A Look Back At 2011: Bay Area & The World

A Look Back At 2011: Bay Area & The World
Niners Clinch NFC West Title
Frank Gore #21 of the San Francisco 49ers celebrates after they beat the St. Louis Rams at Candlestick Park on December 4, 2011 in San Francisco, California. <br /><br /><a href="http://sanfrancisco.cbslocal.com/2011/12/04/49ers-shut-out-rams-to-clinch-division/" target="blank_"><strong>Read more...</strong></a><br /><br />
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A Look Back At 2011: Bay Area & The World
Celebrity Chef Fieri’s Stolen Lamborghini Spotted In Tiburon
A yellow Lamborghini belonging to celebrity chef/local chef, Guy Fieri was stolen early Tuesday, March 8th, 2011 from a San Francisco car dealership. Then was last seen touring around Marin County, police said. The yellow Lamborghini was seen traveling across the bridge and then in & around Marin County sometime early Tuesday morning. <br /><br /><a href="http://sanfrancisco.cbslocal.com/tag/guy-fieri/" target="blank_"><strong>Read more...</strong></a><br /><br />
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Camera Lens Falls From Sky Through Roof Of Petaluma Home
Petaluma police were working to track down the owner of a camera lens that apparently fell from the sky in early September, damaging a local family’s home. <br /><br /><a href="http://sanfrancisco.cbslocal.com/2011/09/15/camera-lens-falls-from-sky-through-roof-of-petaluma-home/" target="blank_"><strong>Read more...</strong></a><br /><br />
(Bay City News)
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Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3
2011 was filled with blockbuster video games, but one game reigned supreme. Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 broke records by clocking in $775 million in sales in its first five days.<br /><br /><a href="http://sanfrancisco.cbslocal.com/2011/11/08/san-francisco-gamers-delight-at-call-of-duty-midnight-release/" target="blank_"><strong>Read more...</strong></a><br /><br />
(Photo credit by Activision)
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The Alex Trebek Burglary
Lucinda Moyers, 56, was arrested in the early morning hours of July 26 at the San Francisco Marriott Marquis and charged with residential burglary, burglary of an inhabited dwelling and possession of stolen property, prosecutors said. That inhabited dweling was that of Alex Trebek and his wife. <br /><br /><a href="http://sanfrancisco.cbslocal.com/tag/Alex-Trebek/" target="blank_"><strong>Read more...</strong></a><br /><br />
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Lawsuit Filed In California Court Over Taco Bell Beef
An Alabama law firm claims in a lawsuit that Taco Bell is using false advertising when it refers to using “seasoned ground beef” or “seasoned beef” in its products.<br /><br /> The meat mixture sold by Taco Bell restaurants contains binders and extenders and does not meet the minimum requirements set by the U.S. Department of Agriculture to be labeled as “beef,” according to the legal complaint.<br /><br /><a href="http://sanfrancisco.cbslocal.com/2011/01/24/lawsuit-filed-in-california-court-over-taco-bell-beef/" target="blank_"><strong>Read more...</strong></a><br /><br />
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A "Winning" Year For Charlie Sheen
From his departure from the hit CBS show "Two & Half Men," the questionable road tour to his successful Comedy Central Roast, Charlie Sheen made 2011 a memorable for everyone. <br /><br /><a href="http://sanfrancisco.cbslocal.com/tag/charlie-sheen" target="blank_"><strong>Read more...</strong></a><br /><br />
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Libyan Leader Muammar Qaddafi Dead
Fugitive Libyan dictator Muammar Qaddafi was killed in fighting around his hometown Thursday, Libya's prime minister confirmed after hours of speculation surrounding his death. <br /><br /> "We have been waiting for this moment for a long time. Muammar Qaddafi has been killed," Prime Minister Mahmoud Jibril told a news conference in the capital Tripoli.<br /><br /> Libyan fighters captured Sirte, Qaddafi's hometown and the last bastion of loyalist resistance, earlier Thursday. Shortly after, reports of Qaddafi's capture and subsequent death began to swirl. <br /><br /><a href="http://www.cbsnews.com/stories/2011/10/20/501364/main20123030.shtml" target="blank_"><strong>Read more...</strong></a><br /><br />
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Jerry Brown Swore In As Governor Of California
Kicking things off for 2011, Democrat Jerry Brown was sworn in as California’s 39th governor, returning to the office he left 28 years ago but inheriting a more troubled state than the one he knew then. This time around, he said he’s too old to run for higher office. But after introducing his 98-year-old aunt, Connie Carlson, Brown offered a caution for those already eyeing his office. <br /><br /><a href="http://sanfrancisco.cbslocal.com/2011/01/03/brown-gets-another-chance-to-lead-california/" target="blank_"><strong>Read more...</strong></a><br /><br />
