Dolores Park Ditches Reservations, Peter Thiel Backs Hulk Hogan + More Brunch Topics

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Rec & Park to End Paid Lawn Reservations at Dolores Park, Mission Local


News of a lawn-rental pilot program at Dolores Park quickly attracted controversy and political debate on Monday and by Tuesday, Supervisor Scott Wiener announced he had worked out a deal with the Recreation and Parks Department to end the rental of lawn space. Read more.


Construction Crews Discover Young Girl's Casket Underneath San Francisco Home,
CBS Local

A woman was having her childhood home near Rossi Park in San Francisco renovated when contractors stumbled onto a very unusual sight under the garage.

"He said, 'Do you have any idea what this is? We think it's a casket,'" Ericka Karner told KPIX 5 via Skype. Karner is living in Idaho while the work is being done. She told KPIX 5 it's the casket of a little girl believed to have been buried 120 years ago. There are no identifying marks, so they decided to nickname her "Miranda." Officials believe Miranda was left behind when the Odd Fellows cemetery moved away. The Columbarium near Geary and Arguello is all that's left of that burial ground. Read more.


Hillary and Bill Clinton Visit San Francisco, Fremont, Atherton, NBC Bay Area

Former President Bill Clinton is scheduled to attend fundraisers Tuesday in San Francisco and Fremont, while his wife - Democratic presidential frontrunner Hillary Clinton - is set to join him Wednesday for a private event in Atherton. Bill Clinton was spotted entering the Julia Morgan Ballroom in San Francisco where he'll speak before heading to Fremont for a fundraising lunch. He waved "Hi, everybody," gave a big grin, and walked inside. Read more.


Lyft Now Lets You Schedule Rides 24 Hours in Advance, San Francisco Business Times

Ride hailing startup Lyft has a new feature allowing users to schedule rides up to 24 hours in advance and will begin testing the service in San Francisco first. Read more.


'Tone-Deaf' Ad Insults Those Who Rent, Enrages Some in San Francisco, SFGate

An ad appearing on bus stops and billboards around San Francisco questions the intelligence of those who rent, and some are feeling insulted by its message. The ad from SF-based money-lending company SoFi reads, "10 percent down. Because you're too smart to rent."

The ad speaks to the 63 percent of the SF population who rent and some are saying its message is smug, inconsiderate, and tone-deaf because many renters could never afford to buy a home and it's mean-spirited to call them stupid for being in their situation. Read more.


Peter Thiel, Tech Billionaire, Reveals Secret War With Gawker, NY Times

A billionaire Silicon Valley entrepreneur was outed as being gay by a media organization. His friends suffered at the hands of the same gossip site. Nearly a decade later, the entrepreneur secretly financed a lawsuit to try to put the media company out of business.

That is the back story to a legal case that had already grabbed headlines: The wrestler Hulk Hogan sued Gawker Media for invasion of privacy after it published a sex tape, and a Florida jury recently awarded the wrestler, whose real name is Terry Gene Bollea, $140 million. Read more.

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