Spray-painted fire hydrantscosting San Francisco
SAN FRANCISCO — Spray-paintedﬁre hydrants in San Francisco are cre-ating a public safety threat and cost-ing the city tens of thousands of dol-lars, a newspaper reported. Thirty-ﬁve to 40 hydrants have beenspray-painted in recent months, BillGunn, with the San Francisco PublicUtilities Commission said. Thoughsome may consider the work publicart, Gunn said the city has to repair thehydrants because they are stamped andpainted with tags that tell ﬁreﬁghterstheir water pressure, distance from ashutoff valve and the water main theyare connected to. San Francisco has two types of hydrants — one low-pressure, theother larger and sturdier that can pumpSan Francisco Bay water.First responders could lose precioustime if the pressure and other informa-tion on the hydrant isn’t immediatelyavailable, Gunn said.“If a ﬁreﬁghter rolls up and there isno information, they have to look atanother hydrant or call it in. That’stime wasted, and it’s a lot of money,”he said.Each ﬁre hydrant costs about $4,000to repair. Asledgehammer has tosometimes be used to remove hydrantcaps because the vandals’paint causesthem to stick. The hydrants have beenspray-painted silver, neon green andred.“When that paint dries, it can makeit difﬁcult to get the caps off the outletor open the hydrant gate, and that alldelays us,” San Francisco fire Lt.Mindy Talmadge said. “We will get itoff — if we have to bust it we will, butit deﬁnitely delays our operation.”
Person stabbed in California rodeo brawl
JURUPAVALLEY— Authorities sayone person was stabbed during a brawlthat left several people injured at aSouthern California rodeo. The Riverside Press Enterprise saysabout 20 people threw beer bottles andfought Sunday evening at the rodeo inJurupa Valley.Riverside County Sheriff’s DeputyMichael Vasquez says one person washospitalized after being stabbed with aknife. He didn’t immediately haveinformation about the extent of theother injuries.Detectives are investigating.Vasquez says no arrests have beenmade but private security guards at therodeo identified three possible sus-pects.
Landmark thermometer to be renovated,relit
BAKER — Agiant thermometer ris-ing from the Southern Californiadesert will once again be a beacon fortourists headed to and from Las Vegas. The Inland Valley Daily Bulletinreports the family of the late WillisHerron, the original owner of the 134-foot roadside attraction, plan torelight the thermometer this year.Herron’s widow, Barbara, says itmade her sad to see the Baker landmark— billed as the “World’s LargestThermometer” — fall into disrepair inrecent years.Her family took it over again withthe purpose of making its 5,000 lightbulbs glow once more by early sum-mer. Baker, which considers itself thegateway to Death Valley, is located onInterstate 15.The tower’s height was selectedbecause of the 134-degree record set inDeath Valley in 1913.
Woman who attacked officers with bat is shot
SANTACLARA— Santa Clarapolice say officers have shot andkilled a woman who attacked themwith a baseball bat.Awoman called 911 Sunday after-noon making threats to harm herself and others. Police say when ofﬁcers arrived ather apartment she came outside andattacked them with an aluminum base-ball bat.Authorities say the ofﬁcers, fearingfor their safety, opened ﬁre, strikingthe woman.
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This Day in HistoryThought for the Day
Two bombs packed with nails andother lethal metal shards exploded atthe Boston Marathon finish line,killing two women and an 8-year-oldboy and injuring more than 260 peo-ple.
“Freedom is what you do with what’s been done to you.”
— Jean-Paul Sartre (1905-1980)
Singer SamanthaFox is 48.Actress EmmaWatson is 24.
People look at a rabbit jumping over an obstacle at the traditional Easter market at the Old Town Square in Prague,CzechRepublic.
:Mostly cloudy in the morningthen becoming sunny. Patchy fog in themorning. Highs in the lower 60s. Westwinds 5 to 15 mph.
Mostly clear in theevening then becoming mostly cloudy.Patchy fog after midnight. Lows in theupper 40s. Northwest winds 5 to 15 mph.
: Partly cloudy in the morning then becomingsunny. Patchy fog in the morning. Highs in the lower 60s.Northwest winds 10 to 20 mph.
Partly cloudy in the evening thenbecoming mostly cloudy. Patchy fog after midnight. Lowsin the upper 40s. Northwest winds 15 to 20 mph decreasingto 5 to 10 mph after midnight.
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, Jeanne-Antoinette Poisson, Marquise dePompadour, the highly inﬂuential mistress of France’s KingLouis XV, died at Versailles at age 42.
, the city of San Francisco was incorporated.
, President Abraham Lincoln died, nine hours afterbeing shot the night before by John Wilkes Booth at Ford’sTheater in Washington; Andrew Johnson became thenation’s 17th president.
, an exhibition of paintings by 30 artists, includ-ing Claude Monet, Edgar Degas, Pierre-Auguste Renoir andPaul Cezanne, opened in Paris. (Acritic derisively referredto the painters as “Impressionists,” a name which stuck.)
the British luxury liner RMS Titanic foundered inthe North Atlantic off Newfoundland more than 2 1/2 hoursafter hitting an iceberg; 1,514 people died, while less thanhalf as many survived.
, Mooseheart, Ill., held its “Good Roads Day,”organized by the Moose Lodge, in which Illinois Gov.Edward F. Dunne used a shovel to ceremonially start work onpaving a two-mile section of the Lincoln Highway by vol-unteers using state-loaned equipment.
during World War II, British and Canadian troopsliberated the Nazi concentration camp Bergen-Belsen.
, Jackie Robinson, baseball’s ﬁrst black majorleague player, made his ofﬁcial debut with the BrooklynDodgers on opening day. (The Dodgers defeated the BostonBraves, 5-3.)
the Chesapeake Bay Bridge-Tunnel connectingVirginia’s Eastern Shore with Virginia Beach was opened totrafﬁc.
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