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Osama Bin Landen
Nearly ten years after the actions of bin Laden and al-Qaeda on Sept. 11, 2001, changed the lives of thousands and destabilized the country’s sense of security, bin Laden’s death brings some comfort and closure to the families who lost loved ones that day. <br /><br /><a href="http://sanfrancisco.cbslocal.com/tag/osama-bin-laden/" target="blank_"><strong>Read more...</strong></a><br /><br />
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Woman Gives Birth On Philippines-To-SFO Flight
Aida Alamillo, 41, knew she was in for a long flight when she boarded a San Francisco-bound plane in Manila Monday night.<br /><br /> But despite being nearly nine months pregnant, the Filipino woman said she wasn’t expecting what came next—her son’s birth mere hours before the Boeing 747 landed.<br /><br /> “I didn’t expect I would have a baby there…it just happened,” she said Tuesday from her room at the Mills-Peninsula Medical Center in Burlingame, where she and her newborn were transported upon landing in San Francisco.<br /><br /><a href="http://sanfrancisco.cbslocal.com/2011/09/20/woman-gives-birth-on-philippines-to-sfo-flight/" target="blank_"><strong>Read more...</strong></a><br /><br />
(Photo credit by CBS Boston)
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San Bruno Pipeline Explosion Anniversary
Family and friends were among those who gathered at Skyline College to commemorate those who passed away in the PG&E pipeline explosion in San Bruno one year ago.<br /><br /> “This evening is our time to remember and celebrate the humanity of our community,” San Bruno Mayor Jim Ruane said. “The warmth and solace of memories have and will continue to be our strength and only the passage of time will soften our loss.”<br /><br /> “For the emotionally and physically scarred neighborhood of Crestmoor/Glenview and for the entire city of San Bruno, we pledge never to forget,” he said. <br /><br /><a href="http://sanfrancisco.cbslocal.com/2011/09/09/san-bruno-victims-remembered-on-blast-anniversary/" target="blank_"><strong>Read more...</strong></a><br /><br />
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Actress Elizabeth Taylor Dies At 79
Actress Elizabeth Taylor died on March 23rd, 2011 at the age of 79. She had recently been hospitalized in Los Angeles, where she was being treated for symptoms of congestive heart failure. <br /><br /><a href="http://sanfrancisco.cbslocal.com/tag/elizabeth-taylor/" target="blank_"><strong>Read more...</strong></a><br /><br />
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Rapture Preacher Suffers Stroke At Alameda Home
Many people spent months warning the world of the apocalypse, some giving away earthly belongings or draining their savings accounts.<br /><br />The May 21 doomsday message was sent far and wide via broadcasts and web sites by Harold Camping, an 89-year-old retired civil engineer who has built a multi-million dollar Christian media empire that has been publicizing his apocalyptic prediction.<br /><br />A Family Radio spokesman asked about the prediction after 6 p.m. said “It’s still May 21 and God’s going to bring it.” <br /><br /><a href="http://sanfrancisco.cbslocal.com/2011/05/21/bay-area-apocalypse-believers-awaited-end-skeptics-carried-on/" target="blank_"><strong>Read more...</strong></a><br /><br />
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The Rise & Fall of Solyndra
Highly-touted Fremont solar company, Solyndra has scrapped its expansion plans. Instead, Solyndra laid their workers. The expansion plans were touted by President Barack Obama when he visited the company in May. <br /><br /><a href="http://sanfrancisco.cbslocal.com/tag/Solyndra/" target="blank_"><strong>Read more...</strong></a><br /><br />
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Death of Amy Winehouse
The tragic death of Amy Winehouse took everyone by surprise. It was the seventh most talked about topic on Facebook this year.<br /><br />Pictured here, Amy Winehouse performs on stage during Rock in Rio Day 3 on July 04, 2008 near Madrid in Arganda del Rey, Spain. <br /><br /><a href="http://sanfrancisco.cbslocal.com/photo-galleries/2011/12/07/notable-deaths-2011/#photo-100643" target="blank_"><strong>Read more...</strong></a><br /><br />
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Oakland 2nd Graders Reportedly Engage In Sex Acts, Teacher Suspended
A teacher at Oakland’s Markham Elementary School has been suspended indefinitely after school officials said a pair of second-graders performed sex acts on each other in class – with the teacher present. <br /><br /><a href="http://sanfrancisco.cbslocal.com/2011/01/21/oakland-2nd-graders-reportedly-engage-in-sex-acts-teacher-suspended/" target="blank_"><strong>Read more...</strong></a><br /><br />
