win over CowboysEagles virtually lock up NFC East title with win over Cowboys

    No kicker, no problem for the Eagles. Carson Wentz threw for two touchdowns and three two-point conversions after Philadelphia lost kicker Jake Elliott to a head injury, and the visiting Eagles all but wrapped up the NFC East title with a 37-9 victory over Dallas on Sunday night. The Eagles (9-1) outscored the Cowboys 30-0 in the second half while extending their winning streak to eight games, their longest since 2003-04 and tied with New Orleans for the best current run in the NFL. Philadelphia leads the second-place and defending division champion Cowboys (5-5) by four games with six to play after handing Dallas its worst loss at 8-year-old AT&T Stadium.

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  • Raiders: Game grades vs. PatriotsRaiders: Game grades vs. Patriots

    Offense Marshawn Lynch and the rushing game had some nice plays, but falling behind early forced the Raiders to go away from the run. Receivers dropped several catchable passes. Seth Roberts had a costly fumble before halftime and a false-start penalty. No points until the fourth quarter. Defense Tom Brady and the Patriots did what many expected them to do: Carve the Raiders’ maligned secondary to pieces. New England averaged 7.2 yards per play and was 5-for-10 on third down. Brandin Cooks had catches of 64 and 52 yards. The Raiders have no interceptions in 10 games.

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  • UCLA fires football coach Jim Mora late in 6th seasonUCLA fires football coach Jim Mora late in 6th season

    LOS ANGELES — Jim Mora’s tenure at UCLA began with three years of promise. It ended with the school firing the head coach late in his sixth season — and on his 56th birthday, no less. UCLA dismissed Mora on Sunday with one game left in the regular season. Athletic director Dan Guerrero announced the move one day after USC’s 28-23 victory over the Bruins (5-6, 3-5 Pac-12), who have lost six of nine while going winless on the road. Offensive coordinator Jedd Fisch will coach the Bruins in their regular-season finale against Cal on Friday night. UCLA would become bowl-eligible with a victory over the Bears (5-6).

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  • Sports calendar, Nov. 20-21Sports calendar, Nov. 20-21

    MONDAY College basketball Men 11:30a Maui Invitational: Marquette vs.

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  • Warriors’ Omri Casspi impresses in fill-in startWarriors’ Omri Casspi impresses in fill-in start

    NEW YORK — Warriors head coach Steve Kerr made a somewhat surprising call on replacing Kevin Durant, out with a sprained left ankle, in the starting lineup Sunday: forward Omri Casspi. In his first start in 11 months, Casspi was a two-way force, posting 12 points, eight rebounds and two blocks in a season-high 23 minutes in Golden State’s 118-111 win over the Nets. It was yet another reminder that he is a bargain at the veteran minimum of $2.1 million. “Obviously, you don’t wish injuries on anybody, but that’s one of the benefits of having a deep roster like we do,” Casspi said. “I was really excited when Steve texted me this afternoon about starting.

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  • Modified cars shine at 60th annual San Francisco Chronicle International ShowModified cars shine at 60th annual San Francisco Chronicle International Show

    Paint, new wheels and a variety of techniques are the tools used by imaginative vehicle owners to modify vehicles to reflect their personal taste. As many as 115 examples of modified cars will be exhibited at the 60th annual San Francisco Chronicle International Show, which opens Nov. 18 at the Moscone Convention Center. “Starting in 2010, I wanted to supplement the new production cars in the show with the after-market and modified cars,” said Scott Diamond, assistant show manager. “But I quickly learned it was a tight-knit community and it was hard to get a foot in the door.

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  • Test drive the latest 2018 models at the showTest drive the latest 2018 models at the show

    Once again, The San Francisco Chronicle 60th annual International Auto Show will provide attendees with the opportunity to test drive the newest models from a variety of manufacturers. The show features test drives with Chrysler, Dodge, Fiat, Jaguar, Jeep, Kia, Land Rover, Mazda, Mercedes-Benz, Ram, Smart and Toyota.

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  • PG&E: Your partner for electric car ownershipPG&E: Your partner for electric car ownership

    Whether you already drive an electric vehicle (EV) or you’re thinking of acquiring one, you can learn more about EVs and charging at the PG&E exhibit at The San Francisco Chronicle 60th annual International Auto Show from Nov. 18-26 at Moscone Convention Center. Save money and go green by driving an electric vehicle. At the show, learn about how you can: •Charge your EV on PG&E’s special EV rate plans for the equivalent of $1 per gallon on one of the nation’s greenest power supplies with nearly 70 percent coming from carbon-free sources. •Apply for the $500 Clean Fuel Rebate for eligible PG&E customers.

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  • A history of the 60th annual International Auto ShowA history of the 60th annual International Auto Show

    In 1958, unable to participate in the local domestic auto show, forward-thinking Bay Area import auto dealers decided to create their own exposition. Given the novelty and interest at the time in foreign made cars, the auto dealers’ idea proved to be a good one. For nearly two decades the Import Car Show, the precursor to what is now the International Auto Show, flourished and expanded at Brooks Hall and the Civic Center. The globalization of the auto industry in the ’60s and ’70s marked a new era of automotive production and demand. Therefore, the Import Car Show broadened its scope to include the products of both the domestic and international manufacturers and was renamed the International Auto Show.

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  • Auto show to feature electric, hybrid vehiclesAuto show to feature electric, hybrid vehicles

    The San Francisco Chronicle 60th annual International Auto Show will be an E-vent. More zero emission vehicles and their hybrid cousins than ever before will be featured in the displays of major manufacturers from around the world when the show opens Nov. 18 at Moscone Convention Center. “The show is the ideal place to introduce the 2018 electric cars and hybrids to the greater Bay Area,” said Kevin Diamond, show director. “Californians buy half of all plug-ins sold in the United States.” State officials want even more EVs on the California roads, aiming to reduce by half the number of gas-powered vehicles on state roads by 2030.

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  • Academy of Art University to exhibit classic carsAcademy of Art University to exhibit classic cars

    Lovers of classic cars will have the opportunity to get close-up views of some of the most revered automobiles ever built when the 60th annual San Francisco International Auto Show opens Nov. 18. Cars personally selected by Curator Wayne Barnes from the San Francisco Academy of Art University collection will be showcased at the Moscone Convention Center for the entire run of the auto show. “We are proud to be able to exhibit vehicles that represent the elegance, style, craftsmanship, technology and innovative spirit of automotive designers of the past and the future,” show Director Kevin Diamond said. “We appreciate the opportunity provided by Elisa Stephens, president of the university.

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  • Welcome to the International Auto ShowWelcome to the International Auto Show

    The Bay Area’s largest and most prestigious auto exposition, The San Francisco Chronicle 60th annual International Auto Show Show presented by Golden 1 Credit Union, will be open to the public for nine days starting on Saturday, Nov. 18 and concluding on Sunday, Nov. 26 at the Moscone Convention Center. Looking for family entertainment at an affordable price? Whether you are young or old, male or female, shopping for a new car or just an auto enthusiast, the International Auto Show offers something for every member of the family. Admission is just $10 for adults. Children 12 years and under are free when accompanied by a paid adult.

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  • Your guide to the 60th annual International Auto ShowYour guide to the 60th annual International Auto Show

    What: The San Francisco Chronicle 60th annual International Auto Show presented by Golden 1 Credit Union is supported by the California New Car Dealers Association. The show features the world’s major manufacturers displaying their 2018 vehicles. Show hours: •Saturday, Nov. 18: 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. •Sunday, Nov. 19 through Thursday, Nov 23: 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. •Friday Nov. 24 through Saturday, Nov. 25: 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. •Sunday, Nov. 26: 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Where: San Francisco’s Moscone Convention Center, 747 Howard St.

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  • Bay Area residents to get first look at new, improved Moscone Center at auto showBay Area residents to get first look at new, improved Moscone Center at auto show

    Moscone Convention Center has risen to new heights this year. The expanded South Hall, now 108 feet tall and 255 feet long, was officially opened when Mayor Ed Lee, Supervisor Jane Kim and Board of Supervisors President London Breed cut the ribbon on Sept. 11, but the first opportunity for the general public to get inside the addition is at The San Francisco Chronicle 60th annual International Auto Show, which opens Nov. 18. “The San Francisco Auto Show will be the first opportunity to take a peek inside the expanding Moscone Center,” said Joe D’Alessandro, president and CEO of San Francisco Travel.

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  • Ford blasts a home run with refresh of iconic MustangFord blasts a home run with refresh of iconic Mustang

    The 2018 Ford Mustang GT is sassier, classier and an absolute hoot to drive. Credit a refreshingly thorough refresh for the entire Mustang lineup. None of that minimal "just give it a new grille and taillights" fluff to mark a new model year. The '18 Mustang benefits from heavy-duty upgrades inside and out. We'll look at the major changes but here's the takeaway: with judicious selection of options, the Mustang's performance and ride give up little - in some cases, nothing - to far more expensive European four-seaters. The changes start in the engine bay. The V6 is gone, simplifying engine choices. Last year Ford's 2.

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  • Hot rods, dream machines return to GRBCC forAutoRama 58Hot rods, dream machines return to GRBCC forAutoRama 58

    It's a great month to hail from Houston. The Astros got the ball rolling with their hard-fought World Series win and now gear heads are revving up to close out a historic November with H-Town's annual automotive love fest - the AutoRama. Hundreds of classic cars, customs, hot rods, motorcycles, trucks, lowriders, and way-out machines will shine at the 58th Houston AutoRama running Nov. 23 to 25. The Thanksgiving holiday tradition returns to the George R. Brown Convention Center and is sponsored by O'Reilly Auto Parts. The AutoRama's entertainment schedule includes live bands, celebrity appearances and freestyle motorcycle stunt shows. Exceptional craftsmanship and creativity are all par for the course.

