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Corrections, Oct. 22
Sun, 22 Oct 2017 21:13:08 UT - What to know before hiring help for disaster claim, Oct. 22, Business Report, D5 Kathleen Pender’s Net Worth column about public adjusters, which began on the cover, misconstrued remarks by Insurance Commissioner Dave Jones. In discussing the Butte Fire, he believes insurance companies drew few complaints. ]]

Public adjusters can help consumers with fire claims, but tread cautiously
Sat, 21 Oct 2017 21:00:00 UT - People who lost homes in the Wine Country fires might be approached by public adjusters offering to represent them in their insurance claims. While some disaster victims have had good experiences with public adjusters, consumer advocates and the California Department of Insurance warn against rushing into anything. They say policyholders should try working with the insurance company first. If they feel they are being mistreated, they should file a complaint with the Insurance Department and consider hiring a public adjuster or attorney. Before hiring a public adjuster, consumers should make sure the adjuster is licensed with the Insurance Department and interview former clients. ]]

How CRISPR gene-editing tech can fight HIV
Sat, 21 Oct 2017 04:03:09 UT - Researchers at UCSF have received a three-year, $1.6 million grant to advance their work using novel gene-editing technology to make human blood cells less susceptible to HIV infection. The grant, from biopharmaceutical giant Gilead Sciences, a global leader in sales of HIV treatments, will fund a team of scientists working to modify the DNA of a type of white blood cell to make them immune to HIV infection. The cells, called T cells, have long been a focus of researchers seeking to improve HIV treatments. T cells help the immune system fight many diseases, including some cancers and flu viruses. ]]

Google’s fake news ads reach unlikely place: fact-checking sites
Sat, 21 Oct 2017 01:29:43 UT - The headlines are eye-catching. Melania Trump is leaving the White House! Home renovation cable star Joanna Gaines has abandoned her HGTV show and husband Chip Gaines! Televangelist Joel Osteen is leaving his wife! None of the stories was true. Yet as recently as this month, they were being promoted with prominent ads served by Google on PolitiFact and Snopes, fact-checking sites created precisely to dispel such falsehoods. According to an examination by the New York Times, the enticing headlines served as bait to draw readers to fraudulent sites that masqueraded as mainstream news sites. ]]

Baby Boomers to advertisers: Don’t you forget about us
Sat, 21 Oct 2017 00:27:01 UT - As much of the marketing world focuses on new ways to woo and dazzle the highly coveted Millennial generation, some companies are setting their sights on an overlooked (at least by advertisers) group: Baby Boomers. T-Mobile, for instance, recently unveiled a phone plan aimed at people 55 and older. (Boomers are generally defined as being, at this point, between 53 and 71.) In an occasionally profane 5½-minute video posted on Twitter, T-Mobile CEO John Legere said, “I’m here today to fix something that drives me completely crazy,” before criticizing his wireless competitors for deeming Boomers as “too old,” “stuck in the past” and not interested in technology or the Internet. ]]

Retail credit cards often have perks, and high interest rates
Fri, 20 Oct 2017 22:56:56 UT - Retailers may be doling out in-store discounts, but when it comes to credit cards, they’re increasingly charging more. Interest rates on store cards, which have been inching up for years, now average about 25 percent, according to data from, part of an online credit card marketplace. And, for the first time, at least one retail card commands a rate above 30 percent. A card offered by BrandSource, a network of locally owned appliance, electronics and home goods stores, comes with an interest rate of 30.49 percent. Three others — Big Lots, Piercing Pagoda and Zales — have rates of 29.99 percent. ]]

ICYMI: Vanishing black CEOs; shoplifting Spam; Lego’s NASA women
Fri, 20 Oct 2017 22:45:43 UT - If you missed it ... In a week when Hollywood promoted six very important characters — #MeToo — this also happened: •American Express CEO Kenneth Chenault said he is retiring Feb. 1, meaning that as of that date (barring a huge surprise), S&P 500 companies will be down to two African American chief executives. In other words, a percentage lower than, say, the votes Evan McMullin received in the 2016 presidential election. •Some stores in Hawaii are keeping Spam locked away because of shoplifters, according to the Washington Post. Tina Yamaki, president of the Retail Merchants of Hawaii, told the Post she thinks some drug addicts are stealing the canned meat as a way to get quick cash. ]]

