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Husband, father and liberal Democrat. I am a native Michigander living in San Francisco who is a citizen of the world.

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Slain Austin shooter likely had anti-immigrant motive

AUSTIN, Texas — A white, middle-aged gunman, in what appears to be a politically motivated anti-government attack linked to immigration, fired more than a hundred rounds at buildings in downtown Austin early Friday and tried to set fire to the Mexican consulate before he died of a gunshot wound.

Police identified the gunman as 49-year-old Larry Steven McQuilliams and said he had a criminal record. No details were immediately released about his background.

Police were investigating whether he was killed by a police officer who fired at him in front of police headquarters or died of a self-inflicted gunshot.

A police sergeant putting away police horses for the night shot the suspect with one hand while holding two horses by the reins in the other, Austin Police Chief Art Acevedo told reporters.

Between about 2:20 a.m. and 2:30 a.m. CT, McQuilliams fired at several buildings in downtown Austin, including police headquarters and the federal courthouse. He also tried to torch the Mexican consulate using several small propane cylinders, but the fires were put out before the flames could spread, Acevedo said.


Ferguson protesters march through San Francisco Union Square

Demonstrators are marching through Union Square in San Francisco, protesting the Ferguson decision and disrupting shoppers and holiday festivities on Black Friday.

SKY7 HD is following the protest march that started at Justin Herman Plaza near the Ferry Building and traveled down Market Street and has approached Union Square.

Marchers have been walking for more than half an hour, which has raised concerns from merchants and others who have been enjoying Black Friday and the tree lighting ceremony at Union Square.

San Francisco police have requested two wagons in anticipation of arrests. Police said there were reports of protesters breaking windows and throwing rocks. Several windows at Macy's have reportedly been smashed and demonstrators have entered the Westfield Mall. Some employees at a jewelry store in Union Square are hiding after seeing protesters carrying hammers.

The demonstrators at the tree-lighting ceremony chanted "Black Friday doesn't matter, black lives matter" as pedestrians passed by carrying large shopping bags full of goods from nearby department stores.


Star Wars: The Force Awakens Official Teaser

Black Friday shopping crowds thin after Thanksgiving rush

(Reuters) - Mall crowds were relatively thin early on Black Friday in a sign of what has become the new normal in U.S. holiday shopping: the mad rush is happening the night of Thanksgiving and more consumers are picking up deals online.

Most major retailers now open their doors Thursday evening and offer extended holiday deals rather than limiting them to one day. The result is a quieter experience on what has traditionally been the busiest, and sometimes most chaotic, shopping day of the year.

"It just looks like any other weekend," said Angela Olivera, a 32-year old housewife shopping for children's clothing at the Westfarms Mall near Hartford, Connecticut. "The kind of crowds we usually see are missing and this is one of the biggest malls here. I think people are just not spending a lot."

The crowds normally reserved for Black Friday morning appeared Thursday night. Over 15,000 people lined up for the opening of the flagship store of Macy's Inc (M.N) in New York on Thursday, Chief Executive Officer Terry Lundgren told CNN. Police responded to a handful of incidents at Wal-Mart Stores (WMT.N) on Thursday, including to break up a fight over a Barbie doll in Los Angeles, CNN said.


Our formula for the best Thanksgiving possible

1. Me, my partner and our son.
2. No annoying extended family.
3. Perfect weather, sunny and 65 degrees.
4. No turkey, just great dim sum in Chinatown.
5. All natural fruit smoothies for dessert.

Happy Thanksgiving, everyone!!

Dim Sum for Thanksgiving!!

We cannot stand turkey so always look for something non-traditional. This year we are walking over to Chinatown for the most fabulous dim sum in the City

Happy Thanksgiving everyone!

MSNBC Commenter: Michael Brown was put on trial tonight.


Mark Leno to Challenge SF Mayor Lee In November

State Senator Mark Leno will announce after Thanksgiving that he will run against San Francisco Mayor Ed Lee in the November 2015 election, Beyond Chron has learned from multiple sources.

Leno has been floating his intentions for some time, and apparently got enough positive feedback to decide to move forward. Leno may also have been influenced to run by Nancy Pelosi’s showing no signs of giving up her congressional seat, the only office other than mayor that would be a step up from Leno’s current office. Last week, Pelosi took the media to task for it “double standard” when it comes to focusing on the age of female but not male politicians. She did not sound like someone who would be leaving office anytime soon, and her performance remains at a high level.

With a congressional seat unavailable, Leno has little to lose by running for San Francisco Mayor. And while he faces an uphill battle against a popular incumbent, at this point in 1990 incumbent mayor Art Agnos was considered a shoe-in for re-election in November 1991.

An election Agnos lost.


SF Board of Supervisors elect new President.

Supervisor Katy Tang is the next president of the Board of Supervisors — at least until Jan. 8, when the board will vote again.

Tang, who represents District Four, was elected Tuesday on an 8-0 vote to serve the remainder of President David Chiu’s term when he is sworn in to the Assembly on Dec. 1. Tang will preside over two meetings in December, and the board will choose a permanent replacement for Chiu in January, when its new term begins.

“My priority for the next two meetings, as interim president, is to make sure we have a smooth transition, knowing we do have another vote coming up in January,” she said.


SF Board passes "sensible schedule" law for workers.

PERSONAL NOTE: This is welcome news as the partner of someone who works such unpredictable shifts.

lso Tuesday, the board unanimously backed two pieces of legislation — over the opposition of business leaders — that will give most of San Francisco’s hourly workers more predictable schedules and the opportunity for full-time work.

The proposals by Supervisors Mar and Chiu apply to chain stores with more than 20 locations and 20 workers. If passed once more by the board and signed by Mayor Lee, they will require those businesses to pay employees who are on call or sent home early, or whose shifts are canceled or changed at the last minute; to offer extra hours to part-time workers before hiring new employees; to post schedules 14 days in advance; and to give part-time workers the same access as full-time workers to requests for time off and particular work schedules.

The new laws would also prohibit employers from discriminating against employees who have commitments such as caregiving or school.

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