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Concord is a city located in Contra Costa County, California, USA. As of the 2000 census, the city had a total population of 121,780.

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The world reacts to Renee Zellweger's new look

 

The 'Bridget Jones' star appeared with a new look that some say makes her unrecognizable.

Tue, 21 Oct 2014 08:16:01 -0700

Uber, Lyft get permits to operate at SFO

UberX and Lyft will be allowed to operate at San Francisco International Airport in the next 30 days, SFO officials announced Monday.

"We are committed to be an industry leader, creating a roadmap for innovative business models like Lyft and UberX to operate legally in an airport," airport director John Martin said in a statement today. "We're proud to be the first airport in the U.S. to have both signed permits from both companies. This gives customers at SFO more choice, without compromising our focus on safety and security."

Lyft was the first company to obtain a permit to operate at a U.S. airport, in Nashville, while Sidecar became the first to get a permit at a California airport when it reached an agreement with SFO last week.

The transportation network companies, in which travelers are connected through a smartphone app with part-time drivers using personal vehicles, were prohibited from picking up or dropping off passengers at airports when the California Public Utilities Commission set new regulations on the companies last year.

SFO began requiring permits in April, but none of the companies actually reached an agreement with the airport until last week. Meanwhile, the airport has issued numerous citations for drivers operating there illegally.

SFO spokesman Doug Yakel said last week that hundreds of verbal admonishments had been issued for drivers using the airport while not permitted and about three dozen misdemeanor citations have been issued for second offenses.

Airport security found some of those drivers did not have proper licenses, insurance or were operating a car that was not their own.

Most of the drivers cited were working for Uber, Yakel said. The terms of the agreements with Uber and Lyft were not announced Monday, but Yakel said last week that the permits offered for each company were the same.

Sidecar's permit required a $3.85 fee for each trip to the airport, similar to what taxi and limo services pay, and for the company to track how many drivers were coming into and out of the airport.

Uber and Lyft were mainly in talks to determine how to track the vehicles coming to the airport, Yakel said.

"Lyft will be available throughout all SFO terminals, providing a flexible choice for pick up and drop off for passengers and drivers in our home city," the company said in a statement today.

Mon, 20 Oct 2014 23:10:35 -0700

San Francisco bars prep for World Series

On the eve of the World Series, orange appears to be the new black in San Francisco.

Coit Tower and City Hall are glowing orange but some fans told KTVU those tributes were now expected.

With the Giants heading into a wild-card World Series, its third in five years, fans wanted to pay homage by doing more.

At Amante in North Beach, owner Wizz Wentworth decided to limit the number of people who could watch the games by requiring fans to reserve seats at the bar and tables in advance. He's already booked. "We put you on a list if you're not on it, you can't get in."

Wentworth said he did it so fans could focus on the game, not waste time trying to order beverages or go to the bathroom.

He plans to serve the house specialty cocktail which glows orange from an infusion of fruit. He has also tailored the menu so it's better suited for World Series watching.

Other restaurants around the ballpark did the same, showing off newly printed menus with a different lineup of entrees.

Even at European-inspired pubs like Maggie McGarrys, the spotlight is on America's favorite pastime.

"We'll be very, very busy," Bartender Patrick Dunphy told KTVU.

Dunphy says the pub will unveil new Giants-inspired mixed drinks ahead of the first game of the series. The names of the new concoctions will be determined before the first pitch Tuesday night.

 

Mon, 20 Oct 2014 22:49:56 -0700

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