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Behind Maj. Rick Rose stands Fat Albert, a C-130J Hercules aircraft, on Oct. 7, 2021, at Oakland International Airport. After the pandemic resulted in fleet week being cancelled in 2020, a large mass convened Oct. 8 to 10 to the Marina Green to witness the air acrobatics. (Matthew Cardoza / Golden Gate Xpress)

Hundreds flock to San Francisco for Fleet Week return

Matthew Cardoza, Matthew Faludi, and Albert Gregory October 13, 2021

Hundreds of people lined the Marina Green, Fort Mason and Aquatic Park in San Francisco on Sunday, to catch a glimpse of aerial stunt performances, including the return of the Navy Blue Angels. Spectators...

Isaac Benard (L) and Shawon Dunston Jr. (R) pose for a photo before their game on September 9, 2021, at Mercy Health Stadium in Avon, Ohio. (Elizabeth Agazaryan / Golden Gate Xpress)

San Francisco native duo play professional baseball in Ohio

Elizabeth Agazaryan, Staff Photographer September 30, 2021

Around 18 years ago, Shawon Dunston Jr. and Isaac Benard were batboys for the Giants. Now, the two life-long friends play professional baseball together and dream of playing in the MLB. Over the summer,...

Jade Arellano speaks during a rally outside the San Francisco Hall of Justice on Sep. 21, 2021. Arellano is the organizing director with the Western Regional Advocacy Group, which claims on their website to “expose and eliminate the root causes of civil and human rights abuses.” (Nicolas Cholula/Golden Gate Xpress)

San Francisco Public Defender sues Superior Court of California

Nicolas Cholula, Staff Photographer September 22, 2021

San Francisco Public Defender Manohar Raju, and family members of loved ones imprisoned past their trial deadlines, spoke during a rally and press conference Tuesday outside the San Francisco Hall of Justice. Raju...

A view of the downtown San Francisco skyline from Ina Coolbrith Park on Tuesday, Jan. 19. (Jun Ueda / Golden Gate Xpress)

COVID-19 challenged in San Francisco by a different crisis: Fentanyl

Elizabeth Freeman, Staff Reporter May 15, 2021
Drug overdose fatalities in the city more than doubled coronavirus-related deaths in 2020
Stephanie Ernst Scott recounts one of the hundreds of stories behind the photos that line the entryway into Gus’ Discount Tackle. Customers and friends have built up the shrine-like collection over decades. (Avery Wilcox / Golden Gate Xpress)

The owner of one of San Francisco’s oldest tackle shops does not fish

Matthew Faludi, A&E Editor May 13, 2021

Stephanie Ernst Scott would be the first to admit that she has never fished a day in her life — a unique position to be in as the owner of a 62-year-old tackle shop. After 45 years at Gus’ Discount...

Attendants at the Flower Strike at the United Nations Plaza/Civic Center on Saturday, April 10, 2021. The strike commemorated those who had died in the anti-coup protests. (Lucky Whitburn-Thomas / Golden Gate Xpress)

Myanmar protesters hold ‘flower strike’ at the United Nations Plaza in San Francisco

Jian Yang, Staff Reporter April 13, 2021

Members from the Free Burma Action Committee held a flower strike at the United Nations Plaza on Saturday. The protest's purpose was to oppose the brutal killing of the Burmese people by their government....

An art enthusiast scrolls through a touchscreen monitor to view local artists whose work has been converted into NFTs at Local Maker Mart Gallery on March 25. The gallery was presented by Recreation Sound Systems. (Emily Curiel / Golden Gate Xpress)

San Francisco art gallery becomes first in city to hop on cryptoart trend

Dan DeJesus, Staff Reporter April 8, 2021

For the past couple of months, NFTs have gained traction as more of the public gravitate toward the latest cryptocurrency trend.  NFT, which stands for non-tangible token, acts as digital collectibles...

Two customers dine inside Wine Kitchen on Divisadero Street in San Francisco on March 3. The city of San Francisco moved into red tier, allowing gyms, museums, and indoor dining operations in limited capacity. (Avery Wilcox / Golden Gate Xpress)

San Francisco loosens dining restrictions in red tier, braces for orange (PHOTO GALLERY)

Avery Wilcox, Photographer March 17, 2021

On March 3, 2021, San Francisco entered the red tier of reopening guidelines in correspondence with declining testing positivity and hospitalization rates in the county. This red tier includes reduced...

Christina Xu, a full-time artist, paints a tribute mural to Ruth Bader Ginsburg on Ninth Avenue and E 10th St. in Oakland on February 21, 2021. Xu was commissioned to paint by Paint the Void, an organization that coordinates with artists to paint murals on boarded up businesses due to COVID-19. (Leila Figueroa / Golden Gate Xpress)

San Francisco funds artists to beautify boarded-up businesses

Smit Parekh, Staff reporter March 11, 2021

Paint the Void and other nonprofit organizations are now funded by the city in its continued efforts of supporting local artists and promoting public health practices.  Paint the Void is a nonprofit...

South San Francisco’s city hall, photographed on Sunday. The city’s hazard pay took effect on February 24, and will have a 90-day ‘sunset period’ -  the set time period of the ordinance’s effect. (Paul Kelly / Golden Gate Xpress)

South San Francisco approves hazard pay

Paul Kelly, Contributing Staff March 10, 2021

Working behind plexiglass and a mask for an eight-hour shift is strenuous and stressful but necessary, Cecilia Pleitez says, for her and her family. Pleitez, a Trader Joe’s employee of four years, is...

Peter Gentile, who is a bartender at Martuni’s, said that the SF Queer Night life is nonexistent now. “Well, I can speak for Martuni’s. I can’t speak for everybody, but what’s it like now? It’s nothing. We’re nothing. There’s no nightlife. We’re not taking nearly enough money, and there’s no community, which is what Martuni’s had because we are a piano bar.” (Emily Curiel / Golden Gate Xpress)

San Francisco’s queer nightlife grasps for a return to normalcy

Omar Morales, Contributing Staff March 9, 2021

Esta Noche, Trocerdo Transfer, Lexington, Universe, Pendulum — uttering these names of shuttered venues among queer circles in San Francisco is to uncan the history of a storied nightlife that began...

Producers sit behind a desk as they monitor the show for online viewers. Oasis produced a telethon on Saturday March 6, 2021 from 12PM –12AM to help the club from closing down. (Emily Curiel / Golden Gate Xpress)

San Francisco nightclub Oasis holds telethon fundraiser to prevent closure

Elizabeth Freeman, Staff Reporter March 8, 2021

San Francisco nightlife hotspot, Oasis, hosted a 12-hour live online event on Saturday in an attempt at raising money to avoid permanently closing its doors. The “Save The Oasis” telethon, broadcasted...

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