Some Chariot drivers had improper licenses, California Highway Patrol says
Fri, 20 Oct 2017 22:39:27 UT - Chariot, the consumer-shuttle service that was forced by regulators to suspend operations in San Francisco on Thursday, had an unknown number of improperly licensed drivers during three separate safety inspections, according to the California Highway Patrol, which conducted the reviews. That issue, rather than a mechanical failure, triggered the California Public Utilities Commission to suspend Chariot’s operating permit. The company’s 15-person vans require “drivers to have a specific license: either a class B or a class C with passenger endorsement,” said Sgt. Robert Nacke of the California Highway Patrol. Most regular drivers have a class C license. ]]

Would you like my car to make you some water?
Fri, 20 Oct 2017 22:08:28 UT - A few years ago, Ford engineer Doug Martin read about an unusual billboard in Lima, Peru: It was designed to collect and filter water that condenses on the billboard’s cool surfaces when humid air rolls in from the coast. The billboard produces hundreds of gallons of clean water every week. “Residents can just come and fill jugs with high-quality water and take it home,” Martin said. A short time later, it occurred to him: Why couldn’t a car produce drinking water, too? Air-conditioners do something similar to the Peruvian billboard — generating water by removing moisture from the air. ]]

San Francisco Stockton airport; KFC’s recipe for Twitter success
Fri, 20 Oct 2017 21:53:11 UT - Airport — or airheads? Tony Bennett probably didn’t leave his heart in Stockton, but that may not stop the San Joaquin County Board of Supervisors from renaming the local airfield as the San Francisco Stockton Regional Airport. The Modesto Bee reported that the board will consider the change Tuesday, and an advisory committee has suggested it will help marketing. Yeah, at least until somebody pays for a $364 Uber ride to downtown San Francisco. A recipe for Twitter success KFC’s Twitter account follows just 11 people: five former members of the Spice Girls, plus six guys named Herb. That’s right: 11 Herbs and Spices. ]]

Facebook, Google edge closer to regulations on ad transparency
Fri, 20 Oct 2017 21:11:51 UT - Facebook, Google and Twitter are one step closer to facing new regulations that would place transparency requirements on a core aspect of their businesses: advertising. With support from Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., Democratic Sens. Amy Klobuchar of Minnesota and Mark Warner of Virginia unveiled a bill Thursday that would mandate greater disclosure of political ads that run on large Internet services. The proposed legislation was crafted as a response to a Russian-financed propaganda campaign that ran on an array of Web services to spread disinformation and discord during the 2016 election. ]]

Best wearable technology
Fri, 20 Oct 2017 19:31:00 UT - Fitbit Alta HR Cnet rating: 4.0 stars out of 5. The good: The Alta has a slim and stylish design with seven-day battery life, and all-day fitness and heart rate tracking. The bad: It isn’t water-resistant, and notifications can be difficult to read. You can’t manually start workouts. Automatic exercise tracking and no buttons means no on-band controls. The cost: $150. ]]

Ship traffic, Oct. 22
Fri, 20 Oct 2017 17:28:23 UT - Ship traffic Due to arrive today SHIP FROM PORT APL Belgium Los Angeles OAK ]]

Ship traffic, Oct. 21
Fri, 20 Oct 2017 17:27:49 UT - Ship traffic Due to arrive today SHIP FROM PORT Asian Beauty Tsukumi, Japan SFO ]]

