• A fire set by a 23-year-old fast food worker has severely damaged the Westfield Galleria Mall in Roseville. Go to the Sacramento Bee for video and full coverage.
  • It’ll be a long cross-country flight for the Giants, forced to return to Philadelphia after last night’s 4 – 2 loss. Still, they lead three games to two in the best of seven NLCS.
  • Bay Area September home sales fell to their lowest level in three years, according to an MDA DataQuick report. The median home price, however, was up 5.6% from a year ago, to $265,000.
  • Palo Alto’s City Council High Speed Rail Committee unanimously voted Thursday to recommend against building a station in the city. The full council will probably discuss the issue on Monday night, according to the San Jose Mercury News.
  • The executive director of San Francisco Pride, which puts on the annual Gay Pride Parade, has resigned. From the Chronicle:

    This week, Amy Andre announced she will step down amid accusations that her organization shortchanged at least 20 smaller nonprofits hired to work beverage booths at the annual summer celebration.

    The aggrieved nonprofits are owed a total of $46,000 – money Andre said will be paid back, even as the organization attempts to dig out of a $99,000 operating debt.

  • A new surfer-controlled group will run Half Moon Bay’s renowned Mavericks surfing competition. If you’re not familiar with the big wave meet, watch these videos while playing some Dick Dale music.


Jon Brooks

Jon Brooks is the host and editor of KQED’s health and technology blog, Future of You. He is the former editor of KQED’s daily news blog, News Fix. A veteran blogger, he previously worked for Yahoo! in various news writing and editing roles. He was also the editor of EconomyBeat.org, which documented user-generated content about the financial crisis and recession. Jon is also a playwright whose work has been produced in San Francisco, New York, Italy, and around the U.S. He has written about film for his own blog and studied film at Boston University. He has an MFA in Creative Writing from Brooklyn College.

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