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  • Heidi's customs & classics: Niftee 50ees Car Show lineup includes quality custom, classic carsHeidi's customs & classics: Niftee 50ees Car Show lineup includes quality custom, classic cars

    The Niftee 50ees Car Show is a long standing favorite in the Houston area car community, with people cruising in from all over the region to check out the fine lineup of quality custom and classic cars on Saturday nights from spring through fall. This weekend marks the closing night for the 2017 season and the last chance to enjoy the show until next March. Randy and Molly Shannon created the event in 2002 and have seen it build into quite the Houston tradition for the car scene over the years, bringing the crowd and cars with it even when it has changed venues. The free weekly get together welcomes spectators of all ages and pre-1979 cars, trucks and motorcycles, and there is always row after row of remarkable rides.

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  • Follow tips for dealing with insurance adjustersFollow tips for dealing with insurance adjusters

    If your vehicle is totaled or stolen, you are going to be forced to deal with an insurance claims adjuster. The adjuster has two goals in mind: to get the claim settled and off his or her desk, and to settle the claim as cheaply as possible. According to one adjuster I spoke with, you can get promoted quickly by settling automobile claims at under market value. I speak to a lot of radio show listeners who truly think they have no choice but to accept the offer an insurance company makes, and often the adjuster presents it that way, subtly. Many people just say OK, and accept that it is fair. This is a mistake. You can pretty much count on the first offer being low.

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  • Is the Dodge Demon — a muscle car so powerful it can pop wheelies — a danger to other drivers?Is the Dodge Demon — a muscle car so powerful it can pop wheelies — a danger to other drivers?

    With a supercharged 6.2-liter Hemi V-8 providing 840 horsepower and zero to 60 mph in 2.3 seconds, the Demon is one of the world's fastest cars, especially over short distances. But its brutal power (pushing 1.8 G-force) has some people worried about more than burned rubber trails marking up streets.

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  • New US weather satellite launched from CaliforniaNew US weather satellite launched from California

    VANDENBERG AIR FORCE BASE, Calif. (AP) — An advanced U.S. weather satellite designed to improve the accuracy of extended forecasts has been launched into polar orbit from California. The Joint Polar Satellite System-1 lifted off from Vandenberg Air Force Base at 1:47 a.m. PST Saturday atop a United Launch Alliance Delta 2 rocket. The satellite is the first of four next-generation spacecraft for NASA and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. Circling the Earth from pole to pole 14 times a day, JPSS-1 carries a suite of five instruments intended to make global observations that will improve forecasts of severe weather events three to seven days beforehand.

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  • Germany bans children's smart watches with listening appGermany bans children's smart watches with listening app

    BERLIN (AP) — German regulators have banned certain types of smartwatches marketed to children, saying the devices have been used to listen in on school classrooms and run afoul of Germany's surveillance restrictions. The Bundesnetzagentur, or Federal Network Agency, said in a statement issued Friday that watches that would allow parents to "listen unnoticed to a child's environment" constitute an unauthorized transmitting system. The agency said parents have been using watches marketed to children between the ages of 5 and 12 to monitor teachers. It didn't name specific brands, but advised schools to be on the lookout for such devices.

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  • Bonn climate talks end with progress despite US stanceBonn climate talks end with progress despite US stance

    BONN, Germany (AP) — As the first glimmer of dawn appeared across the Rhine River, delegates stumbled out of an all-night negotiating session at this year's global climate talks, expressing satisfaction Saturday at the progress made toward creating a comprehensive rule book for fighting global warming. The two-week meeting in Bonn, Germany, was billed as a "blue-collar" event designed to hammer out the technical details of the 2015 Paris climate accord. But fears had loomed large beforehand that the administration of U.S. President Donald Trump, who rejects the Paris agreement, would seek to block any advances seen as counter to American interests. In the end, most agreed that U.S.

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  • Tesla wants to electrify big trucks, adding to its ambitionsTesla wants to electrify big trucks, adding to its ambitions

    DETROIT (AP) — After more than a decade of making cars and SUVs — and, more recently, solar panels — Tesla Inc. wants to electrify a new type of vehicle: big trucks. The company unveiled its new electric semitractor-trailer Thursday night near its design center in Hawthorne, California. CEO Elon Musk said the semi is capable of traveling 500 miles (804 kilometers) on an electric charge — even with a full 80,000-pound (36,287-kilogram) load — and will cost less than a diesel semi considering fuel savings, lower maintenance and other factors. Musk said customers can put down a $5,000 deposit for the semi now and production will begin in 2019.

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  • UN panel agrees to move ahead with debate on 'killer robots'UN panel agrees to move ahead with debate on 'killer robots'

    GENEVA (AP) — A U.N. panel agreed Friday to move ahead with talks to define and possibly set limits on weapons that can kill without human involvement, as human rights groups said governments are moving too slowly to keep up with advances in artificial intelligence that could put computers in control one day. Advocacy groups warned about the threats posed by such "killer robots" and aired a chilling video illustrating their possible uses on the sidelines of the first formal U.N. meeting of government experts on Lethal Autonomous Weapons Systems this week. More than 80 countries took part. Ambassador Amandeep Gill of India, who chaired the gathering, said participants plan to meet again in 2018.

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  • VW to spend $40B on electric cars, technology through 2022VW to spend $40B on electric cars, technology through 2022

    BERLIN (AP) — Volkswagen says it plans to spend more than 34 billion euros ($40 billion) over the next five years on developing electric cars, autonomous driving and other new technologies. The German automaker released the figure Friday after its supervisory board discussed the company's plans for the 2018-2022 period. It said most of the money will go into the electrification and hybridization of all its brands' models. Volkswagen in September announced a long-term electrification campaign, saying its brands would introduce 80 new electric vehicles by 2025. By 2030, it plans to offer at least one electric variant of each of its roughly 300 models.

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  • Federal extreme vetting plan castigated by tech expertsFederal "extreme vetting" plan castigated by tech experts

    Leading researchers castigated a federal plan that would use artificial intelligence methods to scrutinize immigrants and visa applicants, saying it is unworkable as written and likely to be "inaccurate and biased" if deployed. The experts, a group of more than 50 computer and data scientists, mathematicians and other specialists in automated decision-making, urged the Department of Homeland Security to abandon the project, dubbed the "Extreme Vetting Initiative." That plan has its roots in President Donald Trump's repeated pledge during the 2016 campaign to subject immigrants seeking admission to the United States to more intense ideological scrutiny — or, as he put it, "extreme vetting .

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  • FCC relaxes limits on owning newspapers, TV stationsFCC relaxes limits on owning newspapers, TV stations

    NEW YORK (AP) — Federal regulators have weakened rules meant to support independent local media. Now, one company can own newspapers and broadcast stations in one market, undoing a ban in place since 1975. Thursday's decision by the Federal Communications Commission also makes it easier for one company to own two broadcast TV stations in one market and coordinate operations with stations owned by others. Although the changes won't affect AT&T's pending bid for Time Warner and its cable channels, they come as cable and phone companies have grown into industry giants through acquisitions. The newspaper and broadcasting industries say they need the changes to deal with growing competition from the web and cable companies.

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  • Phone companies get new tools to block spam callsPhone companies get new tools to block spam calls

    NEW YORK (AP) — Phone companies will have greater authority to block unwanted calls from reaching customers as regulators adopted new rules to combat automated messages known as robocalls. Rules adopted Thursday by the Federal Communications Commission represent the latest tools against robocalls, which pester consumers, sometimes multiple times each day, and often push scams. The agency, which regulates the country's phone, broadcast TV and internet services, also hopes that recent big fines will help deter scammers. Phone companies can already block some calls that trick consumers by showing up on Caller ID with fake numbers.

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  • European court rules against Greece over wiretap deathEuropean court rules against Greece over wiretap death

    ATHENS, Greece (AP) — A European court has ordered Greece to pay damages to relatives of a Vodafone telecoms executive who was found dead on the eve of the government's discovery of a major illegal wiretapping operation that had targeted the country's political and military leadership. In a statement Thursday, the Council of Europe's Court of Human Rights ordered Greece to pay 50,000 euros ($59,000) in damages plus court costs, after finding that the investigation into the death of executive Costas Tsalikidis had been incomplete. Tsalikidis was found hanged in his Athens apartment in March 2005, just before the scandal broke.

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  • Kaspersky Lab releases report into upload of NSA documentsKaspersky Lab releases report into upload of NSA documents

    LONDON (AP) — Moscow-based cybersecurity firm Kasperksy Lab is releasing new details about how its software uploaded classified U.S. documents several years ago. The incident is at the center of a controversy over whether the company's popular anti-virus really works as described. Previous reports alleged that Kaspersky had uploaded National Security Agency files from an intelligence worker's home computer in 2015. Founder Eugene Kaspersky confirmed the incident in a recent interview with The Associated Press, although he said that it occurred in September 2014, that the upload was accidental and that the files were quickly deleted.

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  • Amid global electric-car buzz, Toyota bullish on hydrogenAmid global electric-car buzz, Toyota bullish on hydrogen

    TOYOTA, Japan (AP) — At a car factory in this city named after Toyota, the usual robots with their swinging arms are missing. Instead, workers intently fit parts into place by hand with craftsmanship-like care. The big moment on the assembly line comes when two bulbous yellow tanks of hydrogen are rolled over and delicately fitted into each car's underside. While much of the world is going gung-ho for electric vehicles to help get rid of auto emissions and end reliance on fossil fuels, Japan's top automaker Toyota Motor Corp. is banking on hydrogen. Toyota sells about 10 million vehicles a year around the world. It has sold only about 4,000 Mirai fuel cell vehicles since late 2014, roughly half of them outside Japan.