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Bay Area Sports

49ers’ Reuben Foster returns for meeting vs. Cowboys
Sun, 22 Oct 2017 18:53:12 UT - Rookie inside linebacker Reuben Foster will play today against the Cowboys at Levi’s Stadium for the first time since he sustained a high ankle sprain in the season opener on Sept. 10. Foster returned to practice last week and has been limited in each of the six sessions since he came back. Inside linebackers Ray-Ray Armstrong (shoulder) and Brock Coyle (shoulder), who were questionable, are both active and Armstrong will presumably start alongside Foster. Meanwhile, undrafted rookie wide receiver Kendrick Bourne is active for the first time since Week 1, and rookie wideout Victor Bolden Jr. is inactive. With Bolden sidelined, running back Raheem Mostert is expected to handle kickoff returns. ]]

Dave Righetti out as Giants’ pitching coach
Sun, 22 Oct 2017 15:19:33 UT - There were no embraces more emotional in the final weekend of the Giants’ disastrous season than the ones between Matt Cain and Dave Righetti. Cain was retiring after 13 seasons and expressed nothing but love and respect for his only big-league pitching coach. As it turned out, Righetti was out the door, too. The Giants announced Saturday that Righetti, the pitching coach since 2000 who served under three managers, was relieved of his duties and accepted a front-office role as special assistant to the general manager. ]]

Notre Dame steamrolls USC 49-14
Sun, 22 Oct 2017 06:17:58 UT - Brandon Wimbush passed for two touchdowns and ran for two more, Josh Adams added three touchdown runs and No. 13 Notre Dame took advantage of three turnovers by No. 11 USC to win 49-14 on Saturday in South Bend, Ind. The Fighting Irish (6-1) turned all three USC turnovers into touchdowns, giving them their first victory over a ranked USC team since 1995. The turnovers came on a fumble and interception by USC quarterback Sam Darnold and a dropped punt by Jack Jones as host Notre Dame posted an easy victory in a series that dates to 1926, opening up a 28-0 lead at the half. ]]

Cal drops 45-44, double-OT heartbreaker to Arizona
Sun, 22 Oct 2017 06:16:09 UT - If Justin Wilcox hadn’t already instilled a win-or-nothing mentality in his team, Cal’s first-year head coach pounded home that message Saturday night. After the Bears pulled within an extra point of forcing triple overtime against Arizona, Wilcox directed the offense to go for a potential game-winning two-point conversion. On this night, however, that mentality resulted in nothing as Colin Schooler broke up a pass intended for Jordan Duncan in the back of the end zone to clinch the Wildcats’ 45-44, double-overtime victory in front of 37,525 fans at Memorial Stadium. “I’d do it again,” Wilcox said. “You can dispute it, but I would do it again. ]]

Cal’s Bowers hurt by interceptions in loss
Sun, 22 Oct 2017 06:15:50 UT - Cal’s Ross Bowers threw 116 consecutive passes without an interception before the streak was snapped near the end of the first quarter of Saturday’s 45-44, double-overtime loss to Arizona at Memorial Stadium. Bowers overthrew sophomore receiver Brandon Singleton in the closing two minutes of the first quarter, and defensive back Lorenzo Burns was waiting there for the interception. The sophomore quarterback, who completed 29 of 49 passes for 301 yards and two touchdowns, also threw a costly pick to Jarrius Wallace in the end zone during the second quarter. ]]

Stamkos, Kucherov help Tampa Bay top Pittsburgh
Sun, 22 Oct 2017 06:01:07 UT - Steven Stamkos and Nikita Kucherov are making it look easy and the Tampa Bay Lightning are reaping the benefits. The Tampa Bay stars both extended their season-opening points streaks to nine games and the host Lightning routed the Pittsburgh Penguins 7-1 on Saturday night. “Just proud of the way we played throughout the whole game,” Stamkos said. “Sometimes those are tough games to play but we played the right way.” Stamkos had a goal and three assists, and Kucherov had two goals and an assist. They are the first teammates to start the season with nine-game point streaks since St. Louis’ Pavol Demitra and Doug Weight in 2001-02. The duo have combined for 34 points. ]]

