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Bettors Leaning Heavily Toward Home Teams Making Super Bowl

Pro Picks is surprised. Consider that the NFC title game is a matchup of the conferences's top two seeds. The spread favors host San Francisco (14-3) over Green Bay (also 14-3) by 7 1-2 points. There's plenty of history surrounding the potential Super Bo...
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San Francisco’s Beloved Beefeater Doorman to Retire

SAN FRANCISCO — Another bit of old, quirky San Francisco will be no more when Tom Sweeney finally hangs up his white pressed collar and signature Beefeater jacket this weekend after more than four decades of opening doors at the Sir Francis Drake Hotel downtow...
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Game Well in Hand, Bulldogs Hand a Victory to USF

Fresno State men's basketball coach Justin Hutson said earlier this year that the Bulldogs needed to take care of business at "winning time." But the Bulldogs have yet to master the art of closing out victories. "We had some adversity just like every oth...
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California Is a Wondrous Place. I’m Leaving.

To me, California has always been an amazing place with a wondrous geography far more diverse than the other two largest states. This helps explain why historically it has been such a beacon for so many Amer...
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Forest Thinning to Stop Wildfires as Strong as Weakest Link

SANTA CRUZ MOUNTAINS — Buzzing chainsaws are interrupted by the frequent crash of breaking branches as crews fell towering trees and clear tangled brush in the densely forested Santa Cruz Mountains south of San Francisco. Their goal: To protect communities ...