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San Francisco to limit traffic on Market street for six week test

Pilot program to limit traffic on Market Street
Starting Sept. 29, most cars traveling east on Market will be banned beginning at Sixth Street. Eastbound cars will be encouraged to turn right on 10th Street - and if they don't, they must turn right once they get to Eighth Street. Any cars that get onto Market from Seventh Street will be forced off at Sixth. Traffic flowing north and south across Market Street will be unaffected, as will cars traveling west; officials say eastbound traffic accounts for the vast majority of the congestion. Signs will soon go up along Market Street telling drivers of the mandated turns. But it won't be a full street closure by any means: Muni buses, delivery vehicles and taxis can continue using the street like normal.

Gay-friendly Christian billboards freaking out Texas

I-30 Pro-Gay Christian Billboards Spark Debate - cbs11tv.com
There are four billboards with similar pro-gay messages along I-30 that have started a debate among Christians in North Texas. Rev. Jon Haack, with Promise Metropolitan Community Church, said, "If we go back to the gospel readings, we don't find anything within those texts that discriminate or exclude against gay and lesbian people. Gay and lesbian, bi-sexual and transgender people are part of God's creation too." Rev. Haack is with one of five local churches sponsoring the billboards that advocate gay acceptance by all Christians. One billboard reads, "The early church welcomed a gay man." Another one reads, "Jesus affirmed a gay couple."

September 09, 2009

Homeless man could get 5 years in prison for wearing handcuff keys on a necklace

Homeless man could get 5 years for wearing handcuff keys - South Florida - MiamiHerald.com Florida.
For wearing handcuff keys on a necklace draped around his neck, a homeless Miami Beach man could face years in prison. Prosecutors on Tuesday formally charged Michael Gonzalez, 22, with disorderly intoxication, marijuana possession and two counts of possession of a concealed handcuff key -- a third-degree felony punishable by up to five years in prison. ``It's an actual felony,'' prosecutor Barbara Teresa Govea explained to Miami-Dade Circuit Judge John Thornton, who questioned the charge. ``There's got to be some kind of constitutional violation in there somewhere,'' Assistant Public Defender Michelle Prescott grumbled to the court.

Health insurance no longer fully reimbursing doctors for vaccines

High vaccine costs means fewer doctors are offering shots - Sep. 8, 2009 So they are not giving them out now. This is exactly why we need meaningful health insurance reform.
NEW YORK (CNNMoney.com) -- Parents who bring their kids to Dr. G. Andrew McIntosh for the chicken pox vaccine are out of luck. The family physician, who has a solo practice in Uniontown, Ohio, doesn't offer that shot because he can't afford it. Most insurers won't sufficiently cover the cost. "It doesn't do me any good. I am losing money on [them]," he said. The chicken pox vaccine runs about $115, but insurers only cover between $68 to $83 of that. McIntosh has also cut back on a handful of other critical childhood vaccines for the same reason -- including the measles, mumps and rubella, known as the MMR vaccine. It costs him about $58 to buy an MMR shot, he said, while insurers pay about about $40.

September 08, 2009

The death of Halloween in San Francisco memorialized as an opera

Castro's spooky Halloween opera
"Merging local politics with murder and mayhem, the Lesbian/Gay Chorus of San Francisco, under the direction of Stephanie Lynne Smith, presents Jack Curtis Dubowsky's horror opera 'Halloween in the Castro,' a biting, in-your-face social commentary about what has gone wrong with Castro Halloween. "In this world premiere opera, horrors past and present haunt San Francisco's iconic street. As Halloween approaches, neighborhood residents, suburbanite tourists, city politicians and local business owners have conflicting ideas of how the evening should unfold. But will they all survive to see the dawn?" The Castro's Halloween party began decades ago as a fun, neighborhood event but devolved in recent years into a scene of out-of-control mayhem where stabbings and even shootings took place. City Hall pretty much shut it down a couple of years ago.