Vanishing act as Magic make Cavaliers disappear in rout
Sun, 22 Oct 2017 05:59:00 UT - Nikola Vucevic scored 23 points and the Orlando Magic snapped a 17-game losing streak against the Cleveland Cavaliers, routing the defending Eastern Conference champions 114-93 on Saturday night. Orlando’s players knew their first win over Cleveland since Nov. 23, 2012, was more than your typical early regular-season victory. “This game had lots of positives, one of the most positives we’ve had in a long time,” Vucevic said. “I’m really happy for this team because we haven’t had success against them for a while.” The visiting Magic never trailed and built a 21-point lead late in the first quarter. Orlando led 36-18 after the first, hitting 14 of 24 from the field. ]]

Tossed and turned: Frustrated Warriors lose in Memphis, fall to 1-2
Sun, 22 Oct 2017 04:57:15 UT - MEMPHIS — Frustrations boiled over with 43.6 seconds left in the Warriors’ 111-101 loss Saturday night to the Grizzlies. After a no-call on a drive to the rim, Stephen Curry — more prone to dancing than expletive-filled tirades — unleashed on official Scott Wall, tossed his mouth guard in disgust and was promptly ejected. Kevin Durant, jawing at referees in Curry’s defense, also was kicked out. As they sauntered toward the visitors’ locker room, a sellout FedEx Forum crowd of 17,794 rained down boos. Durant, flanked by a team security guard, turned toward a group of fans and pointed to his ring finger. ]]

Astros stymie Yankees to earn World Series berth
Sun, 22 Oct 2017 04:34:13 UT - HOUSTON — Charlie Morton and Lance McCullers combined on a three-hitter, Jose Altuve and Evan Gattis homered and the Houston Astros reached the World Series for only the second time, beating the New York Yankees 4-0 Saturday night in Game 7 of the AL Championship Series. Just four years removed from their third straight 100-loss season in 2013, the Astros shut down the Yankees on consecutive nights after dropping three in a row in the Bronx. Next up for the Astros: Game 1 of the World Series against the Los Angeles Dodgers on Tuesday. ]]

Serra tops Sacred Heart Cathedral 52-21
Sun, 22 Oct 2017 04:04:02 UT - It’s been a paradise of riches for Serra’s football team since starting the season 1-2, especially on the offensive front. But the Padres weren’t bad on defense either Saturday, recording five first-half interceptions in a 52-21 West Catholic Athletic League victory over visiting Sacred Heart Cathedral. Chris Park had two interceptions and also returned a fumble 80 yards for a score for No. 6 Serra (5-2, 4-0), whose offense racked up 360 of its 480 yards in the first half when it took a 48-14 lead. Isiah Kendrick rushed 10 times for 61 yards and two scores. ]]

Couture has hat trick, but Sharks lose to Islanders
Sun, 22 Oct 2017 04:00:35 UT - NEW YORK — When the New York Islanders needed a big play against the Sharks on Saturday, Anders Lee came through. Lee had two goals and an assist to lead the Islanders to a 5-3 victory over San Jose for New York’s third win in four games. Lee’s goal in the first period tied the score and his third-period tally gave his team a much-needed cushion. Logan Couture scored all three goals for the Sharks, completing the hat trick with 1:52 remaining to pull his team within one. San Jose goalie Aaron Dell finished with 18 saves. “We didn’t defend well,” Couture said. “We gave them some grade-A chances. Just mistakes. I don’t know if was mental or physical from being tired. ]]

Warriors’ Omri Casspi expected to return for Monday’s game vs. Dallas
Sun, 22 Oct 2017 03:47:51 UT - MEMPHIS — Undoubtedly, the biggest potential obstacle that could derail the Warriors’ championship-or-bust season is injury. As Celtics forward Gordon Hayward’s gruesome fractured tibia on opening night underscored, even a championship contender isn’t immune from a season-altering injury. Staying healthy was a driving force behind Golden State’s 2015 and 2017 NBA titles. Though their latest title defense is still in its infancy, the Warriors remain relatively unscathed. Forward Omri Casspi (left ankle sprain) was Golden State’s only player not available Saturday night in its 111-101 loss to the Grizzlies at FedEx Forum. Holding Casspi out was precautionary, head coach Steve Kerr said. ]]

