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Feds Force Oyster Factory to Close

According to the San Francisco Chronicle, the closing of the century-old Drakes Bay Oyster Company, once called Johnson’s Oyster Farm, prompted quite an emotional reaction from its fans, with hundreds of them mourning its demise Thursday afternoon. The plaintive melody of “Auld Lang Syne” wafted from a bagpiper's pipes as fans brought coolers, lemons, hot sauce, and cold beer to join the wake. Aug 1, 2014 6:53 PM PT

Southwest Removes Shamu-Colored Planes due to Sea World Protests

Southwest Airlines, bowing to pressure from animal rights activists, will repaint the three 737 jets that were painted to look like Shamu, the whale from Sea World. Southwest is terminating its 25-year relationship with Sea World as a result of being hounded by the animal rights groups. Aug 1, 2014 4:19 PM PT

Turkish Women Mock VP Who Wants Them to Stop Laughing

ABC News reports that after Turkey’s Vice Prime Minster Bülent Arinç asserted Monday that one reason his country is suffering a moral decline is women laughing in public, he was mocked by Turkish women posting laughing selfies on social media. Aug 1, 2014 12:56 PM PT

'Shrimp Boy' Chow Pleads Not Guilty

CBS KPIX San Francisco reports that Raymond “Shrimp Boy” Chow has pleaded not guilty to a new charge of racketeering, which entails committing a series of crimes to promote a corrupt enterprise. Jul 31, 2014 2:26 PM PT

Jerry Brown Won't Commit to Debating Kashkari

The Sacramento Bee reports that Gov. Jerry Brown said Wednesday he remains noncommittal about debating Republican Neel Kashkari, saying, “I haven’t made up my mind. I’m going to take that up later in the year, because we’ve got time.” Kashkari has publicly called for ten debates, pointedly copying the same request Brown made in 2001 of his rival Meg Whitman. Jul 31, 2014 1:37 PM PT

Kashkari Spent a Week Homeless in Fresno to Highlight Economy Woes

The Los Angeles Times reports that GOP gubernatorial candidate Neel Kashkari recently lived as a homeless person for a week in Fresno to point out California’s economic woes. Kashkari also has an essay in Thursday’s Wall Street Journal describing his odyssey, and produced a ten-minute video showing the struggles he endured simply looking for a job. Jul 31, 2014 7:24 AM PT

Man Trampled by Bull at Alameda County Bull Run

CBS 13 in Sacramento reports that a man trampled by a bull at the Alameda County bull run as he attempted to record his flight on his phone while running away has seen his video go viral. Justin Triplett, who was knocked unconscious, recounted, “I’ve been wanting to go to Spain and run with the bulls for as long as I can remember.” Jul 30, 2014 7:33 PM PT

Democrat San Jose Mayor Endorses Republican for State Controller

The San Francisco Chronicle reports that San Jose Mayor Chuck Reed, a Democrat who incurred the wrath of the state’s Democratic party and unions because he supported Measure B in 2012, has eschewed supporting Betty Yee, a state Board of Equalization member and the Democrats’ choice for state controller, and instead endorsed Republican Fresno mayor Ashley Swearengin. Jul 30, 2014 6:20 PM PT

Double Amputee Starts Shoe Company

CBS 2 Los Angeles tells the story of Dwight Johnson, a skyscraper inspector who tragically lost both legs, but fought back and now has his own company making shoes. Jul 30, 2014 5:14 PM PT

Backup Catcher Gets W and Scores Winning Run in Longest Cubs Game

In a scene straight out of Hollywood, Chicago Cubs catcher John Baker pulled off the unprecedented feat for a backup receiver of not only pitching the top of the last inning, but scoring the winning run himself in the bottom of the inning and getting the W. Jul 30, 2014 10:43 AM PT

Crazy Real Estate in SF: $400k for Less than 300 Sq. Ft.

How crazy are home prices in San Francisco? Try this: KBCW reports that one 266-square foot “home” has a sale price of $379,000. Located in the Crawford-Amazon district, it is listed as a “fixer-upper.” It sits on a lot that is 1300 square feet. Jul 29, 2014 1:02 PM PT

TSA Offers Prizes for Suggestions to Improve Waiting Lines

If you have had enough of waiting in lines in the airport, you may finally have recourse: the Transportation Security Administration is now offering a total of up to $15,000 for the best techniques suggested for queuing passengers. Jul 28, 2014 6:23 PM PT

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