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  • Cisco stock up on upbeat earnings, revenue growth forecastCisco stock up on upbeat earnings, revenue growth forecast

    SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) — Shares of Cisco Systems Inc. rose in after-hours trading Wednesday after the internet gear maker reported better-than-expected earnings and forecast revenue growth after two years of decline. The San Jose, California-based company reported fiscal first-quarter profit of $2.39 billion, up from $2.32 billion a year ago. Cisco said its earnings adjusted for non-recurring costs and stock option expense, were 61 cents per share in the latest quarter, beating expectations of 60 cents per share, according to Zacks Investment Research. The seller of routers, switches, software and services posted revenue of $12.14 billion in the period, matching Wall Street forecasts. That was down from $12.

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  • ‘No fuss...clean design’ in reimagined Corona Heights trilevel‘No fuss...clean design’ in reimagined Corona Heights trilevel

    Christina Peyton and Paul De Jesus took their time reimagining a shingled trilevel in Corona Heights. Nine months of planning preceded two years of redevelopment as the pair rebuilt the foundation, modernized the infrastructure and installed a plethora of thoughtful built-ins. “We tried really hard to bring something unique,” Peyton said of 148-152 Saturn St. “We were very careful with the renovation and took the rest of the time to do what we wanted with the building to get it to the standard we wanted.” While reconstructing the foundation, the team excavated the lower level, establishing a one-bedroom unit with an open floor plan in the process.

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  • Just Approved: Overcoming income fluctuationsJust Approved: Overcoming income fluctuations

    Mortgage adviser: Liz Bayer. Property type: Single-family home in San Francisco. Appraised value: $2.125 million. Loan amount: $978,000. Loan type: 30-year fixed. Rate: 4 percent. APR: 4.02 percent. Backstory: The Great Recession took its toll on the client, who saw dramatic income declines during the real estate crisis. Incomes varied greatly with swings of more than 20 percent from year to year.

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  • Sound Off: What are the benefits and drawbacks of listing a home off-market?Sound Off: What are the benefits and drawbacks of listing a home off-market?

    A: An off-market or pocket listing refers to a seller and realtor signing a listing agreement that allows the broker to offer the property for sale, but keeps the information out of the MLS. An off market listing can be attractive to sellers because it potentially offers greater privacy and convenience than an MLS listing - it’s perceived as being easier for the seller - with no For Sale sign, no open houses, no staging, just finding the buyer. It can also be used to price test the market before they seller is ready to commit to a sale. The downside is that an off market listing greatly lessens exposure to other real estate brokers, their buyers and the public.

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  • Shingled condominium open Sunday in Russian HillShingled condominium open Sunday in Russian Hill

    This wood-shingled condominium is a freestanding cottage located behind a three-unit building. The main level offers an open floor plan and an updated kitchen with marble counters, as well as French doors opening to a private patio. Both bedrooms and a recently renovated bathroom occupy the upper level. Listing agent: Sue Schultes, Paragon Real Estate Group, (415) 307-0153, sschultes@paragon-re.com. 1350 Filbert St., Unit A, $1.8 million. Beds: 2 Baths: 1½ Square footage: 1,414 Open home: 2 to 4 p.m. Sunday.

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  • One-bedroom condo in Hayes Valley open SundayOne-bedroom condo in Hayes Valley open Sunday

    Exposed concrete and an Austrian oak floor finish a great room crowned by a 25-foot tall ceiling in this unit. SieMatic cabinetry and Bosch appliances highlight the kitchen, while Carrara marble flooring finishes the master bathroom. The residence includes a private entrance off Ivy Street. Listing agent: Caroline Kahn Werboff, Sotheby’s International Realty, (415) 999-7407, caroline.kahnwerboff@sothebyshomes.com. 450 Hayes St., Unit 1F, $1.55 million. Bed: 1 Baths: 2 Square footage: 1,121 Open home: 2 to 4 p.m. Sunday.

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  • Hot Property: Live/work loft in Berkeley boasts fine finishes, grand viewsHot Property: Live/work loft in Berkeley boasts fine finishes, grand views

    A live/work condo with Venetian-plaster walls, Machiche wood floors and plenty of architectural pedigree has arrived on the market in Berkeley. “The finishes are superior, and the views are optimum,” said Bill Grimason of Marvin Gardens Real Estate, who is listing the two-bedroom for $1.445 million. “I’ve sold a lot of live/work units, and this is the most impressive one I’ve done.” For years the home served as the headquarters of Sheahan + Quandt Architecture & Interiors. The team designed the interior of the home, and Patrick Sheehan also designed the exterior.

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  • Tennis champ selling San Rafael estateTennis champ selling San Rafael estate

    Twice a week, The Chronicle features a home on the market that caught our eye for its architecture, history or character. More photos: www.sfgate.com/columns/walkthrough Address: 1 Highland Ave., San Rafael Asking price: $5.285 million Description: Atop 3 acres above the Dominican in San Rafael, the shingled Craftsman has many built-ins and thoughtful inclusions. Panoramic views await in the living room, which is accented by a coffered ceiling, walnut floors and a brick fireplace. Granite counters and stainless steel appliances outfit an updated kitchen that stands beside a family room and breakfast nook.

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  • Kentfield estate boasts grand views, inviting outdoor spacesKentfield estate boasts grand views, inviting outdoor spaces

    Twice a week, The Chronicle features a home on the market that caught our eye for its architecture, history or character. More photos: www.sfgate.com/columns/walkthrough Address: 301 Makin Grade, Kentfield Asking price: $4.995 million Description: Sitting on more than a half-acre of terraced land facing Mount Tamalpais, this four-bedroom home offers extensive outdoor spaces and grand luxury. A detached pool house and pool patio stand below the home, and the main residence has built-in features and abundant natural light.

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  • PHOTOS: Peek inside Tom Petty's $5.9 million lakeside palacePHOTOS: Peek inside Tom Petty's $5.9 million lakeside palace

    Built in 1931 with walls of local fieldstone, Petty's retreat has mountain and water views across the natural lake from almost every room.

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  • Tahoesque cabin in KensingtonTahoesque cabin in Kensington

    Twice a week, The Chronicle features a home on the market that caught our eye for its architecture, history or character. More photos: www.sfgate.com/columns/walkthrough Address: 15 Sunset Drive, Kensington Asking price: $999,000 Description: Unique design and classical finishes await inside this four-bedroom cabin in Kensington. Set on about a third of an acre that’s studded with redwoods, the residence enjoys a forest setting that complements its architecture. Plaster walls, skylights and hardwood paneling define a rustic interior accentuated by a stone fireplace in the living room.

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  • Five-bedroom in Piedmont open SundayFive-bedroom in Piedmont open Sunday

    Warm, welcoming public rooms and serene bedrooms await at this 1930s traditional on the border of Oakland and Piedmont. The rear garden hosts a brick patio and a workshop/art studio/playhouse. Built-ins are found throughout the residence. Listing agent: Jack Cooper, Grubb Co., (510) 339-0400, Ext. 214, jcooper@ grubbco.com. 80 Florada Ave., $2.095 million. Beds: 5 Baths: 4 Square footage: 3,248 Open home: 2 to 4:30 p.m. Sunday.

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  • Noe Valley trilevel open SundayNoe Valley trilevel open Sunday

    Twelve- to 15-foot ceilings await inside this trilevel residence that frames views of downtown, the waterfront and the East Bay hills. The home includes high-tech amenities like Sonos sound, a Tesla charger and motorized blinds. Listing agent: Dan Slaughter, Vanguard Properties, (415) 531-2800, danslaughter@vanguard sf.com. 625 Grand View Ave., $3.595 million. Beds: 4 Baths: 3½ Square footage: 2,765 Open home: 2 to 4 p.m. Sunday.

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  • Berkeley 4-bedroom boasts enticing outdoor areas, bay viewsBerkeley 4-bedroom boasts enticing outdoor areas, bay views

    Twice a week, The Chronicle features a home on the market that caught our eye for its architecture, history or character. More photos: www.sfgate.com/columns/walkthrough Address: 462 Michigan Ave., Berkeley Asking price: $1.95 million Description: There are bay views from all the main level’s public rooms in this recently remodeled four-bedroom home. The kitchen has a Thermador range and a center island with bar seating, and the adjacent dining room opens to a redwood deck overlooking the backyard and bay. The living area has a fireplace in a floor-to-ceiling surround, and the family room opens to a covered deck.

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  • 20-year search for historic home ends with purchase of Julia Morgan classic in Vallejo20-year search for historic home ends with purchase of Julia Morgan classic in Vallejo

    A 1909 Julia Morgan perched on a hill in Vallejo took his breath away.

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  • Horoscope for Monday, 11/20/17 by Christopher RenstromHoroscope for Monday, 11/20/17 by Christopher Renstrom

    ARIES. (March 20 - April 18): It isn't easy being accommodating, but continue massaging the egos in your life. You're on the verge of getting what you want.

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  • Terry Crews says Russell Simmons asked him to give agent 'a pass' on sexual assaultTerry Crews says Russell Simmons asked him to give agent 'a pass' on sexual assault

    Actor Terry Crews shared a purported email from Russell Simmons which asked him to give the agent who allegedly sexually assaulted Crews "a pass" and to "ask that he be reinstated."

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  • Stemme headlines a glorious ‘Turandot’ revival at SF OperaStemme headlines a glorious ‘Turandot’ revival at SF Opera

    Anyone who missed the San Francisco Opera’s season-opening production of “Turandot” in September can now officially quit bawling about it. Puccini’s grand, chilly exercise in bloodthirsty pageantry returned to the War Memorial Opera House on Saturday, Nov. 18, for one more burst of performances, and it sounded better than ever. The ostensible main draw of this late-season revival was the chance to hear the great Swedish soprano Nina Stemme — whose Brünnhilde unforgettably anchored the company’s 2011 “Ring” Cycle — in the title role, and she did not disappoint.

