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Daily news roundup for Tuesday, August 25, 2015

Mike Koozmin, S.F. Examiner

Here's what's happening in the Bay Area, as curated by KALW news:


Police arrest robbery suspect following foot chase through BART tunnels // SF Examiner

“A robbery suspect sent polio on a roughly one-hour foot pursuit through the BART tunnels near the Lake Merritt station today, a BART police lieutenant said.

Officers responded to the station at 11:20 am on a report of an assault and battery on a train, BART police Lt. Tyrone Forte said. Forte said the officers later learned that the suspect had allegedly taken a cellphone from a victim before running onto the tracks towards the Fruitvale station.”


Black women humiliated after getting kicked off Napa Valley Wine Train // SF Gate

“What started as a joyous ride through wine county Saturday afternoon turned into a 'humiliating' experience for 11 African American women, who said they were booted off the Napa Valley Wine Train for laughing and talking too loud.

Accounts and pictures of the episode have been spreading across social media, spawning the hashtag #LaughingWhileBlack while the women involved have questioned whether they would have been treated differently if they were not African American.”


City may soon drug test taxi drivers, even for medical marijuana// SF Examiner

"San Franciscans of all stripes can legally obtain medical marijuana cards, but medicating cabbies may soon have to give up the green.

The San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency Board of Directors is tentatively set to vote on an annual drug testing of local taxi drivers at its October meeting, according to the SFMTA.

The draft of the drug testing proposal does not carve out an exception for users of medical cannabis, advocates found."


Scooting to nowhere: SF parking permits may halt expansion of tech transit company// SF Examiner

“Technology’s changing the face of transportation - Uber is as commonplace as taxis and Wi-Fi enabled 'Google Buses' soar through the Mission.

Many of those technologies heralded changes in local laws. But while these services grabbed national headlines by jumping in head first and demanding changes in law later, one tech company’s trying to work within existing regulations.

Scoot, an on-demand scooter rental service known for its ubiquitous little red scooters, is hitting a bump in the road to expansion, as a local regulator considers new parking permit regulations. The new rules could eliminate scooter parking used by nearly half of Scoot’s customers.”


Everything you ever wanted to know about San Francisco’s noon siren // SF Gate

“It’s Tuesday at noon. You’re in downtown San Francisco and you hear the wailing of a siren and an ominous voice telling you, 'This is a test.' So, what is it exactly? Here’s everything you ever wondered - but forgot to google - about the San Francisco sirens.

Logically enough, the first 50 sirens were installed in 1942 to warn of air raids during World War II. In 2005, the city used a federal grant to start repairing the existing sirens and adding new ones too. Now they’re up to 109. Ten of them are solar powered.”