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First US Omicron COVID case detected in SF

First US Omicron COVID case detected in SF

The first case in the United States of the new Omicron variant of SARS-CoV-2, the coronavirus that causes COVID-19, has been detected in San Francisco, local and national health officials announced December 1.

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By Matthew S. Bajko | November 29, 2021

Governor Gavin Newsom has tapped an out judge with Bay Area ties for a vacant seat on the state's 3rd District Court of Appeal.

By Matthew S. Bajko | November 24, 2021

At its first meeting in December the San Francisco Planning Commission will take up the redevelopment project proposed for the Church Street site of the former Sparky's Diner.


By Heather Cassell | November 24, 2021

Swiss same-sex couples can walk down the aisle starting July 1, the Federal Council announced November 17.

By John Ferrannini | November 23, 2021

Lawsuit alleges SB 132, which allows incarcerated transgender people to ask for a transfer to a state prison or detention center that matches their gender identity, is unconstitutional under both the federal and state constitutions.


By Lisa Keen | November 22, 2021

Nine years after telling a gay couple she could not prepare a flower arrangement for their wedding because of her religious beliefs, the owner of a flower shop in Washington state has agreed to pay $5,000 to settle the dispute.

By John Ferrannini | November 19, 2021

In a victory for media organizations, the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled 2-1 that tapes of the 2010 San Francisco federal trial that struck down California's same-sex marriage ban can be released.


By Matthew S. Bajko | November 18, 2021

The leader of the California Assembly is facing criticism after he bounced a gay Asian committee chair and replaced him without warning with a straight white colleague.

By Lisa Keen | November 18, 2021

President Joe Biden on November 17 nominated a second lesbian to serve on the 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals.


By Heather Cassell | November 18, 2021

This year marks a new beginning for Puerto Rico's LGBTQ community following the deadliest year for transgender people in the U.S. territory in 2020.

By Eric Jansen | November 18, 2021

Chick-fil-A is closing in on San Francisco, says Bay Area Reporter assistant editor and political columnist Matthew S. Bajko.


By John Ferrannini | November 17, 2021

Tenants at a majority-LGBTQ apartment building adjacent to Mission Dolores Park are facing an attempt to evict their whole building. One 67-year-old gay retired man told the B.A.R. he fears he could become homeless.

By Matthew S. Bajko | November 17, 2021

District 8 Supervisor Rafael Mandelman commissioned a report that examines how to construct more housing in the various neighborhoods he represents.


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