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  • Wheater has lifted Joffrey Ballet to new heightsWheater has lifted Joffrey Ballet to new heights

    With its banquet of four Bay Area premieres, Chicago’s Joffrey Ballet came on looking like the old Joffrey Ballet on Saturday, Nov. 18, at Berkeley’s Zellerbach Hall. That was a good thing. That the troupe now dances at a technical level not achieved in his time by co-founder Robert Joffrey is an even better thing. Credit community support in the Windy City and a decade under Artistic Director Ashley Wheater, a former member of both the Joffrey and San Francisco ballets, for imposing high standards on an ensemble that always possessed spirit aplenty, The three-residency arrangement inked with the Joffrey by Cal Performances will spread over five seasons, and we will watch the company evolve.

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  • Actor Jeffrey Tambor apparently leaves 'Transparent' following sexual harassment allegationsActor Jeffrey Tambor apparently leaves 'Transparent' following sexual harassment allegations

    Tambor has denied allegations that he sexually harassed "Transparent" actress Trace Lysette. The actress said that Tambor made inappropriate comments on the set of the show and also physically pressed his body against hers in a "sexually aggressive manner."

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  • Greeted by an annual classic as Smuin’s ‘Christmas Ballet’ returnsGreeted by an annual classic as Smuin’s ‘Christmas Ballet’ returns

    The holidays come early and often in “The Christmas Ballet. ” Now in its 23rd year, the annual and abundant offering from Smuin Contemporary American Ballet opened the weekend before Thanksgiving in Walnut Creek. The company makes a circuit from Carmel to Mountain View to San Francisco in December. With 30 short works on the bill, only the crankiest audience member could come away without finding something to like in this cheery collection from multiple choreographers. Seen at the evening performance on Saturday, Nov. 18, at the Dean Lesher Center for the Arts, “Christmas Ballet” comes in contrasting color-coded halves.

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  • Minerva’s horoscope for week of Nov. 19Minerva’s horoscope for week of Nov. 19

    Starcast It’s turkey time and guess who’s coming to dinner? With Saturn at the head table, “grace” will be more prayer than promise. Don’t detour on the way to Grandma’s and try not to O.D. on food and family. Aries (March 20-April 18) The fire crackling in your hormone house hints at high times and adult situations. The Thanksgiving Fairy nods encouragement as your popularity quotient soars. Enjoy a lively holiday.

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  • Minerva's Sunday horoscope: 11/19/17Minerva's Sunday horoscope: 11/19/17

    STARCAST: Gobble! Gobble! It's turkey time and guess who's coming to dinner! With Saturn at the head table, "Grace" will be more prayer than promise. Don't detour on the way to Grandma's and try not to O.D. on food and family. Santa already has his list out and is doing check-ins.

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  • Ann Wedgeworth, actress on Broadway and ‘Three’s Company,’ diesAnn Wedgeworth, actress on Broadway and ‘Three’s Company,’ dies

    NEW YORK — Actress Ann Wedgeworth, who gained fame on film and Broadway before taking on the role of a flirty divorcee on “Three’s Company,” has died at age 83. Ms. Wedgeworth died Thursday in the New York area after a long illness, her daughter Dianna Martin said. Ms. Wedgeworth landed her first Broadway role in the 1958 comedy “Make a Million” and continued to take on stage roles for decades. She won the 1978 Tony Award for best featured actress in a play for her performance in Neil Simon’s “Chapter Two.

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  • Thanksgiving prayer for peace seeks to bring world togetherThanksgiving prayer for peace seeks to bring world together

    Dear Abby: Our organization, No Greater Love, honors America’s fallen and their families, and promotes peace. I am reaching out to invite you and your readers to become links in our Chain of Prayer for Peace. As you gather at Thanksgiving, add a special prayer for peace. Our goal is to link the five major world religions — Christianity, Islam, Hinduism, Buddhism and Judaism — all of which regard peace as a universal concept. While our specific beliefs may differ, we are all one through our quest for love and peace. Carmella LaSpada Dear Carmella: I am sure my readers will agree that your idea is worth trying.

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  • Dear Abby: Dad who can’t drive loses connection to adult childrenDear Abby: Dad who can’t drive loses connection to adult children

    Dear Abby: My husband had a medical event that left him unable to drive. He is very isolated despite my efforts to keep him connected. His children live an hour away, and it’s up to me to drive him to them. They rarely call him. He has a stepdaughter who lives only a few miles from us. But she also doesn’t have time for him. It’s ironic because she regularly ministers to strangers through her church while her stepfather languishes in loneliness. Frustrated in Florida Dear Frustrated: I am sorry you didn’t mention how close your husband was to his children before the medical event.

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  • Horoscope for Saturday, 11/18/17 by Christopher RenstromHoroscope for Saturday, 11/18/17 by Christopher Renstrom

    ARIES. (March 20 - April 18): Used to calling the shots, it takes time to accept a new face on the scene. You may not think much of this person at first, but a year from now you will.

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  • Paul Buckmaster, arranger on songs by Bowie and other artists, diesPaul Buckmaster, arranger on songs by Bowie and other artists, dies

    Paul Buckmaster, whose orchestral arrangements brought power and poignancy to signature songs by David Bowie, Elton John, the Rolling Stones, Carly Simon and countless other rock, pop, country and jazz stars, died Nov. 7 at his home in Los Angeles. He was 71. McDaniel Entertainment, which represented Mr. Buckmaster, announced the death. The cause was not given. Mr. Buckmaster was something of a child prodigy on the cello and might have made a career solely as a musician, but a few fortuitous introductions connected him to Bowie and brought him the assignment of arranging “Space Oddity,” the eerie 1969 Bowie song that begins with the lyric “Ground control to Major Tom.

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  • Not dead yet: ‘Coco’ is a slow build, with huge rewardsNot dead yet: ‘Coco’ is a slow build, with huge rewards

    Surprises are so much harder to find in cinema, with previews and social media and marketing demands — and a willingness to break down elements of a film that no one has seen. The recent “Thor: Ragnorak” movie was built around a surprise appearance by The Hulk, which was spoiled dozens of times per day before the film was released — on every other TV commercial, movie poster, toy aisle and bus shelter in existence. So what a joy to watch “Coco,” filmmaking that actively sandbags the viewer, with the emotions of a starving artist and the mind of a pool hustler.

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  • Filmmaking artistry on first-rate display in ‘Three Billboards’Filmmaking artistry on first-rate display in ‘Three Billboards’

    “Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri” begins where most stories should begin, already in progress. The pivotal event, the tragedy from which the central character can never recover, has already happened, and what we see is the aftermath, the crazy things that take place after the world has already tipped its hand and revealed its madness. The movie represents a leap forward for writer-director Martin McDonagh. “Three Billboards” is as clever and imaginative as McDonagh’s “In Bruges” in terms of how it makes characters collide in delightful and unexpected ways.

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  • Capsule movie reviews for Nov. 19Capsule movie reviews for Nov. 19

    American Made The movie’s light, breezy tone doesn’t quite seem right — or even make sense — for this story of a TWA pilot turned drug smuggler in the 1980s. Still, Tom Cruise is his own quality control, so the movie is brisk and entertaining, anyway. Rated R. 115 minutes.—M.LaSalle A Bad Moms Christmas This rushed sequel to “Bad Moms” (2016) feels more like a financial decision than an artistic mandate. And yet, through all its plot and editing problems, the comedy does deliver a lot of laughs — with a trio of bad grandmothers joining bad moms Kristen Bell, Mila Kunis and Kathryn Hahn.

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  • A successful new stab at ‘Murder on the Orient Express’A successful new stab at ‘Murder on the Orient Express’

    Kenneth Branagh’s new adaptation of “Murder on the Orient Express” contains some of the best of old and new. Based on the novel by Agatha Christie, this is in many ways an old-fashioned entertainment, but it has the pace and visual richness of a modern movie. And it’s almost as star-studded as the famous 1974 adaptation, which starred Albert Finney, Sean Connery, Ingrid Bergman (in an Oscar-winning performance), Lauren Bacall and John Gielgud. Fans of the 1974 version may see this movie and think, “Oh, but the original was so much better.

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  • Movie review capsules, Nov. 3Movie review capsules, Nov. 3

    All the Rage (Saved by Sarno) This is an advocacy film extolling the virtues of the late Dr. John Sarno’s unorthodox treatment for back pain. His idea was that much back pain has its genesis in repressed emotions from childhood, particularly anger. One of the filmmakers, Michael Galinsky, who gained some relief from Sarno’s methods, also turns the camera on himself. Whether this movie can convert a skeptic is questionable. Not rated. 94 minutes.—W.Addiego American Made The movie’s light, breezy tone doesn’t quite seem right — or even make sense — for this story of a TWA pilot turned drug smuggler in the 1980s.

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  • Dysfunctional ‘Bad Moms Christmas’ still delivers laughsDysfunctional ‘Bad Moms Christmas’ still delivers laughs

    Comedy transpires in the most obvious places during “A Bad Moms Christmas.” A randy grandmother goes to a strip club. A small child says the f-word, repeatedly. Even smooth jazz artist Kenny G, perhaps the easiest target on the planet, gets mocked in a cameo. The rushed sequel to “Bad Moms” (2016) feels more like a financial decision than an artistic mandate. An atrophied plot withers and drops pieces of itself, like your holiday tree in mid-February. And yet, through all of the pointless detours, shameless product placement and odd timing — Christmas is still 54 days away, shouldn’t this be “A Bad Moms Thanksgiving”? — the comedy does deliver a lot of laughs.

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  • Through its flaws, ‘Thank You’ has a powerful messageThrough its flaws, ‘Thank You’ has a powerful message

    The makers of “Thank You for Your Service” deserve a cinematic medal of honor for getting their film to a big screen. We’re in an age of sequels to sequels and reboots of reboots, where a well-reviewed movie that makes $400 million worldwide can be written up as a failure. And here’s an unflinching film about military post-traumatic stress disorder, with only a couple of action scenes, getting wide distribution. The good intentions go a long way, with another solid performance by Miles Teller (they seem to arrive weekly), and a rare nuanced look at the struggle of veterans. Its existence will help people, and bring understanding.

