Category Archives: Work

SFGATE: Woman attacked with her own pepper spray at ICE protest

Woman attacked with her own pepper spray at ICE protest
Published on July 10, 2018 at 12:05AM by By Sarah Ravani
A woman attending a protest in San Francisco attempted to ward off a robber with pepper spray, but the suspect managed to turn the weapon against her and spray her before stealing her sunglasses and hat, authorities said.
The incident occurred about 1:45 p.m. Saturday at Sansome and Sutter streets, a quarter-mile away from the city’s Immigration and Customs Enforcement building, according to the San Francisco Police Department.
The ICE headquarters in San Francisco was the site of a weeklong encampment that was raided Monday morning, leading to the arrest of 39 protesters.

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SFGATE: Flooding causes severe traffic on busy South Bay freeways

Flooding causes severe traffic on busy South Bay freeways
Published on May 24, 2018 at 06:54PM by By Sophie Haigney
Flooding prompted a severe traffic alert on southbound Interstate 280 and southbound Highway 87 near San Jose, officials said.
“A large pool of water” was first reported just after 4:00 a.m., according to the California Highway Patrol.
CHP issued the traffic alert after the connector ramps were shut down. The right lanes on southbound 280 and 87 were closed as of 6:20 a.m.
Drivers are advised to avoid the area and there is no estimated time to reopen the roadway.

Sophie Haigney is a San Francisco Chronicle staff writer. Email: sophie.haigney@sfchronicle.com Twitter: @SophieHaigney

SFGATE: Hunter Pence fondly recalls the late first lady

Hunter Pence fondly recalls the late first lady
Published on April 19, 2018 at 11:03AM by By Henry Schulman
PHOENIX — Former President George H.W. Bush and first lady Barbara Bush were the first couple at Houston Astros games. They sat up front, behind the plate. Mrs. Bush, who died Tuesday at 92, kept score. She and her husband frequently appeared on the scoreboard kiss cam.
The Bushes took interest in their Astros. Among them for his first five big-league seasons was Hunter Pence.
“She told me she liked how I wore my socks,” Pence said Wednesday, adding that the Bushes occasionally asked Pence and other players to lunch, along with then-owner Drayton McLane.
Politics was not on the lunch menu. They talked a lot of baseball. Pence asked the Bushes which books they liked.

SFGATE: Zuckerberg refuses to say what hotel he’s staying at

Zuckerberg refuses to say what hotel he’s staying at
Published on April 11, 2018 at 02:01AM by Joe Perticone,

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Sen. Dick Durbin of Illinois asked Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg some personal questions, like which hotel he was staying in, during Zuckerberg’s hearing on Tuesday.
Zuckerberg was hesitant to answer — and Durbin used that to make a broader point about data privacy.

WASHINGTON — Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg got into an awkward exchange with a top Democratic senator on Tuesday when the lawmaker began asking him personal questions.

During the blockbuster hearing on Capitol Hill, Sen. Dick Durbin asked Zuckerberg, “Would you be comfortable sharing with us the name of the hotel you stayed in last night?”

“Um,” Zuckerberg said before a long pause. “No.

SFGATE: Ben Carson’s HUD spends $31,000 on dining set for his office

Ben Carson’s HUD spends $31,000 on dining set for his office
Published on February 28, 2018 at 05:17AM by Glenn Thrush, New York Times

Department of Housing and Urban Development officials spent $31,000 on a new dining room set for Secretary Ben Carson’s office in late 2017 — just as the White House circulated its plans to slash HUD’s programs for the homeless, elderly and poor, according to federal procurement records.

SFGATE: Gunman liked to gamble, lived quiet retired life

Gunman liked to gamble, lived quiet retired life
Published on October 02, 2017 at 10:17PM by William Wan, Sandhya Somashekhar and Aaron C. Davis, The Washington Post
Before he opened fire late Sunday – killing at least 50 people at a country music festival on the Las Vegas Strip – the gunman Stephen Paddock lived a quiet life for years in a small town outside Las Vegas.
A retired man, Paddock, 64, would disappear for days at a time, frequenting casinos as a professional gambler with his longtime girlfriend, neighbors said. Relatives also said Paddock had been quietly living out his retirement years, visiting Las Vegas to gamble and take in concerts.
“We know nothing. If you told me an asteroid fell it would mean the same to me. There’s absolutely no sense, no reason he did this,” said his brother Eric Paddock. “He’s just a guy who played video poker and took cruises and ate burritos at Taco Bell.