High school coach Tyler Nii presumed dead after skydiving accident in New Zealand

SAN JOSE — A San Jose high school tennis coach is missing and presumed dead after a skydiving accident in early January in New Zealand, police and high school officials said. Tyler Nii appears to have died Jan. 10 after he plunged into Lake Wakatipu in the South Island of the country. Nii, 27, was […]

Supervisors vote 10-1 to rename Columbus Day to Indigenous Peoples’ Day

San Francisco supervisors voted 10-1 Jan. 23 to rename Columbus Day as Indigenous Peoples’ Day despite a last-minute effort to delay the vote in response to objections from some members of the city’s Italian American community. Supervisor Aaron Peskin, who represents the North Beach neighborhood, where the annual parade on Columbus Day has long since […]

Board chooses Supervisor Farrell as interim mayor in surprise vote

The San Francisco Board of Supervisors voted the evening of Jan. 23 to appoint Supervisor Mark Farrell as interim mayor in a move that saw the progressive faction teaming up with a moderate supervisor to prevent Board President London Breed from taking the position after a heated, racially charged debate. The decision drew an angry […]

Police recover dresses, skates stolen from Olympic figure skater in S.F. Japantown auto burglary

San Francisco police say they have recovered figure skating dresses and ice skates belonging to a U.S. Olympic figure skater that were stolen in an auto burglary in early January. The items were stolen from Marissa Castelli, who was competing in the U.S. Figure Skating Championships in San Jose, around 8 p.m. on Jan. 8 […]

Woman killed in late afternoon shooting, police seeking suspect

A woman was fatally gunned down late the afternoon of Jan. 19 in San Francisco’s Central Sunset District and police are now seeking a suspect, who they’re describing as “armed and dangerous.” Around 4:35 p.m., officers responded to a report of a shooting victim in the 1800 block of 34th Avenue, according to police. There, […]

Little Tokyo senbei and arare maker Umeya closes business

LOS ANGELES — There will be no more senbei and arare from Umeya. The longtime manufacturer and distributor of Japanese rice cakes and cookies closed down its operations on Dec. 31, 2017. Umeya was founded in Los Angeles by Yasuo Hamano, who was born in 1902 and immigrated to the United States in 1918 from […]

100th Infantry Battalion and 442nd RCT monument in France refurbished

Nestled in an undergrowth clearing near Bruyères, France is a monument dedicated to the members of the 442nd Regimental Combat Team and the 100th Infantry Battalion, who were instrumental in helping to liberate the town of Bruyères, as well as Belmont and Biffontaine, during World War II in fall 1944. Complete with a plaque in […]

8 candidates file for SF mayor’s race

A total of eight people filed papers to run for San Francisco’s June 5 mayoral election by the Jan. 9 5 p.m. deadline, but several top city officials who had been expected to run were not among them. Acting Mayor London Breed, Supervisor Jane Kim, former state Senator Mark Leno and former Supervisor Angela Alioto […]

Japan’s public broadcaster sends erroneous N. Korea missile bulletin

TOKYO — Japan’s public broadcaster NHK erroneously issued an online bulletin Jan. 16 saying that North Korea had fired a missile, as the country remains on high alert for provocations from the neighboring country. The broadcaster sent out a news flash stating, “North Korea likely to have launched a missile. J-Alert. Government urges evacuation to […]

Hawai‘i issues ballistic missile warning by mistake

HONOLULU  — Hawai‘i’s Emergency Management Agency mistakenly sent an alert about an incoming ballistic missile Jan. 13 to residents across the state where a Cold War attack warning system has been brought back in the wake of the growing North Korean missile threat. The alert, caused by a human error, went out to local media […]

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