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  • ‘Goodbye Christopher Robin’: in Hundred Acre Wood, respite from war‘Goodbye Christopher Robin’: in Hundred Acre Wood, respite from war

    “Goodbye Christopher Robin” is an exquisite, beautiful film, and like most beautiful things, there’s something painful about it. It depicts a kind of beauty, innocence and purity that can’t be forever, whose existence forces you to stop and appreciate it now — and in the moment of appreciating it, to contemplate its future nonexistence. That’s really the governing emotion of this film, the pitch that it reaches and sustains from beginning to end, a kind of sadness in the midst of happiness, a paradise with an awareness of mortality. It’s the story of the creation of Winnie-the-Pooh by A.A.

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  • ‘Marshall’ an entertaining look at a justice’s early years‘Marshall’ an entertaining look at a justice’s early years

    Those of us old enough to remember Thurgood Marshall on the Supreme Court of the United States remember him as a stern, heavy presence. So what a surprise to meet him again in “Marshall” and to find out that, as a young man, he was a very cool guy — fearless and charismatic, and not just brilliant but up for a good time. “Marshall” is a historical drama that will introduce many Americans to the life and career of one of the 20th century’s most important lawyers. But if the filmmakers feel any responsibility to that fact, they wear it lightly — and well. “Marshall” is a serious movie, but it’s not preachy or didactic. Rather, it tells its 20th century story by reviving a surefire 20th century form, the courtroom drama.

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  • ‘My Little Pony’ movie best left for established fans‘My Little Pony’ movie best left for established fans

    The streets of pony wonderland Equestria are oddly poop-free, and almost impossibly festive. But as we’ve learned in “Trolls,” the Smurfs franchise and “The Three Amigos,” there is bound to be conflict when you build a society where there is no defense spending and 98 percent of your budget goes to party planning. “My Little Pony: The Movie” creates a rainbow-hued sparkle-encrusted equine world, then surrounds it with a predictable story and low production values. Putting the words “The Movie” in the title turns out to be a necessary reminder. The film looks like the cable network cartoon, simply expanded to larger physical dimensions for the big screen.

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  • Government jobs bud as legal pot looms in Calif.Government jobs bud as legal pot looms in Calif.

    LOS ANGELES (AP) — Recreational marijuana use becomes legal in California in 2018, and one of the things to blossom in the emerging industry isn't green and leafy - it's government jobs.

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  • ‘American Made’: It’s about the star, not the logic‘American Made’: It’s about the star, not the logic

    “American Made” is entertaining and brisk; and best of all, it stars Tom Cruise, whose work ethic is always to break a sweat, in every movie and in practically every scene. So this is a picture with lots of velocity and charm, and both of those go a long way. That’s practically the whole ballgame. People will like this movie. I pretty much liked this movie. But: Even while we’re watching it, a funny feeling sets in. Lots of things happen in “American Made,” but it’s as if the frenetic pace is to keep us from thinking about what we’re watching. Something here just doesn’t add up — not the character, not the story, not the zany-comic tone, not the whole situation.

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  • Performances highlight challenging ‘Stronger’ biopicPerformances highlight challenging ‘Stronger’ biopic

    You could watch a dozen seasons of “Grey’s Anatomy” and never see a full tracheal intubation. Most movies and television shows that deal with a medical crisis don’t linger on the removal of breathing tubes, or the first shower after a traumatic injury, or the first bar fight that breaks out around a man in a wheelchair. But “Stronger” runs screaming in pain from the kind of simplistic inspirational storytelling that the subject matter usually yields. It’s about sacrifice, hurtful choices and what you can’t recover during your recovery.

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  • Lawrence under siege in Aronofsky’s latest extravaganzaLawrence under siege in Aronofsky’s latest extravaganza

    Starting in 1998 with “Pi,” Darren Aronofsky has directed, with mixed results, a series of dazzling and confrontational movies that combine visual virtuosity with intense probings of dark psychological themes. His new film, “Mother!,” follows suit. It’s a horror story about the beleaguered wife of a narcissistic writer and includes some remarkable visions of hell on Earth. Aronofsky’s movies are not for everyone — provocations like “Requiem for a Dream” and “Black Swan” can feel assaultive, a deliberate test of audience endurance. Viewers willing to accept the challenge will be rewarded with passages embodying extraordinary moods and images.

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  • They got ‘It’ right: Behind the horror and gore lurks real artistryThey got ‘It’ right: Behind the horror and gore lurks real artistry

    The rebooted “It” earns the highest compliment for a horror movie: Even if it didn’t have the homicidal clown and sink spewing blood and missing children getting yanked into sewers, what remains would still be an engaging movie. It’s smart and funny and makes great effort to capture not just a time and place, but the specific feelings of being on the verge of adulthood and thinking the world is against you. There are questionable structural differences between this film and Stephen King’s literary source material, and those will be particularly noticeable to fans of the 1990 television miniseries.

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  • What’s hotWhat’s hot

    These articles and photo collections on SFGate.com and the premium SFChronicle.com got the most visits in the week ended Thursday at 10 a.m. SFChronicle.com 1. Salesforce Tower: Symbol of a new San Francisco 2. Uber employees could become overnight millionaires with SoftBank deal 3. How did a cougar find its way to San Francisco? 4. Warriors-Celtics: Welcome to the future 5. Why a new SoMa bakery is selling $29 loaves of bread SFGate.

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  • Somerville: Two children learn a lesson in good karma and paying it forwardSomerville: Two children learn a lesson in good karma and paying it forward

    Frank Somerville shares the story of how two children learned a great lesson in good karma and paying it forward.

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  • Morford: China's Alibaba just did $25 billion in sales in a single day. Scared yet?Morford: China's Alibaba just did $25 billion in sales in a single day. Scared yet?

    Everything is staggering, and nothing matters.

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  • Why Harvey Weinstein should give up his OscarWhy Harvey Weinstein should give up his Oscar

    While we're waiting to find out which Hollywood (or political or business) big-wig is the latest massive (and possibly criminal) creep, we might want to consider how many of them have Academy Awards. Harvey Weinstein, whose alleged sexual assault on dozens of women has opened the floodgates on sexual harassment, is behind numerous Oscar awards. In fact, a recent Vulture piece details the lengths to which Weinstein went to secure Oscar nominations and wins. So I've got to ask – should Weinstein return his Oscar? And should those who won Oscars because Harvey Weinstein twisted arms to get them statuettes return them as well?

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  • Editorial: Trump shows restraint in Fed pickEditorial: Trump shows restraint in Fed pick

    Caution and balance aren’t part of President Trump’s reckless makeup. But he’s showing restraint in making his most important financial appointment to date: the job of running the Federal Reserve Bank, the overlord agency atop the nation’s economy. He’s naming Jerome Powell, a lawyer and Wall Street alum, and snubbing incumbent Fed chair Janet Yellen, who nursed the economy back from a devastating recession. By buying trillions in securities and keeping interest rates at near zero, Yellen both injected money into a stagnant economy and drove jobless rates to a 16-year low.

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  • Strangers' help after 'Bunny blanket' burned in Tubbs fire, child's world torn apartStrangers' help after 'Bunny blanket' burned in Tubbs fire, child's world torn apart

    Frank Somerville shares a story about a woman who helped a young boy find an exact replacement of his security blanket after he lost it in the Tubbs Fire.   

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  • Somerville: Family runs into firefighter that saved them from Tubbs Fire at Peet'sSomerville: Family runs into firefighter that saved them from Tubbs Fire at Peet's

    Frank Somerville talks about a story of a father and daughter who survived the Tubbs Fire all thanks to a firefighter who helped warn them. 

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  • Somerville: Santa Rosa girl who lost home in fire invited by Warriors to gameSomerville: Santa Rosa girl who lost home in fire invited by Warriors to game

    Frank Somerville shares a story of a girl who wrote a letter to Steph Curry after losing her home in the North Bay fires. One of the items she was able to save were her Curry shoes. 

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  • Morford: Why the EPA director’s security now costs $2 millionMorford: Why the EPA director’s security now costs $2 million

    There is only one reason any Trump appointee needs a soundproof box installed in his office: To block out the screams of all the children, poor and elderly he is harming and even (eventually) killing, more or less directly, as he whispers dreamy deregulation porn into the withered, cauliflower ears of coal barons, oil magnates and leathery brothers Koch.

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  • Opinion: Jeff Flake: Enough - it's time to stand up to TrumpOpinion: Jeff Flake: Enough - it's time to stand up to Trump

    As I contemplate the Trump presidency, I cannot help but think of Joseph Welch. On June 9, 1954, during the Army-McCarthy hearings, Welch, who was the chief counsel for the Army, famously asked the committee chairman if he might speak on a point of personal privilege. What he said that day was so profound that it has become enshrined as a pivotal moment in defense of American values against those who would lay waste to them. Welch was the son of a small prairie town in northwest Iowa, and the plaintive quality of his flat Midwestern accent is burned into American history. After asking Sen.

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  • In California, the whole state is Wine CountryIn California, the whole state is Wine Country

    The deaths and damage of this year’s Wine County wildfires are a historic disaster. They are also the product of an epic California success. That triumph is the wine industry, which has come to dominate our state’s land, culture and image. Indeed, it’s now outdated to refer to the burning stretches of Napa and Sonoma counties as California’s Wine Country. The truth is that the whole state is Wine Country. These awful fires — and the hotter ones to come via climate change — will only make it more so. Californians fight over water, but we connect through wine. It’s a passion and pursuit that binds together rural and urban, business and labor, and rich and poor (we produce both $3,499.