(Photo credit by CBS 5 Screenshot)
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Oakland Raiders Owner Al Davis Dies At Age 82
Oakland Raiders owner Al Davis died on Saturday, October 8th, 2011 at his Oakland home at the age of 82, the team announced on its website, but did not indicate the cause of his death.<br /><br /> Davis was one of the most legendary NFL owners in the sport’s history, winning three Super Bowls and five AFC Championships during his more than 40 years as part or principle owner of the Raiders franchise.<br /><br /> Known for his signature phrase — “Just win, baby!” — Davis helped user in a new era of NFL football and, as CBS Sports’s Mike Freeman wrote, helped make the league great.<br /><br /><a href="" target="blank_"><strong>Read more...</strong></a><br /><br />
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The Picasso Thief
A New Jersey man who stole a Pablo Picasso drawing from an art gallery near San Francisco’s Union Square was sentenced and will be extradited to New York within the next month to face separate charges there. Mark Lugo, 31, of Hoboken, N.J., walked into the Weinstein Gallery at 383 Geary St. on July 5, and walked out with a Picasso pencil drawing titled “Tete de Femme,” police and prosecutors said. He fled in a waiting taxi. Lugo was arrested the next day after police reviewed surveillance video footage and other evidence and tracked him to a hotel in San Francisco, then to an apartment in Napa where he was staying with friends. He pleaded guilty to one count of grand theft in exchange for a 16-month jail sentence, but will be released soon under supervision, district attorney’s spokesman Omid Talai said. <br /><br /><a href="http://sanfrancisco.cbslocal.com/tag/picasso/" target="blank_"><strong>Read more...</strong></a><br /><br />
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Scott Cousins’ Collides With Buster Posey
Florida Marlins’ Scott Cousins, (not pictured), collides with San Francisco Giants catcher Buster Posey (28) on a fly ball from Emilio Bonifacio during the 12th inning of a baseball game in San Francisco, Wednesday, May 25, 2011. Cousins was safe for the go ahead run and Florida won 7-6. <br /><br /><a href="http://cbssanfran.wordpress.com/photo-galleries/2011/05/25/cousins-collides-with-posey/" target="blank_"><strong>See the injury here...</strong></a><br /><br />
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2 Small Earthquakes Rattle Bay Area On ’06 Quake Anniversary
Two small earthquakes rattled parts of the Bay Area on Monday, which ironically marked the 105th anniversary of the Great 1906 San Francisco Earthquake. The first quake, measuring a 3.4 magnitude (downgraded from original 3.8 reading), occurred at 2:57 p.m. and was centered about two miles southeast of Pacifica and roughly 12 miles south of San Francisco, according to the U.S. Geological Survey.<br /><br /><a href="http://sanfrancisco.cbslocal.com/2011/04/18/magnitude-3-8-earthquake-hits-near-pacifica/" target="blank_"><strong>Read more...</strong></a><br /><br />
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The Royal Wedding
Nothing helps you forget your woes like watching beautiful, wealthy royals tie the knot. Prince William and Kate Middleton made their union official on April 29.<br /><br /> In this handout photo, issued by Clarence House, the bride and groom Prince William, Duke of Cambridge and Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge pose for an official photo in the throne room at Buckingham Palace on April 29, 2011in London, England. The marriage of Prince William and Catherine Middleton was led by the Archbishop of Canterbury and was attended by 1900 guests, including foreign Royal family members and heads of state. Thousands of well-wishers from around the world have also flocked to London to witness the spectacle and pageantry of the Royal Wedding.<br /><br /><a href="http://sanfrancisco.cbslocal.com/photo-galleries/2011/04/28/the-royal-wedding/" target="blank_"><strong>Read more...</strong></a><br /><br />
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Earthquake In Japan Prompts Tsunami Warning For California Coast
A group of people pull a Boston Whaler boat out of the water after it tipped over from a tsunami surge in a harbor on March 11, 2011 in Santa Cruz, California. A tsunami warning for Northern California has been issued after an 8.9 earthquake hit Japan. <br /><br /><a href="http://sanfrancisco.cbslocal.com/2011/03/11/tsunami-watch-for-california-coast-after-big-japan-quake/" target="blank_"><strong>Read more...</strong></a><br /><br />
A group of people pull a Boston Whaler boat out of the water after it tipped over from a tsunami surge in a harbor on March 11, 2011 in Santa Cruz. (Kim White/Getty Images)
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Japan Tsunami & Devastation
