A 23-year-old man accused of killing a 60-year-old acquaintance with a skateboard on Christmas morning did it in self-defense, his attorney said in court Tuesday. Dustin “Frank” Tolboe is charged with the murder of Donald Tanksley in the Upper Haight on Dec. 25.
The nearly 70 criminal cases dismissed by prosecutors in connection with the ongoing investigation into an undercover police unit constitute the majority of those that will be dropped, a spokesman for the District Attorney’s Office said.
Twelve San Francisco State University students studying in Japan have been asked to return home, and a program that enabled 65 students in the California State University system to study in the country has been suspended until further notice.
After dominating play for the first 78 minutes, all it took was one slip-up to make University’s 2-1 nonleague win over College Prep of Oakland at Crocker Amazon Soccer Fields a little too close for comfort. The Red Devils (3-1-1) were up 2-0 and in total control when College Prep’s Nour Fawz scored on the Cougars’ only shot on target in the game in the 79th minute.
I almost fell out of my Mad Hatter’s chair when I heard Randy Bennett say that he wished the selection committee used more of a BCS-like formula in choosing the field for the NCAA Tournament. Sure, the St. Mary’s men’s basketball coach is upset his Gaels (25-8) were overlooked. But, it’s just as obvious that Bennett hasn’t closely followed the Bowl Championship Series fiascoes where controversy regularly trumps logic and undefeated football teams often fail to get to play for a national championship.
While an IQ test is required for some careers, “genius” profiling has yet to become a widespread phenomenon. But what if it was?
Brain implants that increase intelligence capabilities cause the dominant rift in society in “Wirehead,” a play by award-winning writers Matt Benjamin and Logan Brown, which has its Bay Area premiere in an SF Playhouse production directed by Susi Damilano.
Composer-singer Peter W. Tucker dedicates his new musical, “As Always,” to a San Francisco Parks Trust program called Music in Parks, which is the modern counterpart to a city-sponsored youth theater program he attended decades ago, a pursuit that sparked his lifelong interest in the arts.
Now he comes full circle, performing with vibrant singers Jessica Fisher and Nephi Speer, pianist Frederick Harris and cellists Cornelia Leuthold and Severin Suter in this modest-scale, 85-minute show featuring melodic original songs.
Nestor L. Fernandez, the new executive director of the Telegraph Hill Neighborhood Center, is the first executive director of Asian descent.
Among Muhammad Ali’s many formidable weapons in the ring was his famous “rope-a-dope” in which he went into a defensive crouch and allowed his opponent to throw punch after punch, round after round. Sooner or later, the opponent would tire or make a mistake, and Ali would pounce — often landing a knockout punch.
That’s the strategy President Barack Obama and his congressional Democratic allies are using against House Speaker John Boehner and the Republican majority in the lower chamber. For his part, Obama passively professes his desire “to work with Republicans on responsible spending cuts.” That prompts Republicans to produce multiple compromise proposals in hopes of finding one Obama will support, even as they wear themselves out promising not to shut down the government as they did in 1995.
Even as they scream for “workers’ rights,” the one worker right union bosses despise is that right to work. The American left has hoisted “choice” onto a pedestal taller than the Washington Monument.
‘It’s good for the country that the Ivies get a little skin in the game in this fight,” Harvard professor Kevin Parker said about the decision to welcome the Reserve Officer Training Corps back on campus. An engineer, Parker demonstrates dramatically that a technical background does not preclude a colorful quote.
Yesterday I blogged about Saudi Arabia sending troops into Bahrain, and asked why they weren't willing to send troops into Libya too. Well today it seems that my question was answered. It turns out that sending troops into messy and violent internal disputes tends to cause resentment by a large portion of the other nations population.