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  • Morford: Should you really build a home in the (wildfire-prone) woods?Morford: Should you really build a home in the (wildfire-prone) woods?

    Is there anywhere you can really go to be safe from mother nature's backlash, from the hell we have wreaked upon her? Is there any such thing as a "perfect" haven anymore?

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  • How to renovate a home on a budgetHow to renovate a home on a budget

    To renovate a fixer-upper on a budget, a couple rolled up their sleeves and hit the Internet. Here's what they learned.

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  • 10 Inventive Kitchen Backsplashes10 Inventive Kitchen Backsplashes

    One of the ways to make a big impression in the kitchen is by choosing a creative backsplash.

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  • 11 Ways to Decorate with Outdoor String Lights11 Ways to Decorate with Outdoor String Lights

    Create a fun outdoor space, with a timeless look.

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  • High-end Silicon Valley home has striking viewsHigh-end Silicon Valley home has striking views

    Architect Robert Swatt adores hillsides. The principal at Swatt/Miers Architects looks at each incline and downslope as an opportunity to marry nature and design. His latest project in the Los Altos hills is an example of Silicon Valley grandeur on full display. Here, high-tech amenities and luxurious finishes abound within a gracious floor plan totaling around 10,000 square feet. It’s a prime example of Swatt designing a space that blur the lines between indoors and out. “Each building is knitted to a site in a way that almost seems inevitable, to create exciting spatial experiences,” Swatt said.

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  • Relaxing oasis in the hills of Marin County is perfect for entertainingRelaxing oasis in the hills of Marin County is perfect for entertaining

    Wander the hills of Marin County to discover a four-bedroom oasis on a cul-de-sac in San Anselmo. Located at 1 Freda Lane, this hillside residence enjoys abundant natural light, a shimmering pool, a cabana and views of Mount Tamalpais. For a couple of years, it’s been Gabriella Ascione’s refuge. Now the San Franciscan is moving on and putting the luxury retreat on the market. Saying goodbye is never easy, and Ascione will miss the early evenings most of all. “It’s simply magical right before sunset when you have the cool breeze and you’re overlooking the trails and San Anselmo hills,” she said.

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  • Luxurious cabin in mountains of Lake Tahoe features reclaimed timberLuxurious cabin in mountains of Lake Tahoe features reclaimed timber

    Sometimes starting over is the best option. That’s why architect Todd Gordon Mather called for a total teardown and rebuild of 3960 Belleview Ave. in Homewood, rather than try and renovate the ramshackle cottage near the western shore of Lake Tahoe. “At some point you have to say ‘scrape it’ because it will cost more to try and fix it than to do it all over again correctly,” said Mather, principal of TGM Architect in Tahoe City. “In this case, it was better for the clients to pull the plug and cut losses, and go brand-new and get what they really wanted.” Originally built in the 1930s, the structure had fallen on hard times when a Napa couple bought the home in 2006.

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  • Make a memorable pathway with paving stones and plantsMake a memorable pathway with paving stones and plants

    Using paving stones as an alternate walkway or to add attractive hardscaping to a garden is now commonplace in many a garden. In many cases, that raises the issue of what to plant between those pavers, and here is where the elements of beauty and practicality intersect. There are many ground covers to choose from; fortunately, there are ways to narrow down those choices. A good plant for paving stones should do three things: It should stay very low and not grow quickly. A plant much taller than the paving stones is going to obscure them and/or just look odd.

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  • 7-bedroom Tudor showcases ‘warmth, stunning craftsmanship and character’7-bedroom Tudor showcases ‘warmth, stunning craftsmanship and character’

    The landmark estate sits along Orinda Country Club, and Roaring ‘20s grandeur is on full display inside the charming Tudor. “It has been extensively updated and showcases incredible warmth, stunning craftsmanship and character,” said Dana Green of Pacific Union Real Estate, who is listing 27 La Noria for $4.75 million. The grounds afford panoramic vistas of the surrounding region, a verdant oasis of tree-studded hills. Solid-core doors and hand-hewn open-beam ceilings represent some of the fine Douglas fir finishes found throughout the home. Dual seating areas offer the oversize living room plenty of space for gathering and entertaining. A mini brick backsplash rests behind the range, and the kitchen hosts a built-in spice rank, dual dishwashers and a pair of sinks. Custom cabinetry accents the eat-in kitchen as the adjoining media area includes a built-in desk. Leaded glass also appears in the master suite, this time in a French door opening to a private deck. Upgraded last year, the bathroom offers dual vanities, a soaking tub and a stall shower with rainfall head. Built in 1928, this seven-bedroom with more than 5,000 square feet of living space sits atop a 0.8-acre estate. Connecticut Bluestone patios surround the listing that includes a detached pool house with a similar design and material palette.

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  • Contemporary living at Potrero's ‘jewel on the hill’Contemporary living at Potrero's ‘jewel on the hill’

    [...] a corner home in Potrero Hill became a signature party house for decorator to the stars. The interior is a lasting legacy of designer Larry Masnada, the prominent ’80s artisan who fashioned pads for Mel Brooks, Frank Sinatra, and Diane Sawyer. Believed to be the first home built in the neighborhood, the corner residence owes its existence to diary owner Charles Dow. There’s leather on the stainless steel vanities and a circular shower. The kitchen’s glossy aesthetic draws comparisons to sleek European kitchens. The flowing design of the public rooms ushers guests toward the pool patio in this warmer section of San Francisco. The main level a floor above includes a pair of bedrooms opposite the living and dining rooms. Drawings for transforming the attic into a full upper level offer a glimpse into further development potential. The garage level — with its full bathroom, bedroom and own entrance — stands out as an turnkey income stream. The design shows an abundance of thought into daily living as a bathroom with sliding glass doors off the patio invites a shower before coming inside from the pool. A pair of sinks complement this sleek space and pairs with the handleless cabinetry and the cooktop’s stainless steel backsplash. The far end of the eat-in kitchen features a breakfast area with a built-in office nook. A gourmet kitchen features a built-in cooktop, dual ovens and sunroom windows.

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  • Pro tips for decorating a bungalow housePro tips for decorating a bungalow house

    San Francisco summers might be grey and gloomy, but all you need to channel those sunny California vibes is the right decor.

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  • 7 smart ideas for a low-water yard7 smart ideas for a low-water yard

    Keep your garden looking great, while making smart choices for your house — and the environment.

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  • The Santa Cruz garden that launched a movementThe Santa Cruz garden that launched a movement

    The Alan Chadwick Garden at UC Santa Cruz received a splendid gift for its 50th birthday this year — more than 5 feet of seasonal rainfall, courtesy of Mother Nature. The result has been an epic spring bloom, just as the university kicks off a yearlong celebration of the historic garden, the Agroecology training program it inspired, and the worldwide organic movement it helped to birth. Creating a pioneering training program in organic agriculture was not part of the university’s plan when Chancellor Dean McHenry approved a garden project in 1967. Faculty proposed building a UCSC Student Garden, a place that would bring students together for healthful social activity. “Dean McHenry was a farm boy himself, and he loved the idea of a garden,” said Paul Lee, a professor of philosophy at the time, and one of the garden’s earliest advocates. A former Shakespearean actor, Chadwick was a lanky, sun-leathered figure crowned with a towering blond pompadour. From its beginning the 3-acre garden was a radical rebuke to the Green Revolution, rejecting not only pesticides and herbicides, but the entire worldview that reduced nature to a tool of progress. Chadwick introduced students — and North America — to the French Intensive method, a rigorous revival of traditional European kitchen gardening. The French Intensive method enriched the soil with compost and cover crops, fluffed the earth with double digging, and encouraged a mad diversity of crops, pollinators and beneficial insects. Everything was meticulously hand-dug, planted and weeded, and woe betide the careless student who compressed the soil by stepping into a raised planting bed. Chadwick taught by example, demonstrating how to spread compost, transplant seedlings, prune a tree — then allowing students to follow suit. In 1971, at Chadwick’s request, the university allowed the garden program to expand to the Farm, a separate 30-acre plot across campus. Chadwick left UCSC in 1972, moving on to found other influential organic gardens, most famously the Green Gulch Farm at the Zen Center in Marin County, where he is now buried. More than 1,500 apprentices from the Chadwick Garden, UCSC’s Farm and Agroecology programs have since fanned out across the globe, working to bend the trajectory of the world’s food systems toward sustainability. To this day, visitors can spy inspirational poetry hand-lettered on whitewashed stakes, including a poem by Gary Snyder: Just past UC Santa Cruz’s main entrance at Bay and High Streets is a kiosk where you can buy a parking permit (no permit required on weekends or after 5 p.m.). Walk on the gravel road that parallels the paved bike path, enter farm at the wooden entrance gate. Do not walk on the paved path, which carries high-speed downhill bike traffic. Learn about the education, research and outreach work taking place through the Center for Agroecology & Sustainable Food Systems. In recognition of the garden’s 50th anniversary, Outstanding in the Field will hold an amazing alfresco dinner at the UCSC Farm’s Ocean View field, overlooking Monterey Bay. First 50 Celebration: Three days of events combining speakers, workshops, tours, and music, with local food and mingling with stalwarts of the sustainable agriculture community.