The 8.9-magnitude earthquake and ensuing tsunami has left hundreds of people dead in Japan and caused extensive damage in the country. This picture taken by Sendai city official Hiroshi Kawahara on March 11, 2011 and released through Jiji Press on March 25, 2011 shows muddy tsunami water swallowing vehicles and houses at a bridge in Sendai city in Miyagi prefecture. Two weeks after a giant quake struck and sent a massive tsunami crashing into the Pacific coast, the death toll from Japan's worst post-war disaster topped 10,000 and there was scant hope for 17,500 others still missing. <br /><br /><a href="http://sanfrancisco.cbslocal.com/2011/03/11/japan-quake-30-times-more-powerful-than-1906-san-francisco-quake/" target="blank_"><strong>Read more...</strong></a><br /><br />
Damage from the 2011 Japan quake and Tsunami (Photo credit by HIROSHI KAWAHARA/AFP/Getty Images)
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Body of Slain Nursing Student, Michelle Le Found
The remains of missing nursing student, Michelle Le was found in Niles Canyon near Fremont in September 2011. Giselle Esteban 27, has been arrested and is accused of murdering Le. Esteban trial has been delayed due to her pregnancy. <br /><br /><a href="http://cbssanfran.wordpress.com/tag/Michelle-Le/" target="blank_"><strong>Read more...</strong></a><br /><br />
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NorCal Mom Accused Of Killing Baby In Microwave
Police arrested a Northern California mother on a murder charge, saying they believed she had burned her six-week-old baby to death in a microwave oven. Ka Yang, 29, of Sacramento, had apparently claimed the young child’s March 17 death at home was caused by a seizure. <br /><br /><a href="http://sanfrancisco.cbslocal.com/2011/06/21/norcal-mom-accused-of-killing-baby-in-microwave/" target="blank_"><strong>Read more...</strong></a><br /><br />
(Photo credit by CBS Sacramento)
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Giants Fan, Bryan Stow Beaten At Dodger Game
Stow was attacked following the Giants’ March 31 season opener in Los Angeles against the Dodgers, and two men have been charged in the beating.<br /><br /> Doctors had to remove a portion of Stow’s skull because of swelling in his brain and underwent several rounds of surgery to add a prosthetic bone flap to replace the removed portion of his skull.<br /><br /> It was months before Stow could even recognize family members, but recently has been able to answer questions, write, speak, and has been watching football on TV. <br /><br /><a href="http://sanfrancisco.cbslocal.com/tag/bryan-stow/" target="blank_"><strong>Read more...</strong></a><br /><br />
(Photo credit by CBS)
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Gunman Escapes After Killing 3, Wounding 7 In Cupertino Quarry Rampage
Police surround the entrance of the Lehigh Southwest Cement Company in Cupertino, Wednesday, October 5th, 2011. Authorities say a disgruntled employee opened fire at a meeting, killing two people and wounding six others. Santa Clara County Sheriff's spokesman Jose Cardoza said the shooting at Lehigh Southwest Cement Company occurred around 4am Wednesday. <br /><br /><a href="http://sanfrancisco.cbslocal.com/2011/10/05/gunman-hunted-after-deadly-cupertino-quarry-shooting/" target="blank_"><strong>Read more...</strong></a><br /><br />
(Photo credit by AP Photo/Paul Sakuma)
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Americans Mourn Passing Of Apple Co-Founder, Steve Jobs
On October 5th, 2011, Apple Inc. co-founder, Steve Jobs died of respiratory arrest resulting from pancreatic cancer that had spread to other organs. <br /><br /><a href="http://sanfrancisco.cbslocal.com/tag/steve-jobs" target="blank_"><strong>Read more...</strong></a><br /><br />
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Occupy Pepper Spray
In this Friday, Nov. 18, 2011, photo University of California, Davis Police Lt. John Pike uses pepper spray to move Occupy UC Davis protesters while blocking their exit from the school's quad Friday in Davis, Calif. Two University of California, Davis police officers involved in pepper spraying seated protesters were placed on administrative leave Sunday, Nov. 20, 2011, as the chancellor of the school accelerates the investigation into the incident. <br /><br /><a href="http://www.cbsnews.com/8301-201_162-57329900/uc-davis-pepper-spray-cop-once-lauded/" target="blank_"><strong>Read more...</strong></a><br /><br />
(CBS News)
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Occupy Movement
‘Occupy’ protests drew thousands of demonstrators in the Bay Area, Sacramento and Los Angeles, and in major cities across the country and around the world<br /><br />An estimated 2,500-3000 people came out to join the growing Occupy Oakland movement Saturday, demonstrations that began five days ago as an offshoot of New York City’s Occupy Wall Street protests. <br /><br /><a href="http://sanfrancisco.cbslocal.com/tag/Occupy/" target="blank_"><strong>Read more...</strong></a><br /><br />
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