Little-noticed killing snuffed out dream

Little-noticed killing snuffed out dream

It took Lorena Smith a decade working as a dancer at strip clubs to get to where she was, close to paying off her mortgage on a home in a gated community and only a couple of courses short of earning a nursing degree. The single mother had raised two sons and only recently started going out, rewarding herself after three years of strictly studying. As she celebrated this new chapter, a gunman took her…

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Singles check one another out at S.F. Main Library

Singles check one another out at S.F. Main Library

Fiddling with a heart-print pencil in one hand and a New York Times bestseller in the other, Ameet Kamath waited for his date – a fellow book lover – to pop the question: “Will you explain why you chose this book?” Blake Love asked, like two dozen others at the Main Library’s literary speed-dating event Wednesday, as he leaned in to examine Michael Gruber‘s thriller “The Book of Air and Shadows.” “It says it’s ‘breathlessly…

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Markets’ live poultry sales cruel, protesters say

Markets’ live poultry sales cruel, protesters say

For two decades, Raymond Young has set up his poultry stall to sell live chickens at United Nations Plaza every Wednesday and Sunday before the crack of dawn. His steady stream of customers are mostly Chinese. But in April, another group of early risers started showing up not to buy but to block sales. “Live animals don’t belong in bags!” read a banner that animal rights activists, most of them vegan, held beside dozens of Chinese waiting…

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Freed student Steve Li returns to S.F.

Freed student Steve Li returns to S.F.

The past three days have been like a dream for Steve Li. After spending more than two months at a detention center in Arizona, Li, who was on the verge of being deported to Peru, is back in San Francisco – the only place he’s ever considered home. “Finally, this nightmare was over, but it’s still surreal to me,” the 20-year-old City College student said Monday. “I’ve been everywhere lately, it’s been an emotional rollercoaster.” Since his return…

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Steve ‘Shing Ma’ Li freed as Feinstein intervenes

Steve ‘Shing Ma’ Li freed as Feinstein intervenes

It seemed that all odds were against Steve “Shing Ma” Li, a City College of San Francisco student who has been incarcerated for more than two months, awaiting deportation to a country where he had no friends or family. But Friday, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement officials announced plans to release Li from a detention center in Florence, Ariz., where he has been in custody since Oct. 8. His destination is not Peru, his country of…

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Feinstein seeks to block Steve Li’s deportation

Feinstein seeks to block Steve Li’s deportation

Sen. Dianne Feinstein has asked immigration authorities to halt the deportation of City College of San Francisco nursing student Steve “Shing Ma” Li while she considers introducing a bill that would allow him to stay in the United States temporarily, her office said Sunday. The California Democrat‘s effort came as Li’s attorney said his removal flight to Peru would no longer happen today, as initially planned. The lawyer, Sin Yen Ling, said the immigration officer that…

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Steve Li fears he’ll be deported Monday

Steve Li fears he’ll be deported Monday

When Steve “Shing Ma” Li saw he had a message waiting from his lawyer Thursday evening, he was hoping for good news. The 20-year-old San Francisco City College student has kept in touch daily with his lawyer and mother since he was taken to a detention center in Florence, Ariz. He knew that they, along with thousands of others, had been advocating against his deportation to Peru. But his lawyer’s voice gave it away. He wouldn’t be…

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Steve Li, City College student, awaits deportation

Steve Li, City College student, awaits deportation

Steve Li was living up to his – and his parents’ – American dream until his untold past caught up to him. The 20-year-old City College of San Francisco student was chasing his goal to open a medical clinic serving the immigrant community, when U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement officials knocked on the door of his Ingleside apartment more than a month and a half ago. Now he faces deportation to a country where he has no…

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Keeping Your Home Clean And ‘Green’

Keeping Your Home Clean And ‘Green’

If the founders of Method have their way, every house in the nation will be cleaned using green, eco-friendly products. Right now, the San Francisco company is happy to have its products on the shelves of prominent retailers such as Target, Whole Foods and Lowe’s. “We [built this business] because we’re human beings who care about this planet,” says cofounder Eric Ryan. Method pulled in revenues of $100 million last year, selling bathroom cleaner, dish…

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