• Curbed SF

    Alex Bevk, Curbed SF

    We're pleased as punch to present the first entry in an ongoing series titled Hidden History, where Curbed Contributor Alex Bevk highlights a San Francisco location with a secret past. Maybe it's no longer there, maybe it's been converted into something else, but each spot holds a place in SF history - even if not many people know it. Have a suggestion or know a place with a secret history? The tipline's always open or you can leave a comment after the jump.

    Our first Hidden History spotlights a place well-known to older San Francisco residents, but perhaps unknown to the younger or newer members of the City - Fleishhacker Pool. Originally located where the current San Francisco Zoo parking lot sits, the public pool operated from 1925 - 1971.

    Built in 1924 by philanthropist and civic leader Herbert Fleishhacker, the pool opened in 1925, and at 1,000 feet long and 150 feet wide with a separate diving tower, it was the largest pool in the United States.

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  • SAN FRANCISCO — A United Airlines 777 bounded for London was struck by lightning shortly after takeoff Thursday forcing the pilot to return to San Francisco International Airport, according to an airport duty manager.

    Duty manager Nancie Parker said United Airlines Flight 930 bound for London's Heathrow Airport, left at 7:35 p.m. and was struck by lightning while flying over the ocean.

    The plane returned to San Francisco at 10 p.m. and the passengers have been re-accommodated to a flight Friday, weather permitting.

    No passengers were injured in the lightning strike, Parker said.

    In addition to the 60 canceled flights, 19 were diverted to refuel because they could not land in San Francisco, and 22 flights arrived after midnight, Parker said.

    "Hopefully today will be a better day if the weather cooperates," Parker said.

    A weaker front was expected to roll though the region Friday night before the stormy weather clears out for the weekend.

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  • CBS Local - Sacramento

    Trapped inside with the gunman roaming the halls, Oikos University's Dean of Students says he's never been so scared.

    "I was evacuating people from other schools or other classes but I heard a lot of gunshots like five or six of them. I was trapped. I went into my room turned off the lights, locked the doors and took out the battery from my phone and laid down on the floor for 40 minutes," said Chongjin Kim.

    Thought of the Virginia Tech massacre from five years ago haunted him while he heard more shots being fired.

    "This is one of the scariest things that could happen in America, gunshots. I was so scared that everyone might be killed in cold blood," said Kim.

    Kim managed to escape unharmed. He thinks it's unlikely that Goh was teased for his poor English skills, because the school primarily caters to international students.

    "Everybody was an international student and they need to speak in English. I don't think he was teased for his English. That's

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  • U.S. swimmer Phelps sentenced to 18 months probation for drunken driving
    U.S. swimmer Phelps sentenced to 18 months probation for drunken driving

    By Steve Ginsburg BALTIMORE (Reuters) - American swimmer Michael Phelps, the most decorated Olympian of all time, pleaded guilty on Friday to driving under the influence of alcohol and received 18 months of supervised probation and a one-year suspended jail sentence. The 18-time Olympic gold medalist was arrested for drunken driving early on Sept. 30 after speeding and then crossing the double yellow lines inside a Baltimore tunnel, police said. ...

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