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Past articles by Sam:

Joan Didion, fearless, ‘peerless’ writer and California native, dies at 87

Didion’s publisher Penguin Random House announced the author died from complications from Parkinson’s disease. → Read More

Justice Harry Low, trailblazing jurist and public servant, dies at 90

To get a glimpse the boundless respect Justice Harry Low earned for fairness as a judge,... → Read More

'Nutcracker' matinee returns to S.F. Ballet, and kids in velvet pack the opera house

All five weekend performances of the popular holiday production were sold out, thanks to pent-up demand caused by the pandemic. → Read More

Francisco Reservoir on Russian Hill set to reopen as public park in early 2022

Francisco Reservoir on Russian Hill has been unused and unloved for 80 years, but it took... → Read More

Declan Mulligan, original member of the Beau Brummels who helped shape the San Francisco sound, dies at 83

“Laugh, Laugh,” the hit single by the Beau Brummels band, begins with a mournful... → Read More

'Pissed and concerned': 3 shootings in 3 weeks has left S.F.'s famous neighborhood Haight-Ashbury reeling

An elaborate 10-foot shrine has arisen on a bustling corner of San Francisco’s... → Read More

Interrupted burglary in S.F.'s Haight-Ashbury leads to another shooting, police say

Hayes and Ashbury streets rang with gunfire just before noon in San Francisco Saturday,... → Read More

Outside Lands bleeds into Halloween as sold-out festival hits final day

Costumed fans soaked up the spirit of the day and closed out the festival with good music, food and drink. → Read More

Journey manager Herbie Herbert dies at home in Orinda

Journey’s manager, Herbie Herbert, credited by many for the band’s success, died... → Read More

See where S.F. ranks among the most rat-infested U.S. cities

San Francisco, which is regularly at the top of national lists for cost of living and... → Read More

Atmospheric river creates havoc around Bay Area

Driving rain and fierce winds battered Northern California on Sunday and filled the sky... → Read More

First S.F. Bay Area storm fizzles, but here's when 'the big event' is supposed to hit

A second front is expected to pass over the Bay Area in the early hours Friday, according... → Read More

Gail Seagraves, champion of SRO residents and Tenderloin community leader, dies at 67

After getting off of San Francisco’s streets, Seagraves became an inspiration and an... → Read More

S.F. legislation would allow businesses to hire sheriff's deputies as security guards in effort to combat shoplifting

San Francisco sheriff’s deputies could soon be eligible to work part-time as security... → Read More

Demolishing an S.F. 'bridge to nowhere' is first step in a $66 million redesign of Portsmouth Square

Dismantling the concrete Kearny Street Pedestrian Bridge is the first phase of a $66... → Read More

Here are the Red Cross shelters set up for Caldor Fire evacuees

In response to the evacuations from the Caldor Fire, the American Red Cross opened a huge... → Read More

The Bay Area's first summer heatwave is coming. Here's when and where it could reach 100 degrees

Triple-digit heat is expected to reach parts of the Bay Area starting Thursday and... → Read More

S.F.'s Stern Grove Festival finale canceled following massive water main break

The leak spilled 700,000 gallons of drinking water, much of it pouring into the concert... → Read More

San Francisco is looking for the woman who's been feeding raw meat to coyotes in Bernal Hill

If the woman is identified she will be warned. If there is a second offense she can be... → Read More

Sally Gearhart, lesbian activist, professor and an ace with a chain saw, dies at 90

Long after Sally Gearhart made history as the first out lesbian to be hired on a tenure... → Read More