California officials praise ruling as Trump vows to appeal

A federal appeals court in San Francisco declined Feb. 9 to reinstate President Donald Trump’s Jan. 27 ban on travel from seven predominantly Muslim countries. A three-judge panel of the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals turned down the Trump administration’s bid for an emergency stay of Feb. 3 order by a federal trial judge […]

1-alarm fire at Japantown apartment building quickly contained

Firefighters quickly extinguished a one-alarm fire at an apartment complex the morning of Feb. 14 in San Francisco’s Japantown neighborhood, according to fire officials. Firefighters first responded to the blaze at 8:55 a.m. at 1600 Webster St., fire officials said on Twitter. The fire was under control by 9:02 a.m., according to fire officials. The […]

Three arrested in connection with strong-armed robberies

SAN JOSE, Calif. — Three people have been arrested in connection with a string of recent strong-armed robberies in San Jose, police announced Feb. 2. Santos Thompson, 21, Carissa Martinez, 26, and Anthony Macias, 36, all of San Jose, were arrested on suspicion of strong-armed robbery, according to the San Jose Police Department. The police […]

Korematsu Day tackles mass incarceration across communities

OAKLAND, Calif. — The Fred T. Korematsu Institute held its seventh annual Fred Korematsu Day of Civil Liberties and the Constitution program Jan. 29 at the Paramount Theatre. The program, entitled “Mass Incarceration Across Communities: What’s Next?,” commemorated the 75th anniversary of Executive Order 9066. Korematsu defied military orders — that incarcerated some 120,000 people […]

Dems introduce bill to restrict use of nuclear weapons

Rep. Ted W. Lieu (D—Torrance) and Sen. Edward J. Markey (D—Massachusetts) introduced a bill Jan. 24 to prohibit the president of the United States “from launching a nuclear first strike without a declaration of war by Congress,” a statement said. According to the statement, “the crucial issue of nuclear ‘first use’ is more urgent than […]

Man sentenced for stabbing murder of ex-wife

NAPA, Calif. — A 74-year-old Napa man was sentenced Jan. 24 in Napa County Superior Court to 26 years to life in prison for the 2014 stabbing murder of his ex-wife. Shozaburo Nakamura was convicted in December of killing Eiko Nakamura, his wife of 23 years, in their home on May 31, 2014. Nakamura stabbed […]

Diverse communities condemn ‘Muslim Ban’

Jan. 27, on International Holocaust Remembrance Day, President (Donald) Trump issued an executive order banning immigrants and refugees from predominantly Muslim countries from entering the United States. The executive order blocks nationals of seven majority-Muslim countries — Iran, Sudan, Syria, Libya, Somalia, Yemen, and Iraq — from entering the United States, suspends all refugees admissions […]

S.F. school board rescinds resolution excluding Asians

The San Francisco Board of Education formally rescinded a resolution Jan. 24 from 1906, which “excluded children of Chinese, Japanese, and Korean ancestry from normal schools and restricted them to an ‘Oriental School,’” a statement issued by the board said. “The 1906 board resolution reflected an extremely racist time when the Japanese and Korean Exclusion […]

Wartime sex-slave memorial’s inscription finalized

The San Francisco Arts Commission’s Visual Arts Committee at its Jan. 18 meeting unanimously approved — with amendments — the proposed inscription for the “comfort women” memorial statue, which will be erected on Saint Mary’s Square. The inscription will be printed on a plate that will be installed on the statue. Created by Steven Whyte, […]

Wife of Florida nightclub shooter appears in court on federal terrorism charges

OAKLAND, Calif. — The wife of a man who killed 49 people in a Florida nightclub and then died in a gunfight with police in June made a brief appearance in federal court in Oakland the morning of Jan. 17 on charges that she aided her husband in the attack and obstructed the law enforcement […]

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