Cubs dismiss Bosio; pitching coach was key to long-awaited title
Sun, 22 Oct 2017 03:36:30 UT - Chris Bosio is out as the Chicago Cubs’ pitching coach after six seasons. A person familiar with the situation said the team will not pick up his contract option for next season. USA Today first reported the decision. Bosio’s dismissal comes after the Cubs were eliminated by the Los Angeles Dodgers in the NL Championship Series. The Cubs’ bullpen faltered in the playoffs, and there were season-long control issues. Bosio worked under three managers in Chicago and helped oversee a transformation of the pitching staff that last year contributed to the team’s first World Series Championship since 1908 and three straight trips to the NLCS. ]]

Sports calendar, Oct. 22-23
Sun, 22 Oct 2017 03:00:00 UT - SUNDAY Boxing 4a Middleweights: Hassan N’Dam N’Jikam vs. ]]

Last Update at: Sun Oct 22 14:49:27 PDT 2017

Bay Area News

On the frontline of the flames: What it's like photographing a wildfire
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Many residents return in Santa Rosa as wildfire containment grows
Sun, 22 Oct 2017 02:54:10 UT - Residents in part of Santa Rosa were allowed to re-enter their neighborhoods Saturday as firefighters neared full containment of a series of blazes that caused mass destruction across Northern California. The recent rain that swept through the fire zones of Napa and Sonoma counties — more than six-tenths of an inch — gave firefighters a boost in holding containment lines. Full containment for all of the fires is expected by Wednesday. But a little rainfall and success on the fire line does not mean California is safe from wildfire. Strong winds and hot weather are expected in Southern California over the next few days, officials said. ]]

3 Berkeley HS students, 1 staffer arrested at end of school’s Unity Week
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North Bay wildfires: remembering the victims
Sat, 21 Oct 2017 23:42:20 UT - The fires that swept the North Bay died down last week, and the task turned to going through the ashes and ruins to identify those who lost their lives. Among the victims were a doctor, a firefighter and a wildlife biologist. Here is a look at who some of them were. Karen Aycock Karen Aycock was a quiet woman who lived on Dogwood Drive in the Coffey Park neighborhood of Santa Rosa. She was 54 years old and was a timid woman, not much of a people person, said Chad Hinden, who was her friend. “But she had a big heart,” he said. “If you needed anything, she’d always be there to help you.” Ms. ]]

Appeals court allows trial on question of asbestos in talcum powder
Sat, 21 Oct 2017 21:44:34 UT - A state appeals court has reinstated a San Francisco cancer patient’s suit against the makers of Cashmere Bouquet talcum powder, which she used for 20 years and later learned that it may have contained potentially lethal asbestos. Mary Lyons was diagnosed with malignant mesothelioma, a cancer commonly caused by asbestos, in October 2015. In her lawsuit against Colgate-Palmolive, she said she first used the talcum as a young child in the early 1950s, when her mother powdered her after every bath, and continued using it on her own until the early 1970s. Colgate-Palmolive began manufacturing Cashmere Bouquet in 1871 and sold it until 1995. ]]

Fire evacuees had minutes, or seconds, to save memories. Here's what they grabbed
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Tubbs Fire in Sonoma County is most destructive in state history
Sat, 21 Oct 2017 04:07:04 UT - The onslaught of fires that laid waste to huge swaths of Northern California this month reached a new level of infamy Friday when the 36,432-acre Tubbs Fire in Sonoma County became the most destructive wildfire in modern state history. The fire, which destroyed an estimated 5,300 structures, surpassed the October 1991 Tunnel Fire, which obliterated 2,900 homes and killed 25 people in the Oakland hills, as California’s most damaging fire. “The latest count on the Tubbs makes it by far the most destructive fire in our state’s history,” said Daniel Berlant, the assistant deputy director for the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection, or Cal Fire. ]]