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  • Designer Profile: Unique lights, fabrics will make a bold statement this springDesigner Profile: Unique lights, fabrics will make a bold statement this spring

    Designer Suzanne Tucker, co-founder of San Francisco’s Tucker & Marks Design, recently launched new designs and finishes to her outdoor furniture line. The weatherproof finishes are dyed to mimic the random color schemes inherent to real wicker. A sofa, coffee table, dining table and ottoman are among the Riviera’s furniture selections. In addition to operating a design firm and launching her own product lines, Tucker also lectures on incorporating antiques, textiles, decorative arts and various finishes within a home. Pablo, maker of some of most sought-after modern light fixtures in San Francisco and beyond, offers a solution in the form of an LED lantern with surround sound speakers and Bluetooth connectivity. The UMA Sound Lantern debuted last year and already earned a myriad of awards including Azure Magazine People’s Choice Award, the 2016 Good Design Award Australia and the 2017 German Design Award. Venezuelan-born industrial engineer Pablo Pardo founded his namesake firm in 1993, and the brand continues to turn heads and win acclaim for its innovative designs that marry artistry and functionality. The Solis Drum Pendant features laser-cut polyester fabric joined by aluminum rings, allowing the shade to hang under tension. An LED dome diffuser spans the diameter of the top ring, radiating light down and sideways to cast shimmering warm patterns wherever it’s placed.

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  • Getaway: Floor-to-ceiling luxury awaits in 36th floor penthouse above Las Vegas StripGetaway: Floor-to-ceiling luxury awaits in 36th floor penthouse above Las Vegas Strip

    [...] meticulous planning earned Veer Towers gold certification from Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design. A split-level floor plan separates the bedroom suites, affording considerable privacy in the contemporary building. Towers in the middle of a desert do not receive much protection from the sun, so designers focused their efforts on absorbing and deflecting light. Yellow screens peppered across the building’s eastern, southern and western facades combat the sun while providing the towers with a dramatic checkerboard aesthetic. The permeable layer helps cool the buildings by allowing heat to escape, while natural light provides most of the illumination necessary. No ‘theming’ but architecture based on urban responsibility, functional efficiency, simple and elegant form, technical refinement and environmental responsibility. World-class dining and entertainment await on all sides and the unit’s floor-to-ceiling windows frame 270-degree views. Gaggenau appliances outfit the chef’s kitchen as sandstone flooring spans the residence. Each bedroom within the split-level floor plan includes an en suite spa bathroom and the penthouse includes a powder room as well.

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  • 12th annual Party for the Parks12th annual Party for the Parks

    The SF Parks Alliance celebrated the 12th annual Party for the Parks at Stern Grove. to raise funds to support Let'sPlaySF! a joint campaign of the Parks Alliance and the SF Recreation and Park Department to renovate 13 playgrounds across the city. The event raised more than $700,000.

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  • REAF Help is on the Way XIII: Putting on the GlitzREAF Help is on the Way XIII: Putting on the Glitz

    An upscale audience of theater lovers and cause-minded individuals were treated to glamorous pre and post performance receptions and one of the summer’s biggest and best variety-style shows offered this year. 

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  • Celebrity Chefs Bring a Taste of New Orleans to California’s Great America Theme ParkCelebrity Chefs Bring a Taste of New Orleans to California’s Great America Theme Park

    Chefs Adam Glick "Below Deck Mediterranean" and Kelsey Henderson "The Chopping Block" & "Cutthroat Kitchen" hosted a cooking demo of their favorite Cajun foods this past weekend at California’s Great America Theme Park in the Bay Area. The duo treated park guests to shrimp and grits fritters, traditional gumbo and red velvet beignets during the park’s TASTE OF ORLEANS festival. The weekend long event featured live Cajun music, entertainment, as well as regional food and drinks.

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  • Gordon and Ann Getty Host Composer Philip GlassGordon and Ann Getty Host Composer Philip Glass

    Gordon Getty hosted composer Philip Glass and 60 guests in an evening celebrating Opera Parallèle's upcoming production of Glass' dance-opera Les Enfants Terribles, marking the composer's 80th birthday year on May 11, 2017.

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  • Wine Women and Shoes 2017Wine Women and Shoes 2017

    Sunday afternoon was filled with laughter, glamour and the clinking of wine glasses. About 200 Bay Area women filled the ballroom of the Ritz-Carlton in San Francisco on Sunday May 7 for an afternoon benefitting the Saint Francis Foundation's Tenderloin Health Improvement Partnership (TLHIP). San Francisco’s inaugural Wine, Women & Shoes was a great success with ladies from all over the region supporting the Partnership's mission to renovate two parks in the Tenderloin.The benefit featured a fashion show, marketplace with local shops and brands, wine tasting from several California wineries, and a silent and live auction during an afternoon tea.

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  • SF Opera's An Evening on the Stage honoring Franklin P. (Pitch) Johnson, Jr.SF Opera's An Evening on the Stage honoring Franklin P. ("Pitch") Johnson, Jr.

    On Monday December 5th, the San Francisco Opera Guild honored entrepreneur, opera patron and former Chairman of the Board, Franklin P. (Pitch) Johnson at An Evening on the Stage. The black-tie gala dinner was set on the stage of the War Memorial Opera house in San Francisco.

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  • Wender Weis Foundation for Children’s Holiday Heroes 2016Wender Weis Foundation for Children’s Holiday Heroes 2016

    On Monday, December 5, kids of all ages – including 300 underserved children from the Wender Weis Foundation for Children’s (WWFC) organizations – had the exclusive opportunity to meet local athletes, gain rare access to the San Francisco Giants’ dugout and batting tunnels, and enjoy ballpark fare during this one-of-a-kind holiday celebration.

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  • Ann and Gordon Getty host the Volti SF Chamber ChorusAnn and Gordon Getty host the Volti SF Chamber Chorus

    At a party Wednesday November 16, Ann and Gordon Getty hosted the kickoff of Volti's “On the Way to 40” campaign. Currently in its 38th season,San Francisco’s award-winning vocal ensemble is launching an ambitious campaign to support commissioning new works from contemporary American composers for its 40th anniversary season in 2018-2019, and taking those new works on tour to various cities across the country.

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  • Pars Generation+ Hosts Election Night Art & Culture MixerPars Generation+ Hosts Election Night Art & Culture Mixer

    Pars Generation+ hosted a lively Art & Culture Mixer on Election Night 2016 at the Cambria Gallery in San Francisco. As young professionals and community leaders networked, they viewed the “Iran Unveiled” Photography Exhibit, as well as works by renowned Persian artist Elham Ashrafi and street artist Keyvan Shovir (a.k.a “CK1”).

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  • WildAid's GalaWildAid's Gala

    WildAid held its "An Evening Under the Sea" Gala November 12th 2016 at The Ritz Carlton in San Francisco.

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  • Annual John's Grill Election LuncheonAnnual John's Grill Election Luncheon

    On Tuesday November 8th, Election Day, John's Grill hosted their annual Election Luncheon. John Konstin along with Willie Brown, among other politicos enjoyed festive conversation and Meet and Greets with some of the city's most influential political figures.

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  • Warriors tip-off luncheon hosted by the San Francisco Chamber of CommerceWarriors tip-off luncheon hosted by the San Francisco Chamber of Commerce

    Stephen Curry, Klay Thompson and Kevin Durant joined the rest of their teammates, coaching staff, and executives at the 2016 Warriors tip-off luncheon at the Ritz-Carlton on Monday, October 10th. It was sponsored by the San Francisco Chamber of Commerce to celebrate the start of the team’s 2016-17 season. The luncheon held several panel discussions which included the Warriors players and staff. It also gave attendees a chance to meet the players in person.

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  • SF-Marin Food Bank’s annual 'One Big Table' galaSF-Marin Food Bank’s annual 'One Big Table' gala

    Chef Tyler Florence led the all-star line up of chefs at the annual gala where more than 400 guests enjoyed a signature three-course meal. The San Francisco Chronicle served as one of the night's sponsors.

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  • Save Lake Tahoe Oscar de la Renta Fashion ShowSave Lake Tahoe Oscar de la Renta Fashion Show

    The League to Save Lake Tahoe held a fashion show August 6th featuring the 2016 resort collection from the house of Oscar de la Renta, the featured designer. The event was sponsored by Saks Fifth Avenue.

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  • 'Monument Valley' review: Short but visually thrilling game'Monument Valley' review: Short but visually thrilling game

    M.C. Escher's playful use of optical illusion fascinated me as a child - I remember first seeing his room of impossible staircases and feeling that the world was filled with wonderful mysteries I could never understand. "Monument Valley," an iOS title developed by Ustwo Games, brings back that feeling of wonder and merges it with the modern sensibility of a graphic designer, producing what is probably the most beautiful mobile game yet. "Monument Valley" is a puzzle-solving game in which the player guides Ida the Silent Princess through an architectural world set in isometric perspective and full of impossible geometry - rotating your perspective merges two pathways into one, turning a crank changes gravity, pressing a button unfolds a hidden staircase. Many players might take issue with the fact that the game is so short, but seeing as it's meant to be played on a mobile device, the length didn't detract from my experience - and Ustwo has promised that new levels will be added soon.

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  • 'Castlevania: Lords of Shadow 2': Leave poor Dracula alone'Castlevania: Lords of Shadow 2': Leave poor Dracula alone

    Lords of Shadow he was transformed into Dracula himself and left waiting to fight Satan's return in the modern day, which sounds like an insanely cheesy action game. [...] he transforms into his younger self with a bare-chested cloak getup resembling a pro-wrestling pirate. Ready to wipe out legions of Satan's virus-laden contemporary acolytes with a whip made of your own blood? You can cast a swarm of bats as a distraction or change into a rat to sneak around tunnels, but it's a startling disconnect for a character who took out an army. The game seems to know this, too, and as much as possible takes a detour into Dracula's mind, during which he's back in his old castle and fights personal demons given shape by his own regrets. Everything about "Lords of Shadow 2" seems a bit confused, from a hero we're told is monstrous yet we're supposed to feel sympathy for, to its brutal action undercut by tepid platforming and stealth sequences.

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  • Indie computer titles are worth a lookIndie computer titles are worth a look

    Though the well-crafted first act lacks challenging puzzles, I sense a great deal more will be delivered as Schafer and Double Fine Productions develop their first episodic series video game. ($24.99 for entire series) Telltale Games has sharpened its storytelling craft with this dark comic book adaptation of Vertigo's Fables, which is, in its own right, a great reinterpretation of classic fairy tale characters. Similar to Telltale Games' "The Walking Dead," "Wolf" is a game of choices and their consequences, with splices of interactive fight scenes. ($24.99; also available on Xbox Live, PlayStation Network and iTunes app store.)

