Sunset Beacon
February 2006

Sunset Spotlight/Police Blotter

Photo: Francis da Silva

Flying Angels: The Flying Angels Chinese Dance Company performed Jan. 21 at the Ortega Branch Library. The group features a variety of mini-shows featuring ancient classical forms as well as new and lively folk dances. In the photograph above, Sophia Wong and Stephanie Wong (background) perform the "Boating on the River" dance. In the photograph to the left, Kevin Wong performs the "Picking Grapes" dance.

Women organize to end homelessness

"We're here to try to make a grass roots effort to address homelessness in the Richmond and Sunset," said Kristie Fairchild, addressing the attendees of the monthly Sunset District Neighborhood Coalition meeting, held Jan. 12 at the Taraval Police Station on 24th Avenue.

Mystery of the Sutro Bath skulls

On Saturday, Nov. 19, two human skulls were discovered at the ruins of Sutro Baths. The U.S. Park Police recovered the remains and passed them along to San Francisco's Office of the Chief Medical Examiner. The subsequent examination revealed that the remains are of historical nature, but their exact origin and the circumstances of their recent abandonment at the ruins remain unknown.

Treasure hunt caps Chinese New Year's festivities

Sleuths dash into a dark alleyway on the hill by the intersection of California and Powell streets while drums from the Chinese New Year Parade are beating in the distance. They are frantically searching for "a quick little fellow for whom a typewriter was named."

Light from flashlights dart across the alley and shine on the answer to the riddle: a statue of Hermes, the Greek messenger god and the name of a '50s typewriter company. But, there are more clues left to decipher, so the answer is quickly jotted down on a score card and the team of detectives rushes out into the night to solve the next mystery.

Teachers Restrict Hours to Make Point with School District

Many teachers and paraprofessionals at Abraham Lincoln High School are no longer working more than seven hours on Thursdays and Fridays. It is an effort to show support for United Educators of San Francisco (UESF) as it continues to negotiate with the school district for new contracts.

Globetrotting Kronos Quartet

Going for a Grammy Award

Nestled between a taqueria, neighborhood gym and a tattoo shop on Ninth Avenue, the world-famous Kronos Quartet has its simple and unassuming office. The plain white door gives little evidence of Kronos' prominence as an instrumental ensemble.

Tips to Prevent Robberies

The SF Police Department has issued a list of tips that can help merchants prevent robberies and extortion attempts during Chinese New Year.




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