How to get help after a fire
Sat, 21 Oct 2017 03:19:53 UT - Suggestions for getting help in recovering from disaster Getting help from a mess of bureaucracies, insurance companies and nonprofits can be difficult. Here are some of the best tips from Chronicle writers: FEMA The Federal Emergency Management Association has continued to expand the number of counties eligible for individual assistance, which allows residents and business owners to apply for grants or low-interest loans to cover various fire-related expenses. Eligible counties include Butte, Lake, Mendocino, Napa, Nevada, Sonoma and Yuba. More areas could become eligible as the fires spread and damage becomes apparent. ]]

Wildfire evacuees return to where they built their lives. Most find nothing
Sat, 21 Oct 2017 00:21:59 UT - It had been 11 days since they last saw their homes. In the morning hush, residents presented their driver’s licenses to National Guardsmen posted outside the Coffey Park neighborhood of Santa Rosa. The uniformed sentries had turned them away every day for nearly two weeks. “Not yet,” they said. The search teams, the cadaver dogs, the utility crews were working. But on Thursday night, the Santa Rosa Police Department announced that the subdivision was reopening to residents. On Friday, they came to see what was left. There wasn’t much. For block after block, chimneys stood in the rubble. Then, suddenly, they didn’t. ]]

Sudden oak death likely exacerbated deadly Northern California wildfires
Sat, 21 Oct 2017 00:09:23 UT - A dramatic increase this year in the number of oaks, manzanita and native plants infected by the tree-killing disease known as sudden oak death likely helped spread the massive fires that raged through the North Bay, a UC Berkeley forest ecologist said Thursday. Dead and dying oak trees make wildfires hotter and cause them to spread more quickly, said Matteo Garbelotto, the director of the UC Berkeley Forest Pathology and Mycology Laboratory. In a study released Friday, Garbelotto’s laboratory found that 37 percent of the trees sampled in fire-ravaged eastern Sonoma County — prior to the fires — were infected by sudden oak death, a ten-fold increase compared with two years ago. ]]

Peskin looks to dust off Willie Brown rule on city commissions
Sat, 21 Oct 2017 00:06:03 UT - Former San Francisco Mayor Willie Brown had a policy of kicking political candidates off city commissions the moment they entered a race. Brown, now a Chronicle columnist, recoiled at the idea that anyone would run a campaign and hold a low-level government position at the same time. His successors, Gavin Newsom and Ed Lee, also made a practice of asking their appointees to leave once they pulled candidate’s papers. But because the rule was never written down, it wasn’t really enforced — and eventually, candidates ignored the tradition. ]]

SF startup CEO charged with sexually abusing 3-year-old son
Fri, 20 Oct 2017 22:51:41 UT - Zain Jaffer, the top executive of a mobile video advertising startup in San Francisco, has been arrested and charged with assaulting and sexually abusing his 3-year-old son. Jaffer, 29, the CEO of Vungle, was removed from his position Thursday. He is charged with child abuse, a lewd act upon a child, attempted oral copulation with a person under 10 years old, and assault with intent to cause great bodily harm, according to San Mateo County District Attorney Stephen Wagstaffe. Authorities also charged Jaffer with a misdemeanor count of battery upon a police officer and emergency personnel. ]]

Oct. 21: Wine Country fires benefit events, cancellations and more
Fri, 20 Oct 2017 21:07:00 UT - The Chronicle will continue to keep readers up to date on events that have either been canceled or postponed because of the North Bay fires, as well as any benefits for fire victims. We will strive to update the story regularly. Send us announcements on closures, events and more by emailing ]]

Here's how much snow the first real winter storm brought to the Sierra
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Last Update at: Sun Oct 22 14:49:27 PDT 2017