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  • Video and online game preview for 2014Video and online game preview for 2014

    Expect higher stakes and more melodrama now that protagonist Gabriel Belmont has been transformed from a miserable pile of secrets into Dracula himself. Bungie's latest space opera has elements of "Halo" with a dash of "Battlestar Galactica," featuring a group of Earth-based super soldiers fighting aliens that have nearly destroyed society. There's a sprawling backstory (involving the colonization of, and then attack on, cities in our solar system) and the promise of plenty of action. [...] the expansive world of Tamriel is open for exploration in Bethesda's upcoming massively multiplayer online role-playing game. Players will take a role within one of the three factions fighting for the throne. More than 2,000 percent funded on Kickstarter, "Hyper Light Drifter" is on most people's list of indie games to watch in 2014. Judging from the trailer, it's a 2-D action-adventure RPG that looks like a happy meeting of 16-bit "Legend of Zelda" with the aesthetic of "Tron," a sort of dark, futuristic dungeon world punctuated by neon colors. With pilots and mech-like "Titans" engaging in fast-paced skirmishes on battle-ravaged playing fields, "Titanfall" should provide one of the adrenaline rushes of the year.

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  • Best games of 2013: exciting new entries, rebooted favoritesBest games of 2013: exciting new entries, rebooted favorites

    New Leaf (Nintendo 3DS): In the newest installation of this life simulation game, you're the mayor of a town populated by anthropomorphic animals, and they're all counting on you to make the town a success. Black Flag (Xbox 360, Xbox One, PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4): Last year's "Assassin's Creed" title saw gamers playing a key role in the American Revolution; this year, we sail the high seas of the West Indies with pirate Edward Kenway. Devil May Cry (Xbox 360, PS3): The year's other big reboot spends its first few minutes giving the finger to hardcore fans turned detractors, then brashly makes the case for why there should be a new "Devil May Cry." The action effortlessly slips between human and demon worlds, while nuanced voice acting grounds the high stakes in a tale of sibling rivalry. FIFA 14 (Xbox 360, Xbox One, PS3, PS4, Wii): "Madden NFL" gets more mainstream press coverage, especially with this year's 25th anniversary, but the FIFA and NHL series have quietly become the best sports video game franchises. Grand Theft Auto V (Xbox 360, PS3): The latest in this ever-popular series moves the action to Los Angeles (rather, Los Santos) and you play as not one, but three antiheroes.

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  • Last-minute gift ideas for your favorite gamerLast-minute gift ideas for your favorite gamer

    ThinkGeek is our favorite online location for last-minute stocking stuffers - previous years have yielded a Han Solo carbon freezing chamber ice cube mold and a "The Empire Strikes Back" Wampa rug. The Museum of Art and Digital Entertainment is a nonprofit museum dedicated to preserving video game history and includes playable exhibits, classes and workshops, and special events, including the Bay Area Fight Night tournament. There are a number of membership levels ranging in price from $30 to $100, some of which include free admission to the museum, access to its game library and tickets to events. Attract Mode, part game-maker collective and part video game culture shop, has commissioned some of the best illustrators to make game-related art and products. Remember the weeks or months cruising the streets of Los Santos in "Grand Theft Auto V" or riding horseback with John Marston in "Red Dead Redemption" with a trip to the Rockstar Warehouse.

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  • Holiday gifts: Console someone, or give them one of these pastimesHoliday gifts: Console someone, or give them one of these pastimes

    [...] if a next-gen console isn't in your budget, the Playing Games crew is here to help: The adventure in the floating air city isn't finished just yet with this tabletop board game adaptation, BioShock Infinite: The LP is available in a number of formats, including vinyl ($24), CD ($12) and limited-edition audio cassette ($12) at Guthrie's online store ( www.jimguthrie.bandcamp.com). The Pacific Pinball Museum in Alameda is a gem, ideal for a date, children's birthday party or walk down memory lane. The museum has more than 100 pinball machines on the floor dating from the 1930s to the 1990s - all set on free play with admission. The nonprofit has started a fundraising campaign to move across town, creating its "Smithsonian of Pinball" in a former Carnegie Library.

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  • Sampling PlayStation 4 launch titlesSampling PlayStation 4 launch titles

    The franchise on the previous generation of consoles felt like an '80s Hollywood action movie, riddled with poor special effects. The PS4 and its hardware help the franchise enter into the modern era of moviemaking with realistic explosions, stunning lighting, richer textures, higher frames rate and better set staging. The game isn't challenging because of the lack of great puzzles. Because it's free with your PlayStation Plus membership, "Contrast" is worth a quick look until you open your holiday presents. Though "Killzone" utilizes the hardware and abilities of both the PS4 console and new DualShock 4 controller, the game itself feels like a showcase for Sony's inner circle of developers, while overlooking the opportunity to create an engaging playing experience for gamers.

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  • 'Call of Duty: Ghosts': Upgrades, Squad mode score'Call of Duty: Ghosts': Upgrades, Squad mode score

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  • Top-selling video games often get best reviewsTop-selling video games often get best reviews

    The independent film "Blue Is the Warmest Color" would be approaching the $1 billion mark worldwide. [...] Fast & Furious 6" grossed a modest $5.5 million opening weekend - overlooked next to the runaway success of the art house film "Before Midnight." It's a bit of a generalization, but for the most part the highest-grossing video games of the year coincide with some of the stronger critical reviews. There are exceptions: "Gravity" is raking in profits with huge critical support, and more than one horrible "Tomb Raider" game or lackluster "Madden NFL" sequel made its money back. The Chronicle will probably review it next week. Three of the top-selling games so far in 2013 according to VG Chartz - Grand Theft Auto V, The Last of Us and Animal Crossing: Compare that with "Iron Man 3," "Man of Steel," "Despicable Me 2" and "Oz the Great and Powerful," top-grossing 2013 films that received mixed reviews. Video game critics often seem to grade on a softer curve, with many raves coming from the so-called enthusiast press.

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  • 'Rocksmith 2014': Video game uses real guitar'Rocksmith 2014': Video game uses real guitar

    Unlike its predecessors, where you play along with any number of hit or classic rock songs, pushing the right button at the right time to earn points and unlock rewards, "Rocksmith" requires an actual guitar that you plug into your console. [...] you're playing the actual notes to the songs, which increases the difficulty of the game. The earlier version's "journey" mode has been replaced by a "mission" mode (it is a video game, after all) with tasks like playing a song that "Rocksmith" recommends or hitting 75 percent accuracy. First is "session mode," which gives you a backing band. [...] for those who don't feel ready to tackle songs yet - or just need a refresher on guitar play - "Rocksmith 2014" has 1980s-looking Guitarcade games to help you work on various skills. "Gone Wailin'!" is a "Jetpack Joyride"-esque game where you fly through the air to catch bananas; how high and low you fly depends on how loud you play.

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  • 'Beyond: Two Souls' review'Beyond: Two Souls' review

    [...] it's hard to imagine the game without the warmth that Page and Dafoe bring to their voice and motion capture performances. "Beyond," on the other hand, captures the ambitious tone of a supernatural drama - involving secret labs, the CIA and rifts to other dimensions - with Page as Jodie, the girl with mysterious powers at the center of it all. Why misbehave? Because it's fun to throw around some godlike powers and give the illusion of cheating in some otherwise tightly scripted levels. [...] yet the big action moments when Jodie cries out, "Aiden, save me!" (usually involving a death-defying leap) are a rewarding reversal in making you the sidekick to the heroine. For every intense level in a lab experiment gone wrong, there's an unhappy childhood memory of a snowball fight or a run-in with some saintly homeless folk.

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  • 'FIFA 14' review: Realistic soccer play'FIFA 14' review: Realistic soccer play

    Unlike the "Madden NFL" and "NHL" series, this EA Sports mainstay doesn't seem to be striving for photorealism. When rain falls, it looks more like static than the perfectly formed droplets you'll see in more image-obsessed video games. More than perhaps any other entry in the sports video game genre, "FIFA" strives for gameplay realism. [...] with apologies to the excellent "NHL 14," this may be the video game that most closely resembles the sport it represents. Formerly known as "Winning Eleven," the PES series has pushed "FIFA," much as the "NFL 2K" series did before Madden secured the exclusive rights to NFL players. In the mid-2000s, "FIFA" seemed to be striving for a higher-scoring form of soccer, which was theoretically more attractive to casual gamers in the United States. The teammate artificial intelligence seems especially improved in this game, with strikers making smart dashes at the right time, and goalies acting as if their livelihoods depend on each successful defense. The new Ignite Engine is set to debut for the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One, promising even more player and environmental realism.

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  • 'Grand Theft Auto V' not highway robbery'Grand Theft Auto V' not highway robbery

    Rockstar's much-anticipated "Grand Theft Auto V" launched last week, making $800 million its first day and more than $1 billion in its first three days of release. Like the "Call of Duty" franchise, "Grand Theft Auto" tweaks the game a bit between releases, but doesn't offer too much that's new to fans. Each new game looks better, is set in a different location ("GTA V" takes place in Los Angeles stand-in Los Santos) and offers the same basic formula of shootouts, strip clubs and satire. "GTA V" is a step up in game play from 2008's "GTA IV," though it seems, so far, to lack some of its predecessor's depth in storytelling. [...] Trevor is the violent one, he enjoys bloodshed; Michael is retired from crime and seems more concerned about his family; Franklin wants to find a way to make an honest buck. Less than a third of the way in, I've tortured a guy for information while working with the feds and tried to blow away as many people as I can in 90 seconds for sport.

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